Flashcarting For A Total Noob (Like me :()

Discussion in 'GBA - Flashing Hardware and Software' started by Jack Von Koopa, Jun 30, 2010.

Jun 30, 2010
  1. Jack Von Koopa
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    Hey everyone, I signed up here today [​IMG]

    Basically, I have a Game Boy Advance SP, and a few games for it, including Super Mario World, Super Mario Brothers 3 and GTA Advance. I've been restricted in buying more games by having to spend money on more important things, but I'd love to have a bigger library of games to play.

    So I read about this whole flashcart thing, and as my dad uses something similar to play games on his DS, I was pretty happy when I found out about it. I've done some research and it seems pretty complicated to me, especially the flashcarts themselves and which ones best and does what. I've also heard some terminology that I dont understand, like for example, what are homebrew games?

    I'm sorry to be a complete noob, but I'd really appreciate it if someone could walk me through it? Assuming I dont know anything [​IMG] Because I dont :| All I want to be able to do is have a decent amount of games on the cart, it'd also be pretty cool if they could play GBC games as well [​IMG] What do you guys think?
     
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    Homebrew is unofficial apps and games made by users of GBAtemp and other sites.
    The best flashcart is the CycloDS, but the best value for money is the Acekard 2.1. You'd probably want to go for the Acekard 2.1 (buy it from ShopTemp), but remember to install AKAIO on it (you can find it on filetrip.net, it's an unofficial firmware). AKAIO vastly improved upon the original firmware.
     
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    First welcome!!!

    Homebrew games and apps are made unofficially and can only be run through a flashcard

    For gba flashcards the only decent one available now is the EZ-Flash IV here is a review link

    feel free to ask anything else
     
  4. Jack Von Koopa
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    Oh ok, thanks for the advice [​IMG] Although, how will that cart be used in my SP? Is'nt it for DS?
     
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    EZ-Flash IV will work on your sp i don't think sorrycostello noticed you said GBA
     
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    EZ Flash IV is a GBA cart. The other poster (sorrycostello) mentioned DS flash carts, so his post is irrelevant to your questions.
     
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    The GBA flash cart scene is pretty dead from what I gather, most people have DS and flash card combos nowadays. If you do pick up a DS of some description, look in to the SuperCard DS Two, which can play GBA games without the need for an expansion card as well as pretty much any DS game, GBC game, Mega Drive game, etc. I have a Cyclo DS Evolution at the moment which is pretty sweet, I highly recommend that if you don't mind needing the expansion card to play GBA games (makes no odds to me, I have a GBA emulator on my new PSP).

    BTW, welcome to the 'temp. Hope you enjoy your time here.

    Also, since you've recently signed up, expect a post from Haflore regarding the rules. It shows up everywhere. With that in mind, InB4Haflore [​IMG]
     
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    I see :/ So if I intend to stick with my SP am I better off just buying my games the old fashioned way?
     
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    After looking around and taking on board what these nice people have told me, I'm planning on buying the same [​IMG] I'm pretty sure it's the same anyway, it's from a UK site, but it looks the same:

    EZ-Flash IV

    I think I understand it now, correct me if I'm wrong [​IMG]

    I buy this EZ-Flash IV, and a micro SD card. I connect the micro SD card into my computer and download roms onto it, and then put it into the EZ-Flash IV, and run it on my SP?
     
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    No. You need a regular SD card for these.
     
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    Oh ok...but everything else is right? I presume theres some software I need to download in order to move the ROMS onto the SD card?
     
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    You've actually got an important detail wrong :/ Sorry.

    You're going to need a MINI SD card NOT a Micro. They are two different kinds. The card you pick CANNOT be an SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity). It has to be 2GB or less.

    This is your official firmware off the official ezflash.cn website.
    http://ezflash.sosuke.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=16569

    That should help [​IMG]
     
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    Looks like the Price Angels' one is a SD type, but I can't tell it apart.. The offer name's confusing me, and there's the SD on the description. They should have named it with something a little bit less misleading.. But it's $5 cheaper than 0shippinzone's (which is actually a miniSD type) so you'll have to decide. Hope you're lucky.

    But I think there is not a SD model Ez-flash IV.. You can use a microSD with an adapter, though.
     
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    Yep, both 0shippingzone and PriceAngel have wrong information on their product page. As Cuelhu notes, there's no SD version of the EZ-Flash IV (there are MiniSD and MicroSD versions, but all the MicroSD versions are designed for Slot-2 in an NDS-Lite (ie, they're too small to fit in a GBA; confusingly enough, the EZ-Flash IV Deluxe is actually the best EZ-Flash version of GBA play, but seeing as it's designed for the NDS-Lite it's not really useful for us GBA owners). As for 0shippingzone, it lists the EZ-Flash IV Deluxe's specs. The normal EZ-Flash IV, which is what is pictured, doesn't have as impressive specs.

    If you really want more information about the EZ-Flash IV, you can read the (Unofficial) EZ-Flash IV Tutorial and the (Unofficial) EZ-Flash IV FAQ. The only major problems with them is they do get a few facts wrong (some of the naming limitations are gone; but you're stilled limited to naming games to 49 characters or less if you want games to save properly) and there's a significant focus and assumption that you're using the EZ-Flash IV for the NDS (so, you'll want to ignore all the talk about Moonshell, EZ-Pass, and other NDS stuff). You can also visit the (Official?) EZ-Flash forum for more information.

    Maybe some day I might actually get around to fixing the EZ-Flash IV wiki pages and fleshing them out more for the many GBA-related uses and the various caveats that are known.
     

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