Hacking GBA F2ADVANCE on Windows 8!

Rytoast

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First of all, sorry I'm posting this in the DS section, but I couldn't find the GBA Forum (lol).

I had a little adventure with an old F2 Advance flashcart recently, and I thought I'd share it with you all.

I bought a 3DS XL about two weeks ago, and my fiancee, seeing it, reminisced on her lost fuchsia-pink GBA, and how she had so much fun playing Super Mario World. Jumping on the chance of seeing my soon-to-be-wife become a gamer, I immediately ordered the same GBA off of Ebay (refurbished for ~$30, new was around $350, HA!), found my old F2 Advance (with the cord), replaced it's internal battery, and plugged it in. It still worked! But windows 8 recognized the system as a "Fingerprint reader device", and the 5 year old 32-bit drivers were unrecognizable in my Windows 8 64-bit Environment.

So I downloaded VMWare Player (free), installed a virtual 32-bit Windows XP, installed the F2Advance drivers, plugged the GBA in, and voila! The F2Advance GUI worked flawlessly, and my fiancee could play Super Mario World.

Thought I'd share this :)
 

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Very interesting, I own a F2A 256Mb myself with a USB linker but I never bothered to get it to work on Windows 8 since I also have an M3 Perfect mini SD and that one works still fine, if not you could always drag and drop files from the SD card.
But yeah, if I ever find myself in your position, I'll definitely keep this thread in mind.
Cheers
 
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