[GBA] Flashing a custom ROM onto a GBA cartridge?

Discussion in 'GBA - Flashing Hardware and Software' started by Author, Jan 16, 2016.

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    Author GBAtemp Fan

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    Hi Tempers. The title should about say everything I need to.

    I've recently purchased a GameBoy Micro off of eBay and the sender was nice enough to include two of the most disgusting games ever (some soccer game and another shitty racing game lol). I was wondering if there was a way to flash another ROM onto the cartridge, so they couldn't be AS useless as they are now. (They're legit cartridges, I've checked)

    Thanks.


    P.S. Sorry for posting this in the NDS subforum, but there is no GBA subforum :(
     
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    We have seen a few fakes replace the ROM chip with something else but what you describe it not going to happen outside that, and for the time and aggravation (not to mention the limited functionality afterwards) you might as well get a flash cart.
     
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    Author GBAtemp Fan

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    Ah, ok. Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

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    The part of the cartridge that stores the game is generically called the ROM (read only memory) which, once the data is set on it, there's no way to write anything else to it. When you're playing a GBA game from a flashcart or emulator, you're playing a dump of the ROM, hence why it's called a ROM. Though I tend to prefer the term "backup" or "dump".
     
    Last edited by TecXero, Jan 16, 2016
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    Author GBAtemp Fan

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    Ah. I'm aware of most of your post, except for the part where you cannot rewrite a ROM. That's pretty interesting, thank you for the information!
     
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