1. WD_GASTER2

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    you deserve quite a bit of credit in all of this as well. You figured out the controller input on the device which allowed us to expand it to regular applications in a proper way.
     
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    Mine was just an idiot-proof-of-concept (just a bit boring finding out how to correctly backup/resize/restore the flash chip), you got the main work, congrats ;)
     
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    You got everything right except the restore procedure. Please don't get me wrong because there is no other way I could have moved this far without the work.
    Like I said I'm a fan and um to digress I'm wondering what happened to all of the original accounts and icons because it looks like things changed. maybe its just me idk.
     
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    Well, the mdfbrew described procedure will restore a backup of YOUR console made with mdfbrew your-console-backup procedure and it works fine.

    If you plan to switch from a kind of rom (ex. obb) to another (ex. non-obb) coming form another console the restore procedure described at mdfbrew will not be enough but I decided to leave it that way to avoid users problems (ex. recoverable bricks playing with partitions not needed to just backup/restore the working system) because I was not able to follow people in recovering their bricked console ;)

    If you want you can ask steckbecken to create an account for you at mdfbrew so you can add your procedure to switch between different firmwares and all the stuff you know about the rockchip platform, this will be fantastic ! :)
     
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    Cool. I will reach out.
    I want to add an extension to that procedure for when shit goes totally south because it will not always work and in addition add a single method for converting between OBB and non-OBB consoles. It does seem like it is written out of a great deal of caution and this is actually a really good thing.
    Again I only know that the final recovery options are short and that currently there is a path between OBB and non-OBB consoles.

    And I guess one last thing is a simplified and safe usb dev-switch on Intructables that is based on my current mod posted on the primary thread here.
    The current one wire mod is, in my opinion, strange because I can see no reason why power is drawn from the main board and not the switch.

    I have a spare that I'm hammering on... NAND backsups are fun.
    Will ATGames distribute another piece of hardware next year? I hope so.
     
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    Good ! The new "Mini Mega Drive" should be released at the end of this year but I am not up-to-date with it :P

    Please feel free to integrate the wiki the way you prefere, it is always a VERY good thing to have people interested about those kind of projects ;) Oh and remembre, add as many detailed pics as you can :) :)
     
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    Excellent and thank you!
    This is what I do and I love it.

    BTW this is my #1 favorite Android file explorer app called: X-plore
    It seems to work well enough on the device... so much fun...
    Media player works. Some problems with high resolution movie playback. (sorry last edit)
    Wi-Fi is a remote possibility.
     
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    I explored wifi capabilities but unfortunately no drivers compiled for the kernel flashed. If you are able to find a solution please share it :)

    About media player i succesfully used kodi but the device ram is too litte to manage big resolution files.
     
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    Asper, Hekel and I messed with this for a long while. I would suggest you read the other thread completely as we pretty much went through a lot of those avenues. That being said please keep talk on this thready to the release and feedback as well for helping others seeking to install the dash. I dont want this release thread to be conflated with the other research thread.
     
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    I did read all that and will refrain from digressing further.
    X-plore File Manager takes care of media playback. Its not Pulse but navigation is easy.
    Are there any other application suggestions for Generations?
     
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    They lost the rights to distribute Genesis hardware, because let's face it, pretty much everything they've made so far has been crap. However, they ARE making a new "Legends" Flashback which includes fifty games, a device which I presume is very similar to Retro-Bit's Super Retro Cade. They're also coming out with a handful of "Blast!" HDMI dongles that plug into the back of your television and let you play a limited selection of games. The highlight is a dongle that plays Namco arcade games.
     
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    ArugulaZ please read my post above. I want this thread to be only for feedback and assistance on the release if possible. Thank you.
     
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    @WD_GASTER2 thank you for all your work! I love the look of this mini console but dislike the lack of Genesis game support as well as random crashes of the standard emulator.
    I've been using your 4.0 version for a few weeks now and the added and improved emulation support is fantastic!
    If there is anything I'd like to see improved upon it would be the ability to change the menu song as well as include directory support in the games selection menu as to better categorize large game libraries.
    I'm not specifically an Android application developer but I do have coding experience and work almost exclusively with Linux platforms.
    Maybe you can answer these questions for me:
    1. What compiler or tool are you using to compile Android applications specifically for the Genesis Flashback?
    2. What application do you use to create apk files?
    3. Would you be willing to share the source code that went into your creation of dash.apk?
    Thanks again for your great work and contributions to the community as a whole!
     
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    1.Android Studio. great tool. the 2017 model played beautifully with the adb debugger android studio has. You can even get real time logs (so you can even see in real time when your code is f-ing up)
    2.Android Studio will compile the Apk for you as well.
    3.Yes! I have been thinking of doing this for a while. I just have been busy for the longest with the Retro-cade and other shenanigans. Give me some time and i will clean up some unnecessary code (its not messy and it doesnt affect anything but it will make it easier to understand)

    As for the music i agree with you. I can see how the main menu song can get old after a while. It can be coded to get an mp3 from the sd partition and allow the user to change it. I just never revisited this (and i should have) Totally possible to do with some good java code

    game libraries can be totally done as well, the rom loading code would need to be mixed with a file explorer code sample. (i am not sure if i will revisit this anytime soon as i am working on a launcher for the super retro-cade as well as focusing on the 2018 model, but i can release the source shortly and maybe you guys can do stuff with it.
     
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    @WD_GASTER2 thank you very much for your reply. Excellent information and I look forward to seeing your code. Keep up the good fight!
     
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    Source is now available upon request. send me a pm. if someone knows how to github this thing or follow proper dev guidelines feel free to reach out to me as well. :)
     
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    I've installed this, but none of the games show up under the consoles from the main menu. They are on the USB drive via the instructions dictate. If I install the emulator from the APK and load it manually, I can load games from the USB drive by using the emulators built-in file browser. Any idea what is going on?

    Also, is it possible to replace the home menu? I'm only really interested in having Genesis games on here, and I'd like to use something like Gamesome to still have box art available.
     
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    my stuff is programmed to work specifically with the box. cant really give feedback on to other launchers tailored for android.

    as for the games, are they in their respective format and not zipped? also did you copy the empty folders as the release indicates?
    also which of the releases are you using?

    there is 2 in the main thread one for sd cards and the other for stuff off the usb drive. did you get the correct one?
     
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    I am using the release posted in the OP.

    I got PCE/NES/GBC/SMS to all show up. Only PCE-CD/Sega CD/Genesis do not show up in their respective folders.

    Do you have it set to only show certain file extensions? My games are in the .md format.

    --Edit--

    Yup, okay. I renamed one of the files to .bin and now it shows up.

    What format are you looking for with the CD images for Sega CD/PCE-CD?
     
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    cue+bin for the cd formats both in their respective folders.
     
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