Linux + Flash Advance

Discussion in 'GBA - Flashing Hardware and Software' started by solarsaturn9, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. solarsaturn9

    solarsaturn9 Newbie

    Hey everyone, I have a dilemma and I'm wondering if anyone else has run into this...

    I have recently switched to Linux ( running Ubuntu Gutsy ) and I have an old Flash Advance 256 card. The problem is the linker I have is so old that it uses the parallel port. I have not been able to find any software or workarounds to support LittleWriter on Linux. I've already tried using Wine but I can't seem to get it to work. I've also tried using VirtualBox but to my dismay it does not support parallel ports. I am stuck.

    I would really rather not buy a USB linker as I do not have any money on me at the moment ( U_U school... ), but I do realize that they are faster. I don't know if any of them support my old Flash Advance. Also, since I'm running Linux I imagine that only the drag and drop type devices would be worth investing in. Reasons why I would much rather just find a solution using what I've got...

    Is anyone in my situation? could anyone offer some good advice?

    Thank you for your time guys! [​IMG]
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
  3. Psyfira

    Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Dec 31, 2003
    Just been playing around on google, not much out there except this:
    I'll admit to having very little idea of what this program actually does, from the readme it sounds like it can write to / from the cart using a parallel linker but the instructions leave little to be desired. You can probably make more sense of it than I can.
  4. solarsaturn9

    solarsaturn9 Newbie

    Thank you all!

    Ucon is working like a charm!

    Many thanks again!


    Actually, It appeared to be working... I tried using the slot one to slot two flasher and it didn't work on my card... just froze up... then I tried using uCon and it recognizes and flashes my card but when I go to test the card out on my GB I get a white screen.... =( sad day.... you don't think the slot one to slot two application could have killed my card do you?


    YAY! it works! it seems that the rom I was trying to load before was simply not working... I'll have to check into that...
  5. DanTheManMS

    DanTheManMS aka Ricochet Otter

    Jun 2, 2007
    United States
    My suggestions would have been if2a and the one that flashes a Flash Advance from either Wifi or a slot-1 device. Completely forgot that uCon64 had functions like that.

    Glad you got it working.
  6. solarsaturn9

    solarsaturn9 Newbie

    It will flash roms to my cart.... however I need some more advice...

    when I had windows I used LittleWriter which apparently auto patched everything... So I never knew how fickle the Flash Advance was...

    In any case... some roms that I flash ( ex. Pokemon FR/LG ) result in a white screen. I have tried GBAUtil using crash patch 0 and crash patch 8.... didn't work...

    any suggestions? Thank you!
  7. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    All windows (bar the patches) but wine should not have that much trouble

    GBATA for patching roms:

    save the few with odd hardware (patches so should not need windows, linux IPS patcher is what you need):

    Also flash advance toolkit:

    If you are so inclined trolleydave did some nice work on patching too:
  8. solarsaturn9

    solarsaturn9 Newbie

    Thanks again! you guys are amazing!
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