NEO2 Pro - I bought this and saves on it are really finicky.

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    As in, so finicky that half the time, the save won't write back to the internal ROM. I would have bought an EZ-Flash IV except that I wanted an RTC and this claimed to have one... but it didn't. And worst of all, nobody has any clue about this little-known cart or how to use it properly. I'd really love some clarification about the proper way to save on the thing.

    I hear it works really well with their other products like the N64 adapter though, just not for its native GBA - and so I'm selling it too if anyone's interested.
     


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    The manager isn't my issue, though - it's the fact that saving itself on the cart tends to not work the way you'd expect. Like, I run a game, save it, then reset to get to the main menu, and when I try to put the save on the actual cart itself from memory, it gives me some ridiculous size like 20Kb instead of the 1Mb I know it should have. The rare occasions it does give me a 1Mb save file, whenever I reload it into memory, the save doesn't work. I've done everything the way Dr.neo himself from the Neoflash forums told me to do, but it never works.
     
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    Use another rom patcher
     
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    I'm not using a ROM patcher. The NEO2 claims not to need one. And using GBATA to create an SRAM patch (which I did to make sure that wasn't the issue) doesn't change anything either.
     
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    Moving a save from a flashcart to a retail cart depends on the game's save type your running.

    The reason it claims to not need a patcher is because it automatically patches the game for you so it runs better on it's flashcart, which makes the game manager program a rom patcher.


    Your always going to have issues with retail games that use EEPROM or any of the later Flash save types. Save data stored in EEPROM on a retail cart is nonlinear while a EEPROM save from a flashcart is stored linear, you can't use a save with that save type without modifying it to match before moving it to a retail cart.

    The point I am trying to get at is you should not waste your time mixing save files from gba flashcarts with retail saves. There are just too many things about save type and formatting that you have to know well in advance just to do save swapping correctly.

    The only save type that has no issues with a few exceptions is SRAM.




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    You should give up on trying to move saves around and just play the game as is on the flashcart.
     
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    To be honest mate, You should have gone with the EZ4 I have been able to move saves with that one as it saves reliably
     
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    I'm not trying to put saves on a real Nintendo cart - I'm trying to backup my save from the flashcart's memory to its internal ROM storage using the loader menu. And it refuses to save the correct save size (and the cart claims to have 2Mb of SRAM, so that's not the issue).

    And yeah, I know I should have gone with the EZ-Flash IV, but I didn't at the time because this one was advertised as having RTC (which it loses as soon as the cart is powered off).
     
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    Thanks for the link to the M3 GEP, but the RTC not working isn't my major concern right now. I would rather get my current cart working so I can use it as a standalone GBA cart (even if it doesn't have RTC).
    Worst comes to worst, I'll sell it to someone with a NEO Myth because it should work a lot better with one of those.
     
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    You might have to sell it off. NEO gba flashcarts were not considered to be great flashcarts even back in the day.
     
  12. Darkipod

    Darkipod SELL ME GBA FLASH CART

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    Can you explain what RTC is? Does it stand for real time clock? And how does that effect the game? I wanted a gba flash cart to play pokemon ROM hacks and such.
     
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    Yes that's real time clock, and time of day events wont occur in Pokemon games that support that feature without it (for instance berry growing) you can complete the game however its just that some events will never happen
     
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    See post #9, has links and setup for what you need.


    If you want to play it on a GBA/SP/micro, Nobody makes GBA flashcarts with RTC anymore.
     
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    Darkipod SELL ME GBA FLASH CART

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    So only way to play them and such is with a DS. Well that blows.
     
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    You can still get one from somebody else on the forum. You will need to make a WTB post in the trading section. If someone will sell you theirs will be another matter.
     
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    Darkipod SELL ME GBA FLASH CART

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    I can still get a DS? Or a M3? I found a few NEO's new on a site and as soon as I get my new debt card back I intend to buy one, if only for collections sake. As for the trade forums, I have to some how make it to 100+ posts apparently. So Chances are the guy selling them will be out by the time I make it there. So oh well, I doubt ill ever get this working.
     
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    Darkipod, if you really want a NEO2, I can sell you mine. PM me and we'll talk.
    But then again, reading the entirety of this thread, you may not want to.
     
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    DS or DSL, can still be gotten on amazon or ebay.

    M3? do not simplify the name. M3 is a label defined for a group of flashcarts. Specify what your referring to.

    If your referring to M3 GEP, it comes with 2 extra shells, some sites only have one that come with only 1 shell.
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    GEP = GBA Expansion Pack






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    Just remember to consider the NEOFlash flashcart a blackhole for your game saves. Your not going to get any saves off the cart without considerable effort.
     
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    Darkipod SELL ME GBA FLASH CART

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    I dont really want them off the cart, I just want to play my games with the cart.