Some questions about getting an EZ-Flash today

Discussion in 'EZ-Flash' started by apoptygma, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
    I see the official website is still up, unfortunately the resellers in my region are closed so I'll need to import. So I just wanted to know a few things:
    This is for a GBA(SP) - i want the full-size cart right? Not the lite.
    Will it play gb or gbc roms?
    Which specific varient allows all roms (ie. Mother 3 etc) to be played and are these still produced or available?
    Is therw possibly a better cart to buy (another brand) for my purposes? Most info says the EZ4 is the best but a lot is outdated.
     


  2. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
  3. cracker

    cracker Nyah!

    Member
    3,142
    409
    Aug 24, 2005
    United States
    Yes, that is the EZ Flash cart you will want. Note that you will need miniSD and not microSD for this cart which are kind of hard to come by now.
     
  4. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
  5. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Member
    2,814
    906
    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    Mainframe
    Most newer adapters work fine. I haven't had a single problem with my adapter from SanDisk.
     
  6. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
    The sd shouldn't be a huge issue. I'm just wondering if I'm going to be able to get one any cheaper than the 50 dollars most sites list it at. Are they no longer produced or just in very small quantities?
     
  7. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Member
    2,814
    906
    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    Mainframe
    I do believe EZ is transitioning to a different version of the card, one that natively uses Micro SD. It might be worth waiting for a few weeks.
     
  8. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    Member
    4,918
    255
    May 16, 2008
    Antarctica
    You have insufficient posts to view location.
    It looks to be transitioning to a microSDHC at least since miniSD was a standard nobody seems to use. Hopefully it will be cheaper to get over the miniSD version that seems to be creeping ever higher in price.
     
  9. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
    It would be likely to be a small cart designed for a DS wouldn't it? Do these fit in a regular GBA SP?
     
  10. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Member
    2,814
    906
    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    Mainframe
    Their new model is still an EZ4 for GBA, it's just that it's designed for Micro SD instead.
     
  11. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    Member
    4,918
    255
    May 16, 2008
    Antarctica
    You have insufficient posts to view location.
    As tecXero said, it works in a GBA/SP/micro.
    [​IMG]


    This is what a 3in1 and EZ-IV lites for the DSL looks like.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
    I just ran the EZ_Client 1.03 to get a feel for it, is there a 'list file' somewhere that can auto-select the required settings (ie. which games need save-patch , save size etc)
    Also do you use this tool for GB/GBC roms or is that done some other way?
     
  13. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    Member
    4,918
    255
    May 16, 2008
    Antarctica
    You have insufficient posts to view location.
    For the GB/C, this might help you: http://gbatemp.net/threads/release-ez-flash-iv-aio.370132/

    I use Offline list for GBA rom information, this helps me determine if I have to patch it or not: http://offlinelist.free.fr/
    Offline list doesn't tell you if you need to patch it, you have to make that judgement call on it, Offline list is a reference guide in this case.
    After the first use of it, you will likely forget about it afterwards.

    If you haven't seen a EZ-Flash IV guide to use yet: http://gbatemp.net/threads/ez-flash-iv.291109/
     
  14. emmanu888

    emmanu888 6 years and still going strong

    Member
    1,265
    405
    Jan 25, 2009
    Canada
    Victoriaville,Québec
    What's the difference between the miniSD and the microSDHC versions besides the cards it uses?
     
  15. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Member
    2,814
    906
    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    Mainframe
    I haven't heard of any differences. The NOR, PSRAM, and everything should be the same. I just have a Micro SD adapter in mine, and it works fine, so it should essentially be the same thing. Though, I do believe someone mentioned the soldering not being that great on the new version, and a new battery being used.
     
  16. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    Member
    4,918
    255
    May 16, 2008
    Antarctica
    You have insufficient posts to view location.
    absolutely nothing except for a firmware update.
     
  17. emmanu888

    emmanu888 6 years and still going strong

    Member
    1,265
    405
    Jan 25, 2009
    Canada
    Victoriaville,Québec
    Didn't the SDHC firmware broke compatibility on certain games? I'm not updating my EZ4 till those bugs are fixed honestly.
     
  18. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,173
    8,911
    Nov 21, 2005
    I did not break compatibility for anything as far as I am aware, however previously people were using a version of the firmware (normally a hacked version) that forced hard reset and then launch (ostensibly to work around a bug introduced in some later versions and in described http://problemkaputt.de/gbatek.htm#dsbackwardscompatiblegbamode ), being a new official one this opted for soft rest by default and that broke a few things for people. You can still hard reset though (hold L and press A to launch) and that seems to have fixed whatever issues there might have been for those few games that do not work with soft reset.

    The main change from where I sit, other than SDHC, is that it now lacks a DS version of the loader and will not boot DS mode on a flashme DS. GBA mode is pretty speedy these days but it was nice for DS game/save dumping homebrew.

    If you do not want SDHC (and the good games of the GBA library is not the most space consuming collection) then there is very little reason to update
     
  19. apoptygma
    OP

    apoptygma GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    689
    145
    Mar 30, 2010
    The cart came today and works great! The skin is pretty nasty though, Is there anywhere I'm going to be able to get something a bit easier to read? From what I can tell the skin is embedded in the bin file? Does that mean I need to find one that's a '1.75' skin then flash it as an update?

    All I could find was this post from about 7 hours ago http://ezflash4.tumblr.com/
     
  20. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,173
    8,911
    Nov 21, 2005