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  1. Radiobread
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    It's on eBay right now. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251977921005?_trksid=p2055359.m1431.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    I was just wondering, can you put ROMs on it using a GBA to USB cable by having the GBA host the cartridge, or do you need a separate linker? My brother has one of those carts (an EZF Advance one, I plan to borrow the cable off him) and you put ROMs on it using a cable and a client program.

    Also, what about cartridge sizes? I know that you can usually store about 6 or so games on a 256M cart but my brother has Pokemon Emerald and leaf green on his and there's no space left? I take it these must be 128M capacity games? How big are Yoshi's Island and Fire Emblem? What about the Castlevania games?

    Thanks for your help, also should I bid on this?
     
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    I'd say get a EZ-4.
    Atleast you've got removable media to transfer games to, allows for more game storage.
     
  3. Radiobread
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    I'm not giving away my credit card details to anyone, I'd rather Paypal. I already have plenty of official GBA cartridges, there's only a couple I just can't afford / need translation patches.
     
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    The XG line is somewhat related to the EZFlash line and later the Neoflash line. Which is to say cradle/linker only, I know of no programs to use multiboot cables, no programs like FAS1 that are compatible with it, no standalone linkers you can buy these days. I think about the only thing I can say there is Littlewriter should be compatible with it and if you are so inclined http://reinerziegler.de/GBA/gba.htm#cart reader might work for them.

    For game sizes
    http://www.advanscene.com/
    To answer your questions on specific games
    Both Fire Emblem titles are 128Mbit save for the European version of Sacred Stones which is 256 owing to the extra languages (I do not think it is a different English translation to the US version but I could be wrong), some of the hacks (mainly translations though there are some nice music and level tweaks these days) of them are also up in the 256Mbit range.
    All the GBA castlevanias are 64 Mbit, save for the classic nes/famicom mini which you should not be using (use an emulator instead) which is smaller still.
    Yoshi's island is 32 for NA and 64 for Europe, though the Euro version might be overdumped..

    GBA commercial games top out at 256Mbit, same as the cart there. However the vast majority at 128 or 64 (16 megabytes and 8 megabytes respectively).
    You might also have to worry about save space as well if you are going to do pokemon games with it -- the Flash memory those games use tends to add up to the 2Mbit of memory that most of those carts have which means even if you can fit the games on there then you might not have space for the saves.

    http://www.gameboy-advance.net/flash_card/xg2_gba_xg-flash_card.htm has a tiny bit more.

    How much to pay... probably more than a far more practical 3 in 1 or an EZ4 would cost. You might get it for a song (I have spoke to a few people over these last few months on the EZFlash IRC that pick up these old carts for next to nothing on facebook). For some reason though these old things attract higher prices than their practicality would normally limit when they hit ebay and co. If you are worried about credit cards then yeah unfortunately it seems we are back to dealing with some bad eggs in the mix (it was largely a solved problem towards the end of the GBA and throughout most of the DS lifetime). You should be able to make single use online purchase numbers these days, or use once credit/debit cards. Likewise there are still several good European dealers if you are willing to pay that little bit more than some of the Hong Kong dealers.
     
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    Thanks very much for your response, I'm hugely grateful for you answering my questions. I probably won't buy it given what you've said, but thanks a lot.

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    How about this one? It has the cable, I can pay with PayPal, but it's coming from Hong Kong. It's a lot cheaper than EZ Flash IV also, think it's worth the risk?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/256M-GBA-...710?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item33a35e4e36
     
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    I have one of those, it's junky, only supports Windows XP and requires a parallel port to flash ROMs to it.
     
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    I have both XP and a parallel port, so that's sorted. Do games save properly on it?
     
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    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/EZFLASH-IV-FLASHCART/32263492371.html

    I've bought from this seller in the past. You might try messaging them and asking if you could pay via Paypal.

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    I believe so. You have to patch all your ROMs to save via the SRAM battery, which the software does, but you don't want to use the default program on the CD, usually its only in Chinese and may have a virus or two.
     
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    Thanks for that information. I don't really mind to be honest, the old computer I have already has a shitload of viruses on it. As long as I can get the games working and saving, I'm good.
     
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    Yeah that cart looks like one of the slightly less common iterations of the fire cards/fire linkers, I have not seen a 256 version of them for a while either. They are the very definition of cheap and cheerful but unlike the supercard if it fits and you are willing to perform the necessary incantations to have it flash then it will run as it should. £20 is possibly a bit on the high end for one of those, especially when you have things like http://www.shop01media.com/en/EZ-Flash and http://www.flashlinker-shop.com/nintendo-c-26.html for not a lot more.
     
  11. Radiobread
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    Yeah, but I'm happy to spend it if it can play and save games. I mean it's better than spending £32 on fire emblem and £41 on Aria of Sorrow, and even then I'll still have 64mb left for yet another free game or two.