Trying to get Windows XP on VirtualBox to recognize my Flash2Advance 256mb

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I recently found my old flash cart along with the parallel printer port linker. I went ahead and purchased a parallel to USB adapter and installed Windows XP Pro via VirtualBox on my early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air with OSX 10.12.6. When I plug my GBA and open the software, it doesn't seem to read my cart at all.
 

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I recently found my old flash cart along with the parallel printer port linker. I went ahead and purchased a parallel to USB adapter and installed Windows XP Pro via VirtualBox on my early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air with OSX 10.12.6. When I plug my GBA and open the software, it doesn't seem to read my cart at all.
Did you forward the USB adapter to the VM and install the drivers for it if needed (check that it shows up correctly in Device Manager)?
 
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I recently found my old flash cart along with the parallel printer port linker. I went ahead and purchased a parallel to USB adapter and installed Windows XP Pro via VirtualBox on my early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air with OSX 10.12.6. When I plug my GBA and open the software, it doesn't seem to read my cart at all.
I tried a lot of things, but to make flash2advance work I had to buy an old laptop with a lpt port. Unfortunately the new adapters work on other "addresses" and there is no way to convert them. Also check the cable, it should be DB25M - DB25M. That is 25 pins to each other. New lpt cables usually do not make 25 to 25. Moreover, according to the developers, the cable should be no longer than one meter. You should have EPP/ECP mode settings in your laptop's bios. In the settings of Windows itself (idk about Mac), the LPT should sit at address: 0378-037F. Given all the hassle (buying a laptop, soldering the right cable) it is easier to buy an ez FLASH Omega.

Btw parallel to USB adapter definitely not suitable.
 
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I tried a lot of things, but to make flash2advance work I had to buy an old laptop with a lpt port. Unfortunately the new adapters work on other "addresses" and there is no way to convert them. Also check the cable, it should be DB25M - DB25M. That is 25 pins to each other. New lpt cables usually do not make 25 to 25. Moreover, according to the developers, the cable should be no longer than one meter. You should have EPP/ECP mode settings in your laptop's bios. In the settings of Windows itself (idk about Mac), the LPT should sit at address: 0378-037F. Given all the hassle (buying a laptop, soldering the right cable) it is easier to buy an ez FLASH Omega.

Btw parallel to USB adapter definitely not suitable.
I ended up biting the bullet and getting myself a DS Lite. Seemed to be the cheapest/most convenient option at only $40. I still have my M3 Simply so I'll be able to write GBA games to my F2A that way.
 

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Did you forward the USB adapter to the VM and install the drivers for it if needed (check that it shows up correctly in Device Manager)?
I forwarded the USB adapter but I can't seem to find a driver specifically for converting parallel to USB in XP. Oh well, it was a valiant effort. Ended up getting a DS Lite on eBay for $40.
 

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I forwarded the USB adapter but I can't seem to find a driver specifically for converting parallel to USB in XP. Oh well, it was a valiant effort. Ended up getting a DS Lite on eBay for $40.
Congratulations on your purchase! Flash2Advance is not worth the effort! I spent about $150 to get it to work)
 

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I forwarded the USB adapter but I can't seem to find a driver specifically for converting parallel to USB in XP. Oh well, it was a valiant effort. Ended up getting a DS Lite on eBay for $40.
The driver might be built into XP, just make sure it doesn't show up as unknown device or has a yellow mark on it in device manager.
 
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