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EverDrive GB / Next GBOS 3.x firmware and GB Pocket power issues.
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:10 PM »
First of all THANK YOU for creating this !
I am software engineer, and I love this cartridge for creating homebrew games on my spare time.

Like others on this forum, I experienced some issues while powering my GB Pocket with two Eneloop Low Self Discharge AAA batteries.
Everdrive GB constantly resets on a Gameboy Pocket : http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=1972.0
Everdrive gb issue : http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=1561.5
Game Boy Pocket and Everdrive play well together? : http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=2886.5

First question, would you accept to open the source code of GBOS.GB to the community ?
If you can't for private or commercial reasons, could you consider theses remarks :

1 - Disable all sound circuits.

I am pretty sure that the sound circuit is ON when we choose an homebrew rom and flash it (Load and start).
Pandocs mentions that GB power consumption drops by 16% or more if sound circuits are disabled.
Before annoying you, I check the GBOS.GB ASM codes and I didn't find any sequences similar to ASM commands below.

To disable all sound circuits, you have to set 0 on $FF26 register:
XOR A
LDH ($26),A ; Disable sound circuits
 
2 - Disable the screen during the ROM flash sequence.

When you use Everdrive GB for the first time, it is worth mentioning that you don't have to switch OFF the GB
when this screen is showing "!!! DO NOT TURN OFF !!!". You can see dots during the flashing process : OK

After some rounds, you figure out that the screen : "!!! DO NOT TURN OFF !!!" will be displayed until the next restart.
I guess that during this part the GB processor does nothings, and all the stuff is done by the controller in the cartridge.

My suggestion is to add an option for MGB's owners. With this option, we could enable or disable the screen during the flashing process,
which give more current to Everdrive GB.
We just have to wait the next VBLank, disable the screen ($FF40), disable interrupt and Halt the processor.

Do you think it will be possible to make it ?

I wish you a nice day,
Best regards,
Kentoo

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