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Offline Shadow

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2016, 08:58 AM »
So when can we stop talkin and start buyin? lol

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2016, 04:01 PM »
When he finally releases it and we can buy it.
That's when.

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2016, 11:08 PM »
can't wait for the day that i can finally flush my ez-flash IV microSD trough the toilet. i mean it works but it seems that the ED will run right of the sd card. and probs no rom patching either...

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2016, 08:11 AM »
It would also add a huge feature to smash the crappier EzFlash type carts too.

I have an EZflash4 card and I'd love to dump it for something better.  The OS on it somehow became corrupted and gave me a lot of trouble getting it to work again.  It sat in a drawer for quite couple years since I figured it was toast.  I looked to replace it and I couldn't even find an EZflash4 available anywhere.  I'm not even sure if they still make them anymore.  Setting up games for the EZflash4 is a bit of a pain, you have to patch all of the games so they'll save properly, also you're limited to older type flash cards with I believe a 4GB maximum, none of the high capacity cards will work, at least not on the version I have.

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2016, 01:36 PM »
you can buy the ezflash IV with microSD from sites like aliexpress for 20ish euro's pretty cheap but the functionality is still the same. build quality is pretty cheap and if you like at the pcb you just know it's not gonna last very long... i'm eagerly waiting for a high quality replacement from krikzz. the youtube videos look promising it looks like it's near completion

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2016, 02:12 AM »
Its not really feasible to make a combined GB/GBC and GBA cartridge. Here why:

The GBA and GBA SP have a switch inside the cartridge slot that tells the handheld to boot in 'GB/GBC mode'.

This is not a 'pin select' switch, but a physical mechanical switch inside the GBA/GBA SP cartridge slot (Incidentally the GB micro has a solid piece of plastic instead of the switch to prevent GB/GBA games from being inserted)

The original GB/GBC cartridge shell shape presses this switch down, but GBA games dont press it as they have a groove at the side (Take a close look at a GB/GBC and GBA cartridge shell) You can even see the switch if you look into a GBA/GBA SP cartridge slot under a bright light.

In addition GB/GBC and GBA games run on different voltages - GB/GBC cartridges run on 5V, but GBA cartridges run on 3.3V. The switch mentioned above also changes the voltage present on the cartridge slot depending on the inserted cartridge.

I'm sure a GBA Everdrive will support a GB/GBC emulator, but it wont be running on the actual GB/GBC hardware.

Both those reasons should not be a big deal, as stated in an earlier post:

"This would be a fairly simple physical hack. You just need to fill up the notch in the GBA cartridge so it will push the switch of the GBA, putting the GBA into GBC mode. Perhaps something can be used that turns or clicks into place.


Now how to make a cartridge that is at the same time accessible as both a GBA and a GBC cartridge? I have no idea how to do that, because my knowledge of the inner workings of game cartridges is limited. It would probably be about the same as squeezing two different Everdrives into one cartridge, just sharing the cartridge pins.

Perhaps you can use the position of the 'notch-filler' to activate a switch on the board between GBA and GBC modes of the cartridge..."


You can "slide" a notch in place, which would automatically set the cart in a certain mode, including the correct voltage.


The small size of a GBA cart would be your biggest hurdle here.

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2016, 05:33 AM »
When he finally releases it and we can buy it.
That's when.

This as your first post?  Yeah I can bet you won't be here long.

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2016, 07:15 AM »
Looking forward to this...just acquired a Gamecube with the GBA adapter, as well as a SNES to GameCube adapter cable...as well as, the component cable... :o :o

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Looking forward to this...just acquired a Gamecube with the GBA adapter, as well as a SNES to GameCube adapter cable...as well as, the component cable... :o :o

lol you actually bought  a component cable? i think for gb(a) games the AV is good enough even on a 50" full hd. for gaming the component might be slightly better but i just got a cheap wii with component that i use for GC games and payed like 30euro for it. GC component prices are insane...

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2016, 06:23 PM »
Looking forward to this...just acquired a Gamecube with the GBA adapter, as well as a SNES to GameCube adapter cable...as well as, the component cable... :o :o

lol you actually bought  a component cable? i think for gb(a) games the AV is good enough even on a 50" full hd. for gaming the component might be slightly better but i just got a cheap wii with component that i use for GC games and payed like 30euro for it. GC component prices are insane...

To be fair, he never said he paid full retail for it (although the emoticons might hint otherwise).  While it's rare, it's possible to get cheap GC component cables.  I know three people with one, and none of them paid for than $5 for it (one of which was free).  And yes, I hate all of them for their damned luck. :P
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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2016, 08:08 AM »
Sure you can use Goomba Color, but using emulation kind of defeats the purpose of flashcarts, playing on the real hardware (emulators aren't that accurate). I don't think Goomba Color supports linking either.

I prefer to use the EverdriveGB, but there are some advantages to using Goomba (not Color). You can colorize games, there are tons of palettes to choose from, and one palette that you can customize per game. There's partial-to-good Super Game Boy support, depending on the game. There's support for custom borders, and some games play kind of okay with borders disabled. It's a lot faster to switch between games.
And most importantly, save state support is great for all of those early games that didn't offer quicksaves, only gave you passwords, or just plain didn't let you save at all.

Goomba Color, on the other hand, I'm not sure if there's much benefit there. I guess you could run the Zelda Oracle games on a backlit GBA without GBA mode enabled, so the color palette doesn't wash out. I think there were a couple monochrome games that were less buggy in it, but a lot of Color games just don't run fast enough. EDGB would definitely be better for most Color games.

I think there was an older version of Goomba that had link support, but I'm not so sure.

build quality is pretty cheap and if you like at the pcb you just know it's not gonna last very long...

I don't know about microSD, but I have an original EZIV with miniSD support, and that thing runs as good as the day I bought it, probably a decade ago.
It's tried to "brick" on me a couple of times, but I just rebooted the firmware and it came right back to life.

Man, if you guys are just going to throw your EZ Flashes in the garbage, I'll gladly take them off your hands.

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2016, 09:02 PM »
Man, if you guys are just going to throw your EZ Flashes in the garbage, I'll gladly take them off your hands.
But then I couldn't tie up an M80 Firecracker to it and blast it away! :)

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2016, 01:21 PM »
As said above, the GBA everdrive will be for GBA games only. So whether you use this in a Gameboy Player, GBA or DS it will only run natively GBA games.

As for playing GB/GBC games on the DS, your best bet is getting a cheap R4 card, and running "Gameyob" - yes, its emulation, but it really doesn't miss a beat on original Gameboy games (i've used it extensively and not run into any issues on GB games). It competently runs 95% plus of Gameboy Color games as well without a hitch, but there are a few (that approximate 5%) where they can glitch a bit, like V-Rally. Its a great emulator though, and you can even have custom borders to make it look like a GB as well, and Super Gameboy borders too, and looks superb on the bright backlit DS Lite (or DSi, and even 3DS screens).

Your DS with an R4 card and a GBA everdrive will mean you can play not only the full Gameboy line on it, but also every DS game made as well - so probably over 4,000 portable games!


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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2016, 12:02 PM »
hmm yh the backlit ds screen is awesome for gba games, but for myself, i'm lucky to have 2 mint gba ags-101 systems (backlit) thinking about getting a used gba and move the screen of 1 of them in a standard gba

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Re: GBA everdrive question
« Reply #29 on: September 04, 2016, 03:56 PM »
Welp. Stupid me didn't look into the thread about the EverDrive GBA X5 unable to play GB/GBC Games. Despite the fact I ordered it, I'll still keep it and just play games on my SP, instead of my iPad. No I didn't jail break it. I just paid $10 ($15-ish AUD) for a year. It ends in November. (They do more than emus. They do other stuff as well) But as soon as the X7 comes so will I. I just hope it can play GB/GBC games. And if I can't wait, I'll just get the GB EverDrive.