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Offline rlstine

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How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« on: January 03, 2021, 02:30 AM »
Hello everyone, I just got my new GBA X5 mini in the mail today and am very excited to start playing. I've been reading a few of the threads on this forum and had a quick question about how save data is stored on the device. Do games save to an internal battery, or directly onto the SD card? Does this process differ depending on the game? Is there any danger of losing saves over time (as one would on a standard GBA cart), or does the Everdrive protect against this? Thanks much in advance for any responses!

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2021, 02:47 AM »
All Everdrive devices save to battery memory except for x3 series

EDGBA OS 1.13 or higher
will dump save from battery to sd on each time system boot up

yes will lose last save if battery is dried
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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2021, 03:39 AM »
Thank you! This is good information to have. Do you know how long the batteries in the x5 mini typically last? Are they relatively easy to replace once they dry up?

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2021, 04:09 AM »
EDGBA use CR1220 battery
new fresh battery good for 10 years
battery pre-installed in everdrive, life span is unknown
change battery is easy
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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2021, 05:12 AM »
A life time they last for, mine has been through scorching hot weather... damp wet weather and rough journeys and the battery has always stayed intact and worked the same way it has since day 1.

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 11:39 AM »
Have had mine for over 8 years now!
So you got an everdrive GBA X5 in 2012, about 4 years before it released?

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2021, 07:12 PM »
Have had mine for over 8 years now!
So you got an everdrive GBA X5 in 2012, about 4 years before it released?

Hmm, that is a good question. Maybe they mean a model earlier than the X5 with the same battery type?

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2021, 06:56 AM »
New EDx5 mini user here, and a little confused.

I thought with the recent firmware you could manually dump the save file with the “move to file” command and that the automatic dump on boot prevented anything from being lost when the battery dies

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2021, 11:23 PM »
I thought with the recent firmware you could manually dump the save file with the “move to file” command and that the automatic dump on boot prevented anything from being lost when the battery dies

Well, yes, you can manually dump the RAM to a save file. When for example selecting a .srm file on the EverDrive, you can select "Copy RAM To File" in the menu. I guess that's useful when you want to have a second copy of your savegame. I can't really think of anything else this feature would be useful for 🤔

And yes, the automatic dump on boot helps to keep your last savegame save. But you could still lose the last savegame in RAM, if you'd power off your GBA and put it in a cupboard for a while. If the EverDrive's internal battery dies now, your last savegame in RAM will be lost. Your EverDrive cannot save/dump the RAM to the Micro SD card if it isn't started again before the battery dies.

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2021, 01:57 AM »
And yes, the automatic dump on boot helps to keep your last savegame save. But you could still lose the last savegame in RAM, if you'd power off your GBA and put it in a cupboard for a while. If the EverDrive's internal battery dies now, your last savegame in RAM will be lost. Your EverDrive cannot save/dump the RAM to the Micro SD card if it isn't started again before the battery dies.

So to be clear, if I wanted to ensure my progress was saved to the MicroSD card, the best thing to do would be to turn off my GBA when I'm finished playing, then turn it back on to dump the RAM?

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2021, 02:25 AM »
So to be clear, if I wanted to ensure my progress was saved to the MicroSD card, the best thing to do would be to turn off my GBA when I'm finished playing, then turn it back on to dump the RAM?

Exactly :)

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Re: How do games save on the GBA X5 Mini?
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2021, 05:57 PM »
So to be clear, if I wanted to ensure my progress was saved to the MicroSD card, the best thing to do would be to turn off my GBA when I'm finished playing, then turn it back on to dump the RAM?

Exactly :)

Awesome, thank you!