Post subject: Playing Music and/or Videos on the EZ-Flash IV?
Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:08 am
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:53 pm Posts: 4
I need a lot of help with playing music/video files on the EZ-Flash IV. I heard it was possible to do both, but something with the "header" not being there, or edited for the EZ-Flash IV cart.... I'm not too sure. I have no experience with editing software, hex values, or "headers". Does anyone here have a working file that I can put onto my EZ-Flash IV and be able to listen to music or play videos, without me having to edit much... if anything at all? I heard playing music is much easier to get working on the EZ-Flash IV rather than video. So, if I can only get music working on it... then that's fine, to be honest, that's all I really want. Thanks a lot to anyone who can help me out.
You can do it, I really do not advise getting your hopes up about it though. If you have a DS then it gets quite nice and workable but with just a GBA you are very limited and this day and age when you can score a workable MP3 player (maybe not headphones) for next to nothing I probably would opt for that.
The thing about the GBA is that nobody really had general purpose carts back when (if nothing else because memory was expensive) unlike the DS by which time it we did and could thus afford to mess around grabbing files from the memory cards. This means nearly all GBA homebrew exists by being packed into a single rom file and ran that way (hardware limits aside it is one of the main limitations of GBA homebrew) and as such I could give you some demo files but they would be just that and no good even for repacking with your own files. If you wanted a fully tweaked audio player for the DS you could just extract and then copy files across to that would be something else entirely (and not likely that worthwhile as they usually come pretty well configured out of the box) but not for the GBA.
As you asked though music player advance ( http://www.gameboy-advance.net/emulated ... ba_mp3.htm to save people loading up that initial link) is probably the hardest GBA homebrew program to get running from a header perspective*- some were just slightly broken but that was flat out non-existent. Still for simple stuff GBATA ( http://www.no-intro.org/tools.htm - it is a must for anybody planning to play around with the GBA for any length of time. The header fix option should be in the header tab of the program down the bottom right somewhere) and for the more complex stuff Flash advance toolkit aka FAT http://www.gameboy-advance.net/rom_tool ... oolkit.htm can make headers (open the file in it and it is down the bottom of the window). There are other tools but leave it at those two for starting out.
Meteo (the video player) http://www.gameboy-advance.net/video/me ... _codec.htm is far more forgiving though- you can try to feed it whatever video you have sitting around (it does depend on the codecs your PC has installed and experience has told me never to speculate on such thing) and it will probably work and spit out a GBA file you can just copy across and press run (maybe have to fix with GBATA). The options are fairly straightforward and after that it is just a matter of waiting.
*back when people were afraid of Nintendo sending in the lawyers as the header could have been copyrighted and/or trademarked. There are several big rulings saying that it should be OK (sega vs accolade for one and some earlier Nintendo stuff for another) but rather than risk it (in the early 2000s people still respected the DMCA's ability to mess things up if nothing else) some authors left out headers- it did not bother most emulators and flash carts of the time usually did a soft reset or had the option (it was an option/standard on the EZ4 for a while but the hacked loader we all use reversed it in favour of hard reset and thus has issues with the header) so it did not really bother them either.
Hmm I seemed to have linked gameboy-advance.net several times this post which is amusing for it being a very inactive site these days.
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