Post subject: questions about EZ-Flash iV mini GBA Card For GBA / gameboy
Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:01 am
Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:41 am Posts: 3
hi, im new to these forums(as well as ez flash and the like) so i was wondering if you guys could answer these questions
for the product as described in thread title, does work on both gba sp and nds? 2. will any usb cable work to plug in the back of the gba sp, like say my mp3 usb connecter, or will i have to get a special one? if so where could i get one? 3. do i simply put the card in the sp, connect to pc via usb and it reads like a normal usb? 4. how much space does it hold, and will it save like any other game? 5.what is the name of the special software i need for this in order to transfer game data? (a link for download would be greatly appreciated)
thank you in advance, the assistance is greatly appreciated
1) Yes. The DSi and beyond have no GBA slot but GBA, GBA SP, GB player, GBM, DS and DS lite devices should all work wonderfully.
2) I do not follow If you want to charge it then the GBA uses a custom port. I am not sure where you can pick up charge cables these days but remember they used same port on the DS (not DS lite) so you can pick up one of those instead, if you fancy building your own the pin outs are http://nocash.emubase.de/gbatek.htm#aux ... owersupply Likewise you can build a headphone port for the SP from that as well. If you saw some older cards (granted not anything EZFlash ever did) and those needing something in the link port or the cart itself when in a GBA to work then fear not as everything is done with the miniSD cards.
3) I think I already took that but for clarification it is all done over the miniSD-> put files on it and do everything on GBA/DS.
4) You are limited by your miniSD, they go up to 2 gigabytes. Onboard there is also another 32 or 48 megabytes of NOR memory which you can use (if you get the EZ4 lite deluxe although that will take a case mod to fit in anything but a DS lite). I am going to have to explain memory on the EZ4 I sense The GBA requires data very quickly- far more quickly than USB flash drives, SD cards and such (NAND memory) allow so they have some ram onboard or some other fast memory (usually NOR memory). Some earlier devices were all NOR but NOR is very expensive, slow to write and has quirks (files 1,2,3 and 4 on some NOR memory but to delete 2 you also have to lose 3 and 4). Later devices added ram to copy things to to run but like most ram it loses data without power (your saves which I will cover in a moment have another piece of ram which has a battery onboard to keep it powered when the cart is not- they can last years if you play it often enough), saves act as per the normal game (they get saved to SRAM and next boot written to the miniSD card) once they are patched with EZ4client or a similar program. Back to memory on the EZ4 there are 4 models of EZ4 EZ4 miniSD. GBA cart sized (the only EZ4 model that is), uses miniSD. Has 256Mbit (32 megabytes- quickly divide megabits by 8 to get megabytes, megabits is a hangover of earlier consoles that stuck for the GBA and DS) of NOR memory and 16 megabytes (128Mbit) of PSRAM. The EZ4 lite is the same as the miniSD version but is just about DS lite GBA slot sized (the DS lite has a smaller GBA slot) and uses microSD. The EZ4 lite compact should be exactly the same as a DS lite dust cover and was made just to allow DS roms to work but not really GBA so it only runs smaller GBA roms to the tune of 8 megabytes. Do not get one of these. The EZ4 lite deluxe is also DS lite dust cover sized but has 384Mbit of NOR (48 megabytes) and 256Mbit (32 megabytes) of PSRAM making it a great GBA device and uses microSD.
Do not get SDHC cards (if it is above 2 gigabytes consider it SDHC) and for the miniSD version we strongly advise against getting a microSD to miniSD adapter and instead getting a proper miniSD. They are getting harder to find but you can still source them.
GBA roms are between 4 and 32 megabytes with very few being over 16 megabytes hence the EZ4 not opting for PSRAM beyond 16 megabytes save for the deluxe model.
5) EZ4client is the program that patches roms for the EZ4. You can download it from http://filetrip.net/f4753-EZ4-Client-2009-04-03.html (if your antivirus says oi ignore it as it is a false positive or delete the offending files as they do little for the GBA side of things).
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