Author Topic: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"  (Read 214265 times)

zipaway

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2012, 11:38:58 pm »
Omg im soo confused. Give me step by step instructions Alien.

What do you want me to remove the partition from, the micro sd or the img file?
I don't know how to open the img file with mini tool partition wizard. ( I dont think you can )
How do i make the img file 8gb?   ??? ???

And how do you extract the img file, I want to see what is inside the img file. Is it because im using windows and the img is linux or something? I tried using win rar and daemon tools to search the inside of img but it didnt work.

Should I install ubuntu? I would like to be able to modify files and systems.
And how do you open the code of emulators, do you use notepad++? I have some knowledge in programming to be able to modify things.

Im very sorry for asking all these dumb questions but im sick of being able to do nothing but create backgrounds.  :(
« Last Edit: February 03, 2012, 04:43:38 am by zipaway »

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2012, 10:50:53 pm »
Use the Image Writer to write the img to your MicroSD.

After writing the img to your MicroSD, open Mini Tool Partition Wizard and remove the FAT32 partition that you see on the MicroSD. It's labeled ALIEN_GREY1. Make a new FAT32 partiton with Mini Tool Partition Wizard with all the available free space.


To have acces to the EXT partitions you need Linux. You can install Ubuntu as a dual boot with Windows 7.

I'm using Gnome-Commander in Ubuntu as root with Gedit to edit the files.
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zipaway

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2012, 05:09:19 am »
OK I got my new micro SD to work  :). But I still don't know how to edit the .dge emulator files. You said to install Gnome-Commander in Ubuntu as root with Gedit to edit the files, but what does that really mean? I tried getting Gnome-Commander but the installation read-me was weird and said to:

 The simplest way to compile this package is:

  1. `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type
     `./configure' to configure the package for your system................etc

Where do I type those things above, in the cmd?? But this ubuntu, where the heck do I type those?
And I tried downloading gedit but i found out you need gnome to use gedit but I don't know how to install gnome in the first place.
I looked around and found out you can get gnome 3 which is the new version, but why did you tell me to get gnome-commander?
Is it easier to install gnome 3?

Is there any other dge editors on ubuntu that don't require you to get gnome?



cypresstwist

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2012, 08:40:03 am »
If you are using Ubuntu, Gedit is already installed. Hit Alt+F2 and type gksu gedit in the Run dialog, hit enter then use your password.
That will fire up Gedit with root rights so you can now select Open and search for the files you want to edit.
If you want to install gnome commander, go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal and type sudo apt-get install gnome-commander . Hit enter and type your password. The package will be installed and you will be able o find it somewehre in the Applications menu.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2012, 08:42:00 am by cypresstwist »
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Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2012, 10:31:17 am »
To install Gnome-Commander in Ubuntu.

Sytem -> Manage -> Synaptic Packetmanager. In the right corner you find search. Type Gnome-Commander.


You can't edit the .dge files with Gedit. You need a Hex-Editor to do that. I've tried to edit a few .dge files without succes.  ???


With Gedit you can edit the .ini, .cfg, .conf and .sh files.


The easiest way to do that is open a terminal and start Gnome-Commander as root.

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sudo gnome-commander
Select a file in Gnome-Commander and right click on it. Than choose "open with" and search for Gedit.
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zipaway

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2012, 06:27:49 pm »
Thanks a lot guys, I now have a much better understanding of the dingoo a380 and its files and systems. I am now attempting to try and discover anything that will improve the system. I understand that we cannot modify the .dge emulators but maybe if we can acquire the source code of an emulator for the a320 we could simply modify the video outputs and initializations to our respective resolution and then compile the emulator into .dge or something. I am currently working on the snes9x emulator because in this topic there seemed to be some success.

http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-hackingmoddingdinguxwhatever/


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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2012, 08:06:58 pm »
So, I just installed new firmware. Unfortunately, while the Dingoo starts without a problem, it is no longer recognized by my PC. Any good ideas as to what might have happened?
« Last Edit: February 05, 2012, 08:16:53 pm by Nellib »

Nellib

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2012, 09:32:07 pm »
Clarification: The Dingoo USB icon is shown, and then it turns off. Tried several computers. Memory card managed the way it is described in this post.- Tried with and without enlargment of FAT32 partition and reset is being done.

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2012, 01:54:10 pm »
Clarification: The Dingoo USB icon is shown, and then it turns off. Tried several computers. Memory card managed the way it is described in this post.- Tried with and without enlargment of FAT32 partition and reset is being done.

Try with your original MicroSD. If this fixes your issue than you should replace the other MicroSD. Maybe try a different brand.
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.11.09 "RetroDD" - 2 x SanDisk SDHC 32GB Class 10 MicroSD Inside - 2 x Dingoo F-16 Wireless Game Controller

zipaway

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2012, 01:36:10 am »
I can't seem to get the NEO-GEO games to work. I downloaded a pack of neo geo games that are in zip format and put them on the dingoo but they don't work. Am I missing a file to get them to run?

I tried fba format then some of them worked, but I thought you fixed the NEO-GEO zip support???

Im using the emulators that came with my dingoo, is that why? ( because there was no emulators in your alien1 partition)


Wow im stupid, I didn't know you had to put the neogeo.zip file into the folder when it was staring right in front of me in your first post. :-*
« Last Edit: February 10, 2012, 02:12:35 am by zipaway »

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2012, 10:40:54 pm »
I've added a download link for the Dingoo A380 emulators in the OP because the old one doesn't work anymore.

The download links for midpath also don't work anymore because I've removed the files from my Dropbox account. You can find the english version in the Dingoo A380 Emulators zip. Keep midpath in the root of your internal or external MicroSD or it won't run.
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danilop2k2

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2012, 08:48:17 am »
how do i exactly upgrade ?
i'm on 2.0.016

tried copying the img to sd, auto update didn? recognize it
then used diskimaged
destroyed my test sd card, still auoupdater is not updating

do i have to press reset or something?

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2012, 05:02:00 pm »
how do i exactly upgrade ?
i'm on 2.0.016

tried copying the img to sd, auto update didn? recognize it
then used diskimaged
destroyed my test sd card, still auoupdater is not updating

do i have to press reset or something?

To update your Dingoo A380 you've got to overwrite your internal MicroSD with the firmware image. For Linux you should use DD in the terminal and for Windows you should use the Disk Image Writer.

I recommend to use a replacement MicroSD. A good quality MicroSD is a lot better than the default one and you always have a backup if you fail to write the firmware image to the MicroSD.
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Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2012, 04:38:03 pm »
Firmware V2.00.20 is available. The download link can be found in the OP. Let me know if it works.

I added FBA to the emulators list. There are a lot of games that you shouldn't put in the CPS1, CPS2 or NEO-GEO folder. Some of the arcade games made by Semicom, Raizing, Atlus ... etc run just fine on the Dingoo A380 and can now be put in the FBA folder.

There's support for zip and fba format. You should try them first as a zip without renaming them. If it works try to rename them. Some of them can be renamed and others can't because they probably use old drivers that can't handle long file names.

If it isn't possible to run them as a zip try to convert them to fba format.


Note: I added the complete gamelist as an attachment.

I spend a lot of time trying to run these ROMs and I now have more than 50 games that can be played on my Dingoo A380.  ;D
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zipaway

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2012, 12:28:53 am »
Great work Alien Grey! You have done it again  ;D

Im looking forward to any other updates you come up with, if you need any help just ask.

Also I recommend that you modify your first post to give step by step instructions on how to upgrade the a380 firmware. A lot of people are not very tech minded and it is very hard to come up with instructions on their own; I had a hard time. People are posting in the help sections of the forum and are not getting any help because a320 people overlook the post.

Here is an example:
http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-help/a380-(and-indeed-any-dingoo)-virgin-needs-help-updating-firmware/

I have posted rough instructions to the link which you can then modify then place in your first post. Im not really sure if opening up the dingoo was neccesary but i did it so I included it in my instructions to the dude.  :P
Maybe you can include how to swap the micro sd for a better one like i did.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2012, 02:59:49 am by zipaway »

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2012, 07:25:29 am »
Next thing I'm going to try is to add Nederlands (dutch language) to the firmware.

I'm going to add the instructions how to write the firmware image on a MicroSD.


Edit:

A question. To enable the wireless controller connection they called that "Handler" in the firmware. Is thit what it's supposed to be named or should it actually be called "Wireless" or "Controller" or something else? ???
« Last Edit: February 28, 2012, 07:38:24 am by Alien Grey »
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zipaway

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2012, 10:45:00 pm »
Quote
A question. To enable the wireless controller connection they called that "Handler" in the firmware. Is thit what it's supposed to be named or should it actually be called "Wireless" or "Controller" or something else?

Ya im not really sure either, maybe it should be called controller

zipaway

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2012, 12:21:36 am »
Would it be possible for your next firmware update to correct the default GBA emulator key config.

Try playing F-Zero 2, or try scrolling through the bestiary in Castlevania Aria of sorrow and you will see that that the default L and R controls are in reverse positions.

L is supposed to be R
R is supposed to be L

Please fix lol, I know I can set them but I hate setting them back to the correct way after I set a380 to default settings
« Last Edit: March 03, 2012, 01:12:46 am by zipaway »

Alien Grey (OP)

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2012, 09:08:42 am »
I think that this is an issue with the emulator. We don't have the source code for the emulators so it can't be fixed.
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zipaway

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Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
« Reply #39 on: March 03, 2012, 03:47:45 pm »
I remember there was .ini files for each emulator that you could change default settings.
I would check now, but my Ubuntu is screwed up and wont start up anymore  ???

 

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