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Title: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on January 25, 2012, 09:03:07 pm
Dingoo A-380 Custom FirmWare


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


New in CFW V2.11.09:

Moved swap to External MicroSD card to improve read/write speed.
Added SDL VICE 2.4.6 with sound fix for the Dingoo A-380.
Added new UAE4All build with sound fix for the Dingoo A-380.
Fix CFW Emulators Super Nintendo.


Game ROM compatibility list:

Emulators - CAPCOM System 1 - "game" sub folder "cps1" - ROM format .zip and .fba
Emulators - CAPCOM System 2 - "game" sub folder "cps2" - ROM format .zip and .fba
Emulators - FinalBurn Alpha - "game" sub folder "fba" - ROM format .zip and .fba
Emulators - NEO-GEO - "game" sub folder "neogeo" - ROM format .zip and .fba (neogeo.zip with the BIOS files is necessary to use zip format)
Emulators - Nintendo - "game" sub folder "nes" - ROM format .nes
Emulators - Super Nintendo - "game" sub folder "snes" - ROM format .sfc and .smc
Emulators - Game Boy - "game" sub folder "gb" - ROM format .gb
Emulators - Game Boy Color - "game" sub folder "gbc" - ROM format .gbc
Emulators - Game Boy Advance - "game" sub folder "gba" - ROM format .gba
Emulators - SEGA Mega Drive - "game" sub folder "md" - ROM format .bin, .gen and .smd
Emulators - SEGA Master System - "game" sub folder "sms" - ROM format .sms
Emulators - SEGA Game Gear - "game" sub folder "gg" - ROM format .gg and .sms (rename your .gg ROM to .sms for SEGA Master System compatibility)

CFW Emulators - FinalBurn Alpha - "game" sub folder "fba" - ROM format .zip
CFW Emulators - Nintendo - "game" sub folder "nes" - ROM format .nes and .zip
CFW Emulators - Super Nintendo - "game" sub folder "snes" - ROM format .fig, .sfc, .smc and .zip
CFW Emulators - Game Boy - "game" sub folder "gb" - ROM format .gb
CFW Emulators - Game Boy Color - "game" sub folder "gbc" - ROM format .gbc
CFW Emulators - Game Boy Advance - "game" sub folder "gba" - ROM format .gba
CFW Emulators - SEGA Mega Drive - "game" sub folder "md" - ROM format .bin, .gen, .smd and .zip
CFW Emulators - SEGA CD - "game" sub folder "scd" - ROM format .iso, .bin and .cso/mp3
CFW Emulators - SEGA Master System - "game" sub folder "sms" - ROM format .sms
CFW Emulators - SEGA Game Gear - "game" sub folder "gg" - ROM format .gg and .sms (rename your .gg ROM to .sms for SEGA Master System compatibility)
CFW Emulators - Atari Lynx - "game" sub folder "lynx" - ROM format .lnx, .lyx and .zip


Note: You need an External MicroSD to use firmware V2.00.25 and later or you cant use the Audio Player, Video Player, Pictures and E-Book because the folders to store the files are moved to the external MicroSD card. I did this to have more space for game ROMs on the internal MicroSD card. Open-Source Emulators is linked to the "emulator" folder on the external MicroSD card. Open-Source Games is linked to the "game" folder on the external MicroSD card. SDL Games is linked to the "sdlgames" folder on the external MicroSD card. They show only the dge files. I've used an online translation program to translate Open-Source Emulators, Open-Source Games and SDL Games for the firmware. Let me know when it's wrong so I can fix it.


NEO-GEO zip format:

Download and extract the Dingoo A380 FBA Conversion Tool from Dingoo Technology. Copy the neogeo.zip from the rom folder to your Dingoo A380 "game" sub folder "neogeo" with your neogeo rom zips. Don't try to rename the zips or it won't work.


Note: A list of Neo-Geo games that work as a zip can be found here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/msg49383/#msg49383
 (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/msg49383/#msg49383)
Thanks to retrodd and Santo for making this list.


Original Dingoo A-380 emulators:

It's now possible to change and save the emulator settings. Changing brightness doesn't work with FC/Nintendo. Frame skipping isn't possible. The setting always returns back to 0.



Warning: Don't update the firmware if it's important for you to have the equalizer settings for the Audio Player. Dingoo Technology removed it in firmware V2.0016.

 

Firmware download:

Download Old Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II": http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,42,721
 (http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,42,721)
Download New Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD": http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,42,724 (http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,42,724)

Download Original Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.001: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDMlZha2RaZDFDUE0/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDMlZha2RaZDFDUE0/view?usp=sharing)

Download Original Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.0016: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDT0E4WlJCVnRCMHc/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDT0E4WlJCVnRCMHc/view?usp=sharing)


Note: Use "Restore Default Settings" the first time you use a new firmware. Run every application in the firmware to create the necessary folders and sub folders on the internal and external MicroSD cards. To make the swapfile put Swap to On and wait patiently till you hear the sound and icon animation continues.


CFW Emulator Pack download:

Dingoo A-380 V2.11.09 Emulator Pack: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDd20yOENsRnRsWFE/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_3jEC5DoqDd20yOENsRnRsWFE/view?usp=sharing)

New in the emulator pack: SDL VICE V2.4.6, UAE4All (sound fix), PSX4All (fix), ScummVM 1.7.0 and CFW Super Nintendo (update).


Note: Boot the factory kernel before you charge the battery with an USB wall charger. Charging the battery with the new kernel is slow.


Tools:

Roadkil's Disk Image: http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=12&Action=NewOSID&DownloadVersion=9&Installer=NO (http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=12&Action=NewOSID&DownloadVersion=9&Installer=NO)

MiniTool Partition Wizard: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html (http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html)


SEGA CD - BIN to CSO/MP3 converter: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,115,656 (http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,115,656)


Tutorials:


Windows


You need Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Roadkil's DiskImage. You can find a download link in the Tools section.


Start Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Delete all the partitions on your MicroSD card. Right click on your MicroSD card disk in Mini Tool Partition Wizard and choose Wipe Partition. Choose Fill Sectors with Zero (Quick) and click OK.

After wiping the entire MicroSD card start Roadkil's DiskImage. Select your MicroSD card (it's probably the bottom Physical Disk) and browse to the CFW image. Start the writing of the CFW image to the MicroSD card.

After writing the CFW image with Roadkil's DiskImage open Mini Tool Partition Wizard and resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1.


Linux/Ubuntu


Start Gparted to know what the disk name is. This can be mmcblk0 or a sd depending on what you're using to connect the MicroSD card to the computer. As an example I'm going to use mmcblk0 but of course you've got to change that to your disk name.

The first thing to do is unmount the partitions on the MicroSD card. You can do that in Gparted by selecting a partition and right click than choose Unmount. After unmounting the partitons close Gparted.


The next thing to do is erase the MicroSD card.

To erase the MicroSD card use this command in the terminal:
Code: [Select]
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1M

After erasing the MicroSD card go to the directory with the CFW image.

Use this command to write CFW image to the MicroSD card:
Code: [Select]
sudo dd if=CFW-V21109.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

After writing the CFW image to the MicroSD card remove it from the computer.


If you want to resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1, connect the MicroSD card again to the computer and  resize it with Gparted.


Mac OS X


Use this command to become root:
Code: [Select]
su

Use this to know the disk number for the MicroSD card:
Code: [Select]
diskutil list
As an example I'm going to use disk1 but of course you've got to change that to your disk number.


The first thing to do is unmount the MicroSD card:
Code: [Select]
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1

To erase the MicroSD card use this command:
Code: [Select]
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk1 bs=1M

After erasing the MicroSD card go to the directory with the CFW image.

Use this command to write CFW image to the MicroSD card:
Code: [Select]
dd if=CFW-V21109.img of=/dev/disk1

After writing the CFW image to the MicroSD card remove it from the computer.


Videos:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwc8qr2YKjE
Video tutorial from retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht3LUsfvFTs
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.01.04 video by retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3kcd00qbI
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.05.03 video by retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zBIO-RVZ_Q
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.06.01 video by retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVKonXgQgkY
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.08.03 video by retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYkh3iDXr6M
Testing new kernel video by retrodd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urTvl4dO0yM
Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.10.28 video with MAME4All from slaanesh by retrodd



Special Thanks:

Dingoo Technology for releasing the source code.
Carlos Wong for making the source code public available.
d_smagin for all his help with the CFW.
slaanesh for the Dingoo A-380 MAME4All.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: chaddwith2ds on January 25, 2012, 10:18:42 pm
good work.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: cypresstwist on January 26, 2012, 07:03:08 am
I was also tinkering with that EXT2 partition yesterday and also saw the lack of free space on it. What could be done is to edit the partition and enlarge it, giving it an extra 30-50 megs. Also, I also noticed the problem of editing files on that partition. I wanted to add an extra menu to my firmware so that i can launch my favourite games without having to scroll through menus. I edited the CFG file accordingly but the system kept rebooting itself. Had to restore from backup.
What could be done with a larger EXT2 partition is to add more wallpapers and name them c4.png, c5.png, c6.png and so on.
I was also thinking about modifying some scripts so that the language menu turns into a theme-switcher. Themes would be residing on the FAT32 partition (because of the lack of space on the EXT2 one) but they would be hard-coded on the EXT2 partition, since there are some scripts that need modification. I'll think of a way to circumvent this and enable theming support without the need to specify each theme in a script residing on the EXT2 partition. It could be done with an .INI file on the FAT32 that is invoked from a script residing on EXT2.

Regarding the emulator settings not being saved, there could be two reasons for this. One is that the files might be read-only (haven't checked, but this would be my first guess). The second would be that once created, new files have to be made part of the same group (nogroup) and attributed to the same user (nouser). In Linux you can do this with chown username:groupname file .
Nonetheless, the first thing that I would do if I were you would be to make that EXT2 partition larger.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 26, 2012, 10:35:06 pm
I've tried to make the EXT2 partiton larger with gparted but it didn't fix anything. There's still only 2% free space available and the partition is bad and can't be fixed.


It's important to know that when you want to use NEO-GEO zip format, to store your ROMs on your Dingoo, you can't rename them or the games won't run anymore.  :(
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Pottzman on January 27, 2012, 03:07:00 pm
I was able to copy files to that partition. in linux just use the terminal and sudo copy the files you want. i had the same problem you are experiencing but using the sudo command seemed to help.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 27, 2012, 04:38:31 pm
I was able to copy files to that partition. in linux just use the terminal and sudo copy the files you want. i had the same problem you are experiencing but using the sudo command seemed to help.

I can copy files to it as root but not all. I'm still trying to fix it.

I removed the backup image because I think that it's bad. I tried to restore the backup image and it didn't seem to work. I'll upload it again when I'm sure that it works or when someone confirms that it worked for him.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: cypresstwist on January 27, 2012, 04:49:06 pm
One thing you could do is archive the files from the EXT2 partition (to preserve attributes and permissions), delete the EXT2 partition, recreate it and resize it, then copy the files back. See if that works.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.0016 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 27, 2012, 07:34:46 pm
I'm making progress. I deleted the EXT2 partition and created a new one and copied all files back from my other MicroSD. Now I've got around 72MB free space.  :)

Saving the emulator settings is now working. Changing brightness for NES (fc) games still doesn't work.  >:(


Is there anyone that can confirm that changing brightness with NES (fc) works on his Dingoo A380?
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 28, 2012, 12:01:27 am
Updated the firmware to V2.00.18
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: cypresstwist on January 28, 2012, 07:59:24 am
Brightness settings are not saved with the NES emulator on my A380.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway on January 28, 2012, 07:23:29 pm
Thank you very much for your work.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 28, 2012, 09:46:49 pm
Thank you very much for your work.

You're welcome. I saw your post in the old firmware backup/unbricker thread but I see that you already found the new one.  ;D


We can use some nice custom backgrounds in the firmware so where are cg artists?
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway on January 28, 2012, 10:12:15 pm
What resolution/size/format do the backgrounds have to be in?
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 28, 2012, 10:21:58 pm
What resolution/size/format do the backgrounds have to be in?

400 pixels x 240 pixels png format and maybe it's a good idea to use Dingoonity in the backgrounds.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway on January 28, 2012, 11:04:19 pm
I'm assuming that when you mean use dingoonity in the background it means to include the dingoonity logo somewhere in the background, or does it mean make a dingoonity themed background?

Well anyways for the hard work you people have put in l will create one or two backgrounds by tomorrow.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 29, 2012, 12:16:48 am
Logo and name. See left corner on top of the webpage.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on January 30, 2012, 10:47:45 pm
Firmware V2.00.19 BETA 1 is available. You can find the download link in the OP.

New backgrounds and icons.


Discuss it in the Custom A380 Backgrounds! thread.
http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/custom-a380-dingoonity-backgrounds! (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/custom-a380-dingoonity-backgrounds!)
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway on January 31, 2012, 12:12:28 am
Quote
It takes some time to have a firmware image ready to share so it probably won't be before next weekend.

Haha I thought it was ganna take a week  ;)
Good job though.

I have plans for a few other backgrounds/designs but It will probably be awhile though since im busy with exams the following weeks.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway on February 01, 2012, 11:37:00 pm
Alien, I want to get an 8gb micro sd, so will your img be okay since its only 4gb or do i need to get an 8gb img fom you, im really confused.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on February 02, 2012, 07:04:52 am
Alien, I want to get an 8gb micro sd, so will your iso be okay since its only 4gb or do i need to get an 8gb iso fom you, im really confused.

Remove the FAT32 partition and make a new one with all the available free space.

For Linux use GParted and for Windows use Mini Tool Partition Wizard.


Download Mini Tool Partition Wizard: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html (http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html)
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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.  :(
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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?


Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: cypresstwist 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.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.

Code: [Select]
sudo gnome-commander
Select a file in Gnome-Commander and right click on it. Than choose "open with" and search for Gedit.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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/

Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Nellib 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?
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Nellib 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.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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. :-*
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: danilop2k2 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?
Title: Re: Firmware V2.00.18 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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? ???
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey 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.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: zipaway 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  ???
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 03, 2012, 09:20:14 pm
That won't make a difference. When you load the default settings it's going to be reversed again.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 07, 2012, 09:15:18 pm
Adding a new language isn't possible but replacing a language is possible. I choose to replace Chinese with Nederlands (Dutch). This means that when you need the Chinese language you can't use the new custom firmwares anymore or you have to replace the language file yourself with the Chinese language file. If you don't know how to do it you can ask Dingoo Tech to do it and they can put the Chinese language back to the firmware and add the dutch language as a new language to their firmware.  ;D

I also enabled .sms support for the SEGA Game Gear emulator. There are a few games like Mickey Mouse - Castle Of Illusion that can only run in SEGA Master System compatibility mode or you can't play them. This is easy to fix. All you have to do is change the .gg to .sms to fix this issue.

I'm going to need someone to fix the Engrish in the firmware. I think that everyone already noticed that the english translation in the firmware is terrible and that this should be fixed in the firmware. You can find the English language file as an attachement to this post to fix the Engrish. I can replace it in the firmware so you don't have to look at the terrible translation.

I don't know if the other languages are also terrible translated, but if they are and you want it to be fixed, I can make the language file available so you can fix it. Give me the fixed version and I replace it in the firmware.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: BrendanSmall on March 08, 2012, 01:43:31 pm
Ok, I'm 64gb'd w/.20 firmware :).  Why won't my emulators work?  This is a total newb question, and I hate it.  I've modded my 320, Gemei 330, and Caanoo...but this thing escapes me.  If the .dge files are in the linux partitions, where do I put the roms if I'm running a windows-based system? 
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 08, 2012, 01:59:11 pm
You should put your emulators on the FAT32 partition. The dge files on the EXT3 partition are shortcuts to the emulators on the FAT32 partition. You can download them in the OP or copy them from your original Dingoo A380 MicroSD.

Put the emulator folder with the Dingoo A380 emulators on your internal MicroSD FAT32 partition. All the other folders with the open-source emulators should be put on the external MicroSD if you have one. 

Then press every emulator button to create the game folder and the emulator sub folders. Put your ROMs in the emulator folders.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: BrendanSmall on March 08, 2012, 03:32:19 pm
Yeah, took me a minute but figured that one out by re-installing the original SD card and seeing what's up.  The 20 firmware doesn't have the 'emulator' folder in the FAT32 partition, but it has the others, which is what threw me off.  I just copied everything from the original FAT partition into the 'ALIEN_GREY' partition (29Gb of goodies :)) and it all fired up.  I got a copy of Stella to work too, the one Slaanesh modded for handheld use.  I put it in the EMUS folder and set up the rom directory address by altering the config file with Notepad++. 

Now...anyone have PRBoom/CZDoom working on this yet?  That's my drug of choice :).

Oh, I'm also installing dual-boot Ubuntu on my XP laptop tonight, so I can edit things properly.  I can't 'read' the linux partitions on the card, only on the firmware image, so I can't edit them.  I can edit stuff on the FAT32 partition though, obviously, but I need to learn more :).
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 08, 2012, 08:50:49 pm
The good news is that changing a language on the Dingoo A380 is possible and now I can use the Dutch language. The bad news is that I couldn't replace it with the Chinese language because there's a bug in the firmware that won't let you replace the Chinese emulator option language text.  >:(  That isn't acceptable so the only thing I could do is replace it with a different language. This isn't exactly what I wanted to do but I didn't have a choice so I replaced it with the Japanese language so I could at least have the emulator option text in English.  ???
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.20 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 12, 2012, 08:27:16 am
I can move the audio, video, pictures and file readers folders to the external MicroSD. I did this for my own Dingoo A380. I can change this in the next custom firmware release but the question is if you would like me to do that?

The problem is that if I move the folders to the external MicroSD you can't use it anymore without an external MicroSD.

The next custom firmware is going to have the icons and list select build by zipaway. The list select is also replaced for audio and video.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 14, 2012, 10:54:53 pm
Firmware V2.00.23 is online.  ;D
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 16, 2012, 01:53:14 am
Hi. I just got my a380 and I installed the new firmware v2.0023. And everything seems to be working fine. However, I replaced the internal 4gb SD card with a 32gb SD card. Everything works properly, but when I connect the system by USB to my PC, I'm only showing 4gb of space. I'm assuming this is because the img that I wrote to the 32 gb SD card had only a 4gb FAT 32 partition. Is there any way to increase the FAT 32 partition size? Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 16, 2012, 12:39:26 pm
You can make the FAT32 partition larger. Use GParted in Ubuntu/Linux to delete the FAT32 partition and create a new one. For Windows you can use mini partition tool. http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
 (http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html)
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 16, 2012, 02:54:43 pm
You can make the FAT32 partition larger. Use GParted in Ubuntu/Linux to delete the FAT32 partition and create a new one. For Windows you can use mini partition tool. http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
 (http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html)

I'm trying that with Partion Wizard right now, but it looks like it only lets me adjust the current FAT32 partition (approx 4GB in size). It's definitely a 32GB SD card. I'm using Windows 7. This is with the SD card in the a380 and connected via USB to the Computer. If I take the SD card out and plug it in through my SD slot on the computer, it won't read it at all (just shows up as needing to be formatted). I'm currently wiping the FAT 32 partition and trying that way. I think what I'll need to do is format the entire card again in the SD slot with SD Formatter, allocate an approx 4gb partition to be used for the img with partition wizard, and leave the rest unpartitioned. Then, after I mount the img, I should be able to come BACK in partition wizard, and merge the 4GB FAT 32 partition with the rest of the unpartioned space (once I format the unpartitioned space as FAT32).
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 16, 2012, 03:30:11 pm
Oh! Nevermind! I just removed the SD disk from the a380, and put it directly in the SD slot on my computer and deleted and created the new partition there. Thanks!
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 16, 2012, 03:44:38 pm
My next question is that MAME doesn't show up in the emulator list on the a380. I have the MAME folder on my SD card though. How do I make it show up in the list without having to move MAME to the external SD card?
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 16, 2012, 04:56:52 pm
It's better to move Mame and all other open-source emulators to the external MicroSD. It's better because the open-source on the Dingoo A380 is a shortcut to the external MicroSD. Download the emulator package from the OP to use the english version of midpath that runs without having to keep it in the emus folder.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 17, 2012, 11:42:53 pm
I got several CPS2 roms but can't get any of them to run. I don't even get an option to start the CPS2 emulator. I go to EMULATORS and select CPS2, and all it does is come up with a menu saying "The previous directory". I'm looking in the CPS2 folder and all the roms are there. Maybe I don't have the CPS2 emulator? I'm using V2.00.23. Any help?
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 17, 2012, 11:52:27 pm
The ROMS should be in zip or fba format and you should have nxu.dge in the emulator folder.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 17, 2012, 11:58:51 pm
Wrong format was it, thanks! I was using .cp2 files.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 18, 2012, 03:46:50 am
Well, spoke too soon. The ROMs show up now and I can start the emulator and select them, then I get a screen that says "Single Player Mode" "Create Server" or "Serch Server", I select "Single Player Mode" and I get a screen that says "Please Wait..." then goes to a blank screen and stays there. If I select "Create Server", the system locks up totally and won't respond at all and won't turn off (which is what it's doing now) guess I just wait for the battery to die.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 18, 2012, 08:00:33 am
Push the reset button if it doesn't want to turn off and try with loading factory defaults.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: nodata on March 18, 2012, 07:31:31 pm
Ok did that. Forgot about the reset button, thanks! Still though, when it starts, I get "Please Wait..." then that screen goes away to a blank screen. If I hit Select+Start at the same time, I get the emulator menu ("Continue, GameConfig, KeyConfig, State Load/Save, Reset, Exit), but the ROM never loads. I've checked and made sure the ROMS weren't on the list of ROMs that don't work. And this seems to happen with every CPS2 ROM I try. Maybe I got a bunch of bad ROMs? What's the correct file size for the AVP ROM I should be using?

Nevermind again! That was it! Bad ROM files. Found good ones.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: msch76 on March 20, 2012, 11:00:14 am
First of all thank you for this great firmware!
I have the proplem that after the second time I turn on the A380, it gets stuck in the Dinoo screen ... After pressing the reset-button everything is ok agen. Setting back to factory setting has brought nothing.
Excuse my bad English! Regards Matthias
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 20, 2012, 06:35:56 pm
Maybe the file system is corrupt on your MicroSD. To try to fix it in Windows you can delete all the partions on your MicroSD. Make one large FAT32 partition and format it with the SD Formatter.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: msch76 on March 21, 2012, 08:18:38 am
Thank you for your help! that was the solution.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: danilop2k2 on March 23, 2012, 02:06:22 pm
how about new firmware with accurate sound support on all those crappy emulators?
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 23, 2012, 02:28:46 pm
how about new firmware with accurate sound support on all those crappy emulators?

Nobody can fix that without the source codes for the emulators.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: danilop2k2 on March 23, 2012, 03:38:42 pm
so, is there no chance of acceptable accuracy / emulation on this machine?
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: twisty2k7 on March 28, 2012, 09:57:42 pm
Can anyone help?

I have opened my A380, taken out the chip, created one big FAT32 partition and written the latest firmware version to it but now my PC thinks that my Micro SD card is only 4gb, not 8gb.  Why would this happen?
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 28, 2012, 10:02:17 pm
You should make the FAT32 partition larger with MiniTool Partition Wizard. The download link is in the OP.
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: twisty2k7 on March 28, 2012, 11:05:02 pm
That's the problem, I did.  I made the partition about 99% the size of the SD card but as soon as I wrote the image using the recommended software, it thought the card was half the size
Title: Re: New Firmware V2.00.23 with NEO-GEO zip support
Post by: Alien Grey on March 29, 2012, 06:59:07 am
After writing the firmware image the card is going to be 4GB. Make the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1 larger with MiniTool Partition Wizard. I don't know how it exactly works because I use GParted in Ubuntu but I think you should delete the FAT32 partition and than make a new one.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 30, 2012, 02:56:51 pm
Firmware Dingoo A-380 V2.00.24 is available. Download link in the OP.

It's a small update but I need my MicroSD card to work on the Dingoo A-320e firmware.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on March 31, 2012, 12:10:57 am
I know that you guys have gone over this for the last 5 pages now, and it all is pretty straight forward to most of you, but I tried to update it myself and it didn't work.  What I did was download the new Firmware, write it to the 8gb card and then when I fired the console up I hit the "restore default settings" button and the console went to Chinese, so I figured I was on the right track.  But I'm not sure what you mean by ".press the emulator buttons to create the game folder and the emulator sub folders."  So maybe that's all I need to do for it to work? When I hooked the console back up to the pc it wants to format the MicroSd card, so I hit cancel and figured I'd better ask for help.  I'm not sure if I just need to find the right emulator button and then it will create the folders to put the roms in or I need to format the MicroSD card first and then write the image to the card.  Even it it's this way, I am still unsure which is the emulator button I need to hit to create the game folder and emulator sub folders.  If anyone can give me a hand I'd really be grateful. H.G.

P.S. I've been reading and re-reading this thread and maybe I'm going about this wrong.  Am I supposed to write the new firmware image to the internal or the external mini-SD card?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 31, 2012, 12:15:47 pm
It's easier to do it than to explain. All you should do is start everything the first time you use a new firmware. This is going to make all the folders needed to put your files back. Don't forget to copy the emulators to your Dingoo.

Also if you use a 8GB card you've got to enlarge the FAT32 partition or you can only use 4GB.

Edit:

You write this firmware image on your internal MicroSD card
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on March 31, 2012, 12:26:39 pm
It's easier to do it than to explain. All you should do is start everything the first time you use a new firmware. This is going to make all the folders needed to put your files back. Don't forget to copy the emulators to your Dingoo.

Also if you use a 8GB card you've got to enlarge the FAT32 partition or you can only use 4GB.

Edit:

You write this firmware image on your internal MicroSD card

Now I'm really lost.  It won't let me write the new firmware to the internal MicroSD, it says that there isn't enough space???
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 31, 2012, 01:03:06 pm
The first thing you should do is format your MicroSD card that you're going to use as the internal one with the SD Formatter. Than you write the firmware image to your MicroSD card with the Disk Image Writer for Windows. Safely remove the MicroSD card from your computer.

Put the MicroSD card in your Dingoo internal MicroSD slot. Power it on. Connect your Dingoo A-380 to your computer and copy the emulator folder with the emulators to your Dingoo A-380 internal drive. Copy the other folders that contain the open-source emulators to your external MicroSD card if you have one. Discconnect your Dingoo A-380 from your computer and run every application (emulators, audio, video ...). This is going to create all the folders on your MicroSD card. To use Audio, Video and E-Book you need an external MicroSD card. The folders to store your Audio, Video and E-Book files will be created on the external MicroSD.

If you want to make the FAT32 partition larger, you have to use MiniTool Partition Wizard. The partition is labeled ALIEN_GREY1. I can't give you a more detailed explanation because I never used it. I'm using Ubuntu/Linux. I agree that it would be a lot more easier if someone would explain to you how it should be done. So many users use Windows but nobody takes the time to write a few lines to explain it.  ???

Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 31, 2012, 01:14:08 pm
Now I'm really lost.  It won't let me write the new firmware to the internal MicroSD, it says that there isn't enough space???

You have to open your Dingoo A-380 and take out the internal MicroSD card. Don't overwrite it but use a new one. Keep the original one as a backup. If you fail to write the firmware image you can be in a lot of trouble.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on March 31, 2012, 02:31:39 pm
Now I'm really lost.  It won't let me write the new firmware to the internal MicroSD, it says that there isn't enough space???

You have to open your Dingoo A-380 and take out the internal MicroSD card. Don't overwrite it but use a new one. Keep the original one as a backup. If you fail to write the firmware image you can be in a lot of trouble.

Thanks again Alien Grey, I just opened up my A-380 and popped out the MicroSD card.  I'm going to get a new one right now, but once I do, can I just write the image to it, or do I have to format it and do the partition thing first??
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 31, 2012, 02:35:17 pm
You don't have to format it. If it doesn't work than you should use it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on March 31, 2012, 07:52:04 pm
Through no one's fault but my own I think I trashed the damm console!!!!  I wrote the new Firmware to the internal mini-SD card with no problems, and it shows up and so does the external mini SD card.  HOWEVER, the console only turns on in usb mode, I can't get it to turn on if it's not connected to the pc.  In less than 24 hours I guess I broke the thing unless any one here has any ideas what could be going wrong??? :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on March 31, 2012, 08:00:22 pm
Open it again and look at the power button. Push the switch down in hold mode. Than close your console and leave just enough space to put the power button back in it's place for hold mode.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 04, 2012, 01:37:59 pm
Open it again and look at the power button. Push the switch down in hold mode. Than close your console and leave just enough space to put the power button back in it's place for hold mode.

Actually it turns out that I had unsoldered one of the wires going from the battery  to the console, DOH!!!!!!.  I guess I wasn't as careful as I thought, lol.  I saw it today, soldered the wire again and now the console works and I have got the MD emulator running fine with the new firmware.  Thanks for walking me through this Alien Grey!!  However, for some strange reason, once I hit the options menu when I'm playing a game, it's all in Chinese!!  Even though everything else is in English on the console menu, for some reason the "in game" emulator is in Chinese and I can't change it. Any idea why this is happening?  No one else seems to have this problem. H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 04, 2012, 03:32:56 pm
Try with restore default settings. If that doesn't fix it, you can check the disk for errors in Linux, or format it with the SD Formatter in Windows and write the image back to the MicroSD card.

Edit:

Loading default settings should do the trick. I just remember that for V2.00.24 I didn't do this before I made the backup image.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 04, 2012, 10:24:23 pm

Loading default settings should do the trick. I just remember that for V2.00.24 I didn't do this before I made the backup image.  ;D

LOl, thank you once again, that did the trick!!!!  I also want to thank you for all that you are doing to improve the A-380.  I still don't understand why they don't bother to use decent software in these consoles.  It's really nice that someone is working on improving the A-380.  Having said that, I was just wondering if there is any chance of the frame skip option working eventually?  Some people on the web seem to feel that both the MD and SNES emulators run fine, but I think they run rather slow.  For me the SNES emulator isn't even playable it runs so slow. I don't know if the frameskip could fix that, but it would be worth a try. The diagonals don't seem to be right either?? I also can't seem to change the key config. either.  Is that not doable?? Once again, despite the bugs,  thanks for all of your efforts, they are appreciated, H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 05, 2012, 02:35:25 pm
Frameskip can't be fixed but changing the key config should also be possible after loading default settings. The SNES and MD emulator should be playable. Maybe try the emulators that you can find in the OP.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 05, 2012, 07:06:40 pm
Frameskip can't be fixed but changing the key config should also be possible after loading default settings. The SNES and MD emulator should be playable. Maybe try the emulators that you can find in the OP.

I just tried to change the buttons to the following, A is "Y" B is "B" and C is "A" I hit the A button to confirm and then B to go back and NONE of the buttons work.  And I mean NONE of them!!  I have to go back to the main console menu and hit the restore default settings buttons to get the buttons to work again, but the A and C buttons are switched.  I'm also not sure what you mean by the emulators in the "OP."  If it stands for opening post, I think those are the one's I'm using.  Side scroller games seem to go fine, maybe slow, but with sports games like soccer or basketball where you have to move up and down and diagonally I notice something wrong.  Maybe I'm not using the right emulators?? I only tried one game in the SNES, which was Sensible Soccer, and it was like the players were walking instead of running.  I don't know what games the rest of you are playing, but I not only notice the sports games to run slow in both emulators, but with the MD, I notice something wrong with the up and down/diagonal movements. H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 05, 2012, 07:41:53 pm
The Sensible Soccer game runs smooth on my Dingoo. I think it's time to open your Dingoo again. Format your MicroSD card with the SD Formatter and write the firmware image back to your card.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 05, 2012, 09:53:09 pm
The Sensible Soccer game runs smooth on my Dingoo. I think it's time to open your Dingoo again. Format your MicroSD card with the SD Formatter and write the firmware image back to your card.  ;)

I used the SD formatter you you gave the link for at the start of this thread, and after using it the card says it's only 4gb instead of 8 so I can't write the new firmware.  I don't understand why it's happening if I'm using the Formatter provided in the thread and not windows????? You guys must be getting really sick of me, lol, H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 05, 2012, 10:06:52 pm
Maybe you have to delete the partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard before you use the SD Formatter. Than you can write the firmware image back to the MicroSD card and use MiniTool Partition Wizard again to make the FAT32 partition larger.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 05, 2012, 10:35:48 pm
Maybe you have to delete the partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard before you use the SD Formatter. Than you can write the firmware image back to the MicroSD card and use MiniTool Partition Wizard again to make the FAT32 partition larger.

To be honest with you, I'm at my wits end with this console.  I can't get it recognize the other 4gb.  You wouldn't happen to have a copy of the V2.00.01 firmware lying around that you could link me would you?? I think that's the  firmware that the console came with when I bought it last week, and it will fit on this 4gb card that's really 8gb, lol.  At this point I'll settle for anything that works!!!  I have tried to Google it, but all the links are dead,  H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 06, 2012, 12:35:44 pm
It's strange that you can't fix it but you don't need 8GB to write the firmware image. You only need 4GB.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 06, 2012, 01:00:24 pm
It's strange that you can't fix it but you don't need 8GB to write the firmware image. You only need 4GB.

Once again, sorry for being such a pain in the neck, one would think that this is the first console I ever owned!!!!This is getting crazy, I've got my Dingoo hooked up to the PC as I type this.  It says that the "Alien Grey1" (E) disk is 3.48 gb to be exact. And I know it's really 8gb because I bought the stupid thing less than a week ago just for the Dingoo!!!  And once I unzip the V2.00.24 firmware it's 3.75 gb to be exact.  I really don't want to open this thing again and risk unsoldering the wires.  Isn't there any other way of doing this????  :'( :'( :'(H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 06, 2012, 02:01:34 pm
No, there isn't. The reason why it's only 4GB is because you didn't make it larger the first time.

The second time you open your Dingoo you can easily take out the MicroSD card. You only have to open it a little bit to take out the MicroSD card.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 06, 2012, 02:18:40 pm
No, there isn't. The reason why it's only 4GB is because you didn't make it larger the first time.

The second time you open your Dingoo you can easily take out the MicroSD card. You only have to open it a little bit to take out the MicroSD card.

Thanks once again my dude!!!!  I have the console open and I'm awaiting instructions, lol.  If it isnt too much trouble, could you explain how in the world I make the card bigger?? Many thanks, H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 06, 2012, 02:56:37 pm
After writing the image to your MicroSD open MiniTool Partition Wizard. Look for the ALIEN_GREY1 partition. That's the one that you should make larger. You probably have to delete the partition and than make a new FAT32 partition and add all the available free space to it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 06, 2012, 04:06:56 pm
After writing the image to your MicroSD open MiniTool Partition Wizard. Look for the ALIEN_GREY1 partition. That's the one that you should make larger. You probably have to delete the partition and than make a new FAT32 partition and add all the available free space to it.

I don't know if this is normal, but I doubt it, as nothing I have done so far is normal, lol.  Anyways, I format the card with the program you provided in the first post, then write the V2.00.24 firmware to the card using the program you also provided in first post.  When it's finished Windows doesn't recognize the card and says that it's not formatted.  Do I have to pop it in the console, hit the reset button and fire it up first before Windows will recognize it later on, or should I try another card??? Thanks once again, and I do mean it, H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 06, 2012, 07:43:02 pm
After writing the firmware image it isn't possible for Windows to recognise the MicroSD card because the first partition is a Linux EXT3 partition. Don't let Windows format the MicroSD card use MiniTool Partition Wizard to make the FAT32 partition larger.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 07, 2012, 03:47:55 pm
After writing the firmware image it isn't possible for Windows to recognise the MicroSD card because the first partition is a Linux EXT3 partition. Don't let Windows format the MicroSD card use MiniTool Partition Wizard to make the FAT32 partition larger.

Thank you once again, and you were right, things seem to be running a lot smoother now. However, I still can't change the button configuration no matter how hard I try.  What would be the A and C buttons on the original MD controller are switched, and it refuses to change so that Y>A, B>B and C>A.  How do you have yours set up in the button config menu? H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: Alien Grey on April 07, 2012, 04:31:32 pm
I don't change them.  ;D

But you're right the button configuration is screwed up. Some of them can be changed and others can't. There isn't anything you can do to fix it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: hiredgun on April 07, 2012, 09:33:09 pm
I don't change them.  ;D

But you're right the button configuration is screwed up. Some of them can be changed and others can't. There isn't anything you can do to fix it.

I have said it in other posts, but I think it bears repeating, so I am going to thank you once again for all the work you are putting in on the A-380!!!!!!!!!!!!!  However, I've been playing it along side of the A320 trying to get the button lay out right for the Neo Geo games and I just have to say that if this console doesn't get a BIG push from the homebrew community I don't see a whole lot of future for it.  The native neo geo emulator for the A320 runs games faster than the A-380 Neo Geo emulator does.  Street Hoop is noticeably slower on the A-380  and forget about the button mapping because like the MD emulator it doesn't work either!!!!  I just hope that down the road you get more help on the improvements you are making for the console.  I think it needs a lot more work than one person can/should do on their own.  H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.24
Post by: retrodd on April 14, 2012, 09:00:59 pm
first of all many thanks to alien grey for his support. my a380 was freezed after install some games and disconnected the usb cable without permission. a380 display was always black, reset or charge was no solution, still black screen.
so i took out the internal sd card and wrote the new img file on it, but it didn't work, "no free space on sd card", i formatted sd card, no way. the problem was that the original 4GB sd card didn't work with the image writer. i took a new kingston 8GB micro SDHC card, and wrote the image without a problem. then i resized the alien grey partition to maximum it's a bit more than 7 GB. copied the emu files on the card and everything works fine.
you did a good job, alien grey :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: Alien Grey on May 14, 2012, 09:46:43 am
Custom Dingoo A-380 firmware V2.00.25 is available. The download link is in the OP. I added Reboot to the firmware.

I'm also going to build a new BETA firmware to make it possible to run the Atari Lynx emulator. It's going to be a BETA because the Atari Lynx emulator isn't fully working on the Dingoo A-380. The source code is also going to be available for download for those who want to try to fix the issue.

I'm going to need some help with this one because I don't know why it isn't working.  ???
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: Alien Grey on May 14, 2012, 04:10:27 pm
BETA Firmware V2.01.00 and the Atari Lynx emulator source code are available. The download links can be found in the OP.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: hiredgun on May 14, 2012, 04:59:35 pm
Thanks again Alien Grey, I always look forward to coming here and seeing things like this.  Makes me keep the faith in my A-380  :) ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 06, 2012, 08:22:11 pm
Hey, me and my friend have installed the latest firmware and got the emulators installed on our A380s but when you try and play games such as Mario kart on the SNES emulator the framerate is very slow, the same thing happens in patches when playing games such as sonic 2 on the mega drive.

Has anybody else found these problems and know of a way round them? Thank you
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: Alien Grey on June 06, 2012, 11:32:17 pm
Hey, me and my friend have installed the latest firmware and got the emulators installed on our A380s but when you try and play games such as Mario kart on the SNES emulator the framerate is very slow, the same thing happens in patches when playing games such as sonic 2 on the mega drive.

Has anybody else found these problems and know of a way round them? Thank you

Try a different ROM. Both games run fine on my Dingoo A-380. If you want to discuss about games on the Dingoo A-380 please use this thread: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/ (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/)  ;)


Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 07, 2012, 09:21:13 am
Yeah thats why we thought it was weird as those games werent on that list. I thought all ROMs were the same and didnt think that that could make a difference to the way they play? I will have a try of some different ROMs to check but it seems a bit weird.

Thanks


Edit: Just noticed you are using the BETA version when we are on .25, i wonder if that makes a difference?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.25
Post by: Alien Grey on June 07, 2012, 10:25:09 am
It won't make a difference because the BETA is exactly the same as version 2.00.25. The only difference is that I added the Atari Lynx emulator to the firmware.

The BETA firmware is soon going to be replaced with a new version. I'm going to remove the Atari Lynx emulator in that version because the problem isn't the emulator. I know that because I've tried to add Ayla's SDLWrapper tool to fix the screen issue with SDL games but it didn't work either. The screen locks up at the game selector screen like it does with the Atari Lynx emulator.

The new version is probably going to be the last version that I'm going to build. I'm no longer motivated to try to make the firmware more user friendly because I think that Dingoo Technology spend more time trying to make it impossible to modify the firmware than actually making it user friendly and make good emulators.  :(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 09, 2012, 01:33:50 pm
Updated firmware to Version 2.00.29.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 10:35:03 am
Hey,

First of all I want to say thank you for updating the firmware, I am very glad that people are developing for this =)
I just installed this and it seems to work ok apart from a couple of things.

1. The SNES emulator is all in Chinese/Japanese (not sure which). The ROMs run ok in whatever language they were made in but the menus and settings are not in English.
Also there is no option when you boot up the emulator to do a multiplayer game?

2. If you turn the sound down in the OS then run an emulator then go back to the OS the volume is back at 20 again, would it be easy to have it remember what the volume was before or set a default volume?

3. Mario Kart/Mode 7 games still dont work on the SNES emulator- the frame rate is very slow and if you look at the time in the top right corner you can clearly see it skipping



The sound on games such as Sonic 2 on the Mega Drive emulator skips a bit at times still, but I can live with that.


Thanks again
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 10:47:40 am
Restore default settings should fix that. You can find it in menu item system.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 11:02:39 am
Cool the language settings are working.

Do you know why the multiplayer options dont come up when you start the SNES emulator now?

Thanks
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 11:58:38 am
Good question. No, I don't know why it doesn't show that anymore. It seems to work with CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO and FBA but not with any of the other emulators.

My question does multiplayer work with the other emulators?

If it does work with the other emulators than I'm going to look what's causing this issue and see if I can fix it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 12:42:04 pm
The SMD one gives you the option at the start to do multiplayer too.

I can test the emulators that give you the option in 5hours time and I will let you know straight after



Edit: Also is there a way to set the default volume in the emulators to be lower? at the moment as soon as i start a game and have my headphones in it is really loud, its set to like 40 or 50% volume I think. Is there a way to set it to 10-20%?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 12:53:16 pm
I'm going to rebuild it from Version 2.00.25 and try to find what's causing this issue.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 01:55:57 pm
Thank you, that would be great.

Also I just checked and all of the default volumes are set to different amounts, but it would be great to have them all about half of the volume that they are set to currently if that would be possible to sort out. Do you know how to do anything like that? :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 04:30:12 pm
Restore default settings should fix the issue with the sound volume. I've got the volume at 20% for every emulator and it doesn't change after a poweroff.

As for the missing multiplayer menu. I'm trying to find out where it got screwed up but I think that if I want to fix it I'm going to have to remove every update from the firmware. The firmware is buggy and every time I'm trying to change or add something it doesn't seem to work as it should be.

What I can do is try to find out the version that doesn't have this issue and make it available for download. The question is if this is necessary because I think that the only emulator that supports multiplayer is the CPS1 - CPS2 - FBA - NEO-GEO emulator.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 08:00:32 pm
The SFC and SMD support them too.

I found another bug too, I cannot access the folder for the open source emulators, ie the playstation one.

What are the major updates in this firmware that would be lost?

I couldn't test the multiplayer tonight as my friends Dingoo was out of battery. We will try in our lunch break tomorrow at work for yoi if you still want us to?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 08:04:47 pm
I went through all the firmware versions to find what's causing the multiplayer issue. I didn't find it. I also tried the original Dingoo Technology firmware V2.0016 but the issue remained. This makes me believe that it isn't the firmware. Maybe the emulators from V2.0016 and V2.00.1 or V2.00.2 are different.  ???
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 08:10:56 pm
The SFC and SMD support them too.

I found another bug too, I cannot access the folder for the open source emulators, ie the playstation one.

What are the major updates in this firmware that would be lost?

I couldn't test the multiplayer tonight as my friends Dingoo was out of battery. We will try in our lunch break tomorrow at work for yoi if you still want us to?

You need an external MicroSD card. On your external MicroSD card it's going to create a folder emulator and a folder game. You should copy your open-source emulators to the emulator folder and your open-source games to the game folder.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 08:13:52 pm
Ok thanks, so we can sort that out. Now I will wait and see if you can get this firmware working otherwise I will just revert back to .25

Edit:
Thank you for your work, its just a shame other people don't help and update the emulators. There are some good ones for the A320 its just a shame nobody will make one of them work for the A380 =(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 08:41:35 pm
I've tried the emulators from V2.00.2 and I also tried the emulators from V2.0016. There's no difference.  ???

I know someone who didn't update the firmware. I'm going to give him a pm to ask about this issue.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 13, 2012, 08:45:37 pm
Thanks, keep us updated.

What does 'enabled gen support for the mega drive' in the .29 version mean?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 08:48:41 pm
There are three different ROM versions for SEGA Genesis. You've got *.smd, *.bin and *.gen ROMs.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 13, 2012, 09:22:15 pm
It looks like I'm right. Only CPS1, CPS2 and NEO-GEO support multiplayer.

http://dingoo.forumactif.org/t2821-jouer-en-multijoueur-sur-la-a380#34434 (http://dingoo.forumactif.org/t2821-jouer-en-multijoueur-sur-la-a380#34434)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 14, 2012, 03:20:23 pm
Why would they have the option to do multiplayer in for the mega drive and snes on the native firmware then? going to try after work, but my friend is on .25 and im on .29 so i dont know if it would work even if it was meant to.

if its true and with the lack of any community emulators for it i am really thinking i wasted my money buying this and not the a320.. i just wish some people would make some emulators for it :(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 14, 2012, 05:26:16 pm
I have just tried the Mega drive emulator multiplayer and it worked like a dream first time. So I am sure the SNES one would work too.

Let me know if you have any luck getting a newer build of the firmware with this stuff working otherwise I will just install .25
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 14, 2012, 07:51:46 pm
You should be happy if you can get the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive emulator running in multiplayer mode.

It's impossible to fix something if it isn't available. I think that the problem with the SNES emulator is that there's no multiplayer because the emulator doesn't support it. If you want this to be fixed you should complain to Dingoo Technology and ask them to add multiplayer to the SNES emulator.

The reason that nobody makes any emulators for the Dingoo A-380 or Dingoo A-320e is because they don't own a Dingoo A-380 or Dingoo A-320e.

The only thing that I can do is make the original Dingoo A-380 firmware version 2.0016 available again for download so everyone can try it out and compare it with the custom firmware version 2.00.29. You can find the original Dingoo Technology firmware version 2.0016 download link in the OP. Now everyone can use the firmware version that he likes the most.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 14, 2012, 09:24:26 pm
ok my mistake, I just got my friend on the .25 to check and there is no multiplayer on the SNES, eventhough I swear it was there, unless it somehow got lost from the .16 to the .25 but I'm guessing that is unlikely as I have been wrong with everything else!

I am sorry for the confusion. I guess that means that the .29 seems to be working fine after all of that, sorry to waste your time testing builds
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 18, 2012, 09:32:13 am
Ive been playing my Dingoo over the weekend quite a bit and I have noticed that about 70% of the time I turn it on I have to use the reset button to get it to turn on. Is that to do with the firmware? Do you get that on yours running .29?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 18, 2012, 09:52:19 am
No. It works fine. Did you format your MicroSD card with the SD Formatter before writing the firmware image to it?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 18, 2012, 01:11:31 pm
Yeah we did
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 18, 2012, 10:53:06 pm
I downloaded and extracted the Dingoo A-380 Version 2.00.29 firmware. I didn't format or secure erase my MicroSD card before I wrote the firmware to it. Everything seems fine. It boots up fine and I could play my games. I've tried it multiple times to boot up and shutdown but it never failed.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 19, 2012, 11:29:23 am
Hmm, its weird it only does it when it has been turned off for a while. So when its off over night it will need a reset, but if i turn it off and then try and turn it on again 30mins later it normally works.

Its not the end of the world, its just a different button to press to turn it on i guess. And I assume it wont do any long-term damage to it
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 19, 2012, 10:04:22 pm
This sounds more like a hardware problem than software problem. Maybe try with a different MicroSD card.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 20, 2012, 01:26:04 pm
Hi Alien,

      what is the difference between "Open-source emulators" and "Open-source games" in the Games menu?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 20, 2012, 04:56:35 pm
There's no difference. It makes it easier to browse to the game or emu that you want to run.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 20, 2012, 06:02:07 pm
oK...

but i don't understand... what do you mean by "browsing game or emu"...
it is not showing files other then .dge... so how can we browse games?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 20, 2012, 06:40:27 pm
The list of Open-Source games and emulators becomes to long. That's why I made a link to the open-source emulators and another link to the open-source games. The reason why it only shows .dge is also to make it easier to run the application.

Just copy your Open-Source emulators to the emulator folder and your Open-Source games to the game folder on your external MicroSD card.  ;)

Edit:

With Open-Source games I mean Digger, OpenTitus ... Maybe that's what's make it confusing for you.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 20, 2012, 08:16:59 pm
you are right...

i dont know whether it plays open source games or not....

thanks for your information....
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 22, 2012, 03:00:37 pm
@ Alien...

         There will be a lot of people who dont have linux (including me)...
       So why don't you think to add some costom backgrounds to the up coming furmware? ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 22, 2012, 04:25:24 pm
Because it isn't necessary. Everyone can make and change his own backgrounds.

Look here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/changing-the-dingoo-a-380-background/ (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/changing-the-dingoo-a-380-background/)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 22, 2012, 05:57:09 pm
oh... thanks :P


what about booting, battery-charging and usb screens?

and display remains ON when charging the console.. cant u change it to fewer secns?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: YaRo on June 22, 2012, 06:40:18 pm
Hello all!
I have a problem with the V2.00.29 on 4GB card. Problem - not enough space on disk (Win32 Disk Imager). Any solutions?
P.S. The same with V2.00.16
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 22, 2012, 07:48:06 pm
oh... thanks :P


what about booting, battery-charging and usb screens?

and display remains ON when charging the console.. cant u change it to fewer secns?

I think that battery-charging and USB should be possible but not the boot screen. I don't find the boot screen in the firmware.

I've got no idea if it would be possible to turn the display off while charging.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 22, 2012, 07:55:47 pm
Hello all!
I have a problem with the V2.00.29 on 4GB card. Problem - not enough space on disk (Win32 Disk Imager). Any solutions?
P.S. The same with V2.00.16

The solution is to use a larger MicroSD card and make the FAT32 partition larger. I'm using the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card to make the firmware images.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: YaRo on June 22, 2012, 08:07:22 pm
Hello all!
I have a problem with the V2.00.29 on 4GB card. Problem - not enough space on disk (Win32 Disk Imager). Any solutions?
P.S. The same with V2.00.16

The solution is to use a larger MicroSD card and make the FAT32 partition larger. I'm using the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card to make the firmware images.

Thank you for your answer. However, I think it's wierd to have lack in free space with the original MicroSD card I use. BTW, free space in my MSD - 3 923 968, your file - 3 932 160.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 22, 2012, 08:29:29 pm
Thank you for your answer. However, I think it's wierd to have lack in free space with the original MicroSD card I use. BTW, free space in my MSD - 3 923 968, you files - 3 932 160.

Rule number one. Don't use your original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card to update the firmware.  ;D

My SanDisk MicroSD cards are a lot faster than the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card. Loading times improve a lot with a good quality MicroSD card.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 23, 2012, 02:37:25 pm

I think that battery-charging and USB should be possible but not the boot screen. I don't find the boot screen in the firmware.

I've got no idea if it would be possible to turn the display off while charging.

its ok alien... pls try if you got a solution...

cant u add the opensource emus like mame, openbor, midpath and chui's emus to the internal memory...? is it possible to listing them to  the opensource emus list in the games menu (like cps1, cps2, gba etc in the emulator sub menu)..
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: drohentrohen on June 23, 2012, 03:37:41 pm
Thank you for your answer. However, I think it's wierd to have lack in free space with the original MicroSD card I use. BTW, free space in my MSD - 3 923 968, you files - 3 932 160.

Rule number one. Don't use your original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card to update the firmware.  ;D

My SanDisk MicroSD cards are a lot faster than the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card. Loading times improve a lot with a good quality MicroSD card.

Hi, I have the same problem as YaRo. I've tried in several ocassions and with different Micro SD Cards (4 and 8 GB), and I always got the same message with the WinDisk Imager: not enough space on disk. I used the SD formatter, the Partition Wizard... but nothing has changed. Maybe the .img files are corrupted?.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: drohentrohen on June 23, 2012, 03:51:18 pm
I think I've followed the instructions very carefully in my attemps of upgrading my Dingoo A380

- Firstly, I downloaded the new firmware https://dl.dropbox.com/u/525714/V20029.img.zip
- Later, I formatted my new one 8GB Scandisk MicroSD card.
- Then, I opened the Win32 Disk Imager, and selected the v20029.img (after descompressing the zip file) and then I chose "Write".

Every time, I read the same message: Not enough space on disk. Pherphaps is a silly question, but, what I have done wrong this time?. Please, any of you have a proper solution?.

Well, after removing the SD card from my Dingoo I had more issues, but that is a different story: It could be that I've misplaced the turn button or discharged the battery, I think. The question is that this buggy console, doesn't turn on unless is connected through the USB to the PC.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 23, 2012, 03:57:05 pm
I can replace some of the backgrounds with some nice custom backgrounds if you want me to do that. A long time a go there were plans to replace them but it never happened.


I don't know if we could replace the boot screen but if I look at this script it looks like the boot screen is in the show_pic.dge.

Code: [Select]
#!/bin/sh
#KJH add poweroff handler

case $1 in
poweroff)
                cd /
                rm /tmp/dmenu_ln
killall main dmenu.bin dmenu nxu.dge gba_emu.dge sfc_emu.dge md_emu.dge fc_emu.dge gbcgb_emu.dge smsgg_emu.dge ap.dge ap_set.dge mplayer mplayer_set.bin fm_open.dge fm_set.dge record.dge sdlcalc countdown.dge startwatch.dge viewimage.dge nupdf.dge txtreader rtfreader docreader
                MMC_NAME=`cat /var/MMCNAME`
                MMC_STATUS=`cat /proc/jz/mmc`
                sleep 2
                /boot/local/sbin/show_pic.dge
                sync
                /boot/local/sbin/flushcache /dev/mtdblock5
                if [ $MMC_NAME != "no" ] && [ $MMC_STATUS == "INSERT" ]
                then
                  /boot/local/sbin/flushcache /dev/$MMC_NAME
                fi
                sleep 2

                umount /usr/mtdblock3
                umount /usr/mtdblock4
                umount /mnt/memory
                if [ $MMC_NAME != "no" ] && [ $MMC_STATUS == "INSERT" ]
                then
                  umount /mnt/mmc
                fi
                echo "poweroff script..."
                echo 1 > /proc/sys/pm/hibernate
;;
*)
;;
esac

I'm not a software developer so I'm not really sure if this is the file that contains the boot screen.


I think it's impossible to turn the screen off while charging. There's nothing that I can find in the firmware that would let me do that.


I can add the open-source emulators or games to the theme.cfg but I don't think that it's a good idea because not everyone has these emulators or games on his Dingoo A-380. The best I can do is like it is in version 2.00.29.


There's also some work to do on the language translations.


As you can see it's to much work for one person.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 23, 2012, 04:11:30 pm
I think I've followed the instructions very carefully in my attemps of upgrading my Dingoo A380

- Firstly, I downloaded the new firmware https://dl.dropbox.com/u/525714/V20029.img.zip
- Later, I formatted my new one 8GB Scandisk MicroSD card.
- Then, I opened the Win32 Disk Imager, and selected the v20029.img (after descompressing the zip file) and then I chose "Write".

Every time, I read the same message: Not enough space on disk. Pherphaps is a silly question, but, what I have done wrong this time?. Please, any of you have a proper solution?.

Well, after removing the SD card from my Dingoo I had more issues, but that is a different story: It could be that I've misplaced the turn button or discharged the battery, I think. The question is that this buggy console, doesn't turn on unless is connected through the USB to the PC.

Try to find a different version of the Disk Image Writer for Windows. That's only thing that I think that's causing this problem when your MicroSD card has enough space.

Put the power switch on hold. This way it's a lot easier to put the power button back on his place.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 23, 2012, 04:23:09 pm
You can find the latest Image Writer for Windows version here: https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer (https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: drohentrohen on June 23, 2012, 05:04:38 pm
Well, it didn't work either. But I found a way with WinImage. From what I have read its mostly caused by built in SDCard writers (i.e. laptops). I did a full format (not quick) and used WinImage to write the SD card instead. Maybe the full format works too with the Win32Image. Whatever!. I've chosen in the menu of WinImage:

- Restore Virtual Hard Drive Image On Physical Disk
- Select the SD card.
- Select the image file.

For the momment it's working, but probably I will have to resize the sd card with the MiniTool Partition. Thank you for the tip with the hold button. After I finish flashing the sd card, I will try. Thanks!.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 23, 2012, 05:29:38 pm
Yes, you're going to have to resize the FAT32 partition and maybe post the link to the WinImage that you're using if it worked for you.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: drohentrohen on June 24, 2012, 03:03:12 am
It's a bit late, I know... but it worked!!. I wasn't sure at first but after the whole process with WinImage 8.5, I introduced the sd card in my Dingoo and, yes!, it's working. The device only detects now the half of the SD card. Well, at least I could have upgraded the device.

http://www.winimage.com/download.htm

After the WinImage, Windows itself and and SD Formatter didn't recognise the format of the SD card. Then I put the card inside the Dingoo, and voil?!, it worked!. But, as I said, 8GB=>4GB
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 24, 2012, 08:05:23 am
Windows doesn't recognize it because the first partition is a Linux EXT3 partition. I think that if you put your MicroSD card in your computer that MiniTool Partition Wizard is going to recognize it and it should be possible to resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: hiredgun on June 24, 2012, 01:51:13 pm

I think it's impossible to turn the screen off while charging. There's nothing that I can find in the firmware that would let me do that.

There's also some work to do on the language translations.

As you can see it's to much work for one person.  ;D

You are certainly right about that, and your work is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!  As long as we are on the subject, is there anything in the current firmware right now that would allow for "in game" dimming, a la the PSP when the console hasn't been used for a few minutes?? H.G.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: drohentrohen on June 24, 2012, 02:22:24 pm
Windows doesn't recognize it because the first partition is a Linux EXT3 partition. I think that if you put your MicroSD card in your computer that MiniTool Partition Wizard is going to recognize it and it should be possible to resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1.

Yes, you're right (as always). Windows didn't recognise the card, and that freaked me out. Then I used Acronis Disk Director Suite, and the same result, until I tried with the MiniTool Partition, and finally, I could have resized the FAT32 partition.

Now, the issue is with the NEO-GEO roms. I have the NEOGEO.zip inside the folder, but the games don't work. The ROMs show up now and I can start the emulator and select them, then I get a screen that says "Single Player Mode" "Create Server" or "Serch Server", I select "Single Player Mode" and I get a screen that says "Please Wait..." then goes to a blank screen and stays there.

I have to make an exhaustive review in these pages in order to get a solution...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 24, 2012, 02:31:01 pm
You are certainly right about that, and your work is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!  As long as we are on the subject, is there anything in the current firmware right now that would allow for "in game" dimming, a la the PSP when the console hasn't been used for a few minutes?? H.G.

No there isn't. I don't know if it would work because the emulators make changes to the brightness of the screen.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 24, 2012, 02:33:20 pm
Yes, you're right (as always). Windows didn't recognise the card, and that freaked me out. Then I used Acronis Disk Director Suite, and the same result, until I tried with the MiniTool Partition, and finally, I could have resized the FAT32 partition.

Now, the issue is with the NEO-GEO roms. I have the NEOGEO.zip inside the folder, but the games don't work. The ROMs show up now and I can start the emulator and select them, then I get a screen that says "Single Player Mode" "Create Server" or "Serch Server", I select "Single Player Mode" and I get a screen that says "Please Wait..." then goes to a blank screen and stays there.

I have to make an exhaustive review in these pages in order to get a solution...

It's trial and error to find out if a NEO-GEO game works as a zip. I didn't really bother with it and converted them all to fba. There's more than enough storage space on my MicroSD cards.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: tj on June 25, 2012, 04:40:40 am
I followed the instructions and put a 16 gig micro sd in my a380 but it says that it is a 4 gig what did i do wrong?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 25, 2012, 07:15:13 am
I followed the instructions and put a 16 gig micro sd in my a380 but it says that it is a 4 gig what did i do wrong?

You've got to resize the FAT32 partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard. It's the last partition on the MIcroSD card and it's labeled ALIEN_GREY1.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: benmerrick3d on June 25, 2012, 01:50:37 pm
Well, after removing the SD card from my Dingoo I had more issues, but that is a different story: It could be that I've misplaced the turn button or discharged the battery, I think. The question is that this buggy console, doesn't turn on unless is connected through the USB to the PC.

I have the same problem as you, if I turn it off and turn it back on it works, but if I leave it for a couple of hours it will not turn on unless charging or pressing the reset button. So I have to have a paper clip ready to press the reset button every time I want to use it.

It also crashes every hour or 2 when playing. I was playing the Legend Of Zelda on the NES emulator and every hour or 2 it would crash and I have to press the reset button.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: YaRo on June 25, 2012, 02:47:07 pm
I have the same problem as you, if I turn it off and turn it back on it works, but if I leave it for a couple of hours it will not turn on unless charging or pressing the reset button. So I have to have a paper clip ready to press the reset button every time I want to use it.

It also crashes every hour or 2 when playing. I was playing the Legend Of Zelda on the NES emulator and every hour or 2 it would crash and I have to press the reset button.

The same.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 25, 2012, 03:29:05 pm
@Alien Gray

don't mind me if you have less time...  ;)

already you are doing a great job..... thanks for that...

I can add the open-source emulators or games to the theme.cfg but I don't think that it's a good idea because not everyone has these emulators or games on his Dingoo A-380. The best I can do is like it is in version 2.00.29.

There's also some work to do on the language translations.

As you can see it's to much work for one person.  ;D

i asked for that emulator issue because, if that happens, there will be no need of external micro sd for games.... and internal mmc becomes default for games.... aaaand no need to browse for emus manually. all emus and games will stay on games menu...

and about
Quote
not everyone has these emulators or games

i think you can add those new emus to the "mame, midpath, openbor and ps" archive.. no need for games... google is there... ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 25, 2012, 07:04:15 pm
I have the same problem as you, if I turn it off and turn it back on it works, but if I leave it for a couple of hours it will not turn on unless charging or pressing the reset button. So I have to have a paper clip ready to press the reset button every time I want to use it.

It also crashes every hour or 2 when playing. I was playing the Legend Of Zelda on the NES emulator and every hour or 2 it would crash and I have to press the reset button.

The same.

I don't think that this is a firmware issue. Try the original Dingoo Technology Version 2.0016 firmware (remember to restore default settings) to try to fix it. When this doesn't fix it try the original MicroSD card with the original firmware.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on June 25, 2012, 07:25:35 pm
i asked for that emulator issue because, if that happens, there will be no need of external micro sd for games.... and internal mmc becomes default for games.... aaaand no need to browse for emus manually. all emus and games will stay on games menu...

I don't want them on the internal MicroSD because I want more storage space for the default emulators.

I know that it would be better to have shortcuts to the Open-Source Emulators but like I said before if you don't use them you've got a list of shortcuts that you don't use and not everyone is going to like that.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 25, 2012, 09:15:01 pm
but i have only about 8 gb (about 4000 in number) of games for default emulators. :(

its ok Alien.... thanks for your support... :)

Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: tj on June 26, 2012, 01:02:03 am
I followed the instructions and put a 16 gig micro sd in my a380 but it says that it is a 4 gig what did i do wrong?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Santo on June 26, 2012, 04:34:15 am
I followed the instructions and put a 16 gig micro sd in my a380 but it says that it is a 4 gig what did i do wrong?

follow these steps carefully.... i think you need nothing more then this....

step.1)   connect your 16 gb to the pc using a cardreader device...

step.2)   open SDFormatter click "refresh" button, select drive letter and click on options... format size "full(erase)" format size adjustment "ON"...... click on OK.. click on Format... it asks for data lose or some thing.. just accept....

step.3)   close sd formatter and open Win32 disk imager... browse for the image file (extracted from firmware zip) at folder icon... select drive letter for your mmc.... click on write... writing process takes some time...

step.4)   after writing process completed, close disk imager and open MiniTool partition Wizard... at disk2 (maybe varies) you will find Alien_gray_1 partition( some thing like that... but alien gray name will be there)... click on the alien_gray_1 partition... at the left corner of the partition wizard, you will find "Move/Resize Partition" in the "operations" sub menu.... click on Move/Resize Partition.... a small window will open with some space filled.... place the mouse cursor at the right edge of that filled space and drag it to the end... click ok... and then click on "aply" button at the top left corner of the partition wizard... aplying changes will take some time.. just wait and then mmc will be ready to rock in your dingoo....
in dingoo, system information, capacity will show less then actual... i think that will be no issue...

i think step.4 will solve your problem... :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: tekA380 on August 03, 2012, 09:07:30 pm
Hi.
First thanks to all these guides on how to update the firmware.

I've tried this with my dingoo a380, but when i opened it, there was no removeable micro sd card  ??? .
I saw the place of the sd card on a youtube video. But on my dingoo, there is just a solid chip.
So is there no chance for me to update the firmware?
I think writing the img directly to the dingoo via usb would destroy the partition.

Maybe someone can upload the files of the firmware folder, so i can do the auto update...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2012, 10:07:22 pm
Hi.
First thanks to all these guides on how to update the firmware.

I've tried this with my dingoo a380, but when i opened it, there was no removeable micro sd card  ??? .
I saw the place of the sd card on a youtube video. But on my dingoo, there is just a solid chip.
So is there no chance for me to update the firmware?
I think writing the img directly to the dingoo via usb would destroy the partition.

Maybe someone can upload the files of the firmware folder, so i can do the auto update...

That isn't possible. You can't run Dingux from nand. You probably are the owner of the first batch. When did you buy it?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: tekA380 on August 03, 2012, 10:23:15 pm
I bought it from ebay. But not from a seller, just a private person. Maybe this was a big mistake.
Without a newer firmware, i can't really use it. It hangs, freezes and can't load every second game.
The Auto Update Feature just loads the firmware it already has, because the firmware folder contains only old update files.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.29
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2012, 10:37:58 pm
I bought it from ebay. But not from a seller, just a private person. Maybe this was a big mistake.
Without a newer firmware, i can't really use it. It hangs, freezes and can't load every second game.
The Auto Update Feature just loads the firmware it already has, because the firmware folder contains only old update files.

You should've bought it on eBay from a seller from China with free shipping.

But you've got a collectors item because I think that there was a time that you could send it back and let it replace with a Dingux version. The person that you've bought it from probably didn't know that.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2012, 10:39:44 pm
Updated the firmware to version 2.00.30

New in this firmware version is support for Fceu320. A full speed NES emulator from d_smagin.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: tekA380 on August 03, 2012, 10:50:19 pm
thanks for the information, alien grey. I think this is the reason why it says v1.0, if i go to "about this unit"
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2012, 11:14:36 pm
thanks for the information, alien grey. I think this is the reason why it says v1.0, if i go to "about this unit"

Yes, it's definitely a first batch the runs MiniOS. Keep it as a collectors item or send it to me please.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: tekA380 on August 03, 2012, 11:51:00 pm
Sending from Germany could be expensive  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 04, 2012, 07:56:02 am
Sending from Germany could be expensive  ;)

I'm your neighbour from Belgium.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: tekA380 on August 04, 2012, 12:10:31 pm
 ;D

I think at first i will try to sell it, to get some of my money back and maybe buy one with dingux.

Is the GBA Emulation on the dingux one as bad as on my dingoo? For example aladdin loads up and i can only play 5 seconds before it crashes and get back to the dingoo menu.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 04, 2012, 01:11:51 pm
;D

I think at first i will try to sell it, to get some of my money back and maybe buy one with dingux.

Is the GBA Emulation on the dingux one as bad as on my dingoo? For example aladdin loads up and i can only play 5 seconds before it crashes and get back to the dingoo menu.

If you don't want to keep it of course you should try to sell it.

I don't know if it's better because I don't own a Dingoo A-320.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: tekA380 on August 04, 2012, 01:53:09 pm
I'd like to know if the GBA emulation is good on your newer A380. Does it also crashes on half of all the games? Also it seems that the image quality is not as good as normal. I think its because of the stretched image
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 04, 2012, 03:50:07 pm
I'd like to know if the GBA emulation is good on your newer A380. Does it also crashes on half of all the games? Also it seems that the image quality is not as good as normal. I think its because of the stretched image

There are games that can't be played. The Aladdin game also crashes on the Dingoo A-380.
There isn't much I can tell at this moment but it might get better in the future.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: inandout on August 04, 2012, 10:50:51 pm
Is the .gif animations working now with the new .30 firmware?

I haven't been able to check yet; still installing it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 04, 2012, 11:37:01 pm
If it didn't work with the other firmware versions it won't with this one. I think that if we would like to see it fixed we would need a new viewimage version.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: inandout on August 05, 2012, 12:57:16 am
Ok I installed the new firmware without issue.

Only thing I've noticed is that in the Emulator selection list "FC" is still there.

Might I suggest changing the Emulator names to their 'more well known (full)names' instead of FC or SFC or GG.

Also about designating the External Micro SD card as the music, ebook and image holder:

I just want to point out I can still just write these filetypes to the internal SD card and run them from the file list (I've confirmed .mp3 files and .gif files (but not animated) work in this manner for what ever its worth to know this fact).

Might I suggest providing two versions of the firmware, differentiated by the placement of the music, ebook and image folders, if this is at all feasible, if only to categorize these files without needing to search for them through the File System listing.

One more thing. I've noticed that despite enlarging the partition on the Internal SD card, when looking at 'About this Unit', the A380 says that the disk capacity is 14.72 GB.
I suspect it is only reporting this due to a firmware coding limitation (IOW it wasn't expected to exceed that level of capacity, something similar to how FAT32 file systems cannot support files greater than 4 gigs........ or something).

Thank you for your help.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 05, 2012, 09:22:07 am
Ok I installed the new firmware without issue.

Only thing I've noticed is that in the Emulator selection list "FC" is still there.

Might I suggest changing the Emulator names to their 'more well known (full)names' instead of FC or SFC or GG.

That should be possible. Give me an example how you would like to see them.

Quote
Also about designating the External Micro SD card as the music, ebook and image holder:

I just want to point out I can still just write these filetypes to the internal SD card and run them from the file list (I've confirmed .mp3 files and .gif files (but not animated) work in this manner for what ever its worth to know this fact).

Might I suggest providing two versions of the firmware, differentiated by the placement of the music, ebook and image folders, if this is at all feasible, if only to categorize these files without needing to search for them through the File System listing.

It's still possible to store the files on the internal MicroSD card and use them. The problem is that if you don't put a external MicroSD card in your Dingoo A-380 the applications can't be launched.

I only provide one version because it takes a long time to make the firmware images and I don't want to do everything twice. 

Quote
One more thing. I've noticed that despite enlarging the partition on the Internal SD card, when looking at 'About this Unit', the A380 says that the disk capacity is 14.72 GB.
I suspect it is only reporting this due to a firmware coding limitation (IOW it wasn't expected to exceed that level of capacity, something similar to how FAT32 file systems cannot support files greater than 4 gigs........ or something).

Thank you for your help.

It's a bug in the firmware. It reads it wrong. Nothing to worry about and not really important.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: inandout on August 06, 2012, 03:50:18 am
I realize some of these names can be pretty long, so if the firmware cant support long names like "Super Nintendo" then 'SNES' would do. I know it's listed as 'SFC', though.

NES
Game Gear
Game Boy
Game Boy Advance (for these two I suppose 'GB' and 'GBA' might be alright)
Genesis/ Mega Drive
etc.

Full names like that.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Santo on August 06, 2012, 12:36:19 pm
Hi Alien... i hv not installed this new firmware at.. but its nice to see a full speed nes emu for a380... ;D
is it support save, load, brightness etc?

pls try to do something about GB emulator also...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 06, 2012, 01:11:39 pm
I realize some of these names can be pretty long, so if the firmware cant support long names like "Super Nintendo" then 'SNES' would do. I know it's listed as 'SFC', though.

NES
Game Gear
Game Boy
Game Boy Advance (for these two I suppose 'GB' and 'GBA' might be alright)
Genesis/ Mega Drive
etc.

Full names like that.

Full names are no problem.


Next questions.


Do I make changes on the folder names? - I mean fc -> nes and sfc -> snes.

Also how do I name Fceu320 in the firmware? - This would mean that there would be 2 X Nintendo in the menu.

Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 06, 2012, 01:34:54 pm
Hi Alien... i hv not installed this new firmware at.. but its nice to see a full speed nes emu for a380... ;D
is it support save, load, brightness etc?

pls try to do something about GB emulator also...

It supports a lot more than Save and Load. Brightness and Sound are no longer controlled by the emu and that's how it's supposed to be.


I'm working on a major update for the Dingoo A-380. I already added the Atari Lynx emulator but it doesn't seem to run very well and needs a lot of modifications. But we're lucky that d_smagin is also interested in an Atari Lynx emulator for the RZX50. He's working on the necessary modifications on coccijoe's HandyOD source code to make it possible to use this emulator on the RZX50, Dingoo A-380 and Dingoo A-320e.  ;)

I fixed the English language and I'm going to add Ayla's SDLWrapper tool to center the image on the screen for SDL games.

To answer your question. I would also like a good Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator but I don't know if d_smagin plans to build one to replace it on the RZX50.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: inandout on August 06, 2012, 11:25:40 pm

Full names are no problem.


Next questions.


Do I make changes on the folder names? - I mean fc -> nes and sfc -> snes.

Also how do I name Fceu320 in the firmware? - This would mean that there would be 2 X Nintendo in the menu.

If that's all it takes then yes the folders should just be renamed.

As for the Fceu320: Perhaps it might be best to replace the original A380 NES emulator since it's been confirmed it just doesn't work as well as the Fceu320 emulator.
I imagine you may need to ask for permission to include it in subsequent firmware updates.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 07, 2012, 06:20:57 am
If that's all it takes then yes the folders should just be renamed.

As for the Fceu320: Perhaps it might be best to replace the original A380 NES emulator since it's been confirmed it just doesn't work as well as the Fceu320 emulator.
I imagine you may need to ask for permission to include it in subsequent firmware updates.

Than I'm going to change fc to nes and sfc to snes. That means that you're going to have to copy your ROMs from fc to nes and sfc to snes. The other emulator ROM folders won't be renamed.

It isn't possible to replace the original NES emulator with FCEU320 because fullscreen doesn't work with FCEU320 on the Dingoo A-380. It's possible that this is going to change in a new version that makes fullscreen run at 384 x 240 pixels.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Waterdropss on August 07, 2012, 11:23:24 am
I have some issues with a380 I can't make any of my emulators work when i try booting them, they just wont react at all, anyone know what the reasons is because of ? and also im also feeling its a bit unclear when it writes "should run every application" just click the button for music folder or what,  would appreciate it alot if someone could give some tips when it comes to thoose issues

Thanks !
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.00.30
Post by: Alien Grey on August 07, 2012, 11:54:07 am
I have some issues with a380 I can't make any of my emulators work when i try booting them, they just wont react at all, anyone know what the reasons is because of ? and also im also feeling its a bit unclear when it writes "should run every application" just click the button for music folder or what,  would appreciate it alot if someone could give some tips when it comes to thoose issues

Thanks !

Power on your Dingoo A-380 with the custom firmware. The first thing you should do is "Restore Default Settings". Than you're ready to make the folders and sub folders on your Dingoo A-380 by running every application available in the firmware. The emulators won't start because there aren't any on the Dingoo A-380 yet but the folders needed will be created.

Now you're ready to connect your Dingoo A-380 to your computer and copy the emulators back to the "emulators" folder and your game ROMs to the "game" sub folders.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 08, 2012, 10:00:31 pm
The new custom firmware is available for download. Don't forget to download the emulators package or you can't use the Atari Lynx emulator from d_smagin. The guy is a real genius and I'm very happy that he took the time to make a first version of his handy_sdl emulator so we can use it with the new custom firmware.


Atari Lynx emulator:

The Atari Lynx emulator already works very good on the Dingoo A-380 in both fullscreen and simple2x mode. To toggle between the screen modes use the L button. Button layout is A = A, B = B, X = Option 1 and Y = Option 2. With the Start button you can pause the game. To quit the game use the Select button.

A final version with a gui and more tweaked is going to be available some time in the future. For now we have to do with this one that he build so I could release the new custom firmware.

Enjoy the Atari Lynx emulator.


SDLWrapper:

Also new in this custom firmware release is the SDLWrapper build by an other genius Ayla. You can use it to center the image from SDL games on the Dingoo A-380 screen. To give you an example. Dowload the game Digger. Copy it to the "sdlgames" folder on the external MicroSD card. Start it from "SDL Games" in the firmware and enjoy it at 320 x 240 pixels with the image centered on the screen.

You can download the game Digger here: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,35,433 (http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,35,433)


Thanks to both Ayla and d_smagin for their time and support.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Santo on August 10, 2012, 10:06:04 am
installed this new firmware... looking like a major update :)  really very nice work..

fceu and atary lynx are working well.. so there are a lot more waiting to be ported as default emus.. ;)


tested with sdl games too.. but some of them not working..

btw, thanks to all of you guys Alien, d_smagin and ayla..
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 10, 2012, 08:34:52 pm
I can fix the speed issue with the Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulators by changing the clock frequency.


With the Gameboy running at 216Mhz and the Gameboy Color at 344Mhz they won't run to fast anymore. Maybe the Gameboy emulator already runs a little bit to slow but if I change the clock speed to 224Mhz it runs to fast again.

The downside is that you can't use them anymore with TV out with these frequencies because it's to slow. What I can do is add them both with their original clock to the "Emulators" menu as "Gameboy (TV)" and "Gameboy Color (TV)".


Maybe this is a good idea for the next custom firmware. What do you guys think about that?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Santo on August 11, 2012, 07:01:52 pm
i think GB and GBC emulator is not slowed down... it is actually a bit faster then normal... so we have to make it a bit slower...

actually i compared to a jxd 1000B game player... it is playing those games very nice and sound also good.... but in our dingoo they are a bit faster, so it making us to play like an olympic runner... :-[
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 11, 2012, 08:05:22 pm
i think GB and GBC emulator is not slowed down... it is actually a bit faster then normal... so we have to make it a bit slower...

That's why I'm testing the Gameboy emulator at 216MHz and the Gameboy Color at 344MHz. The Gameboy Color seems to be running very good at 344MHz. The Gameboy Color seems to be running to slow at 216MHz. 

Quote
actually i compared to a jxd 1000B game player... it is playing those games very nice and sound also good.... but in our dingoo they are a bit faster, so it making us to play like an olympic runner... :-[

Can you compare the Gameboy emulator with the game Galaga & Galaxian on your JXD 1000B with a video from YouTube. I would like to know if the JXD 1000B runs the game slower than what you see on YouTube. You can compare it with this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7CGfYwj4GE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7CGfYwj4GE)

If I slow down the Gameboy emulator on the Dingoo A-380 it runs slower compared to what I see in that video.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Santo on August 12, 2012, 08:42:46 am
yes... i compared to that video... jxd 1000b playing exactly same...

so that will be the required speed for GB emulator...

but dingoo is tooo fast ::)

when you slowed down the GB emulator, try to tweak the frame skip option to make it a little bit faster..
but now i think the frame skip option not working and it returns back to 0..
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 12, 2012, 01:08:13 pm
It was worth a try but it didn't work. To slow down the Gameboy emulator it has to run at 216MHz but than it runs to slow.  :(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: dmitry_smagin on August 12, 2012, 02:12:41 pm
Oh, c'mon, guys... It's a bad practice.
It's easier to adapt gnuboy to a380 than to try to tweak the untweakable! :)
And that is what most probably I'm going to do after I finish gui for handy_sdl.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 12, 2012, 05:14:35 pm
You're right. Enough with the bad practice on the Dingoo A-380.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Santo on August 12, 2012, 07:47:13 pm
nice to see you smagin...

Alien Grey already doing a great job to improve dingoo a380. i hope you take a look at this device... ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: retrodd on August 15, 2012, 09:04:33 pm
alien grey, you rock! and all the other people who work on the new firmware and emulators too.
i tested the new firmware and the vice and lynx emu right now, great work :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: wordup1 on August 17, 2012, 02:03:35 am
Excellent work on the custom firmware.  My A380 is running much better already and the new emulators are great.

My only  problem is the options for all of the original emulators are in Chinese now.  How can I get that changed to English?  All the menus are in English so I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 17, 2012, 06:30:20 am
Excellent work on the custom firmware.  My A380 is running much better already and the new emulators are great.

My only  problem is the options for all of the original emulators are in Chinese now.  How can I get that changed to English?  All the menus are in English so I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance.

Restore Default Settings. Fixed.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.00
Post by: wordup1 on August 18, 2012, 09:02:51 pm
Excellent work on the custom firmware.  My A380 is running much better already and the new emulators are great.

My only  problem is the options for all of the original emulators are in Chinese now.  How can I get that changed to English?  All the menus are in English so I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance.

Restore Default Settings. Fixed.  ;)

Perfect.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: Alien Grey on August 22, 2012, 09:53:05 pm
A new custom firmware version is available.  :)

New in firmware version V2.01.04 is support for the Atari Lynx emulator final version. The Atari Lynx games can now be saved. Thanks to d_smagin for this nice emulator.  ;)



Dont forget to grab the new Dingoo A-380 emulators archive because the lnx_emu.dge has been replaced.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 27, 2012, 09:48:30 pm
A new custom firmware version is available.  :)

New in firmware version V2.01.04 is support for the Atari Lynx emulator final version. The Atari Lynx games can now be saved. Thanks to d_smagin for this nice emulator.  ;)



Dont forget to grab the new Dingoo A-380 emulators archive because the lnx_emu.dge has been replaced.

can't believe my dingoo is black bricked now!

can you point me to the unbrick tool?

Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: Alien Grey on August 27, 2012, 10:18:33 pm
can't believe my dingoo is black bricked now!

can you point me to the unbrick tool?

The firmware image is the unbricking tool. Full format the MicroSD card and try to write it again.

Edit: Try the RESET button. Maybe this makes it work again.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 27, 2012, 10:38:32 pm
forgot the reset , after powerup + reset several times it's back

Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 27, 2012, 10:39:58 pm
why the external sd card is not detected as a drive now connected to pc?
maybe because of new firmware?

works right on pc, and it's fat 32
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.01.04
Post by: Alien Grey on August 27, 2012, 10:52:37 pm
why the external sd card is not detected as a drive now connected to pc?
maybe because of new firmware?

works right on pc, and it's fat 32

It should be detected but maybe the file system is corrupt. Try with check disk to repair it on your computer or a full format.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 28, 2012, 09:30:01 pm
Dingoo A-380 custom firmware version 2.02.00 and emulators are available for download.


New in this custom firmware version is support for the Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator build by d_smagin. This emulator runs at the original Gameboy and Gameboy Color speeds. This is a must have on the Dingoo A-380.


Thanks to d_smagin for this great emulator.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 29, 2012, 12:15:08 am
Dingoo A-380 custom firmware version 2.02.00 and emulators are available for download.


New in this custom firmware version is support for the Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator build by d_smagin. This emulator runs at the original Gameboy and Gameboy Color speeds. This is a must have on the Dingoo A-380.


Thanks to d_smagin for this great emulator.  ;)


and thanks to you for all this work

lots of fun turning my dingoo from a piece of shit into a nice emu machine  ;D

vice works great now.
colecovision atari 7800 and atari 5200 emus already work, but not centered
the same with hugo
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 29, 2012, 01:24:44 pm
can't believe how good are de gameboy emulators!  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Alien Grey on August 29, 2012, 04:54:55 pm
More good news.

The Nintendo (fceu) emulator has been updated to support fullscreen on the Dingoo A-380 by d_smagin. Fullscreen and still running at 60fps all the time.

You can find the new Nintendo (fceu) version in the Dingoo A-380 emulator package.


Thanks a lot d_smagin for makinf your already excellent emulator to look better on the Dingoo A-380.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on August 29, 2012, 05:01:50 pm
More good news.

The Nintendo (fceu) emulator has been updated to support fullscreen on the Dingoo A-380 by d_smagin. Fullscreen and still running at 60fps all the time.

You can find the new Nintendo (fceu) version in the Dingoo A-380 emulator package.


Thanks a lot d_smagin for makinf your already excellent emulator to look better on the Dingoo A-380.  ;)


amazing  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Santo on August 30, 2012, 03:56:32 pm
Wow... i m waiting for this for a long time... ;D really very thankful to d_smagin... thanks alot...

dingoo a380 is a very nice device.... but it need a person like you... ;)

thanks to Alien gray for his great effort and continuous support.... thanks thanks thanks.....
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Santo on August 30, 2012, 04:44:22 pm
I think it is better to remove those older nes, gbc, gb emus from the Emulators menu. because we don't use those emus anymore..

What do you think guys?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: retrodd on September 01, 2012, 09:09:12 pm
god bless you, thanks for the gameboy emu, that works with normal speed, i don't know how dt put this fast piece of shit on the a380
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Supertino on September 06, 2012, 02:52:10 pm
Hi Alien, I installed the Firmware but I?m having a problem when using the Av-out. I only get picture but sound keeps getting out of the dingoo a380 console and not from the TV.

What could be the problem?

Thanks
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 06, 2012, 07:35:41 pm
Hi Alien, I installed the Firmware but I?m having a problem when using the Av-out. I only get picture but sound keeps getting out of the dingoo a380 console and not from the TV.

What could be the problem?

Thanks

I think it's the AV-out connector. I already had to solder mine back on the board.  ???
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 07, 2012, 10:09:22 pm
Custom firmware version 2.03.00 is available for download.


This custom firmware has support for a new SEGA Master System and SEGA Game Gear emulator build by d_smagin. The emulator isn't the final version but it already runs very good in both native RES and Streched FS mode. An Aspect FS mode is going to be added later.


Enjoy and don't forget to download the updated emulator pack.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 08, 2012, 09:52:52 am
Sms.was already a good emu, has the genesis emu changed?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 08, 2012, 12:31:59 pm
Sms.was already a good emu, has the genesis emu changed?

Not yet. Maybe later.

The emulators build by d_smagin are actually for the Ritmix RZX-50 so I think that the SEGA Master System and SEGA Game Gear emulator are more important for him.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 08, 2012, 12:40:22 pm
I think it is better to remove those older nes, gbc, gb emus from the Emulators menu. because we don't use those emus anymore..

What do you think guys?

Not possible. Like every open-source game or emulator you can't use them with av-out on the big screen.

What can be done is make a new menu "SDL Emulators" for all the new emulators.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.02.00
Post by: Santo on September 08, 2012, 03:14:33 pm

Not possible. Like every open-source game or emulator you can't use them with av-out on the big screen.

What can be done is make a new menu "SDL Emulators" for all the new emulators.

that is a nice idea...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Santo on September 08, 2012, 03:24:07 pm
Sms.was already a good emu, has the genesis emu changed?

four major emulators (gba, neogeo_cps, super nintendo, genesis) are there without alternatives... everybody know about gba emu, cant play all games.. neogeo, snes, md also have some drawbacks..
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 10, 2012, 11:16:59 pm
The Dingoo A-380 V2.03.00 emulators  has been updated with the SEGA Master System and SEGA Game Gear (ggsms_emu.dge) final version build by d_smagin.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: retrodd on September 15, 2012, 07:48:07 pm
how to install firmware:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwc8qr2YKjE
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 16, 2012, 12:02:20 am
Great video. I added it to the OP. This is going to make it easier to understand how to install the custom firmware.

Thanks a lot retrodd.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 17, 2012, 06:46:02 pm
Testing the new SEGA Mega Drive emulator from d_smagin for the new custom firmware version and it's very good for a first test version. Running at 55-60fps fullscreen with the game Comix Zone.  8)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 17, 2012, 10:16:28 pm
nice,

though had to replace some switches and resolder speakers and antenna

and even had one black brick

all that dissasembly .... 
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: tutan on September 17, 2012, 11:40:07 pm
Can work on my a320e???

oh, cant work... lol
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 18, 2012, 05:02:44 am
nice,

though had to replace some switches and resolder speakers and antenna

and even had one black brick

all that dissasembly ....

I also had to resolder one of the speakers. It wasn't because I opened the consele but because I was so stupid to drop it without the screws on the back.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Santo on September 18, 2012, 02:20:17 pm
Testing the new SEGA Mega Drive emulator from d_smagin for the new custom firmware version and it's very good for a first test version. Running at 55-60fps fullscreen with the game Comix Zone.  8)

wow...  so the new custom firmware (V2.04.00) is going to rock..... 8)
  i hope this will go upto v2.10.00 with a lot more good emulators before the gcw zero arrived for general purchase... why because after getting a gcw zero, no one cares the a380...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 18, 2012, 05:09:52 pm
why because after getting a gcw zero, no one cares the a380...

Hmm... and what if DT decides to release a new console with GPU, analog and a 400 x 240 pixels screen?

A lot of emulators are already compatible with that resolution.


My point is that the right console is the one that you like the most and that doesn't always have to be newest one.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 18, 2012, 05:52:40 pm
agree, i play my atari 8bit everyday  ;D

but let's be realistic, same price point. half the power,
as it is , there's not much future for the a380

unless they lower it to 50/59us$...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 18, 2012, 06:17:37 pm
agree, i play my atari 8bit everyday  ;D

but let's be realistic, same price point. half the power,
as it is , there's not much future for the a380

unless they lower it to 50/59us$ + free shipping...

Fixed it for you. ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 18, 2012, 06:59:05 pm


i was going to dump my a380 until the new emus started to appear

but my fav ones, Atari 2600, MD,Snes, and Neogeo still don't run very well on the A380

wonder if it's the emu's fault or the machine can't handle them


Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 18, 2012, 07:18:48 pm


i was going to dump my a380 until the new emus started to appear

but my fav ones, Atari 2600, MD,Snes, and Neogeo still don't run very well on the A380

wonder if it's the emu's fault or the machine can't handle them

Be patient. Maybe the GBA can be fixed too.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Santo on September 19, 2012, 06:18:16 am

Be patient. Maybe the GBA can be fixed too.

wow... is that also an sdl one?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 19, 2012, 03:13:45 pm
wow... is that also an sdl one?

Yes, the GBA emulator is also SDL.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 19, 2012, 09:39:35 pm
which are  all the new sdl emus you are going to include ?

i need a big upgrade before opening yet again my A380 ...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 19, 2012, 10:24:27 pm
All of them are going to be included as new versions and more.  ;D


Stay tuned because tomorrow I'm going to finish and upload custom Dingoo A-380 Version 2.04.00 with the new SEGA Mega Drive emulator. This one supports .zip and .iso (cd images). You'll find all the new emulators from d_smagin in a new menu item "SDL Emulators".
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Santo on September 20, 2012, 07:14:21 am
This one supports .zip and .iso (cd images).

do you mean it supports sega cd roms? ;D
make sure it supports .smd format also...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.03.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 20, 2012, 01:54:51 pm
do you mean it supports sega cd roms? ;D
make sure it supports .smd format also...

Yes. I didn't test it but d_smagin did and it should work but without audio (mp3). Don't worry there's support for all the other formats too.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 20, 2012, 06:23:36 pm
The new custom Dingoo A-380 Firmware Version 2.04.00 is available for download.

New in this custom firmware is a new menu item "SDL Emulators" and a new full speed SEGA Mega Drive emulator build by d_smagin.  8)


How to use this emulator:

From my own experience use 8 bit fast and Frameskip 0 or Auto and Sound quality 16000Hz stereo for full speed. Some games won't run without graphical glitches with these settings. To fix that use 16 bit or 8 bit accurate with frameskip Auto but keep the sound quality at 16000Hz stereo. Other settings may also work very good but these are the ones that I'm using.

Settings can be saved to change them as the default ones but it's also possible to save settings for a single game if necessary.
 

Note: To enter the menu press Select.


Enjoy your new full speed SEGA Mega Drive emulator.
Thanks to d_smagin for his excellent work on this emulator.  ;)


PS: Don't forget to download the Dingoo A-380 Version 2.04.00 emulator pack. More emulators more fun.  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 21, 2012, 03:46:39 am
got it...
really thankful to d_smagin.. thanks Alien :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 21, 2012, 04:13:25 pm
nice  :)

but i'm on V2.03.00

and won't upgrade until v2.06.00 at least ,

not worth it doing all this again just for the MD emu IMO

maybe when snes ,gba and neogeo are fixed...  ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 21, 2012, 04:38:09 pm
nice  :)

but i'm on V2.03.00

and won't upgrade until v2.06.00 at least ,

not worth it doing all this again just for the MD emu IMO

maybe when snes ,gba and neogeo are fixed...  ;D

You must be joking.  ;D

How many hours do you've got to spend on upgrading?

How many hours do we've got to spend to make the firmware, emulator and test everything?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 21, 2012, 05:34:59 pm
it's not for the minutes involved
BUT
every time i open this F#$%@king chinese thing, i have to resolder a part again,
even the switch broke last time

but you 're right, upgrading to test sound on sonic 2... ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 21, 2012, 06:11:07 pm
I opened it a zillion times and never broke anything (at least not because I opened it  ;D). All you've got to do is open it just enough on the top to take out the MicroSD card.

Make sure that the power switch is in hold position to put the power button back when closing the console.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 21, 2012, 08:05:32 pm
The SEGA Mega Drive emulator has been updated by d_smagin.

The new version now supports mp3 sound.  :)


This version is now available in the Dingoo A-380 Version 2.04.00 emulator pack. Download it again and replace the gen_emu.dge on your Dingoo A-380 with the version from the emulator pack.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 21, 2012, 10:01:47 pm
So the Sega MD emulator supports Sega CD iso images with mp3 audio... 8)

i think it is better to add an extra link as "sega cd" in SDL Emulators when your next firmware update... ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 21, 2012, 10:19:11 pm
So the Sega MD emulator supports Sega CD iso images with mp3 audio... 8)

i think it is better to add an extra link as "sega cd" in SDL Emulators when your next firmware update... ;)

I'll add it in the next version.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 22, 2012, 08:10:02 am
I've tested the SEGA Mega Drive emulator with Sonic CD (U) and it runs pefect.

Use Frameskip 1 and Sound Quality 22050Hz to have a smooth gameplay. Never did I notice that it was actually skipping frames. Frameskip Auto didn't work for me because after some time playing the framerate starts dropping down to 1fps and stays there. This is also an issue with frameskip Auto and a higher Sound Quality than 16000Hz with SEGA Mega Drive ROMs.


@d_smagin

Pefect job done.  ;)

Let's see if you can get this frameskip algorithm in the Gameboy Advance and Atari Lynx emulator.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 22, 2012, 10:29:36 am
There's an update again for the SEGA Mega Drive emulator to further improve it.  :)

Download the emulator pack and replace the the gen_emu.dge on your Dingoo A-380 with the new version from the emulator pack.


Thanks to d_smagin. Keep them coming!!!
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 22, 2012, 03:46:38 pm
tested the new update with some sega mega drive roms...  there are no slow downs on any render mode...
but, for some games, it showing 50/50 frame rate, for others it is 60/60.. why?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: dmitry_smagin on September 22, 2012, 03:47:45 pm
NTSC/PAL versions.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 22, 2012, 04:11:53 pm
NTSC/PAL versions.
O.....k.....!
BTW, thank for this nice emulator... :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 22, 2012, 04:48:45 pm
how about the new nes emu?

what are the sound settings to get it right?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 23, 2012, 06:22:26 pm
There's a new update for the SEGA Mega Drive emulator.

This one is optimized to run on the Dingoo A-380. There's some performance gain with this version. It's possible to use Sound Quality 20500Hz and Frameskipping 0. I hoped it would fix the Auto frameskip issue with higher Sound Quality but it didn't.

Download the emulator pack and replace the gen_emu.dge.


Thanks to d_smagin for explaining how to make this optimized version for the Dingoo A-380.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 24, 2012, 05:46:22 am
Ok.. thank you guys, for your effort to improve it..

@ Alien Grey,

actually my internet connection is slow and buggy... so it making some trobble When downloading...
can you upload the newly updated one seperately?

i mean, one link for the updated emulator pack(you already doing that) and the other link only for recently updated emulator...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 24, 2012, 07:07:34 am
Next time I'm going to make a link for the updated emulator. I give you guys the time to download it without the need to download the emulator pack again.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 24, 2012, 09:07:20 am
I'm thinking of adding a new menu item for the next custom version that makes it possible to clock the CPU Frequency at 432MHz.

This should improve games like Doom, Hexen, Heretic ...

I'm looking for a good name and I was thinking of "3D Games" or maybe "Boost Games" because other applications maybe also need a frequency boost. It's something to try out with PC Engine with fullscreen games.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: mankin on September 24, 2012, 10:42:19 pm
Any chance of adding a Neo Geo Pocket emulator? Pls.  :-[
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 25, 2012, 02:22:55 am
yep pce works great , but turning it to full screen makes it crawl  >:(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 25, 2012, 07:07:13 am
Any chance of adding a Neo Geo Pocket emulator? Pls.  :-[

Nope. There's no source code for uNGP.  :(
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 25, 2012, 07:12:08 am
yep pce works great , but turning it to full screen makes it crawl  >:(

Tested PC Engine at 432MHz and there's no improvement. Fullscreen uses soft stretch and that makes it slow.

But 3D games should improve at 432MHz so a new menu item "3D Games" and a new folder "3DGames" is going to be added in the custom firmware.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: retrodd on September 25, 2012, 08:36:51 am
Does anyone has the same problem?
Only some of my Neo Geo Zip files are working. Metal Slug 1 + 2 is okay, but Metal Slug 3 + x +4 don't work.
If i use the FBA converted files, they work. Same problem with Prehistoric Isle 2, *.fba works, *.zip doesn't work.
neogeo.zip bios is already in the game folder.
Any Ideas?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 25, 2012, 08:44:43 am
@ retrodd,

Some of the neo geo titles will not run until convert them to fba...

i experienced the same, as you, with metal slug roms.... ;D
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 25, 2012, 08:46:00 am
Maybe you can make a list of the games that do work as a zip.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Santo on September 25, 2012, 02:10:34 pm
Maybe you can make a list of the games that do work as a zip.  ;)

You are right. but zipaway already started a topic: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 25, 2012, 11:04:10 pm
You are right. but zipaway already started a topic: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/games-confirmed-to-work-on-dingoo-a380/

If you want you can add the list of Neo-Geo games that can run as a zip to your thread.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 27, 2012, 10:24:53 pm
I'm going to bump the version to 2.04.02 soon to add support for SEGA CD cso files (compressed iso) with mp3 sound. It runs very good with cso with frameskip 1 and mp3 sound.  :)

The tool to convert your cue/bin files to cso/mp3 is going to be available for both Linux and Windows. I took the tool from the PSP version to convert the cue/bin files to cso/mp3.


I also add the new menu item "3D Games" with a new folder "3dgame" to store your 3D games or whatever you want to run with the CPU clocked at 432MHz.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on September 28, 2012, 04:34:42 am
nice , but what about ti 99 emu ?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.00
Post by: Alien Grey on September 28, 2012, 08:01:48 am
nice , but what about ti 99 emu ?

I'll try to port TI92 and TI99 later.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Alien Grey on September 28, 2012, 02:45:04 pm
Dingoo A-380 custom firmware version 2.04.02 is available for download.


I added a new "SDL Emulators" menu item "SEGA CD" as requested by Santo. Enabled support for .bin and .cso/mp3 files. To convert your SEGA CD cue/bin files you can use the "bin to cso mp3" converter. You can find it under the "Tools" section on the OP. Put your SEGA CD games in the "game" sub folder "scd' on your Dingoo A-380.

I also added a new menu item "3D Games" linked to folder "3dgame" on the external MicroSD card. This makes it possible to run your 3D games with the CPU clocked at 432MHz, or whatever you like to run at a higher clock frequency when the default 336MHz isn't enough.


Enjoy your custom firmware.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Santo on September 28, 2012, 10:59:41 pm
very nice work Alien... cso format is better to save a lot of space... ;D

actually i could not find one thing... How to change Volume and Brightness in this picodrive sdl? :o
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Alien Grey on September 29, 2012, 10:01:18 am
very nice work Alien... cso format is better to save a lot of space... ;D

actually i could not find one thing... How to change Volume and Brightness in this picodrive sdl? :o

You can't change it and that's how it's supposed to be. I see no reason why every emulator should have control over brightness and volume. This can be done before you start the emulator.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Santo on September 29, 2012, 07:09:07 pm
Do you got any information from d_smagin?

he told that neopop sdl sources are available but some work should be done...

is he working on neopop, GBA or any other emulator?
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Alien Grey on September 29, 2012, 08:57:39 pm
Do you got any information from d_smagin?

he told that neopop sdl sources are available but some work should be done...

is he working on neopop, GBA or any other emulator?

He's working on snes9x4d for the Ritmix RZX-50 and  Dingoo A-380.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.04.02
Post by: Santo on September 29, 2012, 09:44:58 pm

He's working on snes9x4d for the Ritmix RZX-50 and  Dingoo A-380.  ;)

thats cooool 8)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: Alien Grey on October 02, 2012, 05:39:38 pm
The new Dingoo A-380 custom firmware Version 2.05.00 is ready to rock in your Dingoo A-380.  ;)


I added support for the new Super Nintendo emulator build from d_smagin. I also changed the folder names from "sdlgames" to "sdl-game" and "3dgame" to "3d-game". Requested by Santo because it was confusing.  ;D


Enjoy your new custom firmware and don't forget to thank d_smagin from time to time for his excellent work.


Note: You don't have to download the full emulator pack anymore if you only need the new ones.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: Santo on October 02, 2012, 09:39:28 pm
don't forget to thank d_smagin from time to time for his excellent work.
I always thankful to him.. how can we able to forget such a great contribution? ;)

so, once Again, thank you very much d_smagin for your excellent work..

And as always, thank you so much Alien...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on October 02, 2012, 10:46:58 pm
d_smagin and Alien, nice work!
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: donpachiSLK on October 03, 2012, 01:27:34 am
Ah well! Was the description section, let dingux dos fba320 ngp emulator working on the dingoo a380, but the a380can not run them, if someone could recompile, then we can make more games to run on dingoo a380, oh ! Of course, at least I want to buy a memory card
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: danilop2k2 on October 03, 2012, 01:29:26 am
haven't  seen a console evolve that much since the Atari 2600  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: donpachiSLK on October 03, 2012, 01:31:40 am
think you! d_smagin
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: Alien Grey on October 03, 2012, 07:47:28 am
haven't  seen a console evolve that much since the Atari 2600  ;)

You're right the Dingoo A-380 is the chinese Atari console. Not many people have it but those who do treasure it.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: donpachiSLK on October 04, 2012, 06:47:49 am
Hi! I encountered a little trouble about my small fruit the A380's DCAstaway emulator my bios "ROM.img" because it does not recognize the bios is 0.87, it can not be used
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 07:10:55 am
Hi! I encountered a little trouble about my small fruit the A380's DCAstaway emulator my bios "ROM.img" because it does not recognize the bios is 0.87, it can not be used

DCaSTaway works just fine. There's a support thread for this kind of stuff. It's better to use it because this has nothing to do with the firmware. You can use this thread: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-emulators-games-list-and-support/ (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-emulators-games-list-and-support/)
 
Are you chinese?

I ask because I wonder why you talk about "small fruit" when you talk about the console.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.00
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 01:44:12 pm
It's time for an update because I noticed that I forgot to change the path to store the config and save/load states for the SDL Super Nintendo emulator. It points to the old "sfc" and it should've been "snes". There's going to be support for .fig and .zip files in the updated version.

Blame me because I screwed up.  :(

I'll fix it ASAP.  ;)


Note: A temporary fix for this is to create a folder "sfc" in the "game" folder on your Dingoo A-380. I think that this should make it possible to store the config and save/load states.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 02:49:02 pm
The Dingoo A-380 custom firmware has been updated to version 2.05.03 to fix the config and load/save state from the SDL Super Nintendo emulator. I also enabled support for SDL Super Nintendo .fig and .zip ROMs.


Sorry for the inconvenience. I'll try not to scew up in the future.   :(


Note: Try the temporary fix if you already updated to Dingoo A-380 custom version 2.05.00. You can easily wait for the next update and skip this one.  ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on October 04, 2012, 03:28:24 pm
Sorry for the inconvenience. I'll try not to scew up in the future.   :(
don't say sorry.. take it easy... ;) actually it lead you to do the same work again... i mean firmware re-modification, re-upload and posting...
Note: Try the temporary fix if you already updated to Dingoo A-380 custom version 2.05.00. You can easily wait for the next update and skip this one.  ;)
you know, just last minute i installed the firmware 2.05.00 and added a lot of roms... ??? but no problem. i wl create sfc folder...
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 03:41:40 pm
you know, just last minute i installed the firmware 2.05.00 and added a lot of roms... ??? but no problem. i wl create sfc folder...

It was a quick one. Not much work to make the update because the firmware MicroSD was still free of junk files and ready to make a backup.

Try to create the "sfc" folder in the "game" folder on your Dingoo A-380 and let me know if it works to save/load the SDL Super Nintendo games.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on October 04, 2012, 03:56:07 pm
yes... files are saved to sfc folder... :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on October 04, 2012, 06:41:10 pm
go go go GBA fixed emu, on next CFW
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on October 04, 2012, 06:46:50 pm
Firmware V2.05.03 includes the new wallpaper as default ? ;)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 07:01:27 pm
Firmware V2.05.03 includes the new wallpaper as default ? ;)

Everyone can change the background on his Dingoo A-380 so I switched my wallpaper for your wallpaper.
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on October 04, 2012, 08:35:18 pm
it's YOURS
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 09:27:46 pm
yes... files are saved to sfc folder... :)

Good to know. You're fine till the next custom firmware.  :)
Title: Re: New Dingoo A-380 Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 04, 2012, 09:28:46 pm
it's YOURS

It's for everyone who likes it.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on October 28, 2012, 03:37:32 pm
The Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware is now official. Look at the OP and you'll find a nice Dingoo A-380 render from Santo.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on November 02, 2012, 04:11:25 pm
Wow... that looks better than i thought. ;D  i will try different banner and black color as you said. but i need few days since working on a 3D demo. you know, it is horrible. 8.00AM to 8.00PM  ???

i feel better if you put "Dingoo A380 Custom firmware" then "Dingoo A380 render by santo" below the image.. ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 02, 2012, 05:59:47 pm
Wow... that looks better than i thought. ;D  i will try different banner and black color as you said. but i need few days since working on a 3D demo. you know, it is horrible. 8.00AM to 8.00PM  ???

i feel better if you put "Dingoo A380 Custom firmware" then "Dingoo A380 render by santo" below the image.. ;)

It does look better. I was afraid that white wouldn't look good but it isn't bad at all. I added "Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware" before the image.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: coty on November 05, 2012, 07:10:28 pm
So is the latest V2.05.03 Firmware ready for consumption?  Or is there still a newer one on the horizon, I should wait for?  Still waiting on my memory cards I ordered them and I think they were coming from NJ and with the terrible storm I think i may have to wait a little while :(

Can't wait to give this all a try, hope I don't screw it all up.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on November 05, 2012, 10:13:09 pm
Can't wait to give this all a try, hope I don't screw it all up.

there is nothing to screw up.. 8) just follow the steps carefully... if it is the first time, then don't be hurry or you may forget some steps..
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 05, 2012, 11:01:58 pm
So is the latest V2.05.03 Firmware ready for consumption?  Or is there still a newer one on the horizon, I should wait for?  Still waiting on my memory cards I ordered them and I think they were coming from NJ and with the terrible storm I think i may have to wait a little while :(

Can't wait to give this all a try, hope I don't screw it all up.

There's going to be a new one to add support for the FinalBurn Alpha emulator build by d_smagin. He's still working on his build so it can take some time before we see a new version.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: hiredgun on November 05, 2012, 11:06:11 pm
Some one please call the police, Alien Grey just "stole the show" lolol. I can not thank you enough for bringing my attention back to this thread, I FINALLY have a FULL SPEED, WORKING Mega Drive Emulator for my A-380!! WooooHooo!!! And the best thing is that since I already have Pico Drive for my PSP and GP32x, I'm more than used to it and got it optimized in no time!!  Thank you so much Grey for putting in all this hard work and getting these "packs" togeather for us!!  You have literally given new life to my A-380 which was more than abandoned  until you directed me back to this thread!! The gaming community owes you a big thumbs up bro!!!! Thanks a million, Vin. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 06, 2012, 10:31:05 am
I'm glad you like it. It's the work from the d_smagin alias "The Master of SDL".  ;)

There's more. Check out the support thread from Santo. You'll find all the links to download the open-source games that have been ported to the Dingoo A-380. You'll find them here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-emulators-games-list-and-support/msg48940/#msg48940 (http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-emulators-games-list-and-support/msg48940/#msg48940)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: malutang8 on November 10, 2012, 02:56:14 pm
Can someone please let me know where else i can get the Dingoo A380 FBA Conversion Tool, the Dingoo Technology (.hk) website site is not working.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 10, 2012, 03:14:31 pm
Can someone please let me know where else i can get the Dingoo A380 FBA Conversion Tool, the Dingoo Technology (.hk) website site is not working.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,15,571
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: malutang8 on November 13, 2012, 05:39:54 am
thanks!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on November 20, 2012, 03:51:36 pm
@Alien Grey

First of all thanks for your great effort! I'd like to try your firmware but all the microsds I have at home are 2Gb and 4Gb ones and if possible I'd like to avoid buying another one. Is there a way to resize the image to make it suitable for use on a 4Gb card or do I need to buy another card? Thanks for your reply.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 20, 2012, 03:59:26 pm
@Alien Grey

First of all thanks for your great effort! I'd like to try your firmware but all the microsds I have at home are 2Gb and 4Gb ones and if possible I'd like to avoid buying another one. Is there a way to resize the image to make it suitable for use on a 4Gb card or do I need to buy another card? Thanks for your reply.

buy a good 8gb card and replace the crappy non branded built in one  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on November 20, 2012, 04:32:27 pm
Apart from the fact that I'm not talking about the built in one that as suggested I'm going to keep as a backup copy while I was planning to use a Sandisk class 6 MicroSDHC 4Gb, you don't answer to my question. I'm sure it is possible to resize the image and maybe it could be an interesting topic too considering that I'm not certainly the only one who hasn't a 8Gb MicroSDHC right at home... I have dozens of microsds at home, even some bigger ones that I can't use because already used elsewhere and I'd like to avoid buying yet another so I've asked a question that according to me isn't as dumb as you seem to believe. Maybe mounting it and resizing it with gparted could be the right approach but I have to make some digging around before because I've never resized the IMAGE from a filesystem but only filesystems themselves. Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 20, 2012, 04:51:06 pm
Apart from the fact that I'm not talking about the built in one that as suggested I'm going to keep as a backup copy while I was planning to use a Sandisk class 6 MicroSDHC 4Gb, you don't answer to my question. I'm sure it is possible to resize the image and maybe it could be an interesting topic too considering that I'm not certainly the only one who hasn't a 8Gb MicroSDHC right at home... I have dozens of microsds at home, even some bigger ones that I can't use because already used elsewhere and I'd like to avoid buying yet another so I've asked a question that according to me isn't as dumb as you seem to believe. Maybe mounting it and resizing it with gparted could be the right approach but I have to make some digging around before because I've never resized the IMAGE from a filesystem but only filesystems themselves. Thanks anyway.


All this is for the INTERNAL card,

by installing cfw AND a new internal SD you'll get a far more responsible system


for the external  one just use any 32 gb card drag and drop all external emus / games and you're set
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 20, 2012, 04:51:38 pm
that way you can say goodbye to the reset button  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 20, 2012, 05:20:30 pm
@Alien Grey

First of all thanks for your great effort! I'd like to try your firmware but all the microsds I have at home are 2Gb and 4Gb ones and if possible I'd like to avoid buying another one. Is there a way to resize the image to make it suitable for use on a 4Gb card or do I need to buy another card? Thanks for your reply.

It's possible to resize it but first you need to write it to a disk that is large enough. Once you've done that you can make a new image without the FAT32 partition. A lot of work for something that I don't recommend to do because you'll need a lot more storage space than 4GB for the game ROMs.

It's like danilop2k2 said. Use a 8GB+ SanDisk MicroSD card for the CFW.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on November 21, 2012, 01:29:11 pm
I completely understand your point of view and I agree with you. It's just that I couldn't wait to try your firmware... ;)
Bad news, really bad news. I've tried two 8Gb MicroSD and a 16Gb one while I've put a 4Gb FAT32 formatted one in the external slot as required. With all of them (I've followed your instructions with great care) the Dingoo is totally dead: it isn't recognized by my pc when connected nor it does turn on. Is it the sign that the cards are incompatible or should anything different happen when incompatibility issues arise?
Here comes the worst mistake I've made: being confident in a compatibility issue, I've cloned one of the aforementioned sds on the stock 4Gb card. Still the same, the Dingoo is totally dead. Is it possible that three cards are all incompatible and that the stock card has got corrupted by the cloning attempt or has my Dingoo got broken in some way?
I've been too hasty, what a mistake! I've also made some quick research and it seems that unlike the A320 for the A380 there isn't any unbricker tool.
Do you happen to have an image of the original MicroSD? I've downloaded the one in the thread but it says that it is too big for the stock card so I think it isn't the original one. Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 21, 2012, 01:36:31 pm
grab the 8 gb card and put the internal image on it,


then

on switch with reset down a few times, and it will be back  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 21, 2012, 02:26:59 pm
@_guybrush_

Are you using Windows or Linux?

Edit:

It should work with every MicroSD card but I prefer to use a SanDisk because they're good quality and gives you the best speed.

The V20016.img is the original one. It's because the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD is larger than any other 4GB MicroSD card that the firmware image is also larger.

Put the 16GB MicroSD card with the CFW in your Dingoo A-380 and push the "RESET" button. If it doesn't want to start it's probably because writing the CFW to the MicroSD card went wrong. Also make sure that the power switch is in "hold" position to easily put the power button back in the Dingoo A-380.

The reason why you don't find an unbricking tool is because the firmware image is the unbricking tool.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on November 21, 2012, 03:49:08 pm
@danilop2k2

You've saved me, thank you! :) Do you believe me if I say that I've completely forgotten of the existence of the reset button? It was the first thing to think of but I haven't because I was too busy thinking of much worse and more complex issues.  :-[
Everything's fine now, with every card and also with the repartitioned stock card.

@Alien Grey

Thanks for your detailed reply and excuse me for the dumb question about the unbricking tool: you're right, with the old A320 we couldn't swap the microsd and we needed the unbricking tools while here swapping the microsd and writing the firmware image on it is possible. I use both Windows and Linux but the problem wasn't there as explained. Everything's fine with all the cards I've used. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 21, 2012, 04:04:44 pm
Nice to see that you've got it fixed with a push on the "RESET" button. Enjoy your Dingoo A-380.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 21, 2012, 05:38:50 pm
reset+on at the same time on black screen CFW problems :

"Dingoo A380 unbricking tool "  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on November 21, 2012, 07:58:03 pm
so its finally clear that there is no risk to be bricked, even if you do something wrong.. ;D

it has another unique capability. you can expand your internal memory to 32GB.. 8)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on November 21, 2012, 09:29:46 pm
The most funny (or tragic) thing is that I've done EVERYTHING fine with FOUR different cards (even the stock one at the end) but I was too busy with checking if I had torn the battery cable and other much more complex issues about partitioning etc. just to think about the existence of that button... Poor me! ::)
Thanks to all of you! :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 22, 2012, 04:23:11 pm
I've got Dropbox trouble.  :(

Quote
Hi Alien,

This email is an automated notification from Dropbox that your Public links have been temporarily suspended for generating excessive traffic. Your Dropbox will continue to function normally with the exception of Public links.

This suspension is temporary (3 days for the first time).

Please visit Dropbox support if you have any questions.

- The Dropbox Team


All links are dead but I'm working on a solution. I'm going to upload as much as I can to openhandhelds to try to lower the Dropbox traffic on my account. All the links are going to be replaced.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 22, 2012, 04:50:59 pm
pm me , you can use my premium putlocker account  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on November 22, 2012, 07:13:17 pm
I've got Dropbox trouble.  :(
All links are dead but I'm working on a solution. I'm going to upload as much as I can to openhandhelds to try to lower the Dropbox traffic on my account. All the links are going to be replaced.
oh no.. :(

then do one thing.. pack all game ports to a single file...

then there will be only four links total...1)Custom firmware, 2)Official firmware, 3)Emulator pack, 4)Game pack..
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on November 22, 2012, 08:44:07 pm
pm me , you can use my premium putlocker account  ;)

I'm going to need it for the emulator pack. Everything else has been uploaded to openhandhelds.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: danilop2k2 on November 22, 2012, 08:57:39 pm
check your PM
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on December 01, 2012, 03:20:15 pm
Hello again! Is there a way to play the A320 ports like Out of this world (Another World) or Reminescence (Flashback)? Maybe it has already been asked in the previous pages of the thread, I'll check ASAP. Thanks for your replies!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 01, 2012, 04:41:51 pm
Hello again! Is there a way to play the A320 ports like Out of this world (Another World) or Reminescence (Flashback)? Maybe it has already been asked in the previous pages of the thread, I'll check ASAP. Thanks for your replies!

The RAW (Out Of This World) port is bad and REminescence (Flashback) doesn't run at all.

Out Of This World runs fine with the SEGA CD emulator. That's the only version that can be played without graphical glitches.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Gray Gizmo on December 06, 2012, 12:29:53 am
OK so I took the top off it, got cold feet and so I put it back together (putting the old untampered SD card back in). Now it won't turn on... I don't suppose you can help me?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 08, 2012, 03:52:47 pm
OK so I took the top off it, got cold feet and so I put it back together (putting the old untampered SD card back in). Now it won't turn on... I don't suppose you can help me?

Look at the first post of this page or go back one page to find the answer.

--------------------

The Dingoo A-380 CFW Version 2.05.03 Emulators are available again for download. The dead link has been removed and replaced with a new one. I can understand that danilop2k2 removed them from his putlocker account but they should be available again for download like d_smagin said.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: retrodd on December 12, 2012, 12:26:13 pm
Any news about release of FBA for A380?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: dmitry_smagin on December 12, 2012, 01:09:43 pm
Any news about release of FBA for A380?

Yes, good news. I've made the necessary changes for screen centering.
Here's the testing version with capex:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/y0a5m3 (http://www.sendspace.com/file/y0a5m3)

What's done specifically for a380:
- Games with resolutions lower than 400x240 will have their image properly centered. E.g. cps1/cps2 games with 384x224 or V-System games with 352x240 will look fine
- Other resolutions like 256x256 are not properly rendered, WIP
- Support for *.zip/*.fba roms

Drawbacks:
- Fba-capex is not adapted to 400x240, sorry for that
- 64 Mb of RAM is not enough to load big roms, sorry for that
- Sound may be distorted in cps1 games, will be corrected soon
- Loading screen is distorted

L+R+START - exit
L+R+SELECT - service menu
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 12, 2012, 03:48:23 pm
- Fba-capex is not adapted to 400x240, sorry for that

I think this can be fixed with the sdlwrapper but it would be better if we could use it without capex like the Dingoo A-380 FBA emulator. It's possible but it doesn't work when you change the ROM name. 
 
Quote
- 64 Mb of RAM is not enough to load big roms, sorry for that

I don't understand why this can't work. It works fine with the Dingoo A-380 FBA emulator. I've got to try some more games but none of the CPS2 games that I tried did work.

Quote
- Sound may be distorted in cps1 games, will be corrected soon

Sound seems to be fixed for the CPS1 games.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: dmitry_smagin on December 12, 2012, 04:09:24 pm
Alien Grey,
please, do more testing.
I test on ritmix rzx50 assuming that a380 behaves the same. Some cps2 games load and work: dino.zip, dimahoo.zip, sfa.zip.

Using cached roms (*.fba) may help a little, but it has some flaws:
- Sound is corrupt for some roms
- Cache support is hardcoded into FBA core for each game family (cps, neogeo) and upgrade to newer FBA emulation core is impossible without losing it
- Not all roms could be cached (FBAcache just chokes on them and exits)

For now I have two major goals: make a simple gui and discard fbacapex completely; add cache support which will be independant from emulation core.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 12, 2012, 04:42:26 pm
That's right.

Some of the CPS2 games run fine with crystal clear sound. NEO-GEO games run fine. CPS1 games run good. The sound isn't perfect but it's a lot better than before.

As for Semicom, Kaneko, Toaplan,... The games run but like you said before they aren't properly rendered on the screen.


There's progress and I like it.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: donpachiSLK on December 14, 2012, 11:18:57 pm
Hi! Alien Grey,
Perhaps we need a virtual memory,preferably between 128MBand 256MB, 512MB virtual memory seems to have noeffect, but also take up storage space, perhaps inmemory is not supported on Dingux; For example, MOTO E680's memory is only 48MB, to run FBA large capacity game is almost impossible, but it's virtual memory to solve all this, 128MB, has been very good, 256MB, E680 on almost perfect, such as EZXFBA latest versionrun kov, s1945iii, gunbird2 and so relatively smoothly; Therefore, a new virtual memory software dingux must, otherwise they will not be able to run more great game except [GCW]; This is for the future d_smagin the new FBA simulation is the arrival of the ready.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 15, 2012, 08:43:30 am
Hi! Alien Grey,
Perhaps we need a virtual memory,preferably between 128MBand 256MB, 512MB virtual memory seems to have noeffect, but also take up storage space, perhaps inmemory is not supported on Dingux; For example, MOTO E680's memory is only 48MB, to run FBA large capacity game is almost impossible, but it's virtual memory to solve all this, 128MB, has been very good, 256MB, E680 on almost perfect, such as EZXFBA latest versionrun kov, s1945iii, gunbird2 and so relatively smoothly; Therefore, a new virtual memory software dingux must, otherwise they will not be able to run more great game except [GCW]; This is for the future d_smagin the new FBA simulation is the arrival of the ready.

I know but there isn't a Dingux firmware with virtual memory for the Dingoo A-380.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: _guybrush_ on December 18, 2012, 11:05:24 pm
Hello again. Is there a way to play the good old Out of this world and Reminescence ports for the Dingoo A320 on this firmware? Thanks in advance for your reply and please excuse me should my question be too dumb! ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 20, 2012, 02:46:33 pm
Hello again. Is there a way to play the good old Out of this world and Reminescence ports for the Dingoo A320 on this firmware? Thanks in advance for your reply and please excuse me should my question be too dumb! ;)

You did ask this already some time a go.


Hello again! Is there a way to play the A320 ports like Out of this world (Another World) or Reminescence (Flashback)? Maybe it has already been asked in the previous pages of the thread, I'll check ASAP. Thanks for your replies!

The RAW (Out Of This World) port is bad and REminescence (Flashback) doesn't run at all.

Out Of This World runs fine with the SEGA CD emulator. That's the only version that can be played without graphical glitches.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 20, 2012, 04:30:16 pm
The Master of SDL is back and gave me a present.  ;D

He gave me a new fba-a380 test version to try out. This version uses virtual memory and makes it possible to run some of the games that didn't run before because of not enough memory. You can run all CPS2 games that didn't work. I can finally play 1944 - The loop master on my Dingoo A-380.  :)


You can download this test version here: http://www.putlocker.com/file/E0E3A74E48CD6ABB (http://www.putlocker.com/file/E0E3A74E48CD6ABB)


Note: I've recompiled capex to center it on the screen. It takes a long time to load the games that use virtual memory.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: donpachiSLK on December 20, 2012, 04:55:06 pm
Hi! The Alien grey good Among the center of the screen feel very comfortable, but do not know how it happened, mydownload speed is somewhat slow.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 20, 2012, 05:48:13 pm
Hi! The Alien grey good Among the center of the screen feel very comfortable, but do not know how it happened, mydownload speed is somewhat slow.

I think this is because of maintenance from putlocker.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: A380Rules on December 20, 2012, 08:24:48 pm
The Master of SDL is back and gave me a present.  ;D

He gave me a new fba-a380 test version to try out. This version uses virtual memory and makes it possible to run some of the games that didn't run before because of not enough memory. You can run all CPS2 games that didn't work. I can finally play 1944 - The loop master on my Dingoo A-380.  :)


You can download this test version here: http://www.putlocker.com/file/86709B207C92ED19 (http://www.putlocker.com/file/86709B207C92ED19)

Note: I've recompiled capex to center it on the screen. It takes a long time to load the games that use virtual memory.

Where do the roms go?
Config file?
Which exact fba romset?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 20, 2012, 10:18:48 pm
Where do the roms go?
Config file?
Which exact fba romset?

Make a folder "roms" in the "fba-a380" folder. It should've been there already but I accidently deleted it when I replaced the fbacapex.dge. I'm going to fix this and upload a new archive.

To know what ROMs you need look at the "zipname.fba". It's a text file with all the supported ROMs.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 21, 2012, 12:58:36 pm
For those who want to update their Dingoo A-380 with the CFW. You better wait because there's going to be an update soon to add support for the FinalBurn Alpha build from d_smagin.  ;)

He made good progress on his build. Good enough to start adding support in the CFW.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Santo on December 21, 2012, 06:03:47 pm
thats great news... i wl wait for it.. ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 22, 2012, 11:38:31 am
thats great news... i wl wait for it.. ;D

There's a few bugs with the FinalBurn Alpha emulator and the Dingoo A-380 that need to be fixed before the new CFW is going to be available. It's going to take some time but the new CFW is ready to rock when d_smagin says "GO".
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 25, 2012, 12:50:22 pm
Here's a X-mas present.

It's the latest fba-a380 version from d_smagin. I compiled it because it's a lot better than the old version.

Fixed loading screen.
Fixed CPS1 sound.
Fixed loading some CPS2 games.
Fixed loading some NEO-GEO games.


Download fba-a380: http://www.putlocker.com/file/EDD79D02905AE07A (http://www.putlocker.com/file/EDD79D02905AE07A)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Atarimagic on December 25, 2012, 07:46:06 pm
Here's a X-mas present.

It's the latest fba-a380 version from d_smagin. I compiled it because it's a lot better than the old version.

Fixed loading screen.
Fixed CPS1 sound.
Fixed loading some CPS2 games.
Fixed loading some NEO-GEO games.


Download fba-a380: http://www.putlocker.com/file/EDD79D02905AE07A (http://www.putlocker.com/file/EDD79D02905AE07A)



hi, if its still not incorporated into cfw, where do you put both dge files?

can it read the cps roms already in the systems directories??
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 25, 2012, 08:27:36 pm
hi, if its still not incorporated into cfw, where do you put both dge files?

can it read the cps roms already in the systems directories??

You can put it in the "emulator" folder on the external MicroSD card with the other open-source emulators. You've got to use "fbacapex.dge" to use the fba-a380 emulator so you can't launch the ROMs from the directories on the internal MicroSD card.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Atarimagic on December 26, 2012, 04:53:53 pm
hi, if its still not incorporated into cfw, where do you put both dge files?

can it read the cps roms already in the systems directories??

You can put it in the "emulator" folder on the external MicroSD card with the other open-source emulators. You've got to use "fbacapex.dge" to use the fba-a380 emulator so you can't launch the ROMs from the directories on the internal MicroSD card.


hours to boot metal slug 3 ???!!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Leonar on December 29, 2012, 10:58:52 pm
I have install this version on my Dingoo 380, is it possible to conect the dingoo to the TV with this version, I have not get it to work on the TV.
Maybe there is something about the PAL and NTSC, I live in Sweden, anyone how know if the Dingoo will work together with a swedish TV?

I have connect the Dingoo together with an AV cabel with 3 RCA connections into the TV. There is something on the screen, but it is black and white and swimming on the screen.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on December 30, 2012, 02:33:09 pm
I have install this version on my Dingoo 380, is it possible to conect the dingoo to the TV with this version, I have not get it to work on the TV.
Maybe there is something about the PAL and NTSC, I live in Sweden, anyone how know if the Dingoo will work together with a swedish TV?

I have connect the Dingoo together with an AV cabel with 3 RCA connections into the TV. There is something on the screen, but it is black and white and swimming on the screen.

It should work with both NTSC and PAL.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: retrodd on January 03, 2013, 01:35:36 pm
New CFW 2.06.01 will be released soon,
FBA Support with large file size
thanks to Alien Grey, d_smagin and donpachiSLK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zBIO-RVZ_Q
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: dmitry_smagin on January 03, 2013, 05:09:00 pm
Nice video. Finally I see by my own eyes that emulators modified by me really work on Dingoo a380  :) I've never owned a380.
It would be hilarious if those smart guys on neo-geo forum run these emus on NGX. :) They already ran rzx50's firmware on it (well, NGX's uboot and kernel with rzx50's rootfs, appfs and configfs).
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Atarimagic on January 03, 2013, 05:12:32 pm
can you publish latest Fba separately to test before upgrading firmware again?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on January 03, 2013, 06:48:54 pm
Nice video. Finally I see by my own eyes that emulators modified by me really work on Dingoo a380  :) I've never owned a380.
It would be hilarious if those smart guys on neo-geo forum run these emus on NGX. :) They already ran rzx50's firmware on it (well, NGX's uboot and kernel with rzx50's rootfs, appfs and configfs).

It's possible that they won't run. The Dingoo A-320e Dingux uses also a different kernel and they can't use the Dingoo A-380 emulators.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on January 03, 2013, 07:07:58 pm
can you publish latest Fba separately to test before upgrading firmware again?

Yes, I can. There was a time that it wasn't possible but d_smagin fixed it.  ;D


The custom firmware has been tested and needed a small fix because it used more than one fba.swp file as virtual memory. Everything works great except changing ROM names. This is only an issue with zip ROMs. Names from ROMs converted to fba can be changed without issues.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Leonar on January 03, 2013, 08:20:02 pm
Thanks Alien Grey,

I have now got the AV connection to work, It was a cable problem.

I have still not get my F16 controllers to work. I saw another post about it, I will try a little bit more. Is it correct that I need to to dubbleclick on the connect buttoms on the controll when the wireless controller option on the Dingoo is activated?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on January 03, 2013, 08:42:26 pm
Thanks Alien Grey,

I have now got the AV connection to work, It was a cable problem.

I have still not get my F16 controllers to work. I saw another post about it, I will try a little bit more. Is it correct that I need to to dubbleclick on the connect buttoms on the controll when the wireless controller option on the Dingoo is activated?

It's a bit of a mess to get those controllers to work. I don't really know anymore how I got them connected but now all I've got to do is enable the wireless controller conection on the Dingoo A-380 and than power on my controllers and press the button to start the wireless connection.

There was a time that I thought that this was an issue with the CFW because Santo also can't get them connected to his Dingoo A-380. It can't be an issue with the CFW because retrodd uses one of them in his new video.



@Atarimagic

Replace the nxu.dge on your Dingoo A-380 with the two files from the FBA-Test.zip to try it out without having to update the firmware. You don't need to update to the new CFW when it's available for download but than you can't use the old emulator anymore. That means no more fun on TV and there's also a few games that don't run on the new fba emulator that do work on the old one.

Or you can keep using capex with the fba emulator but that means that you need a lot of ROMs twice on your Dingoo A-380.


@retrodd

You can replace the new fba emulator with the one from the FBA-Test.zip to have the latest version.


Download FBA-Test: http://www.putlocker.com/file/4076CE557AD6D43A (http://www.putlocker.com/file/4076CE557AD6D43A)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Leonar on January 03, 2013, 11:10:38 pm
Thanks,

I will try this tomorrow. Another question, is it possible to add more emulators to this firmware, for example Amiga and PSX?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on January 03, 2013, 11:17:04 pm
Thanks,

I will try this tomorrow. Another question, is it possible to add more emulators to this firmware, for example Amiga and PSX?

Yes, all the emulators are in the emulator pack. You can find the download link for the emulator pack in the OP.


Edit:

You can see some of them running in this video from retrodd:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3kcd00qbI
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Atarimagic on January 04, 2013, 12:37:32 pm
with new fba ,

is it better to have neogeo files as fba or zip?


can not get some neogeo games to boot, always stucked on reading c2  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.05.03
Post by: Alien Grey on January 04, 2013, 12:46:36 pm
with new fba ,

is it better to have neogeo files as fba or zip?


can not get some neogeo games to boot, always stucked on reading c2  ???

Some of the NEO-GEO games have this issue. They do load fine when converted to fba. The downside from fba is that the sound sometimes get distorted.

I've spend many hours testing the games and there's 86 ROMs with issues. Most of these games run fine as fba or can be played with the original Dingoo A-380 emulator. Some of them don't work at all.

Here's the list of ROMs with issues:

Code: [Select]
batrider,Armed police Batrider (Batrider ver. Fri Feb 13 1998  Japan),1998 Raizing / 8ing
batridrk,Armed police Batrider (Batrider ver. Fri Feb 13 1998  Korea),1998 Raizing / 8ing
batridra,Armed police Batrider (Batrider ver. Mon Dec 22 1997  Japan),1998 Raizing / 8ing
batsugun,Batsugun (set 1),1993 Toaplan
batsugna,Batsugun (set 2),1993 Dual Toaplan
batugnsp,Batsugun Special Ver.,1993 Dual Toaplan
bbakraid,Battle Bakraid (ver. Wed Apr 7 1999),1999 Eighting
bbakradu,Battle Bakraid - Unlimited Version (ver. Tue Jun 8 1999),1999 Eighting
bgareghk,Battle Garegga (Austria / Hong Kong) (Sat Feb 3 1996),1996 Raizing / 8ing
bgaregga,Battle Garegga (Europe / USA / Japan / Asia) (Sat Feb 3 1996),1996 Raizing / 8ing
bgaregnv,Battle Garegga - New Version (Austria / Hong Kong) (Sat Mar 2 1996),1996 Raizing / 8ing
bgaregcn,Battle Garegga - Type 2 (Denmark / China) (Tue Apr 2 1996),1996 Raizing / 8ing
bgaregt2,Battle Garegga - Type 2 (Europe / USA / Japan / Asia) (Sat Mar 2 1996),1996 Raizing / 8ing
bloodwar,Blood Warrior,1994 Kaneko
bombjac2,Bomb Jack (set 2),1984 Tehkan
diggerma,Digger Man,1994 / 2000 Face
ginkun,Ganbare Ginkun,1995 Tecmo
ganryu,Ganryu,1999 Visco
garoubl,Garou - mark of the wolves (bootleg),1999 bootleg
garou,Garou - mark of the wolves (set 1),1999 SNK
garouo,Garou - mark of the wolves (set 2),1999 SNK
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mslug5,Metal Slug 5,2003 SNK Playmore
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samsho5h,Samurai Shodown V (set 2),2003 Yuki Enterprise / SNK Playmore
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samsh5sh,Samurai Shodown V Special (set 2  censored),2003 Yuki Enterprise / SNK Playmore
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Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 04, 2013, 07:12:39 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


Dingoo A-380 CFW Version 2.06.01 is available for download.


New in this version is support for the FinalBurn Alpha emulator from d_smagin.
All backgrounds in the CFW have been replaced with new ones. The list-select is also replaced with a new one.


Enjoy the new FinalBurn Alpha emulator on your Dingoo A-380. Thanks to d_smagin for making this great open source emulator.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Atarimagic on January 04, 2013, 08:46:57 pm
Can now both fba versions co exist?


Wich is the default theme?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 04, 2013, 08:55:41 pm
Can now both fba versions co exist?


Wich is the default theme?

Yes, both versions can be used.

The Dingoo theme.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: mankin on January 05, 2013, 04:34:26 am
Installed the new firmware. SDL Emulators for gameboy and gameboy color no longer work but the default ones that came with the Dingoo work except the audio is still crap.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: mankin on January 05, 2013, 04:53:23 am
Never mind, a reboot and everything working fine now.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: quido on January 06, 2013, 11:28:49 am
Thanks for your awesome work Alien Grey :D
I really want too give this a shot, but I've one question is the Wonderswan (color) emulator supported?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 06, 2013, 01:02:01 pm
Thanks for your awesome work Alien Grey :D
I really want too give this a shot, but I've one question is the Wonderswan (color) emulator supported?

You can use it but it can't be recompiled for the Dingoo A-380. There's no source code available.  :(

I never tried it but I think that there's no sound in the Wonderswan emulator.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 07, 2013, 09:43:07 am
Hi there! I have a couple of questions about the custom firmware, but I don't have the energy to read 26 pages of posts (and nothing showed up in my search)...

Do this firmware fix any of the problems with the mp3 player and/or the different text readers?
I bought the A380 a couple of weeks ago when my 320 died and it still has the horrible V 2.0016 on it. The mp3 player has only one option, that resets itself straight away, and the various text readers either don't have bookmarking ability, or can't store them properly. Before I completely destroy my right to return the Dingoo, I need to know if this is fixed. Otherwise, I'll return it and ask them to send an A320 instead (even though that F-ing coil will break again sooner or later and I have no one to fix it).
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 07, 2013, 02:21:42 pm
Changing the MP3 Player settings does work with the CFW.

Edit:

Bookmark does work too with the CFW.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 07, 2013, 06:58:27 pm
Okay, thank you. :)
Now I just need to work up the courage to crack it open... :S
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 08, 2013, 06:37:09 pm
anyone with bugs on fba that solve after reboot?  ::)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 09, 2013, 04:41:12 pm
anyone with bugs on fba that solve after reboot?  ::)

Look for the .fba folder in the game sub folder fba on your Dingoo A-380 and remove it. The first time you start a game a new .fba folder and and a new fba.swp are going to be created. This is very important because it needs the fba.swp file to use as virtual memory.

Make sure that you've got more than 128MB free space available to create the fba.swp. It takes some time to create the file and the screen remains black but wait patiently till the game starts to load.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 09, 2013, 06:28:11 pm
anyone with bugs on fba that solve after reboot?  ::)

Look for the .fba folder in the game sub folder fba on your Dingoo A-380 and remove it. The first time you start a game a new .fba folder and and a new fba.swp are going to be created. This is very important because it needs the fba.swp file to use as virtual memory.

Make sure that you've got more than 128MB free space available to create the fba.swp. It takes some time to create the file and the screen remains black but wait patiently till the game starts to load.  ;)


thanks alien, works great!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 09, 2013, 06:28:53 pm
nice wallpapers  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 12, 2013, 01:39:51 pm
Hello again! Just a quick question;
Can I flash the CFW onto a card in the Dingoo's external card slot (and then put it in the internal slot), or do I need to use something else as a card reader?

I'm not very good at this sort of thing, and I'm afraid of messing it up. :S
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 12, 2013, 02:30:49 pm
Hello again! Just a quick question;
Can I flash the CFW onto a card in the Dingoo's external card slot (and then put it in the internal slot), or do I need to use something else as a card reader?

I'm not very good at this sort of thing, and I'm afraid of messing it up. :S

No, you've got to write it to a MicroSD card from your computer. Than replace the internal MicroSD card. Have a look at the video from retrodd to know how to update to the CFW. You'll find the video in the OP.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 12, 2013, 03:06:00 pm
No, you've got to write it to a MicroSD card from your computer. Than replace the internal MicroSD card. Have a look at the video from retrodd to know how to update to the CFW. You'll find the video in the OP.

Ok, thank you again. :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 12, 2013, 05:03:31 pm
you can use the dingoo's external slot to write CFW. but at that time dingoo hv to be in working condition.. that means, dont remove the internal card when writing new one (let it work with old firmware). after completed the writing process to new memory card in external slot, you can open the console and replace the internal one..
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 12, 2013, 05:52:39 pm
you can use the dingoo's external slot to write CFW. but at that time dingoo hv to be in working condition.. that means, dont remove the internal card when writing new one (let it work with old firmware). after completed the writing process to new memory card in external slot, you can open the console and replace the internal one..
That's what I was thinking of doing, but I've made plans to borrow a computer with a card reader tomorrow anyway.
But now I know I can use this way if the first flash fails. Thank you! :D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 12, 2013, 10:23:55 pm
you can use the dingoo's external slot to write CFW. but at that time dingoo hv to be in working condition.. that means, dont remove the internal card when writing new one (let it work with old firmware). after completed the writing process to new memory card in external slot, you can open the console and replace the internal one..
That's what I was thinking of doing, but I've made plans to borrow a computer with a card reader tomorrow anyway.
But now I know I can use this way if the first flash fails. Thank you! :D

You won't brick your console,believe me, i have tried  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 12, 2013, 11:22:51 pm
You won't brick your console,believe me, i have tried  ;)

Well, the computer I'm borrowing is my mothers, and it is old, slow, and doesn't get updated, so I have my doubts... :P
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 14, 2013, 03:38:39 pm
I successfully flashed my Dingoo! :D
It was a lot easier than I thought, it was harder to open it than flashing it. ^^
There are still some things I miss from the A320 though... So here are some requests;

Can the menus be changed so the last position is saved?
For example, if I go into the fba folder, the selection stays on fba when I leave the folder, and doesn't go back to the top of the list.

Is there a way to make the menus completely silent?

And if there are any Swedes who want it, I can make a Swedish translation of the menus, if you can implement it in the CFW
(but I will need to know how I should write it down to make it easier for you to implement).

Since I forgot that I need an external microSD card to use the music player and text readers, I might have more requests when I get the extra card I ordered. :P
I could format the original one I took from the Dingoo, but I'm going to leave that card alone for backup.


I'm not asking you to do all this Alien_Grey (or anyone else), it is just some things I wish was in there.
I'm happy as long as I have a working Dingoo, these things would just be a bonus. :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 14, 2013, 05:43:52 pm
I successfully flashed my Dingoo! :D
wow.. congrats... :)

Can the menus be changed so the last position is saved?
i think, no..

Is there a way to make the menus completely silent?
try "system-> sound settings-> sound1" in the menu..

And if there are any Swedes who want it, I can make a Swedish translation of the menus, if you can implement it in the CFW
i think Alien can do that..

Since I forgot that I need an external microSD card to use the music player and text readers, I might have more requests when I get the extra card I ordered. :P
I could format the original one I took from the Dingoo, but I'm going to leave that card alone for backup.
32gb card will be better because there are a lot of opensource emulators and games waiting to rock..
i did not formatted the original internal memory card, left it as backup. but i got no need of it since last 8 months..
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 14, 2013, 05:57:15 pm
try "system-> sound settings-> sound1" in the menu..
That doesn't make it completely silent, but it's a lot better than the others. :)

And if there are any Swedes who want it, I can make a Swedish translation of the menus, if you can implement it in the CFW
i think Alien can do that..
Great! I can start writing it down tonight, and then we'll see if Alien wants to do it or not. :P

32gb card will be better because there are a lot of opensource emulators and games waiting to rock..
i did not formatted the original internal memory card, left it as backup. but i got no need of it since last 8 months..
I ordered a 16Gb card, and since I don't know much about those emulators it will probably be enough for now.
I'll just leave the original card in the box, along with the crappy charger, just in case I need any of them.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 14, 2013, 06:08:21 pm
I'll just leave the original card in the box, along with the crappy charger, just in case I need any of them.
dingoo need a 5volts,1000mA charger.. with 500mA charger, it takes more time to charge fully. affects the backup also..
if you dont have A charger of 1000mA or above (dont use 6v or above), using that crappy one will be better :P

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Gulleko on January 14, 2013, 06:21:37 pm
I'll just leave the original card in the box, along with the crappy charger, just in case I need any of them.
dingoo need a 5volts,1000mA charger.. with 500mA charger, it takes more time to charge fully. affects the backup also..
if you dont have A charger of 1000mA or above (dont use 6v or above), using that crappy one will be better :P

I have a charger that has the same specs as the Dingoo one, but made of sturdier plastic.
I bought it when the charger for my A320 broke a couple of years ago, and it's worked great so far. :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 17, 2013, 04:15:47 pm
I'll just leave the original card in the box, along with the crappy charger, just in case I need any of them.
dingoo need a 5volts,1000mA charger.. with 500mA charger, it takes more time to charge fully. affects the backup also..
if you dont have A charger of 1000mA or above (dont use 6v or above), using that crappy one will be better :P

I have a charger that has the same specs as the Dingoo one, but made of sturdier plastic.
I bought it when the charger for my A320 broke a couple of years ago, and it's worked great so far. :)


this multi usb chargers cost 6 us$ work great, have leds, and can charge your ipad, phone and DINGOO at once,
over 2 amps

(http://consolasdejuegos.com/uploads/stv20/DC951(2).JPG)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 17, 2013, 07:43:25 pm
multi usb? Actually, that is what i want.. ;D
BTW, Where is Alien? :o
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 17, 2013, 09:31:13 pm
multi usb? Actually, that is what i want.. ;D
BTW, Where is Alien? :o


it's on ebay, cheap ,free shipping , works great

about the gray one

We're all  little upset because NONE,
not eve ONE of the GCW emulators work re-compiled
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 17, 2013, 09:34:34 pm
it even charges tha A380 in a breeze  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Razme4alovo on January 18, 2013, 10:29:09 pm
Thanks for good emulators and firmware!

but two buttons are changed places - (X) and (Y) (for SNES)  and there is no buttons setup in SDL emulators

hope  this problems will be gone soon
good luck!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 19, 2013, 09:25:53 am
Thanks for good emulators and firmware!

but two buttons are changed places - (X) and (Y) (for SNES)  and there is no buttons setup in SDL emulators

hope  this problems will be gone soon
good luck!

And so are the L and R button. This can't be changed unless d_smagin adds button configuration option to the emulator. It's necessary because this isn't an issue with a wireless controller.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 19, 2013, 06:46:03 pm
It's necessary because this isn't an issue with a wireless controller.
do you mean L, R buttons are proper, When use the wireless controller?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 20, 2013, 01:30:01 pm
do you mean L, R buttons are proper, When use the wireless controller?

Yes. The buttons X, Y, L and R are correct when using a wireless controller.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 21, 2013, 06:49:07 pm
soon Custom Firmware V2.06.01 on the cheap A320E ?...  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 21, 2013, 08:14:56 pm
soon Custom Firmware V2.06.01 on the cheap A320E ?...  ;)

wwwwhat?!! if he can do that, i wl try to buy one... may be not that console, but his CFW worth of that.. ;)
but Alien dont have an A320E... how can he test it? ::)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 22, 2013, 04:37:07 pm
soon Custom Firmware V2.06.01 on the cheap A320E ?...  ;)

wwwwhat?!! if he can do that, i wl try to buy one... may be not that console, but his CFW worth of that.. ;)
but Alien dont have an A320E... how can he test it? ::)

maybe we will get some help, talk to AG...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: DA380FAN on January 22, 2013, 04:40:15 pm
it the wireless controller worth it?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on January 22, 2013, 07:24:37 pm
it the wireless controller worth it?
what do you mean? couldn't get it... ;)
in fact, i could not connect those wireless controllers ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: mankin on January 28, 2013, 06:17:45 am
Hi,

I've updated to firmware 2.06.01 and I've loaded some mp4 videos to the video folder on the external sd card and cannot get the videos to play. I get a black screen for an long time then a couple seconds of scrambled video and then it crashes.

Help.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 28, 2013, 08:11:46 am
Try different video formats. All of my movies play really good.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: mankin on January 29, 2013, 01:57:42 am
I was able to play mp4 files before without problems now none of them play and I can no longer adjust the videos settings. Has something changed or become corrupted on my unit?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on January 29, 2013, 07:06:57 am
Try with restore default settings. If that doesn't fix it than backup all your data, format your MicroSD card with the SD Formatter and rewrite the CFW on it.


Edit:

I guess that you videos are located on the external MicroSD card so  it's better to try to format this one first with the SD Formatter.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: thalesgerude on February 03, 2013, 03:37:09 pm
Hi, there.

I have a 8GB Kingston SD Card in wich I installed the later firmware.
When I tried to replace it with the Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01, there was no enough space in disk.

Then i tried to resize the SD card partitions by deleting one volume and extending the other.
The thing is: is not possible to extend the primary partition, what leaves me with jus 3,5GB of free space in the SD card.

Is there anyone who can help me resizing my SD card?

There's a print screen of the situation attached.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on February 03, 2013, 04:38:22 pm
I think you're going to have to try again.

1. Format the MicroSD card with the SD Formatter.
2. Write the CFW image to the MicroSD card.
3. Start MiniTool Partition Wizard and resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1. Maybe you've got to delete the FAT32 partition and make a new one.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: thalesgerude on February 05, 2013, 12:35:08 am
Thank you Alien Grey, it worked perfectly.

I have only one more question: in you post's second video SNES game Rock n' Roll Racing is being played in its original 4:3 ratio. How is that possible, as in my Dingoo the SNES games are still running in the A380's 16:9 ratio?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on February 05, 2013, 02:53:32 pm
You can change the aspect ratio with the Super Nintendo SDL emulator.

Press Select + Start to enter the menu. Change Fullscreen from true to false.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: thalesgerude on February 05, 2013, 04:30:59 pm
How do I access this Super Nintendo SDL emulator?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on February 05, 2013, 05:09:13 pm
Download the emulator pack from the OP. You'll find it under Emulator download.


Edit:

Copy the emulator folder (with the emulators) from the Internal MicroSD Card folder to your Dingoo A-380 or MicroSD card with the CFW. Copy the emulator folder (with the emulators) from the External MicroSD Card folder to your MicroSD card that you're going to use in the Dingoo A-380 external MicroSD card slot.

After copying them you can launch the new Super Nintendo emulator from the SDL Emulators on your Dingoo A-380.


If you need more information send me a PM.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: thalesgerude on February 06, 2013, 01:19:12 pm
Thank you vey much, Alien Grey.

The problem is completely solved. I tested the SDL emulator and it's working perfectly.
There are only two more questions I would like to ask:

1. Is it possible to change the controls configuration?
2. Is the game Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars still not working at 100%?

Thanks once again.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on February 06, 2013, 03:58:21 pm
Changing the button configuration isn't possible.  :(

Try with changing Frameskip from Auto to 60/2 and Transparency On.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: thalesgerude on February 07, 2013, 12:03:34 am
The controls can be changed in most of games' options.
The game worked.

I really apreciate your help.

Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: zefeldo on February 13, 2013, 01:31:37 am
ok, I dont understand and Its crazy ridiculous.

I go to download the CFW. I tried to install it on the original 4GB sd card (stupid, but I don't have an 8gb one)
Then I find out that the CFW is only, just barely, like barely .01gb larger than the sd card.

i cannot install it.

I try to install the original since it was already installed when I bought it.
Same thing, .01gb larger than the sd card.
Why can i not install the original if it was pre installed on the same card with the same amount of space?
The original was on with lots of memory to spare for games and roms.
why not now? why do i NEED an 8gb or larger, 4 should be plenty if not just enough to install the original firmware back again.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Alien Grey on February 13, 2013, 08:43:19 am
Don't use the original MicroSD card for the CFW. Use a good quality MicroSD card.

I can fix that if I wanted it too but I won't because the original MicroSD card is crap and use it only to make the CFW. It's slow and makes it impossible to load ROMs on my Dingoo A-380.


Also a new CFW version should be available soon so it's better to wait for this version because it fixes some small issues.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Austin on February 15, 2013, 02:38:24 pm
Hello, My name is Austin, I just got my A380 in the mail yesterday.

So Have I gotten a defective unit? Every time I try to copy any files onto the internal SD card it just says: "Error: The parameter is incorrect"

I don't know how to solve this problem, but will I need to solve this problem in order to install your new firmware? I'm going to walmart right now to pick up an external 8gb.



Thanks
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on February 15, 2013, 05:02:50 pm
may be a datacable issue. try with different datacable.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Austin on February 15, 2013, 06:01:07 pm
Nevermind lol, Thanks for the reply though. I ended up not having to solve the problem I was having...I got the new firmware installed on a brand new sd card, then I reformatted the sd card that came with the dingoo so it's all set now. No Issues!    :)

The only thing that was really tedious and annoying was the dismantling of the unit. I was so worried I was going to end up breaking something somehow.  : l
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.01
Post by: Santo on February 15, 2013, 06:23:58 pm
Nevermind lol, Thanks for the reply though. I ended up not having to solve the problem I was having...I got the new firmware installed on a brand new sd card, then I reformatted the sd card that came with the dingoo so it's all set now. No Issues!    :)

The only thing that was really tedious and annoying was the dismantling of the unit. I was so worried I was going to end up breaking something somehow.  : l

nice to hear that the issue has solved.. :)
i hv done that process for more than 20 times to install CFW, to insert new memory card etc etc. but yes, we must handle with care.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Alien Grey on February 15, 2013, 07:21:55 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.06.07 is available for download.


The Load/Save State and Configuration path for the SEGA CD emulator has been changed to store the files in the game subfolder scd. This makes it possible to use a different configuration for SEGA MegaDrive and SEGA CD.

Enabling the Virtual Memory, that is necessary to run all FinalBurn Alpha games, has been fixed in the CFW.



Note: The Virtual Memory is going to be created on the MicroSD card the first time that you use the FinalBurn Alpha SDL Emulator. It takes a long time to create the 128mb Virtual Memory file. The screen stays black but after creating the Virtual Memory the game is going to load.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Austin on February 15, 2013, 08:27:10 pm
Alright, I have one more question. I now have the updated firmware installed; when I tested the TV_OUT for the first time, menu/games were slow...Is this due to a faulty cable that comes pre-packaged with the system?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Alien Grey on February 15, 2013, 09:46:23 pm
Navigating through menus is slow. The original emulators should run just fine with TV out. The original Nintendo emulator is slow but it's also slow without TV out. Watching movies on TV should also be fine.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: dingoopaul on February 22, 2013, 05:45:12 am
Hi!
I installed as per instructions. The internal SD card is working great, emulators working great, but I can't get an external card to work with this. I've tried two different ones now, a 4GB and an 8GB. I've tried formatting with SDFormatter (default settings) and I've tried deleting and creating FAT32 partitions on them, but when I stick them in the A380, and plug into my computer, only the internal SD card shows up. Is there a particular setting I should be using with SDFormatter or MiniTool Partitioner, to get the external SD cards to show up? Do I have to call the external SD cards anything special, or make it Primary or Logical, etc?
Thanks for any help.
(Oh, and I'm on Windows 7)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Santo on February 22, 2013, 06:22:07 am
how do you want to use the new memory card... as internal or external memory?
i assume as external... thats what i understood...

no need to use SD formatter or mini tool partitioner for external memory card(if you want to use that in external slot)...
do this.. put memory card in dingoo ext slot/card reader.. connect to computer.... open SD formatter(because u already formatted using sdformatter's default settings)..  select drive letter of ext card.. click on options button... format type-quick, format size adjustment-YES... press "OK".. press "Format"... complete the format process...
close the SD Formatter... then quick format in FAT32 using windows or Dos Command... u r all set...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: dingoopaul on February 22, 2013, 07:24:46 am
Thanks! Got the external working now :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Santo on February 22, 2013, 07:56:07 am
Thanks! Got the external working now :)

glad to hear that... :)
new firmware wl be released soon with new GBA sdl emulator support... so stay tuned...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: Darkskyy on February 24, 2013, 05:36:57 am
In the youtube howto: it said resize "alien grey" but... what size do you resize it to, and why is there a 2 unalloated and 3 ext (2 ext3 and one ext2) i know im new just didnt know where to go about it and i like that there is an open source update when dingoo looks to be walking away from any help. oh and do i format the unallocated

unallocated            0mb  of 12mb
H:(Ext3)           67.04mb of 100mb
Ext3                 47.93mb of 60mb
Ext2                  4.05 mb of 80mb
ALIEN_GREY1     2.02mb of 1gb
unallocated             0mb of 13.59gb
 
card is a 16gb sandisk uitra
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.06.07
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 24, 2013, 07:31:13 am
Don't touch other partitions, just resize ALIEN_GREY1 to the end of free space.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on February 24, 2013, 02:48:32 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo



Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.07.06 is available for download.


Some small changes have been made for all languages. The most important part is the support added for a new Game Boy Advance emulator build by d_smagin. The emulator is also based on gpsp V0.9 but the game compatibility is a lot better than with the original Dingoo A-380 emulator. Most of the games run jus fine with the default emulator settings. If a game suffers from slowdowns try with changing the frameskip from Auto to Manual and 1.


Note: The L/R button issue isn't fixed yet. It didn't fix the issue only moved it to the wireless controllers.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on February 24, 2013, 05:12:56 pm
changing the "Display scaling" to Normal in "Graphics and Sound options" improves game play a lot for slower games.. Normal scaler provides the original GBA scrn ratio.. so better image too... ;)

full scrn mode also quite good.. most of the games runs without issues....

thanks to d_smagin for such a great port.. i m waiting for this since a long time  :'(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on February 24, 2013, 07:11:32 pm
Alien, now we are at 2.07.xx.. i want to see 2.10.xx  ;D

can you change the interface of navigating the Opensource emulators...? i dont like to browse folders each time i want to open an emulator.. can you add the links of .dge files to Open Source Emulators sub menu unlike browsing the emulator folder..? and sub links for sdlvice because it has more .dge files.. :P
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on February 24, 2013, 07:52:41 pm
is it possible to add .zip support to this emulator? we can save a lot of space if that happens...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Darkskyy on February 24, 2013, 08:34:15 pm
is there a mame port for non cap games?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on February 24, 2013, 09:54:27 pm
is there a mame port for non cap games?

Maybe you're using the wrong MAME ROM set. It should be ROM set version 0.37b5 but 0.37b16 works fine too and easier to find.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Darkskyy on February 25, 2013, 03:03:23 pm
What does it take to port a DOS game to the A380 on this CFW?
I wanted to see if it would run frontier elite II.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 25, 2013, 03:35:25 pm
Source code is not available, since it was a commercial game. So, no native port possible. But you can try amiga version in uae4all emulator (not guarranteed to work) or atari st version in dcastaway.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Darkskyy on February 25, 2013, 03:44:50 pm
So it's like a dosbox but a Commodore emu?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: ppucci on February 25, 2013, 09:49:00 pm
Hi there! Is it possible to still use the new firmware without the card? I don't have one, but I really don't care for the features lost (Audio Player, Video Player, Pictures, E-Book, equalizer).

Persio
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on February 26, 2013, 06:18:54 am
Hi there! Is it possible to still use the new firmware without the card? I don't have one, but I really don't care for the features lost (Audio Player, Video Player, Pictures, E-Book, equalizer).

Persio

no.. you hv to use a Micro SD of 8GB or more...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on February 26, 2013, 07:03:33 am
Hi there! Is it possible to still use the new firmware without the card? I don't have one, but I really don't care for the features lost (Audio Player, Video Player, Pictures, E-Book, equalizer).

Persio

No because without the external MicroSD card it isn't possible to use the Open-Source emulators and games and these are features that you don't want to lose.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on February 26, 2013, 07:06:52 am
So it's like a dosbox but a Commodore emu?

No. It's an Amiga emulator or an Atari ST emulator. That means that you're going to have to use the Amiga version or Atari ST version.

You can try to make it run with DOSBox but the Alha release from Slaanesh is very slow.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Darkskyy on February 26, 2013, 07:32:37 pm
I was looking around online and found that frontier elite II is shareware. So it could be a small possibility that the source code is out there what would I need to get it converted over to the A380?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 26, 2013, 08:07:24 pm
You misunderstand what 'shareware' means. The answer is 'no'.

In general, if you take source-code for some game and want it converted to dingux, you should verify:
- if it uses cross-platform libraries for video/audio/input e.g. SDL and make sure these libraries are supported in dingux
- if it uses low resolution like 320x200 or 320x240, otherwise you'll need to code a downscaler yourself
Then you could try to compile it with cross-toolchain and to correct numerous errors you most probably encounter. If you are done with it, do more test on real device and eliminate some more obscure bugs and voila, your own port is ready.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on February 26, 2013, 10:33:53 pm
There's a PSP port from the Atari ST version and the source code is available. Have a look here: http://www.txori.com/?static2/frontier (http://www.txori.com/?static2/frontier)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 27, 2013, 05:02:13 am
Oh, yes, I'm aware of this version. This is not a port per se, but rather a disassembled game from Atari ST bound with an emulator.
It was actually succesfully compiled for GCW-Zero however there were problems with gcc consuming too much memory because of huge files generated on the fly.

Still, original source code was never available.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on February 27, 2013, 01:26:22 pm
AHH

when / if we get sdl mame , sdl gba and a new dosbox i will even install CFW on my pink A380  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 27, 2013, 01:35:18 pm
You've missed a lot. SDL mame, SDL gba are already there, even legacy dosbox by Slaanesh could be run on a380.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on February 27, 2013, 01:45:50 pm
You've missed a lot. SDL mame, SDL gba are already there, even legacy dosbox by Slaanesh could be run on a380.

i'm a bit confused

i don't see sdl gba supported yet in the Cfw?!

also by sdl mame do you mean Mame4all ?
that emu does not work well on the A380 yet
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on February 27, 2013, 01:49:23 pm
sorry, i have seen sdl mame in last cfw  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on February 27, 2013, 02:01:25 pm
http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/firmware-v2-0016-with-neo-geo-zip-support/msg63223/#msg63223
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on February 28, 2013, 07:38:51 pm
Amazing Work on the SDL GBA emu  ;D

but

have i missed a new Mame ?
built it one is mediocre,
and Mame4all is still not even playable
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Leonar on March 03, 2013, 07:27:54 pm
Hello Alien Grey,

I have installed the new firmware v2.07.06 and the emulator pack.

But why do the Playstation emulator lagging? And how should I do if the emulator asking for bios?

And I have still not succeed to connect my two remote handcontrolls?

How can I do to make this work?

I did not succeed to connect the two controlls on the older firmware either.

Do you have any suggestion?

Please help...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 04, 2013, 08:16:02 am
PSX on the Dingoo A-380 is never going to work. The console isn't powerful enough.

To try to connect the wireless controllers on your Dingoo A-380 you should try with pushing the RESET button on the console. Enable the wireless connection on your Dingoo A-380 and power on both controllers. Double press the wireless connection button on the first controller and then double press the wireless connection on the second controller.

When the red leds keep flashing try with disabling and enabling the wireless connection on the Dingoo A-380 or restart the console and enable the wireless connection.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: piblogarcia on March 05, 2013, 05:18:59 pm
Hello Alien Grey, I have installed the firmware V2.07.06 and I can?t connect the dingoo with the TV.
Thanks
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 05, 2013, 07:17:39 pm
Hello Alien Grey, I have installed the firmware V2.07.06 and I can?t connect the dingoo with the TV.
Thanks

TV out works fine with the CFW. Check the connection.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 06, 2013, 03:09:26 pm
PSX on the Dingoo A-380 is never going to work. The console isn't powerful enough.

To try to connect the wireless controllers on your Dingoo A-380 you should try with pushing the RESET button on the console. Enable the wireless connection on your Dingoo A-380 and power on both controllers. Double press the wireless connection button on the first controller and then double press the wireless connection on the second controller.

When the red leds keep flashing try with disabling and enabling the wireless connection on the Dingoo A-380 or restart the console and enable the wireless connection.

not even pandora has perfect psx emulation

i think what can be emulated so far on A380 is amazing!
up to fba/ cps2  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 06, 2013, 03:10:25 pm
now if that Mame4all could really be improved...  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 06, 2013, 03:36:16 pm
not even pandora has perfect psx emulation

It seems to run very good. Just have a look at the review from retrodd.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyneKnlFw8I


But ?550 for a Pandora 1GHz.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 06, 2013, 03:40:33 pm
now if that Mame4all could really be improved...  ???

Nothing has been done in the past four months but maybe that's going to change.  ;)

https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/mame4all (https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/mame4all)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 06, 2013, 05:33:26 pm
WOW !! sdl mame !! from dsmagin!

the problem with pandora is not the cost
it's how the people dealt with the bussiness,
and awfull form factor, much like Gcw...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 06, 2013, 05:51:46 pm
WOW !! sdl mame !! from dsmagin!

the problem with pandora is not the cost
it's how the people dealt with the bussiness,
and awfull form factor, much like Gcw...

I don't agree. You can't compare the Pandora with the GCW. The Pandora had to be build from scratch and that takes a lot of time. To be really successful the price has to come down one way or another. There're other ways to raise funds without having to ask a ridiculous price for the console.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 06, 2013, 05:59:21 pm
agree Pandora's price point is stupid. ::)

Let's not talk about Gcw...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 06, 2013, 06:01:22 pm
still using the analog joysticks with all those keys behing your fingers...
Pandora is not very ergonomic... :-\
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Leonar on March 07, 2013, 05:33:46 am
Thank you Alien Grey for fast response,

I will test to connect the controllers again.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 07, 2013, 03:50:05 pm
they work fine, and are really high quality  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on March 07, 2013, 06:04:19 pm
Hi Alien and d_smagin.... can you take a look at this one?

emulator 0.82f for PSP including sources: http://filetrip.net/f/28313-emulator_082f.7z
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 07, 2013, 09:06:16 pm
It's for the PSP so I don't know what you would like to do with it. The only emulator from that PSP pack that we're missing on the Dingoo A-380 is the WonderSwan emulator.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 08, 2013, 10:09:44 am
would really love to see fairchild channel F and bally astrocade emulated though... ;)

http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-development/porting-advancemess-to-dingux-anyone-want-to-assist/
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on March 08, 2013, 06:01:44 pm
It's for the PSP so I don't know what you would like to do with it. The only emulator from that PSP pack that we're missing on the Dingoo A-380 is the WonderSwan emulator.

single emulator.. can emulate 8 systems.. i just wanted to know can it be ported to a380.. and got the answer...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on March 08, 2013, 08:42:46 pm
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 08, 2013, 10:47:16 pm
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.

where are bally astrocade and fairchild channel f Emus available separately for the dingoo A380 ???   :o
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on March 09, 2013, 06:19:58 am
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.

ok.. can you pls try to port a wonderswan emulator? ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 09, 2013, 07:46:16 am
where are bally astrocade and fairchild channel f Emus available separately for the dingoo A380 ???   :o

No. It's just a link to the Advance MAME source code. There's no source codes available for Dingux.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on March 09, 2013, 07:49:33 am
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.

ok.. can you pls try to port a wonderswan emulator? ;)

There's an OpenDingux source code from Alekmaul on github but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Dingoo A-380.  :(


Note: All of his OpenDingux source codes are available on github (https://github.com/alekmaul?tab=repositories) but none of them work on the Dingoo A-380. Except the NEO-GEO pocket emulator Race and MAME4All (slow) that is already available in the emulator pack.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 09, 2013, 02:06:53 pm
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.

ok.. can you pls try to port a wonderswan emulator? ;)

There's an OpenDingux source code from Alekmaul on github but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Dingoo A-380.  :(


Note: All of his OpenDingux source codes are available on github (https://github.com/alekmaul?tab=repositories) but none of them work on the Dingoo A-380. Except the NEO-GEO pocket emulator Race and MAME4All (slow) that is already available in the emulator pack.  :(


i was refering to d_smagin's words that all MESS emulators are available separately on dingoo.
that is NOT true at all

where's dingoo fairchild channel f emulator o bally astrocade emulator??!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on March 09, 2013, 03:06:59 pm
This mega-emulator just combines other well-known emus. I don't see much reason in porting it since we have separate emus for these systems.

ok.. can you pls try to port a wonderswan emulator? ;)

There's an OpenDingux source code from Alekmaul on github but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Dingoo A-380.  :(


Note: All of his OpenDingux source codes are available on github (https://github.com/alekmaul?tab=repositories) but none of them work on the Dingoo A-380. Except the NEO-GEO pocket emulator Race and MAME4All (slow) that is already available in the emulator pack.  :(


i was refering to d_smagin's words that all MESS emulators are available separately on dingoo.
that is NOT true at all

where's dingoo fairchild channel f emulator o bally astrocade emulator??!

No, I said that about emulator 0.82f for PSP which Santo mentioned, not MESS.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: AtariHERO on March 12, 2013, 12:02:56 am
will the improved Mame4all continue being an "external emulator" ?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 07, 2013, 02:34:37 pm
The CFW Emulator Pack has been updated.

Added DOSBox 0.73 Public Test Alpha (old version).
Updated MAME4All with version 1.1 (improved game speed).
Updated UAE4All (recompiled dingux original).


Download CFW Emulator Pack V2.07.06: http://www.putlocker.com/file/87D06A51F3EA2F48 (http://www.putlocker.com/file/87D06A51F3EA2F48)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Max76 on April 17, 2013, 12:09:05 am
Hi,

i am new to this board and to the dingoo. Got my A380 yesterday with installed firmware 20016. I noticed that it is not possible to power off the dingoo. After switching the power button to the top i got a black screen and a few seconds later the dingoo restarts automatically again showing the sign of the manufacturer on the screen.

I used google if there are similar cases of that problem but only find one for the A320 but with no solution.

Could this be a software problem? Maybe it would help if i change to your CFW?!

Or does this seem like a hardware problem.

Thank you for your help.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 17, 2013, 09:35:55 am
most probably a software or memory card issue. get a memory card of 8gb or more and install Alien Grey's  CFW.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 17, 2013, 11:07:24 am
Hi,

Just got my A380 which has 8gb internal and an old version of AGs CFW.

Wondering if I need to remove the internal to write the newer version or can I just format and re-image using the tools mentioned in the first post?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 17, 2013, 12:12:01 pm
Hi,

Just got my A380 which has 8gb internal and an old version of AGs CFW.

Wondering if I need to remove the internal to write the newer version or can I just format and re-image using the tools mentioned in the first post?
you hv to remove the internal one to write new CFW... I recommend new memory card instead of that crappy default one.
are you sure did you get 8gb memory card?!! and what is AGs CFW?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 17, 2013, 01:12:45 pm
Hi,

i am new to this board and to the dingoo. Got my A380 yesterday with installed firmware 20016. I noticed that it is not possible to power off the dingoo. After switching the power button to the top i got a black screen and a few seconds later the dingoo restarts automatically again showing the sign of the manufacturer on the screen.

I used google if there are similar cases of that problem but only find one for the A320 but with no solution.

Could this be a software problem? Maybe it would help if i change to your CFW?!

Or does this seem like a hardware problem.

Thank you for your help.

You can fix it with updating to the CFW if it's a software issue. If it's a hardware issue it won't make a difference.

The best you can do is get in contact with the reseller and ask him if it won't void your warranty if you try it out with the CFW to try to fix it.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 17, 2013, 01:17:51 pm
Hi,

Just got my A380 which has 8gb internal and an old version of AGs CFW.

Wondering if I need to remove the internal to write the newer version or can I just format and re-image using the tools mentioned in the first post?
you hv to remove the internal one to write new CFW... I recommend new memory card instead of that crappy default one.
are you sure did you get 8gb memory card?!! and what is AGs CFW?

There's a reseller on eBay that ships them with a 8GB MicroSD card and fixed firmware V2.0016. I don't know if it's the CFW.

Anyway you can update that 8GB MicroSD with the new CFW version.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 17, 2013, 01:50:51 pm
Hi,

Just got my A380 which has 8gb internal and an old version of AGs CFW.

Wondering if I need to remove the internal to write the newer version or can I just format and re-image using the tools mentioned in the first post?
you hv to remove the internal one to write new CFW... I recommend new memory card instead of that crappy default one.
are you sure did you get 8gb memory card?!! and what is AGs CFW?

There's a reseller on eBay that ships them with a 8GB MicroSD card and fixed firmware V2.0016. I don't know if it's the CFW.

Anyway you can update that 8GB MicroSD with the new CFW version.  :)

BALLS!!

I just rushed home at lunch to whip out the 8gb sd and have managed to pull off the red power wire from the battery to the main board!

well done me!

I think my soldering skills are up to fixing that one but I'm also concerned about a stray red wire coming from underneath the d-pad housing. Is that normal.

I feel like a complete douche!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 17, 2013, 03:43:21 pm
BALLS!!

I just rushed home at lunch to whip out the 8gb sd and have managed to pull off the red power wire from the battery to the main board!

well done me!

I think my soldering skills are up to fixing that one but I'm also concerned about a stray red wire coming from underneath the d-pad housing. Is that normal.

I feel like a complete douche!

Post a picture so we can see it.

I had to resolder the speaker wire a few times because I accidently dropped the console a few times without the screws in the back. I also had to resolder the AV-Out connector. That's the weakest part of the console and I hope that it gets replaced with HDMI in a new revision someday.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 17, 2013, 04:02:37 pm
I looked at a video someone else had posted (sonic shock I think)

Looks like the red wire might not be an issue.

I'll try fix it tonight.....
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 17, 2013, 09:09:49 pm
I looked at a video someone else had posted (sonic shock I think)

Looks like the red wire might not be an issue.

I'll try fix it tonight.....

fixed and upgraded :)

PHEW!!

red power lead is really thin!!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 18, 2013, 10:08:18 am
I looked at a video someone else had posted (sonic shock I think)

Looks like the red wire might not be an issue.

I'll try fix it tonight.....

fixed and upgraded :)

PHEW!!

red power lead is really thin!!

BALLS!

Now I have no sound through the speakers

Headphones are working.


Dont want to try and fix them for fear of breaking something else.

Anyone want to buy this from me?. I think I'll wait for the GCW Zero
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 18, 2013, 12:40:00 pm
BALLS!

Now I have no sound through the speakers

Headphones are working.


Dont want to try and fix them for fear of breaking something else.

Anyone want to buy this from me?. I think I'll wait for the GCW Zero

That's easy to fix. You can easily remove the speakers from the back of the case to resolder them.

Waiting for the Zero... I've waited 10 months before I've asked fo a refund. ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 18, 2013, 01:37:26 pm
BALLS!

Now I have no sound through the speakers

Headphones are working.


Dont want to try and fix them for fear of breaking something else.

Anyone want to buy this from me?. I think I'll wait for the GCW Zero

That's easy to fix. You can easily remove the speakers from the back of the case to resolder them.

Waiting for the Zero... I've waited 10 months before I've asked fo a refund. ;)

I'm going to cut my losses on this before I totally kill it.

I was playing through headphones and although its an improvement on my old gp32 I don't think its the zenith of handheld emulation I'm looking for.

I've stuck it on ebay looking for at least ?50 anyone interested PM me

I'll put up with the ropey controller on my gp2x f100 until something better comes along.

BTW congrats on your CFW you've done a lot of great work for this device. Bit odd that my 8gb internal partition was already labelled Alien_Grey out of the box.


Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 18, 2013, 02:15:40 pm
BTW congrats on your CFW you've done a lot of great work for this device. Bit odd that my 8gb internal partition was already labelled Alien_Grey out of the box.

Did you buy it from an Italian reseller on eBay?

They offer a Dingoo A-380 with bug free firmware V2.0016 with 8GB internal storage and 4GB external storage for ?75 + shipping costs. I wonder if they're selling them with the CFW.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 18, 2013, 02:17:02 pm
BTW congrats on your CFW you've done a lot of great work for this device. Bit odd that my 8gb internal partition was already labelled Alien_Grey out of the box.

Did you buy it from an Italian reseller on eBay?

They offer a Dingoo A-380 with bug free firmware V2.0016 with 8GB internal storage and 4GB external storage for ?75 + shipping costs. I wonder if they're selling them with the CFW.

Thats the one. Took ages to ship and had no communication
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 18, 2013, 02:36:30 pm
Thats the one. Took ages to ship and had no communication

Do you know the firmware version that it was shipped with?

I think it's stupid to sell it because you can't really screw up the Dingoo A-380. You can always fix it as long is you don't really brake the hardware. Resoldering the speaker wires took me 10 minutes max. I think it took longer to heat up the soldering iron than actually resolder those wires.  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: l00k on April 18, 2013, 04:15:23 pm
Thats the one. Took ages to ship and had no communication

Do you know the firmware version that it was shipped with?

I think it's stupid to sell it because you can't really screw up the Dingoo A-380. You can always fix it as long is you don't really brake the hardware. Resoldering the speaker wires took me 10 minutes max. I think it took longer to heat up the soldering iron than actually resolder those wires.  ;D

It was shipped with 200016 or something similar.

I'm not that confident with the soldering iron. Plus everytime I open it the bloody power leads  from the battery come off the mainboard.

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 18, 2013, 05:09:38 pm
hey l00k,

i opened my console a loooooot of times.. but did not hv any issues...

but you came aaaaal this way.. so go to a hardware repair shop.. he can fix in no time... :P
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 26, 2013, 07:40:15 am
Another milestone for the Dingoo A-380.

Yesterday I managed to replace the uImage (kernel) in the firmware and make the console boot up fine. That opens the path to fixing the L-R and X-Y button issue and maybe more.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: irenetea on April 26, 2013, 08:12:11 am
Great work, Alien. That may be very helpful for the ones who feel bothered with the "L,R"buttons problem.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 26, 2013, 09:41:03 am
Great work, Alien. That may be very helpful for the ones who feel bothered with the "L,R"buttons problem.

It's hard to play the DOOM II TC game Counterstrike without being able to use strafe left and right.  :(

A new uImage has arrived today to try out. I'm going to give it a try this evening and I hope it fixes the wrong L-R and X-Y buttons.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 26, 2013, 05:51:46 pm
Another milestone for the Dingoo A-380.

Yesterday I managed to replace the uImage (kernel) in the firmware and make the console boot up fine. That opens the path to fixing the L-R and X-Y button issue and maybe more.  :)

thats great...  :) this is the one and only hardware issue with a380..
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 26, 2013, 07:04:02 pm
Guys, if you're interested:
https://github.com/carlos-wong/l430_kernel   <-- kernel sources for Ritmix rzx50
https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel  <-- kernel sources for Dingoo a380

Thanks to GCW and Ritmix company (and me :) they are officially released to public.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 26, 2013, 07:18:33 pm
Guys, if you're interested:
https://github.com/carlos-wong/l430_kernel   <-- kernel sources for Ritmix rzx50
https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel  <-- kernel sources for Dingoo a380

Thanks to GCW and Ritmix company (and me :) they are officially released to public.

Can you explain to me what GCW has to do with releasing the Dingoo A-380 kernel sources?  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 26, 2013, 07:21:48 pm
thats great...  :) this is the one and only hardware issue with a380..

The new uImage fixed it but also swapped the wireless controller buttons so now they're wrong.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 26, 2013, 07:37:34 pm
Guys, if you're interested:
https://github.com/carlos-wong/l430_kernel   <-- kernel sources for Ritmix rzx50
https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel  <-- kernel sources for Dingoo a380

Thanks to GCW and Ritmix company (and me :) they are officially released to public.

Can you explain to me what GCW has to do with releasing the Dingoo A-380 kernel sources?  ???

GCW and Ritmix helped a lot in bugging the chineses to give kernel sources.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 27, 2013, 08:27:53 am
thats great...  :) this is the one and only hardware issue with a380..

The new uImage fixed it but also swapped the wireless controller buttons so now they're wrong.  ???

ohh  :-\

i think wireless receiver is completely separate frm the kernel and FW... so it cant be fixed.. right?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 09:39:10 am
i think wireless receiver is completely separate frm the kernel and FW... so it cant be fixed.. right?

I think they can be fixed and should be fixed before we make new CFW. I don't see the point in making a new CFW to fix the buttons on the console and move it to the wreless controllers.

I need to know how to compile the kernel and make the uImage. I also need to know where to change the buttons. With that information it should be possible for me to fix it and make new CFW very soon.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 27, 2013, 12:27:44 pm
Try this one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1pm3pf

How to compile (assume you're on linux machine and git and mkimage are installed)
git https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel.git
cd a380_kernel
export ARCH=mips
export CROSS_COMPILE=/opt/a380/usr/bin/mipsel-linux-uclibc- (or whatever path to your mips toolchain)
make a380_defconfig
make uImage

That's it

The file you need to fix is located:
drivers/input/keyboard/jz_gpio_keys.c
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 03:54:01 pm
Try this one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1pm3pf

How to compile (assume you're on linux machine and git and mkimage are installed)
git https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel.git
cd a380_kernel
export ARCH=mips
export CROSS_COMPILE=/opt/a380/usr/bin/mipsel-linux-uclibc- (or whatever path to your mips toolchain)
make a380_defconfig
make uImage

That's it

The file you need to fix is located:
drivers/input/keyboard/jz_gpio_keys.c

Thanks. I'm going to give it a try.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 05:32:32 pm
Try this one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1pm3pf

Not good. The X button and maybe also the Y button didn't work.
The buttons on the wireless controller didn't work.
 
Quote
How to compile (assume you're on linux machine and git and mkimage are installed)
git https://github.com/carlos-wong/a380_kernel.git
cd a380_kernel
export ARCH=mips
export CROSS_COMPILE=/opt/a380/usr/bin/mipsel-linux-uclibc- (or whatever path to your mips toolchain)
make a380_defconfig
make uImage

That's it

The file you need to fix is located:
drivers/input/keyboard/jz_gpio_keys.c

Compiling the uImage works fine on my Linux computer.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 27, 2013, 06:23:46 pm
Damn, I messed up, sorry.
This variant should be fine: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ekbpfu

drivers/input/keyboard/jz_gpio_keys.c, line 75
Code: [Select]
#ifdef CONFIG_JZ4750D_L009
{ .gpio = (32*4+0)/*GPE0*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_UP, .scode = KEY_VOLUMEUP, .sysrq = 's' }, /* D-pad up */
{ .gpio = (32*4+1)/*GPE1*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_DOWN, .scode = KEY_VOLUMEDOWN, .sysrq = 'u' }, /* D-pad down */
{ .gpio = (32*4+2)/*GPE2*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_LEFT, .scode = KEY_BRIGHTNESSDOWN, .sysrq = 'e' }, /* D-pad left */
{ .gpio = (32*4+3)/*GPE3*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_RIGHT, .scode = KEY_BRIGHTNESSUP, .sysrq = 'i' }, /* D-pad right */
{ .gpio = (32*2+31)/*GPC31*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_LEFTCTRL, }, /* A button */
{ .gpio = (32*3+16)/*GPE11*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_LEFTALT, }, /* B button */
{ .gpio = (32*3+17)/*GPD16*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_SPACE, }, /* X button */
{ .gpio = (32*4+11)/*GPD17*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_LEFTSHIFT, }, /* Y button */
{ .gpio = (32*4+10) /*GPE7*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_TAB, .scode = KEY_EXIT }, /* Left shoulder button */
{ .gpio = (32*4+7)/*GPE10*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_BACKSPACE , }, /* Right shoulder button */
{ .gpio = (32*3+21)/*GPD21*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_ENTER, }, /* START button(SYSRQ) */
{ .gpio = (32*4+8)/*GPE8*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_ESC, .scode = KEY_MENU, .sysrq = 'b' }, /* SELECT button */
// { .gpio = (32*3+18)/*GPD18*/, .actlow = 1, .ncode = KEY_PAUSE, }, /* HOLD */
I changed those weird (32*x + y) constants, they refer to gpio pin, which the key is attached to.

drivers/input/keyboard/l009_gamepad.c, line 53:
Code: [Select]
unsigned int jz_button[] =
{
(32 * 4 + 0), // UP        0
(32 * 4 + 1),   // DOWN      1
(32 * 4 + 2),   // LEFT      2
(32 * 4 + 3),   // RIGHT     3
(32 * 2 + 31),  // A         4
(32 * 3 + 16),  // B         5
(32 * 3 + 17),  // X         6
(32 * 4 + 11),  // Y         7
(32 * 4 + 10),   // L         8
(32 * 4 + 7),  // R         9
(32 * 3 + 21),  // START     10
(32 * 4 + 8),   // SELECT    11
//(32 * 3 + 18),  // HOLD      12
(125)           // POWER     13
};
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 06:40:24 pm
I'm going to change the code and compile the uImage.

It's going to take some time to test it. I'm rebuilding the CFW on my 32GB MicroSD card and load the data back on it. It takes a very looooooooong time.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 27, 2013, 07:37:40 pm
Note that I posted already changed code here that supposedly will work, the original code you could see in git.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 09:05:45 pm
Well...

I can say that the button problem is fixed for both the console and the wireless controllers.  ;D

I've changed the code and compiled the uImage. The one that I've compiled is smaller in file size but that's the one I've used to replace the uImage and test the buttons.  ???


There's only one problem. The Dingoo doesn't connect to the computer anymore. I think this is because of the new module files. This happened also when I've tried the rootfs from the Dingoo A-320e on the Dingoo A-380. The module files were different and using the files from the Dingoo A-380 fixed it.

I'm going to replace them again with the original files to try it out.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 27, 2013, 09:23:52 pm
Alien,
after 'make a380_defconfig' do 'make', this will compile kernel as vmlinux and will compile .ko modules as well. Then do 'make uImage' to obtain uImage.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 09:29:00 pm
I'm going to try that because going back to the original files didn't fix it.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2013, 10:01:29 pm
Fixed.

I think that after some more testing we're going to be ready to make new CFW.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: dmitry_smagin on April 27, 2013, 10:18:29 pm
Ok, good.

Add me to the 'special thanks' list, man. ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Santo on April 28, 2013, 09:05:00 am
great :o

this is what happens when two legends work together.. ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.07.06
Post by: Alien Grey on April 28, 2013, 08:17:47 pm
The new CFW is ready.  :)

I only need confirmation form one of the CFW team guys that it's good to make available for download.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on April 28, 2013, 09:40:17 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo



The new Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.08.03 is available for download.


With the release of the source code we could finally fix the wrong L-R and X-Y buttons. The kernel in the firmware is replaced to make that possible. The module files are replaced and the cfgfs partition is formatted from EXT2 to EXT3.


Note: The L and R button function is now reversed in DMenu. A link to a new tool to write the CFW image on a MicroSD card is added in the Tools section in the OP.


Thanks to d_smagin for his help. You now made it in the Special Thanks section in the OP.  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on April 29, 2013, 07:35:07 am
added to my dingoo a380 CFW collection 8)

he he :)

Alien, any changes in the emulator pack?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on April 29, 2013, 01:40:27 pm
No changes for the emulator pack except renaming to match with the new CFW version.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: AtariHERO on April 30, 2013, 02:15:52 pm
Auto update fix would be sweet ...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Mori76 on May 02, 2013, 10:52:52 am
I can't download the emulator pack.. Sometimes it says that the file isn't available and other times I just get a 44 Mb file that makes absolutely no sense to me.. Sorry for being a noob about this. Have never dealt with Putlocker before.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 02, 2013, 11:50:13 am
I can't download the emulator pack.. Sometimes it says that the file isn't available and other times I just get a 44 Mb file that makes absolutely no sense to me.. Sorry for being a noob about this. Have never dealt with Putlocker before.

You've got to choose Continue as Free User than Click to Download in the next page that opens.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Mori76 on May 03, 2013, 07:01:47 pm
Thanks a bunch.. Got it all together and it works like a charm.

Great work.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 07, 2013, 11:45:52 pm
I installed the newest firmware (20803) but every time I boot the A380 all I see is the blue background with the paw. Furthermore, the A380 does not respond to button presses nor can it be turned off using the side switch.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on May 08, 2013, 03:20:12 am
I installed the newest firmware (20803) but every time I boot the A380 all I see is the blue background with the paw. Furthermore, the A380 does not respond to button presses nor can it be turned off using the side switch.

Any suggestions?

firmware not written properly or a microsd issue.. reflash the firmware, if it won't fix it try another memory card...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 08, 2013, 04:01:17 am
I reinstalled 20803 onto the same msdcard but it did the same thing. I reinstalled the older 20706 and it worked fine.

One thing i should mention is that 20706 froze (similar to how 20803 did) after I added a few files to it however I remember when I installed 20706, all it took was to discharge the battery completely (didn't feel like resoldering the battery connection) for it to turn back on.

Perhaps the firmware isn't as stable as it appears to be?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on May 08, 2013, 04:20:19 am
I reinstalled 20803 onto the same msdcard but it did the same thing. I reinstalled the older 20706 and it worked fine.

One thing i should mention is that 20706 froze (similar to how 20803 did) after I added a few files to it however I remember when I installed 20706, all it took was to discharge the battery completely (didn't feel like resoldering the battery connection) for it to turn back on.

Perhaps the firmware isn't as stable as it appears to be?

i didn't use the latest firmware... waiting for my sandisk 32gb... ;)

edit: i wl try it out today...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 08, 2013, 08:41:57 am
I reinstalled 20803 onto the same msdcard but it did the same thing. I reinstalled the older 20706 and it worked fine.

One thing i should mention is that 20706 froze (similar to how 20803 did) after I added a few files to it however I remember when I installed 20706, all it took was to discharge the battery completely (didn't feel like resoldering the battery connection) for it to turn back on.

Perhaps the firmware isn't as stable as it appears to be?

I don't think this has anything to do with the firmware. It looks more like a MicroSD card issue like Santo said.

What happens if you push the RESET button?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on May 08, 2013, 09:20:56 am
I reinstalled 20803 onto the same msdcard but it did the same thing. I reinstalled the older 20706 and it worked fine.

One thing i should mention is that 20706 froze (similar to how 20803 did) after I added a few files to it however I remember when I installed 20706, all it took was to discharge the battery completely (didn't feel like resoldering the battery connection) for it to turn back on.

Perhaps the firmware isn't as stable as it appears to be?

I don't think this has anything to do with the firmware. It looks more like a MicroSD card issue like Santo said.

What happens if you push the RESET button?

no Alien... may be my guess is wrong... i hv tried this with both of the image writing tools... got the same issue (booting up and freezing with background image).. no menu icons popping up... i m using transcend 16GB class4... never got this issue before...

he says he got this issue with 2.07.06 also when load some roms... but i didn't get that.. filled 13gb but got no problems..
but with 2.08.03 it freezes even when its empty...

i noticed one thing... for all of the previous CFWs, when exctracting from .zip file... it extracts up to 94% very quickly then slows down and takes more time for the remaining 6%..  but this new CFW, it extracting upto 98% very quickly.. is there anything wrong.?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 08, 2013, 11:32:55 am
I downloaded and extracted the CFW image and everything seems to be fine. It strange that it doesn't work. Maybe I should try to write the image with the Windows tools to see if I can get it to work on my Dingoo A-380.  ???


Edit:

Maybe try without resizing the FAT32 partition. If that works than try with removing the FAT32 partition an make a new one.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on May 08, 2013, 12:23:43 pm

Maybe try without resizing the FAT32 partition. If that works than try with removing the FAT32 partition an make a new one.

tried both the ways... same result... :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 08, 2013, 09:48:33 pm
tried both the ways... same result... :(

Writing the CFW image from Windows doesn't work at all for me. All I can do is try to make a image with Roadkil's Disk Image and then hope that it works for you.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 08, 2013, 11:50:31 pm
If you can make a new image file using a different program I can confirm whether or not it will work since I have time today. I'll edit this post with the results.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 09, 2013, 07:46:32 am
If you can make a new image file using a different program I can confirm whether or not it will work since I have time today. I'll edit this post with the results.

Here's a new CFW V2.08.03 image. It's made on Windows 7 with Roadkil's DiskImage and compressed with 7zip.

Download: http://www.putlocker.com/file/A10112BA5FEC6675 (http://www.putlocker.com/file/A10112BA5FEC6675)


Edit:

Download removed because it didn't work at all.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 10, 2013, 09:06:26 am
Is there anyone that can confirm that the update to CFW V2.08.03 worked for him?

I would like to know how you did it if it worked for you. What operating system and program to write the CFW V2.08.03 to the MicroSD card.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 10, 2013, 01:20:57 pm
I downloaded and extracted the CFW V2.08.03 image to write it on my MicroSD card.

It boots up fine and everything is working. This is with the Linux dd command.  ???

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: dmitry_smagin on May 10, 2013, 01:28:36 pm
I flashed CFW V2.08.03 image provided by Alien with Roadkil's DiskImage and it worked for me (however I don't have wireless joysticks and can't test this part).

There could be a slight possibility that there were several a380 revisions, but I have no information on it. The kernel sources we have don't contain any hints on this.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 10, 2013, 01:36:22 pm
I'm going to try the Windows tools but I need to know what settings to use to format the MicroSD card with the SD Formatter?

There's also an updated Win32DiskImager version to try out: http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Santo on May 10, 2013, 01:41:06 pm
i sent you a pm for the settings i hv used for sd formatter..

i m not in my room right now... wl be back on testing when i go back.. i hope it works with the new tool...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 10, 2013, 02:16:13 pm
There's a 4MB empty space before the FAT32 partition starts when formatting with the SD Formatter.

This is with setings: FORMAT TYPE : QUICK, FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT : ON

There shouldn't be a 4MB empty space and that's probably the reason why it never fits on 4GB MicroSD card.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 10, 2013, 04:26:17 pm
OK.

Here's what you should try to do.

You only need Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Roadkil's DiskImage. Don't use the SD Formatter anymore.


Start Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Delete all the partition on your MicroSD card. Right click on your MicroSD card drive in Mini Tool Partition Wizard and choose Wipe Partition. Choose Fill Sectors with Zero (Quick) and click OK.

After wiping the entire MicroSD card start Roadkil's DiskImage. Select your MicroSD card (it's probably the bottom Physical Disk) and browse to the CFW image. Start the writing of the CFW image to the MicroSD card.

After writing the CFW image with Roadkil's DiskImage open Mini Tool Partition Wizard and resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1.


If nothing went wrong the Dingoo A-380 should be updated to the new CFW.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 13, 2013, 10:39:20 pm
OK.

Here's what you should try to do.

You only need Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Roadkil's DiskImage. Don't use the SD Formatter anymore.


Start Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Delete all the partition on your MicroSD card. Right click on your MicroSD card drive in Mini Tool Partition Wizard and choose Wipe Partition. Choose Fill Sectors with Zero (Quick) and click OK.

After wiping the entire MicroSD card start Roadkil's DiskImage. Select your MicroSD card (it's probably the bottom Physical Disk) and browse to the CFW image. Start the writing of the CFW image to the MicroSD card.

After writing the CFW image with Roadkil's DiskImage open Mini Tool Partition Wizard and resize the FAT32 partition labeled ALIEN_GREY1.


If nothing went wrong the Dingoo A-380 should be updated to the new CFW.  :)

Tried it and it didn't work; same as before on the 32GB msd.

Tried with the original msd that came with the unit and it didn't work either; Minitool reported it as a 'bad disk'.*

20706 still works on both msd.

I noticed each time there is a 12mb unallocated partition that I cannot do anything to (there are no right click options available for it.) Maybe this is the reason? Any idea what to do with it or is that 12mb unallocated partition normal?

*Pulled out the msd and reinserted it and it reported the size properly.

In any case maybe reuploading the 20803 image might fix everything.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 14, 2013, 02:47:32 pm
Tried it and it didn't work; same as before on the 32GB msd.

Tried with the original msd that came with the unit and it didn't work either; Minitool reported it as a 'bad disk'.*

20706 still works on both msd.

I noticed each time there is a 12mb unallocated partition that I cannot do anything to (there are no right click options available for it.) Maybe this is the reason? Any idea what to do with it or is that 12mb unallocated partition normal?

*Pulled out the msd and reinserted it and it reported the size properly.

In any case maybe reuploading the 20803 image might fix everything.


The 12MB unallocated space is normal. It's necessary for the bootloader and the uImage.


What do  you mean when you say that it doesn't work with Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Roadkil's DiskImage?

Doesn't boot or doesn't load DMenu?


If it doesn't work with the original MicroSD card than we know that it isn't a problem caused by the MicroSD card.


You can try with a different OS or older version of Roadkil's DiskImage. There's also an explanation how to write the CFW to a MicroSD card with Linux or Mac OS X in the OP. I don't think that reuploading the CFW is going to fix it because if that's the problem it wouldn't work for anyone. But we can try that if everything else fails.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 15, 2013, 12:18:28 am
Tried it and it didn't work; same as before on the 32GB msd.

Tried with the original msd that came with the unit and it didn't work either; Minitool reported it as a 'bad disk'.*

20706 still works on both msd.

I noticed each time there is a 12mb unallocated partition that I cannot do anything to (there are no right click options available for it.) Maybe this is the reason? Any idea what to do with it or is that 12mb unallocated partition normal?

*Pulled out the msd and reinserted it and it reported the size properly.

In any case maybe reuploading the 20803 image might fix everything.


The 12MB unallocated space is normal. It's necessary for the bootloader and the uImage.


What do  you mean when you say that it doesn't work with Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Roadkil's DiskImage?

Doesn't boot or doesn't load DMenu?


If it doesn't work with the original MicroSD card than we know that it isn't a problem caused by the MicroSD card.


You can try with a different OS or older version of Roadkil's DiskImage. There's also an explanation how to write the CFW to a MicroSD card with Linux or Mac OS X in the OP. I don't think that reuploading the CFW is going to fix it because if that's the problem it wouldn't work for anyone. But we can try that if everything else fails.  ???

I followed your instructions from post #560 and it didnt work (sometimes the unit just didn't even turn on); just the blue paw screen and the unit became unresponsive (could not turn it off without either discharging or disconnecting the battery.)

I even did the fill with zeroes bit on the 32gb msd (which took forever).

I'll try with a different OS then to see if there is any difference. (I have been trying with Win7) I'll also try with an older version of Roadkill's (what was the version number you used?)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 15, 2013, 01:48:05 pm
I followed your instructions from post #560 and it didnt work (sometimes the unit just didn't even turn on); just the blue paw screen and the unit became unresponsive (could not turn it off without either discharging or disconnecting the battery.)

I even did the fill with zeroes bit on the 32gb msd (which took forever).

I'll try with a different OS then to see if there is any difference. (I have been trying with Win7) I'll also try with an older version of Roadkill's (what was the version number you used?)

It takes to much time to zero fill a 32GB MicroSD card so the original 4GB MicroSD card is good enough for testing.

I tested it with Windows 7 and Roadkill's DiskImage V1.6. If it's possible try it on a Linux computer.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: dmnchief001 on May 16, 2013, 06:54:32 pm
Has anyone had any issues with the original gameboy color emulator? I think it's called gbcgb_emu.dge. It is now only outputting sound, and has no video. The game menu also shows no video.

I like the original gameboy color emulator, because the games run "fast." This is good for pokemon rom hacks. If there isn't a fix for the original gameboy color emulator, is there another open source gameboy color emulator that allows "speedup?" Ohboy has frameskip, but frameskip doesn't speed the game up. It only makes the game choppy.

Thanks for the great CFW!!!

Also, I'd like to add some comments on my CFW installation process:
1.) The written instructions are limited. You need to watch the youtube video to understand that there are more steps.
2.) For example, the video explains that you will need to buy another microsd card that is 8GB OR LARGER!!!
3.) I couldn't get diskimage_1_6_WinAll working on my Windows 8 x64 computer until I used an 8GB sdcard.
4.) I tried using Ubuntu in virtualbox when I couldn't get diskimage working with my 4GB card. Ubuntu worked with a 4GB card, but it took 4 hours. The 8GB sdcard took only 30 minutes in windows.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 16, 2013, 08:09:50 pm
Has anyone had any issues with the original gameboy color emulator? I think it's called gbcgb_emu.dge. It is now only outputting sound, and has no video. The game menu also shows no video.

I like the original gameboy color emulator, because the games run "fast." This is good for pokemon rom hacks. If there isn't a fix for the original gameboy color emulator, is there another open source gameboy color emulator that allows "speedup?" Ohboy has frameskip, but frameskip doesn't speed the game up. It only makes the game choppy.

It should work. I tested everything and it all works like it did with CFW V2.07.06 but with fixed L-R and X-Y buttons.

Quote
Thanks for the great CFW!!!

You're welcome.  :)

Quote
Also, I'd like to add some comments on my CFW installation process:
1.) The written instructions are limited. You need to watch the youtube video to understand that there are more steps.
2.) For example, the video explains that you will need to buy another microsd card that is 8GB OR LARGER!!!

This was before I tested it on Windows. If you zero fill the MicroSD card it should fit on the original 4GB card. I don't recommend to use it because it's a lot slower than a good quality MicroSD.
 
Quote
3.) I couldn't get diskimage_1_6_WinAll working on my Windows 8 x64 computer until I used an 8GB sdcard.
4.) I tried using Ubuntu in virtualbox when I couldn't get diskimage working with my 4GB card. Ubuntu worked with a 4GB card, but it took 4 hours. The 8GB sdcard took only 30 minutes in windows.

It's probably so slow because you use virtualbox in Windows to run Ubuntu. I think that it also takes around 30 minutes to write it on a MicroSD card on my Linux computer and it's probably the same for Windows 7 with Roadkil's DiskImage.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Max76 on May 18, 2013, 03:43:00 pm
Hello again,

i am the one with the "always-restarts-itself"-Dingoo.My seller now send me a replacement which doesn?t have this f....ing feature ;-)

I have another question. Hope somebody could help. When using the SNES9x4D V20101010 emulator it seems the button configuration is not correct. This may be a problem in some of the games if you don?t want to break your fingers ;-)

In the "normal" SNES emulator there is an option "key configuration" where i can change the buttons to the original pad-setting.

But i can?t find this option in the SNES9x4D V20101010 emulator.

So i tried to use that version http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/snes9x-od-(opendingux)-with-sound/

but after downloading it i have no idea how to install it to my Dingoo.

So, can anybody please give me some help how to install it and where to find the key configuration menu.

Thank you.

Regards
Max
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: AtariHERO on May 18, 2013, 08:22:59 pm
it has no one  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 19, 2013, 01:04:10 pm
In any case maybe reuploading the 20803 image might fix everything.

Check your PM. A new build to try out.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 27, 2013, 03:41:09 pm
Some pictures of my naked Dingoo A-380.  ;D


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270894_zps30d97f2e.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270894_zps30d97f2e.jpg.html)


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270896_zpscd9c7f02.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270896_zpscd9c7f02.jpg.html)


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270900_zps0b90bff7.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270900_zps0b90bff7.jpg.html)


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270899_zps7910f26e.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270899_zps7910f26e.jpg.html)


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270898_zps178c4a58.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270898_zps178c4a58.jpg.html)


(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/P5270897_zpsbce0182f.jpg) (http://s431.photobucket.com/user/Alien-Grey/media/P5270897_zpsbce0182f.jpg.html)


You can compare them with your Dingoo A-380 when the CFW V2.08.03 doesn't work on it. You can see the board version in the last picture.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 27, 2013, 08:56:04 pm
You can compare them with your Dingoo A-380 when the CFW V2.08.03 doesn't work on it. You can see the board version in the last picture.

I've got the same board.
You may have been right about the source code (PM) but it doesn't explain why 20803/05 would work for you but not for me.

If the main difference between 20706 and 20803/05 was the switched L and R buttons then it might be better if I stick with 20706 since it's the only one that works with my unit.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on May 27, 2013, 11:33:53 pm
I have recently developed a hardware issue.

My unit has stopped playing sounds after I finally got 20706 successfully re-installed onto my original minisd.

Is there anything (Alien) you can suggest to fix that issue?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 28, 2013, 08:17:59 am
I've got the same board.
You may have been right about the source code (PM) but it doesn't explain why 20803/05 would work for you but not for me.

If the main difference between 20706 and 20803/05 was the switched L and R buttons then it might be better if I stick with 20706 since it's the only one that works with my unit.

The switched L-R and X-Y buttons are the only thing changed.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on May 28, 2013, 08:19:43 am
I have recently developed a hardware issue.

My unit has stopped playing sounds after I finally got 20706 successfully re-installed onto my original minisd.

Is there anything (Alien) you can suggest to fix that issue?

Check the speaker wires. Maybe you need to resolder them.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: inandout on June 03, 2013, 01:26:52 am
I was able to fix the problem I had with the no sound. I ended up writing the image file to my 32gb msd and the sound is now working. I had used the 4gb msd that came with my unit for these last few firmware updates (2080x).

Based on that I had an idea that maybe the image file, when written, might be too big for a 4gb msd.

Any way another problem cropped up that has to do with one of the contact points that the battery connects to the board with. It came off due to my inexperience with soldering and now the wire won't stick. I'm exploring the possibility of using "Wire Glue" to reconnect the wire and avoid more inept soldering.
The only other option is to drill into the board with a very narrow drill bit and pull the wire through, which I don't have access to.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: thalesgerude on June 08, 2013, 04:01:43 am
Hi there.

I cannot donwload the MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Any help?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on June 08, 2013, 08:27:45 am
Hi there.

I cannot donwload the MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Any help?

I've uploaded MiniTool Partition Wizard on putlockker. Try this link: http://www.putlocker.com/file/986589B73DD8DDE7 (http://www.putlocker.com/file/986589B73DD8DDE7)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: thalesgerude on June 09, 2013, 02:39:24 pm
Quote
I've uploaded MiniTool Partition Wizard on putlockker. Try this link: http://www.putlocker.com/file/986589B73DD8DDE7

Thanks Alien Grey, I sucessfully download it.

However, while following all the steps of the new firmware installation, my computer suddenly stopped recognizing my internal SD card.
It happens with the system and also with the SD Formatter and the Disk Imager. Only the Roadkil Disk Image and the MiniTool Partition Wizard can see the SD card.
Either way I cannot install the CFW correctly.

What sould I do?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on June 09, 2013, 04:31:14 pm
Thanks Alien Grey, I sucessfully download it.

However, while following all the steps of the new firmware installation, my computer suddenly stopped recognizing my internal SD card.
It happens with the system and also with the SD Formatter and the Disk Imager. Only the Roadkil Disk Image and the MiniTool Partition Wizard can see the SD card.
Either way I cannot install the CFW correctly.

What sould I do?

That's right. Windows won't recognize the MicroSD card anymore. That's why you've got to use Roadkil's Disk Image to write the CFW image to the MicroSD card and use MiniTool Partiton Wizard to resize the FAT32 partition. If you follow the steps exactly it should work.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: retrodd on June 16, 2013, 01:55:54 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVKonXgQgkY
video shows what your A380 can do, new CFW, thanks to Alien Grey
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on June 16, 2013, 04:23:18 pm
Nice video showing some AES games in action with the new AES4All emulator for the Dingoo A-380.

Unfortunately I couldn't get Metal Slug 3 working without issues on AES4All. It's a pitty because it's the only emulator capable to emulate the game without slowdowns.  :(

The good news is that there's only one NEO-GEO game that can't be played on the Dingoo A-380 and that's the game Digger Man. It runs with AES4All but you can't start the game.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on June 23, 2013, 12:38:17 pm
@Santo

Check your pm. I've send you a download link to test new kernel. I would like to know if it works for you.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: AtariHERO on June 24, 2013, 05:54:44 pm
works for me  ;D

will it be built in on the new CFW?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on June 25, 2013, 01:53:27 pm
works for me  ;D

will it be built in on the new CFW?

Of course but first I would like to know if it's going to work for everyone. Someone that has issues with CFW V2.08.03 should send me a pm so I can give him the download link to the files to boot the new kernel and try it out. It's as simple as executing the .dge file to boot the Dingoo A-380 with the new kernel so you don't need to do a lot of work to try it out.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: retrodd on June 29, 2013, 11:18:47 pm
watch new games running on A380

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYkh3iDXr6M
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: AtariHERO on June 30, 2013, 12:10:19 am
watch new games running on A380

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYkh3iDXr6M

this and all the new 3d games work GREAT on opendingux A380
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on July 01, 2013, 09:00:05 am
this and all the new 3d games work GREAT on opendingux A380

It isn't OpenDingux. It's still using the original rootfs but there has been a lot fixes done on the kernel by d_smagin. This makes it possible to run most games withtout the need to recompile them with the sdlwrapper to center the image on the Dingoo A-380 screen.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: AtariHERO on July 01, 2013, 03:47:56 pm
So, can now Gcws 7800 and pce emus be ported now?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.08.03
Post by: Alien Grey on July 02, 2013, 09:19:00 am
So, can now Gcws 7800 and pce emus be ported now?

No. The GCW Zero emulators and games won't work on a Dingoo A-380. You need a GCW Zero for them.  ;D
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on July 04, 2013, 08:26:57 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


The new Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.09.02 "Exmortis" is available to rock in your Dingoo A-380.

New in this CFW version is the kernel update to version 2.6.32 by d_smagin alias The SDL Master or known by many as Exmortis. Also new in this CFW version is a new feature VMLinux added to the System menu to make it possible to boot the Dingoo A-380 from dmenu with the factory kernel.


This is what I call the ultimate Dingoo A-380 CFW. It has a lot better compatibility with the old Dingux legacy applications than the factory kernel. Most of the applications no longer need to be recompiled to center the image on screen. This makes it a lot easier to make ports for the Dingoo A-380.

The VMLinux feature added to the dmenu makes it possible to boot the factory kernel. This is necessary to run the FinalBurn Alpha emulator (nxu.dge) because the emulator no longer works with the new kernel.  :( This feature can also be used to easily test kernel updates and... a lot more.  ;D


Note: Download the Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.09.02 emulator pack. The VMLinux files are added to this archive. Copy the vmlinux folder to your external MicroSD card to make it possible to boot the factory kernel from dmenu. There's also a new ScummVM build added.  :)


P.S.: TV out can now be used with every emulator or game.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: AtariHERO on July 04, 2013, 09:33:40 pm
what is the difference between this and last cfw + new vl .dge booted when needed??

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on July 04, 2013, 10:47:22 pm
The difference is that it boots the new kernel and you can boot the factory kernel from dmenu.

This is how it's supposed to be because the new kernel fixes the most annoying issues with the Dingoo A-380. We no longer need the factory kernel except for nxu.dge. Also d_smagin spend a lot of time updating the kernel and fixing the issues. It only seems right to me to boot it with the new kernel and give him the respect he deserves by calling the new CFW "Exmortis".

Also keep in mind that eveything compiled for the Dingoo A-380 in the future won't be centered on the screen anymore if you don't use this new CFW.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on July 09, 2013, 02:34:25 am
Is hardware double buffering supported on the A380?
And telnet access would be awesome.

If these are already included, then please forgive my ignorance.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Dinomyte on July 13, 2013, 12:21:30 am
I would like to say that this is a great update. I can finally plug my dingoo into my mac without it ejecting itself. The only problem is that I can not hear any sound anymore. I can't play Parappa the Rapper without being confused lol. Can you help me find out what this is? Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on July 13, 2013, 09:17:18 am
I would like to say that this is a great update. I can finally plug my dingoo into my mac without it ejecting itself. The only problem is that I can not hear any sound anymore. I can't play Parappa the Rapper without being confused lol. Can you help me find out what this is? Thanks in advance.

I'll try but you need to explain exactly what's going on.

I also had an issue with the new kernel. It didn't want to charge the battery like it did with factory kernel. I'm not sure what happened but I could fix it with a RESET with the new kernel. Than booting the old kernel with VMLinux. It didn't want to load dmenu (is this the famous bug with V2.08.03  ???) but that was also fixed with a RESET.

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with charging the battery with the new kernel but it did charge it with booting the old kernel with VMLinux. The next time I need to charge it I'm going to try it again with the new kernel.


Edit: Try with an earphone. If there's sound than the speaker wires are broken and need to be resoldered. Also Parappa the Rapper is a PSX game and there's no sound with the PSX emulator.  ;)

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: JammyDoger on August 02, 2013, 08:00:19 pm
I just installed a clean install as my A380 was playing up. I don't understand the factory and VMlinux options. Under VMlinux the only option I have is Dingux. All that happens is the screen turns white then goes to the main menu the same as when I switch it on.

The TV option is a lot better but my Neo Geo and CPS2 emulators have stopped functioning correctly and the SDL nintendo emulator seems to lag as bad as the default one now.

Is there something i'm missing or is this all known?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: AtariHERO on August 03, 2013, 12:14:23 am
I just installed a clean install as my A380 was playing up. I don't understand the factory and VMlinux options. Under VMlinux the only option I have is Dingux. All that happens is the screen turns white then goes to the main menu the same as when I switch it on.

The TV option is a lot better but my Neo Geo and CPS2 emulators have stopped functioning correctly and the SDL nintendo emulator seems to lag as bad as the default one now.

Is there something i'm missing or is this all known?

vmlinux is not compatible with stock fba -neogeo , arcade cps1/cps2,etc-
that's why you can also boot default
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: JammyDoger on August 03, 2013, 01:59:04 am
vmlinux is not compatible with stock fba -neogeo , arcade cps1/cps2,etc-
that's why you can also boot default

how do you boot as default? i dont see any options
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2013, 08:25:30 am
vmlinux is not compatible with stock fba -neogeo , arcade cps1/cps2,etc-
that's why you can also boot default

how do you boot as default? i dont see any options

VMLinux -> Dingux. Dingux boots factory kernel. Necessary for nxu.dge (Factory CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO and FinalBurn Alpha emulator). It's also better to boot the factory kernel to charge the battery because charging it with the Exmortis kernel takes a very long time.

There's no lag with the SDL Nintendo emulator with the Exmortis kernel. It should work full speed like it did before.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: JammyDoger on August 03, 2013, 07:35:23 pm

VMLinux -> Dingux. Dingux boots factory kernel. Necessary for nxu.dge (Factory CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO and FinalBurn Alpha emulator). It's also better to boot the factory kernel to charge the battery because charging it with the Exmortis kernel takes a very long time.

There's no lag with the SDL Nintendo emulator with the Exmortis kernel. It should work full speed like it did before.

Sorry if im not understanding this correctly but could you sort of explain it step by step? The option called VMLinux has Dingux as an option within it. Am i supposed to even click that or does it start by default?

I dont know how to swap between the factory kernel and the exmortis one and is that even possible?

thanks for your replys

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on August 03, 2013, 08:04:02 pm
VMLinux -> Dingux then press the A button.

It should boot the factory kernel. To go back to the Exmortis kernel select Reboot and press the A button.

That's it.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: JammyDoger on August 04, 2013, 01:59:47 pm
VMLinux -> Dingux then press the A button.

It should boot the factory kernel. To go back to the Exmortis kernel select Reboot and press the A button.

That's it.  :)

Ah ha, I get it now, don't know what was wrong with the Nintendo emulator but it seems fine now, must have just been something random.

Thanks for the help and keep up the good work  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on August 11, 2013, 05:34:56 pm
It looks like I did screw up after all with the vmlinux files. It was the wrong kernel.

This is the right one and makes it possible to boot the factory: http://www.putlocker.com/file/6168FA626450714F (http://www.putlocker.com/file/6168FA626450714F)


I'm sorry. I'm going to fix this in the emulator pack.  ???


Note: Everyone who updated his Dingoo A-380 with CFW V2.09.02 "Exmortiis" before this post should replace the vmlinux files on his external MicroSD card with the files from this archive or it won't boot the factory kernel. Without the factory kernel you can't use the factory CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO and FinalBurn Alpha emulator and charging the battery is going to take twice as long.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Girl on August 16, 2013, 06:37:45 pm
It looks like I did screw up after all with the vmlinux files. It was the wrong kernel.
will this kernel work with the prototype A-380s ? The A380s that were sold very early to a few people and have different kernels than the normal A-380

if not ..
Everyone who updated his or her Dingoo A-380 with CFW V2.09.02 "Exmortiis" before this post should replace the vmlinux files on his or her external MicroSD card with the files from this archive or it won't boot the factory kernel.
if the vmlinux files you are telling people to update to does not work with prototype A-380s , would the "wrong" kernel, that takes twice as long to recharge, work with prototype A380 ?

sorry if this has been answered already, i'm just scared to upgrade because i've read the kernels are different in the older prototype A-380 handhelds

thank you so much for this custom firmware by the way you have helped bunches of people
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: dmitry_smagin on August 16, 2013, 07:51:01 pm
No, this firmware will not work on prototype which had nand-chip inside instead of later sd-cards. Nand-chip requires different kernel.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on August 17, 2013, 01:02:20 pm
Maybe a dual boot with the Dingoo A-320e Dingux firmware can be used on these prototypes. You shouldn't try it out without the original firmware files. You're going to need them as a backup to unbrick the console if it doesn't work.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Girl on August 17, 2013, 04:34:27 pm
aw bad news, well the reason i asked was because DingooLover directed me to your custom firmware

see?
use this:

works like a dream
 ;)
he might have misunderstood, or skipped over that i was asking about firmwares that work on the prototype models.. but hopefully there is a way to make it work on prototype versions like Alien Grey said

You shouldn't try it out without the original firmware files. You're going to need them
how do i get these original files ? do i just hook up the device to a PC and drag all of the A-380's folders somewhere safe? and if the device bricks, do i just remove the Dingux files from the device and drag the backed up files to the device again?

thank you so much i hope there's a way, ahhh ! i want to use your custom firmware like everyone else lol no fair!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on August 17, 2013, 06:42:37 pm
The manufacturer should release the firmware files and flashing tools.

It's possible that it works with the Dingoo A-320e flashing tools but you still need the firmware files to recover from a bad flash.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 01, 2013, 02:59:25 pm
I'm going to make some changes to the CFW to make it possible to start the emulators on the external MicroSD from dmenu.

I've currently added Atari 2600, Atari 7800, PC Engine, MAME and PSX.

What else should be added that you would like to start from dmenu?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: AtariHERO on December 02, 2013, 02:12:01 am
Atari 8 / 5200 is a must too
Also we must wait for a probable Temper port
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 02, 2013, 06:55:27 am
If there's going to be a Temper port than all I need to know is the folder and binary name.

We don't need to wait for that if we change the folder and binary name from dingux-hugo to those of Temper. We just need Slaanesh to confirm that there's going to be a Temper port.  ;)


Anyway I'm going to try to make submenus and add all the external emulators to dmenu. SDL Emulators has now been changed to CFW Emulators. SDL Games has been removed because it's no longer needed with the new kernel.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on December 02, 2013, 08:03:29 pm
I'm not planning on a Temper port at the moment, as after the MAME4ALL port for A380 I'm doing MAME4ALL for GCW0.

Now about the A380:

Is Dingux addressing the full 64MB? Or is that 2nd 32MB useless?
With 64MB, Mortal Kombat should be working, however I am getting out of memory errors.
Also, is there a swap file? Can we enable that through the CFW?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: AtariHERO on December 02, 2013, 10:58:09 pm
I'm not planning on a Temper port at the moment, as after the MAME4ALL port for A380 I'm doing MAME4ALL for GCW0.

Now about the A380:

Is Dingux addressing the full 64MB? Or is that 2nd 32MB useless?
With 64MB, Mortal Kombat should be working, however I am getting out of memory errors.
Also, is there a swap file? Can we enable that through the CFW?
ds_magin implemented swap  / vmemory tricks on Sdl Fba, larger than 64 mb games work

Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 &quot;Exmortis&quot;
Post by: slaanesh on December 02, 2013, 11:20:38 pm
I've done the same now... Enabling a swapfile.

However, can anyone answer if A380 Dingux actually uses the entire 64MB ram?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on December 03, 2013, 04:16:10 am
Also is there any chance of adding an option to enabled TELNET and FTP?
Ie. Switch between USB Driver and TELNET/FTP - that would be super handy for development.
Getting a telnet to the machine would make it awesome!

The software to do this - I assume - must already be there? ie. A320 Dingux can do this.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 &quot;Exmortis&quot;
Post by: dmitry_smagin on December 03, 2013, 04:45:05 am
I've done the same now... Enabling a swapfile.

However, can anyone answer if A380 Dingux actually uses the entire 64MB ram?

Dingoo a380 uses full 64Mb. In case with FBA, sometimes it needs more ram for unzipping. I'd recommend replacing all malloc() to a wrapper function which uses memory mmap'ed earlier. See here: https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/fba-a320/blob/master/src/sdl-dingux/cache.cpp
These routines are modified from gp2x version which has a weird memory layout (upper uncached 32mb are not visible to the kernel). You know that better than me probably. :)

As for telnet/ssh, there's no problem enabling usb-gadget driver module while compiling the kernel. I just didn't test this feature, because I used uart for debugging.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 03, 2013, 07:18:32 am
Houston, we've got a problem.

We've got to many emulators to add to dmenu that it doesn't load it anymore. ???


There's probably to many items for one submenu. It won't be possible to start OhBoy, dingux-np2 and VMUDingoo from dmenu. If this is a problem than they can still be added but than others have to be removed.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 &quot;Exmortis&quot;
Post by: Alien Grey on December 03, 2013, 08:27:55 am
As for telnet/ssh, there's no problem enabling usb-gadget driver module while compiling the kernel. I just didn't test this feature, because I used uart for debugging.

How do you enable it?

If it makes it easier for debugging and it's possible to add this feature than why not add it for the next CFW release?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on December 03, 2013, 09:14:27 am
I have an easier method still, using a swapfile.

for example to start mame i use the following script:

Code: [Select]
if [ ! -e ./swapfile ]; then
    dd if=/dev/zero of=./swapfile bs=1024 count=65536
fi
mkswap ./swapfile
swapon ./swapfile
exec ./mame.dge

Do you use "buildroot" to make the kernel?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: dmitry_smagin on December 03, 2013, 09:38:10 am
No, I build kernel separately from here:
https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/a380_kernel, branch: jz-2.6.32

I don't remember for sure, but these two options must be on (=m) to enable serial over usb
# CONFIG_USB_ETH is not set
# CONFIG_USB_G_SERIAL is not set

It was real pain to upgrade from 2.6.24 to 2.6.32, because it's a really dirty chinese code. In fact, everything should be redone from scratch, but I don't have much time and will to go on with kernel right now.

Thanks for the hint with system swap. It seems I reinvented the bicycle. :) Btw, even with swap some encrypted roms (mslug3&4) won't start because it takes forever to uncrypt because of the swap.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on December 03, 2013, 10:11:46 am
Is there no way to increase the CPU speed? I have been looking at the kernel code, specifically:

https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/a380_kernel/blob/jz-2.6.32/arch/mips/jz4750d/cpufreq.c

The maximum clock seems to be set from u-boot. Can this be some how tweaked or configurable from the outside world?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: dmitry_smagin on December 03, 2013, 10:59:19 am
Is there no way to increase the CPU speed? I have been looking at the kernel code, specifically:

https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/a380_kernel/blob/jz-2.6.32/arch/mips/jz4750d/cpufreq.c

The maximum clock seems to be set from u-boot. Can this be some how tweaked or configurable from the outside world?

As this is the cpufreq driver, you should communicate with it via /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/* interface.
http://www.pantz.org/software/cpufreq/usingcpufreqonlinux.html (http://www.pantz.org/software/cpufreq/usingcpufreqonlinux.html)

However, the driver is limited to 432MHz max. To make it higher, the clocks for other devices should be altered as well (you might know this comparing with gp2x). Actually, I didn't dig so deep, so I can't help further.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: slaanesh on December 06, 2013, 11:05:59 pm
Has anyone else experience this issue?

When I am developing on my A380, I'm using Windows XP.
I copy files on using the USB connection, and then eject from the Windows Desktop. I usually leave the cable plugged in.
Quite often, my A380 will crash. It pauses, goes black... Then the screen goes white. It's resetting.
If it's not plugged in, it seems to be fine.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 07, 2013, 09:37:00 am
I never had this issue. But I never leave the cable plugged in.

It does disconnect sometimes from my computer when I'm copying files to it. This seems to be some sort of compatibility issue between the Dingoo A-380 and my Linux computer. I never experienced this with my Windows 7 X64 computer.

This happened a lot more with the original Dingoo A-380 MicroSD card. It's a lot better with the SanDisk MicroSD cards but it isn't bullet proof. To make it bullet proof I just remove the MicroSD card from my Dingoo A-380 and copy the files from my computer to the MicroSD card.

Edit:

Also a MicroSD that has been formatted to FAT32 from Windows needs to be reformatted to FAT32 from Ubuntu/Linux. There must be a difference how Windows and Ubuntu formats to FAT32.

You 're also uisng MAC OSX so maybe you just need to reformat it or if it's already screwed up start all over again and wipe the MicroSD card clean.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.09.02 "Exmortis"
Post by: AtariHERO on December 09, 2013, 01:40:38 pm
Has anyone else experience this issue?

When I am developing on my A380, I'm using Windows XP.
I copy files on using the USB connection, and then eject from the Windows Desktop. I usually leave the cable plugged in.
Quite often, my A380 will crash. It pauses, goes black... Then the screen goes white. It's resetting.
If it's not plugged in, it seems to be fine.

have you tried another usb port?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 12, 2013, 06:13:34 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo



The new Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo" is available for download.


Now you can start most of the emulators located on the external MicroSD from CFW Emulators on your Dingoo A-380. The menu item SDL Games is removed because it is no longer needed with the new kernel.


Note: The mame and ps emulator that came with the console can be found in the folder Old that has been added to the emulator pack. There's currently no MAME emulator in the emulator pack because Slaanesh didn't release it yet.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: AtariHERO on December 14, 2013, 12:19:21 am
windows 8.1 installation killed my os ?
don't know if it was a coincidence...

so much to reinstall now to try again...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 16, 2013, 03:28:02 pm
Updated the CFW Emulator Pack with a new PSX4All version.

If you already downloaded the Emulator Pack you can download the updated PSX4All here: http://www.putlocker.com/file/30B8027275723A70
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 28, 2013, 06:32:28 pm
MAME4All V1.0 has been release by slaanesh. You can find it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/dingoo-a380-mame4all-v1-0-released/

Note: It's recommended to use virtual memory with MAME4All. An explanation how to enable it for the CFW, to make it possible to start MAME4All from CFW Emulators, is posted in the thread.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: piercaz on December 30, 2013, 05:59:36 pm
Hi Alien Gray thanks for what you did.

I tried to installed and I had 2 problems:
-First: I have a dingoo A380-e and when I open it there is no internal sd card (it seems to be a microship instead)
-Second: I coped the img on a sd card and could not see the ALIEN_GREY1 Partition as a windows disk (but it looks fine from the MiniTool Partition point of view)

My questions?
Can I still install your firmware without having an internal sd card? What should I do?
Why can't I see the disk ALIEN_GREY1? I should copy the "emulators" and "vmlinux" folder on it, am I right?

Thanks,
Pierre
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 30, 2013, 10:20:59 pm
Hi Pierre,

It's impossible to run the Dingoo A-380 CFW on a A-380e.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: piercaz on December 30, 2013, 10:52:52 pm
Thanks Alien Grey,
The original firmware of the a380e is not even able to save progression of a nes game.
This is very disappointing.
Do you know if I can install Dingux on the a380e? it seems that it is also not possible!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.27 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 30, 2013, 11:13:15 pm
I don't know if it's possible or not.

I can imagine that you're not happy with it and so am I. It just shows that whoever build this A-380e console has no idea of what they're doing or they don't have any respect at all for the Dingoo A-380 community.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.28 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on January 03, 2014, 02:34:18 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo



There's a new Dingoo A-380 CFW version available for download.

This new version fixes the problem with the MAME4All virtual memory. Copy the MAME4All files to the emulator folder on your Dingoo A-380 external MicroSD card. Start MAME from CFW Emulators on your Dingoo A-380. The first time you start MAME it's going to create the virtual memory file. It takes some time to create it so wait patiently.

The Dingoo A-380 MAME4All can be found here: http://www.slaanesh.net/
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.10.28 "Santo"
Post by: Alien Grey on April 05, 2014, 09:07:27 am
It's been really quiet around here but that's going to change. There's going to be a nice update for the Dingoo A-380 CFW.


If all goes well you can expect an updated factory kernel to fix the compatibility issues with the new one and still have all the necessary fixes. This is going to make the new no longer necessary so we only need one kernel. There's going to be an update for the NES and FinalBurn Alpha emulator by d_smagin.

There's also going to be an update for MAME4All and the GBA emulator by Slaanesh.


If all goes well you can expect all of this soon so stay tuned.  ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: Alien Grey on April 13, 2014, 05:17:08 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


The new Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.11.04 "Exmortis II" is available for download.  :)



What's new:

1. The kernel has been replaced with an updated factory kernel. The kernel has been updated by d_smagin for better compatibility. A second kernel is no longer needed except maybe for charging the battery. It's still possible to boot the factory kernel with the VMLinux files to charge the battery if necessary.

2. There's a new dmenu item added to enable and disable the swapfile. The first time you change the Swap in dmenu to On it's going to make the 128MB swapfile. This takes some time so wait patiently till you hear the "Plop" sound and the icon animation continues.

3. The CFW Nintendo emulator has been updated by d_smagin to version 2.2.2. This version has improved sound and a full screen scaler.

4. The CFW FinalBurn Alpha emulator has been updated to version 0.2.96.86. This version supports more games but does no longer support .fba format.

5. The dmenu items Capcom System 1, Capcom System 2 and NEO-GEO from CFW Emulators has been removed.


Note: Don't use Swap if you don't need it. Enable it when necessary and disable it when no longer needed.


Enjoy another fine CFW release.  ;)


Edit: Changed swapfile size from 192MB to 128MB because of freezes while playing games. If you downloaded the CFW Emulator Pack before this message than you've got to delete swap folder from your Dingoo A-380 and replace it with this one: https://www.firedrive.com/file/D7F780278FDBD583 (https://www.firedrive.com/file/D7F780278FDBD583)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: Alien Grey on April 27, 2014, 03:26:36 pm
I added a download link for the original Dingoo A-380 Version 2.001 firmware to the OP.

Thanks to retrodd for donating a new Dingoo A-380 that came with firmware Version 2.001.  :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: danhunter on April 28, 2014, 01:56:47 am
Hi Alien Grey!

Thanks for your work! It is normal emulators are slow? Have I done something wrong?

Thank you
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: Alien Grey on April 28, 2014, 08:43:09 am
Hi Alien Grey!

Thanks for your work! It is normal emulators are slow? Have I done something wrong?

Thank you

It isn't normal that they run slow. Everything should run just fine like before.

There is an issue with the CFW FinalBurn Alpha emulator and swap. The only thing I can do to make it a little better is move the swap file to the external MicroSD card for the next CFW version. This improves loading times a lot for the CFW FinalBurn Alpha emulator but it still doesn't fix the stuttering and freezes with very large NEO-GEO ROMs.  :(

I ordered a SanDisk SDHC 32GB Class 10 MicroSD card to try to improve the read/write times to the swap file. I'm not sure if it's going to work with the Dingoo A-380 but I give it a try.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: danhunter on May 02, 2014, 09:17:04 pm
Thanks Gray, But, NES stay very slow too, have anything to do?

Same games runs OK, but othes very slow.

Regards
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: Alien Grey on May 03, 2014, 10:02:01 am
Thanks Gray, But, NES stay very slow too, have anything to do?

Same games runs OK, but othes very slow.

Regards

I think that you mean that the emulators that came with the Dingoo A-380 are slow. There's nothing anyone can do about that because there's no source code available for the emulators that came with the console to fix and update them.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: retrodd on May 11, 2014, 03:33:23 pm
hope this updated Vice version will be on next CFW  :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArEkUkIvpWs
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.04 "Exmortis II"
Post by: Alien Grey on May 12, 2014, 08:36:03 pm
I'm still waiting for a fixed GBA emulator version from slaanesh. His Dingoo A-380 build is a lot better than the current CFW GBA emulator. It runs most games at full speed with a 360 x 240 pixels aspect ratio scaler. The compatibility with GBA games is also a lot better.

Without the fixes it isn't possible to add support for this emulator to the CFW.  :(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.08 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on May 24, 2014, 09:22:06 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


The Dingoo A-380 CFW Version 2.11.08 is available for download.

The swap file is moved to the External MicroSD card in this version to improve the read/write times with the FinalBurn Alpha emulator. There's also an updated SDL VICE build with sound fix and a new UAE4All build with sound fix for the Dingoo A-380.


Lot's of Commodore love with this release.  :)


Thanks a lot to retrodd for his help with testing the new CFW and updated emulators.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.08 "RetroDD"
Post by: Earl of Guynn on May 27, 2014, 05:58:47 pm
I recently changed from V2.06.01 to  V2.11.08. Everything works fine, except the cfw snes emulator. Nothing happens, when clicking on a game. The normal snes emulator works, but sucks  ??? How can i fix this? 
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.08 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on May 27, 2014, 07:53:39 pm
I recently changed from V2.06.01 to  V2.11.08. Everything works fine, except the cfw snes emulator. Nothing happens, when clicking on a game. The normal snes emulator works, but sucks  ??? How can i fix this?

I'm going to have to make a new firmware image because a file in the firmware is corrupt and that's why CFW emulator doesn't work.  ???

In the mean time I'm going to remove the download link for the firmware. Unfortunately I can't remove it from Openhandhelds but I'm going to upload a fixed version very soon.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on May 27, 2014, 10:34:50 pm
(http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq32/Alien-Grey/CFW.png)
Dingoo A-380 render by Santo


A new Dingoo A-380 CFW image is available for download.


Nothing new in Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.11.09 but I had to make a new image to fix a corrupt file that made it impossible to start the CFW Emulators Super Nintendo.


Thanks to Earl of Guynn for reporting this nasty issue really quick. I'm sorry and I hope that everything runs fine with this new CFW image.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Earl of Guynn on May 31, 2014, 08:59:49 am
And it works perfect! Thanks to Alien Grey for his great work and quick support!
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: th3LuckyDuck on June 05, 2014, 12:00:04 am
I just grabbed a real a380 from a private seller on ebay and was excited to see people are still working on it, I've loaded up your 2.11 and just wanted to bump this thread and throw out a thank you to you Alien and every one else that is still around developing for this handheld.

Also I've been rocking Digimon World 3 on the psx4all, all i can say is awesome, it runs playable with sound glitches, but no sound is very playable.

Anyhow Thanks again! Ducky~
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on June 05, 2014, 10:46:23 am
You're th3LuckyDuck if you did find a real Dingoo A-380.  ;)

I know about the sound glitches with PSX4All. I did try to fix this some time a go but didn't spend much time on it. The most important part for me was to have a replacement for the PSX4All version that came with the console. I give it another try when I've got the time and motivation to try to fix it.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: psycotimi on September 16, 2014, 01:17:34 am
So decieded finally to open my A380 today and swap new bigger sd card with new firmware, only problem is, my dingoo won't start again. Pressing reset, power or anything else, results in nothing. Even with old sd card, nothing happens, any suggestions, or should i take it to some electronic repair shop? Those things prolly charge more from repair than new dingoo would cost, but but. :'-(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on September 16, 2014, 02:03:31 pm
Check the battery cables. Maybe you've got to solder them back on the board. It's very easy to solder the cables back on the board. A lot easier than having to replace the Dingoo A-380 speakers with PSP speakers.  ;D

Or maybe the battery no longer works.

Did you try to power it on with connecting it to a computer with the USB cable?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: psycotimi on September 16, 2014, 04:59:45 pm
Yes did try to power on with computer cable. When i plug in headphones I can hear some quiet noise that usually happens when connecting headphones to some devices, so there must be atleast some electricity going on in the machine :D Gnn, so i doubt that it is not power issue, will open it again and check those cables later today.

edit: Also sent mail to some company that repairs radios, gaming consoles, televisions etc and they instantly replied that no, not handheld consoles.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on September 17, 2014, 07:58:18 am
Also have a look if the MicroSD card still makes good contact with the MicroSD slot. Maybe something got stuck in there like a tiny piece of paper from the sticker.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on September 28, 2014, 06:36:24 pm
Updated the CFW Emulator Pack with a new PSX4All build (fix) and ScummVM 1.7.0.


Edit: Hmm... I screwed up. I forgot to add the PSX4All binary without sound. I also forgot to add the Old directory with the old (no source code) emulators that came with the console to the archive. It's now added to a new archive and the download link has been updated.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: th3LuckyDuck on December 12, 2014, 06:43:23 pm
  I made a good attempt at downloading the updated Psx but Firedrive seems to just want to load me up with popups and malware downloads instead of providing me the file lol.  If you get a chance could you provide an alternative link Mr. Grey.

  Thanks in advance ;)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: x5i5Mjx8q on December 19, 2014, 08:26:11 pm
I too cannot get the firedrive emulator pack to download! :\ tried looking for it online through google too, doesn't seem to be hosted anywhere else...
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: doctorloko on December 30, 2014, 01:13:59 pm
me too cant you put a new link with the emulators and the original firmware 2.0.0.16?? firework is not working

thanyou very much for your efforts making a better machine from this 380
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on December 30, 2014, 03:12:29 pm
All FireDrive download links in the OP are replaced with Google Drive download links. Everything should be available for download again. ;)

There's an updated CFW Super Nintendo emulator added to the Emulator Pack. It seems to run much smoother so check it out. :)
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: doctorloko on December 30, 2014, 04:59:24 pm
thankyou very much you saved my day greetings from Ibiza and happy new year.....
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: chevette on December 31, 2014, 12:56:46 am
Just curious.......which device performs better:
Dingoo A320 or Dingoo A-380?
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: paulo_coe on August 12, 2015, 04:23:56 am
Hello Friends!

Very Recently I've bought a dingoo a380 and decided to upgrade it to a custom firmware. I tryed many times to follow the steps for the installation but I got the same result, my dingoo just don't turn on. I've checked the cables with a multimeter and everything seems to be normal. Also checked the MicroSD conector and there was a very small piece of the sticker, but even after I took it out the dingoo din't want to wake up.

Can someone help me? I just played for a week on it... :'(
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on September 06, 2015, 03:46:00 pm
Hello Friends!

Very Recently I've bought a dingoo a380 and decided to upgrade it to a custom firmware. I tryed many times to follow the steps for the installation but I got the same result, my dingoo just don't turn on. I've checked the cables with a multimeter and everything seems to be normal. Also checked the MicroSD conector and there was a very small piece of the sticker, but even after I took it out the dingoo din't want to wake up.

Can someone help me? I just played for a week on it... :'(

Reset the console if it didn't want to boot because of the small piece of sticker that got stuck in the MicroSD slot. It should boot up just fine after a reset. If it doesn't want to boot the CFW just try again with the factory firmware.
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: freccia72 on November 11, 2015, 01:50:29 pm
A couple of moths ago, I grabbed a (real) Dingoo A-380 and gave CFW 2.11.09 a try. First, I'd like to thank the authors and contributors of the firmware and emulators, who made a very capable handheld out of the A-380.

So far, I've run into a few (non show-stopping) issues which I thought to report, also to the benfit of other users.

1) I cannot boot the factory kernel: I've installed the emu pack (and the vmlinux folder) in the required locations; when I launch dingux from the settings > vmlinux menu, the Dingoo reboots but doesn't load dmenu (it stays on an empty screen with the "paw" backgound) and I have to reset it to bring it back (thus returning to the custom kernel, I guess?). I've read of a similar issue with a previous CFW version in this very thread, so maybe it's a known problem. I've yet to try under the old CFW 2.11.04, which I see is still available for download in the OP (I'm not too keen on opening my A-380 again, but I'll do it if necessary).

2) So far, I've only tested the CFW Final Burn Alpha emu and it's great. I've noticed that the emu creates a .fba directory inside the /game/fba folder on the internal memory card (where game ROMs are put); that directory contains a 'configs' subdir where the emu saves per-game settings upon exit. The config files are UNIX text files similar to those used by fbacapex frontend in the OD release of the same emu. I've tried editing a couple of these files with Notepad++ (e.g. to select the MAME Z80 core and have correct sound in the Aero Fighters Neo Geo games), but the emu seems to load the games with the default settings nevertheless. I suspect the configs are meant to be used with fbacapex (not ported to A-380), maybe I'm wrong.

3) I have two F-16 wireless controllers that work (one at a time) with my Dingoo A-330. I've unsuccessfully tried to pair both (individually and simultaneously) with the A-380, following the directions I found in two old threads of this forum section. It could well be my unit's fault, since it's used and has clearly been opened before. All I know is that when I turn on wireless controller in settings, the wireless icon appears next to the clock as expected; I then double tap the wireless button on the controller(s) but the red led on it goes on flashing (instead of going out) and the Dingoo obviously doesn't respond to inputs.

I apologize for the lenghty post and would like to thank again all devs involved in this for their excellent work.
Best wishes,
Federico
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: rick121uk on July 29, 2018, 10:11:22 am
Hi Guys,

Can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post a download link for the SOR Remake port. Or PM me the link or point me in the right direction of where i cam download it. Been waiting ages to  play that game on my device.

Thanks

Rick
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 "RetroDD"
Post by: Alien Grey on September 18, 2018, 12:13:00 pm
A couple of moths ago, I grabbed a (real) Dingoo A-380 and gave CFW 2.11.09 a try. First, I'd like to thank the authors and contributors of the firmware and emulators, who made a very capable handheld out of the A-380.

So far, I've run into a few (non show-stopping) issues which I thought to report, also to the benfit of other users.

1) I cannot boot the factory kernel: I've installed the emu pack (and the vmlinux folder) in the required locations; when I launch dingux from the settings > vmlinux menu, the Dingoo reboots but doesn't load dmenu (it stays on an empty screen with the "paw" backgound) and I have to reset it to bring it back (thus returning to the custom kernel, I guess?). I've read of a similar issue with a previous CFW version in this very thread, so maybe it's a known problem. I've yet to try under the old CFW 2.11.04, which I see is still available for download in the OP (I'm not too keen on opening my A-380 again, but I'll do it if necessary).

2) So far, I've only tested the CFW Final Burn Alpha emu and it's great. I've noticed that the emu creates a .fba directory inside the /game/fba folder on the internal memory card (where game ROMs are put); that directory contains a 'configs' subdir where the emu saves per-game settings upon exit. The config files are UNIX text files similar to those used by fbacapex frontend in the OD release of the same emu. I've tried editing a couple of these files with Notepad++ (e.g. to select the MAME Z80 core and have correct sound in the Aero Fighters Neo Geo games), but the emu seems to load the games with the default settings nevertheless. I suspect the configs are meant to be used with fbacapex (not ported to A-380), maybe I'm wrong.

3) I have two F-16 wireless controllers that work (one at a time) with my Dingoo A-330. I've unsuccessfully tried to pair both (individually and simultaneously) with the A-380, following the directions I found in two old threads of this forum section. It could well be my unit's fault, since it's used and has clearly been opened before. All I know is that when I turn on wireless controller in settings, the wireless icon appears next to the clock as expected; I then double tap the wireless button on the controller(s) but the red led on it goes on flashing (instead of going out) and the Dingoo obviously doesn't respond to inputs.

I apologize for the lenghty post and would like to thank again all devs involved in this for their excellent work.
Best wishes,
Federico

The answer is that I don't know why it doesn't work without issues for everyone with a Dingoo A-380. I thought it was because of different revisions but they all seem to be the same revision. I remember that Santo had this issue with his Dingoo A-380 and the latest CFW version and it was also impossible for him to get the wireless controllers working.

It was the end of the Dingoo A-380 CFW because I didn't want to spend any of me free time on it any more and I think I wasn't the only one.  ???
Title: Re: Dingoo A-380 Custom Firmware V2.11.09 &quot;RetroDD&quot;
Post by: freccia72 on September 18, 2018, 09:03:02 pm
A couple of moths ago, I grabbed a (real) Dingoo A-380 and gave CFW 2.11.09 a try. First, I'd like to thank the authors and contributors of the firmware and emulators, who made a very capable handheld out of the A-380.

So far, I've run into a few (non show-stopping) issues which I thought to report, also to the benfit of other users.

1) I cannot boot the factory kernel: I've installed the emu pack (and the vmlinux folder) in the required locations; when I launch dingux from the settings > vmlinux menu, the Dingoo reboots but doesn't load dmenu (it stays on an empty screen with the "paw" backgound) and I have to reset it to bring it back (thus returning to the custom kernel, I guess?). I've read of a similar issue with a previous CFW version in this very thread, so maybe it's a known problem. I've yet to try under the old CFW 2.11.04, which I see is still available for download in the OP (I'm not too keen on opening my A-380 again, but I'll do it if necessary).

2) So far, I've only tested the CFW Final Burn Alpha emu and it's great. I've noticed that the emu creates a .fba directory inside the /game/fba folder on the internal memory card (where game ROMs are put); that directory contains a 'configs' subdir where the emu saves per-game settings upon exit. The config files are UNIX text files similar to those used by fbacapex frontend in the OD release of the same emu. I've tried editing a couple of these files with Notepad++ (e.g. to select the MAME Z80 core and have correct sound in the Aero Fighters Neo Geo games), but the emu seems to load the games with the default settings nevertheless. I suspect the configs are meant to be used with fbacapex (not ported to A-380), maybe I'm wrong.

3) I have two F-16 wireless controllers that work (one at a time) with my Dingoo A-330. I've unsuccessfully tried to pair both (individually and simultaneously) with the A-380, following the directions I found in two old threads of this forum section. It could well be my unit's fault, since it's used and has clearly been opened before. All I know is that when I turn on wireless controller in settings, the wireless icon appears next to the clock as expected; I then double tap the wireless button on the controller(s) but the red led on it goes on flashing (instead of going out) and the Dingoo obviously doesn't respond to inputs.

I apologize for the lenghty post and would like to thank again all devs involved in this for their excellent work.
Best wishes,
Federico

The answer is that I don't know why it doesn't work without issues for everyone with a Dingoo A-380. I thought it was because of different revisions but they all seem to be the same revision. I remember that Santo had this issue with his Dingoo A-380 and the latest CFW version and it was also impossible for him to get the wireless controllers working.

It was the end of the Dingoo A-380 CFW because I didn't want to spend any of me free time on it any more and I think I wasn't the only one.  ???
Well, thanks for the answer anyway. Actually, a year ago my A380?s battery leaked and busted my unit for good (don?t have it anymore, before someone asks). It was fun while it lasted, I guess. All the best for your current projects and thanks again, Grey.


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