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senator (OP)

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New A380 for dummies
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:02:22 pm »
I am going to buy a Original SanDisk 4GB to 32GB MicroSD SDHC card and install it inside, video to come.


Thanks aliengrey!

Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2012, 06:55:22 pm »
Oooookay?

And yes, the A380 IS for dummies (who don't do their research).  ;) Ha-cha-cha! I'm terrible. I'll stop. :P
« Last Edit: August 05, 2012, 07:02:57 pm by Waiting... »

senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 07:26:13 pm »
One of the first things I would like to figure out how to do is install Decent 1 and 2 on it. I have the original disks at my house and I found d1x-rebirth here:

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,292

I really have no idea how to start about doing this but it said I would need to compile D1X-Rebirth from Source.

Requirements
      C/C++ compiler (gcc/g++)
      SCons
      SDL(-devel)
      PhysFS(-devel)
      GLU/GL
      NASM (optional for Assembler-based Texture-mapper in non-OpenGL Build)

I am pretty lost when it comes to this stuff so any help would be appreciated. Decent is one of my favorite games and that is why I have a few copies of the game laying around my house.

Alien Grey

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 07:41:34 pm »
Oooookay?

And yes, the A380 IS for dummies (who don't do their research).  ;) Ha-cha-cha! I'm terrible. I'll stop. :P

Hmm...

I'm not going to say anything because Harteex already warned me not to start a console war.  ;)
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senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2012, 07:45:11 pm »
I have the A320 already and it does everything I want except work two player with wireless controllers.

Alien Grey

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012, 07:47:26 pm »
One of the first things I would like to figure out how to do is install Decent 1 and 2 on it. I have the original disks at my house and I found d1x-rebirth here:

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,292

I really have no idea how to start about doing this but it said I would need to compile D1X-Rebirth from Source.

Requirements
      C/C++ compiler (gcc/g++)
      SCons
      SDL(-devel)
      PhysFS(-devel)
      GLU/GL
      NASM (optional for Assembler-based Texture-mapper in non-OpenGL Build)

I am pretty lost when it comes to this stuff so any help would be appreciated. Decent is one of my favorite games and that is why I have a few copies of the game laying around my house.

It's possible that it already runs without the need to compile it again. Most of the dingux games and emulators run just fine without the need to compile it again.
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senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2012, 07:50:23 pm »
So I would just need the files it says are located on the Descent1 CD-Rom in a subdirectory called "Data"?
descent.hog
descent.pig


Alien Grey

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 09:06:18 pm »
Copy the d1x-rebirth folder to your Dingoo A-380. Delete the d1x-rebirth_v0.55.1-src.tar.bz2 and all the .txt files that you don't need.

Copy the original data files to the data folder.

On your Dingoo A-380 you're going to see Open-Source. Use it to browse to the d1x-rebirth folder and open the d1x-rebirth.dge. If all goes well the game should start.
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senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 02:52:43 am »
I bought a Sandisk MICROSDHC 32GB from Comp USA for $50

I downloaded new firmware V2.00.30 from: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/525714/V20030.img.zip

I extracted the IMG file to a seperate folder and then

I plugged in my new card and used win32diskimager-binary by clicking Win32DiskImager.exe

I pointed it to the new IMG in the new folder I had created and clicked Write

I then used Mini Tool Partition Wizard: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

I deleted the Fat32 that was present on my (H) drive, but the drive number should be different on yours.

I then saw 27gb that was unallocated and I clicked it and then Create and then I selected FAT32 in a drop down menu.

I then had to apply the changes with the program.

Cracking the case was not easy and I used a sock underneath it while pressing down so not to strip the screws.

Some screws did not come out so I had to kinda force the top of the case open. The clips that bend in with are at the bottom so you want to kinda pry it open from the top and not by the speakers. (speakers wires are fragile)

I really thought I bricked it forsure until I realized that I just had to hit the reset button.

The only question I have is where this small silver cylinder goes that fell out, I am sure its not a big deal but I wanted to see if it fell out for someone else also.

Also it seems like it wont turn on normally and that I have to hit the reset button to turn it on...

Also I must have done something wrong because its only showing up as 444mb and when I plug it into the USB windows is asking to format.

I am going to use this SD Formatter: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/

and then try the steps I posted all over again!

senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2012, 04:37:51 am »
See below for the correct directions on how to put the new firmware on the SD card.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 10:12:23 pm by senator »

Alien Grey

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2012, 09:04:08 am »
The small silver cilinder goes in to the right bottom corner. It drops every time you open the Dingoo A-380. If you're lucky you'll find it if it drops. But some day you won't find it anymore like me. You don't need it if you don't use it to attach something on it.

I think that you can't power on your Dingoo A-380 because of the power button not being on the right place. Open your Dingoo A-380 and put the power switch in the Hold position. With the power switch in Hold position it's easier to put the power button back.

If for some reason the Dingoo A-380 won't power off than try again after a Reboot.

U Disk Capacity and U Disk Available Capacity are also wrong for me but I can use the full 32GB from the MicroSD card without issues. If you can't use the full capacity try with resizing the FAT32 partition without deleting it first.

Windows doesn't recognise the MicroSD card because the first partition is a Linux EXT3 partition. Whatever you do don't let Windows format the MicroSD card use the SD Formatter.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2012, 11:30:29 am by Alien Grey »
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senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2012, 02:22:50 am »
Ok I have the correct steps now, plug the new 32GB card into the USB card reader or adapter.

Download and use this program to format the new card:

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/

This is the Image file, you need to move it out of the Zip file/folder:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/525714/V20030.img.zip

Use this program to put the image file onto the SD card once its formatted:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/525714/win32diskimager-binary.zip

Then access the card that is plugged into the USB adapter with this program:

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Now crack the Dingoo case and replace the SD card with the new one!

I can now access all the space with the Dingoo A380 plugged into the USB port.

I will post a video of how I cracked the case, and I will continue to update this thread.

I am going to be putting games I own on it and I will update with how I did so.

I hope this thread helps noobs to get their A380 working to its full potential!

here is the video of how to get it cracked open

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IxbxuhElTc
« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 10:13:01 pm by senator »

senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2012, 07:07:39 am »
Ok I was able to install heretic with this add on:

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,601

The trick was finding the heretic.wad file and installing it in the same folder in the root directory.

I also got Hexen to work via this add on:

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,602

I had to also find the hexen.wad file and add it to the folder I originally put in the root directory.


I could not get them to work by clicking on the Open Emulator button. I had to use the browser to find the .DGE file and open it for the game to load. Whenever I click on the Open-Source Emulators nothing happens, just like when I click on open source games or video, E-book reader or browse pictures.


I also could not browse to or get this mod for Decent 2 to work:

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,342

I followed the directions that said for me to=

Needed files

Since D2X-Rebirth is a Sourceport of the Descent2-Engine you will need the Game-Content data files to run the game.

For non-Mac OS *NIX all data files need to be copied to the Sharepath, which is (if not specified with the SCons ?sharepath?-variable) /usr/local/share/games/d2x-rebirth/. For all other systems the data files go in the folder containing the application, as with the original version. For *NIX systems (including Mac OS X) there is also the option of placing them in a folder you specify using d2x.ini (see end).

Following files are needed to run the game:

descent2.ham
descent2.hog
descent2.s11
descent2.s22
alien1.pig
alien2.pig
fire.pig
groupa.pig
ice.pig
water.pig
intro-h.mvl and/or intro-l.mvl
other-h.mvl and/or other-l.mvl
robots-h.mvl and/or robots-l.mvl

With the PC version, these files - except the Movies (*.mvl) - are archived in the file

descent2.sow
__________________________________________________________________


I put them in the folder labeled data and I even encluded the decent2.sow file to no avail.

Here is a picture of how the folder on my Dingo looks:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/str8senate/DX2.png

I think it should work because I have all the correct files in the Data folder, but I could not click on Open Source Emulators. I browsed to it, but browsing worked for hexen.

I am a huge Decent2 fan and I own multiple copies of Decent 1, 2, and 3!


Alien Grey

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2012, 08:06:51 am »
Hmm...

Noobs can't read. You need an external MicroSD card with the custom firmware because the default locations to open are moved to the external MicroSD card.  ;)

The first time you start "Open-Source Emulators" it's going to make a folder named "emulators" on your external MicroSD card. A folder named "games" is going to be created when you start "Open-Source Games" for the first time on your external MicroSD.

These are the default locations for the custom firmware so put the open-source emulators in the "emulators" folder and the open-source games in the "games" folder.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2012, 08:30:21 am by Alien Grey »
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senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2012, 10:11:50 pm »
here is the video of how to get it cracked open

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IxbxuhElTc

senator (OP)

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2012, 10:10:57 pm »
As for Multiplayer, Alien Grey has tested everything and explained:

CPS1, CPS2,FBA (Firmware V2.00.20) NEO-GEO and FC (NES) have two player mode. All other emulators support only single player mode.

I also tested all emulators with TV out. All emulators were tested with a fighting game to see the clock running so I could compare it with a real clock.

CPS1, CPS2, FBA, NEO-GEO, MD (Genesis) and GG (Game Gear) run almost perfect with TV out.
GB (Gameboy) runs good with TV out.
GBA (Gameboy Advance) and SFC (Super Nintendo) run a bit to fast with TV out.
GBC (Gameboy Color) and SMS (SEGA Master System) run a bit to slow with TV out.
FC (NES) runs way to slow and is actually unplayable and I'm wondering why it  has a two player mode and is so bad with TV out.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

What this means to me is that (for now) I will reserve my A320 for Gameboy Advance games and Sega Master System, SNES, NES games.

I am going to use my A380 for CPS1, CPS2, FBA and NEO-GEO Mulitplayer. I will also load Genesis and Game Gear, and Gameboy games because they work well with TV out.

Also, for the A380 with the new firmware the following emulators work with these file types
(thanks again to Alien Grey for this list)

CPS1 = CAPCOM System 1 - .zip and .fba - game sub folder cps1
CPS2 = CAPCOM System 2 - .zip and .fba - game sub folder cps2
FBA = FinalBurn Alpha - .zip and .fba - game sub folder fba
NEOGEO = NEO-GEO - .zip (needs neogeo.zip that contains the BIOS files) and .fba - game sub folder neogeo
GBA = Gameboy Advance - .gba - game sub folder gba
SFC = Super Nintendeo - .smc and .sfc - game sub folder sfc (is going to change to snes with new firmware)
MD = SEGA Mega Drive - .gen, .smd and .bin - game sub folder md
FC = Nintendo - .nes - game sub folder fc (is going to change to nes with new firmware)
GBC = Gameboy Color - .gbc - game sub folder gbc
SMS = SEGA Master System - .sms - game sub folder sms
GG = SEGA Game Gear - .gg - game sub folder gg
GB = Gameboy - .gb - game sub folder gb
FCEU = Nintendo - .nes (uses the same directory as FC) - game sub folder fc (is going to change to nes with new firmware)

coty

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2012, 12:32:14 pm »
I was really hoping the A380 NES would have two player and TV out so I could play some Super Tecmo Bowl against my buddies....will these issues ever be fixed by some super smart programmers?  I will offer a $5.00 reward!!!!

malutang8

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Re: New A380 for dummies
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2012, 05:38:22 am »
i really hope someone comes up with a fix for snes and nes 2player on tv out... kinda the only reason why i bought the a380... anyone taking up this task? how can i help?

 

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