Author Topic: Nothing works :(  (Read 6268 times)

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Nothing works :(
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:34:04 am »
Recently purchased a Dingoo A320, have a stack of games ready to roll, Dual Boot working, correct Zimage, correct rootfs, Local Pack v0.35, however when I boot Dingux I just get a very pitiful looking GMenu2x which doesn't resemble any of the YouTube vids or screenshots within the forums. Have 'scanned for applications and games' yet nothing appears (even though the SD card is teaming with them), have tried 'adding link in category' yet these just appear as imageless files :( Can someone please tell me what I need to do to get a nice sleek looking operating system that actually works!? Any assistance very much appreciated

MightyJAK

  • Posts: 538
    • My tumblr
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 04:20:25 am »
It sounds like you installed OpenDingux, am I right? Same thing happened to me when I first tried OD, realized I didn't have a menu system or anything else, and just plunked Local Pack 0.35 on the SD card.

Local Pack 0.35 was made for legacy Dingux, so the file system's a little bit different. AFAIK, noone's made an OD local pack, so you're stuck finding OD-compiled games and apps (and maybe some legacy Dingux stuff that's still compatible with OD) individually and installing them one at a time.

Or you could install legacy Dingux on another SD card, put on local pack 0.35, and go nuts.  :P
My machines:
GBC,GBA,GBA SP,NDS,NGPC,Panasonic FZ-10 3DO,NES,Sega Nomad,Sega CDX w/Power Base Converter,PS1,PS2,PS3,Saturn,Dreamcast,PC (Win 98, XP, 7),Dingoo A320,Dingoo A330,Gemei A330,LetCool N350JP,PAP-GAMETA,GCW-Zero SE,Kyocera Rise,2DS,GP2X-F100,GPD G7,JXD 100,JXD A1000,JXD A3300,JXD F3000,JXD V5000,JXD S7300B,Hyperkin SupaBoy

Currently playing: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (2DS)

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013, 08:32:33 am »
Thanks JAK

I first visited http://wiki.dingoonity.org/index.php?title=OpenDingux:Installation and installed Open Dingux via http://www.treewalker.org/opendingux/

After some searching I then downloaded 0.35 via http://dinguxlocalpack.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/dingux-local-pack-v035-31052010.html as this seemed to be what most of the old forum posts were about

Realising this didn't seem to work I then tried the minimal pack from http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,116,473

Getting frustrated I then tried http://www.dingoo-scene.com/TheCompleteidiotsGuidetoDinguxWindoze.htm

So in answer to your question (and as a bit of a noob!) does this mean I need Legacy Dingux? OR do most people use OpenDingux and just download their own stuff? (if so where from?) Assuming I'm starting from scratch how would you prep a Dingoo A320? I primarily just want to run DOS games with a useable OS.

MANY THANKS!

DiegoSLTS

  • Posts: 365
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2013, 12:27:34 pm »
You can use legacy dingux (some people still use it) but as the "legacy" suggest, it's an old version of Dingux (there where actually different versions of "legacy" Dingux out and was a little confusing). OpenDingux has improved a lot of things, but the software is not fully compatible, developers needed to do some weird modifications to the code to run things in legacy Dingux that OpenDingux doesn't support since it's really bad practice. I would recommend to stay with OpenDingux so you can get all the updates for your apps, no developer supports legacy dingux anymore.

The software for OpenDingux it's not on a localpack, localpacks don't make much sense for an open-source-based console because it's really hard to keep track of the updated versions of everything and also not everyone want everything that's available. To download any emulator or game look at the "Releases" board under Dingux section: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/

For the lasts months there where only OpenDingux releases so you'll end up downloading software that's compatible with OpenDingux. If you want something in particular you can use the Search option of the forum. There's no guide on what should you install, it all depends on what you want (and if it's available).
For a list of apps and emulators you can check the wiki at http://wiki.dingoonity.org/index.php?title=Main_Page, look at the OpenDingux section. It may be outdated, but you'll see most of the things that are available and you can search for them later.

There's also OpenHandhelds repository to download stuffs from there: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi
« Last Edit: November 01, 2013, 12:29:40 pm by DiegoSLTS »

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 08:25:07 pm »
Thanks Diego, slowly getting there. Have installed a Dmenu (Warpedflash) and it now boots and works. While I haven't had so many problems installing new skins and wallpapers, when I extract the DOSBox emulator it doesn't show up in the menu. Any suggestions?

FYI I downloaded via the http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,72 page

Thanks

DiegoSLTS

  • Posts: 365
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 08:34:30 pm »
Thanks Diego, slowly getting there. Have installed a Dmenu (Warpedflash) and it now boots and works. While I haven't had so many problems installing new skins and wallpapers, when I extract the DOSBox emulator it doesn't show up in the menu. Any suggestions?

FYI I downloaded via the http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,72 page

Thanks
You installed Dmenu? You're using legacy dingux now? I've never used Dmenu, but, just like OpenDingux*, I think you have to do more things than only copying the files. You need to add the application to one of the menus. I can tell you how to do that in GMenu2X.

Anyway, I've read a long time ago that Dmenu was really buggy and is really outdated, I guess you'll be better using Gmenu2X.

* the current OpenDingux version for the GCW Zero autoinstalls the apps packed in .opk files so only a copy is required, maybe in future releases for the Dingoo A320 this feature will be available
« Last Edit: November 04, 2013, 08:36:26 pm by DiegoSLTS »

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 11:36:48 pm »
Thanks Diego

Returning to my original question I think with all the file swapping and searching I somehow ended up with a dingux root file system hence the confusion.

Basically I don't understand why the Gmenu2X looks so antiquated compared to all the DMenu themes and wallpapers???

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 04:13:32 am »
I'm slowly getting the jist of this now. As I basically just want to play DOS games and as opendingux looks quite fiddly what's wrong with reverting to Dingux? Also I've tried the DosBox emulator and was wondering if you could explain how I install the games on the SD so that the Dingoo recognises them and they will open in DosBox once selected. Is this possible?

HercTNT

  • Posts: 696
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2013, 09:47:35 am »
Its possible, but the dingoo really does not have the power to run much dos wise at any reasonable speed. If you got the dingoo to play dos games, its gonna come up short. there are a few games ported to the dingoo from dos worth playing mind you.  Its not to say dos games wont run, but stuff like warcraft 2, simcity 2000 will def be a no go.

Surkow

  • * Administrator
  • Posts: 670
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2013, 11:11:03 am »
Thanks Diego

Returning to my original question I think with all the file swapping and searching I somehow ended up with a dingux root file system hence the confusion.

Basically I don't understand why the Gmenu2X looks so antiquated compared to all the DMenu themes and wallpapers???

Dmenu is unmaintained and running Dmenu will increase the chance of FAT corruption. This is why gmenu2x is preferred as environment. I'd suggest you to try out OpenDingux and more up to date software.

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013, 12:38:46 pm »
Thanks guys, I don't have a problem with the gmenu as such I just get frustrated that none of the advice in the forums seems that straightforward. How do I boot a simple theme for example? Why won't it recognise files from the games I already have running in Dosbox on the laptop? Things like that :/

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 12:40:39 pm »
The software I'm using is from the link at the top of this thread, no corruption or boot issues, it just looks crap lol (but I may be doing something wrong?)

HercTNT

  • Posts: 696
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2013, 05:22:16 pm »
I'm not sure what you mean bye not straight forward. everyone is answering your questions as best as possible based on what little information you have given. Do you have a screenshot of your dingoo we can see, maybe give us a better idea of why you think it looks bad?.  Your laptop is gonna run way more stuff than the dingoo can dosbox wise. Way more memory, way more cpu power, etc. just because dosbox runs on both systems, does not mean they can run the same things. What games are you trying to run? there is a dosbox thread for the dingoo. There is not much in it as i don't think people use it to much on there dingoos.

RussBird82 (OP)

  • Posts: 9
Re: Nothing works :(
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2013, 07:17:42 pm »
One last question (promise). So to set up a theme I extract it to local/home/.gmenux2/skins, and though they show up on the device nothing happens when selected. Is there something else I need to do?? Where do I put the skins.cfg file (if there is one)?