As you may know, I have a GameGadget. I bought it to have an "open" handheld to develop for.
To be honest the device itself is fairly good, I like it. The buttons are good and enough, the screen is okay, the sound is correct, so the whole device is "okay". I don't want to throw it away, it's just perfect for developing and having fun.
But you may know as well, that it's commercial and marketing was an epic fail: they faked news and comments, deleted the honest forum posts, and so on... - so the device is buried and hated. Sadly.
But with my own GameGadget in my hand, I don't want to throw it, rather "jailbreak" it! It would be awesome if we could flash its official firmware to something other (like OpenDingux) and exploit all of its capabilities.
At first it could sound crazy, but it would make this crappy console a decent and usable one. And it's still on sale just for Ģ33.99
! So it's fairly good price for a hardware like this.
Yesterday I made some progress. With the official 0.9.5 sandbox I could telnet to the console and find out some things, for example the cpu type and the hardware itself. See here: cat /proc/cpuinfo and dmesg
I even scanned /dev and /proc, but those are huge lists.
So actually we can scan the system and find out what is the hardware exactly. If I remember correctly, the processor itself is Ingenic JZ4750, and Ingenic does provide
a linux kernel for it.
By the way the GameGadget itself has a working USB Boot mode, just have to press SELECT while booting and my PC recognizes it. This way I can flash it's NAND to replace the official firmware. (I haven't done it though, it's too early and risky)
So actually everything is given and it is possible to discover this handheld and replace its firmware.
But the problem is that I have no experience in things like this, and I got this console a week ago. So this thing is not for me (or not for now)
But it is possible. It just needs some work.
What do you think about this whole thing? I always appreciate honest and useful comments.
My dream would come true if it was real.
ps: thank to mth
who helped me yesterday a lot!