as you said, learning a bit of cmd won't hurt you and you'll learn something very useful when the shit hits the fan in anything windows related. this even might be a good primer before tackling something like the linux console, for example...
since you seem honest about fixing your lil' brick, i'll give you another GIGANTIC hint:
let's suppose you unpacked the unbricker tools in c:\ (root of your main hd, respecting the folder structure inside the compressed file), your sd card reader is named "e:"
- open cmd
- insert a previously formatted sd card into your reader, even a quick format works as long as you define the format type as FAT32. any size works too.
chinachipsdburntools e: rom.bin
- that'll prepare the sd card as your "boot disk"
to go back to the main folder
- that'll open this lovely wall of gibberish:
- first click the big shiny button at the top left, that'll install the chinachip drivers (and by "install" i mean it'll just place a couple files inside system32, you'll need to install these manually later)
- once it's ready, click the buttons at the right of the textboxes in order to load the necessary files. the first three are mandatory
, you can safely ignore the other two. provide the same files included with the unbricker.
- the second shiny button will activate, indicating that the tool is ready to work. don't push this yet
- insert the prepared sd card in your handheld, and with the ga330 TURNED OFF connect it to the computer via usb WHILE KEEPING PRESSED "DOWN" IN THE DPAD. if it goes ok, the computer will sound like you just connected a pendrive, but the ga330 won't say anything and will be still off.
- windows will ask for the chinachip drivers. the unbricker usually put these files in C:\Windows\System32\ChinaChipUSB
so be sure to point the hardware wizard to the right place
- once you're ready with that, push the second big shiny button
- if this goes ok, the gemei will turn on and will display something (forgot what, "loading" or something like that) using some weird boxy font. this completes the "first step".
- the console now will automatically disconnect from the computer and then reconnect as some sort of pendrive. this is where the second step starts and this is exactly where vista/7 fails
as they uselessly try to identify the device. xp sp3 started installing a default mass storage device driver at this point, while my old xp sp2 gave me a hella big bsod. ymmv. if all goes ok, you'll see in the unbricker output box more gibberish like it's performing some kind of steps. let it finish... you won't understand a thing about what's written there but you'll somewhat manage to get it when the process is done.
seriously, you'll remember my words once you see it by yourself...
if you manage to recover your ga330, congrats, don't forget to copy back the emulators (the .sim files) to the handheld or you won't be able to run a thing. if not... KEEP TRYING.
good luck again, mang.
corrected a couple things