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Flash Linker Review. FA is a device for playing free roms on GBA similar to how you play rom files on a PC emulator. There are many Gameboy Advance backup card types : EZ-Flash, XG, EZ2, XG2, Flash2Advanc, F2A - Compare before U choose!
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flash advance card for gba romsGBA Flash Advance Linker

This was one of the first gba development units out there. Its is no loger produced and over the years many others have been released and this "Flash Linker" is not sold anymore. Please look at our other reviews to find something that suits you.

The design of the linker looks a lot like the old GBC rom GBX-changer. Linker unit uses 25pin male-male cable for the printer port, if you dont have one it will probably cost you ~10$ to get a new one. Power for the unit is supplied by 6 AAA batteries or a power supply.

flash advance linker pro turbo xtreme

As printer ports differ from one PC to another there are sped settings in the software to addjast for your. 4 in total. If the fastest doesnt work - decreas it and it will. Most of the early gba rom releases / dumps are made using Flash Advance Linker. Flash Writer software is complicated to say the least. It came as a fresh breath of ear when the LittleWriter was released. Later on Little Writer has outgrown FA cards and now supports a multitude of hardware including GBA X-ROM, XG-Flash, EZ-Flash etc. GBA flash linker is perfect for home development and 99% of all the demos in the first 2 years of The GB Advance were tested on this hardware.

FlashAdvance Cards - the firt version was well the first - and had problems with speed and the cartridge being oversized. In addicion to that memory mapping issues made it imposble to have mor than 4 gba roms on the 256M card at thesame time and the minimum size of the rom was limited. FA Pro and Turbo versions were released to fix the problem. These two new versionas are compatible with the Flash2Advance USB linker and software. The problem that these cards had were incompatibility with some of the new save game formats and lack of RealTime Clock so many games had to be patched to be playable.

+ compatible with LittleWriter
+ best card for PogoShell
+ great compatibly with the older software
+ can be used to play GB and GBC roms
(GB-Bridge compatible)

- many games need patching
- uses printer port connection that many new PC no longer have.
- first generation cards needed speed patching
- power supply o batteries needed for the linker to operate


Review Flash Advance Linker Features:

Just like a Cradle for your Palm or other Handheld Computer, the Flash Advance Linker is plugged into the printer port of your PC. Once connected, it can simply send and receive game ROM data from or to the plugged in game or Flash Cartridge. With it you can extract game data from Gameboy Cartridges and save it on your PC as GBA ROMs or you can use it to send roms you download from the internet to Flash Advance Card and play them on Gameboy! To operate it requires 6 AAA batteries or any regular 9V adapter.

Writing GBA ROMs to Flash Advance Cards
The best thing about FAL is that it also lets you write Gameboy roms to Flash Advance Cards! Use the provided software to select ROM files from your harddrive, and write them through the printer or USB port connected Flash Advance Linker to the Flash Advance Cartridge. Its just like writing files to ReWritable CD with a CD-Recorder or sendingt MP3 files from PC to MP3 Player. You can even save multiple games into one single flash advanc card ! 64M card can hold up to 2 games, 128M - 4 games, 256M - 8 games, 512M - 16 games. Most Gameboy Advance games are 32Mbits or 64Mbits big (4 or 8 Mega Bytes on your PC)

Reading out GBA game ROMs
When your original Nintendo GBA game has been plugged in to the Flash Advance Linker, you can use Flash Advance Writer or LittleWriter software to read out gba rom data and save it to your local PC harddrive as a ROM file (*.GBA) Flash Advance Linker also lets you read out the savegame to store it in an extra file - you won't loose any game data, e.g. when the battery in your original GBA game gets empty.

Play ROMs from the internet on Gameboy for FREE!
So you download gba roms Freeware, PD roms or Commercial game roms from internet (just like you would download MP3s) or backup your Nintendo GB cartridges and using Flash Advance Linker upload the roms to Flash Advance Card and play them on your Gameboy for FREE!

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   Software and Games you can run with this GBA Flash Card

Emulators for GB Advance

With this card you will be able to play Emulated ROMS or the following consoles.
(Before you can writing roms to the Flash Adance on PC merged romfiles wiht the aproprite Emulator and turn them into a *.GBA file / archive)

  •  Nintendo Entertainment System (NES roms)
  •  Arcade (Mame roms)
  •  GameBoy B&W / GB COLOR (GB, GBC roms)
  •  Atari 2600 (Atari roms)
  •  Chip8 and more...
  •  Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Z80 roms)
  •  SEGA Master System (SMS roms)
  •  PC Engine / Turbo GraFX (PCE roms)

Photo Albums - view JPG, BMP on GBA

Use SlideShow Builder for Windows or SlideAdvance 1.0 to compress you photos (*.jpg, *.bmp) and build a gameboy file containing a photo album.

E-Books / Text reader for GBA

Create your own gba eBooks with pictures and even sound or read regular PC .txt files. You can also download these gba book roms from the net.

Movie Player

Use utilities and encde Movie files (AVI, MPG and MPEG) for viewing on GBA. Again you will create a file similar to the game rom that you can write to the flash card same as one of the games and when selected in the boot menu it will play the movie!

Music Player (just lieke MP3 for GBA)

MusicPlayer Advance is an program that lets you play music files on the Gameboy Advance Flash Cards. It works just like WinAmp, you have a play list where you can select your songs. (Note: If you want Video Clips use the Movie player)

Pogo Shell GBA Mini Operating System

PoGo Shell for GBA is something similar to Windows for PC. It lets you install programs in the form of plug-ins that will enable you to write NES, Z80, TXT, MIDI, JPG and other files to the flash card and launch them inside Gameboy with the appropriate application.

Free GBA Demo and Freeware roms

There are literalry thousands of free games and demos that you can play with any one of the flash linker sets.

 

 

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