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Flashing ROM via Android?
Posted on: 2013/8/27 4:38

Joined 2011/3/10
USA
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I'm familiar with programming concepts but have not written anything beyond mIRC script for many years. This would not be a project I would be able to complete nor do I expect anyone here to do this for me. Instead I would like to know the possibility of an application that would allow users to flash their Flash Boy/Flash Boy+ via their Android phone? I envision a micro-to-mini USB cable or adapter, the ROMs sitting in a folder on a microSD card, and an application. The application would browse the directory or phone for .VB files, display them, and offer "erase" and "flash" buttons. A feature of my dreams would be for the application to pad the ROMs before flashing them and also to have a way to apply IPS patches. This way the original ROMs are never altered and users would only need to keep 1 set of ROMs on their microSD card.

From a technical standpoint, is this even possible? What type of knowledge would one need to have to make this happen?

Due to the limited number of Flash Boy users, I feel that there would not be enough interest to approach Android coding communities, but I may be wrong. This could very well be a weekend project for someone who is interested in helping out a retro gaming community.

My reason for asking and for starting this thread is that my phone is always with me, but my computer is not. I do travel with my Virtual Boy at times and can not always do much beyond describing various hacks, translations, and prototypes.
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Re: Flashing ROM via Android?
Posted on: 2013/8/27 5:19

Joined 2012/8/5
USA
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I have written a few simple android apps and my first thought would be it is probably possible. Just about all android programs are written in java. I've never used a flash boy but assuming it uses a standard usb storage device interface I doubt it would be very difficult to create a simple app.
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Re: Flashing ROM via Android?
Posted on: 2013/8/27 10:12

Joined 2008/12/28
Slovenia
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Quote:

Greg Stevens wrote:
I've never used a flash boy but assuming it uses a standard usb storage device interface I doubt it would be very difficult to create a simple app.


It does not.

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb ... ost_id=8666#forumpost8666
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Re: Flashing ROM via Android?
Posted on: 2013/8/27 13:43

Joined 2012/8/5
USA
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CoderLong Time User (7 Years) PVBCC 2013 3rd
Soo maybe not so easy... But still possible I think.
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Re: Flashing ROM via Android?
Posted on: 2013/8/27 17:05

Joined 2011/7/1
Germany
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Not all android phones can be operated as an USB host. Some of the Samsung phones can do it. On one of those devices it might be possible. I did quite allot android development but never tried this out.
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