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Gameboy Emulation on your MP3 Player

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the now-thats-what-i-wanna-see-more-of dept.

Handhelds 105

webmind writes "As some may know there is an open source firmware for the Archos jukebox and the iriver h1x0 harddisk mp3 players called Rockbox. now for the iriver version there is also a gnuboy port.. no more lugging around loads of gameboy cardridges, just upload and play."

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105 comments

You know what I think? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794708)

I think I got FP! Lollers!!!!!!!!11

Sounds great (5, Interesting)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794709)

These things always sound great.. and then the control sucks. SNES emulation on pocketpc's sounds like it would be awesome as hell.. until you find out the direction pad can only press one direction at once and therefore can't get diagonals..

Re:Sounds great (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794750)

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--> Nothing wrong with no diagonal control ;)

Re:Sounds great (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794754)

yeah. can't understand whats the point of the limitation to limit it to 4 intentionally(instead of 8).

with phones too(s60, n-gage has non-selfblocking direction pad so you can get the diagonials, but 6600, 3650, 6630, 7610 have self blocking direction pad. it's a design choice, kicker is that there's no need for it to be self blocking to help the menus and such, as programs on s60 start by default with keyblocking enabled on all buttons and the software can ask for nonblocking mode).

Re:Sounds great (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794940)

My Motorola phone (V300/Triplets) also has a multidirection input keypad. Problem is, since it's not standard it's not part of the spec and it's handled in an additional Motorola API, kind of like sound on Nokia is handled by Nokia-specific APIs, or at least traditionally has been. (I have some Nokia games that work on my Moto, and some that don't.) Consequently, I don't have any games that actually use it, even Splinter Cell or Rainbow Six 3 (and I've tried like four different versions of that.)

Tetris (2, Interesting)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794763)

I'd love to see the Rockbox port for the H3x0, who cares about diagnol controls, being able to play Tetris, possibly against multiple opponents using the USB port and hub that it comes with would be totally awesome!

Re:Sounds great (1)

sH4RD (749216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794943)

That's only crappy old iPaqs and some other models. My Dell Axim (yes, yes, I've turned to the dark side, whatever, I can't help the awsome multi-media features, no, I don't want to start a PocketPC vs. Palm debate), so to continue, my Dell Axim works fine with SNES emulation. And damn is it fun.

Re:Sounds great (1)

heavy snowfall (847023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795165)

On my palm zire 72s snes emulation is fine too, with nice diagonal control goodness. And To all you palm users who are stuck paying for various emlulators, check out http://yoyofr92.free.fr/ljp/ , the swiss army knife of emulators, with gb, gbc, nes, snes, genesis & master system emulation.

try udmh (google) if you don't have enough memory to run snes roms.

Re:Sounds great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795964)

When you put shit in parenthesis (kind of like this) you're supposed to continue with your sentence as if the stuff in paren's doesn't exist at all.

My Dell Axim (blah blah blah) works fine blah blah.

Yes, but does it run Linux? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794716)

I run Greased Up Yoda Linux 9.0! Now with more grease!

Ow. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794723)

Talk about horrible controls. It's makes the original NES controller look comfortable.

Re:Ow. (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794962)

The original NES controller WAS comfortable. The Famicom controller was a little less precise and didn't have the same feel IMO, but the original NES controller was a joy to use. You just had to develop a useful strategy for holding it. :) What other controller allowed you to get good results in button-mashing games by putting your thumbnail between the buttons and rubbing it back and forth like you were trying to polish something?

Re:Ow. (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795377)

No way. The only thing more uncomfortable than NES controllers was Atari wrist sticks. The NES 2 button wasn't even diagonal at an angle, your wrist really hurts after a while.

Only thing good was that it was tough as nails. I have never heard someone needing a NES controller replacement. Nowadays controllers are toast after a year.

Re:Ow. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795405)

Dreamcast controllers are horribly uncomfortable as compared to the NES pad. Maybe you were pressing too hard. You don't have to grind it into powder to move your characters around.

The durability of course WAS the best thing about it. I used to bang mine off the floor when I was really pissed off at a game. BANG! It would sound like something broke, but the controller was fine.

Re:Ow. (1)

Grym (725290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11800180)

Are you kidding?

I used to rub my left thumb raw on the old NES controllers all the time. They were only good for on run through Contra... tops.

-Grym

Re:Ow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11801611)

The original Famicom controller is better, mostly because it has rounded edges. It is at least more comfortable for me to hold than the original NES controller, even taking the ridges into account. And if you think the FC controller was "less precise," first make sure that you are not playing on a Famiclone. There are many clones that _look_ like real FCs.

The first NES controller was only squared off to match the console redesign. Not a fatal move, but not a good one either. Luckily, Nintendo of America hasn't made any horrible interface decisions since then, and they even improved on the SF controller with the concave X and Y buttons that improved tactile button recognition.

Why? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794733)

Just buy a gameboy. They're affordable and play all of the games perfectly.

Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794989)

Only a small number of devices and media will fit in a given person's pockets. Didn't you see "no more lugging around loads of gameboy cardridges" in the blurb?

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11796154)

get an ipod (smaller than an archos crapbox) and a gameboy. use a eprom cart and writer to put together a large multigame cart.

yes, it's more expensive and complicated. but you'll have both a better mp3 player and a better gameboy and no more multicart hassle...

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11796266)

get an ipod (smaller than an archos crapbox) and a gameboy. use a eprom cart and writer

Can a fellow even buy GBC flash carts anymore? All that seems to be sold nowadays is GBA flash. GBA flash works only with GBA games and with emulated GB mono games [webpersona.com] , not with GBC-only games.

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

ashridah (72567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11800428)

"get an ipod (smaller than an archos crapbox) and a gameboy. use a eprom cart and writer"

This doesn't actually RUN on the archos, the archos is a sh-based cpu running at some pokey little MHz (like 10MHz or something). The iriver has the capability of running at 140MHz (although the best speed for heat/power usage/etc is 96MHz apparently) and uses the same size hard drives as a standard ipod.

It's also possible for it to potentially run on the gmini, since that also has a reasonably beefy processor.

ashridah

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 9 years ago | (#11797657)

I got the best of both worlds.

Whoo-Pah! [flash2advance.com]

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11798611)

F2A is for GBA games. What is for GBC games?

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 9 years ago | (#11799255)

Haven't found one for GBC yet, but there must be one out there...

F2A+GB Bridge works for original GB games (though I seem to have trouble with saving... odd)

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

Psykus (827143) | more than 9 years ago | (#11799356)

They have GB/C emulators for the GBA. So, you could use the F2A to load GB/C roms and play them on the GBA.

Re:Size constraint of wearable computing (1)

ashridah (72567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11800409)

Rockboy already supports gameboy colour games. it just looks like ass because they've only coded support for one-bit of greyscale into the lcd driver (the iriver supports two bits of greyscale).

it's entertaining when you look at it and you get basically a giant black screen with a few clear patches :)

ashridah

Re:Why? (0, Redundant)

Dolda2000 (759023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795070)

Oh yeah, that's a great idea. Then I should get one computer for sending mails, another computer for reading mail, and third for browsing the web and maybe a fourth for viewing my desktop background.

Indeed, one device for one purpose -- isn't it a great idea?

Re:Why? (2, Funny)

someme2 (670523) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795178)

and maybe a fourth [PC] for viewing my desktop background.
I have one of those! It features advanced super thin display technology. I glued it on the walls of my bedroom and installed "chipwood.jpg".

First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794738)

Just 'cos it's a cold, snowy Sunday and I have to work this evening in the hope that I can take tomorrow off to go snowboarding.

Jesus Fucking Christ. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795200)

I hope you are better at your job than you are at getting first post. Otherwise, you are so fired.

GB mono emulation on GBA (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794742)

no more lugging around loads of gameboy cardridges, just upload and play.

This has been possible for a long time. The Game Boy Advance with a GBA flash cart can emulate [webpersona.com] the Game Boy monochrome system; a single flash cart can hold up to 32 MBytes or 64 MBytes of GB ROMs.

There is also something called the GB Bridge, which translates between GB mono/GBC wire protocol and GBA wire protocol, letting the GBA run GBC games using its GBC hardware, but it doesn't work with most of the newer flash carts.

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794864)

or you can just stick your GB and GBC carts into a GBA...

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794933)

or you can just stick your GB and GBC carts into a GBA

Ummm... read the blurb: "no more lugging around loads of gameboy cardridges"

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795534)

...why would you lug all of them if you'd flashed them onto a single cart?

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795775)

Which was the entire point.

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (1)

BluhDeBluh (805090) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794900)

The GB Bridge never worked properly in the first place. I bought one for cheap, but it has never worked properly and is very easy to crash.

And regarding the original article:
A beowolf cluster of these would probably be able to emulate a SNES or something.

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795972)

The Game Boy Advance with a GBA flash cart can emulate [webpersona.com] the Game Boy monochrome system; a single flash cart can hold up to 32 MBytes or 64 MBytes of GB ROMs.

Hah! Up to 64mb??? I guess you haven't done much research on the subject lately. I have a 1gb flash cart for my GBA that has a huge collection of GBA, GB, and NES ROMs.

Gbits vs. GBytes (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11796249)

I guess you haven't done much research on the subject lately. I have a 1gb flash cart for my GBA

I knew about the 1 Gbit GBA flash carts, but I didn't mention them 1. because they're expensive, and 2. so as not to confuse. The flash carts marked "1G" are actually 1 giga-bit, or 128 MiB. That is, unless they're CompactFlash adapters such as the SuperCard, which can take Type 1 CF of up to 2 GB.

Re:GB mono emulation on GBA (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795983)

no shit? and palm too before gba.

yes but.. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794746)

a cooler hack would let me play mp3's on my old gameboy.

Re:yes but.. (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794814)

a cooler hack would let me play mp3's on my old gameboy.

For the old Game Boy systems, there is an MP3 player called SongPro. For the GBA and GBA SP, there is the GSM Player [pineight.com] , which uses GBA flash carts.

Re:yes but.. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 9 years ago | (#11796650)

You can't play mp3s with a GameBoy; not enough CPU. The best you can do is use the GameBoy as an oversized remote control and power source for an mp3 player (which is what these players do).

Re:yes but.. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11796999)

The best you can do is use the GameBoy as an oversized remote control and power source for an mp3 player (which is what these players do).

The GSM player decodes GSM Full Rate audio in real time in software.

Re:yes but.. (1)

webmind (715974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794827)

uhm.. well you'd need a mp3 decoder, a DAC, a compactflash or sd adapter and some basic rom code for the interfacing.. would be my guess

Re:yes but.. (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794907)

Didn't the original GB have an 8MHz CPU? Somehow I doubt even a 96Kbps MP3 would be playable on a processor that slow, and the speaker probably isn't capable of such fine sound output.

Re:yes but.. (1)

Leroy Brown (71070) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795112)

Don't worry -- your Britney Spears albums will sound virtually the same in 2-bit mono gameboy sound... at least to me.

Don't give them any ideas (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795281)

Britney Spears albums will sound virtually the same

Shh! Don't give the NES remixers [2a03.org] any ideas...

in 2-bit mono gameboy sound

"2-bit sound" can sound better than a CD. Even SACD uses pulse-density modulation at 1 bit per channel, heavily dithered during mastering and low-pass filtered at the output.

Re:yes but.. (1)

Hard_Rock_2 (804967) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794917)

I actually got something like that from bestbuy, its called music player advance. It only has 48MB of space though, sounds choppy and cant fast forward or rewind.

Re:yes but.. (1)

Askjeffro (787652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795074)

As mentioned by temples, Songpro is a cart capable of playing mp3s that accepts SD cards (2). It can support up to a total capacity of 512 MB. As far as I know however it only works in the GBA, not the GB. I own one and it has worked quite well for myself.

Re:yes but.. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795244)

I'm pretty sure there was a SongPro for Game Boy a long time ago, but it came out so close to the release of the GBA that people forgot about the GBC version entirely.

So does that mean... (5, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794748)

...people will actually play Tetris with something besides the classic tracks? BLASPHEMY! (Unless it's a Lil Jon song that says YEEAAAHHHH after every 4-line combo.)

I love Open Source. (1)

michelcultivo (524114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794764)

This is another way of using Open Source to difuse the use of hardware and earning $$$ money without the software license.

Re:I love Open Source. (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795029)

Yes, I'm sure all the ROMs people are using on this are the freely developed, open source kind. Yes. Surely.

What I Want... (5, Funny)

SubDude (49782) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794766)

Can I get my Gameboy to emulate a cell-phone?

Too bad I don't have an iriver (1)

assassinator42 (844848) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794773)

Even with horrible controls, it would be fun playing Mario or Punchout on a portable music player.

Doom on Rockbox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794793)

An old April fools joke for Rockbox was that they got Doom running on the old Archos ones. I can's see anything on the Rockbox site about GB emulation, so I think I'll be a bit skeptical for now. Though if it's true, I'm definately gonna be buying an iRiver!

iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (4, Informative)

vision33r (829872) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794805)

I've owned 3 ipods that I had to get rid of because of consistent freezing and deteriorating battery life. My iRiver iHP-120 over 1 yr just performs rock solid. Yes, it is not white so noobs thinks its not a MP3 player but I don't have to take out of my pocket and finger circle to find songs. Just 1-2 clicks on the iRiver remote control does a dandy job. Now with people working on modding the firmware this little gem of a MP3 player is like the Linux of MP3 player and Ipod is the Windoze.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (0, Redundant)

Tarcastil (832141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794896)

Hehe, you forgot to mention that iRiver supports ogg vorbis ;)

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (2, Informative)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794948)

I have a G1 ipod that works nearly as well as it did on day one as it does now.
Conversly my iriver has been repaired 4 times due to failures.
Also if you wish to see moded firmware , the ipod has its fair share of projects
http://ipod.hackaday.com.nyud.net:8090/ [nyud.net] just have a look there.
irivers are fine players ,lets not sully things with an " A is X and b is Y " argument

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

Stinking Pig (45860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795203)

Absolutely -- I love my 120 passionately. Better sound quality than an iPod, doesn't need iTunes, doesn't need DRM, and continues to work just great after a year of daily use.

I'm a little confused by this whole article though, as I thought Rockbox was for the Archos, not iRiver. Can't say that I'm likely to replace firmware anyway, as the iRiver firmware is working just fine. The most I'd look for in a different firmware is better fonts.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

mickwd (196449) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795857)

Rockbox for the iRiver isn't finished yet, but it's coming on nicely.

The status page for the porting effort is here. [rockbox.org]

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11796183)

better sound? prove it. seriously. prove it.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (2, Informative)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795228)

Thats funny. My iPod has an Apple supplied remote too, so I don't have to take my iPod out of my pocket either...

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

DWIM (547700) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795596)

That is funny. How much extra did it cost you?

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 9 years ago | (#11798587)

Came with my 3G. Got an extra one when I bought replacement iPod headphones.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

radish (98371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795638)

Shame it doesn't have a display...the iRiver remotes are great (I don't have one - I'm a Rio fanboy).

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795258)

Oh... I forgot to mention the iPod can actually run Linux too. :)

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1)

n3tfury (774147) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795531)

welcome to last year.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11800755)

I own an iRiver H340. Haven't had it long, but I love it. The screen is awesome and it can play movies with the latest OFFICIAL firmware upgrade (Xvid only, though).

Sound quality is great, codec support is fantastic (perhaps the only mp3 player that can handle OGG) and battery life is decent. The feature I use it for most is for recording lectures and the built-in mic is more than adquate, and as a bonus the files get encoded into MP3 on the fly.

Re:iRiver one of most under-appreciated MP3 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11800817)

I think that you mean under appreciated over here (the states). It seems to be doing well on the other side of the pond.

I just got a 320 when my old 120 lost all vital signs after a trip through the clothes washer. As it was under warranty, I had little incentive to see if I could fix it, and returned it to the store still damp :)

Some of the lesser known (or glossed over) features of the 3x0's

Plays movies if you flash the Korean bios.
Has USBOTG* (with Korean bios)
FM tuner
Color screen

*USB On The Go which allows you to use the iRiver as a USB hub. Very cool.

what about my ipod! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794811)

problem is, nobody owns those mp3 players. how about some tetris on my iPod, eh?

Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11794821)

Is it a fake? :-)

Path of Technology (4, Insightful)

page275 (862917) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794833)

Well, it will come to the point where there is a portable device that contains all features of a PDA, a cellphone, an mp3 player, a game machine ...

... Well, just sounds like a notebook with a telephone attachs to it.

Get a smartphone (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11794860)

You're thinking of smartphones. They are PDAs with cellphones, and most of the newer ones can play MP3 audio. The only things keeping them from being game machines are bad controls (what's comfortable for use as a replacement for a Game Boy isn't comfortable for use as a phone) and lack of titles (due to phone network operators that own your phone and the lack of Nintendo branding).

Re:Path of Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795002)

Most modern mobile phones do this, as well as having a camera =P

Re:Path of Technology (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 9 years ago | (#11800603)

You just described the N-Gage, but it's a lot smaller than a notebook PC.

Jef Raskin passes away (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795033)

Why hasn't anyone said anything about Jef Raskin passing away?! Digibarn has the news. Much more important news than this nonsense.

DigiBarn confirms it ... Jef Raskin, dead at 61 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795277)

I just read some sad news on the DigiBarn website - Apple human-computer interface expert Jef Raskin was found dead in his California home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

On a serious note, this man is credited with the decision to use a one-button mouse. He later stated that in a redesign of the interface he would go with a two-button mouse. What could have been...

ipod (1)

Ethoscapade (790247) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795102)

right, now let's see this working on the ipod. sure, it's only got two directions instead of four, and just two colors ("on" and "off", as it would happen), but it's got buttons to spare (well, one). ..okay, bad idea. but some games (tetris, notably) would actually work. what kind of processing power does the ipod have, anyway?

Re:ipod (1)

sH4RD (749216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795135)

Gameboy Emulator for iPod [ipodlinux.org] . It's in progress anyway.

Re:ipod (1)

ryan42 (837825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795306)

What about the iPod photo? And how about a controller that would plug into the docking port of the iPod photo and give you a GameBoy like button layout and maybe even a cartridge slot. the iPod photo screen is similar size to a GBC screen.

Re:ipod (2, Interesting)

Storlek (860226) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795533)

just two colors ("on" and "off", as it would happen)

The mono iPod has four shades at least. The borders between the days in the calendar are a light gray; and the back of the cards in solitaire are a darker gray. Add "on" (black) and "off" and you have four colors. (Incidentally, the Gameboy uses a four-color grayscale display as well.)

EveryMac has some very detailed tech specs about the iPod; the fourth generation [everymac.com] model has dual 80MHz ARM processors and 32 megabytes of RAM, which I would imagine is more than enough to emulate the Gameboy's 8MHz with 64k RAM. The button limitation would require some creativity, but it wouldn't be impossible.

Re:ipod (1)

Ethoscapade (790247) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795610)

wow, that's actually much more processing muscle than i would've expected. heck, the DS runs on something like a 33mhz ARM7 and a 70mhz ARM9. well, why has nobody done this yet?

Also on Rockbox for Archos Gmini? (1)

anonieuweling (536832) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795141)

Would this also work on the Rockbox port to Archos Gmini [sourceforge.net] ?

Re:Also on Rockbox for Archos Gmini? (1)

Bjrn Stenberg (32494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795570)

Not likely. Since the Gmini cpu (CalmRisc) uses a harvard architecture [wikipedia.org] , it cannot support loadable plugins. All code must be compiled in and I'm afraid RockBoy won't be very high on the priority list.

zerg (1)

Lord Omlette (124579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795216)

Thanks for destroying rockbox's website. Does anyone know if the h1x0 port got anywhere or are they still at the "Debugger goes where?" stage?

Rockbox iRiver port (1)

acb (2797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795428)

From what I've read, it boots on a H1x0 and runs, though doesn't play anything because they haven't yet coded the software codec infrastructure. (The Archos hardware Rockbox was originally written for uses a hardware MP3 decoder.)

I haven't had a chance to play with it, though, as I have a H340, which they haven't yet started porting the port to.

Re:zerg (1)

Illissius (694708) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795710)

Site works over here. You can see their progress here [rockbox.org] .

Re:zerg (1)

ashridah (72567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11800628)

It's coming along.

Several people are working on optimising the codecs to run at >100% realtime, and others are poking at the technical issues of supporting audio buffering and playback.
There's progress being made bit by bit each day as people have spare time from work/lives/family/whatever.
Don't expect it to happen overnight, or next week, but it'll get there, probably sooner rather than later. (one codec is close to approaching 100% atm (flac i think). Tremor (vorbis) has some weird bottleneck and is stuck at 10% or so tho, needs some profiling (kinda hard on the iriver where you can't just run gprof. we don't actually have gdb yet either... :) )

ashridah

MP3 player (1)

Christoff Ka Sin Chu (839334) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795399)

I wish it could go the other way around, so you can emulate a MP3 player with any ol' Gameboy. Imagine carrying around the original Gameboy and using it as a MP3 player...oh the simplicity of the controls! It can also double as a blunt weapon.

ROMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11795468)

Isn't there something wrong with advising people to "just upload and play" instead of using their cartridges? The copyrights on GameBoy games are still in effect. Of course, there is nothing wrong with emulation (and the ability to emulate GameBoy on an MP3 player is very cool) but encouraging people to illegally obtain material to emulate should not be part of the article summary.

Re:ROMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11800902)

That's right. Emulation is un American. It is an illegal act of treason. If you support emulation, roms and mp3 you support terrorism. Terrorists use emulation to make bombs with. MP3 is an illegal type of ROM. ROMs are baned in America because they could cause terrorism. I know what I'm talking about.

Iraq is in Mexico

Alas, the end is near. (1)

tempest69 (572798) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795818)

With diligence and perseverence, and devices like this; We can finally end the scourge of productivity in our LIFETIME.

Quick someone nominate the inventor for the nobel prize.

Storm

No AV120? (1)

hobbes580 (731352) | more than 9 years ago | (#11795968)

The Rockbox firmware linked in the article only works for the Archos Jukebox and Recorder series. Has anyone heard of any similar re-writes for the Archos Multimedia AV120?

nifty (1)

mike_d85 (863298) | more than 9 years ago | (#11797055)

no, really just nifty.

Not all mp3 players, obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11797956)

Gameboy Emulation on your MP3 Player

I wouldn't hold out for a version for your iPod shuffle.

Ipod Shuffle gnuboy port (1)

advancedhair (859221) | more than 9 years ago | (#11799314)

Where can I download this?

iRiver iH1?0 remote's LCD support not in (yet) (1)

coquelicot (837668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11801579)

whole project looks great, unfortunately I can't use it (yet) on my iRiver-iH120; Rockbox does not support remote's LCD right now (my main LCD is damaged; I really shouldn't put my player into my back pocket and go the party!). As soon as remote is working, I'll give it a shot.
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