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Bugcatcher Ed
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posted 12-02-2004 05:39 PM      Profile for Bugcatcher Ed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
After my fiasco with trying to get an Action Replay specifically to save games to my PC, then finding that it doesn't save games at all, I could use some help. What should I be looking for to save gba to my pc? I have several goals:

Backup. I'd like to back up my games in case I lose the cartridge, etc.

IV determination. Figuring out my pokemons' IVs in Fire Red is killing me! I'm hoping to develop a tool to look at my save files and determine my pokemons' IVs.

Finally, I'd be interested in something similar for GBC, for the above reasons, and possibly to work out a tool to transfer G/S/C pokemon to R/S/FR/LG.

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posted 12-03-2004 02:06 AM      Profile for Magician Type 0     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You mean like a flash cart?

http://www.gameboy-advance.net/

This site has some okay information; I've been out of the loop since buying one.

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posted 12-03-2004 05:26 PM      Profile for Bugcatcher Ed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, Magician Type 0, but I don't think that's what I need. Flash carts seem to be for copying game ROMS to a new cartridge, hopefully to back up your game (although I bet a lot of purchasers use it to make illegal copies of borrowed or rented games). All I want to do is save the writeable portion of my game to my PC, both as a back up, and to allow examination of the data. If I have my save file backed up, and something happens to the cartridge, I can always get a new copy of the game and restore the save file.

[ 12-03-2004, 05:27 PM: Message edited by: Bugcatcher Ed ]

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posted 12-04-2004 01:32 AM      Profile for White Cat   Author's Homepage   Email White Cat      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I didn't have a problem doing copying game saves to my computer with the Action Replay GBA. What was the "fiasco" you speak of?

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posted 12-06-2004 01:29 PM      Profile for Rudoku     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Bugcatcher Ed:
After my fiasco with trying to get an Action Replay specifically to save games to my PC, then finding that it doesn't save games at all, I could use some help. What should I be looking for to save gba to my pc? I have several goals:

Backup. I'd like to back up my games in case I lose the cartridge, etc.

IV determination. Figuring out my pokemons' IVs in Fire Red is killing me! I'm hoping to develop a tool to look at my save files and determine my pokemons' IVs.

Finally, I'd be interested in something similar for GBC, for the above reasons, and possibly to work out a tool to transfer G/S/C pokemon to R/S/FR/LG.

Older Gamesharks had a PC save feature, but I don't think they make those anymore.

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posted 12-07-2004 03:58 PM      Profile for Bugcatcher Ed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi White Cat,

After talking to people on this forum, I bought an AR for GBA. There does not appear to be any way to even connect it to a PC. It has a place to plug into a GBA, a place to put in a game cartridge, a black button on the end, and a place on the end that can be pried off to reveal a small black switch. That's it. All it appears to be capable of doing is codes, which I don't care about. At the time, I assumed that there was more than one kind of AR for GBA. In the topic that led me to buy one, "Action replay to read R/S IVs?", MK suggested posting a detailed description of the box. I did so on 10/25. There have been no further posts on the topic.

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posted 12-08-2004 12:15 AM      Profile for White Cat   Author's Homepage   Email White Cat      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The box for the one I have says on the back:

"Includes link cable and software - download new cheat codes and games saves via the internet"
"This pack includes: An Action Replay Cheat Cartridge, PC Link Cable, and a PC Data Disc".

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Thanks, I'll start looking for one like that.
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Bugcatcher Ed, you owe me one:

http://www.geocities.com/gcintelligence/arcart.html

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Thanks, MK! So, yours looks like mine, except that it has a port on one side. I tried to locate one like that, but my local stores were out of ARs for GBA altogether. I have, however, acquired a Gameshark that has, or is supposed to have, the capability to save games onto PCs. I'm hoping the save file formats will be similar, as a straight dump seems like the easiest way to do it. Can anyone point me to a url that would have basic info, like what the codes are for the character set in R/S/FR/LG, and what format the trainer ID is stored in? Once I've saved my games, my first goal will be to locate the obvious/unencrypted stuff in the file.
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Bugcatcher Ed, go ahead and start exploring with a save file if you want:

http://www.geocities.com/gcintelligence/gcirubysavesp1.html

I warn you, there's a good chance "nothing" is easily unencrypted...

Gluck,
MK

[ 12-14-2004, 07:12 PM: Message edited by: MK ]

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