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Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by rami7250 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:40 pm

Hi,

I wonder- do the "ODROID-GO ADVANCE" have the ability to Remove or Add games?

I want to buy it as a gift for my son, but i want first to know if it has the ability to delete/add more games into it.

I have MCITP and Programming background.

Big thanks!
Rami

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by odroid » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:59 pm

Game ROM files must be stored in the microSD card.
But you need a Linux PC to access an EXT4 partition at this moment.
https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid_go_advan ... _game_roms

We eventually make a way to copy ROM files from a USB storage or remote scp via USB wireless/wired adapter.

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by mad_ady » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:24 pm

@odroid Here's an idea. Have a startup script (called by systemd), (or called by udev whenever a usb filesystem is mounted), or a part of tobetter's odroid-config that calls rsync and copies over new stuff from the usb drive to the sd card automatically. It will be fast because it only copies over new content, doesn't delete stuff from sd by default (so you can add only one game in /roms and it will get copied on boot).
The script could use the status led or the screen to display progress...

There's no need for the average user to mount the sd card in linux.

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Unread post by crashoverride » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:40 pm

mad_ady wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:24 pm
Have a startup script (called by systemd), (or called by udev whenever a usb filesystem is mounted), or a part of tobetter's odroid-config that calls rsync and copies over new stuff from the usb drive to the sd card automatically.
That is how RetroPie does it. The script is here:
https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Se ... e_copyroms

The ideal solution is a file manager. RetroPie uses Midnight Commander (mc), but its not well suited to the display size on GO Advance. Suggestions from the community for alternative file managers are welcomed.
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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by meveric » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:06 pm

Midnight Commander is based on the Norton Commander for DOS and is for non graphical interfaces (same as DOS) therefore it normally performs rather well on small resolutions.
I doubt there's much alternatives for it.
You can check here: https://www.tecmint.com/linux-terminal-file-managers/
but they mostly mimic the same look and feel.
Maybe nnn is an alternative, but it uses tons of key combinations same goes for ranger.
They are not very user friendly.
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Unread post by rooted » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:35 pm

I think copying from USB to SD based on a startup script would be great, if the ROMs are correctly formatted it should only take a few lines of bash.

If the device had OTG it would be ideal.

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by kamots » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:45 am

I'm working on a file manager app that will make moving from/to a USB storage device easy.
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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by Paspartout » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:21 am

Maybe the easiest way is to Port DinguxCommander: https://github.com/retrofw/dinguxcommander

I also thought about porting ogo-shell and adding file management capabilities but I am too busy at the moment.
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Unread post by jutleys » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:57 am

That's a good idea Dinguxcommader is great and lightweight gets the job done duel pane views.

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by mad_ady » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:11 pm

mc has a "learn keys" feature that can help you bind keys around.

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by leethobbit » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:45 am

As a Windows user, what is my easiest route? I was thinking of just plugging the microSD into my PC and loading games via a Linux VM in VMware. Any problems with going this route?
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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by mad_ady » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:07 am

It should work, but you need to passthrough usb to the VM. Also you may need to do the copy as root to avoid permission issues

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Re: Ability to Remove or Add games?

Unread post by crashoverride » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:41 am

leethobbit wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:45 am
As a Windows user, what is my easiest route?
Network support was added to the latest reference image still in testing. This allows you to connect to the GO-Advance via wifi or ethernet and manage ROMs using a Windows compatible network share.
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