Atari flashback 8 gold mod to add roms.

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Ok, I'm going to start off by saying I'm not big on doing how to threads, but one doesn't exist for this at all that I could find on Google, so I'll share how I did it. Open your console, there is a screw under the sticker on the bottom inside the hole, it's easy to miss. 5 total screws. Remove the board, controller port, front panel and power jack as one since they are soldered together. Look on the board for 6 pin holes, and notice they are marked the same as an adafruit micro USB breakout board, then forget it because those cost money and take a month in the mail and I'm cheap. I mention it because it's an option. What I did instead was take a micro USB cord, and cut the micro tip off and exposed some wire. Solder white to dm, green to pm, black to vss, otherwise known as d- d+ and ground. Do not connect the red 5v wire. Cap it or tape it. The board and PC USB have power already. Once those 3 wires are connected plug the board in and plug the USB into PC and turn the Atari on. If connected properly it shows up as composite device and you can now use adb to connect to it, because it's running Android 4.4. the folders we need are system/atgames for the all-games.ini file and system/atgames/Atari for roms and PNG files(game case). Roms need to be a26, bin works but you must change the file extension to a26, use prompt and type rename romname.bin romname.a26, the photos need to match the rom name, romname.a26.png.
I'm not going to explain adb as many tutorials exist. Before you do anything pull the ini file and make a copy in a safe place. Also keep a copy handy to edit it. As you add games you push the a26 rom and PNG to the atari folder, then you go into the ini and add the game info at the bottom, be sure to leave a space between games and read the ini to see the format to use, it starts with [rom name] and then has some defining traits below it. You can copy one and paste it, simply changing the info to match the new rom added. Save the ini and push it back to the atgames folder, rom and PNG to Atari folder, reset the system and it will show up. There are several variations for cords also, I used a ten foot cord and have it retract into the console, you could buy a USB extension cord and remove the male end, solder those wires and add a hole in the case for the female USB as an example. If you want it to read a flash drive you will need the 5v wire and I haven't tried that. I made the hole for my USB cord in the rear by heating a Phillips head screwdriver driver and pushing it through the plastic then pulling it back out quickly to ensure any excess plastic was on the inside, then used an blade to trim the excess plastic away. You will notice it ends up sitting the same as the power cable. Photos below. Hope this helps someone out there. Also, I'd like to note I don't advocate piracy, I am however an Atari fan and several big games got left out, and since I own the carts I decided I'd add them to my flashback so I could preserve the original copies. I forgot, you need to use this command: adb shell mount -o rw,remount,rw /system to make the system files writeable.
29th May 2020, 01:48 AM |#4  
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Hello, when I connect the USB to the pc, the "Unknown USB Device" appears with an error and I don't see it from "adb devices", do I have to install any drivers in windows so that it detects the ATARI flashback-8-gold "? Thank you very much for your help
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