Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Seagal posts Dingoo Centipede Emulator!

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Seagal said...

Hi, I didnt find any mail on the blog to send you some news so i let it here. [Email me here: larry@gadgetmiser.com –> now on sidebar under “Support this site”]

I coded a Centipede emulator for the gemei/dingoo, currently emulates only Millipede and has no sound, but is playable and is full speed.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?mmq0qngkzto

Regards, Seagal.

Well done Seagal, and thanks for sharing!!

Nice pouch for Dingoo

This looks like it might work well with the Dingoo, as it’s roughly the size of the bottom part of an NDS.  Only $2.57 – Grab it from DX!

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Of if you prefer *pink* click here ….

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Or black, click here!

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Or try this, which might work as well, or even better  ….

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PS – if you buy these, you help support this site … well, kind off, as DX points are pretty worthless!

Monday, March 30, 2009

What do I play now?: 100 best NES games of all time!

Holding potentially up to 12 GB is a lot of ROMS.  Factor in that the NES has close to 800 games in the full romset, and some sort of filtering is definately required!  So, don’t waste your time on crap movie conversions.  Go to http://www.sydlexia.com/top100nes.htm instead, and enjoy THE list of the NES’s best 100 games of all time.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A600 posts A320 overclocking app!

A Dingoo overclocking app has been released!

“Looks like A600 has been a busy wee bee and released his Overclocking Application for the A320.
You can nab the file HERE
Unpack the RAR and put the files in your GAME/3D Folder on the Dingoo
There are various speeds 200/336/370/400/430.
The files need to be selected and run through the 3D Game menu and when you click and run it does not look as if anything has changed. Once you have clicked on the preferred speed, cancel out of 3D game and goto Interesting game and you should start to see a difference. I noticed a real difference on CPS2 and Neogeo so far, not got round to trying it out on everything yet though.
As with all these unofficial hacks - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

Props to Bingo83 at the A320 freeforums for posting this!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Lots and lots of GBA homebrew

Kojote was kind enough to post this link on the A320 forums:

At the PDR's GBA section ( http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/Games/?page=1 ) you can find more than 400 games to be used with the Dingoo's GBA emulator. 99% of the entries come with screenshot so it's pretty easy to pick the pearls!
It's also fully legal, as all games are homebrew!

So if you’re bored of those badly written GBA ROMS, why not expand your horizons?:)

Labelled Dingoo mainboard

Here is the Dingoo mainboard again with some labels. 

The AV out chip is a Chrontel 7024b (Click for datasheet)

There are two Elpida UPD45128163G5-A10-9JF - 128M-bit Synchronous DRAM 4-bank, LVTTL chips (Click for datasheet). 

There are also 2 Samsung K9GA080U0MPCB0 2CB NAND Flash chips (Anyone know what this is? Faster/slower ram than the Elpida, perhaps?).

And of course, there is an Ingenic JZ4732 CPU (and this is a link to the datasheet for the JZ4740, which is meant to be pretty much identical).

(Right click here and save to get full picture so you can read the labels!)

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How to open your Dingoo

Inevitably, you will find yourself consumed by an overwhelming desire to see what’s inside the Dingoo.  Whether to change the battery, to work out what makes it tick, or just because it’s there, I’ve saved you the trouble!

Opening Dingoo, is dead easy, compared with say, cracking the shell on an Xbox 360.  No special tools are required – just a set of mini screwdrivers at a minimum.

First, prise off those 4 lovely rubber feet to reveal the screws underneath:

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Unscrew the screws.  Then gently prise Dingoo apart (you can see where the internal clips are in the picture below).

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Voila! Be sure not to lose the power switch, which might fall off when he case is opened!

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The battery will appear to be secured to the board somehow. It is actually stuck on to a sticky pad.  Use a flat spatula, screwdriver or tweezers and slide underneath the battery from right to left, gently lifting the battery off.  Careful, don’t go hard, or you might pull components off the board.

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Use your hands to finish the job:

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Here we go, with the battery off the sticky pad:

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Here’s a closer look at the battery, which is 3.7v, 1700 mAh:

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With the battery and sticky pad off, have a good hard look at the chipset. Right Click here and save for the full 6 Megapixel Picture.

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To access the screen, remove the 4 screws holding the mainboard down:

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Flip the board to reveal the screen.  Be careful of dust!:

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Close up of screen:

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And last, the buttons and controller pads:

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Now take a deep breath, and gently do everything in reverse to put it back together. 

(Interestingly, there was no baby in there!)

Hopefully someone can look at these pictures, say AHA!, and go on to write MAME for Dingoo!:)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dealextreme promises more Dingoos shortly

For those of you who may have been waiting, a DX rep posted the following on the DX Dingoo forum:

Fernando:

Just got a phone call from factory, the item will be back before the end of this month, so if you want this player, order now, I will get all these in 3 to 4 days!

If you’ve been waiting to order, the time is now. 

Forget the above. They are in stock now, according to Dealextreme.

Why not click here to do it, and gimme some DX points so I can get a piece of aluminium?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rockbox or Linux on Dingoo … anyone game to try?

Rockbox is alternative firmware for MP3 players.  There is a version available for the Dingoo’s chipset, which is believed to be the Ingenic JZ4732Click here to read more about possible Rockbox for the Dingoo, and if you try, probably to brick your Dingoo as well!  Still, there appears to be a wealth of information on the Jz4732 chipset on that link, which may be useful for someone who knows what they’re doing (but if you did, you wouldn’t really be reading this blog now, would you?):)

Those of you who are even more masochistic may be inclined to attempt installing Linux, which is possible on at least one Ingenic Jz4732 device (or try this link).  Then, there is this little nugget in one of the comments on this article:

Doug :
Is possible run this Linux into Gemei X760+. This MP4 uses a JZ4740 chip, but don't have touchscreen, but buttons. Is possible adapt to this MP4? Thanks

Of course the linux can be ported to Gemei x760+. You need to write the key driver and LCD driver for it. The linux source code is here http://repo.or.cz/w/jz_linux_2.6.24.3.git.

The Gemei X760+ is to the Dingoo A320 a bit like Neanderthal Man is to Homo Sapien, so this is all very encouraging. 

Um, anyone know how to write a key and lcd driver?

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another way to Dingoo Homebrew

As the Dingoo SDK is still slightly less than readily available, here is a link to another set of “development tools” for the Dingoo.

The Dingoo is a very fine GBA. The GBA development scene appears pretty evolved (albeit somewhat, ah, dormant) – so if you’ve been dying to code for the Dingoo but couldn’t quite figure out how to get the official SDK, why not try this lateral approach?

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While waiting for MAME: Dingoo running Mr Do!

One of the reasons I hanker for MAME in every system is that I want to play Mr Do!

Sure, you can probably get Neo Mr Do! to work via the Neo Geo emulator on the Dingoo, but nothing works like the pure gameplay of the original, and the best – all 175K of it! Fortunately, even without MAME, someone to whom we are all grateful worked out how to emulate the arcade ROM on the GBA. Here it is running on the Dingoo!:

Nothing beats the pure satisfaction of taking out 4 monsters in one hit AND completing the EXTRA life bonus with a single ball. Click here for the link to your own arcade emulated Dingoo Mr Do!

Tips: Megadrive extension for Dingoo

Rename your ROMS to .smd or they won’t be found by Dingoo.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HexxenOverdrive posts Gameboy Color Full Set Collection – Goomba converted and ready for Dingoo

The GBC emulator for the Dingoo does not work, IMHO, as well as emulating the GBC through the Dingoo’s GBA emulator.  I suspect it was not originally written for the A320.

The trouble with Goomba is that it can be confusing to use it.  Goomba converts GBC Roms through this interface:

Goomba

… and saves the all the converted games in a single file (you give this file a name, like “GBC.gba”). You place this file on your Dingoo, and launch it as if it were a GBA ROM.  It’s not that difficult, but it can be a tad confusing for the uninitiated, or annoying for the lazy)

Click here for pretty much every GBC game ever made, converted by Goomba, ready for running on your Dingoo (warning, ~67meg). Just unzip and place the files where you put your ROMS (NOTE: The original file didn’t work properly.  Archive is now split into several .GBA files. The A and B Roms don’t appear to work, but C to Z run fine).

Thanks Hexxenoverdrive!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dingoo888.com free of Trojans and back online!

Good news!  True to their word, Dingoo’s official site is back up, free of trojans.

Click here for the English version of Dingoo Digital’s official site.  Thanks for letting us know, Sofia!

(Not too much on it at the moment, but hopefully this will improve over time!)

A better Dingoo?

As I mention here, China is a very competitive market for PMPs.  Check this out:

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Here’s a video review (there are several reviews on Youtube):

This is the SmartQ T5II, which seems to do everything the Dingoo can, including, importantly, play GBA. Megadrive, SNES.and NEO GEO games – at least as well as the Dingoo it would seem from the video.  It has a faster chip (600mhz) and has a nifty trick (see video) which lets you connect another controller (where you’d get this though, is not clear) to the unit wirelessly, so you can play two player games, on say, your SNES.

It’s about the same size (SmartQ: 112×58×13 mm v Dingoo 125x55.5x14 mm) and 10g lighter (SmartQ 100 gm v Dingoo 110 gm)

It’s ugly as sin though, IMHO.  It doesn’t appear to have shoulder buttons. And about 107 Euro - without postage, is a bit pricier than our favourite white chicklet (the Dingoo clocks in at about 65 euro, delivered, from DealExtreme). You can check out the price and the full specs of the SmartQ and buy one here (though there’s nothing in this one for me, and it’s not a Dingoo, so don’t do it!!).

This public service announcement is brought to you in the interest of letting the market decide!  We ain’t no rabid fan boyz here, dawg!

Monday, March 16, 2009

What those included Interesting Games REALLY are

The Dingoo comes with some free games titled, very helpfully, 1001.jgc, 1002,jgc … and so on.

They live in the “GBA” folder of “Interesting Game”, which is somewhat of an understatement. It turns out that a few of these games are made by “Jungletac”, which may explain the “jgc” filenames. I assume they are GBA compatible.

They aren’t complete rubbish, either. Some are pretty playable clones of popular classics or well known games. You might not keep ‘em if you’re down to your last meg or two, but they’re pretty playable in their own right.

Here is a list of their filenames, titles and a brief description.

Filename

Title

Description

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1001.jgc Tiger Rescue A pretty tough from the top shoot ‘em up, reminiscent of Raiden. My pick for the best of the bunch. DSCF4493
1002.jgc Hero Legend Clone of Don Doko Don. DSCF4469
1003.jgc Jewel Fever 2 Clone of Columns, only it features a pirate doing it in reverse. That may not have come out right. DSCF4470
1004.jgc Pinball Fish Clone of Arkanoid DSCF4473
1005.jgc Fire Fighter You control some men with a trampoline, bouncing a fire fighter up and down to save people from a burning building. I swear it’s a clone of something.  I’d say Game and Watch “Fire”, but somehow this game seems more … colourful … :) DSCF4477
1006.jgc Pop Ball Clone of Pang! DSCF4478
1007.jgc Super Move Quest Clone of Jewel Quest. DSCF4479
1008.jgc Squirrel Bobble Clone of Puyo Pop Fever (Goddamn, these esoterically named poppin’ games and my failing memory!) Bust a Move/Puzzle Bobble DSCF4480
1009.jgc Bump Bomb I’ve never seen anything like this. You control two or more bugs which spin on their axis simultaneously but at different rates. Pressing A makes them walk, with the aim apparently being to get them to collide. Frighteningly engrossing. DSCF4481
1010.jgc Hide and Seek What would happen if Shaun the Sheep was a hustler? This is a variation of the old “which cup has the marble” game, only the idea is to pick the haystack with the sheep in it, after the haystacks are shuffled. Rather good. DSCF4483
1011.jgc Jewel Master Clone of Columns DSCF4484
1012.jgc Manic Troll You play a character who looks like Dora the Explorer and control an extending claw to retrieve coins from underground. DSCF4485
1013.jgc Rolling Cube Clone of Bloxors. A puzzle game in which you must guide a rectangular stone block along a grid to the exit on each level, viewed in isometric 3d. Challenging and fun. DSCF4486
1014.jgc Rapid Stream Pretty hard game in which you control a submarine to recover stuff along a level filled with obstacles. DSCF4487
1015.jgc Bubble Blaster Clone of Magnetica DSCF4488
1016.jgc Hot Drop You control a bubble gum blowing sprite which has to be guided to collect pink balls peppered among the clouds. DSCF4489

Click here to download an archive containing all the above games, but renamed to include each title in full.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Retrogamer2k9’s facts about the Dingoo

Retrogamer2k9 indicates that:

“The N64 can NEVER be emulated on the Dingoo. Not only because the Dingoo is way too slow for that, but also because it has no 3D hardware acceleration. But that is needed, as LLE of the N64's graphics chip has not been archieved yet (all attempts made so far are crappy and slow even on the fastest PC). Amiga is a no-go either, unless you do a very basic HLE of an A500 or porting some old DOS crap like Fellow.

and

“It runs a custom OS made for/by Chinachip, just like any other PMP with the Ingenic chip.”

Good information. Thanks retrogamer2k9!

Sega Master System/MSX/Gameboy/Gameboy Colour/Spectrum/PCEngine/Neo Geo Pocket/Sierra/Coleco Vision and Extra NES emulators for Dingoo – well, kinda sorta

While we’re waiting for the Dingoo to emulate a PSP (as kinda hinted in the Dingoo interview, question 1 :)), not to mention the N64 and Amiga:() (down boy!) Hellsing1 over at the DX forums has identified a workaround to increase the number of systems which the Dingoo can "emulate". Basically, this involves running emulators originally written to run on the GBA on the GBA emulator of the Dingoo. The mind shudders to think of what massive frame rates this might achieve – but apparently, it works well for some systems, particularly the Gameboy/Gameboy colour.

On the surface, the GBA is able to emulate a surprising range of old systems! This is the link to get the emulators: http://www.pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/Emulators/?page=1

If you just want all 18 emulators from the above page, click here to download all of them, in a single RAR archive. You’ll get in the archive a number of NES emulators which you absolutely don’t need your Dingoo GBA emulator to run.

Hellsing1 posts his best frameskip settings for Dingoo SNES emulator

Click here for the settings at www.dingoo-digital.com .

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dingoo-Digital provides further information about the A320!

Most impressively, within 24 hours of asking Dingoo-Digital’s representative over at the A320 free forums some follow up questions from our original Dingoo Digital Interview, Sofia has provided even more information on the Dingoo and Dingoo’s future plans.
The following is reproduced from the A320 freeforums. These were my follow up questions:
Hello, Sofia, it is wonderful to see a Dingoo representative here.
Today, Jim from Dingoo-Digital answered some questions for me at
www.dingoo-scene.blogspot.com about the Dingoo A320. [url]His answers are here http://dingoo-scene.blogspot.com/2009/0 ... rview.html[/url]
Jim was very helpful, and it was exciting to hear from Dingoo itself! His answers raised even more questions for us, which I hope you can help to answer.
We asked Jim:
"Will more emulators will be made for Dingoo(for example, C64, MAME, PCEngine?)
For A320 , will not make more emulators.
For other new product , maybe we could provide more emulators , such as psp emulator ."
. It sounds from Jim's answer that Dingoo is unlikely to make more emulators for the A320, but may make more emulators for "other new products." Does this mean that a new hardware model of the Dingoo is planned to be released?
. PSP emulation would be fantastic, but it would require very powerful hardware! Does this mean that a new model will be much faster than the A320?
. Finally, can we help to convince Dingoo to please release more emulators for the A320? With a 400Mhz chip, the Dingoo is fast enough to emulate most systems, like MAME, the Nintendo 64, Master System, MSX, C64, PC Engine, Amiga and the Apple II!
But even if it may not be possible to make so many new emulators, MAME would help Dingoo sell many more units! Of all the emulators available, I think MAME is the emulator which all retro gamers enjoy the most.
. Can we please ask Dingoo to at least make a version of MAME for the Dingoo?
. What operating system does the dingoo A320 run? These details may help hobbyists to release ports of other emulators, even if Dingoo cannot.
. I don't know how to port emulators to different hardware platforms. However, if someone in these forums does, could they please let Sofia know what other information would be helpful for fans to do the porting themselves?
Also:
. According to this website:
http://dingoo888.manufacturer.globalsou ... 53/OEM.htm your company is an OEM hardware manufacturer. We also know you are a maker of 3dgames for mobile platforms. Is Dingoo mainly a games company, or a hardware manufacturing company?
. Are both sites, dingoogames and dingoo888 controlled by the same company?
. When might the virus problems on the English Dingoo888 website be fixed? (Jim said Dingoo was working on it)
. How many Dingoo A320s have you sold in China, and in the world to date?
. Many people would like to download the SDK from
http://soft3d.org/ , but it very hard for non-chinese speaking people to log-in, and to find the files. Dingoo-scene.blogspot.com , or I am sure, these forums, would be very happy to host copies of the SDK on our server, if you could help us to get the SDK. Can you help?
To help Dingoo see how many potential overseas customers exist, and how many more would exist if technical support continues, I have started a campaign to collect market survey information on how many people want a Dingoo here:
http://dingoo-scene.blogspot.com/2009/03/save-dingoo-a320.html Please come by and check the results from time to time! I encourage all of you who read these forums to please take part in the Market Survey at the link.
Sofia, thanks so much for coming to these forums, and we look forward to dealing with you and helping you make a fantastic product for us fans to buy and buy!
Regards
Larry

And these were Sofia’s answers:


Hello Larry,
Good day there!
It was really glad to see that you seems have much interesting on our Dingoo A320 machine, I apprecaite that as a staff of Dingoo.
Firstly, Jim is my colleague in Dingoo, he joined this company for a long time. Some times he is my teacher. So, he is more professional than me for this moment.
Well, you asked many questions, and I’d like to choose some ones to answer since I need to negotiate business with my clients who are online and reply their mails, hope you can understand this.

Q: It sounds …Does this mean that a new hardware model of the Dingoo is planned to be released?
A: Not yet planned but will be plan. This is trend.

Q: Finally, can we help to convince Dingoo to please release more emulators for the A320?
A:For now, maybe can not. But we will keep our device be improved.

Q: Can we please ask Dingoo to at least make a version of MAME for the Dingoo?
A: I can not give you an correct answer on this. However, I already reported your advice to our Engineer team. Once I get an answer will let all of you know.

Q: What operating system does the dingoo A320 run?
A: Sorry for that I can not tell you, hope you can understand this is our commercial secret.

Q: According to this website: http://dingoo888.manufacturer.globalsou ... 53/OEM.htm your company is an OEM hardware manufacturer. We also know you are a maker of 3dgames for mobile platforms. Is Dingoo mainly a games company, or a hardware manufacturing company?
. Are both sites, dingoogames and dingoo888 controlled by the same company?
A: We all belongs to the same company. Just dingoogames is engaged in developing the games and platforms, dingoo digital product(which I am working in, the website is www.dingoo888.com and http://dingoo888.manufacturer.globalsou ... 53/OEM.htm)is a company producing and selling game consoles which based on the support of Dingoo games. Hope this time you can be more clear now.

Q: . When might the virus problems on the English Dingoo888 website be fixed? (Jim said Dingoo was working on it)
A: We will concentrate on fixing it and make it recover asap as Jim told you. You know, many hackers we consider who are assigned by our competitors will never give up to harm it perhaps.

Q: How many Dingoo A320s have you sold in China, and in the world to date?
A: Hmm, it is business secret in some sense. Just can tell you we are the strongest comepititor of Sony PSP in China and our montly production is 30K pcs and will surely increase in future.

Q: . Many people would like to download the SDK from http://soft3d.org/ , but it very hard for non-chinese speaking people to log-in, and to find the files. Dingoo-scene.blogspot.com , or I am sure, these forums, would be very happy to host copies of the SDK on our server, if you could help us to get the SDK. Can you help?
A: Well , this is really a problem as we all realized it already. And, our company will try to work out some other places for down loading the SDK. Of course we will make it in English language as well. And for now, we only responsible to help the clients who brought the machine directly from our company to get the SDK in the way they told us which ones they wanted in English and we sent the links to them. So sorry for other fans !

Finally, I thank you for all our our Dingoo fans’ supports! And wish to work with all of you to explore the international potential market! Thanks Larry again !

Sofia

I can understand, and completely respect, Dingoo’s position on the need to manage and protect their trade secrets. The last thing we want to do is to affect the viability of the product for the company which bests understands it, and who is best placed to support it.

I believe that anyone who is concerned about future support for this product can take a lot of comfort this this is a company which cares about its product, and which is trying to listen to fans of the Dingoo A320. This dialogue is very healthy, and instantly, in my opinion, puts Dingoo-Digital streaks ahead of the countless number of other PMP/console makers which exist in China.

Dingoo have released a product which deserves to succeed on its merits, because it has a highly competitive feature set for its price. Ultimately however, for fans of products like these, it is only ongoing development and support which will turn it from being “just another forgotten Chinese clone” into something which will stand the test of time.

I am very pleased from the communication we have had over the last few days that there are people behind the product who are listening and working on the very issues which have been the subject of so much forum discussion. Anyone holding off on buying one because they fear ongoing support and development may be non-existent can now, I think, put this thinking to rest.

Thank you to both Jim, Sofia and Dingoo-Digital, and we look forward to continuing helpful dialogue, and to the ongoing success of this product in the future!

Gameboy Colour Emulator for Dingoo

This is a link to the Gameboy Colour Emulator for the Dingoo. Just copy it into the “Game” dir on your Dingoo.

Thanks to Retrogamer2k9 from the DX Dingoo forums!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dingoo representative at a320.freeforums.org !

Sofia, a representative of Dingoo, is now available at http://a320.freeforums.org/ !

This is her post:

Hello every one,

Good day there!

This is Sofia from Shenzhen Dingoo Digital Product Company. Thank you all of you have so much interesting on our Dingoo A320 firstly! And , I'd like to be your friend helping you to know this item well.

Our company is really a leading manufacturer of 3D game consolers in China. I guess all of you already knew this ,right? ^_^ Thus, I hope I can do as much as possible to lead you feel easy on A320. Also, I expect to discuss and share with all of you in order to improve my professionality.

If , any of you need to buy this for try or wholesale, it will be my greatest honor to service for you ! P.S:My email address is : sofia@dingoo888.com"

Have fun !


This is an excellent development!

Any other questions for Dingoo? Join the discussion at this thread: http://a320.freeforums.org/hi-let-me-introduce-myself-t15-10.html#p63

Support the Dingoo A320!

Read the post below this first!

It's no surprise that no new emulators appear to be planned for the A320. Reading into the Dingoo Interview, and knowing there are hundreds of these products on the Chinese market, it is probably the case that the Dingoo A320 is just another model number, with a limited product lifespan, in a very competitive market. Plus, there's the whole world financial crisis thing!

In the midst of a financial crisis though, what better than to buy a little, affordable piece of joy like the Dingoo? This is the perfect picker upper to gloomy times.

So, though it's certainly nowhere near extinction at the moment ....



I honestly don't think Dingoo themselves appreciate what a gem of a product they have in the A320. This is the little PMP-Emulator that COULD!

But capable or not, we have to face facts that the A320 will inevitably die, unless WE do something about it.

What can we do?

The best way to show there is a Worldwide Market is to order one, so don't delay, just buy one now (and why not click here to support this site)!

And then, take a second to click on the Dingoo Market Survey on the sidebar.

  • If you have a Dingoo, the first reply will help to establish the size of the Western market!

  • If you intend to buy one anyway, unconditionally, or conditionally, select an answer, to help prove to Dingoo that there is a big market out there to be tapped, and that better ongoing support will mean more sales!
The survey will help Dingoo Digital to determine how many are out there, and how many more they might sell - and therefore, whether they should continue to develop this product!

Sadly, I'm expecting numbers in the low tens, to respond, which will pretty much put this campaign for the Dingoo in the grave, so please gather together and prove me wrong!

Exclusive Dingoo Digital Interview

Dingoo-Scene recently put some questions to Jim, a spokesperson from Dingoo Digital. The following are the questions and answers received:



Dear Larry

Thanks for your email.


1. Will more emulators will be made for Dingoo(for example, C64, MAME, PCEngine?)

For A320 , will not make more emulators.
For other new product , maybe we could provide more emulators , such as psp emulator .


2. Will the existing emulators continue to be improved? (for example, the SNES emulator, for example, is a disappointment to some
people)

Yes. will be continued to be improved.


3. Will new firmware be made? What is the planned release cycle? Will this provide new features?

Yes, new firmware will be made, to make the system more stable. I don't think so it will provide new features.



4. How big is your research and development team, working on the Dingoo A320 firmware, emulators and software?

15 for firmware, emulators , 40 for 3D games.


5. Are you working to fix the virus and trojan problems with the English dingoo888 website?

YES.


6. Where is the best place to obtain the software development kit for fans to make their own software?

Pls visit: http://soft3d.org/ , could DL kit to develop 2D and 3D games by fans for A320 , but the website is chinese.



Thanks
Jim


I must admit to being disappointed with the thought that new emulators appear unlikely. On the other hand, it is excellent to hear that the emulators and firmware will continue to receive ongoing support, and that Dingoo has a substantial R&D team working on this product. Thank you also to Jim for clearing up exactly where the SDK may be found, and for all his time!

Any thoughts or comments on the above?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Download Dingoo SDK here

Click here to download what is apparently NOT the Dingoo SDK. (see the comments - this may be for the Gemei A720, as it happens). Warning - it's about 173 megs in size!

However, from the Dingoo interview, it is now confirmed that the Dingoo SDK is at: http://soft3d.org/

Further, Dingoo representative Sofia has the following to add so hopefully, it will be easier to access for non-Chinese readers soon:


"Q: . Many people would like to download the SDK from http://soft3d.org/ , but it very hard for non-chinese speaking people to log-in, and to find the files. Dingoo-scene.blogspot.com , or I am sure, these forums, would be very happy to host copies of the SDK on our server, if you could help us to get the SDK. Can you help?
A: Well , this is really a problem as we all realized it already. And, our company will try to work out some other places for down loading the SDK. Of course we will make it in English language as well. And for now, we only responsible to help the clients who brought the machine directly from our company to get the SDK in the way they told us which ones they wanted in English and we sent the links to them. So sorry for other fans ! "

If anyone can use it to write MAME, all our base are belong to you!

Is great English language homebrew just around the corner?

7 April 2009 UPDATE: Get the SDK and other Tools from the links in this post!

Tips: How to load ROMS from MiniSD

The Dingoo user interface looks great, but has a few ... interesting approaches to user experience.

The emulators, in particular (of course, this is not the MAIN reason anyone buys a
Dingoo - it's CLEARLY the E-book feature which gets us hot and sweaty:)) are launched in a peculiar way.

In fact, launch is not really the right word - there is no menu item which says "Start SNES Emulator", for example, or "Start NEO-Geo Emulator". Instead, you just go straight to wherever your ROMS are, and the relevant emulator self-launches when a compatible rom is selected.

So, that's the general idea.

A. This is how to launch ROMS from the internal memory:

Go to Game center -> Interesting Game ->

Select the folder where your ROMS are (eg: GBA) ->

Launch ROM!
But where are the 8Gigs of yum yum ROM goodness you put on your Kingston mini-SD?!!

B. This is how to launch ROMS from a Mini-SD Card:

Go to Game center -> Interesting Game ->

Press LEFT when on this screen ->

Then press LEFT again while on this screen ->
Then select Mini-SD from this screen ->

Select ROM Folder on Mini-SD ->

Then select and launch ROM!

Not the most intuitive thing in the world!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dingoo spotted in the wild - for $400!

The following Dingoo was spotted in a shop window in the Chinatown of Sydney, Australia, for a mere - for Australian $400. As at the date of this post, purchasing from DealExtreme would save you about, oh, 296%! That's a pretty good return in these pressing financial times!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dingoo running SNES Earthbound Rom

Ask and you shall receive!

By popular request on the DX Dingoo forum, this video shows the Dingoo running Earthbound via the SNES emulator. I had to film the output on a TV screen as my camera wouldn't clearly focus on the Dingoo screen at close distance. However, you can see from the various menu shots that this is not a fake and that the game is really running on the Dingoo's SNES emulator.

video

I don't know this game at all (looks good though), but it seems to be running well to my untrained eye. On the poorly regarded SNES emulator too!

Reasons to love your Dingoo: Rubber Feet

There are plenty of pictures of the front of the Dingoo. However, flip it over and look ....


... yes, right there, on each corner: rubber (or a viable substitute, anyway) feet.

These aren't hard plastic nubs like on a DS or PSP; these are little buds of grippy traction, and I swear they go some way to absorbing minor shocks too. Or anyhow, they feel nice when you place Dingoo down, and stop it from slipping off angled surfaces, which helps with video viewing.

It's the little things in life! No other portable console I know has rubber feet.