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I got pretty bored, so I will make a guide for everything you will want to know about the the Gp32.

First off, what can this machine do?
-Emulates countless systems, Genesis, NES, SNES, GB/GBC just to name a few
-Play Ogg's & Mp3's
-Watch movies
-View pictures
-Read ebooks in .txt format
-Play hundreds of free homebrewn games
-Dozens of helpful programs,

What emulators are good? This is a list of my personal favorites
Genesis
DrMd
Snes
Opensnes9x
Nes
Little John
M.A.M.E.
MAME GP32
Gb/Gbc
Fgb
Sega Master System & GameGear
Fsms32
NGPC
Neogp32
GBA
Gpadvance
PCengine
GPengine
Commodore 64
Frodo
WonderSwan
WonderBoi32
Atari ST
Castaway
Atari 800
Atari800

What are some good Ogg players?
OggVorbis
Yogg

What are some good Mp3 players?
Theres always mp3player and GpMad, both available here http://gp32eu.com/gputilities.php
Gpmuzic

What program do I use to watch movies with?
Theres always Gpcinema which is free at www.entware.com, recommended
Another option is Moviepark

How do I encode movies?
http://www.btinternet.com/~waystation/, good link for gpcinema encoding.
http://faq.gp32emu.com/ This is a link to a guide to encode movies for moviepark, which works fine with gpcinema.

Some good image viewers?
I use Imageviewer, which is also available at http://gp32eu.com/gputilities.php.
GP Viewer 1.1

What files can I read ebooks in.
.txt is the only file you can read ebooks in.

Some good text readers are
lazyreader
Textreader
GP MP3 Textviewer, has mp3 music in the background

Where can I get ebooks in .txt format?
http://www.gutenberg.net/
http://www.blackmask.com/page.php?do=page

Homebrewn games?
There are hundreds of homebrewn games, many of them are at pdroms.com
Just to name a few that are very worth checking out.
Gp finalwar
Tie break
Balktoid, (breakout clone)
Gpspout
Crazy Jack

What are some ports?
BOR, dozens of mods are available
Doom, ported by craig, many mods for this as well
Rick Dangerous
KOF
Pang
Gianas Return

Where can I get free Gp32 games?
You can get free gp32 games from the following links.
www.pdroms.com
www.gp32eu.com
www.gp32spain --> archivos
www.gp32x.de --> right hand side

What are some utilities I can use?
Maps of Paris, Lyon, and more
Currency exchange program
Paint
Text writer
Gplinux

Well, I want to make games, but I don't have any coding knowledge
Theres always a way to make games without code knowledge. Some game makers are

Gigas engine
Zot
Fenix
Virtual Novel System
BOR

I heard something about internet capabilities.
Unfortunately, the Gp32 can not surf the web. I don't think I need to explain it any further.

What would you recommend me getting? The Gp32 flu is $10 cheaper what to do?I and many other people recommend the Gp32 Blu. You can see much more clearly, in the sun, it may not be as effective, but nontheless, its still a much better choice.

What size memory could it hold?
The Gp32 can hold any 128mb or lower smartmedia card, 3.3v

What about overclocking.
All Gp32's can clock to 133mhz, but many do overclock even higher, even as high as 220mhz. Well whats the difference? Just speed. Does this waste a significant amount of battery time? Yes, but very little. The only way your garaunteed to get a 166mhz or a 180mhz is purchasing your Gp32 at gbax.com. If you have one and want to upgrade yours, http://console-fix.co.uk

How do I overclock?
The program ussually gives you an option to oc how high you want, like opensnes or fgen32.

How do I know how high I can overclock?
Programs like clockspeedtest gives you an idea of how high you can overclock. Try opensnes and set the speed to 166mhz. If you last 10-15 minutes on it, your good at 166mhz. If it freezes instantly, or freezes in a few minutes, you can't overclock that high.

So what do I do first?
First you need to format your SmartMedia card, from you gplink program on your pc, go to file-->format. Then just install your programs.

There are so many folders, what to do?
There are 6 folders, I only use 1 folder though. The directory GPMM:// is the one you mainly use, you install all your games and such there. The instructions in the program will tell you if you need to use other folders.

Is it easy to install programs?
Its rediculously easy, all you need to do is copy the files you want, then paste it into the folder you want, .zpk files are installed differently however.

How do I install .zpk files?
Installing .zpk files is actually quite easy. All you need to do it go to your Gplink program then go to file-->install, then fine the .zpk file and install it. As easy as that.

Battery life
The battery life is great, it lasts around 5 hours with a Gp32 Blu with the light on.
For a Flu its about 5-7 hours with the light on, and for a nonflu its around 12 hours.

What are some good file launchers?
Yafl, My favorite
Windups, similar to windows
Pacrom

What maximum size for backgrounds?
The pictures can be no larger than 320*240.

What are chatboards?
Chatboards is a keyboard accessory for the Gp32. A few programs are compatible with it, hopefully many will be in later years.

List of programs that have chatboard support
GpQuake
Sarien
Bobtron
Castaway
Speccyal K
Atari 800 v0.5
Kronos
Gplinux
Edgepad
Frotz

Upcoming ones
Windups
Yafl
Doom

What are Rf-links?
Rf-links is a gp32 accessory to link up to 4 people wirelessly. Some emulators are supported, gpengine allows 2 and a few of rylehs emulators work as well, they do have glitches though..

I want to dev, is it really easy?
Developing for the Gp32 is easy, or so thats what people say. If your looking to develop, this is one of the easier handhelds to develop for. C++ and C no VB.

Getting started:
http://gp32eu.com/dev.php

What are some pros and cons?
Pros
Large homebrewn scene
Emulates most classic systems well
Large and hi resolution screen
Good price for what your getting
Mp3 & Video Player
Nice battery life

Cons
Low amount of commercial games
Bit bulky
Maximum amount 128mb and only SmartMedia cards
Very difficult if no Internet connection

What are all the accessories I need?
Gp32
Usb Cable, (comes with the Gp32)
SmartMedia Card
2 AA batteries

What are extra accessories?
Chatboard
Rf-link
Card reader/writer
Carry Case
Glass screen, gp32z.com

Where can I buy a gp32?
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, try gp32z.com, recommended
Well if you live in the UK I would say gbax.com or lik-sang.com

Where do I purchase games?
At the moment, you will rarely find any games being sold onto SmartMedia cards, lik-sang.com carries a few, but other than that, you won't find any new ones.
You can always purchase downloaded games at www.entware.com

List of most developers with webpages
Akuma no Houkon
Aquafish
Dalto - unknown
Dark Fader
Daz Genetic
DjWillis
Don
Don Miguel
Drummaster
falken80
Flavor
Guyfawkes
Hooka
JyCet
Kojote
Matkeupon
mr.mirko
Nazca
NiN^NiN
no_skill
Pirotic
Rattboi
Reesy - Unknown
Rlyeh
RobertJ
Sdw
Skeezix
Slubman
Spiv
Squidge - unknown
SvOlli
Synkro
The Wub
the-Diabologic
_tyrell_
Woogal
Yaustar
Yoyofr


Links to other news sites
www.gp32.com
www.gp32eu.com
www.gp32spain.com
www.gp32emu.com
www.gp32news.com
www.gp32world.co.uk

Links to Gp32 mod sites
www.cobbleware.com
www.reloded.com
http://www.faq.gp32emu.com/

Links to purchasing a Gp32
www.gp32z.com
www.gbax.com
www.lik-sang.com

Links to Irc channels
--> EFnet
www.gp32
www.gp32dev
www.gp32news

Still not interested
Your still not interested? Your not interested in an emulating juggernaut, mp3 machine, picture viewer, text reader?

Your not interested in developing programs such as these?
Gpadvance
Gpquake
Gplinux

Your not interested in these specs?

Dimension/Weight 147mm X 88mm X 34mm(163g)
Display 3.5" Reflective TFT LCD(65,536 concurrent colors)
Resolution 320 X 240 pixel
CPU 32-bit RISC CPU(ARM9)
RAM 8MB SDRAM
ROM 512K
Sound 44.1Khz 16 bit Stereo Sound / 4 Channel Wav Mixing, 16Poly S/W MIDI Support / Earphone Port / 2 Speakers
External Storage Medium Smart Media Card (SMC)
Wireless Multiplayer Gaming 4-Channel RF Module
PC Connection USB Port Connection
Power Supply 2AA batteries (12 hours use time between charges) / DC 3V Adapter
Option Rechargeable Battery
Controls 8-way directional pad (joystick) + Durable 6 key button
MP3 Capability MPEG ( ¥°, ¥±) Audio Support
Other Add-on Applications Image Viewer, Text Viewer, Media Player, E-Book Viewer
RF Module 2.4GHz ISM Band

Not interested in a design such as this?

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Then by all means, look into something else. :p

My personal about the opinion, its perfect, great price, everything you would want. Mp3's movies, Games everything. Go to www.gp32z.com and buy yours today. Nothing more to be said. ^_^
 
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I would be nice also to mention OggVorbis in addition to mp3, because compared to mp3 you can get more music with better quality on the same SMC space.

Greetings,
SvOlli
 

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I would have approved it this morning if you'd waited :/ Nm, pinning this one. It's better than mine that's for sure ;)
 

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Add PANG to the 'ports' section please, or does it qualify as a remake?

And when you say pictures, do you mean the avi picture or the jpeg pics.
Cuz jpeg pics can go up much highter then 320x240
 

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I slowly realised how much of a plug this is. I'm not sure it's a good idea to have an advertisement as a newbie's primary source of info. Remember the crap with GBAX's "review" which said the GP32 could run GBA back when it was about 5 games at 2 fps? That said, it's still well written and perhaps the best singular source of info, just maybe think about linking gbax and lik-sang as well as gp32z ;)
 

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I gotta hand it to him though

putting recommended next to his GP32z.com thing is cunning

magazines for GP32

DLWD
or
GPM
or
GP32Zine
or
Pintsized, recofuckingmended
 

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Great FAQ, thanks for it. It's great for a newbie like me, I don't even have the machine yet and im drooling for it already :)

I give this FAQ 8,5/10
 

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mattmagoo posted on Sep 10 2004 at 03:24 PM said:
I gotta hand it to him though

putting recommended next to his GP32z.com thing is cunning

magazines for GP32

DLWD
or
GPM
or
GP32Zine
or
Pintsized, recofuckingmended

He does that all the time and its godamn annoying hearing "oh that game can only be fully enjoyed with a chatboard, come to GP32z to buy 10!!!!"

Also, Pintsized is kinda crap but thats just from the first issue which was short. No offence.
 
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lmao

it was sortof a test

i know i can twrite for bollox (why i would want to write for bollox is beyond me)

you will be glad to here issue 2 prolly wont exist

i tried DOOM wadding................got bored
tried a magazine .................. got bored
tried BOR modding................... got bored
tried listening in Maths class ...................... got bored
tried opening my GP32 up ................. got bored (it's still opened up gut out)
 
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