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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Posted 2014.01.06 14.21 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I’m still digging out of the damage and set-backs caused by the ice storm a fortnight ago. It’s slow going and stressful, and some of it is depressing.

Still, I’ve been trying to work through it, trying to keep a stiff upper lip as they say. Keep calm and carry on, and all that.

More frustrations and setbacks keep piling up though. Like the universe can’t resist kicking me while I’m down.

And I think, it seems like when my stress level reaches a certain point, it overflows and gets converted into depression.

You try and roll with the punches, try and perservere, but finally it’s too much and you realize there’s no point, whatever you accomplish will just get knocked down, so you just collapse inwards.

I was hoping 2014 would be a good year, but it’s already shaping up to be just like the rest of them.

What a let-down.

Moment of Weakness

Posted 2012.10.03 14.38 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

My handy little 4GB SD card that I use for occasional backups and to ferry files here and there accidentally let its guard down. But just for a moment!

In that brief moment I saw its weakness, and instinct took over. I pounced, and just like that, the SD card had been skinned, its inside-y bits laid out for all to see.

Interesting stuff. I assumed there’d be just a single chip in there, or more likely, one of those blobs-on-a-board. Except – damn it, now I need to get a new SD card.

Actually a few weeks ago I had dropped the card in my office then run it over with my chair – quite by accident – and was surprised to find it still functional. The chair had cracked the outer shell though, and I’ve been trying to pretend not to notice ever since… today I couldn’t resist any longer. Had to see what was inside.

Debricked Dingoo

Posted 2010.04.14 21.14 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Well I got it unbricked today at work. Then I bricked it again when I got home. So I went back in to work and unbricked it again. Grumble grumble windows-only tools.

Anyhow, here’s the deal:

The magic tool for unbricking / flashing “HK” type Dingoos, along with instuctions, can be found in this post on Dingoonity. The tool is a ‘normal’ Chinachip flashing tool, that has been patched to bypass the authorization check. Along with the tool, you need the correct lcd driver module, and the a320.hxf firmware file. There are versions included with the tool download, or you can find them online with other flasher / unbricker tools.

Follow the instructions exactly and the process will take less than 10 minutes from start to finish. It requires Win XP, and doesn’t work on 64-bit Windows. I couldn’t get it to work at home because there’s some problem with running the process on a VM. I have WinXP via Parallels on my Macintosh, but the flashing process does something on a very low-level/hardware level and Parallels gets all confused and breaks the connection.

Anyhow, once the thing is unbricked, on to the next challenge: the dreaded “HK” function (or lack thereof). Fortunately, the Dingoo community has once-more come to the rescue. Through diligent work, they have figured out the differences in the “HK” systems, and have recompiled / patched all kinds of stuff (emulators and native apps). They’ve also put the patch into the SDK so that all current / future homebrews should work too.

The fix can be downloaded from this Dingoonity thread. Just unzip the file and follow the directions.

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