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Debricked Dingoo

Posted 2010.04.14 21.14 in Computers/Internet/Technology

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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I Gotta Dingoo

Posted 2010.04.14 7.34 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I got me a Dingoo. It’s suposedly an open-source generic handheld gaming computer. Designed and made in the People’s Republic.

I managed to brick it in about an hour.

I’ll try and unbrick it today. Then maybe I can have some fun with it.

Pictures of Things

Posted 2009.08.23 13.53 in Hobbies, Photography

Another Sunday, some more photos. I decided to switch things up a bit today, I wanted to take pictures of things, man-made things, rather than landscapes. Further, I wanted to take photos of old things, and I decided to be all faux-moody and use a monochrome filter. As with previous expeditions, all photos were taken with my trusty 30mm f/1.4 lens.

My first stop took me to the Great War Flying Museum, which is housed in a small hangar and adjoining building at the Brampton Flying Club. The museum is an interesting spot which we’re fortunate to have here in Brampton. They have a number of flying planes from WWI in the hangar, and some very interesting stuff in the museum. Unfortunately the planes were bunched up close together making photos difficult, and all the really keen stuff in the museum was behind glass which further hampered my efforts. Still, it was a fascinating place and I have a very nice chat with two of the volunteers there, Richard and his wife.

From the Flying Museum, I went northwest to the Cheltenham Brick Works, a semi-abandoned set of buildings that had been in operation up until the 1950’s. This proved another photographic disappointment as the really interesting stuff is all kept safely out of public reach via chain-link and barbed wire.

Finally I visited the old abandoned Peel Memorial Hospital. In many ways, an abandoned run-down hospital is rather sad. Particularily when it’s the nearest hospital to my home, and I visited it as a patient as recently as 4 years ago… surprising how fast things fall apart when left alone.