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XG Flash 2 Lite Review
This review makes comparisons and refers alot to the XG1 as they are very similar in design etc, you may also want to read the XG1 review here.
The XG Flash 2 Lite (known as XG2L) is the successor of the XG Flash 1 and comes in two cartridge sizes; 128M and 256M, a 512M and 1G cart is to be released shortly. The Linker is similar to the XG1 linker and connects to the PC via a USB cable (USB v1.1 and v2.0 standards compatible).
Packaging is much like the XG1 set, a cardboard box with plastic container securely holding the Linker, Cartridge and USB Cable in place, you also get a GBA screen replacement with the XGFlash2 website name on the bottom.
Installation of the XG2L is fairly easy, simply connect the USB Cable and Linker to your PC and wait for the found hardware window to appear and follow the details to install the drivers which are supplied on the floppy disc.
I didn't have any problems with installing the mame roms drivers, I also had the original XG1 drivers installed which didn't cause any problems. You should be aware that the XG2L drivers are not compatible with the EZ2 and F2A USB drivers and you will only be able to use one device at a time due to driver conflicts. Like the XG1, no documentation is supplied so new users may not know how to do a standard install of hardware.
On the supplied floppy disc is the XG2 Flash Manager software which is
used to read/write to the cartridge. The software is regularly updated so
check the homepage for the latest version. I am currently using version 2.20 which has the
majority of features usually found in other programs. Unfortunately the
XG2 is not compatible with LittleWriter, although the XG1 is supported the
XG2 uses different drivers so LittleWriter fans may be disappointed.
Again, no manual or documentation is supplied or available for the
software which may cause problems for first time users. But the software
is very straightforward to use so you shouldn't really have any
The hardware saving feature allows you to run EEPROM and Flash save types without patching them. For the majority of games this seemed to work fine but there were some games that simply refused to work such as the new Mario and Yoshis Island.
I tried several mame roms games for the reset feature and it seemed to work well, the manufacturers don't claim that every game will work with the reset feature as not all games are compatible for various reasons. It should also be noted that a new program has been recently released which allows the reset trick to be used on any cartridge type such as the Flash Advance.
Now onto some bad news. PogoShell, a popular program originally for the Flash Advance cartridges, is unfortunately incompatible with the XG2L. The Flash Advance is better suited for mame roms PogoShell because of its save management problems, while the XG2L doesnt have these problems (saves are handled automatically) it would still be nice to see support for PogoShell as it has many other uses.
There was problems with some XG1 carts loosing saves overnight. While I never had this problem a few people did so I thought I should address this issue. I tested the XG2 with four different game saves over a period of four days and the saves were still there during this time. This problem was apparently fixed in the second revision of the XG1 so hopefully there shouldn't be any more issues on this.
Flashing a full 64M ROM (I use the Ice Age Trailer in speed tests) took 101 seconds compared to the Flash2Advance taking 115 seconds on average, strangely its not as fast as the XG1 of 92 seconds on average. A comparison table of the majority of linkers/carts times can be found here. But please remember that this is an average time so it may be faster or slower depending on various factors.
There isn't really alot of changes to justify upgrading mame roms from an XG1 to an XG2L, the reset feature can be done on any other cartridge so this is not really a major difference. The new software is nice but this is also available (without some features) for the XG1 so again no big difference. The only change that sticks out is the hardware saves which is not perfect and a larger CPLD capacity which will allow larger cartridge sizes in the future. Having both the XG1 and XG2L I find it hard to see any big difference between the two apart from being able to buy a larger cartridge, it almost seems as if the XG2L is just a repackaged XG1 with new software.
You can buy the XG Flash from Gameboy-Advance.net available as a 128M and 256M set (mame roms cartridge, linker and USB cable) or separately.
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