How To: Using GBCFLSH for MacOSX

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here is a quick how to for people asking how to use the mac osx cart flasher. You can Download it here.

Compatibility List: 
(if you dont see it here, it means I could not test it myself. Please let me know anything not listed so I can update the list)

Smartboy cart = YES
Non USB Bleep Bloop Cart = YES
USB Bleep Bloop Cart = YES
Gameboy Camera (read only) = YES
32m EMS Cart (read only)PARTIAL
64m USB EMS Cart (read only)PARTIAL
SB Programmer (with BB cart and SB cart) = YES
Bleep Bloop Programmer (with BB cart) = YES


Use the setting below for backing up your RAM (if it fails the first time, just try again, it seems to fail the first time, each time I use it)


When writing RAM or Flash remember to first, erase your data


After that, you should be able to write your RAM and FLASH without errors (and remember, RAM = Save File and FLASH = ROM file)


Hope this helps! Let me know.

NOTES: (updated list when new info is received)
- (bleep bloop programmer with bleep bloop non USB cart)
could read but not write anything on OS 10.4.11 But it works perfectly on OS 10.6

**UPDATE**
If you are having trouble reading the small text in the green box, you can hold apple+shift then scroll down (by holding 2 fingers for macbook owners) to enlarge it. (text in image below is REALLY big just for example)

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Anonymous said...

thx d00d

Thretris said...

no prob Anonymous

Capcomposer said...

Nice tut dude. I just tried it with my new smartboy cart. Couldn't have been easier.

GAMEBOY CARTS said...

Great stuff!

NOM STAR said...

Just got my programmer from Kitsch and total success (after a little fussing with it)!!!!

THANK YOU THRETRIS

I FINALLY pulled my .sav off my 32 EMS, which I have been worried about since i got the thing. I can't believe I finally have it backed up.

Gijs said...

cool! have been hoping for someone to make this! greets Gijs

Zen Albatross said...

Thank goodness.. I've been looking for this software forever! Thanks for posting, Thretris!

Komaru said...

Interesting- I tried getting this to work, but whenever I tried doing anything, the program gave me a generic ">Error opening COM port" error.
Are there any specific drivers I need to get? I tried searching Google, but no luck.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

Thretris said...

seems like some people have this problem, try updating to 6.0 seems to work for those people.

Anonymous said...

Somewhat curious as to where you got version 1.2 of gbcflsh. All I can find is 1.1.

Is the 1.2 source code available somewhere? The Mac version you linked won't help me...

Thretris said...

GBCFLASH is pretty much just a straight rip of the PC software that comes with SmartBoy Carts.. Find that and you should be all good. Kitsch has a copy of it hosted somewhere (since the disc is TINY and some slot loaders wont take it)

Anonymous said...

I left the previous anonymous comment. Perhaps I should have specified that I was interested in the 1.2 source code for use on Linux.

In the time since then, I finally managed to get 1.1 to compile, and have been using that with a SmartBoy without issue.

Charlie said...

i keep trying to pull the sav off of my new bleepbloop II cartridge, but to no avail, the program says success, but it turns out as just unreadable data. nor will it even let me erase any savs or load new ones. everything says "success" but nothing ever happens. :-(

cody said...

how do I access the . sav file with the version of LSDJ on my laptop?

DaPantz said...

I used a 64m EMS USB Cat with my Smart Boy Programmer on Mac OS X 10.5.8 and it worked beautifully to Read AND Write!

trash80 said...

Special Note: for Arduino users or people who have installed the VPC FTDI Drivers. You have to unload them via terminal:

sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext

and to reenable them:
sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext

Info taken from here:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:BvABIOw0a5YJ:ns2.opencollective.cc/forums/viewtopic.php%3Fpid%3D290906+gbcflsh+os+x+ftdi&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com

Teisho said...

Thank you so much trash80! You saved my live!

Anonymous said...

Hi!! I'm Japanese boy.

I bought a Smartboy cart a few days ago. But i can't write a LSDJ rom by included software on Windows. I don't know why!! Error Opening File like this message appears.

So I decided to use GBCFLSH on Mac. But i don't know how to install. I tried many times. please tell how to do!

Please!!!

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem as Charlie. Might want to update the OP as Bleepbloop v2.0 USB carts = non-compatible.

Charlie said...

so.... i went to try again after over a year of not trying..... it then gave me the com port error....(probably b/c i had downloaded new ftdi drivers for something) i made the terminal commands above into easy to run applescripts. i ran the first to unload the "bad for gbcflsh driver". then i could do my thing in gbcflsh. i was finally able to grab my savs and upload new ones... then i reached a problem. anytime i do annything with "flash"... that being anything to do with ROMs on the cart, i get the "Timeout!" error. And now i don't even have a ROM on the cart, so it does me no good. Tried loading the "bad for gbcflsh driver" again (the second apple script i made) just to see if then the ROM would work.... loaded the driver fine... but that just makes gbcflsh go back to the "ERROR OPENING COM PORT"

Charlie said...

well.... i just ran it again today about 12hrs later... i think it was just pissed off that i was making it do so much work so late at night..... works fine now... weird... but i'm happy with that.

Anonymous said...

thanks thretris!

Anonymous said...

I'm running 10.6.8, have deleted the FTDIUSB driver, but I'm still getting the COM port error. Any thoughts?

bazz said...

Since this was not working for me... I have rewrote the source code to use D2XX (FTDI driver) rather than the libftdi VCP drivers.. Let me say it is working great for me!!! I will upload and inform everyone soon..

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bazz said...

Ok guys here is my new version of gbcflsh, hopefully it helps you like it does for me :D, cause the version hosted here is not working for me.... I simply incorporated the newer d2XX drivers instead of older VCP ftdi drivers.. Check out my blog post and DOWNLOAD!! http://makeitbigyall.blogspot.com/2011/08/gb-cart-flasher-software-13-for-mac-osx.html

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Eat Rabbit said...

Thanks for this! I've been tired to use my old PC for that! Big up!

Javier Cifre Estudio Pum said...

Hello.
I have the ">Error opening COM port." message.
What should i do? It worked on PC so, its not the cable.

See ya

Javier Cifre Estudio Pum said...

Guys thanks for your attention. After i post my answer this work(on OS X 10.10.1) Murphy:
Special Note: for Arduino users or people who have installed the VPC FTDI Drivers. You have to unload them via terminal:

sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext

and to reenable them:
sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext

Info taken from here:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:BvABIOw0a5YJ:ns2.opencollective.cc/forums/viewtopic.php%3Fpid%3D290

Thnaks Trash 80

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