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Shane Monroe
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Attended Wenatchee High School
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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RetroArch on Shield
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Looks like RetroArch has been updated a bit since I last tried it. That is a recent build, I take it?
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There's a war on our hobby.  There's a war on all things sacred.  They are kidnapping our IP's in the night and selling them like $5 whores to the masses.  
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How is it that ELO isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
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Good question, man....
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Understanding KitKat and the microSD card ...

Apps and games can only alter files and write to folders in the ones that they create.  They can READ from them all, but they cannot update any files in a folder they didn’t create nor can they create new files in any folder they didn’t create.

At first glance, this doesn’t sound very restrictive, does it?

Consider this.  Let’s say you have a really fun NES emulator that you love and have been happily using under Jelly Bean (Android 4.3).  You have a microSD card with a folder in it called ROMS and within that is a folder called NES.  Within that folder you have Mario Bros. and a couple other games (which of course you rightfully own – no piracy going on here).  Your fun NES emulator is loaded with features; it can used ZIPped rom files, it does save states while you’re playing – and even more.

You take the update to KitKat.  At first, all seems right with the world.  Some of your games work, but others crash the emulator all the sudden.  Your save states load, but when you try to save a new state, the emu crashes again.  What the heck is going on?  Maybe your NES emulator won’t even run anymore.

This was all because of KitKat’s security changes to your microSD card.  Games that were already unzipped loaded and played fine, but ZIPped ones couldn’t because the emulator tries to unzip them in the same folder (it didn’t create the folder, so it can’t write to it).  You can load your original save states because KitKat allowed it to read the .sav files – but you can’t create new ones because KitKat won’t let it write them to the folder.  Your emulator might not even RUN anymore because it saved it’s own config file info in that folder, and on startup it tries to update that config with a “last run” date and time – which crashes the emulator completely.

This isn’t fantasy.  Every one of these issues plagues at least one emulator out there.  You’ll be happy to know that the superior and highly reviewed by my site emulator series by Robert Broglia (aka .EMU emulators) are all KitKat ready and will continue to run as they always have.

Of course, as time goes on – more and more apps will become “KitKat friendly” but chances are good your existing, well-groomed microSD card is going to have issues with KitKat somewhere along the way; and you may not even realize it or at the very least understand what is causing the odd-ball behavior.

As with all shortcomings of Android, this one can also be fixed if you’re willing to unlock your Shield’s bootloader (which will re-reversibly void your warranty; oh, and wipes your device) and root the device.  If you’re cool with losing the warranty and you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, rooting offers a lot of return on investment.  Not only can you fix the KitKat permissions issue (by using the free app SDFix, right from your Shield) but you can also gain all the other benefits of root access.  I detailed the big ones in an article on my other site, Review Lagoon).

Hope this helps someone.
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No I mean you used to give me crap for recording and posting in portrait...
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Plex on the Asus Cube ... And my cat...
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My lil one took over and watching netflix.
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Wish they did that in the UK :)
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Client/Server Programmer
Skills
Web applications development
Employment
  • Maricopa County
    Client/Server Programmer, 2003 - present
  • InfoImage
    Client/Server Programmer, 1998 - 2000
  • U.S. Navy
    MM2/SS, 1989 - 1994
    USS Trepang, USS Alexander Hamilton
  • Computerland
    PC Tech / Programmer, 1995 - 1998
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Phoenix, AZ
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Wenatchee, WA - Portsmouth, NH - Orlando, FL - Charleston, SC - Groton, ct - Careywood, ID
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Host of RetroGaming Radio
Introduction
Known as Shane Clark in high school. Computers, video games, martial arts and theater are just some of my interests.
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Second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, Certified Martial Arts Instructor, RetroGaming Radio podcast host
Education
  • Wenatchee High School
    Drama, Debate, 1984 - 1987
  • Wenatchee Valley College
    Computer Science, Drama
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