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 Post subject: Hand held Daphne? I'm thinkin' so!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:12 am 
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Ok, so some of you may already know about this, but I was pretty geeked to find it eariler today. It's a new handheld that is A.) Open source, and B.) Runs Linux native. It also has support for a ton of different media types. And I quote:

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To sum up the GP2X:

It can play games. It can play your Movies. It can play your music. It can view photos. It can read Ebooks. It runs on just 2 AA batteries - And it can do all this in the palm of your hand or on your TV screen.

Yes that's right, this handheld can connect to the TV, console style. Watch your DivX movies on the TV. Play emulated classics on the TV. Try big screen Quake. Or just play them all on the GP2X's large 320*240 backlit screen. You get the best of both worlds.

It runs the free Linux operating system. This means a whole world of Games, Utilities and Emulators are at your disposal. Quake, Doom, SNES, Megadrive, MAME, Media players and Applications to name just a few.

It's powerful - Two 200mhz CPU's with 64meg of RAM, custom graphics hardware and decoding chips. Takes SD cards and has 64M of NAND memory. Plenty to play with. One of the most powerful and advanced handhelds today.

That means it can play movies without any re-encoding. Just put them onto an SD card. Any size. Any resolution. No messing about. The GP2X scaling chip will resize to fit the screen. No other handheld can do that.

It's cheap. Just £124.99.

It's open. You want to develop your own games for the GP2X? Go right ahead. The SDK is included with the system free. Not since the days of the Amiga has a system been so easy to develop for, commercially and for fun.

The GP2X isn't just another wannabe be Gameboy. Its a whole different design. A whole new idea for a handheld games system.

But wait, we're not new to the scene. Heard of the GP32? An accidental experiment in an open source handheld that went right. Some 30,000 units were sold worldwide, mostly in the UK and parts of Europe. The machine has an astonishing following. The GP2X is the successor.

We hope you will enjoy it.

-Craig Rothwell


Ok? Ok... So here is a few sites to peruse for more info:

http://www.gbax.com/ The main site and where you can order one (I ordered mine today)

http://www.gpx2.com/ I think this is also the actual company that makes it...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gp2x Lastly, the Wikipedia entry on it.

So here's my thinking. I'm thinking that this thing will play Daphne right out of the box. See what you think. Get a big enough SD card for your MPEGS or alternatly compress them enough to fit on a smaller card and you should be good to go. I for one am really geeked about this.

Handheld Daphne. I.E. Handheld Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, Cliffy, etc!

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only thing that concerns me is the 200 mhz cpu! A 200 mhz intel cpu would not be fast enough to handle the mpeg decoding generally. Maybe if a really low bitrate mpeg was used at a low resolution, it could work ...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:49 am 
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Wow! that looks like it would be a fun toy!

I emailed the US Vendor to see how far away it is... they are still
taking preorders.

Dont know much about linux, but I'm willing to learn to get stuff
running on this thing!


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I hear that. Well, even if it won't run Daphne, it'll still be uber-cool. I for one am anxiously awaiting.

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Yes, it definitely looks cool. It would be very handy for those long vacations :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:08 pm 
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Dude, it'll be cool for those long bathroom breaks at work. You know the ones... You don't really have to go but you tell your boss you do and you're in there for a half hour. You splash some water on your face and rub your eyes so you look tired and sweaty and come out saying something like, "Man! I never should have had that fourth burrito!" Your boss is suitably impressed and you still got to read or play GBA or "whatever" for the last thirty minutes. And you got paid for it!

Oh.. Is that just me?

Darn.

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hahahahaha


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:21 pm 
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Can't wait....

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Still waiting.

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Well? Did you get one? How is it? :)


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Just got an email on Friday saying that my unit was on the way! Can't wait.

I'll let you know.

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Got it! It's here! Joy, joy joy!! And now I see that you're ready to undertake the Daphne-Handheld project! Dude! Anything I can do to help, consider it done if it's within my abilities! Geeked!

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 Post subject: well... ?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 3:18 am 
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:)

Okay.. its been 4 days... and no review of this thing yet?!?

How do I know if I want one or not!
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