RG351V Custom Firmware Guide (351ELEC, ArkOS, TheRA)

RG351V Custom Firmware Guide (351ELEC, ArkOS, TheRA)

If you’re looking to improve the user experience for the Anbernic RG351V, custom firmware is the way to go. Let’s look at the three new options available to you, how to install them, and figure out which one is best for you.

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Fix the “Format Disk” Windows 10 Error (EmuELEC, ArkOS, 351ELEC)

Fix the “Format Disk” Windows 10 Error (EmuELEC, ArkOS, 351ELEC)

Do you get an error that says “You need to format the disk in drive [letter] before you can use it” when putting in a multi-partition SD card? This video will show you how to remove drive letters from your SD card partitions so you just see the partitions you want. Additionally, I’ll show you how to make unassigned partitions appear.

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Undertale on RG351P & RG351M

Undertale on RG351P & RG351M

Last updated: 22MAR2021 (see Changelog for details)

Today we’re going to install and play Undertale on the RG351P and RG351M thanks to the AnberPorts app. Installing this game is a little tricky, because it uses assets from the Linux version of Undertale. In this guide I’ll show you how to extract those Linux files using a Windows PC.

Note that AnberPorts now works on both ArkOS and 351ELEC starting today, but the 351ELEC version is still buggy (for example, Undertale won’t launch yet).

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New ArkOS Update: Dreamcast/Saturn Improvement for RG351 Devices!

New ArkOS Update: Dreamcast/Saturn Improvement for RG351 Devices!

Today I’m excited to show off the new RetroRun frontend update for ArkOS, which dramatically improves Sega Dreamcast performance on the RG351P, RG351M, RGB10, OGA, and more. It also provides significant improvements to Sega Saturn emulation, even making a few games actually playable 🙂

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Guide: Handheld Screen Settings for RG351 Devices

Guide: Handheld Screen Settings for RG351 Devices

Last updated: 06APR2021 (see Changelog for details)

There is a lot of different options available to you when you play handheld systems like the Game Boy or Game Gear on the RG351P or RG351M. So in this guide I’ll walk you through how to set up overlays, shaders, colorization, and ghosting in order to accurately recreate those original handheld systems.

Note that these instructions are specifically for the ArkOS and 351ELEC custom firmwares. If you are using the stock firmware, you can generally just follow the ArkOS instructions, but I would recommend you check out my firmware comparison guide and make the switch to one of these.

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Guide: DOOM (+ Mods) on the RG351P

Guide: DOOM (+ Mods) on the RG351P

Last updated 02DEC2020 (see Changelog for details)

Getting the first two DOOM games set up on a new device is a rite of passage. Heck, even the latest Nintendo Game & Watch device has been hacked to play DOOM. Luckily, no complex hacking is required to run DOOM on the RG351P, because the RetroArch PrBoom core is already loaded on your device, ready to send you back to 1993.

So in today’s guide we’ll show you how to set up DOOM on the RG351P’s many operating systems, how to tweak the settings to your liking, and how to run DOOM mods as well.

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ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

Last updated: 13JAN2021

Fresh off the heels of 351ELEC, another RG351P operating system is now available. This one is called ArkOS, and it has some features that may make it my favorite operating system yet.

The developer who created ArkOS is not new to RK3326 chipset devices like the RG351P, as they had previously developed an operating system called TheRA-NTFS that was used on similar ODROID GO ADVANCE handheld devices (and clones). But there were enough deviations from TheRA-NTFS to warrant a new name, and now we have ArkOS (Another RK3326 OS).

What I really love about this OS is that it has a lot of quality of life features: online updating, 32-bit and 64-bit userspace, background music, and screensaver options. So let’s dive into this OS and show why I think this might be the best one yet.

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