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Visual Boy advance

Visual Boy Advance is a very popular Game Boy Advance emulator. It supports Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. These games are come in the forms of ROMS. There are then loaded and played. It uses 3 rendering engines in the linux version, They are OpenGL,Cairo and Xvideo. It includes some useful features including fullscreen, image filters, save, load, screen capture, key mapping, frame throttling, and some extra sound and video configurations.


Installing is done by getting Package through the AUR. The current package can be found here


There are a couple known issues during installation

Segmentation Fault When trying to run VBA after an install you may get this after typing in gvbam.

Failed to open audio: Fragment size must be a power of two Segmentation fault

A workaround for this is editing the configuration file.In the directory /home/<USER>/.config/gvbam

In the Display Section of the config file

changeing the line from



output=2 or output=0

Has been known to fix the problem.

Also the Directories for which VBA will search for the game saves and ROMs can sometime revert back to the defualt setting. If prefer to keep you saves and ROMs in a specific directory you may want to edit the config file in /home/<USER>/.config/gvbam. In the Directories section simply enter in your preferred directory like this.

[Directories] gb_roms=/home/generic/Documents/VBA/ROMs gba_roms=/home/generic/Documents/VBA/ROMs batteries=/home/generic/.config/gvbam saves=/home/generic/Documents/VBA/SAVES captures=/home/generic/Documents/VBA

Als make sure your new config file is saved as "config" and not "config~".