Anbernic RG280V/RG280M Setup Guide

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Setup Guide

This setup guide assumes you want to start from scratch, with a brand new branded SD card and you will be providing your own ROMs & BIOS files.

We’re going to be installing the Adam Image CFW, as that’s the best option for this device.

Head to the Adam image Github page here, and download the most recent release – which should be v2.1. You want the file labelled adam_v2.1.img.xz.

Extract that file. You can do so in Windows by right clicking it, and selecting Extract All then the Extract button. You’ll see a new extracted file called adam_v2.1.img.

Download Rufus, which is a program that allows us to flash this image onto an SD card. Download the portable version.

Connect your SD card to your PC using a branded SD card reader (recommendations above), and open Rufus. Make sure that device is your SD card, should match the same size. Click SELECT on the right and navigate to the file we extracted, and select it (adam_v2.1.img).

Click Start and let it do its thing. When it’s done, navigate to Windows File Explorer and you want to open that SD card drive.

You should see a file called select_kernel.bat. Double click to open it and you now need to select your device model from the list, just enter the number and push enter.

Safely eject the SD card and insert it into your device and you’re all set.

Using the second SD card slot

If you want to use two SD cards, so one for the operating system and one for roms, you can do so at this point.

First, using Rufus, format your second SD card as FAT32 or Large FAT32.

Connect your SD card to your PC using a branded SD card reader (recommendations above), and open Rufus. Make sure that device is your SD card, should match the same size. Change Boot selection to Non bootable. Make sure that File system is FAT32 or Large FAT32. Click START.

When it’s done, you’ll have a blank FAT32 formatted SD card.

With the device off, insert both SD cards (from here on out, the OS SD card should always be inserted) and turn on the device.

Let it load in and you can now shutdown. Either push and hold the power button or use the START+A hotkey.

Connect your second SD card to your PC. You should see a bunch of folders populated and setup, and now you can add roms & BIOS files following that section of the guide.

Adding ROMs & BIOS

Connect your SD card to your PC.

Head inside the roms folder, and you should see a bunch of folders for all of the systems that the device supports.

It should be pretty self explanatory at this point, but you want to move your ROMs for each system into the corresponding system folder.

For BIOS, head to the bios folder. Inside of this folder is where you would put your BIOS files.


You can find the full list of hotkeys here, on the Adam image Github.

Other, FAQ, Ports etc.

The Adam image Github has everything you need, on this page, just on the right. Enjoy!

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