XBuyer's Guide for the Confused and the DS NewcomerZ vers. 20.xX i'm doing this guide for obvious reasons, suggesting what to buy. i happen to do it a lot on this here forum. actually, i started out [like many others] asking what they suggested i buy. i must add that i will be biased towards m3 products because that's all i currently own and i have yet to see fault with them. i use windows too, wanna fight about it? m3 products seem reliabe and are highly recommended by most sites/random people(gotta slightly trust random people). also, i have little to absolutely no experience with other brands (my friend has a supercard!). i will not cover the max media dock unless someone can give me a good reason to do otherwise. in short: don't bother. IMPORTANT NOTE:***SUPPORT (NINTENDO) IF YOU WANT MORE EXCLUSIVES SUCH AS DRAGONQUEST, MAPLE STORY, AND FINAL FANTASY (SERIOUSLY XD). ENJOY YOUR DS!!!*** now onto the guide. pre-note: when i say "continue to PART-XZ" for example. press ctrl+f and type in "PART-XZ" to find it quickly in the guide. >you must first ask yourself some basic questions. the first set will be designed to see if you want a slot-1 device, a slot-2 device [maybe with passme], or sometimes, both slot devices [....or neither nor, you'll see]. 1. do you want to be able to play GBA backups and/or homebrew? 2. do you want to be able to play NDS backups and/or homebrew? if you answered yes to the first and second question, continue to [ PART-A ]. if you answered yes to the first question and no to the second question, continue to [ PART-B ]. if you answered no to the first question and yes to the second question, continue to [ PART-C ]. if you answered no to both questions, continue to click the [ back button ]. [ PART-A ] "twice the fun on twice the average number of screens of most consoles. that's like... 4!!!!!!!" >you now have some more questions to answer to: 1. do you want an affordable way of getting both gba and nds backups/homebrew on your ds? -OR- 2. do you want to pimp out your ds and put as much money needed (not tooo much) torwards this goal to get the absolute most out of it at the moment? if you answered yes to question 1, continue to [ PART-A1 ]. if you answered yes to question 2, continue to [ PART-A2 ]. [ PART-A1 ] what you are looking for is a slot-2 device and a passme card*. slot-2 devices go into the bottom of your ds(where a gba game-cartridge would). you have many options as far as these go. for the sake of reliability and performance, you should get the latest model of something with the name 'supercard', 'ez flash', 'g6', or 'm3 perfect'** attached when searching for a slot-2 device. as far as passme's go, the only one i'm familiar with is the passcard3 and superkey. as long as the passme is compatible with your ds version (original, lite, or both) it should be fine. with these slot-2 devices you will also need some kind of external memory***. which is usually sd (secure digital) or cf (compact flash). *note: i will not discuss flashing for now. this makes passmes obsolete, if you have one in the first place. **note: m3 pro series will NOT run most gba backups. ***note: the g6 lite has internal memory of 512 megabytes(MB) (4 gigabits(Gb); 8bits(b)=1Byte(B)), it can not be expanded upon. ******note:recently, the ezflash v: 3 in 1 has been released, it is a compliment to the ezflash v [a slot-1 device] but some programmer(s) out there have made it compatible with other slot-1 devices. it has the capability to run gba backups [downloaded from slot-1; it can not take external memory and always needs a slot-1 device to download from], it can be used for rumble [with 3 settings], and it can be used as the ram expansion pack for the ds browser [with a patch done to the browser backup]. -Recommendations: original ds: m3 minisd perfect and passcard3. takes minisd. ds lite: m3 lite perfect and passcard3. takes microsd. told ya i'd be biased towards m3. now check out [ RECOMMENDED-HOMEBREW ] [ PART-A2 ] you have chosen to pimp out your ds. congratulations! this set up requires a slot-2 device and a slot-1 device. for the sake of reliability and performance, you should get the latest model of something with the name 'supercard', 'ez flash', 'g6'*, or 'm3 perfect'** attached when searching for a slot-2 device. slot one devices go into the top slot on the ds and are usually the size of a NDS cartridge. the options for slot-1 devices include, but are not limited to: the r4-revolution for the ds, supercard ds, ds-xtreme, or m3 ds simply. there are other slot-1 devices, but they may be unreliable and/or ill-supported. both the slot-1 and slot-2 devices need some kind of external storage. slot-2 devices either use sd (secure digital) or cf (compact flash). to my knowledge slot-1 devices only use microsd or have internal memory. *note: the g6 lite has internal memory of 512 megabytes(MB) (4 gigabits(Gb); 8bits(b)=1Byte(B)), it can not be expanded upon. **note: m3 pro series will NOT run most gba backups. *random* note: with this set up you can browse the internet using the ds browser backup and a patch, as long as you get either an m3 perfect slot-2 device or supercard slot-2 device (non-rumble). no more switching out for the ram expansion pack (sell it on eBay; well, i traded mine for some stuff ^_^). *random* note 2: the slot-1's devices aren't quite up-to-date yet with full homebrew compliance. check here for a bunch of details on the m3 ds simply and its compatibility (applies for r4 as well). good thing you have a slot-2 device >_^! -Recommendations: original ds and ds lite: m3 lite perfect and: m3 ds simply -OR- r4-revolution for the ds(i'm torn since they're clone-like). all take microsd. ^recommended for both original ds model and ds lite. why? because the m3 lite perfect (for me anyways) comes with a GBA cart-sized shell that would fit in the original sized ds and because both devices take microsd. *convenience* now check out [ RECOMMENDED-HOMEBREW ] [ PART-B ] "GBA is great!!!!!! it's like the original game boy, but advanced!!! or the gameboy pocket, but advanced!!! or the gameboy color, but without *#%&in ugly colors!!!" your options are simple and you obviously appreciate a great system with a great game library. you will need a slot-2 device. yes slot-2 devices can be made to play gba only. it does NOT need a passme to operate in standard gba-mode. you have many options as far as slot-2's go. for the sake of reliability and performance, you should get the latest model of something with the name 'supercard', 'ez flash', 'g6'*, or 'm3 perfect'** attached when searching for a slot-2 device. just make absolutely sure in the features that it will play gba. with these slot-2 devices you will also need some kind of external memory. which is usually sd (secure digital) or cf (compact flash). *note: the g6 lite has internal memory of 512 megabytes(MB) (4 gigabits(Gb); 8bits(b)=1Byte(B)), it can not be expanded upon. **note: m3 pro series will NOT run most gba backups. -Recommendations: original ds: m3 minisd perfect. takes minisd. +add a passcard3 and you can play ds backups/homebrew! ds lite: m3 lite perfect. takes microsd. +add a passcard3 and you can play ds backups/homebrew!(also recommended for original ds in case of consideration for upgrading to package mentioned in PART-A2) m3 fanboy... >_> <_< now check out [ RECOMMENDED-HOMEBREW ] [ PART-C ] jgarces07= The shoulder buttons on my DS (not Lite) are not working. Any advice? nintenut= This is going to sound a bit odd, but it works, put your lips around the trigger and blow really hard, it works. -note: LMFAO. you probably have an extensive library of beaten gba games that you don't have the time to go back to, or you simply don't care for gba (wtf is wrong with you?!)... you are indeed looking for a slot-1 device. slot one devices go into the top slot on the ds and are usually the size of a NDS cartridge. slot-2 devices with passme's are now no longer a viable option due to the convenience and price of slot-1 devices. your choices are simple. the options for slot-1 devices include, but are not limited to: the r4-revolution for the ds, supercard ds, ds-xtreme, or m3 ds simply. there are other slot-1 devices, but they may be unreliable and/or ill-supported. they either take microsd's or have internal memory. take note: 8 Gigabits(Gb)=1 GigaByte(GB); 8bits(b)=1Byte(B). don't be fooled by bits, they are the standard for internal memory. you are likely more accustomed to bytes, which is 8x larger and is the standard for external memory. *random* note: the slot-1's devices aren't quite up-to-date yet with full homebrew compliance. check here for a bunch of details on the m3 ds simply and its compatibility (applies for r4 as well). -Recommendations: original ds and ds lite: r4-revolution for the ds. takes microsd. -OR- m3 ds simply. takes microsd. with a slot-1 device in your ds, you may also want to check out the benefits of also having a slot-2 device in your ds covered in PART-A2. also, the ezflash v 3 in 1 looks like a promising slot-2 compliment to slot-1 devices. Objection! are they the same? well, it doesn't ~say~ m3... Hold it! i'm being bias... but hey! check this out ↓ [ RECOMMENDED-HOMEBREW ] added because hardware is only as good as the software it runs. also, just to help those new to the scene and asking: "WtF, the ds can play videos!!!?!???!?! sweeeeet!!!!!" ~some links courtesy of DCEMU BEUP -a msn im client that will run on your ds. it has many features that the desktop version has such as smilies, drawing, buddy list, and, of course, instant messaging. i use the NOFAT version on my simply because it seems to be the only one with smilies included(not inside a seperate folder). DSORGANIZE -a pda-like app capable of file browsing/editing. it has a calendar, built-in irc, recording capabilities(create a new text document on the ext memory for your device of choice, rename it to *something*.wav, now you can record on it), plays mp3, supports other audio files, planner, scribble pad, calculator(scientific too), etc. check out the author's blog for other stuff. MOONSHELL(jap site; use translator) -media player capable of playing many file types: mp3, midi, jpg, gif, png, bmp, video that has been converted to dpg (look up dpgtools and batchdpg), etc. it is also the only homebrew that can also launch other homebrew (for me). this is nice because it has built-in protection from launching bad homebrew that may make your ds a useless chunk of plastic (with 2 sexy screens) aka a bricker. PHIDIAS -a drawing app for the ds. OMFG!!! YAYYYYYY!!! (i'm a former Picto-artist...) DRAW -another drawing app, buggy and i can't seem to save images. but still fun and with more features than phidias. perhaps they should exchange notes? DSAIM-newer vers. may be later in the thread. -much like beup is an msn client for your ds, dsaim is an aim client for your ds. it is not as polished and its connectivity is rather poor, but useful nonetheless. and we all know someone who uses aim... EEPINATOR -it's kind of like rein but it has dldi and support for gba sram [not eeprom or flash; therefore some gba titles won't work]. click the link for more details. SAVSENDER -a little program that is also like rein but instead uses wifi and your computer to backup saves. instructions and small discussion [ SLOT-2 ONLY ] DS GO -go (old japanese board game) on the ds. not really full-featured and doesnt utilize much of the ds's abilities [at all], but it beats carrying a go board and 361 stones ^_^. DIPSTAR -used to cheat on games. versions above 3.50 will NOT work on WiFi games at all. instructions and small discussion REIN - from dl.qj.net -grab/injects saves from/to original ds game carts. instructions and small discussion [ SLOT-1 ONLY ] SIMPLE GBA MODE SWITCHER-needs slot-1 device AND slot-2 device [or gba game cart] -boots to gba mode from inside a slot-1 device (such as when your in the ds menu and you tap/select the gba icon). useful because you can boot gba games and slot-2 devices in gba mode without having to remove your slot-1 device and thus bypassing its auto-boot. i use it for the middle button on my simply. you must also have a slot-2 device or gba game inserted for this to work or else your ds may explode. just a theory... [ DLDI PATCHING ] the homebrew programs listed may need dldi patching to get it working: resources here. thanks to chishm and drunkencoders for dldi. crazy aussie...^_< -notes: get win32 gui; "binaries" means the file you need patched; get the dldi file that matches your adapter type; m3 ds simply uses the r4 dldi named "r4tf.dldi" [ BUY FROM... ] http://www.divineo.net/ -worldwide shipping, based in china, UK, U.S.A. http://www.nxpgame.com/ -U.S.A. shipping, based in U.S.A. http://www.kicktrading.ca/ -worldwide shipping, based in canada http://www.gp2xstore.com/ -worldwide shipping, based in U.S.A. http://www.winsunx.com/ -worldwide shipping, based in china http://www.modchipstore.com/ -worldwide shipping, based in U.S.A. http://www.realhotstuff.com/ -worldwide shipping, based in U.S.A. http://www.consolesource.com/ -worldwide shipping, based in U.S.A/canada? http://www.flashlinker-shop.com/ -worldwide shipping, based somewhere europe (heh) [ GUIDES ] mr_hanky's M3 Guide mr_hanky's M3 DS Simply Guide (also applies to those with the R4) Venom5880's EZIV Guide pakixd's Supercard Guide [ TERMS ] slot-1: the top slot of the ds. it is where ds games/devices can be inserted. slot-2: the bottom slot of the ds. this allows for backwards compatibility with GBA game cartridges/devices. backups: the rom file of a [ds] game, copied from an original cartridge. they can be downloade from places such as [ds.rom-news.org]. -note: never post links directly to pirated material. you may, however, post links to sites that may [or may not] contain pirated material. homebrew: programs used on the [ds] for things such as... -see: recommended homebrew. dldi patching: dldi stands for "Dynamically Linked Device Interface" for whatever reason. it is basically a standard for homebrew programs that makes homebrew compatible with the drivers of all possible devices out there. instead of making it so a different version of a program has to be made for each device, one can simply just patch it to work [...most of the time, also dldi may not apply to older programs; even some newer programs don't use dldi]. XbusterZ note: this is my first released guide for anything. let me know what you think and recommend fixes/products/homebrew/such; and if you have questions, feel free to ask. someone else may answer them!