FlashcartHelper -An open source Windows utility for flashcarts

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Ron, Aug 26, 2011.

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Aug 26, 2011
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    Ron It Begins

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    Current State of FlashcartHelper:
    The DS Homebrew/Flashcart/Piracy scene is essentially dead. I simply don't want to work on it anymore, the removal of Filetrip's latest version links did not help. The Visual Basic version is also a mess of code, and I've learned much better coding practices since then. However, when the 3DS gets hacked, I'll be sure to code a tool to assist the various types of newbs that shall pop up. The Wii scene has ModMii, the DS/3DS scene will have something else. As well, I've seemed to have picked up Java as my language of choice due to coding Bukkit plugins. If I do code a program, it'll probably be in Java, meaning that it'll be platform-independent, unlike FlashcartHelper2, which BTW, you can grab the source off googlecode and compile it, it works perfectly fine. However, the old versions should continue to work as long as FileTrip continues to resolve the latest version links. Who knows? Maybe I'll be able to work out a deal of some kind.




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    This is FlashcartHelper, an Open Source Windows utility for Flashcarts.
    Always run FlashcartHelper in its own folder. Otherwise, you may loose data, FlashcartHelper may delete folders and files when installing a firmware, such as the DSTT firmware. Also, to ensure that no errors are made during the install process, FlashcartHelper will automatically remove all .7z , .zip , .rar ,and .txt files in its folder on start. This is to ensure that you can start going on your Flashcart as soon as possible.
    The Latest stable (recommended) version of FlashcartHelper is 9
    Download FlashcartHelper Here

    Latest experimental build of FlashcartHelper is (Use Stable Build)
    Download from SVN repository
    No support will be provided with experimental builds unless you are a BETA tester. Sign up for BETA testing by sending me a PM with your email address

    Please DO NOT mirror my downloads, instead, link to this post, the Google Code page or the FileTrip link


    FlashcartHelper is your flashcart, simplified™
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    FlashcartHelper downloads all the required files for your Flashcart, directly from filetrip, so FlashcartHelper will always stay up to date, think ModMii, except for the DS. In fact, it's very very similar to ModMii, just for the DS. FlashcartHelper could be considered the "successor" to Cicada a relatively unknown program that I made about a year ago. FlashcartHelper fixes many of Cicada's flaws, such as writing directly to the microSD, or relying on custom repacks of firmwares. FlashcartHelper downloads directly from the "official" filetrip link, if possible. This means that, newbs can download the latest wood R4 version on their cart right after AW uploads it on filetrip. FlashcartHelper uses the 'Put This in root of SD card' system that ModMii uses, so it doesn't write directly to the MicroSD, thus less risk of data loss.


    FlashcartHelper can also download the Panasonic formatter and eNDryptS advanced, NDSTokyoTrim to trim your roms, and the DS-Scene rom tool to get the latest Cheat Database.



    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    FlashcartHelper supports many popular flashcarts, including,
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    Supercard DSTwo (Downloads latest EOS and plugins)
    Acekard 2i/2.1/R.P.G (Downloads latest AKAIO)
    R4 Revolution (Downloads latest Wood)
    DSTT/DSTTi (Downloads latest RetroGameFan DSTT update)
    R4i Gold (r4ids.cn) (Downloads latest Wood for R4iGold)
    R4iDSN (r4ids.cn) (Downloads latest Wood for R4iDSN)
    CycloDS EVO/iEVO (Downloads Latest EVO gui) (For iEVO, downloads bootstrapper program)
    iSmartMM
    EZ5(i)
    Assorted R4 Clones
    Supercard DSonei
    iSmart Premuim
    EDGE/iEDGE
    Many R4/TT clones that can use RetroGameFan's updates
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    FlashcartHelper will not, can not, and will never download commercial roms in any type or form

    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Included with FlashcartHelper is wget.exe, 7za.exe and unrar.exe. These are all free and open source programs. Once you start FlashcartHelper, they'll show up.



    FlashcartHelper uses the batch command language to do it's task, making it easy to modify and update.


    Special Thanks to..
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    GBAtemp
    Aijelsop for testing
    Themanhunt for testing
    Anyone else who volunteered to test my pre-release versions
    retrogamefan for letting me use his multi-cart updates
    The Supercard Team for Supercard EOS
    The Acekard team for making the acekard
    Normmatt ,Smiths, gelu, ywg and the rest of the AKAIO team for making AKAIO
    ywg for making Wood R4/RPG
    Filetrip for hosting downloads
    The R4 Team for making the R4
    The R4ids.cn Team for working with ywg to make Wood R4iDSN and Wood R4iGold
    Moonlight for Moonshell
    SolidSnake for eNDryptS Advanced
    A Gay Little Catboy for M3 Quad-Boot




    Known Bugs
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    Major Bugs

    Minor Bugs

    If you found some, post it at http://code.google.c...per/issues/list



    License and Source
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    FlashcartHelper is licensed under GNU GPL v3. The source is available at the svn repo at
    http://code.google.com/p/flashcart-helper/...tate%253Dclosed
    and a copy of the license is available here
    http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

    Coming Soon in the Next Major Update
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    The next major update will be version 0.9

    Add support for R4 clones using RetroGameFan's updates (Mostly Done)
    Add Moonshell+Romloading





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    *Note: Due to my name change, I will start publishing FlashcartHelper under the name "Punyman", slowly phasing out ron975. You can still call me that though, I still use the "ron975" persona :P. Just to ease any confusion that might happen.
    The reason being, is that this piece of software is mainly for GBAtemp, and it'll always be at filetrip and Google code first.
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    dicamarques Definetely not Bruce Wayne.

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    Nice! [IMG]
    Im going to test it now
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    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    Wow, that's quite convenient for new flashcart owners. Nice work.
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    Ron It Begins

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    Thanks [IMG]

    BTW, if anyone wants to suggest something, just post an issue on the googlecode page
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    Team Fail Don't screw with me, kid.

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    Wow. Nice job. It's like ModMii for the DS. I'll recommend this to all my friends that use Flashcards.

    lol I never did see that you had said it was like ModMii in that post. lol Still, it is very useful for many people here. I might see what homebrew it has access to.

    Edit: You should add Ez Flash 3-in-1 utilities.
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    Mbmax Homebrew addicted

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    Doesn't support the ez5i. [IMG]

    Btw the coming soon statement makes me happy. [IMG]
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    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

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    If only this came out years earlier.

    Excellent work, this will be truly useful for them noobs
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    acemaster1993 New Member

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    You need help I never had a problem, and I have had many different flash cards r4, edge, iplayer that's not a flash card, acekard2i they are easy to set up all you have to do is type the name of the flash card into Google, yahoo, Bing, AOL or any search, download the newest firmware or OS from the official website drag it into the SD.

    Come on people you just drag and drop files or folders, if you have problems doing that you must have trouble getting dressed in the morning, your getting young in you old age mister or misses, this is simple and stuff please.

    This program it just a space taker, do you need all that stuff NO! I think not, this program it not needed, it's like Doggles those goggles for dogs.

    Dog says please take the goggles off my face I look funny, then dog says I hate my life, please let my pass next year from some defect and prays to doggie god, and doggie god says to dog, so you can live with out pain from theses people? I will free you from your pain, instead of a year a month. Doggie says thank you! I am free in 30 days.

    sad is it?

    The moral is
    If you did don't put the goggles and leave them on a dog the does not like it, passes on.
    If you don't use a program that is not needed you have more space.
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    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

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    ... i was with you at the beginning, but that analogy was just... weird

    and it's either this or the noobs ask us for every step
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    Fyrus Artilleur Carmin

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    Maybe this program is not needed for you, but that doesn't mean others would find an use in it.

    If you find it's a "space taker", then don't download it, no one forces you to get it.
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    Fredrica Bernkastel Twitter: @antoligy

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    This reminds me of a tool I made back in '09, CheatUp.
    Only vastly superior in many ways, good job with this!


    (Might I inquire as to how you're getting the direct links from FileTrip?)
    EDIT: nvm, just checked source
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    Fishaman P Speedrunner

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    I thought "ModMii for DS" even before the OP said it.
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    Hielkenator New Member

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    I don't really see the need for this but, cool app anyway.

    Also I want to report a bug:

    Akaio download hangs.
    Also it would be nice to actually download Homebrew with this. Instead of just linking to Filetrip.

    Actually A website with links would do the same as this program does....
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    I cannot wait for the R4 clones support to come up, greatly appreciated [IMG]
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    Themanhunt New Member

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    Due to the fact that it is now running of an exe it popps up as a virus, BUT IT IS NOT! Norton 360 thinks it is with its SONAR technology and an exception in its security must be made for it to work. (The only way to get round this is to also offer a non-exe version.)

    Using the "What do I do, I need help!" function does not work. Tried renaming it to "Readme.txt" but that doesn't work. License reading also does not work.

    The function to redownload the package from the program gets stuck at 47%

    Confirmed. Hangs at 71%
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    Team Fail Don't screw with me, kid.

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    I'm backing this up too. I've had it hang at 30% and 70%.
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    EVERYTHING hangs for me. Downloading Akaio, redownloading the program...

    Suggestion, add an option to download the cheat db as well. Of course, you may already have, but as the downloads hang, I never see the option.
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    Mazor Z80 master arch

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    Interesting project.

    The command line version of 7-zip handles rar files, is there a specific reason for why you're not using this functionality?
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    When I use 7za, It doesn't like it when it processes rar files, and I just went "screw it, just use unrar"
    As for the CheatDB, there are so many, I don't know which one is which, since the gbatemp cheat database is no longer updated. If anyone could give me a link to the latest cheat database, that would be great.
    EZVi support will definitely come in the next version, but not this one. As for the hanging, this version uses start /wait now, so that might fix it. If not, then it's filetrip's fault. It works perfectly fine for me.
    Anyways,

    FlashcartHelper v0.5.6
    I was gonna add automatic updates, but, the script would work randomly, so I just decided to cut it

    http://filetrip.net/f26064-FlashcartHelper-0-5-6.html


    Well, yeah, but you'd need to know quite alot about php. What would take 5000 lines in php could take about 1200 lines in batch code
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    There were half a dozen slot-1 cards before the R4 was even announced.

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