a "Bad Batch" Acekard , what to do??

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May 23, 2010
  1. shineek
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    yesterday ive got and acekard for my birthday and it turns out to be one of those bad batch , so i have some questions
    1.should i return it on warranty , because it goes under one of the warranty points that says that the bought product has to meet the specifications , and this one clearly dosent .
    2.i know that there is a firmware for this , but it runs slow as hell , sometimes dosent save , sometimes dosent load , and has hell lot of slowdowns , probably because of the fat32 . so are there any good news if i returning it on warranty would fail ?? or did my friends lose their money on something that works worse than a dslinker , or any other of those older crap.
     


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    return it. tell them it's a bad batch and you need a new one.
     
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    Your other issues are more likely to be with the MicroSD card, not the Acekard. Make sure you formatted it with the Panasonic Formatter.
     
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    panasonic formatter dosent do a fat32 format , it does a fat format , and the new official firmware says to make a format to fat32 in other words to the same partition type the old flash cards like dslinker worked .
    so its clearly not what the specifications say , where it is written that i buy a dslinker in an acekard cover .
    its like buying a dvd player that can only play cd's and cant play dvd's .
     
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    There are tons and tons of posts on here with MicroSD card issues, many of which have been solved by using the Panasonic Formatter.
     
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    Official firmware 4.21 should work just fine for you until AKAIO 1.6 RC3 gets released, which will fix the problem as well. Other problems are most likely not kernel related.
     
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    Actually, panasonic sdformatter can format in FAT 32.
    It's a "smart" app that choose automatically the clusters size and FAT type (FAT for 2Go and smaller SD & FAT 32 for 4Go and higher SD).
    You definitely should give it a try.
     
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    but i have a 2 gb micro sd so panasonic formater will format it to fat not fat32 .
     
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    Have you tried formatting it with the Panasonic Formatter, then installing the Acekard 4.22 firmware fresh?

    Remember they are Chinese, they will be errors in the Readme and on their site from the Translation to english.
     
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    What you don't understand is that if your SD is 2 Go, you don't need to format it in FAT 32.
    Just use SDformatter, you'll see the result.
     
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    ...He just fucking explained it to you...
     
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    Formatting and reformatting may not help. If you have a ANY china SDHC sandisk, that might be your issue. They have very slow read speeds. In every test I've done. NONE of the china sandisks I bought read speed exceeded 8 mb/s or performed well with any of my acekards.
     
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    its a kingston card , and on fat it dosent load any games even on the 4.22
     
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    Is it china made? Or Japanese. If its Japanese (or not china), I can't help you. I don't have a 2.1/
     
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    it says it was assembled in japan
    oh BTW ive forgot to ask , will this bad batch acekard work like the normal acekard , or will it have more problems , and shorter life span??
     
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    Goto to a command prompt, type in diskpart. Then type "List Volume" press enter, then "Select Volume [volume number of your MicroSD card]" press enter, then "filesystems" and press enter. See what the default allocation unit size is for FAT32, and see if that same cluster size is an option for FAT. If so, try formmating to FAT with that allocation unit size.
     
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    "Bad batch" isn't really a good term for the Acekard you got. Technically, it's just an Acekard that has newer hardware that isn't supported yet (it works with 4.22 though).
     
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    newer??
    this is what they wrote on acekard official site
    There're only a few AK2 has this issue and we already adjust our production as soon as we found the issue.
    if its new why dont they make more of em . from what they wrote its not new , its a mistake theyve made and the bad batch acekards have some other chips .

    BTW tried all you said still there are the same slowdowns , altough it loads faster , the rest is the same .
     
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    It's no so much of a production run. It's simply that the've used a different brand of memory chip, and the Acekard software needs to address it differently.

    Have you not got any MicroSDHC cards to try it with? as other people seem to have got it working.

    If you are using a MicroSD card
     
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    When using any fw other than 4.22 (or 4.07 and before), you will get white screens and save errors for most games. That is how you tell if you have a bad batch (other than peeling the sticker off and checking the chip against images posted). If it is indeed a bad batch and not an actual defective unit then I would advise not returning it for a replacement. I bought mine from DX and all five were bad batch (December). Sent all five back and got five shiny bad batch acekards. What surprises me is that retailers still have inventory of these.

    Best answer: Run the SD formatter. Load the official 4.22 Acekard fw. Wait for the next version of AKAIO to come out as it supports these cards.

    [edit] I'm having trouble understanding why you are so intent on formatting in FAT32. Mine is Sandisk 2gb formatted to FAT on 4.22 fw and everyfings perfeck. [​IMG]
     

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