Acekard 2i reliability

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  1. procasual6789347
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    I keep hearing problems regarding the Acekard line, mostly about dead contacts and saves not working.
    How reliable is the current Acekard 2i model and what is it's expected lifespan?
     
  2. CannonFoddr

    CannonFoddr Regular GBATemp Lurker

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    I've had the AK2i since nearly the very beginning (brought it about 1month after it actually came out)

    The only problems I've had with an AK2i is mainly when using it on a DSLite
    I had problems with it 'locking up' (Freezing) on the Nintendo 'Health Screen' & having to turn off/on several times before it could boot (Many suggest that this could be due to short contacts within the DSlite itself). I also had a couple of corrupted sav files as well

    Since I've updated it so that it'll work after Nintendo's 1.4e update I've had very little trouble using it on a DSi.
    The only problem(s) I've had were when playing 'Zelda:Spirit Tracks'. On 2 occasions I've had it lock up on 'screen changes' (i.e when I've got on the train & screen changed to show 'Route Map') but this COULD be because of my save file - which was originally a 'hacked' sav from a M3i0 playing a hacked Z:ST ROM.
    I've had not problems with saves with any other games (yet)


    Note that I'm currently using AKAIO 1.5 (not official firmware) which I've found very stable (no boot up problems etc), but be warned I have read that the latest 1.5.1 loaders MAY have a few bugs in it & may also cause problems with save files

    EDITED: Oh I forgot to mention the only OTHER problem I've had with the AK2i is the clear sticker on the front had come off (got caught @ some point when inserting/removing from DSi) & the inks rubbed off the silver sticker - I've now got a cart with a shiny silver square on it
     
  3. EyeZ

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    I have 3 acekard 2i's, and I haven't encountered any problems at all, as for the expected life span, i guess that's down mainly to how well the card is treated
     
  4. Nimbus

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    Probably being lazy.
    Well said. The lifespan of your flashcart depends heavily on how you treat it.

    Heck my M3DS Real gets treated better than my real game cartridges. It rarely leaves my DS Lite.

    My Acekard2 when it comes however....hehehe....will recieve the VIP treatment.
     
  5. procasual6789347
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    procasual6789347 Newbie

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    Again I am given conflicting messages on the issue; I would really like to have a more formal analysis on the Acekard's hardware and how it fares against other models.
     
  6. omgpwn666

    omgpwn666 Guy gamer and proud!

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    The Acekard 2i is amazing,Ive bought mine, and my bros like 4 months later and they both work perfect, mine isn't spring loaded and his is,that is the only odd thing. As for problems, Ive had none... Its a great buy,its one of the cheapest and one of the bests, no real time saves or slow motion but that's for cheaters anyways, unless your into that sort of thing. Also im using Akaio 1.5.1 which is amazing firmware released by Normmatt that has tons of extra features the original firmware doesn't have such as the updating through your card without having to annoyingly connect to your computer, and a built in anti piracy patcher.
     
  7. iwakura

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    from my experience (and i've handled about 30 acekards or so) the acekard2i's work nearly all the time on a DSi, but perhaps 90% of the time have minor contact issues with a DSlite.

    I think it's because the Acekard2i's are so thin...I assume to cut down on costs of production? compare them to a retail cart and you'll see it.

    anyways, I use an acekard2i on my DSi and 99% of the time have no problems. if i do, i just pop it out and stick it in again.
     
  8. Leonidas

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    The most current Acekards are model 2.1 or 2i, can't say about the lifespan, but in most cases they should work for quite a while, at least they got a 1-year warranty. I guess it depends on how much you use it, on maintenance and just good old luck.
     
  9. XWolf

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    A2i is a great card. I used to have an original R4 which fit just like an actual game card, never had any issues with it. My A2i was initially a bit snug - almost too big for the slot, after a bit of use it fits fine - however now I need a piece of paper inside to push the microSD against the contacts inside the A2i... I wonder if this is because the Slot 1 in my DSL have been stretched a little and the card is not squeezed enough...

    Still, all good, no problems at all with that minor mod. Akaio ftw.
     
  10. Wintrale

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    Well, mine is pretty dead. I looked after it extremely well, just as well as I look after my iPlayer (which still works perfectly). I played it one night, then the next morning it wouldn't load at all (as in, the DSi doesn't even recognise that there's a cart there). I got it working earlier today, but after I turned my DSi off the thing stopped working again. They're very reliable, I'd imagine I just got unlucky.
     
  11. iwakura

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    might be a contact issue?

    http://www.gamingbase.net/forum/index.php?...-w-flash-carts/
     
  12. DJ91990

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    I am starting to have the same problem.
    I think it might be the DSi as I got the problem to replicate with an original copy of Super Mario 64 DS.
    I got my Acekard2i back an April 2009.
     
  13. GreatZimkogway

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    I've had no problems with either the 2.1 OR the 2i. I'm starting to think it's the currently made batch of Acekard 2.1's that are just faulty. Because I've owned 2 2.1's(one got ran over...yeah), and my current 2i. None of them have any problems at all, and the people I've gotten to buy them haven't had problems either. With either the 2.1 or 2i.