CycloDS Evolution Firmware v1.3BETA: RealTime Save

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Here it is : http://www.teamcyclops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4187

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Release Notes for CycloDS Evolution Firmware v1.3 BETA

Introduction

This release marks the introduction of the RealTime Save feature into CycloDS Evolution. In order to implement this feature a lot of internal changes were made to our software, so we have decided to release this initially as a public BETA and as such, we advise that the software may (and probably will) contain bugs. Please backup your MicroSD card before using and if you don't want any risk at all, please wait for the stable release. We have tested this quite thoroughly ourselves but as a small team our capacity for testing is rather limited, so we would appreciate any help in identifying any remaining problems. If you come across a bug, please report this in the bugs section of our forum and we will do our best to fix it quickly.

How to use RealTime Save

RealTime Save is disabled by default, and must first be enabled through the settings menu by setting "RTS BETA" to "Enabled". Before you can use RealTime Save with each individual game, a .RTS file must be created. These files are not created automatically due to their large size of 4.7MB. To create a RTS file for a game, hold down SELECT whilst you launch that game and the file will be created. You must hold SELECT before the loading screen appears and only release after you see "Loading (RTS Initialise)". You only need to do this once per game; subsequent launches of the same game will detect the presence of the RTS file so you don't need to hold down SELECT. Please note that this is a temporary solution - we are planning a GUI re-design soon that will include a per-game context menu system where such options may be toggled. If RealTime Save is enabled in the settings menu and a RTS file has previously been created, the menu items relating to RealTime Save in the ingame menu will be available. Usage is quite self-explanatory - select "RealTime Save" to save the current state of the game and then "RealTime Load" to load that state. We're quite please with the speed of these operations, as our tests with a Toshiba 4GB MicroSD show saving taking about 6 seconds and loading taking about 2.5 seconds.

Known Problems

There are currently some known problems with RealTime save which are related to the fact that currently its not possible to save and load 100% of the NDS hardware (more on this below). Some of the known issues are:

  * After loading, the sound will become crackly with some games. To avoid this, we suggest pausing the game before you save as this will help in many cases.
  * If you save during gameplay and then attempt to load from the game's main menu, this can lead to graphical problems with some games. To avoid this, we suggest loading during gameplay and not from the main menu.

RealTime Save Technical Details

Currently it is not possible for our software to obtain a complete capture of 100% of the NDS hardware. This means that when a state is loaded, small parts of the hardware will be "out of sync" - this is what can lead so graphical or sound problems. For example, its currently not possible to capture the full state of the 3d graphics engine which means that you need to wait for the game code to properly configure the 3d graphics hardware itself before loading a state which relies on the operation of this hardware. Often games have not configured the 3d graphics hardware at the main menu and wait until entering gameplay to do this - meaning if you load a gameplay state from the main menu, the 3d graphics hardware
will not have been setup correctly resulting in graphical problems. The reason for these problems is that a great deal of the hardware registers on the NDS are write only - you can not read the values which the game has written to them, meaning you can not include dumps of these registers in the saved state. We are currently working on some special "register trap" code which will allow us to obtain a complete capture of all the hardware and this make it possible to save and load from anywhere. This would also make it possible to load a saved state directly from the CycloDS Evolution main menu so you would not need to wait until the game starts and then load from the ingame menu!

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Well, that's all for now - hope you all enjoy!
Regards,
Team Cyclops

QUOTETalking RealTime Save and Black CycloDS Evolution
We're pleased to greet our users during the festive season with a very special new firmware. We'd like to thank all of our users for their patience and understanding whilst we've been working on the new release! Some of you may be wondering why we have held off from making a major release for considerable time. In short, we've been chiseling away at a new feature which we're sure many will love and find increasingly useful as times goes by. RealTime Save is now a reality for the CycloDS Evolution, thanks to many hours of hard work and testing. It's by no means perfect yet, but as always, we'll continue to strive for perfection and user satisfaction. However, it's here and works well, so we feel that it's time to treat CycloDS Evolution owners to some advanced functionality and reward their patience. General compatibility with many titles has now been enhanced too, building on our already extensive foundations. These changes are available as part of the CycloDS Evolution v1.3 BETA firmware release which is available for download from the support page. Please note that this is a BETA release, so be sure to read the included documentation thoroughly before using.

Now on to other news, many will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that the first shipments of the black CycloDS Evolution are now on their way to retailers, and customers should receive their orders in the first few days of the new year! So you may now order Evolution in black or white from your retailer. We will be posting pictures of the black soon for those that are interested to see how it looks.

Seasons greetings to all!

evo-firmware-1.3-BETA.zip

Change log
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- v1.3 BETA (27/12/2007)

* RealTime Save support added
* Fixed numerous compatibility issues

I can confirm savetime 5-6s loadtime 2-3s with a kingston 2Go ( jkdefrag ;-)
 

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It works on some, it doesn't on some other, but hé, it's a beta and the readme clearly explains why
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At least the fixed non working games like Arkanoid DS
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It works on some, it doesn't on some other, but hé, it's a beta and the readme clearly explains why
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At least the fixed non working games like Arkanoid DS
wink.gif



Can I safely upgrade the firmware to play non working games even if I don't use RTS?

Thanks in advance!


Yes it is a very stable beta with some nasty bugs killed ( no morez corruption with MTV Fan Attack, Arkanoid or Tales of Innocence) and a couple more fixed games also : see this sticky thread #1 & #2. Some games are now playing well but with no enhanced menu yet.
 

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It works  on some, it doesn't on some other, but hé, it's a beta and the readme clearly explains why
biggrin.gif


At least the fixed non working games like Arkanoid DS
wink.gif



Can I safely upgrade the firmware to play non working games even if I don't use RTS?

Thanks in advance!


Yes it is a very stable beta with some nasty bugs killed ( no morez corruption with MTV Fan Attack, Arkanoid or Tales of Innocence) and a couple more fixed games also : see this sticky thread #1 & #2. Some games are now playing well but with no enhanced menu yet.
Thanks for the clear answer and the link! Very useful!
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