Hacking Datel Max Media Player

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What is the most stable software that runs smoothly with the datel max media player for the original ds? I know that it’s definitely outdated and doesn’t have a lot of memory for storage will only hold 8GB max, I want to see how well it will run playing non homebrew games, I would like to use nes, snes, n64, DS emulators. I just want to if this will work on my old max media player before getting a modern flash cart for the ds. I have an original Nintendo DS I bought it used but it looks great it looks almost like new except for some light hairline scratches on the top.
 

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What do you recommend? I’m looking for something that can play movies, music, and play almost any ds games and any other types of older games, cheats, plugins, etc. It needs to have upgradable storage at least 64GB or more?
 

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I am not going to import anything from a foreign country is not worth the time or effort, not to mention the cost of importing fees/taxes and other expenses!!

If you know where I can get the same flashcart in the US please let me know?
 

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I am not going to import anything from a foreign country is not worth the time or effort, not to mention the cost of importing fees/taxes and other expenses!!

If you know where I can get the same flashcart in the US please let me know?
Good luck then. But nds-card doesn't charge tax, or other hidden fees. If the item say $19.99, you pay $19.99, that's it.
 

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I happen to own a Datel Max Media Player (with the anemic 4GB microdrive-HDD) and still have it, though the microdrive is dying and the chassis of the cartridge is starting to crack/warp. I can't believe it launched at $149 (more than an entire DS) but I got mine for $30 back in '07.
What I really want to know is: Is it at all possible to jerryrig a flashcart firmware/software to function with a DS emulator on Windows properly? I can get the Max Media firmware to boot on DeSmuME and NO$GBA but I can't trick it into seeing a root path.

I'd love to get that working, because I have a large selection YouTube videos (many of which are entirely lost to the ether, either deleted by their users, or said users deleting their accounts/getting banned) that I converted into the .d3v format (designed for playback solely on the Max Media Player) and my moronic past-self deleted the source .avi videos. While PCs can play glitched-yet-coherent audio of a .d3v file through Winamp, none of the video signal of a .d3v is playable on any PC program. I really wish I hadn't deleted all the source .avi videos
If setting up a virual flashcart on DS emulators is impossible, then recording the videos from my DS Lite off-screen with a camera and using an audio cable for direct-feed audio is going to be the most "ideal" way to put these videos into a plausibly preservable state (hhhhh lmao)

But to answer the OP's question, I wasn't able to get any PS1/N64/Saturn, or even Master System/GameGear/GameBoy/GBC/GBA/TG-16/Atari2600-5200-7800/Lynx/Jaguar/WonderSwan emulators for DS of any kind to even open without 'fatal error' messages.
The only emulators I got up and running on this glorified GBA flash cart were 1) a solid, stable build of NesDS, 2) a horribly shoddy early build of SneMulDS (v0.3) with unacceptable performance and no support for HiRom/SuperFX or even flipping Mode 7, and 3) a MUTE, slooow (yet solid) build of PicoDrive (Genesis). NesDS and PicoDrive weren't hard to get up and running, but SneMulDS was hell and a half to properly patch and set up. As far as emulation of native DS titles on DS Max Media, there's "Max Overload" but in the 5 different versions of the software I had (including v1.2 bundled with my Max Media) I never got a single DS game to actually open, and in the case of certain titles (not all titles), some required a donor cartridge of the game itself to be inserted once to fully add the game (even with games I owned where that method was the case, putting the cartridge in still didn't get the game to boot)
Save yourself the trouble and don't bother messing with the Max Media Player any further. The DS is a very mature console when it comes to homebrew and emulation with over 13 years of experience under its belt. But the Max Media Player dropped in late 2006, barely 2 years after the DS itself, with not a single software or firmware update after Feb 2007, even losing Moonshell support beyond v1.61. Going for an R4i or DSTWO+ will carry your DS into present day.
 
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starting with the 64GB sd cards use the SDXC standard, i am no aware of a DS flashcart that supports SDXC
as for 32GB cards (the max size of the sdhc) https://nds-card.com/ProShow.asp?ProID=575
everyone loves that card
You can technically use 3rd party software to convert SDXC SD cards to fat32 and utilize them on flashcarts and DS consoles. The only flashcart capable of using SDXC in exFat format is the Stargate 3DS, sadly that is only for the 3DS.
 

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I was in the same boat as you, OP.

Albiet, that was 10 years ago...

Back then I got an original R4 that was capable of playing music and movies and DS roms. Cheats and otherthings, not so much. I suggest the DSTWO for you but it is a bit pricey.
 

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I was in the same boat as you, OP.

Albiet, that was 10 years ago...

Back then I got an original R4 that was capable of playing music and movies and DS roms. Cheats and otherthings, not so much. I suggest the DSTWO for you but it is a bit pricey.
The SuperCard DSTWO is not only pricey but hard to find these days since they are no longer in production.
 

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You can technically use 3rd party software to convert SDXC SD cards to fat32 and utilize them on flashcarts and DS consoles. The only flashcart capable of using SDXC in exFat format is the Stargate 3DS, sadly that is only for the 3DS.
say that to my dstwo, i have my 64GB card formated to fat32 that i used with fine with my 3ds, the dstwo doesn't want anything with cards higher than 32GB no matter what clusters or whatever
 

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say that to my dstwo, i have my 64GB card formated to fat32 that i used with fine with my 3ds, the dstwo doesn't want anything with cards higher than 32GB no matter what clusters or whatever
I am using a 128GB Sandisk Extreme in my DSTWO Plus and it works just fine.

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But DSTWO+ is still being made and is effectively the same thing for DS-mode.
Both the DSTWO and DSTWO+ are out of production, literally the SuperCard team is dead now...
 

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I am using a 128GB Sandisk Extreme in my DSTWO Plus and it works just fine.

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Both the DSTWO and DSTWO+ are out of production, literally the SuperCard team is dead now...
Huh, that's news to me.
Even shop01media doesn't have it, not sure where you would even be able to get it anymore then.
 

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