DS Emulator Using Same .SAV Files as Flash Carts?

Discussion in 'NDS - Emulation and Homebrew' started by bobkipper, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. bobkipper
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    bobkipper Newbie

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    Is there a DS emulator that exists on the PC that uses the same .sav files as flash carts? My SD card recently went kaput, but I was able to salvage a good chunk of the files. I hadn't backed up my saves in a while like a dummy, and all I have now are a bunch of files called "FILE0039.CHK" and the like. I was able to salvage a couple of saves out of there because I only had a few games with a 1,024 KB .sav file and I just kept renaming them and trying them on my flash cart until one worked. I have about 80 512 KB files here, but I only need the saves for a couple of games. I have no idea which of these files is which though, and the thought of renaming 80+ files one at a time, putting them on an SD card, loading them in my CycloDS, and seeing if the ROM reads them is not appealing. That's a lot of time and I don't want to manhandle my remaining SD card like that. So, basically, is there an emulator for the PC that will load these .sav files? I tried NO$GBA as it did generate .sav files for ROMs, but it just wrote over the .sav with a new one of a much smaller filesize. I tested this with a backed-up .sav that I know works. My apologies if this is a really dumb question and I'm just being a big ol' stupid. Thanks in advance to anybody who can help me out.
     
  2. Ericthegreat

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    Most prob do depending on flashcart but if not use this:

    http://www.shunyweb.info/

    EDIT: idk what chk files are..... what emulater/flashcart do you use?
     
  3. bobkipper
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    bobkipper Newbie

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    The .chk files are just the generic files dumped off of my corrupted SD card by PhotoRescue. Free plug: that's a great program. Worked like a charm. I thought all the files were gone, but it gone them back. True, all my "gamename.sav" files were turned into indiscernible .chk files, but at least they were there.

    I use a CycloDS, but I just needed any emulator that could read its .sav files so I could test them out before trying them on the cart. This site you linked should suit my needs very nicely. Thanks a lot! You saved me a lot of time and wear and tear on my SD card.

    EDIT: This site doesn't really seem to be working for me. I set the input as "CycloDS" and the output to "NO$GBA," but the converted file won't work in NO$GBA. I found another DS converter called DS Save Tools that has the same problem. Both are converting the 1 MB save file I have into a 512 KB save file. The size of the .sav file created by NO$GBA for this game is only 13 KB. I'm still at a loss. I've also tried converting my .sav into another format and then converting it to NO$GBA, but that has the same failed result as had playing around with the input file settings.
     
  4. avenir

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    modify your NO$GBA.ini.
    Code:
    SAV/SNA File Format == Raw
    BTW XenoFile and XenoBox savconv utility is supposed to be able to generate proper NO$GBA format sav...
     
  5. Ammako

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    Use DeSmuME and do File --> Import battery file
     
  6. bobkipper
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    Thanks so much, Pingouin and avenir. You guys were a lot of help. the DeSmuME method seems to be the easiest and it definitely works for what I need. This was a huge help.