DSi with extra RAM//

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Lord Toon, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Lord Toon
    OP

    Lord Toon Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    90
    4
    Dec 13, 2007
    United States
    Homestead, Fl
  2. Gore

    Gore GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,559
    21
    Oct 15, 2007
    United States
    Confirmation of something we already knew and lacking any information making it worthwhile.
    i.e. A number

    Snore.
     
  3. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Member
    11,677
    2,960
    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    NYC
    before anyone brings it up

    no, extra ram will not allow the DSi to play GBA games off the SD card/ whatever or a N64 emu
    its impossible with the current DS's CPU
     
  4. psycoblaster

    psycoblaster Divine

    Member
    2,132
    2
    Jan 26, 2008
    Seoul.. (in Korea)
    homebrew and probably some type of multitasking.
     
  5. paul3100

    paul3100 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    510
    1
    Oct 15, 2007
    scotland
    yep the DSi isn't going to be any better than the light tbh , gbatemp members always hype the h*ll out of everything and when the item in question comes along its always a big disappointment! line rider ds anyone! thought not

    Anyway as far as we all know the only differences are, camera x2 , sd slot , bit bigger screens ... meh

    And a killer is no gba slot so actually i would prefer to stick with the dslite, unless of course the sd can be used to store vast amounts of ds games/music/movies and so on.

    paul
     
  6. psycoblaster

    psycoblaster Divine

    Member
    2,132
    2
    Jan 26, 2008
    Seoul.. (in Korea)
    well it might be possible to connect your flashcart with the SD card, but I am 99% sure it will have larger RAM.
     
  7. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,644
    91
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    We know at least part of the GBA hardware is still present. DS games require it.

    The unknown element here is how much remains.

    If Nintendo just removed the physical slot and mapped 32MB of RAM to the memory addresses normally taken by a GBA cart; it might be possible to copy a ROM file into that RAM, then switch to GBA mode. Although saving probably wouldn't work.
     
  8. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Member
    3,018
    441
    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    This is no different than the DS Browser RAM expansion cart, it's just built-in.

    Come on you guys they announced the browser was built-in. I thought it was obvious there's a RAM upgrade.


    @ Haruhi it's already possible to redirect to the DS slot's hardware address in GBA mode, isn't it? It'd just be retarded to atm.
     
  9. Normmatt

    Normmatt Former AKAIO Programmer

    Member
    2,142
    544
    Dec 14, 2004
    New Zealand
    Actually, with a well written hyperviser GBA games can be run in NDS mode but without 32MB of RAM too store the rom in, you'd need to buffer the rom into ram in chunks and with the current NDS this is worthless as you'd be raping the ram, which means very slow load times and well writting a hypervisor isnt exactly easy.

    EDIT: just remembered, that unless the new processer has an MMU then it's unlikely the 32MB of ram will be put too good use. I do hope nintendo mapped the ram to the old gba slot in memory as that'd make a hypervisor possible.
     
  10. loopguy

    loopguy GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    229
    0
    Mar 19, 2007
    Gambia, The
    but doesn't gba mode require the gba bios? i'm pretty sure big-n won't implement it, so some sort of "hacking" will be needed...
     
  11. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    6,613
    133
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    USA
    I still think their plan will be to SELL you GBA games as downloads. One major improvement to the browser will be the ability to download.....how else will DSware stuff work?

    Also, the RAM will be used for the exclusive DSware downloads that they already announced to be coming. Sure, you'd have to download the file to the SD card, but it will likely run in the extra RAM space.
     
  12. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    16,979
    3,098
    Oct 12, 2004
    Even if they do they can just include the files with the games themselves.
     
  13. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

    Member
    2,500
    71
    Apr 25, 2008
    Netherlands
    SCUMM Bar
    More RAM = better homebrew?
     
  14. Searinox

    Searinox <3

    Member
    1,761
    169
    Dec 16, 2007
    Romania
    The Nintendo DS firmware was dumped as a ROM. I wonder if we can dump the DSi firmware make it into an app and hack it to use the EZ 3in1. If it's a faster browser, I want it.
     
  15. Doggy124

    Doggy124 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    831
    0
    Sep 14, 2007
    Thailand
    Thailand
    I don't think the browser (and DS sound) is in the FW.
    Nintendo said it will available to download for free.

    or maybe it pre-installed on the system
     
  16. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,644
    91
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    If the scenario I mentioned is true, GBA games could be run easily. It's nearly the same method slot1 flash carts use an EZ 3 in 1.