Dstwo fast battary low

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Oct 12, 2012

Dstwo fast battary low by SteelLord at 10:15 AM (1,690 Views / 0 Likes) 21 replies

  1. SteelLord
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    i have problem. when i play 3ds with dstwo, my battery is running low faster than i expected. is this normal or not?
     


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    I think there were others who have apparently reported something similar. So yea :) Pretty sure there will be others who can give you a better technical explanation soon :)
     
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    It's normal. One of the drawbacks of having 400Mhz CPU built in ... its continues to draw power whenever its in the slot.
     
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    As far as I know, the DSTwo's processor is scalable - scaling it down to the lowest possible stepping for everyday operations and increasing it only when needed will greatly increase your battery life.
     
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    hmm. intersting.. thanks.
     
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    I believe you'll need BAGPlug to access CPU frequency settings from the menu, as shown here:

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    http://gbatemp.net/topic/285447-bagplug-scds2-entry/

    It's a menu replacement plugin by BassAceGold, increasing the already impressive capabilities of the DSTwo.
     
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    omg, thanks now a lot...
     
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    Scaling the CPU down in BAGPlug has no effect on the CPU level in other plugins or in NDS games, only within the menu itself. When in NDS games, the CPU is set to its lowest clock and sleeps until it is needed. If you aren't using your 3DS and have it in sleep mode, make sure the Supercard is ejected so it won't draw any power.
     
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    So there is no possible way to stop the DStwo from draining besides making sure it's not in the slot while in sleep mode?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Since you mentioned the CPU is set to the lowest clocks when in a NDS game, if you're sleeping the DS while in a NDS game, does it still drain like crazy or is it safe at that point?
     
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    It would still drain cause the NDS is sending power to the cart in sleep mode.
     
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    The DS's sleep mode is unreliable for battery saving anyways (since it's not a sleep mode at all from what I know, it just cuts the screens and then tells the game to pause).
     
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    so unless one is using the DSTWO for SNES/GBA emulation, it would be safe to just use another regular flashcart?
     
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    The DSTwo is more than just SNES/GBA emulation, it also has cheat toggle in-game, save/load-state (RTS), slow-motion, reading text files in-game, and more. I don't know why the only thing people mention is the emulators...

    But yeah if you don't want that stuff another flash cart works just fine.
     
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    well, actually i dont use any of that stuff, they dont even interest me to be honest. so to me it's just for SNES/GBA emulation, which is also why i think most people get it.

    but what i meant is if the power consuption during non-DSTWO-specific usage is the same or still higher than another regular flaschart, if i explain myself correctly.
     
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    So if I'm reading this right the super card will drain the battery just as fast in sleep mode as while you play it (minus screen being off during sleep mode)?
     
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    there's also the fact that it's theoretically unpatchable.
     
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    Probably a dumb question, but what about when turning off the system? Should you eject then as well, or is that okay to leave it in without worrying about it draining the battery? I don't know how "off" a 3DS (XL in my case if it makes a difference) actually is when you turn it off.
     
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    When you turn off the console, power to the card slot is cut, effectively turning off the DSTWO as well.
     
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