Dumb Question About Booting GBA Games.

Discussion in 'M3 Adapter' started by grape_garden, May 13, 2009.

  1. grape_garden

    grape_garden GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    United States
    I'm using iSakureal, and when I look at the options screen before booting a GBA game, I notice there are two ways to boot up a GBA game: fast and patched. What exactly does this mean?
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I am not entirely certain (no M3 myself) but GBA games are fairly difficult to patch on low end systems (like the DS) and can take a while.
    Fast is likely a straight copy (used if you patched it on the PC for instance) while patched will search the rom (what takes the time) and then copy over.
  3. dfgged

    dfgged GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 24, 2008
    United States
    Some people say that if you use fast load that the game doesn't save correcty. Patch load is supposed to stop that from happening.
  4. RchUncleSkeleton

    RchUncleSkeleton Skeletron 9000

    Feb 2, 2009
    United States
    California, USA
    patching copies the rom onto the expansion pack, while fast load just loads it in memory. fast load works fine most of the time but some games need to be played by using patch at least the first time you play them for it to be able to create save files. so mostly it has to do with certain games being able to save.