EZ Flash Vi

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Jun 15, 2010

EZ Flash Vi by FlashX007 at 4:41 AM (3,422 Views / 0 Likes) 7 replies

  1. FlashX007
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    Newcomer FlashX007 GBAtemp Maniac

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    <b><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--> EZ Flash Vi<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>
    <img src="http://www.kickgaming.com/images/ez5p/ez5i-b.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    Reviewer: Shard

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Packaging & Contents:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    1x EZ-Flash Vi
    1x EZ-Flash Retractable Metallic Stylus
    1x EZ-Thumb Pen
    1x EZ-Flash microSD Card Reader

    The EZ Flash Vi comes much more than just the flashcart. The EZ Flash Vi comes with everything you need for the set up of your new flashcart and also the use of 2 very nice styluses which are complementary of course. This will make the user happy when they get their EZ Flash Vi because I know I was when I saw all the stuff that came with it. The metallic stylus is very good and great to use as it is retractable and offers better handling when using the new flashcart. The box was strong safe and secure and it is good packaging. It unique design is professional and well made and much better than the earlier EZ Flash Vi which were white and came in plastic securing. Amazing all around in first appearance. Get your own at kickgaming.com.

    Features:

    -Works on NDS, NDS Lite, and DSi
    -NOPASS technology, no need to modify DS console, no harm to the console, keeps console warranty.
    -Side plugin, prevent the MicroSD/SDHC suddenly drop, looks like original card
    -Support official Slot2 expansion device
    -Softreset reduces the damage to the power switch
    -Support MicroSD/SDHC, high capacity, high speed, no speed drop.
    -Direct save to MicroSD/SDHC, no more save loss.
    -Plug and play, no more passme
    -Drag and play, no more convert software
    -Easy to manage. support copy and delete
    -Easy to link. support GBA/DS game linker, support single card download play.
    -Vdeo player, support DPG 1.0 and 2.0
    -Music play, support mp3, wav, mod
    -Text reading, bookmark support
    -Picture viewing, support jpg, bmp,png
    -RAM expansion, support offcial web browser
    -Rumble support, strength adjustable
    -GBA game support
    -Light control adjustable
    -Homebrew support, autoDLDI supported

    All very nice and complex but easy to use features offered in this EZ Flash Vi. Features make itself alone worth buying because it is great for those who want to pair up their gaming experience with homebrew, games, and movies, and also GBA games if you buy yourself a EZ Flash 3 in 1 with it.

    <b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->Setting Up & Using<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    <b>Part 1 Installing: </b>

    Download firmware first from <a href="http://ezflash.cn/software.htm" target="_blank">http://ezflash.cn/software.htm</a>. Once you download the firmware extract it and simply drag and drop to the root of your microSD card. Files should look like this.

    EZ5Shell(folder)
    ez5sys(file)

    <b>Part 2 Getting ROMS, Homebrew, etc. :</b>

    Now you can begin having fun with your EZ Flash Vi by copying over ROMS, homebrew, and cheats or skins and much more. The EZ Flash Vi is also powered up by moonshell and I suggest you get your hands on one if you want full experience of EZ Flash Vi. If your not into movies then it doesn't matter but the firmware does not come with moonshell so just a heads up. The scrolling is fast and takes few seconds to look through your files and it is up to date as always so all ROMS should work. If you want cheats or skins or homebrew I will link you to them now. First one is place to get up to date current cheats for your ROMS and second one is for skins and homebrew and that site is well organized so have fun checking it out and getting skins or homebrew which can be found in the top sections of it.

    <a href="http://cheats.gbatemp.net/Temp/" target="_blank">http://cheats.gbatemp.net/Temp/</a>
    <a href="http://filetrip.net/" target="_blank">http://filetrip.net/</a>

    <b>Part 3 GUI/OS:</b>

    This would be the menu or the interface of the EZ Flash Vi. When you boot your flashcart you will see this load as such it is the interface and the internal system where you access and set things on. I will simply go over the basic idea of what it does and then explain more afterwards. May not have said it but it is somewhat touch screen based so you can access half of it that way but the rest is used by D-pad.

    There are not many buttons only 4-5 on the bottom touch screen. There is Up and Down buttons for scrolling if you don't want to use D-pad. Under that shows the time if you want to know how long you have been playing and etc. Next to that is a tools/setup button. You simply touch that and you are given the interface settings or options. In here it shows the following:

    VER: (latest firmware installed)
    System Setting
    Language Setting -English-
    Rumble Strength -Strong-
    3in1 Mode -GBALink-
    Skin Style -Kde4-

    Now to go over what I just showed. It is basically as it says system settings if you want to change languages you simply touch english and it will go to next language and keep touching if you want to get back to english. If you have a rumble pack in your Slot 2 then this is to set it on strong, weak, medium, etc. because a rumble pack vibrates violently and it may ruin your gaming. Kind of blind on EZ Flash team's part because this is DSi compatible and it still has slot 2 options. Not bad having the options still there but if you want a full DSi flashcart then this is still DS optional rather than DSi optional. Anyways same for 3in1 Mode you set this to Rumble or GBALink obviously one is for the vibrating pak and one is for the EZ Flash 3 in 1 which plays GBA games. If you get this I recommend you get EZ Flash 3 in 1 because both can be used well together and have a great gaming experience. I personally miss GBA games I used to play. Anyways those are Slot-2 options and last one is for skins. You basically touch Kde4 and it will go to next skin you have and skins can be accessed in your firmware folder under skins folder which is easy to go to and get and remove skins manually. After your done selecting skins which it comes with many already pre-installed then simply push A button to save or B button to cancel.

    Next button to system settings is the Lightbulb and that is basically to set the DS brightness unfortunately it does not support setting the DSi's brightness so as I said if you want a full DSi optional flashcart this is still in between both which isn't bad but everybody has different tastes.

    Next to that button is the button to access MoonShell. Now MoonShell is a application or system you can use in all flashcarts if you can get it to work to simply play .dpg files or .nds games, etc. It is a multi format application that allows you to enjoy games but also have media experience in movies and pictures.

    Next to that button is what I find somewhat interesting and useful is the Turn Off button. You simply have a choice of either pushing Yes or No and it either turns the DS off or not if you selected no.

    Now one thing that wasn't shown which threw me off was the ROM settings. In order to access this you need to push SELECT button. Doing this will open up the following menu and options.

    Rom Setting Menu
    Soft Reset -OFF-
    RealtimeSave -OFF-
    GameGuide -OFF-
    Cheat -OFF-
    DownloadPlay -OFF-

    Now to briefly go over this it basically has everything you need to play and use ROMs to your liking. You can turn soft reset on and go back to menu to play something else by simply pushing L+R+A+B+X+Y or L+R+A+B. Either one works but I don't really use that. Real time save of course which is offered in about everything now is when you simply use soft reset to go to a Pause Menu and choose to save or load when you last saved or used the real time save option. My favorite option is this and I have not used much of it at the moment but this is the Walkthrough Option basically. Now you need to turn Soft Reset on and GameGuide or RealTimeSave if your meaning to use or save something. Now when a game boots you need to push L+R+A+B all at once at the start of the game. You will go to same menu I mentioned and this menu gives you option of Save, Load, Cheats(turn on/off), Walkthrough, Walkthrough 2, Reset, etc. Now I have no idea what walkthrough 2 does but I linked you to software for EZ Flash Vi earlier and if you go back there you will be given links to firmware and few things EZ Flash Vi exclusive. The walkthrough needs a walkthrough tool and needs to be set up manually from the computer. Now you simply go over the instructions the tool gives you and you make walkthroughs so you can use while playing games. Fun and excellent feature but there is more to discuss so I have to cut short and move on. I recommend you go over everything if you have a EZ Flash Vi or get one it is one of my most used flashcarts now. It is amazing and it has got my personal interest.

    <b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->Performance:<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    Now not every flashcart is perfect but I have no problems on any flashcart when it comes to compatibility. This flashcart is 100% compatible with every ROM and homebrew or application but that is not the issue. When it comes to performance I don't know if it is my flashcart only but when I try to boot it the menu won't load as such I close and try again and then it works. A big mess up on EZ Flash's part but it may have been something I have done but that is only problem I see in performance. No complaints other than that in performance so I still recommend this.

    <b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->Additional Features:<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    <b>Multimedia Support: </b>

    The EZ Flash Vi is mostly run by moonshell so when it comes to multimedia you will have the best experience if your into movies and pictures. Recommend this if your into multimedia rather than gaming. If you don't use moonshell then you can listen to music still from EZ Flash Vi itself as do any other flashcarts other than cheap inexpensive ones such as R4 which only target homebrew or ROM usage. Great multimedia support so it can beat other rivals such as M3 Sakura when it comes to using moonshell to run.

    <b>Cheat Support:</b>

    I didn't go over cheats much for a reason and that is because I want to explain it more clearly. The cheats are run and used by usrcheat.dat so you have to download that from the cheats link I earlier explained.

    Steps:
    1. Download usrcheat.dat
    2. Extract
    3. Drag and Drop into the folder EZ5Shell
    4. Go to ROM Settings Menu
    5. Turn ON Cheats
    6. Push Y and select Cheats then push A to save

    Those are basic steps to using cheats. I always use usrcheat.dat as long as it is compatible because it is better than database or xml and saves space. Easier to move around so I recommend you use usrcheat if you have a flashcart that can use one. Anyways those are how to use cheats and how to install and put it in. Firmware does not come with cheats pre-installed so you have to get it yourself.

    <b>Skinning Support:</b>

    Skins are simple you can get them from the EZ Flash's site or you can get it from the website I recommended and the Styles vary. The firmwares already come with 4-5 skins so if your really into skins then go ahead and have fun but otherwise I am fine with current skins I was already given with. If you do it is just simple to go over it just simply drag and drop to skin folder in EZ5Shell.


    <b>Micro SDHC Support:</b>

    EZ Flash Vi does support the SDHC cards so it is standard. If your into MultiMedia then I recommend you get one because it is like a High Def. card and gives you better experience in quality.

    <b>Soft Reset:</b>

    Simply push L+R+A+B+X+Y when you want to soft reset and you will be taken to menu to do so. If you have a DSi just push the power button honestly I never use soft reset unless I have a walkthrough I want to use. Standard so Soft Reset is supported and used.

    <b>DLDI Support:</b>

    EZ Flash Vi has automatic DLDI patching or support so it is standard and basic. It is automatic but if your into homebrew I recommend you look somewhere else.

    <b>Homebrew:</b>

    EZ Flash Vi was not the best to use homebrew but it still used some quite well. Overall it wasn't very good in my perspective using something other than what I usually use as such if you want to use homebrew then you can use it on this but if your into many then you will have issues on eventually one or two. PokeSavDS worked well and great on this and if you want to grab one check out my other reviews or just ask because I am not going to link again in rest of the reviews. Tested with PokeSavDS and it works fine so for pokemon players the homebrew is alright enough.

    <b>Video:</b>

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    <b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->Conclusion:<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    To start off I thank kickgaming.com for giving me such a great flashcart and for supplying me up to this point because it is a great experience having to review these and have fun with them. This flashcart is great and I already got moonshell and few movies on it and am having fun with it. It is a great flashcart for ROMS, movies, music, etc. and all your needs so I recommend it. It is one of my top favorites now and it is well enough to be as good as the Acekard2i. When it comes to using it was very fast and simple and easy to use so it beats DSONEi hands down in having better and faster usage. If you want one it is truly a under rated flashcart or the underdog of the whole flashcart teams out there and it truly needs to be noticed. Excellent flashcart and excellent firmware and interface. It was one of the first to be compatible for DSi so Acekard2i is first to get there first so that is how under rated it is because I bet you didn't know that. Truly a great flashcart and if it didn't have that performance issue I said earlier I would like it more but that doesn't bother me. I truly give EZ Flash team a congrats on making such a great cart after it's popular 3 in 1 and kickgaming for the best cheap prices ever in the entire web.

    <b>Pros:</b>
    + One of first to be DSi compatible
    + Backwards compatible so it is DS/DSi compatible
    + Micro SDHC compatible
    + 100% Rom Compatibility
    + Up to date firmware
    + Download Play support
    + Easy to use installation drag and drop
    + More extra features
    + Easy to use and get skins and already comes with a few
    + Strong excellent flashcart and can withstand misusage
    + Excellent packaging and included content

    <b>Cons:</b>
    - Some things are not needed/ Hard to get options to or understand
    - Menu/Loading can be better
    - Homebrew isn't perfect
    - Some features are hard to use or can't be used (I can't really soft reset when playing it only works when doing it in beginning)
     
  2. jelmew

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    They just updated the ez-Vi. Maybe you should update the article to reflect some of those changes.
     
  3. FlashX007
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    Newcomer FlashX007 GBAtemp Maniac

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    I agree it is a few months old this review and I will have more time once school is over. If gbatemp does not have all flashcarts covered I can help cover that.
     
  4. Mbmax

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    Nice review ! Thanks for sharing this on GBAtemp.
    I agree about the fact you can update your review. Firmware v101 brings a great AP killer. [​IMG]

    Concerning the second guide, it must be named with _2.wlk.
    Example : mygamename.wlk for the first and mygamename_2.wlk for the second.
    More info here.


    Ps : SoftReset is L+R+A+B. No need to press Y+X. [​IMG]
     
  5. Jakob95

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    I have a question is the RTS/RTG good in the EZ-Flash Vi? Or its really buggy like the M3 Zero?
     
  6. FlashX007
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    im a n00b
     
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    No rts mode on ak2i as far as i know.

    Concerning the ez5i RTS mode, it need fixing on 3D games.
    In game guide has no problem.
     
  8. FlashX007
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    Newcomer FlashX007 GBAtemp Maniac

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    Oh, I am sorry I was thinking of something else. Really though? I thought Acekard2i did have Real Time Save. Seems ideal. I use AKAIO firmware. Hmm, what ever. Anyways I believe the new firmware they made for EZ Flash Vi should be enough to satisfy anybody. The flashcart I was probably thinking of was M3 DS Real. I have a couple flashcarts so I might have mixed up what I was saying.
     

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