Help...M3 wont play gba

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  1. dominos
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    Hi. Newbie here and I just got an M3 pro mini SD w/pass 3. I'm using newest game manager to load all games. All the DS games work fine but I cannot load/play any GBA games (or .gb or .gbc games for that matter) Every time I go to load a gba game the screen goes white. Sometimes it starts loading but never finishes. I've tried with three different DS's, two different SD cards, still no luck. GBA games go in the root dir right? Any other files need to be present? Once it told me I needed goomba (which I added to the root) but it didn't help. I always get the save dat error on reboot as well. TIA for any help! [​IMG]
     
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    most likely your m3 is in a format that gba games don't like, try starting the game with start instead of a and see if it starts the game.
     
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    Yea, I've tried that many times. Maybe I'll use an older firmware.
     
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    Just in case you didn't know, the M3 has 2 modes, NDS mode and GBA mode. To get to GBA mode you gotta press start when in the NDS mode menu. The M3 should then reboot to GBA mode. Alternatively you could access the GBA mode by starting the M3 through the NDS menu where Pictochat is.

    You may already know that but just make sure.
     
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    Thanks...Yea, I eventually figured that out, too. I kept thinking I would get it going but still can't get the gba roms to load.
     
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    @dominos: Your avatar is way too big. (filesize)
    You're over the limit by more than a factor of 20.
     
  7. dominos
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    Whoa...sorry!
     
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    doesn't the m3 pro have limited gba support? Maybe I'm wrong.
     
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    The M3 pro can only run GBA games that are 4 megabytes (32 megabits) or smaller.
     
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    If this is true, that would be news to me. Link?
    However, I have been trying to run all sizes and still nothing. I have been able to get a few .gb roms working, though. So I should have chosen the M3 lite then? Except 2 of my DS's are not lite. WHat is the best for gba support using the old DS models? I am going to return this pro I guess. Thanks again for all the advice.
     
  11. Destructobot

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    From the review of the M3 Lite Professional:
    You may be able to get a shell for the M3 lite that fits an original DS, and I think the M3 miniSD fits big DS as is. I don't actually have one, so you may not want to take my word for it. The M3 SD will probably stick out of the big DS.

    The G6 lite comes with a shell for the original DS.
     
  12. seyfer

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    yes, from what i have been reading u have 2 versions for M3 if u want to play GBA games, Pro and Perfect

    Pro: isn't compatible with games with size superior to 32 Mb (=4 Mb)

    Perfect: well in perfect size isn't a problem