Hacking Help me make a common answer for "how do I run this game?"

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So I want to make a simple copy-paste that can be given to people who have issues running new games on their carts.

This is what I have, feel free to add suggestions or corrections.

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If you want newer games to run, here's what you should try, in order.[*]Latest official firmware.
Go to the site printed on your cart, download and set up the latest firmware, see if that fixes it. If there's no site printed or the site is down, this is a good resource for finding firmwares.

[*]AP-bypassing options.
Some carts have a setting or mode that will disable AP in games (to get them all running), but it may also disable extra features such as cheating and soft-reset, so these options tend to be turned off by default.

[*]A clean ROM.
If the ROM you're using has been modified in some way there's a chance it might not work on certain carts. In addition sometimes when transferring ROMs between carts small amounts of damage to the data can occur, so while the ROM may appear to be fine, it's actually been modified on accident and may not run.

Download and run this program, then go to Update -> DSFCC. This should update you to the most recent version. After that, browse around the folders in the upper-left to find where your ROMs are, when you click the folder the filenames should show up below the folder area. Select the ROM(s) you want to check, then click the health/heart button below the list, that will check to see if it's clean or not. Beware, trimmed ROMs will always show as having been modified! While trimming a ROM is generally regarded as safe, there's always the possibility of something going wrong.

If you find that the ROM you're having trouble with doesn't match the known clean ROM, then you'll want to redownload it (preferably from a site other than the one you used originally as their copy may be bad/damaged in the first place).

[*]Format your MicroSD card.
If the filesystem on your MicroSD card is damaged it can cause all sorts of trouble with running games. First copy everything off of your MicroSD, then run this program to format it properly. After that copy everything back, and see if the game runs properly.

[*]YSmenu or other alternate firmware.
If there's no official support you can try an alternate firmware. If you have an original R4 or clone of the original (hardware-wise, not neccessarily name-wise) you can try Wood R4, which updates for new games often. If you have something else you'll have to see if you can run YSmenu, it's got updates to the data files to run new games.

[*]Game patches.
If there's no way to run better firmware on your cart, you'll have to hunt out patches for the games and apply them to your ROM. While this used to be very common, it's increasingly rare for patches to be made because there's multiple carts that can run new games without patches now, and multiple alternate firmwares for other carts that add support for new games. Rudolph makes and updates a ROM patcher that will automatically patch many games, but this doesn't support everything. For individual games that patcher doesn't support, you'll need to hunt out the patches yourself via google.

[*]A new cart.
If you can't run any decent firmware and there's no patches for the games you want to play, your cart's a piece of shit and you should buy a decent one, to put it bluntly. While many sites may tout R4 clones as amazing stuff and charge $65 for them, in reality even the best flash cart is only about $40, and mainstream ones with less features (that can still play all the latest games) can be had for $25 or less.
 

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Masked Ranger said:
What about getting/verifying a clean dump and/or reformatting your card?Will add that as number 1, forgot about that.

QUOTE(Knyaz Vladimir @ Dec 3 2010, 11:28 AM) How about HEX edits?
Those are patches. They may not have a patcher program and you may need to do the hex edits yourself, but it's usually only a day until somebody turns the hex edits into a simple patch anyways.
 

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If you can't run any decent firmware and there's no patches for the games you want to play, your cart's a piece of
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How very true

Just one other possible thing for 1)

'Some cart firmwares have an option to Bypass AP (AntiPiracy) - most notably AKAIO and DSTwo - which are usually switched off by default
Check the firmware to see if there is such an option as this or possibly 'Patch/Clean mode' & change the state of it to see if the game will run'
 

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