Is Loader impact the performance?

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Dec 18, 2009
  1. tomrev
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    I'm curious that flashcard performance is related to loader software or not.
     
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    Loaders only allow you to bypass AP. It prevents black screens, freezings, etc. of new games.
     
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    During game playing, is the loader software / hardware do any processing such as file transfer(except save file in MicroSD card) / some loop programs or only load all of rom file to memory? . If flashcard is do anything except load rom to NDS memory and save file in mem card, why it consume some of battery power?
     
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    It consumes battery power because it converts battery power to light, and sound, or something of that nature. I'm kinda new to computer terms, meanings, etc.
     
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    No, I didn't mean that. When playing with flashcard, it's drain battery power more than using normal ds game card. I curious that which process on flashcard drain battery power while playing game(except loading rom and saving files).
     
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    The extra power drain probably comes from the microsd reader built into the cart. It's just a hunch and I could be wrong though.
     
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    Unless battery life is significantly impacted (say, 25% less life), this description applies. If it is significantly impacted, your flash card may have problems.

    It's important to know what is going on inside a DS game card and a flash card. The DS game card has a ROM chip and probably a Flash memory chip for saves. The ROM really only uses power when it is read, and this is very small. The flash is only used when saving and loading. A flash card on the other hand, has a microcontroller, uSD card driver and the uSD card itself to run. The microcontroller is necessary to read the uSD card and output the signals that the DS expects. As a result, it is running all the time.

    TrolleyDave is correct in saying that the uSD reader contributes to power drain, but most comes from the microcontroller. It's just a small disadvantage to using Flash cards.
     
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    Thank you for comments and knowledges. [​IMG]
     

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