M3i Zero Complete Guide

Discussion in 'M3 Adapter' started by Haxorking, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Haxorking

    Haxorking Newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    1) Download the required files from here
    This is a pre-configured compilation of all of the separate parts of the M3i system including:
    - F_CORE.DAT file (Used to update the M3i firmware)
    - System files
    - Moonshell
    - PDA
    - Custom Skins

    2) Insert your Micro SD/SDHC (Not included in the M3i Zero bundle) card into your T-Flash Card Reader (Included in the M3i Zero bundle) and insert the T-Flash Card Reader into a open USB port on your computer.

    3) Locate the drive the drive in the My Computer folder, right click it, and select Format. The M3i Zero supports both FAT16 and FAT32 file systems however unless you know the difference and have a specific reason to use FAT16, I would recommend setting the system file to FAT32. In the Volume Label section enter "M3i Zero" and press start. This may require some time depending on your Micro SD/SDHC card, please be patient and allow it to format properly.

    4) Extract the M3i.rar folder downloaded in step 1 using winrar (Which can be downloaded here) and copy it's contents directly to your Micro SD/SDHC card. Do not copy the M3i folder itself, only place the contents of the M3i folder on to the Micro SD/SDHC card.

    5) Remove the Micro SD/SDHC card from the the T-Flash Card Reader and insert it into the M3i Zero adapter. The insert slot is located on the left side of the adapter with the label facing you. The Micro SD/SDHC clicks in and clicks out of the M3i Adapter, please ensure it has completely clicked in to the adapter. Insert the M3i Power Adapter (Included in the M3i Zero bundle) into the M3i Zero card. The slot for the power adapter is located on the right side of the M3i Adapter with the label facing you. The arrows on the power adapter are inserted facing toward the back of the M3i adapter. Plug the power adapter into an open USB port on the computer, a light on the back of the M3i Zero Adapter will begin to flash, allow the card a few minutes to update, you will know the the update is complete when the light has stopped flashing for 30 seconds.

    5) You may now connect your Micro SD/SDHC card to the computer again (As you did in step 2) and place your media on to the card.
    - Nintendo DS games are to be placed in the NDS folder
    - Music is to be placed in the My Music folder (Will play .jpeg and .bmp files, possibly others but I haven't tested them)
    - Video is to be place in the My Video folder (Will play only .dsv files only)
    - Text files are to be placed in the My Ebook folder (Will read .txt files only)
    You may also delete the F_CORE.DAT file as it will no longer be needed

    6) Reinsert the Micro SD/SDHC card into the M3i Zero Adapter and you are ready to play as though it were a normal DSi game.

    Menu Explanations
    From this menu you can select which NDS game you wish to play. It also includes a built in action replay for cheats, as real time save and slow motion functions.

    From this menu you can select which GBA game you wish to play. Please be aware that GBA games cannot be played on the nintendo DSi and requires the SLOT-2 GBA expansion card. If you are using a DS Lite and have the GBA expansion card, create a folder named GBA in the root of your Micro SD/SDHC card and place your GBA games there.

    From this menu you can run homebrew applications. Sinply create a folder named Homebrew in the root of your Micro SD/SDHC card and place your homebrew applications there.

    Does nothing for the DSi, I would assume it allows you to boot the SLOT-2 card for the DS Lite

    Boots moonshell which allows you to play music and video and allows you to read text files

    -Unit Converter
    -Address Book
    (Please be aware that the pda runs extremely slow and plays loud annoying sounds which can't be turned off without lowering volume)

    -Toggle through custom skins
    - Change between boot directly to the NDS folder or the main menu

    Helpful Links

    Homebrew Applications Downloads
    - http://www.ndshb.com/

    Skin Downloads
    - http://www.ndsthemes.com/themes/title/m3real
  2. funem

    funem Retro Powered..

    Nov 4, 2006
    United Kingdom
    out of nowhere....
    Did I catch this in the beta stages [​IMG]

    Good luck with it anyway.
  3. gameguy95

    gameguy95 Needs More Furries!

    Jan 27, 2009
    United States
    take out the rom site links against rules
  4. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

    Former Staff
    Feb 2, 2008
    United States
    Wouldn't YOU like to know?
  5. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Melodramatic fool

    Sep 13, 2009
    Please take down the rom site links, they are against the rules
  6. Haxorking

    Haxorking Newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    Was it really necessary for more than one person to mention the rom links? ._. I really don't think so
  7. CannonFoddr

    CannonFoddr Regular GBATemp Lurker

    Sep 23, 2006
    Sitting by computer
    Hmmm [​IMG] Not really a "M3i Zero complete guide" is it. More of a "M3i Zero Complete Touchpod guide"

    There's no mention about 'Sakura' or how to change between Touchpod/Sakura on boot-up
    Nor is there any mention about "How to update the firmware" (if it hasn't been done already) so that it can work on DSi v1.4, or how to use 'cheats' etc

    I guess it's a 'work-in-progress' (mind you there's already a sticky for M3 Sakura)
  8. Haxorking

    Haxorking Newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    The F_CORE.DAT file included supports DSi v1.4, and the patching process is mentioned. But yes it's an incomplete work at this point as I haven't had the time to finish it.
  9. House Spider

    House Spider In the GBAtemp attic.

    Apr 25, 2009
    I would say Filetrip is better for homebrew.
  10. Aircraft

    Aircraft Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    United States
    Thanks for the guide. I hope you have time to keep it updated for Noobs like me!
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