OH GOD! I think I just bought a fake Acekard 2i. :'(

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  1. Comedor
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    Ok, I just got an Acekard 2i and I think it's a fake/clone, but here are some thinks I noticed for you guys to help me, please! (Using DS Lite, AKAIO 1.6RC1 firmware)


    - I can feel something (a chip?) behind the sticker glued in the front of cart, won't take the sticker out due to warranty, duh. Some says this thing means my card is a clone, but...

    - It appears as "Acekard 2i" in the DS Menu, and I think clones are reported to appear as "Acekard 2", no "i".

    - Boot and play just fine, from what I hear fakes don't run the latest firmware/akaio.

    I'm really confused... :S




    Oh, and what's the difference between Acekard 2i and Acekard RPG, because the skin that comes with the latest official firmware have a "Acekard RPG" and now I don't know what is what.


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    Oone last thing, why this "DSi Compatible" space comes empty? At least mine was empty, lol.

    Lots of question, I know, but Tempers will help me, OH GOD THEY WILL!

    Rigthy? Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
     
  2. Nikolay

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    Where did you buy it from?
     
  3. keyra

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    the clones are acekard 2.1 not 2i
     
  4. czulki

    Newcomer czulki Advanced Member

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    IF it runs AKAIO its not a clone.
     
  5. Comedor
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    Oh?

    http://www.acekard.com/news.php#78
     
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    You say you are running AKAIO 1.6, so if this is correct then your acekard is genuine.
     
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    It's a legit cart, it's just one of the old AK2i's, lol.
     
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    IIRC mine actually came in a box also without a card reader - but I think it was a case of 're-using older packaging' - the Acekard 2 came in similar packaging & included a Card reader that fitted into the 'DSi' space
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    So instead of paying for newer packaging without the space - they just used 'old packaging' & stuck a DSi sticker on it

    Hope this clears up some of your questions
     
  9. Comedor
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    "AKAIO v1.6 HW 44 SVN 803"

    Bad quality, sorry!

    And thanks everyone for all these quick replies! YAY GBATEMP! Just one last question, theres any chance my (old batch) Acekard becoming unsupported for Akaio or official firmwares?

    @Cannon, there's a God, thank you very much, sir.
     
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    Mine has the protruding chip on the front and came in the plastic box. If it runs AKAIO 1.6, it's real.
     
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    Your Acekard 2i is authentic, so future updates (AKAIO or Team Acekard's firmware) should continue to work on it.
     
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    yup, it's an older HW44 AK2i.
    The HW81 is the one without a chip bulging out. (correct me if i'm wrong)
     
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    Didn't I hear that the Acekard team split and the people that split off are still making them with the old chip? New card but built same as the old so it can still run Akaio 1.6. I thought I read that here.
     
  14. Livin in a box

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    Don't know where you heard that because it's not true.
     
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    I just told you where I heard that...dip shit
     
  16. Pliskron

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    This is what I was taking about. No idea if it's true or not.


    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=206800&st=0

    We had so many complaints since Acekard posted the pictures of fake Acekard 2i. Here is what we found. Of course, Acekard never came out to clear everything out. We don't know what happened internally within them.

    What happened?
    The team broke up. Some of them left and started using the original Actel design to manufacture Acekard 2i. The ones they produced came with 1.4 pre-loaded.

    Why everyone was selling this version instead of the non-Actel version?
    At that point, that was the only version worked. The non-Actel version had problem patching for the 1.4.

    How to tell?
    From outside, you could feel the chip by touching the front for the Actel chip.

    How about the HWID?
    The Actel one has HWID of 80 while the non-Actel one has HWID of 81. When you try to patch it, you will see HWID of 8080 or 8181 instead.

    Do the Actel ones work?
    Yes, they do work with Acekard firmware and AKAIO.

    Are the Actel ones fake?
    It depends on how you see it. The Actel one was from the original design, but was manufactured by a group who are no longer with Acekard. The group who has control over the Acekard web site can claim whatever they want to since they control the site.

    How come my Actel one doesn't work?
    The defective rate of Acekard is very high. Chances are you had a defective one. It does not mean you had a fake one. Again, it depends on how you define it. From the group who controls the web site, they are. But, if that applies, whoever owns the old one from the past has a fake one now by the definition.

    What are you going to do with the Actel ones?
    We think they are real in terms of functionality and compatibility. However, to avoid the issue of being accused selling fakes, we are getting the non-Actel ones from our supplier. We should have them later this week. We still have some of the Actel ones in stock. We do not think there are anything wrong with them. If you prefer to have the non-Actel ones, please wait till next week when we have them in stock.

    Can I replace my Actel one with a non-Actel one?
    Absolutely. If you don't feel comfortable with it. Open a support ticket with us. We will get it replaced.

    We don't know about the ones from DX are real or fake or the same as us. We do know what we have and we do care about the issue. For those of you who purchased Ak2i from us, sorry about the confusion and trouble. Without Acekard replying to our email to them, without being able to purchase directly from them, we do not have too much control over the issue. We had to trust our suppliers and so far they had been very reliable. We learned about the problem internally at Acekard from them as well.
     
  17. Todderbert

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    Its a legit card, because I own the exact same one, which was purchased right when they were first released. I love the contact guards on the back, main reason I bought it at the time.
     
  18. Pliskron

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    Seems slightly peculiar that there's so many old cards floating around since they're such a big seller.
     
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    Where on this forum...You don't have to say that and get all defensive.
     
  20. Synt4x3rror

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    I bough my acekard the other month (2i) from realhotstuff, and it also had the chip that sticks out a little

    but I run akaio just fine, so it's legit, maybe you got one of the old batches.
     

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