Opera RAM Expansion

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  1. Nero
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    Nero GBAtemp RPG Maniac

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    [​IMG] I don't have a Slot-2 yet.

    P.S: I'm aware that it can't play GBA games... but I just need to know if it can be used for anything else except for the Opera Browser.
     
  2. cpm

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    there are some homebrew applications that come to mind (namely SNEmulDS & Moonshell).
     
  3. Lee79

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    Pictodrive (Megadrive emulator) takes advantage of the official RAM pack to speed up emulation.
     
  4. Urza

    Urza hi

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    Image viewer.
     
  5. Fat D

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    DSLinux. But the 3in1 might be better...
     
  6. Maikel Steneker

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    Probably: the Opera RAM Expansion has only 10 MB extra, the 3 in 1 has 16 MB. The question is whether the homebrew uses it or not. I think DSLinux does.

    Btw, the M3 Perfect is even better: it has 32 MB [​IMG] The M3 Pro has 4 MB btw.
     
  7. DanTheManMS

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    The Opera RAM expansion has 8 MB, not 10, and yes DSLinux has support for both the Opera RAM pack and the 3in1 expansion pack. The extra RAM can be used to launch larger applications without crashing.

    SNEmulDS v0.6 Alpha can also use the extra RAM to store large roms if you don't want to use the paging system.
     
  8. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

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    Spelling mistake but not by me i pasted this quote from the Opium's EZ V review URL=http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=42399
    it is mentioned twice in the "3-in-1 Expansion Pack" part of the review that Picodrive takes advantage of the official RAM pack to speed up emulation. [​IMG]
     
  9. DanTheManMS

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    Then the reviewer was probably wrong. The official PicoDriveDS website says absolutely nothing about the external RAM speeding things up. It only says that it can be used to play large games by appending them to the emulator core. In addition, external RAM is slower to access than main RAM, so it doesn't make sense that it would speed things up. Personally I tested a game using both the filesystem method and the appended rom method, as I have a slot-2 Supercard that can handle both, and there was no noticeable difference at all.
     
  10. 1man1dream

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    nvm
     
  11. Kellicros

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    Moonshell uses it? That's a news to me...
     
  12. DanTheManMS

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    Moonshell can use the additional RAM to help decode large JPEG images.