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So, I upgraded from R4 to Acekard last year and have been loving it until some of the newer game releases... My 8GB SDHC Class 4 doesn;t seem to work with some of the newer games for exaample the new game 999, it should work fine with global AP disabled and the individual one enabled but I get the random crashes. I could swap to my normal 2GB SD but I like having the majority of games on a single SD.

So, is DSTwo effected by the newest AP against SDs? Well, thats what I assume it is.

Also curious on how well the in-built AP is? Does it play games without patches most of the time?

How is the OS now? I heard it was a little rough around the edges at the beginning.

How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.

How is it all round?

I was also skimming the DS2 essentials and saw EOS and another firmware. Can someone explain as I'm a little confused.

So yeah, if you can answer any of these questions that'd be awesome. Thanks.
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Q:So, is DSTwo effected by the newest AP against SDs? Well, thats what I assume it is.
A: Not too sure what you mean by 'AP against SD' but I've haven't had any problems running any of the newer game that have any type of AP on them (even '999' worked without any 'tweaking')

Q:Also curious on how well the in-built AP is? Does it play games without patches most of the time?
A: As mentioned above - I think I have only had to 'tweak' one game to get it to run (I think I had to 'turn off' RTS/RTC feature - but this has been fixed since OS 1.07 IIRC)

Q:How is the OS now? I heard it was a little rough around the edges at the beginning.
A:It's really down to what you call 'rough' - yes there were a few bugs in the original OS - but IMHO most have been 'fixed', however some people would like some 'extra features' added to it to improve it (things like plugin ordering or more 'options' to the plugin menu layout) but personally I think it's pretty much stable


Q:How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.
A:Can't really answer this - don't really do many GBA/SNES games - but those I've tried have been pretty good (although I THINK Golden sun is one of the more problematic games)
I have heard that there are still problems with many GBA games (screen corruption/slow downs/ non-running) but I guess it's the same with any type of emulation. There are some tweaks that can improve compatibilty with GBA games (such as the unoffical GBA emulator made by BassAceGold)

Q:How is it all round?
A: Well I like it.. I've had several different cards (N5/M3(simply/real)/Acekard2i/DS2) & I would say this has been the best card I've ever had (the Ak2i come a close second - although I DO have problems with it when used in a DSLite) Of course it's still 'not perfect' IMHO - I would like all certain elements 'changed' slightly - but it's still considered one of the best card to have mainly 'cos of the regular support it gets from the supercard team

Q:I was also skimming the DS2 essentials and saw EOS and another firmware. Can someone explain as I'm a little confused.
A:If what I think you're talking about is right
- The 'firmware' is what's used to update the DS2 card to bypass the Nintendo 1.4.1 (& any future) updates that blocked cards
- the OS is what's is used to run games/homebrew etc & is usually updated more frequent to get more game compatibility

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Thanks!

I'm not too sure myself against 'AP against SD' but recently there has been games that only play on certain types os SD cards I believe, Pokemon Black & White being the first example I can think of.

Everything else seems okay. Bit disapointed by the fact that Golden Sun is a bit dodgy but I can live. It seems like one day it'll be fully playable so it's okay.

Also good to know how it is regularly supported by the team, and I imagine it will be for the forseeable future. Yeah, so it looks like I'll be buying mine in the morn, granted I don't come across any horror stories.

Will keep topic open to find other peoples opinion but yeah. Thanks again CannonFoddr!
 

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FYI - although I'm not really a Pokemon fan but I can tell you that out of curiosity I did try out 'Pocket Monsters Black (J)' - (I believe it an 'unpatched' version as the site I got it from also had a 'patched' version that I could download)....

That started up & ran without any problems that I could see (although everything was in Japanese - which I can't understand
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) - & I used it on the DStwo with a Kingston 8gb SDHC card without needing to do any 'tweaking'
 

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CannonFoddr said:
Q:How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.
A:Can't really answer this - don't really do many GBA/SNES games - but those I've tried have been pretty good (although I THINK Golden sun is one of the more problematic games)
I have heard that there are still problems with many GBA games (screen corruption/slow downs/ non-running) but I guess it's the same with any type of emulation. There are some tweaks that can improve compatibilty with GBA games (such as the unoffical GBA emulator made by BassAceGold)
That's the unofficial SNES emulator by bassacegold, there is no unoffical GBA emulator, at least not yet.
 

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Terminator02 said:
CannonFoddr said:
Q:How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.
A:Can't really answer this - don't really do many GBA/SNES games ............There are some tweaks that can improve compatibilty with GBA games (such as the unoffical GBA emulator made by BassAceGold)
That's the unofficial SNES emulator by bassacegold, there is no unoffical GBA emulator, at least not yet.
opps my bad - I must've been thinking of something else @ the time, although I'm sure there was 'something' for the GBA emulator that improved compatibility
 

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if you had an R4, couldnt you just use Wood Firmware 1.17?

It should fix all your AP issues since that seems to be updated pretty frequently.
 

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2wirends said:
if you had an R4, couldnt you just use Wood Firmware 1.17?
I guess it depends on the type of R4 dude3991 has.
IIRC Wood firmware only supports certain types of R4 cards (not having any type of R4 I don't really know for sure) - also it's possible that dude3991 upgraded to a DSiXL & the R4 doesn't work on it so he brought a newer card that does
 

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I've got a normal DSi and my R4 is long gone unfortunately, so I have my Acekard 2i now.

Wow, I had such a mission getting Black/White working! The AP bypass in this card has me sold I think, sounds extremely impressive. Will buy in a bit. Thanks for the help guys!
 

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Yeah. I remember when Pokemon B&W was first dumped and I couldn't go on here to see if the DS2 worked with this flawlessly. So I just downloaded the ROM and put it on and it worked perfectly. Gotta really love that.
 

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The deed is done, and it is bought. Can't wait. Should be here in the next few days just in time for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn!
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Great choice you made there.
I pretty much own all the top-line flashcarts and I am most satisfied with the DSTwo.
Having it for a few days and I had no issues WHATSOEVER.
I have heard complains about the build quality, but I myself must say that the plastic they used feels quite good.
All in one the TOP cart to have
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CannonFoddr said:
Terminator02 said:
CannonFoddr said:
Q:How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.
A:Can't really answer this - don't really do many GBA/SNES games ............There are some tweaks that can improve compatibilty with GBA games (such as the unoffical GBA emulator made by BassAceGold)
That's the unofficial SNES emulator by bassacegold, there is no unoffical GBA emulator, at least not yet.
opps my bad - I must've been thinking of something else @ the time, although I'm sure there was 'something' for the GBA emulator that improved compatibility

There was a GBA emulator update to 1.30 but that actually made things worse (except for a couple of games) because it doesn't work with game_config.txt. Lots of people, including myself, downgraded back to 1.25 because of that.
 

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dude3991 said:
I'm not too sure myself against 'AP against SD' but recently there has been games that only play on certain types os SD cards I believe, Pokemon Black & White being the first example I can think of.
I think I know what you're asking...do you mean games that are really sensitive to the speed of your SD card?
 

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nl255 said:
CannonFoddr said:
Terminator02 said:
CannonFoddr said:
Q:How is GBA emulation? I'm sure I could dig up some classics I want to play like Golden Sun, Pokemon ect.
A:Can't really answer this - don't really do many GBA/SNES games ............There are some tweaks that can improve compatibilty with GBA games (such as the unoffical GBA emulator made by BassAceGold)
That's the unofficial SNES emulator by bassacegold, there is no unoffical GBA emulator, at least not yet.
opps my bad - I must've been thinking of something else @ the time, although I'm sure there was 'something' for the GBA emulator that improved compatibility

There was a GBA emulator update to 1.30 but that actually made things worse (except for a couple of games) because it doesn't work with game_config.txt. Lots of people, including myself, downgraded back to 1.25 because of that.
that was an official update by the supercard team
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there a game_config floating around made to work with the 1.3 update?
 

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9th_Sage said:
dude3991 said:
I'm not too sure myself against 'AP against SD' but recently there has been games that only play on certain types os SD cards I believe, Pokemon Black & White being the first example I can think of.
I think I know what you're asking...do you mean games that are really sensitive to the speed of your SD card?

Must be. It was like you need a certain type SD card (PNY?) and stuff...

Got my DSTwo in the post is awesome so far! 999 works fine as do ther games I couldn't get working on my Acekard (Super Robot Wars L), so yay! Getting to grips with it atm... Any tips or homebrew or whatever I should do/get?

Also, GBA emulator 1.3 or 1.25?
 

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