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  1. PKGINGO
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    <div align="left"> <b>Hi all, this thread is to help anyone else who has this card so that they can benefit from information that was posted on the official forum, but hard to find elsewhere; And tools that will be unavailable at the end of July 2008. If a mod could please sticky this, I would very much appreciate it <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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    <!--quoteo(post=0:date=:name=Speeding up DS-X Read/Write Access Speed)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Speeding up DS-X Read/Write Access Speed)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><u><b>The following provides a sample command prompt line to format your DS-X with a 64K cluster that speeds up the device access speed.</b></u>

    <u><b>How:</b></u>
    <ul><li>Click Start -> Run -> and type 'cmd' without the quotes and press enter.
    </li><li>In the console that opens, type the following line:<!--c1--><div class='codetop'>CODE</div><div class='codemain'><!--ec1-->format X: /FS:FAT /V:DS-X /A:64K<!--c2--></div><!--ec2-->
    <sub><i>nb: Replace X: with the drive letter of your DS-X device followed by a colon ( : ).</i></sub>
    </li><li>Answer Y followed by enter, to the question to proceed with formatting and close the console window when it is complete.</li></ul>
    <u><b>Explanation:</b></u><ul><li>The DS-X accesses data in 64K 'chunks', however, a standard cluster size is smaller, usually around 16 or 32 if you use the default setting. This makes every 'chunk' the DS-X accesses, a cluster, hence speeding up file access.</li></ul>
    <u><b>Notes:</b></u> <ul><li> The size of a file will always be a multiple of 64K. It doesn't matter if your save file is 1.4KB, it will still take up 64K of space on your device. Likewise, if a file is 65K on your device 128K of space will be used.

    </li><li> Formatting your DS-X will erase all data on it. Please backup your applications and settings before performing this. You will need to re-download and apply the skin files located <a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eruralclass/skin1.1.2.rar" target="_blank">here</a>.

    </li><li> You cannot run M3 Sakura Firmware with this modification. The fat engine does not support a cluster size greater than 32.</li></ul><!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    </div><div align="center"><!--quoteo(post=0:date=:name=How to use the firmware updater)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(How to use the firmware updater)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><u><i><b>The following is the official instructions (with links to the new updaters) to using the firmware updaters. I have hacked the updaters to work for when the DS-X servers are offline at the end of July 2008.</b></i></u>

    <img src="http://home.comcast.net/~ruralclass/dsxlogosmall.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <div align='left'>Please download one of the updaters below before proceeding:
    <ul><li><a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eruralclass/Ds_Xtreme_updater_v1.1.2.zip" target="_blank">DS-X Firmware Version 1.1.2 Updater
    </a></li><li><a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eruralclass/Ds_Xtreme_updater_v1.1.3.zip" target="_blank">DS-X Firmware Version 1.1.3 Updater</a></li></ul></div><div align='left'> <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><b>Preliminary steps prior to running the updater:</b></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--> <ol type='1'><li>Disconnect <u>ANY</u> Card readers or other USB Device like USB hubs; Extenders or devices that generally use a USB port except you keyboard and mouse. In case you have a USB modem, leave that on as you will need your Internet connection for this update. In case you own a HP machine you will need to physically remove the card reader from the machine.</li><li>Please use the cable supplied with the DS-Xtreme if possible and connect it to the back of your machine (avoid using the front USB ports are they do not function the same as the ones on the back)</li><li>It is advised that you use a machine that supports USB 2.0 (USB 1.0 and 1.1 will take a lot more time to update and in some cases will not work)</li><li>It is necessary to disable any type of Anti-Virus Software or other Security related applications before you attempt to run the updater. It is reported that some software may cause the updater to fail if not disabled.</li><li>Your Internet Service Provider must not force you to use a HTTP proxy as the updater will not work if a Proxy is required from your ISP.</li><li>Keep the DS-Xtreme connected to the PC at all times during the update. In some cases the updater will ask you to remove it. Only in this case you are to remove the cart during the update.</li><li>This updater is tested to work on Windows XP <b>and</b> Vista.</li></ol></div></div><!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    <!--quoteo(post=0:date=:name=How to use the repair tool)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(How to use the repair tool)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><div align="center"><u><i><b>The following is the official instructions (with spelling corrections) to the repair tool. I have hacked the repair tool to work for when the DS-X servers are offline at the end of July 2008.</b></i></u>
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    <div align="center"><b>To make sure you need to use these instructions, please make a thread detailing your problem. If you need these instructions, someone will link you here!


    <img src="http://home.comcast.net/~ruralclass/dsxlogosmall.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    </b></div> <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><b>Before using this tool here are a couple of common problems and their solutions:</b></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    "Cannot lock Device" - Format the DS-X

    "Error 1" unplug the ds-x disable firewall and security software and reboot, try again. Also it is best to use the back USB ports and disable any memory card readers, and unplug any USB devices other than mouse and keyboard.

    "Blah Blah privilege error" sorry can't remember the exact error. Unplug the DS-X then replug and restart the tool/updater.

    If the update gives you the "must unplug" message you do not need to restart the 1.1.3 update tool, just unplug and run discover again.

    In order to recover your unit I will have to share a private tool with you. Please do not link to it, distribute it or mention it on the forums. While it may help you, it is still in its infancy and might damage units with similar symptoms.

    So if you agree with the terms of not distributing, sharing or speaking of this tool please download the tool from <a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eruralclass/Recovery.zip" target="_blank">here</a>.

    ATTENTION: If you are not the person who wrote this ticket, you should open your own as you will be voiding your warranty when using private tools from the Support department without prior consent from DS-X staff.

    To recover your unit, please do the following steps without interrupting in-between or toying around:

    IMPORTANT: If your DS-Xtreme shows up fine as USB Mass Storage Device please ignore the "Before proceeding" below as well as step 2! You will not be required to do these tasks in your situation.

    *** BEFORE Proceeding with the Repair Tool, please go into device manager (control panel --> system --> Hardware --> Device Manager) and remove any devices on the usb's e.g DVB-T ...etc, which usually pop up when the DS-Xtreme is plugged in.***

    1. Extract the contents of the recovery on your Desktop and plug the DS-Xtreme into the USB port (directly to your PC's USB Port on the back – do not use front usb ports or hubs like usbs on your keyboard etc.).

    2. On your computer, go to your Desktop. On your desktop there will be an icon called "My Computer". Perform a right-click on "My Computer" and choose the option "Properties".

    A new window will pop up with many options, on the top of that window you should see a tab called "Hardware", please click on it. After you did click on the "Hardware" tab you should see a button called "Device Manager" click it and the Device Manager should open in a new window.

    Within the Device Manager expand the Section called "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" by clicking the "+" icon on its left. You now should see quite an amount of controllers and so forth, in order to locate which device the DS-Xtreme is, disconnect it and look which Device disappears from the list. You can also find out as what your DS-Xtreme is being recognized when you re-plug it and look which device was now automatically added to the listing under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers".

    Double click the DS-Xtreme (Which you located just prior to this by noticing what was added / removed from the listing under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers"). A New Window will pop-up and on top you should see a tab labeled "Driver" – please left-click the tab. Within the Driver tab click the "Update Driver..." Button.

    Now the new Driver installation starts in a new window and you should choose the option "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" and click on the "Next" Button.

    The second step you should choose the option "Don't search, I will choose the driver to install" and click on next.

    Now you will see a listing of devices that it believes to be compatible, click on the button "Have Disk..." which will open a new window. Within that window you need to click the button labeled "Browse...". Now you are required to browse for an ".inf" file. Please go into the "DriverXP" directory which you extracted previously from the recovery tool and select the "CyUSB.inf" file and click "Open."

    In the Device list you should now see a device called "Cypress FX2 – No EEPROM" left click on it and click on the "Next" Button. Windows might now tell you that this driver is not digitally signed, if so, click on "Continue Anyway" so it proceeds to install the Driver.

    3. Disconnect any Card reader or other USB Device (except mouse & keyboard) you do not require for your machine to function. (If you got an HP machine, you need to physically disconnect it)

    4. Run the Repair Tool and push "Find Device" then "Update".

    5. After the Repair is complete, disconnect the device and place it back on the USB cable

    6. Format the device with FAT 32 (by right clicking on the DS-X drive and selecting format) (you can use Quick Format for this)

    7. Copy the skin files found <a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eruralclass/skin1.1.2.rar" target="_blank">here</a> onto the DS-Xtreme.

    8. Boot the cart on the DS and report the behavior of the repair in your problem thread.

    <!--coloro:#ff0000--><span style="color:#ff0000"><!--/coloro--><b><u><!--coloro:#000000--><span style="color:#000000"><!--/coloro-->Please Note: <!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
    AFTER RUNNING THE REPAIR TOOL, THE FIRMWARE VERSION INSTALLED WILL BE 1.1.2. IF YOU WANT 1.1.3, PLEASE RUN THE 1.1.3 UPDATER TOOL AFTER RUNNING THIS REPAIR TOOL!</u></b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
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  2. p1ngpong

    Supervisor p1ngpong Legit Boss Harold

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    Great job man! [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for posting this. [​IMG] It is very useful in my opinion.
     
  4. dib

    Member dib GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I have a far easier, two step solution for the DS-X:

    1) Buy a new flashcart.
    2) Insert DS-X in trash.

    Incredibly, this is a universal fix and resolves ALL issues with the unit.
     
  5. MrSpud

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    LOL!
    Yes but we have to be nice to the people who can't afford a new flashcart! I was that guy, then after a while I got a Cyclods, it was like when I got rid of my 1994 Ford 150 and got a new 2008 Ford 150, you get to really appreciate what you pay for. I'm still waiting for someone to post on YouTube themself smashing their Ds-x cart, or run over it with their car.

    I thought that maybe someone from the Ds-x team would post this kind of information, once again they don't give a sh!t. Now that Ds-x is gone, we can really see what they care about, forums are gone, team is gone but they are still selling carts for 125/150$, there's only one thing that they care about, $$$$$$$
     
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    Supervisor p1ngpong Legit Boss Harold

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    You guys need to get a life, the DSX is still compatible with well over a thousand roms, its not exactly useless, throwing the DSX in the trash is just a fail comment!
     
  7. Shuny

    Member Shuny I'm in yr forum, reading yr postz

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    This ain't funny, especially when you paid over 120$ for this cart [​IMG]
     
  8. dice

    Former Staff dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    dib's been warned, now stay on topic please


    - I'll sticky this
     
  9. NeSchn

    Member NeSchn GBAPimpdaddy.

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    I would, but I sold mine to my brother.

    On topic now:
    Thanks for posting these things though OP my brother could use some of them.
     
  10. dib

    Member dib GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I'll do it. In fact I'll take suggestions here on the exact manner of execution for my DS-X. Then when it's decided I'll shoot the video and post it.
     
  11. p1ngpong

    Supervisor p1ngpong Legit Boss Harold

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    LOL!!! [​IMG]

    fail
     
  12. WB3000

    Member WB3000 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Well, I did release my first public piece of software there...

    I also released dsbuff there as well, although there's other places to find it. It's on this forum too, someplace.

    Archive.org has quite a bit of the forum archived, so more could be found there.
     
  13. p1ngpong

    Supervisor p1ngpong Legit Boss Harold

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    Awesome man! [​IMG]
     
  14. dib

    Member dib GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    So it's a rom manager with a DS-X branding?
     
  15. ChuckMcB

    Member ChuckMcB GBAtemp Fan

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    Here's a mirror of the DS-Xtreme Forums before they went down the second time.

    HTH
     

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