Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:16 AM

DS Homebrew firmware in closed beta

"I thought I would make the first post about this here in this community before all of the hear-say begins about what it *IS* and what it *ISNT*, and if I forget to mention anything, please feel free to ask in this thread. :)

Basically, today started the first beta test of a new firmware for the DS, made by a member of the #dsdev comunity (loopy).

What CAN it do?
* Allows you to play home made demos that would normally require a PassMe or WifiMe without those devices, and loads the demos from GBA cart as normal.

What can it NOT do?
* Does NOT allow you to play commercial games from a GBA cart

What is required for the firmware update?
* An existing working PassMe or WifiMe to load the firmware update program. Once loaded, these devices are no longer required.

Will I have to remove the housing to the DS to apply the update at all?
* Only the battery cover. There is some stuff in there that has to be messed with (i'm not going to give out the specifics right now, as I dont want anyone messing up their DS units, because the LCD controller is also accessable in there)

Does it add any new features, such as Pictochat upgrades?
* NO! The only thing that has changed is to allow DS games to load from the GBA cart slot without the use of a PassMe or WifiMe. This is all that it does for now.

Is there any reason why I would want this new firmware?
* Only if you plan on making/playing home-brew demos, and have a GBA flash cart. Otherwise, it will be useless to you."

-Darkain

Correction:
The firmware patch beta credits Loopy, Costis and Darkfader. Not Darkain.

Darkain happens know what's going on, and he and posted the above comments in the Nintend_DS LiveJournal community.

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12 Comments:

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous said...

"What can it NOT do?
* Does NOT allow you to play commercial games from a GBA cart"

So let me get this right - it breaks compatibility with the user's entire commercially produced GBA collection to allow homebrew code to run? I'm not installing that....!

 
At 10:05 AM, Anonymous said...

It means no commerical DS games can be run from the GBA Flash Cart...get a clue.

Not like you could install the firmware anyway...you are clueless.

 
At 10:50 AM, Anonymous said...

YHBT. YHL. HAND.

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous said...

Reading comprehension of 10 year olds...

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous said...

if loopy made it, why does the topic say it's Darkain's firmware ?

 
At 1:32 PM, Captain_Duck said...

Because... uh... I think darkain was the one to get things able to update the firmware or whatever, loopy wrote the firmware upgrade that you can install. Not 100% sure on that though.

Anyway it's a great thing for homebrew developers, of wich i'm not one heh :). I'm just hoping the guys in hongkong pick this up so we can can, uh,..... well you know :D

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous said...

The firmware patch beta credits Loopy, Costis and Darkfader. Not Darkain.

Darkain happens know what's going on, and he and posted the above comments in the Nintend_DS LiveJournal community.

 
At 8:03 PM, Anonymous said...

"What can it NOT do?
* Does NOT allow you to play commercial games from a GBA cart"

And why not?

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous said...

because it's not a ds flash card, it's ds code running from the gba flash card. I believe it has something to do with the memory addresses

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous said...

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At 2:33 PM, Anonymous said...

Developers (the people doing this stuff) do not want it to run commercial games because that would lead to piracy. In which case the big N would have to take actions to stop it.

 
At 8:39 PM, Thurston said...

This Patch AFAICT replaces the warning screen with 2 small programs that allow booting ds code from the gba slot. It does not prevent you from playing normal ds games or normal gameboy games.

 

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