zaterdag, augustus 29, 2009
M3i DSi NDS problems and solutions
I bought a M3i for my daughters DSi. After my daughter updated to NDS 1.4, not knowing that would block the M3i, the M3i stopped working / was blocked by the Nintendo update. But the M3 team published an update, which worked.
What i found:
- PROBLEMS GETTING FILES RECOGNIZED AS GAME FILES
I used a M3 card before on a DS. I had some game files on that card. Since i wanted to use those game files on the DSi, I copied those files to the SD card which i use on the M3i zero. But the M3i zero / Sakura did not recognize those files: instead of a particular game icon, they had some generic icon. Only after downloading the game files again and placing them on the m3i sd, they were identified as game files. My conclusion: the m3 system manager i used on the game files to make them work on the previous M3 card, somehow changed the NDS-files in a way the m3i did not recognize them as game files anymore
- PROBLEMS BOOTING THE M3i
I tried the Timer-application which comes with the m3i-files (in the M3i-menu you press SELECT, and under the ACCESSOIRES-tab in the launch menu you find the Timer application). After seeing what the application was, i switched the DSi off and back on, launched the M3i again and got an error: "an error has occured. Press and hold the POWER Button to turn the system off. Please refer to the Nintendo DSI Operations Manual for details". I found out the Timer-app put a file MORNING.DAT on the root of the SD: once i deleted that file, i was able to boot Sakura again. I ran into the error before with the M3i, and also found some (hidden) files in the root: it seems as though there should be no other files than the F_core-file.
- PROBLEMS FLASHING THE M3I ZERO
I pre-ordered the M3i before it was available on the market, so i assume i have one of the first units / batches. When i follow the procedure to flash the M3i, i sometimes have problems flashing it: the LED flashes irregularly and doesn't stop flashing. I need to bend the M3 a little, to make the LED flash in a constant slow frequency and have it stop flashing after about 30 seconds to indicate it is ready. So if you have problem flashing: apply a little force on the M3i card and see whether that makes the LED flash steady, indicating a proper flash.
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