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Happy DS Lite day! Did anyone buy one? I've already decided I will, since the games are probably fine and it looks like way too much fun to develop on. It has two *different* ARM processors running in parallel (:D :D :D) and it just looks like there's so much good stuff in there. The homebrew devkit even has a 3D "video API vaguely similar to OpenGL" :)

You have to buy some extra hardware to run your own programs. I did some research this morning, and it looks like the best combination would be:

  • Passcard-3 to bypass authentication. Despite the "pass" in the name, it doesn't seem to require a real game to pass through!
  • EZ4 Lite micro-SD adapter. It's supposed to be small enough not to stick out, and may be released next week.
  • A micro-SD card. I don't care about what kind of card it is, since I have to buy a new one anyway.

I just hope those two will be compatible with each other, and it's not a big drain on the battery or anything. I'd rather avoid flashing the firmware if I can, at least when I first get it.

Update: Thanks to myth for pointing out that SD adapters are not very well supported in the homebrew community yet. It looks like for the present time, I'll get a SuperCard and hope that down the road SD cards become better supported.

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[User Picture]From: basalt
2006-06-11 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm getting one as soon as I can get my ass to a car
must... have... *grabby hands
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From: ex_md744
2006-06-11 07:57 pm (UTC)
I bought a real DS in january, and haven't used it.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-06-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
Jade!!

I didn't, but I'm not surprised. Is there an all-Roomba soccer team yet?
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[User Picture]From: graa
2006-06-11 11:30 pm (UTC)
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From: c99koder
2006-06-11 08:35 pm (UTC)
I bought one today from BestBuy. Normally I try to avoid bestbuy, but they've got a coupon to get Brain Age for free w/ purchase of a DS lite.

I'm probably going to order one of these for homebrew, since it includes its own DS cartridge for booting up, don't need a passkey/passme. Though it'll probably stick out kind of far on the DS lite.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-06-12 02:02 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's a good deal. I'll have to see if I can do that!
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[User Picture]From: casey
2006-06-11 10:36 pm (UTC)
I bought one even though I already have a regular DS. But I'm going to sell my old one to a coworker, so when all is said and done I'll probably have only spent $50 to upgrade, and as a Nintendo fanboy, I would be remiss not to have this thing. It's really beautiful, and the real games are great! You should check out Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (if you can find it). It's reminiscent of the old Lucasarts/Sierra games.
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From: zixyer
2006-06-12 09:40 am (UTC)
Seconding Phoenix Wright, it's my favorite game for the DS by far.
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From: zixyer
2006-06-12 09:36 am (UTC)
Don't think about making a video player. I'm pretty far along on an ffmpeg based one. :) It's already decoding MPEG-4 at about 11fps, and Cinepak plays at about 29 fps (even though it's an ancient codec it looks okay at high bitrates).

Right now I'm just working on the audio decoding, which is going to exclusively use the arm7. Hopefully it'll be fast enough, though I am a little worried about the memory bandwidth.

Unfortunately the documentation for homebrew DS development is pretty sparse, and the community isn't very supportive either.
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[User Picture]From: myth
2006-06-12 03:48 pm (UTC)
Kev coding stuff for the DS = the awesomeness.

You might have already seen this and decided it wasn't important for your purposes, but the micro-SD cards tend to have less compatibility with existing homebrew. DS Linux can only boot read-only from any kind of SD, and a number of other applications (Nitrotracker, NetHack) have similar problems. Everything's hunky-dory with CF, though.

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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-06-12 06:21 pm (UTC)
I was wondering about that, thanks. I think I'll go ahead and buy a CF adapter, and worry about SD support later. Surely *somebody* will write it.
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