Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:47 PM

The 'Other' Cartridge Hacker

While DarkFader is the first to interface with and dump a DS cart, there is another hardware hacker on the boards, who is building his own custom DS interface.

Natrium42 has built a cart interface that can connect to a computer with either a parallel or serial interface. Using DarkFader's code he has managed to dump the first 90 characters or so of the header, but has not yet managed a complete dump. His interface unlike DarkFader's is made from a few relatively cheap components so it might be more promising to those of you who don't want to shell out for an FPGA board.


POSTED BY theo .:. | PERMALINK |  


At 1:19 AM, Anonymous said...

You act as if dumping is the only thing DarkFader's hardware can do....

At 4:46 AM, Anonymous said...

Well, that's all the warez kiddies care about :(

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous said...

now ladies, no sass-mouth

At 12:50 PM, theo .:. said...

Apologies if it came across that way. Dumping the cart is just the first -and in my opinion a nessecary stage- in being able to understand the system in order to load your own code on it. No one will be able to code for the DS just by guessing how the system works. DarkFader was only able to modify metroid because he had dumped the cart. Obviously DarkFader is past that stage now but there is another hacker who is trying to reach that stage at this point.

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous said...

hmmm I don't think so. Read two posts down.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous said...

My plan was to try reading the card at first to get familiar with the signals and then try to make my own card with Linux on it. I never wanted to facilate anything for the pirates. Thanks for the critique, it has been taken care of now.
~ natrium42 ~

At 5:58 PM, theo .:. said...

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At 5:59 PM, theo .:. said...

I don't think anyone thinks that you are trying to make an interface for pirates. I think people thought that my article was making too strong a point about dumping a rom as if it was an end goal for people like you and DF. If anyone reads the rest of the posts on this site it is clear that this site is dedicated to those trying to modify the Nintendo DS and not those who want free games. I personally am not a hardware hacker but I have experience doing Open GL based games, so I am very excited by the work of people like DF and Natrium42 because I would love to make some apps or games for my DS and am just lacking the hardware to do it. Keep up the good work guys!!!


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