Flashme Tutorial/FAQ for NDS (Not NDSL)
The Following guide and FAQ will help you better understand Flashme and how to flash your Nintendo DS
What is it?
Flashme is a firmware patch for your Nintendo DS Handheld system that allows you to execute files from your NDS Flashcart without the requirement of additional hardware (passme/passkey). Like the PSP, the DS has firmware, but it is just not as upgradable as upgradable. The firmware was hacked by homebrew developers and then patched by developers in which they allowed homebrew files to be executed off of the GBA flash cart/adapter that you are using. In the past you had to use a passme device injunction with your flashcart/adapter. Now, if you flash (write to it with the firmwarepatch) your DS fimrware will be changed to allow the homebrew files and thus potential harm to your DS if you fail to follow the flashing procedures.
In short: Flashme is a .nds file that you launch from your Nintendo DS and once you follow the procedures laid out below in the guide, your NDS will no longer require the Passkey/Passme device to execute homebrew files from your GBA cart.
Is it harmful?
Yes, it can be, but I've flashed my DS and the room for error is minimal, thus the chances are very minimal. If you are familiar with the PSP, you would know that in order to update your PSP (Flash a new update to your previous firmware)you must follow specific instructions when updating or else your PSP will "die". The Flashme installation can "kill" your NDS as well. Although, only a few have "killed" their PSP's, and even fewer have "killed" their NDS's.
The only harm is turning the NDS system off early (during the update process) or loose battery power.
To avoid any harmful issues:
1) Connect your DS charger to your DS when in use, unless you believe your NDS has enough power, but it is always good to be safe, so connect that power cord!
2) When flashing the firmware, you are required to remove the battery cover, thus the potential of the battery falling out is high, secure the battery in anyway you want. (I just placed pressure on the battery so it would not fall out).
3) Do not turn off your NDS during the flashing process!! The flashme program will inform you when it is safe to shutdown, so if they don't tell you..don't
Note: Although, there have been reports of the flashing procedure stop at 100% and not completely finish and thus "killed" the NDS. This issue is extremely rare, and I am not aware of it happening to anyone, as it is not discussed much.
-Flashcart of some sort
-Passkey 1 or 2 (depending on your NDS version)
-Screwdriver (small Phillips)
1)Download the desired Flashme file:
There are two versions of flashme currently that both delete the requirement for Passkey, but one deletes the Health Warning Screen. Downloads:
[Deletes Health Warning Screen Version]
[Does not delete Health Warning Screen Version]
If the following downloads do not work, please refer to the bottom of this page for the proper downloads: [Here]
2) Now that you have it download (.nds file), copy it to your NDS.
Note: Some flashcarts require you to use software to patch the files (for my cart, it is M3 Game Manager). These just simply patch the game file so it is playable on your NDS. If such software did not come with your cart, then you might not need to.
3) Once copied to your NDS, turn your NDS over so you see the battery cover.
4) Remove the battery cover, DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY
5) Next, remove the square pink sticker to the top left of the battery area. I used a flat head screwdriver to remove it, worked like a charm.
http://www.dspassme.com/images/FlashMeSticker.jpg Courtesty of Dspassme.com
The hole you see in the above pic is where you will place your metal screwdriver, this connects the two SL1 pads located in the hole, thus allowing us to successfully flash the NDS firmware!!
6) Now, place a flat-head screwdriver in the hole that just discovered! (The hole the pink square was covering)
Note: DO NOT PLACE IN ANY OF THE TWO HOLES BENEATH THE ONE YOU UNCOVERED
7) Hold your battery securely in place and the screwdriver
8) Flip your DS screen-side up
9) Turn your DS on and run the Flashme file you installed on your Flashcart earlier (.nds format)
10) When you first start the program it will give you details concerning the flashing and a key-entry to enter (XBXB).
From here on, do not turn off your NDS until told to do so by the program!!
11) After you entered the key you will see a number with a % symbol next to it. This means that you are currently attempting to flash your firmware
12) If you can not get the progress of the percentage to move at all, it means that you are not connecting the two SL1 pads located in the hole that you have your screwdriver in…
Note: It took me a few times to get the right position, so just move it slightly around until the progress moves.
13) When it is complete, it will then tell you it is safe to turn off..so do so J
Enjoy your new firmware.
- Automatically boots flashcart if inserted
-Hold Select to boot the default NDS menu
Question: Can I uninstall Flashme?
Answer: Yes, although you will use the “fail-safe” feature that you were given with the first installation of Flashme
Question: Do I need a retail game to play .nds files?
Answer: No, you do not
Question: When I turn on my NDS, it is stuck on a white screen, what do I do?
Answer: Just shut off your NDS and unplug the flash cart, replug it in and start the system up!
dspassme for original instructions on installation and installation files!!