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Development Diary : DSision2
The 'Bigger, better, longer' version of DSision
I thought I'd set up a blog specifically for DSision2, so I'll be directing people to this entry instead of random sites and videos(Jay, you can expect an extra four or five hits per month ).

What is DSision 2?

DSision [di-iszh-uh n] (named by Jayenkai) is a replacment firmware for Nintendo DS flash carts. At the time of creation, most flash cart firmwares presented the user with a fairly simple, menu system, usually just a list of filenames on the screen. I aimed to remedy this, by creating a nice looking, easy to use interface for loading homebrew programs on the DS. The first version of DSision, although reasonably popular, was rushed and not entirely what I had envisioned. So after a while, I started work on the second version, which boasts higher resolution icons, greater colour depth for both backgrounds and icons. More customizable themes, including the customization of every single icon.

When will I release it ?

I have no idea I'm afraid, my work on DSision2 has slowed recently, but fear not, DSision 2 is in a stable state and almost fully functional (some of it's 'extra' features don't fully work yet) and perfectly usable, so if I do give up on it, I will release it as-is, most likely including the source for anyone who might want to continue the project.

What does this awesome program look like?

Here area a couple of videos and screenshots...
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What features does DSision 2 have?

Works on R4DS (a popular, yet outdated flash cart)
Larger, higher resolution, higher colour depth icons
Custom icons per file/folder
GBA support through EZ 3-in-1
EZ 3-in-1 RAM unlocking


DSision2_26_April_09.rar(latest build).

If anyone hasn't yet, you can vote for DSision2 in the R4 homebrew contest here.

Latest Comments

Posted : Friday, 13 November 2009, 20:23

sorry for taking forever to reply,

heres my root:

DSision - file folder

PICS - file folder

YSMenu - Config settings



DSision2 - NDS file

YSMenu - NDS file

when i turn it on it says
"system file is missing"

Posted : Wednesday, 02 December 2009, 22:05

Hello Everyone!
I just bought a card on line which is supposed to be a R4-SDHC card. I installed Dsision and YSMenu (see pic) but I still can't get it to boot. All I get is a red Question Mark Sign with the word "Menu".
Can anyone tell me what am I doing wrong?


Posted : Wednesday, 02 December 2009, 23:43

Some R?4 cards are not R4's at all, most in fact, are cheap clones, others are clones of different cards and just use the R4 name for popularity. It is possible that your card is a clone of a different card, perhaps someone over at might be able to help, they seem to know a lot about R4 cards and such. But looking at the pic, it looks like you don't have the system software on the card, which, if your card is a genuine R4/clone should have a system folder and a couple of other files. Maybe this page will help -

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Posted : Saturday, 12 December 2009, 02:55

Then buy 'em. This is no place for pirates.

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Posted : Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 21:03

I'm using a TTDS with an 8GB SDHC card, and all it does is give me white screens. Is there any way to get Dsision support for SDHC card formats?

Posted : Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 23:32

nope, sorry.

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Posted : Monday, 28 December 2009, 05:20

my problem is that dsision2 dont open neither of my folders nor my games. else it loads correctly any idea y?

thnks xD

Posted : Monday, 28 December 2009, 06:55

I really can't think of any reason that it wouldn't open folders

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Posted : Monday, 28 December 2009, 21:54

Hey spinal could you plz upload the dsision u r currently using all the files.

And also if u could upload the source code it would be nice.


Posted : Tuesday, 29 December 2009, 01:54

Spinal's already had MAJOR issues with Source Code theft, so I doubt he's about to post any code any time soon. (search at GBATemp for DSision3)

Additionally, I'm sure Spinal won't mind me saying that he's not the world's best bet for backing things up (have a hunt around here!!) so any "latest" DSision could have all manner of crazy bugs in it

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Posted : Tuesday, 29 December 2009, 08:12

I'm currently not using any version of DSision, a bad advert for myself I know, but I am working on DSisoin3 (the real DSision3 that is, called DScovered.

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Posted : Friday, 01 January 2010, 00:40

hey spinal i wud like to know how to change the font?

Posted : Friday, 01 January 2010, 04:24

You can't.

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Posted : Wednesday, 03 March 2010, 00:52

No releases yet? SDHC support would be nice
Do you plan to share the code?

Nice work, please don't leave it!

Posted : Sunday, 08 May 2011, 11:30

Hi Spinal are you still around..?

Posted : Monday, 09 May 2011, 03:16

Indeed I am

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Posted : Monday, 09 May 2011, 04:29

You can't get rid of spinal, he will always be around.

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Posted : Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 12:24

@spinal nice to see you maate...
Hi could you send me the source code for this,it was made with palib..?

Posted : Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 12:34

What happened to your website,if you need one i can host it for you...??

Free of course..

Posted : Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 15:09

I think Spinal's in the same mindset as me, when it comes to OpenSource.
I see people getting ripped off, enough online, that I've always found it difficult to opensource my stuff.
I'd trust most people here, but there are some dicks out there, and if they have to work to rip me off, then that's a damn site better than me giving them the opportunity!

Recent case-in-point, Canabalt theft

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Posted : Wednesday, 11 May 2011, 01:35

There really isn't a lot in the source that is of use. It's rather a simple program, just read the filenames, read the images, move them left or right, call hbmenu to load the app.

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Posted : Friday, 13 May 2011, 06:50

I don't rip peoples code off anyway..I have only made 2 apps..One is Etch a Sketch (with help from Spinal.. ) and DpaintDS was made with DS Game Maker.


(It's rather a simple program, just read the filenames, read the images, move them left or right, call hbmenu to load the app..)

I don't understand...How would you post that as a code..? (if you dont want to send me the source code its fine but it dose say in your post you might include it so someone can continue with the project,all I want to do is make it better.. )

P.S I would like to make this so it loads roms the same way DScovered dose.Example: Click on the rom(game) it loads AceKard 2 firmware to use autorun function to load..??

And make the info (were it says the name of the rom) in the middle and a bigger font size like on your DSi4DS...??

Posted : Friday, 13 May 2011, 07:52

Oh and Nell you have a place now..

Spinal Place

Posted : Sunday, 12 February 2012, 01:43

um im having a problem i have a dstt and want to play comercial games so i got ysmenu but when i boot the system ysmenu comes first and i have to select dsision and once i do that i go to my game folder(in dsision) select a game and it goes back to ysmenu(its a loop). why?
i want the flashcart to go to the dsision menu directly not the ysmenu,and when i select a game i dont want it to go back to ysmenu(the ysmenu has nothing selected just from the beggining)

please help!

ps sorry for bad english

Posted : Sunday, 12 February 2012, 14:14

There are instructions in the readme.txt...

make sure ysmenu is called ysmenu.nds and that you use ttmenu.dat from dsision2. Thats all you need to do.

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