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    DS Hardware FAQ by KeyBlade999

    Version: Final | Updated: 02/07/12 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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    0. Contents****************************************DS0***********************
                                         CTRL+F System Format:  **DS#**
    -1. Donations                      | DS-1
    0. Contents                        | DS0
    1. Intro                           | DS1
    2. Technical Specs                 | DS2
    3. What's in the Box?              | DS3
    4. Start-Up Set Up                 | DS4
    5. DS -> Wii Connection            | DS5
    6. DS -> DS Connection             | DS6
    7. DS -> Nintendo WFC Connection   | DS7
    8. Playing PictoChat               | DS8
    9. Playing Games (DS)              | DS9
    10. Playing Games (GBA)            | DS10
    11. Playing Games (Wi-Fi (Local))  | DS11
    12. Playing Games (WFC)            | DS12
    13. Playing Games (Demos)          | DS13
    14. What's Included?               | DS14
    15. Sleep Mode                     | DS15
    16. Changing Settings              | DS16
    17. Version History                | DS17
    18. Legalities                     | DS18
    
    
    1. Intro****************************************DS1**************************
    Welcome to my completion of DS hardware FAQs - the original DS. Everything is
    here, so get to it. Enjoy guide #23!
    
    2. Technical Specs****************************************DS2****************
    Release Dates: North America: November 21, 2004
                   Japan: December 2, 2004
                   Taiwan: December 13, 2004
                   Korea: December 29, 2004
                   Australia: February 24, 2005
                   Europe: March 11, 2005
                   China: July 23, 2005
    
    DS Size (closed): 148.7 mm. long, 84.7 mm. wide, 28.9 mm. tall
    
    Screens: (Top) 3 inches. TFT-LCD.
             (Bottom) 3 inches. TFT-LCD. Touch sensitive.
             (Pixels) 256 * 192 (49,152) per screen.
    
    Weight: 300 grams.
    
    Colors: Can produce 262,144 colors.
    
    Buttons: A, B, X, Y, Start, Select - on right side, when opened.
             D-Pad - on left side, when opened.
             L - Left shoulder.
             R - Right shoulder.
             Touch Screen - bottom screen.
             Mic - below Touch Screen.
             Power - Above D-Pad.
             Select/Start - Above ABXY buttons.
    
    Media: DS game cards, GBA game cartridges.
    
    Sound: Stereo, two speakers, on top screen. Allows headphones.
    
    Brightness Settings: 4
    
    Power: Anywhere from 5 ~ 22 or more hours per charge, depending on age of the
           console.
    
    Battery: 850 mAh, life of approximately 500 charges. May then be replaced.
    
    CPU: One 67.028 MHz ARM946E-S and one 33.514 MHz ARM7TDMI.
    
    RAM: 4 MB.
    
    Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b internal wireless. Supports WEP wireless encryption.
           Range is up to 100 ft.
    
    3. What's in the Box?****************************************DS3*************
    (Other than those ads...)
    
    - 1 DS (duh).
    - 2 styli, one in console, another spare (both 75 mm. long).
    - 1 AC adapter/charger, applicable with DS only.
    - 1 rechargeable battery - pre-installed.
    - Instruction manuals.
    
    That is all that matters, right?
    
    4. Start-Up Set Up****************************************DS4****************
    First, charge the DS if you want, then turn on the power. The screen will
    come up. You will be asked to give information - your birthday, your nickname,
    your favorite color, your language, the time (digital 24 (military)), the
    current date, etc.
    
    Now see why touching is so <explaintive deleted> good.
    
    5. DS -> Wii Connection****************************************DS5***********
    Basically, you use the local-area Wi-Fi to connect to your Wii system. You can
    do some cool stuff on it - download some stuff and such. One game I know of
    has Wi-Fi stuff in it.
    
    - Pokemon: Basically, trade, battle, and play in 3-D with your D/P/Pt (and
               your HG/SS games, theoretically).
    
    6. DS -> DS Connection******************************************DS6**********
    You will need...
    
    - Multiple DS's
    
    This is more appropriately displayed in section 11. Basically, access the game
    Wi-Fi functions.
    
    7. DS -> Nintendo WFC Connection****************************************DS7**
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DS
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DS
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Go into the game's WFC menu (varies from game-to-game). Once in there, search
    for an access point. If you connect, you can play games with people all over
    the world. Trade Pokemon from Japan, race against the French - it is all up to
    you.
    
    8. Playing PictoChat***********************************DS8*******************
    You will need...
    
    - 1 or more DS's (any kind).
    
    Open up the PictoChat option from the DS/DSi Menu. And, well, I should direct
    you to the PictoChat FAQs, not this. Simply put, draw and type or whatever.
    
    9. Playing Games (DS)****************************************DS9*************
    On the back of the DS, behind the top half (when open) is a slot. Put a DS
    game card into it. Push it in until it clicks. Open the DS menu and tap the the
    top icon. You should see the logo of the game there. Tap it to start
    gameplay.
    
    10. Playing Games (GBA)*********************************************DS10*****
    You will need...
    
    - 1 DS
    - 1 GBA game
    
    Insert the game into the bottom slot of the DS. Turn it on and select the
    option allowing you to play GBA games.
    
    11. Playing Games (Wi-Fi (Local))*************************************DS11***
    You will need...
    
    - 2 or more DS consoles (any kind)
    - 1 or more compatible games
    - An open space is recommended
    
    Download Play: Everyone should start their DS's to the DS/DSi Menu. One person,
    the host, should start the game card. The host will then go to the multiplayer
    function in the game. Use the "DS Download Play" function. At this time, all of
    the other players should go to the DS Download Play menu. An icon will appear,
    representing the game being played as well as the nickname (DS/game varies) of
    the person issuing the download. Tap it to participate. Follow any on-screen
    instructions, as they vary from game to game.
    
    Multi-Card Play: Everyone should start the DS's and the same game. EVERYONE
    needs to access the multiplayer function and access the multi-card play
    function. Follow on-screen instructions.
    
    12. Playing Games (WFC)****************************************DS12**********
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DS
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DS
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Go into the game's WFC menu (varies from game-to-game). Once in there, search
    for an access point.
    
    If you connect, go to the WFC functions (ie: GTS in Pokemon). Follow any on-
    screen instructions and get ready to play.
    
    13. Playing Games (Demos)****************************************DS13********
    At some retailers, such as GameStop and Best Buy, you may use the DS Download
    Play function and notice an unknown icon come up, one that seems like it isn't
    a video game. Exactly. This download will allow you to play upcoming game's
    demos and watch videos.
    
    I know this is extra, but my first experience was about to play Mario Kart DS
    with my sister and noticed the icon. I then was able to watch the KH: 358/2
    Days trailer.
    
    14. What's Included?****************************************DS14*************
    (On the console.)
    
    - DS playability
      - Allows you to play all DS game cards.
    
    - GBA playability
      - Allows you to play most (all?) GBA games.
    
    - PictoChat
      - Talk with other people via Wi-Fi. No need to type so loud!
    
    - DS Download Play
      - Play multiplayer on games you don't have. Also allows access to demos, etc.
        at retailers.
    
    - Wrist Strap (accessory).
    
    15. Sleep Mode****************************************DS15*******************
    Whenever you close your DS, it goes into Sleep Mode. This means that it saves
    a crapload of power. The typical full-charge DS will last a week on Sleep
    Mode.
    
    Note that, in some cases, it cannot be activated. Also, some games (ie: Super
    Mario 64 DS) will make a noise when entering/exiting Sleep Mode.
    
    16. Changing Settings****************************************DS16************
    From the DS Menu, you should select the DS icon - the Settings.
    
    This will allow you to change the settings and other various things. Change
    your DS name, your birthdate, your color, wireless settings, and PLENTY more.
    
    17. Version History****************************************DS17**************
    Final - I have fully completed all four DS's hardware FAQs!!!  5/12/2010
          - Changed Legal section.  11:52 PM 9/28/2011
    
    18. Legalities****************************************DS18*******************
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