How To: Set Up an Acekard 2i Flash Card



The DSi is a great handheld gaming system, but it has some disadvantages. The DSi doesn’t have a GBA slot, and you have to carry around a bunch of cartridges to switch between games. The Acekard 2i is a DS card you can load roms and emulators from. Here’s a basic guide to setting up your Acekard 2i for use with DS, DSL, and/or DSi.

EDIT: Acekard has recently updated the AKAIO 1.8.5 package to include the loader automatically, so use Step 5 to overwrite the file.

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What you’ll need: An Acekard 2i, a Micro SD card, the AKAIO 1.8.5 firmware, the Update for 1.41 of DSi, and the AKAIO loader.

Step 1: Plug your Micro SD card into your computer using a converter. Most Acekard distributors will include one with your order.

Step 2: Extract the AKAIO.1.8.5.rar and drag all the files to the root of your Micro SD card. If you don’t have a program to extract rar files, 7zip for Windows and Stuffit Expander for Mac are both free.

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Step 3: Make a new folder at the root of your memory stick called ROMS. This is where all DS games will be stored, but do not copy any over yet.

Step 4: Extract the ak2ifw_update_141_DSL.nds from the ak2ifw_update_141.zip to your ROMS folder.


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Step 5: Extract the ak2loader.nds to /_aio/loaders/ and overwrite the current loader on your Micro SD card.

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Step 6: Eject your Micro SD card and place it in your Acekard 2i.

Step 7: Insert your Acekard 2i into a DS or DSL(even if you’re using a DSi) and load the Acekard.

Step 8: Navigate the Acekard 2i menu by clicking on SD > Games.

Step 9: Run the ak2ifw_update_141_DSL.nds. This will update the Acekard 2i for use with the DSi. After the update, the Acekard should be labeled “Alex Rider Stormbreaker” in the main menu.

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You may now use the Acekard 2i with the DS, DSL, and DSi.

Step 10: Plug your Micro SD into your computer and copy your games to the ROMS folder to put them on your Acekard.

You should now have a fully functioning Acekard 2i. You can check out the Acekard forums for information on running emulators and more.

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