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This Instructable shows you how to turn a nintendo DS or DS lite into a miniature Apple PowerBook 100 from about 1990 with fully functioning mac os7. 
(this is also currently entered in the game.life challenge, so please vote.)

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Step 1: Materials

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For this project you will need:
1 nintendo DS or DS lite (I am using the DS lite)
1 XACTO Knife
1 sheet of sticky photo paper or computer skin paper
1 R4 DS card with a micro SD card     http://www.r4dsshop.com/
1 Micro SD card reader
A computer
And thats it!

Step 2: The Hard Step

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Download all of the programs from this link:
Once they are downloaded, unzip the folder, and look inside of it. You will see three things; installinstructions.txt, MINIVMAC.ini, and a folder named vmac. Plug in your micro sd card to your computer by way of adapter, and open it. (If this is a new micro sd card, then put it into your R4 card, and plug it into your DS. Power the DS on and it should download a few things to the card. Then, plug it in to your computer.) Drag the files "vmac" and "MINIVMAC.ini" into the root folder of the memory card. The root folder is not really even a folder, but just the main thing that opens when you click on the memory stick icon. DO NOT DRAG THE FILES INTO ANY FOLDER ON THE CARD. 

Step 3: Testing

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Now, plug the micro SD card into the R4 card, put it into your DS, and power it on. Navigate to games/ vmac/ MinivMacDS.nds, and click on it. 
it should boot mac os7. If it doesn't, please comment below. 

Step 4: The Skin

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Now, download the attached pic. First, print it out. Compare it to your DS and make any necessary size changes. (a.psd file is attatched for better image quality.) Then, Print it out in photo paper mode on the sticky paper. (note: the skin is only for the DS lite. I am working on one for the older DS, and it will soon be available.)

Step 5: The Skin 2

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Then, cut out the skin on the sticky paper with an xacto knife. Peel the backing off and put it on your DS! You are done!

Step 6: You are done! Congrats!

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This is awesome
cxt12 years ago
Download link isn't working.
GASSYPOOTS3 years ago
this brings back great memory's such as creating a virus that only affected my computer and it said checking ">+=y on startup... memories
GASSYPOOTS3 years ago
ok how comes noone uses the appachee liscense?
will the program work with a ndsTT card?
I love the skin, brings back some old memories!
wkortum (author)  NathanWilliams4 years ago
Kasm2794 years ago
Personally I would use something a little better than an R4. I have a CycloDS myself but I've heard the AceKard ones are good.
wkortum (author)  Kasm2794 years ago
I really dont know anything about these cards, the R4 is cheap, but whatever floats your boat
Kasm279 wkortum4 years ago
Yeah, its not that the R4 is bad, it just has no support anymore, which really you only need for running ROMs.
blkortum4 years ago
Amazing! So well presented!
hjshin4 years ago
Never would have thought of this - ingenious!! You got my vote!
ggrace hjshin4 years ago
he he lol
compguy2484 years ago
It looks great! I'm definitely going to try this out next weekend.
wkortum (author)  compguy2484 years ago
zack2474 years ago
I have a powerbook 100!
(and a 190)
wkortum (author)  zack2474 years ago