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R4DS Card Software problem

I purchased a R4DS card and downloaded the software from the R4 site, once i insert the R4 back into the console, it loads then comes up R4 on the top screen, but the bottom screen has a long text type box with chinese writing in it, and none of the functions on the console want to work.
I have tried downloading different versions of the software but it still has the same problem.
My R4 card use to work great, but since i downloaded the lastest software i have been having these problems.
Does me DS need to be reformatted and if so how do i do this!!

PLEASE HELP........... DS ADDICTED........... NEED MY FIX..........

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  • Ariel_mamino Oct 04, 2008

    I purchased a action replay DS and downloaded the software from the CD,
    once i insert the action replay back into the console, it loads then comes up on the top screen, but the bottom screen has a long text type box with bold horizontal lines in it, and none of the functions on the console want to

    I have tried downloading different versions of the software but it still has the same problem.

    My AR DS card use to work great, but since i when we tried to play with pokemondiamond pearl,

    PLEASE HELP........... DS ADDICTED........... NEED MY FIX..........



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Try downloading kernel v1.18 from the site indicated in the box that you received your R4 in, it's the one I've been using for 6 months now and I've had no problems. Ensure that you follow their instructions as to how to install it and all should be OK.

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I deleted the software on my R4 and now i cant put games into the card and when i put it into the ds slot it reads missing software please help me if there is a way to download the software back

Hello Joseph,

Absolutely! Grab it here:

(scroll down a bit, you will find the download section)

Follow the instructions and you will be fine!

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Everytime i put a sd card on the ds the game always stops

This tends to happen when one of three things comes into play.

1. The SD card was not properly formated before putting R4 software on it.
2. The R4 Software is out of date and needs to be updated.
3. The Rom is corrupt and should be reinstalled.

I'm not sure what kinda of Card you are using in your DSL but here is a link to the R4 Downloads Section: (NOTE: ONLY USE IF YOU HAVE THIS BRAND)

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When I put in R4, screen just says loading?

I spent hours on this one and finally worked it out. I have four kids and the ordeal started when I ordered two R4 cards and they turned out to be different, so I found out lots.

Odds are, you have bought a clone R4 card, not the genuine thing. If it is genuine, you can download the latest software from If that doesn't work, you more than likely have a clone.

The genuine R4 card uses encrypted software, so you will never get it to work with the genunine download. Just a well all the clone manufacturers have clone sites with clone software, the trick is to know which one you have and what can work. Here is what I discovered.

Turn the R$ card over and look at green printed circuit board just above the electronic contacts. You may see some white printing.
One of my cards says "R4-SDHC". This means that the R4 card can take a high capacity SD card. There are any number of versions of the software available, try At the time this was written, version 1.32 worked just fine for my card.

The other card says "ROHS CARD-7A". This is not a high capacity card and no software will work with an SD card with higher than 2GB memory. So if you are trying with a 4GB card, like I was, it won't work. For this one, I switched to a 2GB Micro SD card and downloaded "r4team v 1.19" from and it worked fine.

If the above software downloads don't work, there are a stack available on under the Nintendo DS tab, so go with trial and error, and you should eventually get there. Note that It took a few goes with the first card before I found v 1.32 and got there.

So good luck, I feel like I know so much more now.

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search on-line for an r4ds firmware(system file). download file ,usually a .rar file (use winrar to open it)
format your sd card.
send system files to sd card.
open system files on sd card and then send the five files back to sd card.

download your games ( ,the best site on the web)
again these files will be .rar
open them with winrar then send only the nds file to your sd card.
keep loading as many games as you can.
happy gaming.

if some games don't work then look for newer firware..

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step one is to reinstall the operating system on the card.. if it gets corrupted or lost then its as good as blank..

theres your starting point.

good luck

May 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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try reloading the games and go to then download latest software (top one)

May 03, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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How do i load the software onto my r4 revolution card? it sticks at the laoding screen so i need to load the software but do not know how to do it .

It's EXTREMELY easy. First, of all, check on the box to make 100% SURE that it's and R4 and not a copy/fake. The R4 software doesn't work on fakes, so you'll be stuck on the loading screen if it is a fake. To tell if it's a fake, look on the box. If it has the SDHC logo on it it is definitely not an R4, probably an R4SDHC. There will be a link somewhere on the box to the site where you can get the downloads, software, and such. If it's an original R4 (which I highly doubt...), go to this site: and scroll to the bottom of the page to English Kernel v.1.18 and click Download1. Once it downloads, extract the files from the .zip file/iTunes file. To do this, right click the icon of what you just installed and select extract here. Once it extracts, put all of the files like moonshell and stuff into your r4 memory card. If moonshell and the other files came in a folder when you extracted it, go into the folder and copy the files, not the folder itself or it won't work.

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first of all , check your r4 version.
there are many.

have you put the right firmware on your r4?
original :

r4 revolution pro :
r4 ultra and de luxe :
r4 III :

after that it should work.

(or maybe you should format your memory card first.)

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sometimes i can just take it out and put it back in. it might also be the way you loaded the directory of files... have you ever had the R4 work, or is this the first time you are loading it?

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