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Freeze on loading screen

I hav an 8 gig micro sd and an R4 SDHC. It was working perfectly fine until i accidentally deleted the _DS_MENU and _DS_MSHL files. So i downloaded v 1.18 kernal and now whenever i turn my ds on it freezes on the "loading" screen. i've downloaded the kernal from so many different sites, ive looked for hidden files and formated the card a lot. NOTHING is working.

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  • Neutron 1 Nov 19, 2008

    I have a normal R4DS and it worked the first time I tried it. I decided to update the kernal. Since then the R4 kept freezing at the black loading screen. I formatted the card and copied all the kernal files and games on. There was no response. Since then I couldn't do anything.

  • Ed Perez
    Ed Perez May 11, 2010

    Be sure you get the right kernel version for your R4 sdhc as this one is not manufactured by the original R4 Revolution team and doesnt work with the same kernel files as the original non sdhc flashcart.

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Hello Minnie,

The last official firmware for the original R4 was v1.18, the R4 SDHC needed different firmware as it's from a different manufacturer. You need the 1.34 software available from this download page if you have the real black box one: R4 Firmware

That should fix your problems.

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