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Cannot find menu dat file

R4 card came without cd (as they do now) have downloaded and transferred appropriate software to SD card via R4 website and WinWAR software menu dat files are there but when I put the SD card in the R4 and place in DS it will not boot interface and says cannot find menu dat file.

Where have I gone wrong why is it not working. Some suggest formatting but no one has a step by step guide how this is done the descriptions of formatting to fat files etc are very lite on and assume a level of computer knowledge.

can you help

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  • louis1997 Jan 02, 2009

    i put some games on my r 4 but it was working be fore now it just wont i dont no howmto fix it can any one help me please ?

  • Coolwessie Mar 10, 2009

    I start up my ds and it says first loading and then it says "menu?"
    I gues it just cant my menu then.
    I got r4 revolution.
    Can someon help me please????? thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    my r4 menu on the ds is not is not shoing up .it said lodeing by the way

  • chakra_maste Apr 22, 2009

    i accidentally changed the program for _DS_MENU.DAT file and now i can't put it back and my r4 keeps saying couldn't find _DS_MENU.DAT.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    I Have the same stupid problem! >:(

  • cj198540 May 10, 2009

    i formated my card by accident and its telling me that couldn't find_ds_menu.dat

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    cannot find menu dat file

  • highiqhaha May 17, 2009

    hi there - when i turn on ds lite it give me black screen with can't find ds_menu.dat but it is already on the card - i took out sd chip and put in another and it worked perfectly- i have an R4 and the onethat it worked in was an edge card. can anyone help?



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To format any drive just insert the memory, right click over your memory drive in My PC window, and there should be an option to Format this drive, formatting will erase all the card contents so make a backup in your computer first.

When you click on "format" a window will appear to chose FAT or FAT32 (try FAT32 first then if not working try FAT), dont have to do nothing on the size option, write a label for the drive if you want, not needed, let Quick Format clear, click on start button and you'll see a proccess bar, when it finish it tell you and you have a formatted drive.

Put the sistem files and one rom to test again in the memory, test it on your DS. Be sure you have the right files for your card, the site only supports R4 cards, not R4 III, R4 SDHC or any fake non R4 hardware.

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I just had the exact same problem. The R4 card version I have is the one that uses a micro sd card inserted in it. I had downloaded and installed version 1.18 and kept getting the error message cannot find ds.dat. I formated the card on full format fat32 and then installed a different version 1.14 This has done the trick and everything works fine again.

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My nds shown "can't find ds_menu.dat" last night as well because I accidentally deleted it, and luckily that I've just got it fixed. I've tried tons of ways as downloaded the lastest version of the kernel, formatt the sd card, reinstall all the moonshell..., system... files but it still comes up with the same thing once I switched it on. Finally, I format the ds card (make sure you have copies of your games), then download the right version kernel for your nds (because if you download and reinstall wrong version then that "can't find ds_menu.dat" will comes up), so after the download, right click and extract the file, after that, copy the extracted files to your ds card and that is it. It works on me so I hope it also works on you!

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R4 is currently giving out false zip and 7zip files with r4.dat in them instead of the dat file required. I would suggest you download "Wood R4 v1.62 Kernel " which have the dat file it needs, along with a folder with all the important files. LINK:

Its with including cheatfiles, menu, languages and all that. It took me 4 days of nonstop tracking, and loads of sites to read before I figured it out with different mail contacts. Its super hard to find the right answers since everyone keeps telling you to "download the right version for your R4 card", and keeps on forgetting the vital .dat file is totally wrong. So these guids are wrong, depending on your R4 card. If you have _dsmenu.dat is missing then this wood r4 thingy might work for you!

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Have tryd gettin a nw 1 from sum1 on limewire or of that sort?

Posted on May 03, 2009

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You can update your R4 card here:

you need to download the latest version and replace the files/file folder with the new updated one.

BE SURE TO BACKUP original, just in case.

I just did this and it fixed everything!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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