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Ds light won't work with R4

I've inserted a R4 into a ds light but it won't read the card, if i put a game into that slots it works fine, also if i put the R4 into another ds it works fine.. any suggestion.

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  • samemerson Jan 12, 2009

    i have the same problem, i have to old style ds's one recognises the r4 card, however the other does not recognise it at all, help!!!



  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    my friend has the same problem I actually found some information just googling which said to put a piece of paper or card behind the card (cut to the same size of the card) to push the contacts as it could be a problem with contacts not touching...and it worked for me but not my friend, so any other suggestions would be great...

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Try the "fix" posted above by Guest, I've had that work for me in several different cases.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: ds lite wont read r4 card

hang about its even reckonising the card? let alone booting into the menu? sure you dont have a duff card? i had 2 of those, sent em back got replacements that work brill.

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Error message. there is no card inserted in the game card slot

have you tried another game on it if another game does work then its the game if the other game doesnt work then it the console needs to be repaired or replaced

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: R4 card not recognized

Same thing happened to my DS. Did you fix yours?

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Recently had to replace card slot on my Ds lite as

i have the same problem today r4 doesnot work but original games work. bought the card slot from ebay . is it a problem with the new slot?

Posted on Sep 16, 2010

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SOURCE: I have 2 ds lite. Not used for a while. Charged

This is a very common problem for the Nintendo DS. What usually causes it is bent, damaged or worn pins within the slot where the cards are inserted. While this is not the end of the world, repairing this problem can be a little bit of a challenge. You can purchase a new card reader from places like ebay, you require something like this -

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FITTING-KIT-DS-LITE-GAME-CARD-SLOT-FAULTY-REPAIR-/300389534305?pt=UK_VideoGames_VideoGameAccessories_VideoGameAccessories_JN&hash=item45f09c8a61

If you are pretty good with a soldering iron then you should be able to replace this part quite easily, however if you are unsure and have a friend that deals with electronics then it may be better to let them change it as the old socket has about 15 pins that are surface mounted onto the DS motherboard. Careful desoldering is needed. I have personally changed many of these and not had a problem myself but if you are not confident please dont attempt it!

I hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

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