But dont think this is a usual case of the 'right firmware' etc. my mum was playing on a game....it suddenly stopped. she turned off the ds, re-powered, but just gets a loading screen. wont go any further than that. so i put the 2gb micro sd into the kingston sd adapter that came with it put it into the computer....opened it up...to find absolutly nothing, all the files are gone etc. when right clicked and properties....it says the sd is almost full....yet shows no files. and when trying to add an nds file (a game i had downloaded on the the comp) i get this mesage: cannot copy..(name of file)..the directory or file cannot be created....also get the same thing if i click add new folder etc. so is the problem with the micro sd or am i missing something!!!
basically nothing can be added to the micro....and the micro is showing up empty. so all the other solutions....to back up games, format, and add all the firmware stuff etc, isnt going to work!!
i also dont have another micro sd card to test on the pc or ds.......does anyone else have this problem....and do u know how to fix it!!!???
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Sounds like you have the wrong firmware on the R4 card. I had a similar problem when I swapped cards with my granddaughter. I had the "R4 Revolution....etc" card and she had a "R4 Upgrade Revolution....etc". They look the same but un beknown to me they need different firmware!!
The "Menu?" screen is unfortuantely a sign that you have a fake R4 card, because the real one should have "Loading..." as an error message. The "Menu?" screen is a copy from the DSTT firmware and shouldn't be on an R4 card.
You can buy genuine cards from either DSCardWorld.com or NDS-Gear.com - although nds-gear is a bit cheaper shipping wise if you live outside the U.S.
There is a bug in the firmware of your R4 card.
Wil not work after 14 april.
You have to update the firmware of your R4 card.
Till you do that you can change the date back before 14 april so you can play directly.
The only thing i can suggest is to go to the site that is on your card and download the new firmware for your card, it maybe that you just need to update your card, if that dont work you may need to buy a new card, i would not leave your card in the nds if you are not using it for a while, take it out, dont leave it in the nds, it maybe that the contacts are worn.
Try re-installing the operating system onto the card. Go to www.r4ds.com download & unzip the kernel.This will create a folder with the operating system.Copy these files to the root of the SD card (There should be 2 files & 2 folders)After this, copy the .nds files also onto the root of the SD card, and the games should be visible & playable when you turn on the DS NOTE: this will not work for the Nintendo DSi
Im not 100% sure about this...I own a R4 myself. What I do notice if you use the wrong type of SD Card(Anything above 2GB) or use it in the wrong type of R4(SDHC Kernel in a Non-SDHC Card) It tends to get stuck at that loading screen.
Sometimes you can remedy this by taking the R4 out and the sd card out and using a air can or blowing on the parts in between(inside the DS, Inside the R4) and try it and it will sometimes fix that. Also a corrupted transfer of the kernel or a bad kernel can do that too.
Format the memory card. Create from the root a folder called "SYSTEM" and a folder called "NDS". Copy the systemfiles into SYSTEM and the games with the .nds extension in the NDS folder. That must working. If not, go to your R4 seller and ask a replacement.
You should check if the R4 card is actually R4 SDHC, because the firmware of R4DS is not compatible with it. If it is SDHC, go to this website http://rs320.rapidshare.com/files/140174805/English-1.21.zip to download the firmware for your card. If there are any roms on it, you should save them somewhere else, for you have to format the card first (do this in windows by going to 'this computer', then right-clicking on the SD card from your R4 and then select 'format'. Warning! Never select 'quick format'! This could do damage). Now your card is completely empty. Copy the files you just downloaded and unzipped to the card (5 files; _system_, moonshl, _DS_MENU.DAT, _DS_MENU.INI and _DS_MSHL.NDS). Now put the SD card in the R4 and it should work properly :) I had the same problem, and I have just solved it *grin*. I hope this was useful.