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My DS says Couldn't Find _DS_MENU.DAT. How do you fix that?

Even though I downloaded kernel download 1.18 you need on, my DS still says _DS_MENU.DAT. Why does it still say that? I have a 2GB memory card.

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  • sayeed57 May 19, 2009

    when i turn my ds on it says: "Couldn't Find _DS_MENU.DAT"

  • rossmcgowan May 21, 2009

    yes i have the exact same problem n dont have a clue what to do ... tried downloading older versions 1.17 etc.... tried leaviong them in the english folder... tried everything!!!



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Did you download it to the root menu of the card?

Posted on May 27, 2009

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    Dale May 28, 2009

    there is loads of info on this subject, google it. There are even videos on youtube. You should easily find how to get it to work.

    Good luck



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