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R4 Deluxe not working "Loading"

So I recently got an R4 Deluxe from deal extreme. I had an Micro sd card (4gig) I downloaded all the proper updates and what not. But every time I put it in my DS it just says "Loading" on the top screen.

Does this mean it's not going to work and I just have to get a real R4?

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Probly didnt download the right data or firmware to run the r4

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