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Re: Won't read the card
I found that the r4ds cards suffer contact problems if you look an the grooves in the card sometimes they are not the same gap as the pins try to work it in and out slowly to try and get contact other things i have tried open the card requires a small phillips screwdriver grab a pencil rubber (white soft one) clean the pins nice and shiney assemble the card and try again Also their are knockoff r4 cards around made by the lowest bidder that give ample problems not saying you have one but they are out there
also this is what I suggested to someone else
look where the game card goes called (slot a) see if the pins are bent or crossed over themselves need good eyes and a torch if so you need to replace the slot a or see if you can clean the pins in the game card with a very stiff pig bristle brush (small school paint brush but cut the bristles to about 5 mm and use it like a scrubbing brush not across but lengthwise) then with it turned on insert the game in and out a few times slowly to see if it worked sometimes the get bad contact with the pins and the card Hope this helps
If your using a m3 real or similar card you should try jiggleing it around in there a little bit sometimes the contacts dont touch. make sure the card is in there when you turn it on. dont turn on and put card in after
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If you are inserting a DS card, be sure there are no foreign articles inside the slot. Blow into the DS card slot to clear any debris. Also be sure you are inserting the card all the way in until it clicks. I've also found that if you're powering on a game, and you bump, grasp or touch the ds card as the DS is powering on, that can cause it to not read games.
Check the actual DS card itself and carefully look at the exposed contacts on the circuit board. Be sure none of them are scratched, damaged or otherwise. A scratch can damage a contact, thus preventing proper data read.
If anything was spilled onto the DS card, be sure it is thoroughly cleaned with a damp cloth (no cleeaning chemicals!) If you immerse the DS card, or pour liquids on it, that may damage it as well.
Same points hold true for inserting a Gameboy Advance game (if you have a DS or a DS Lite. The DSi and DSiXL do not have Gameboy Advance slots.
If you turn on the DS and nothing happens, try a different DS Card. If it only happens with that one particular game (or games) your DS cards are damaged or need cleaning. If all your games are not playing, there is a problem with your DS. Try your games in a friend's DS just to make sure. You'll probably have to send the unit to Nintendo for repair, or take it to an authorized repair center.
make sure that the carteidge is clean, and the cavity inside the DS is clean as well...you can do this by putting isopropyl alcohol on a qtip...make sure you let it dry before powering on your DS again.
I think your responses are elementary and people are looking for propable diagnostics in a whole, not, "send it in to Nintendo". No S**T! Do you think they'd repair it for you? Come on people the point of this site is for people to work together to become more self reliant in fixing our products ourselves and stop throwing away electronics just because there is a bad fuse or something. I can't believe that 4 people said "blow air in it". !?
I had the exact same problem as you, and I solved it. The only way to do it is to keep inserting and taking out the game card, and blowing into the DS card slot and the gold things on the lower back of the game card. After doing this about 3-5 times, the action replay should finally get the message that there is a game card in the slot. Hope this helps!
if it says no game inserted and theres a game in the slot,
this reallt worked
1 turn the ds off
2 take out the ds game
3 turn on the ds(remeber the game is out of the slot)
4 turn off the ds
5 carefully blow on the ds game all around
6 then blow in the slot were the ds game goes.
7 now put the ds game back into the slot.
8 now finaly trun on the ds and it should say theres a game in the slot
The only solution I can think of at the moment is that you're putting them in the wrong slot. I fear for your intelligence if this is the case. Make sure that no dust has got into the card, that the card isnt damaged, and that they are inserted into the right slot the right way round. It should click if inserted correctly. If you hear a crack then you've done it wrong and snapped the card.