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Hi i downloaded the firmware file for my action replay for my nintendo ds. I can get the file to go through the first part of the update onto the action replay but after the loading stage it asks me if i want to write the new firmware to my action replay and i click on the yes and after a few seconds it comes up with a protocol error. There is nothing plugged into my nintendo ds execpt for the action replay, i took out the GBA slot cover because i got told that will work. the current version i have is firmware version 1.60

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  • mike_warto Mar 12, 2011

    the video didnt help, ive already done the first part of the update and when it asks me to add the new firmware i press yes and then it comes as a protocol error

  • mike_warto Mar 12, 2011

    i have watched the youtube video's on how to fix it and they have told me to remove the GBA slot cover on my ds, i have done that and it still wont work, i have also roamed through many internet pages and forums and they have all told me the same thing to remove the slot cover or i am making to much of a jump from firmware but that is not the case as i have version 1.60 at the moment so im upgrading to the newest version

  • mike_warto Mar 13, 2011

    is it meant to be a .bin file that u drag into the action replay?

  • mike_warto Mar 13, 2011

    is the file i drag into the action replay meant to be a .bin file?

  • mike_warto Mar 13, 2011

    how do i know which generation of action replay ds i have?
    I have done the first part and taken out the GBA slot and that didnt work. Which would be more likely having to change cable and then test the update adn that doesnt work try a new AR?

  • mike_warto Mar 14, 2011

    I have an action replay ds ez, i tried using my friends action replay casue she has the same 1 as me and it came up as the same issue. i have her looking for the cable, so hopefully it is just the cable



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  1. Remove any game cartridge from the gba slot and also remove the game cart from the Action Replay itself before you connect your ds to your computer to update your firmware.
  2. If you have a generation 1 Action Replay DS cartridge, you cannot update your firmware to 1.71. You will need to purchase a generation 2 Action Replay DS cartridge.
  3. Retry 3-5 times if you keep getting the protocol error.
  4. If it still isn't working, you may need a new cable or a new AR.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011

  • Jeremy Moore
    Jeremy Moore Mar 13, 2011

    * Action Replay MAX DUO (March 2005) * Action Replay DS (July 2006) [This version of Action Replay firmware support is no longer supported past games requiring version 1.71 for codes to function] * Action Replay DS Media Edition (September 2008) (available only online) * Action Replay DS EZ (February 2009) I would try a different cable, then replace the AR.

  • Jeremy Moore
    Jeremy Moore Mar 14, 2011

    Let me know if the different cable gets you past this error. If not, I will look more into this. Thank you for choosing!



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