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I keep receiving the message "you need to connect your action replay before it can be updated", and when i try and install the drivers for the NDS link it just says"can't install drivers, unknown device". I've tried updating the drivers but the same message appears. Do you know how to obtain these drivers or will i have to purchase the action replay again (first purchased back in 2006).

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  • Sam Dando Mar 14, 2011

    I managed to install AR on another computer, but then found out i needed to update to firmware 1.71, after following the instructions on the codejunkies website i received the error "not a firmware file" i was just wondering whether a new version of AR was needed as a have the very first version or if there is any other possible solutions.

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Hi, Don't think is from the Game,from what you said, When CD's can install drivers, it means that the CD is corrupted... Depending on how you kept it.
And also, I think there is a file missing or a file that is corrupted that is not allowing the CD to install drivers...

You can get the CD from your friend, If he has any,to try out and see if it's just the CD that is faulty or something Before you go and purchase a new CD...

You can take the Game to the store and try it with another CD before purchase a new CD..

Hope that helps ..

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