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Action replay when i plug in my ds and load code manager it says waiting for ds even though it is plugged in

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  • lingji Oct 05, 2008

    When I load up my DS with the Action Replay in, normally it starts the AR instantly, now the DS just boots up as if i didn't have the AR in....Tried to update software on AR but my Windows Vista desktop cant find drivers. Went to go use the old XP laptop but right above the drive it says, "Use only standard (12cm) CD or DVD disks. Any other size or shape disk cannot be removed from this slot and may damage system." So now i'm scared out of my wits to try and use it....Tried burning the disk on the desktop and the laptop thinks there is only 1 file and that its an audio file....any ideas?

  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2008

    I have a problem in the same vein. My computer WILL NOT accept the USB link, and the drivers Datel provide hold no information, according to the computer. Is there any solution to this outside of sending the product back?

  • Anonymous Oct 25, 2008

    thanks for trying, but the problem is that the computer WONT recognize the nds link. i have the same problem.....

    and also, i cant A+B+S+S it because your computer needs to recognize the NDS linkt to do that.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    whenever i plug it in it says wait for ds but it doesnt do anything...

  • clover-gecko Nov 14, 2008

    even when my ds and action replay are both connected it sits there and says waiting for ds and if i try to edit my codelist, after a bit, i get a runtime error message that closes the problem

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    What a waste of time! I've updated the driver and this AR/DS still doesn't connect! Why does it have to be so hard? I need the number for Datel tech support. I'd like to call them Monday to see if they have decided to fix this problem or if they just plan to keep taking children/parents' money.

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    if your running vista x64 ur sol with me.. we cant use ar on this version of windows ..

  • beachzoo1999 Nov 29, 2008

    it the same with me.

    It just sits there and i DONT have vista i have xp

    i get a message from the taskbar saying

    ''The installation was Interrupted.your new hardware may no work propoly.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    My DS is plugged in, but the computer still says that it isn't. What is wrong?

  • nickster337 Jan 16, 2009

    mine says that to that it has a runtime error to !?! can some one solve this!

    because im like this : (

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    i did what ya said and it stll doesnt work

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    I have the same problem, did what you said, and my action replay won't load anymore on my DS!

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    my ds is connected and itasks for the nds link software to add the "new hardware" how do i get this to load the ds??

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    when i plug my AR into my computer it always says "connect to AR"

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    I have the same problem which i think is Vistas fault version 64bit i was just wondering ivdragonz as with you soultion you haven't had any problems with your computer cause i was trying out ou solution but when i came to the bit were (manufacturer choose: Standard USB Host Controller and for the Model choose Unknown)
    I get a warning message saying if i do updet the drivers this way i might have porblems and the computer might not work properly.

    Again have you had any problems and did you get a warning messeag cause i don't really want to mess my computer up as it's quite new.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    its connected but it says it isnt, theres something to download to resolve it, but i dont remember what that was. something to do with the NDS Data Link

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I did the a+b+start+select thing and it worked but my code manager cant find/read my ds. What should I do?

  • michtarts Apr 14, 2009

    I am running XP, On the DS it says: Now ready to update Action Reply DS. Please connect your PC via USB to recieve Updates. The Action Rplay Code Manager on my PC says: Waiting for nitendo DS.

    The line on the DS is red,,,, it never changes to green.
    The window on my PC never loads with the game or the codes.

    I tried the whole : look for the driver in you divise manager, and it's not there. help.

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    Ok, if you're going to post a solution, please read the problem. The both solutions are incorrect.

  • MJ Hawii Apr 23, 2009

    Mine is all good as far as setup. Updated for Vista 32 bit, the driver is where it should be, I did all of the resets, etc and yadaa yadaa. Frustrating to say the least. I tried your solution as well, but I had no "!" and all good. Still nothing. I am upset because this is only the third time I used the AR!!!

  • mastriceberg May 23, 2009

    My device manager says the Action Replay cartage is connected, but the Code Manager says it is waiting for input



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IF you are running Vista 64, the issue is the driver on the disk is incompatible, thus the pc will never see the ds. However, I have found a workaround. First make sure the DS is on and plugged in and the Action replay Manager is launched. On the DS click on the mouse so it should read updating software. Then, go into device Manager via the Control Panel, there you will see NDS and an exclamation mark. Right click and choose to update the driver or properties. Then choose Browse My computer for driver software... then let me pick from a list... then fo the manufacturer shoose: Standard USB Host Controller and for the Model choose Unknown. It will pick it up instantlly. Voila.. Good Luck! and what a pain!! V

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

  • Blakbird Feb 11, 2011

    ... What if there is no "Standard USB Host Controller" as a driver, and I can't pick an Unknown model? D:

    By the way... I'm on a Windows 7.


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I have just found the solution to the problem (2 minutes later XD)
Quote CodeJunkies' Support site
Try resetting the Action Replay by following these steps:

  1. Insert the Action Replay into the DS
  2. While the Action Replay software is loading, press and hold all the following buttons: A + B + Start + Select.
  3. Release all of the buttons once the Action Replay is at the main menu.
The first screen should persist for much longer than normal, and when the Action Replay DS main menu loads, your hardware should be reset.
Once the reset has been performed, try connecting the USB cable to your PC, opening up the code manager software and transferring data again.

It won't return all of your games back, but it will allow you to start on a clean slate again.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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    Teriki Tora Aug 22, 2008

    Sorry I had posted this in the wrong problem >.<

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    Teriki Tora Aug 22, 2008

    Here is the real solution:

    -First, make sure your DS Action Replay install disc is inserted in your CD drive

    -Next, turn on your Code Manager

    -Next, connect your DS to your Computer through the USB ports, MAKE SURE YOUR DS IS ON TOO.

    -Your computer should prompt you that it has a new device connected. It SHOULD ask you to install the NDS Link.

    -If it asks you to install a USB port, say yes anyways, and install with the recommended settings (not the manual settings)

    -Your computer will then automatically find the NDS Link driver on your DS Action Replay disc, install and then allow your DS to connect with your computer.


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Windows 7: You need to open control panel, view devices, then rightclick on the "unknown device" (which shoud be your ds) , properties and then start browsing all "properties" buttons until you find a window that has an "update driver"button. You click on it, and browse to find the driver in the cd you got with the AR. Once you do thatm, the computer will recognize your ds.

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I tried the first solution but my computer still didn't recognize my ds, and now all the games are gone.

I tried re-adding a game but the screen just had green and red stripes all over it and froze up.

This is the second Action Replay that has been messed up....There goes $40 of my money...Faaabulous...

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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u need to reset the action replay.. read the guide that came with it and it will tell you how to reset it..
hope this helps.

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CD is in drive: Plug in the DS and turn it on (going to the update screen on the DS), this -might- prompt you about a new software that has been plugged in and ask you to install the drivers for the "NDSLink" With the CD in the drive, it will find the drivers for the NDSLink

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