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Menu.dat issue Each time I insert my R$ I receive 'Couldn't find DS Menu.dat' Please help. Cheers. Pete

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  • uniqueflame Sep 26, 2008

    I accidentally deleted ds-menu.dat on my r4. I thought u didn't need it but now i know u need it. HOW CAN I GET IT BACK?????!!!!!!!!! PLZ PLZ PLZ OH please

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    ds menu dat

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    I jsut got the r4 and I download the kernel thing and one game and go to put it in and it automatically said "couldn't fin ds menu.dat"

    I'm stuck and I can't find anythign on the r4 website.....any ideas?

  • dezzyizdashi Dec 20, 2008

    i cant find another thing that can help me with the r4 i keep recieving a cant find a menu.dat

  • markbatey Dec 30, 2008

    coudn't find menu.dat when putting in the r4 into my new ds lite can anyone help


  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2009

    it say couldn't find ds menu data plaese help me

  • ashmdleon Feb 11, 2009

    ah! every time i turn on my r4 it says "could not find ds menu.dat" i dont know why! PLEASE HELP ME FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dreamergrl Feb 15, 2009

    i deleted everythin in the memory card and they say couldn't find DS_menu.Dat so wat do i do know =X T_T

  • xuft Feb 15, 2009

    What is the program needed to open the file. I have the right file but it keeps on becoming a nero file.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    its the same

  • samuel
    samuel Jul 23, 2014

    how do i fixitto its orignlelf



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The _DS_MENU.DAT could not be found bcuz you guys probably deleted it or edited it accidentally. if you edited it, put it back to its normal self right away. for example, it was _DS_MENU.DAT.
if you edit it to look like, DS Menu.Dat , your R4 wont work. so fix it to its original self.

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Hi there
If you still need help this site should be helpful for you. It has all the software needed for the R4 so you'll be able to download your missing file.

Hope this helps

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R you sure that the DS Menu.dat is really there?

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

I got same problem, U noe the main site? if u can't find it there, im not rlly sure if i can help u, BUT tell me, did u buy urs in china or somming? if yes, i have the same problem-there doesn't seem to be a chinese r4 kernel download...

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Hi could help me please cound't find ds menu.dat' thanks

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Hi by acident i deleted ds menu.dat for my r4 card revoloution and when i turn it on it says couldnt find menu .dat and i dont know what kernal download to do or anything please could you help.

if you accidentally deleted the menu for the R4 menu try to reseat the card cartriage if that does not work you need to copy or install the system again

hope this help

Feb 13, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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R4 couldn t find ds menu dat


Did you install the R4 kernel?

If you didn't click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and download the "English Kernel v1.8" (I'm assuming you want English).

1) Firstly connect your micro SD card and then extract all the files from the zip file and copy them all to the card.

2) Next put your .nds files, mp3 etc. onto the SD card (anywhere in the root of the card is fine).

3) Put your SD card into the R4, pop it into the DS/DSL and that should be it.

Hope this helps, any problems feel free to message me.


Feb 11, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Where can i download file ds menu.dat cheers

Jan 13, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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I had formated my sd card because it was saying that save file could not be accesed i forgot to retrieve my ds menu dat before formating then after i have downloaded new ds menu dat it says something...

Insert your memory card into your computer's reader if you have one. If not, you can purchase a multi-format USB Memory Card reader from or
Open up 'My Computer'. You should see it under the list of available drives.
Check its contents first to make sure that you have the right drive.
In 'My Computer', right-click on the drive and choose 'Format'.
Leave all the options as they are and click on 'Start'. This is a non-reversible process so make sure this is what you truly wanted to do in the first place.
Once the process is completed, take the memory card out and insert it into your Digital Camera or any other device. Try to browse to it to make sure it works fine now.

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apparently m3 dont do upgrades now but this might help
basically it converts the r4 ds menu.dat to work on m3 simply (may work for m3 real) so now all you have to do is go to r4 download site and download latest version. 1.18 from here (select the english update) then patch ur dat file replace it back to where you took it from before patching and then copy all 4 files ( _system_ moonshi _ds_menu.dat _ds_mshl.nds) into the root of micro sd card. advise you to copy any files/games you have on your mem card then copy the games over to your newly installed firmware. oh by the way in the link i provided on how2 patch the ds_menu.dat it might be bit vague on where you put the ds_menu.dat file to patch it, all you do is drag and drop it into the PATCH app thats inside the "r4 to m3 patcher" folder. post a reply to let me know how you got on

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plug your usb for r4 in (with the adaptor) . go to "My Computer" , select "Removable Desk (F:)" .

when you do, look for _DS_MENU.DAT, if you cant find it, thats the reason for your R4 not working. if you found it, but your r4 is still not working, you've lost some systems for the R4, such as DS MSHL etc.

if you have, i advise you buy a new adaptor.

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I did have Error: Data is not align 16k! when i start up my ds.
What I did was..

All the files you need are at
Your need (MK5) v1.45 which is in the download section.

Some of the nds roms do needed unraring before putting on memory card. They should be in .nds format etc.

The files you need are...

DSYSTEM (Entire Folder And Contents

When you have these files THEN you can format by...

Please insert both cards in to the DS and power up, tap the screen to continue as you would for any normal game.

You will then come to the menu "USB Mode" and "Menu Mode"
Instead of selecting one please press and hold the "select button" on the DS then tap "start"

Select "Quick Format"
Once complete restart the DS, you will have to tap the screen as above and this time select" USB MODE"

By formatting the menu file will have been deleted from internal Memory and will need replacing with the files. downloaded from
(MK5) v1.45

DSYSTEM (Entire Folder And Contents

(Drag and drop these files only)

Now your new system is ready, restart NDS and enjoy

Will fix almost all problems with DS Firecard and applies to both 8 and 16gbit.

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