3DS disappearing games when I move it a lot

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  1. julialy
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    julialy Homebrewer

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    I like to take a stroll around my house. I close the 3DS, take a stroll around my house. When I open it up, sometimes games may disappear from the menu, and sometimes an error message comes up. If I do it while a game is open, an error message pops up, and I loose my current state in the game. Whatever the case, I have to restart my 3ds. Sometimes an error message pops up, so I have to turn 3DS off, remove and insert SD card, then turn 3DS back on, and my games appear... until I take a stroll again. Also some applications that use SpotPass say there was an error accessing SD card.

    Any way to fix all my problems?
     
  2. ShineStar

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    I was having this problem when using a micro SD card and an SD adapter. Changed to a regular SD card and it stopped happening. Are you using an SD adapter?
     
  3. julialy
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    julialy Homebrewer

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    Nope.
     
  4. GamerzHell9137

    GamerzHell9137 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Got a microSD card with an SD Adapter in ur 3DS? If so then that might be the issue.
    Next thing that comes in my mind is the SD Slot of the 3DS, guess some of the pins got twisted so when you walk,run w/e the SD card moves and it gets disconnected from some of them, no fix for that sadly.
    Only a repair which nintendo will price for pretty high ( a friend of mine had broken SD pins and Nintendo gave him a high bill note to pay for repairs) but check with an other SD card to be sure if its the card or the pins.

    EDIT: Ohhh! Try cleaning the cards contacts with rubbing alcohol, maybe that helps.
     
  5. ScarletCrystals

    ScarletCrystals Useless Bunny of Paradise

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    I use sd card adapter and this doesn't happen unless I drop the 3ds lawl,

    Try blowing on the SD slot and clean the contacts on the card. Or try a different card to see if it fits better.
     
  6. hippy dave

    hippy dave Butts Butts Megabutts

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    I'm glad Nintendo are still including the classic "try blowing on it" functionality in their cutting-edge technology.
     
  7. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Either your adapter or the SD card slot are loose/messy or the SD card goes into some form of sleep mode and its mouting sequence is so slow that the system eventually gives up. ;)
     
  8. julialy
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    It started after I dropped my 3DS quite a few times.
     
  9. hundshamer

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    Have you tried to open your 3DS, and check if the plug from the motherboard to the SD slot came loose? If it's the slot itself, you can get a replacement on eBay for around $5.
     
  10. FireEmblemGuy

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    Sounds like either the SD card isn't making proper contact, or the port is damaged. I'd pull the card out and scrub at the contacts with rubbing alcohol or some other safe cleaning solution, maybe blast a some compressed air into the SD slot (probably shouldn't hurt, anyways). Only way to be absolutely certain of which is the problem would probably be to try a different card.

    If it's an issue with the SD reader, maybe you could send it in to Nintendo if you're still under warranty and there's no obvious physical damage. On the other hand, last time I sent a 3DS in for repairs, they claimed it was water damaged and voided the warranty without repairing it, even though I'd never had any open liquids around the system and the idea that water damage would cause a system to get stuck in sleep mode but have absolutely zero other effects is fairly ridiculous.
     
  11. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

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    SD cards have sleep mode?
    Try putting your SD in something else like a camera, then shake it a few times. If nothing happens then your 3DS's SD slot is loose.
     
  12. Ericthegreat

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    He is thinking of portable hard drives :P
     
  13. julialy
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    julialy Homebrewer

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    I tried cleaning the SD, tried blowing into the SD slot, still happening.