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ShinyLatios' Flashcart FAQ
Wasn't supposed to be an entry, but why not
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General problems:
Q: My cart won't boot to the menu!
A: You may have a fake card, or actually forgot to put the firmware menu on it.
If you are certain you got your firmware from the right site, try downloading an older version to see if that one works.

Q: Help! my game won't work!
A: Wait for a firmware update, or if your cart isn't updated by it's team, buy a better one(try to avoid R4 clones!).

Q: My flashcart is stuck in my DS for some reason... How do I get it out?
A: The only way is by force. however, the next time you insert it, it'll probably be stuck again.

DSi/3DS Problems:
Q: My flashcart won't work on my DSi. HELP!
A: Go to your manufacturers site. either your cart won't ever work, or you can find an update for it.
You will need a non-DSi/3DS to update if the flashcart won't work in it's current state.

Q: After upgrading, It still won't work? Why is this?
A: your system apparently has newer protection, and your cart still can't bypass it with it's current updates.
Wait for it to be upgraded.

Acekard specific problems.

Q: My DSi won't recognise my cart. HELP!
A: try putting a piece of paper at the side of the sticker. This MIGHT make it work better!

Q: AKAIO says my acekard is fake. what now?
A: I suggest getting a refund and buying a real one.

Q: AKAIO says my acekard is fake, but only after soft-resetting?
A: this is a problem with some acekards. 1.8.6a fixes this.

R4 Specific problems

Q: my R4 won't boot wood?
A: It's fake. run YSMenu with Retrogamefans updates(in the DSTT section) instead or get a refund and buy a real one from shoptemp!

Any questions submitted below will be answered! Please do ask questions so I can add them!
 

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Im having trouble putting the English patched Pokemon White 2 ROM onto my SD Card from my computer. It just keeps coming up with the message Invalid MS-DOS Function. I don't know what it means or what I can do to change it. I do have the Wood R4 v1.51 on the SD Card but thinking of changing it, would that help? thanks for any answers :)
 

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Im having trouble putting the English patched Pokemon White 2 ROM onto my SD Card from my computer. It just keeps coming up with the message Invalid MS-DOS Function. I don't know what it means or what I can do to change it. I do have the Wood R4 v1.51 on the SD Card but thinking of changing it, would that help? thanks for any answers :)
That would have nothing to do with it.

Screenshot the error.
 

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How to know where to purchase a real Flashcard instead of a fake one? There are dozens of sites offering them.. I want to buy my first R4 for the old DS-Lite but make sure that I don't buy a fake one that eventually ruins it all.
 

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How do you solve the ''loading'' problem in upper screen? Plus i cant find the site my r4 comes from.Please reply immediately!
 

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How do you solve the ''loading'' problem in upper screen? Plus i cant find the site my r4 comes from.Please reply immediately!
If you want someone to help you, you need to be more specific.
Which console are you using? Which flashcart?
Is it an old one that used to work and now doesn't, or is it new and never used?
Also, this is an old thread. It was better to post in the Flashcarts and Accessories section, where your problem was more visible (you can still do it without any problem).
 

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I am using a nintendo ds lite.I recently bought this r4 (wood, i think an old card)-its new.
I am new here, so, i dont know many about this site...If you could help me it would be really nice!
 
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If you could help me it would be really nice!
Personally, I'm not a big expert on flashcarts.
Anyway, take a picture of the r4 (so that I can clearly read the name on the label) and post it below.:)

i think an old card)-its new.
These two things contradict each other: you wanted to say that you bought it new, but it is still an old model.
Post also the link to the website where you bought it, if you can.:)
 
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Yes, i bought it new(unused), but its an old model.It has no label on it and thats why i'm having trouble.
I bought it from ebay (china).I will try to upload its picture!
 

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I bought it from ebay (china).I will try to upload its picture!
Hi.:)
That's quite a mess.
Very difficult.
Could you put the eBay link where you bought it?
If you can't post the link because you're a newbie, go to the website yourself and copy and paste the information below.
Is that okay?
 
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I already have the information.Its the uploaded here!Thanks for your interest!
 

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All right, i resume trying, but what if there is a time bomb problem with my r4?
"Time bomb", if there is one, is obviously not in the hardware, but in the software (which expires after a certain date).
Those firmwares in the previous links do not contain "time bomb": but in any case it would be enough to move the date in the DS menu back years.

Another solution would be to use YSMenu, but we don't know if your card is compatible, and someone claims that this has bricked their r4.

Note: A tip: the next time you buy a flashcart please check first if the firmware is specified and easily available. Then eventually buy it.
R4 gold pro, for example, is very cheap, its firmware easily available, moreover compatible with YSMenu.:)
 
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