Thank-you for your help guys, I really appreciate it. I've been lurking for a few years now, surprised I never posted. Sorry I didn't search first, I recieved an R4 for Christmas and I guess somebody wanted to save a few bucks and bought me the Chinese version instead.
I was worried I would have to solder jumpers from the last time I read about the R4 a long time ago. Again, thanks very much for providing the convienient link to the patched firmware file. I was pleasantly surprised that the R4 acts as a passcard too, so I can keep my slot-2 supercard lite in there as well!
Basically, grab the latest english firmware from R4DS Website and then download the langpatch.zip from the first link and run the patch on the english firmware. This patcher is working for 1.14 and maybe the newer versions also
If however you can't patch the latest english versions as they come out just install the latest chinese version, you can still see what the games are just the game info's will be in chinese.
Great thread guys... i had the same prob, someone gave me a chinese R4 and i put the english Kernal.....got the above problem....chinese writing... i used the above patch , and all is fine...
Got an R4 now with info saying "english version"