Hacking I formatted my DS Linker Card by PC, help!

JuliaWindmann

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Hello everyone,

today I found my old Nintendo DS Lite and some games. Also I found my old DS Linker N-card (I guess its called this way?) where some games where saved on.
The games on it seemed a little buggy and I wanted to kind of reset the card. Seems like I did a mistake when I formatted the DS Linker by Pc/windows. :( (I saved the stuff that was on it).

When I turn on the DS and start the DS Linker, a white screen appears. It says "Loading menu... error: not format!". So I tried to download some xmenu files (there are different versions), put it on the linker and tried the "L + G + A + B + down" stuff but nothing works. I found a website with many links to download different versions of firmware but I am not allow to post this link here.

What can I do to get this ds linker running again? I would be grateful if someone could help me! <3
 

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For the most part you will probably be told to get a better flash cart and use this as the opportunity for that -- the n-card was never great, and stopped getting updates quite some time before even a lot of others stopped. You can probably push it a little bit further with some of the more modern anti piracy patches ( https://gbatemp.net/download/retrogamefan-nds-rom-tool-v1-0_b1215.35735/ https://gbatemp.net/threads/retrogamefan-updates-releases.267243/ )

https://gbatemp.net/threads/n-card-a-how-to-guide.72905/
Downloads are available in the downloads section here
https://gbatemp.net/download/ncard.18979/
https://gbatemp.net/download/ncard-xmenu.18978/

Don't know if they were the last versions released (again it was never a popular/good card that people cared about, mostly just a cheap one) but would presumably be the later ones. I don't think it ever got support in something like wood or ysmenu (various replacement firmwares some cheaper flash carts got access to, the former being one of the better menus/supported things of anything) but I have been surprised before.
 

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@FAST6191 Thank you for thefast answer!

I would like to just fix my n-card, even though it might be easier to just buy a new, better one. I just don't want to spend money if I can fix this somehow.

So I looked though all the links you send and it seems quite complicated to me. On linFox Domain are many flashcard soft- and firmware that can be downloaded, even for the DS Linker. So I'm wondering what I have to download and put on the card that it is working again. Most of the stuff I see are patches, but I think this is not what I need yet (?). Btw I always read there is a DS Linker and Ds Linker writer (in readme files)? So I guess one of it is the gba modul? I only have the normal ds card, it won't work then right? At that time my stepfather did that and I can't ask him anymore so idk >.< ...

Thank you so much :)
 
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