Hacking M3 DS Real Problems - No SD Card Found

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Sorry about the newbie question everyone, I tried to search the forum for this problem but gave up when the search engine didnt give back the results I was after and looked through the last 20 pages in this forum

I have a Chinese M3 DS real card - when I bought it in HK it came with a 1Gb Kingston Micro SD and has worked fine since. I've been reading that this card supports SDHC cards, so I went and bought a Kingston 4Gb SDHC (says JAPAN on it and is Class 4). It came with an SD adaptor but that doesnt read on my laptop card reader, the only way it works is if I use the USB reader that came with the M3 card. Anyway, so I used that, could only format it to FAT32, so I installed the latest firmware on it (3.7) and added the NDS folder for structure. I have not put any ROMS or programs on the card other than SYSTEM and the NDS folder. Put the card in the M3, and put the M3 in the DS, powered up and it sits there for about 5 seconds then says "NO SD CARD FOUND"

Does anyone have any suggestions please?
 

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Thanks for the reply. I was getting worried when I hadn't heard anything from anyone, as I was sure I wasnt the only person that this has happened to. I will take the card back and ask for a replacement and see how I go
 

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I fixed the problem by getting a replacement card, however I loaded 80 ROMS onto it, it mis-reported the size of every ROM and wouldnt load them at all...

I had to take off quite a few ROMS to get it to work

Anyone know how to fix this?
 

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Are you using usb reader which came with M3 Real? It's shite - often corrupts SD cards.

Try usb adapter which came with SD card and reformat the card to FAT32 (default allocation).
 

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visitor000 said:
Are you using usb reader which came with M3 Real? It's shite - often corrupts SD cards.

Try usb adapter which came with SD card and reformat the card to FAT32 (default allocation).
the only problem with that is his laptop wont read SDHC cards as he said when he tried the adapter
 

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Got out and buy a decent SDHC Reader to use on your laptop. I recommend any Sandisk reader, but these two I have and they work great....

Link -> Sandisk SDDR-104
Link -> Sandisk SDDR-121

There is no substitute for quality.... My Bundled SDHC Reader that came with my M3DS Real died after 7 days and corrupted the files on my mates SHDC 4GB Kingston....
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Joe88 said:
visitor000 said:
Are you using usb reader which came with M3 Real? It's shite - often corrupts SD cards.

Try usb adapter which came with SD card and reformat the card to FAT32 (default allocation).
the only problem with that is his laptop wont read SDHC cards as he said when he tried the adapter

He got a new card (replaced faulty one), and I thought that he got new usb adapter too.
 

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MaXiM said:
Got out and buy a decent SDHC Reader to use on your laptop. I recommend any Sandisk reader, but these two I have and they work great....

Link -> Sandisk SDDR-104
Link -> Sandisk SDDR-121

There is no substitute for quality.... My Bundled SDHC Reader that came with my M3DS Real died after 7 days and corrupted the files on my mates SHDC 4GB Kingston....
wink.gif

+ 1. Yeah it's better to buy genuine card and usb reader, because people usually have a lot of problems with those cheap replicas from eBay.

I also have two SDDR-121-A11M, which came with my sandisk 8 gb cards, and they are fantastic.
 

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As others have said, it's incredible the difference between using a crap reader (*ahem* the M3 one *ahem*) and a good one. At first I used the one that came with the cart and I had problem after problem, data corruption, system not working... luckily the reader died within a week so I switched to my SanDisk reader. Never had a problem again.

It's well worth the price, trust me.
 

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visitor000 said:
Joe88 said:
visitor000 said:
Are you using usb reader which came with M3 Real? It's shite - often corrupts SD cards.

Try usb adapter which came with SD card and reformat the card to FAT32 (default allocation).
the only problem with that is his laptop wont read SDHC cards as he said when he tried the adapter

He got a new card (replaced faulty one), and I thought that he got new usb adapter too.

Yes thanks guys I did get a new card, that came with a new SD adaptor, but that still doesnt work. The USB thing that I got the M3 seems to be working fine - and I only load new ROMS every month or two so I don't use it that often. Strangely the PS3 will read the Micro SD card through the SD adaptor.

It all seems to be going OK now - except for the ROM issue I was having. Has anyone else had this issue? I took about 25 ROMS off and hid them on a folder on the card and it reads them now, but I cant open up the folder I hid them to read them.

Also, has anyone noticed with the new firmware it saves the games now as .SAV files?
 

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That's strange that kingston usb reader does not work in your PC
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Does it appear as new USB device attached when you insert it? Will you see it in Device Manager? maybe there is some driver issue.

And just out of curiosity, could you try it somewhere on other PC? Will it work there?

M3 Real's USB adapter might appear to work, it might look like files are written properly etc, but file system structure could be (and most likely is) corrupted by it. So it's better not to use it at all. Most of people who use it have to reformat cards quite often, cursing it. There were a few very unfortunate people who had almost lost their SD cards because of it - there were reports that it corrupted SD cards badly that MS Windows would not accept/recognize cards at all, so it's impossible to reformat them (some of those people succeeded re-formating them under Apple and in mobile phones...)
 

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visitor000 said:
That's strange that kingston usb reader does not work in your PC
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Does it appear as new USB device attached when you insert it? Will you see it in Device Manager? maybe there is some driver issue.

And just out of curiosity, could you try it somewhere on other PC? Will it work there?

The Kingston didnt come with a USB adaptor - only a Micro SD to SD adaptor. That doesnt work on the laptop but does work on the PS3
 

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This just in!

M3 DS real pricetag is complete bullshit! and a laughing joke! it costs around twice as much as an AK2 which is just as good as the M3real and the SCDSone has more features and costs less too!
and this is just the budget one without the expansion pack!
 

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DansDans said:
visitor000 said:
That's strange that kingston usb reader does not work in your PC
frown.gif


Does it appear as new USB device attached when you insert it? Will you see it in Device Manager? maybe there is some driver issue.

And just out of curiosity, could you try it somewhere on other PC? Will it work there?

The Kingston didnt come with a USB adaptor - only a Micro SD to SD adaptor. That doesnt work on the laptop but does work on the PS3


Oh I see, sorry I didn't get this first time - thought that it came with usb adapter which didn't work... :-(
Then you have two choices:
1) make it work in your computer's SD slot if possible (maybe updated device driver will do).
2) buy good USB adapter.

Also, if you have other device like mobile phone, pocket pc, palm or digital camera which can read microsdhc or SD cards, you could try using them instead of SD adapter (or maybe it is possible to connect PS3 to PC and get access to its SD slot from PC)...
 

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If the Card won't read in the Laptop SD Reader, then the laptop SD reader is NOT SDHC compatible and will never read it. If it reads other smaller SHDC cards, then the drivers are fine... It's a simple USB Masstorage driver with no real guts.....The reader is not hardware compatible, whereas the PS3 is. You need a decent USB based SDHC compatible reader if you want to have trouble free DS Gaming...
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Topfragger said:
This just in!

M3 DS real pricetag is complete bullshit! and a laughing joke! it costs around twice as much as an AK2 which is just as good as the M3real and the SCDSone has more features and costs less too!
and this is just the budget one without the expansion pack!
gtfo troll fag
 

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