Hacking N5 (R4/M3 simply clone) flashcart help, please?

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So, I have an N5 card (which is basically a 1:1 clone of the R4 card/M3 Simply) and I've been able to load both the original (N5's use unencrypted R4 firmware) firmware and also YSMenu as dual boot systems, I got YSMenu from RetroGameFan's Multi-Cart. Most older games (2010 >) have been working on the original, but outdated, firmware, so I assumed these didn't have any AP on them, otherwise they wouldn't have worked. I dl'ed a pre-Dicastia patched ROM of Pokemon White and it's been working, using YSMenu, for a while. Using a clean ROM would just show double white screens, obviously the AP kicking in. So while using YSMenu + patched ROM, I would occasionally encounter double white screens while booting up the game, thinking that the AP finally kicked in. I usually fixed that problem by copying a fresh, new pre-Dicastia patched ROM.

So I went and turned on my DS lite like normal and, as usual, opened up YSMenu. Everything was going good so far. Except, I was seeing double white screens, thinking it was its usual problem. I copied a fresh, new ROM and it still didn't work, to my surprise.

I don't know why it hasn't been working as of lately; I never updated to any new firmwares or anything and I've been extracting that ROM from the exact same .7z file on my hard drive.

How should I fix my problem..? I was thinking I could install Wood but I didn't think it was nesecerry due to the previous successes.

Thanks for reading. Any help will be gladly appreciated.

EDIT: "Would anyone confirm if Pokemon Black/White could run successfully on a Wood? I've played around with Wood before... I just don't understand why YSMenu would suddenly stop working. It works for other, older, and non-AP games (ex. Mario Kart)." from my below post.
 

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Yeah, like Catboy says there is really no fixing it, its amazing it's worked this long - it could brick your DS at any moment as well. Either get an AK2i, and R4i Gold, or if you have some extra money, a DS2.
 

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Thanks for your contributions and all; I'd be happy to switch to another cart although I've owned my N5 for about a year and a half without any problems. Would anyone confirm if Pokemon Black/White could run successfully on a Wood? I've played around with Wood before...

I just don't understand why YSMenu would suddenly stop working. It works for other, older, and non-AP games (ex. Mario Kart).
 

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I've been using a patched ROM, Catboy. And doesn't a clean ROM have AP on it? I'm assuming it wouldn't work then, showing up with double white screens.

So Wood works?
 

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Have you tried formatting your micro sd card lately? If not, you should. Make sure to download and use Panasonic SD Formatter v3.1 :) It corrects problems like the one you have currently.
 

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Use a clean ROM. The entire purpose of Wood and such is to automatically remove the AP by patching the ROM. If you give it a pre-patched ROM the patching process can fuck up because it expects to be given the original data but instead you're giving it modified data.

Always work with clean ROMS.
 

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Oh, thanks, Rydian. I didn't know Wood automatically removes the AP xD

I'll format my microsd card, like Jimmy said, and then install Wood.
 

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