Next R4 Kernel coming soon!

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    Next R4 Kernel coming soon!
    Great news for R4 owners
    Update: I was just informed that the new kernel, currently under development, won't be ready before a month or so. I have personally no idea why it's taking so long, I haven't been told anything else. As soon as I know more I will report it here.

    As you may remember, I have the chance to be in contact with members of the R4 team and I regularly ask them about R4 kernel updates. Well, today's a lucky day: they've finally accepted to disclose information regarding the next update! So here is what I've gathered:
    • SDHC Support: I never thought this would be possible, but the exact words they used ("It Will support SDHC Card") leaves no room for doubt! SDHC, which stands for Secure Digital High Capacity, supports microSD cards capacities up to 32 Gigabytes!
    • Wii Connectivity: it appears the next kernel will have fixed Wii connectivity. This feature is notably used in the Pokémon Diamond/Pearl games.
    • Game fixes: although they haven't explicitely suggested it, I do believe and hope that the next firmware will fix compatibility for important games such as Worms Open Warfare 2 and others, that require the ARM7 Fix to work.
    • Release date: they told me they hoped the new firmware would be ready before the end of the week, but they weren't too sure about that so I wouldn't be expecting it anytime soon.
    As always, I recommend that you don't get your hopes up as this is only a provisional list of features (I'm particularly doubtful about SDHC support, but we'll see) but at least we now have a clue about the next update! I'll keep you informed as soon as I receive more information.
  2. adamrgolf

    adamrgolf GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    United States
    I can't wait *yay*

  3. legendofphil

    legendofphil Phil no Densetsu

    Nov 19, 2002
    From what I read adding SDHC support is possible from a firmware update, some other devices have done it already.
  4. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    Yes but the R4 has not allowed for firmware updates in the past - only loader updates so it will be interesting to see if they do release a new actual firmware. Many people believe the firmware chip is not re-writeable. Maybe SDHC support can be added through the loader? Who knows...
  5. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006

    Oh happy days! [​IMG]
  6. R-Unit 4

    R-Unit 4 GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 22, 2007
    hmmmm...maybe SDHC will be compatible but how fast will the R4 be able to read it?
  7. ShadowXP

    ShadowXP ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Dec 20, 2002
    Holy shit, if the SDHC support is true that will be amazing (and a kick in the shins for the Supercard SDHC, heh).
  8. Retal

    Retal GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 20, 2007
    England              Sex: Daily
    So basically you'll need to buy an R4v2 then.
  9. MC DUI

    MC DUI GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Nov 30, 2003
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sounds like a great update if they can pull it all off, makes the R4 up there with the best DS cards available and at a great price.
  10. Kouta

    Kouta Advanced Member

    Oct 7, 2006
    I don't know whether to get this or the upcoming M3 Real.
  11. ShadowXP

    ShadowXP ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Dec 20, 2002
    They've already said there isn't going to be a new R4..
  12. Dwaalspoor98

    Dwaalspoor98 GBAtemp Regular

    May 28, 2003
    So will now all kiddies stop whining now with the R4 is dead, the R4 sucks etc..?

    I hope so!!!
  13. .::5pYd3r::.

    .::5pYd3r::. Viva La Pizza

    Jun 2, 2007
    The GREAT Southern Land :D

    PaRtY TiMe!!
  14. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    To have SDHC support, they're going to HAVE to flash the chip in the R4. How can you have it in just a loader when it currently can't read an SDHC card?
  15. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

    Jul 29, 2007
    This is great news if they pull it off. October has been a great month so far this will be the cherry on the top.
    They could have added SDHC to the new R4's in the redesign as the PCB is different if you look at the photo's. Which would mean owners of the old one would be out of luck with sdhc. I just hope not. (This is not fact just my thoughts)
    R4 images
  16. kaktus.ds

    kaktus.ds Member

    Feb 15, 2007

    Not that I really needed an update, but damn! This is GREAT news! [​IMG]

    Oh, and I guess you could put a firmware update together with the loader on the microSD, SD in R4, R4 in DS, boot it up, and the firmware gets updated... right? That's the only way I can think of anyway, but who knows? We'll just have to wait and see.
    The R4 team has AFAIK never lied about an update at least. So if they say SDHC support is coming, you can be damn sure it is! [​IMG]

    I really hope you're wrong about that, but I guess that's possible. [​IMG]
  17. Noobix

    Noobix GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 25, 2003
    LOL...about time! [​IMG]

    Damn, I'll never betray/cheat on my R4!!! [​IMG]

    Almost party time. [​IMG]
  18. Raisingod

    Raisingod GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 19, 2007
    Well we can't even know if the PIC is programable via the card it self or not ( though we can suspect it isn't) but there might be some way for SDHC through loader if the PIC has an handeling method ( knows the starts location/block size)
  19. CannonBallZ

    CannonBallZ GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    United States
    Yah, I noticed that too, there are more tracks on the pcb under the sd slot for the new R4 redesign,
    that was exactly what i was thinking
  20. GeekShadow

    GeekShadow GBAtemp Fan

    May 13, 2007
    France/Saint-Nazaire (44)
    Finally !!!
    So I will choose R4 for my brother too.