probably pirated r4 sdhc- endless loading

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So my gf bought DS Lite, we bought an R4 SDHC and we tried running multiple different kernels:
linfoxdomain <- the ones listed there did not work, wood also did not, ysmenu- same, some found on youtube also did not. Each time i formated microsd card (32 Gb, maybe here lies the problem???). Yeah, now I know that this R4 is probably the reason, but I don't have another, smaller microsd card to try, and well, I'd prefer not to have to buy another r4. What to do, what firmware/software/anything should I download?

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Are you sure it supports a 32mb microSD? I recommend you try a smaller one. To format use Panasonic SD formatter with Fat32 and 32kb cluster; things repeated hundreds of times. It sounds strange but using it has solved several problems with various flashcarts.

Anyway that should be a clone of Ace3DSplus, and this Wood software, in my opinion, should work. But I don't guarantee anything.
 

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It should, at least it said so for this r4? I'll try it with this card once again, and if it doesn't work, I'll try buying a smaller card, maybe a 16..? As for this one, I formatted it many times, most of those using said formatter and setting it as fat32, with a 32 and 16 cluster.
 
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Are you sure it supports a 32mb microSD? I recommend you try a smaller one. To format use Panasonic SD formatter with Fat32 and 32kb cluster; things repeated hundreds of times. It sounds strange but using it has solved several problems with various flashcarts.

Anyway that should be a clone of Ace3DSplus, and this Wood software, in my opinion, should work. But I don't guarantee anything.
Is that the official wood? That won't work on an Ace3DS+ clone if so, you instead need one of the two kernels here: https://flashcard-archive.ds-homebrew.com/Ace3DS+_R4iLS/

(only difference is that the "lite" one doesn't bundle any emulators or such)
 
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Neither of the files worked, I'm sorry to say. I tried moving the date to 2000, and it still did nothing. Oh, and I also tried it with a smaller (16 Gb) card, though it did not change the result, and I cannot find any smaller card
 

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I'm sorry that we can't solve this issue...😔
I am almost sure that it is an Ace3DS+ clone, and even the word "loading" on the black background is identical to that: so it should use Wood software, working with a micro SD of 32gb maximum. I do not understand why it does not work...🤔
It is also very strange that the label reports "2022" but its own kernel is not easily found and available...🧐
Does the "Deep Labyrinth" icon appear in the DS menu? If nothing appears, it is faulty anyway.

Note: Regarding the title, the term "pirated" these days means nothing in this matter: all (or almost all) flashcarts on the market are chinese clones, but that does not mean they are shoddy, inefficient, or necessarily faulty.
 
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On the site where you purchased that flashcart, is there any link (even expired) to a specific kernel, or any indication of what software to use? Since it is very recent (from 2022) it may be that it only uses a specific, newer and modified version of the Wood software. Mine is just a guess....🤷
 
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There was nothing, and contacting the seller did not result in additional files- he said that he will contact the manufacturer, and on goes the radio silence. I'd like to thank You very much for your kind support, and time wasted on it :)
 
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Maybe try following this guide to reformat the SD card: https://dsi.cfw.guide/sd-card-setup.html
(it's the DSi CFW guide but it's good for flashcards too)

If that doesn't help, I'm honestly not really sure 32 and 16 GB should both worth fine on there and the kernel I linked should work... Make sure you're extracting everything from the kernel zip to the SD root. It will not work if not extracted and it will not work in any other folder.

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I'm sorry that we can't solve this issue...😔
I am almost sure that it is an Ace3DS+ clone, and even the word "loading" on the black background is identical to that: so it should use Wood software, working with a micro SD of 32gb maximum. I do not understand why it does not work...🤔
It is also very strange that the label reports "2022" but its own kernel is not easily found and available...🧐
Does the "Deep Labyrinth" icon appear in the DS menu? If nothing appears, it is faulty anyway.

Note: Regarding the title, the term "pirated" these days means nothing in this matter: all (or almost all) flashcarts on the market are chinese clones, but that does not mean they are shoddy, inefficient, or necessarily faulty.
It's not that simple, the official Wood R4 works only with the original R4. Each cart using Wood R4 has its own version (although some carts from the same manufacturer share the same kernel/hardware) so it must be the correct version for that cart, or it won't work.
So my gf bought DS Lite, we bought an R4 SDHC and we tried running multiple different kernels:
linfoxdomain <- the ones listed there did not work, wood also did not, ysmenu- same, some found on youtube also did not. Each time i formated microsd card (32 Gb, maybe here lies the problem???). Yeah, now I know that this R4 is probably the reason, but I don't have another, smaller microsd card to try, and well, I'd prefer not to have to buy another r4. What to do, what firmware/software/anything should I download?

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linfoxdomain doesn't have any kernels for that cart sadly. What surprises me is that this is the 2022 version and the website is nonexistent. It seems to me like you've been sold garbage from a company who couldn't even be bothered to support their product for 6 months. Maybe they never even bothered to put up the website, so the kernel might be nonexistent anywhere on the internet.
They might be the same company as any of the other companies using the same name and design (there have been multiple) and maybe one of the kernels for those older cards will work, but it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack, and it's not even guaranteed that a kernel for a different flashcart by the same people will work, there may be hardware differences that prevent it, so I'd just save yourself the trouble and get a refund if you can.
Unless the seller can produce a working kernel for you, you've essentially been sold a non functional product.
 
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PK11, I did format it correctly, and there were no errors there. I also always put files into root, so it's not that either. And from looking at the product I bought, it looked like it worked for other people, sometimes as is, sometimes after some "Youtube searching". Well, not for me.
Yeah, I arrived at the same conclusion about being scammed. I know the fault is my own (kinda), as I did not really know what I was getting into, but I'm still not sure what the problem is. Is it only r4? At this point I'm contemplating buying ace3ds and trying to make it work instead.
Well, I scoured both the youtube, this forum (somewhat, I still do not think that I found this concern answered anywhere succesfully, and that would work for me), and the internet at large- I found sites with files that looked like they may work, but they did not.
 
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PK11, I did format it correctly, and there were no errors there. I also always put files into root, so it's not that either. And from looking at the product I bought, it looked like it worked for other people, sometimes as is, sometimes after some "Youtube searching". Well, not for me.
Yeah, I arrived at the same conclusion about being scammed. I know the fault is my own (kinda), as I did not really know what I was getting into, but I'm still not sure what the problem is. Is it only r4? At this point I'm contemplating buying ace3ds and trying to make it work instead.
Well, I scoured both the youtube, this forum (somewhat, I still do not think that I found this concern answered anywhere succesfully, and that would work for me), and the internet at large- I found sites with files that looked like they may work, but they did not.
It could just be a faulty cart, these things are produced very cheaply so it's not unheard of to get a broken one. There's a decent chance you can get a refund if you tell the seller it's not working then either get another one of those or some other model.

Even another one of the same model would most likely be fine, that's a fine model it's likely you just got unlucky. If you want to get something else, I recommend taking a look at the r/flashcarts quick start guide.
 
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If you can't get it working, my personal advice is to buy a 208-in-1 type cartridge (even 408-in-1) that you can easily find on eBay, Amazon or Aliexpress: it's a super cheap clone of the Ace3DS+ that already includes a microSD with its kernel and roms, which you can delete and add your favorites. So there is no risk of getting the wrong kernel. It will work on all DS family consoles (It is not blocked by DSi/3DS/2DS software) and supports demanding titles like Ni No Kuni or Inazuma Eleven series. 😉
 
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