R4 Timebomb

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  1. Durelle
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    I keep hearing/reading about a Timebomb that the r4 has, are these with clones

    I'm only curious because I have a r4 and it still works after a few years.
     
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    Source.
     
  3. Durelle
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    Yeah I got that, I should've specified. How do I check if mine has a Timebomb.

    IMG_20180814_204608. 15342904514119099744242284116290. 15342904751008102358459742268558. 15342905053711744538677855554113.
     
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    The original R4 has no such thing. Most of the clones (but not all) do.
    Edit: If you've had it for years without updating the kernel then it doesn't have a timebomb. The expiry date will be set 1 or 2 years after the release date of the kernel, and once passed, the cart requires a new kernel to work unless you set the date back (which causes other issues, mainly with SSL certificates as those have a set time period in which they are valid)
     
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    Yeah it's why in trying to figure out if mine is a clone or not
     
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    Read my edit ;)
     
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    The Timebomb generally only applies to cards with a year attached to it. Like mine says "2018 Edition"
     
  9. Durelle
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    From what @The Real Jdbye said it's 1-2 years, I think I've had it for 4-5 so I think I'm safe. And if it's just as easy as putting a new kernel whenever it expires (if it does) then I should be fine

    -edit-
    Should I stay on my current kernel tough? Or are other ones any better?
     
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  10. Lilith Valentine

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    You should switch to the kernel that I just posted
     
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    Ok I'll look to do that later tonight, I'm assuming save files are universal right?
     
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    The save files are universal
     
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    Simplest test is just to set your time far in the future (2030) and see if you get an error starting up. I wouldn't go on the "had it for x years without issues" because not all makers seem to be as consistent as updating it every n years.
     
  14. Durelle
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    Set it to 2035 and your right
    1534294407634970611022679385967.
     
  15. Durelle
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    Honestly dont think i can use YSMenu as a primary load. the guide you posted @Lilith Valentine .

    I just get a white screen with a red "MENU?" im able to load it as a dual boot, but that wont work once it timebombs...

    -EDIT-

    A quick google search found me the r4 dat file i needed and it boots up. so looks like im good
     
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    Has this got something to do with the latest Temper Tantrums?
     
  17. Durelle
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    No, it's just something I noticed for the last year hearing people talk about it, so I thought I would look into it now instead of panicking in the future.
     
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    Ahh ok, just a bit of a coincidence as that comic was the first time I heard of the timebomb.
     
  19. Durelle
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    Ah k, well now you know
     
  20. The Real Jdbye

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    Well, as long as you kept the kernel up to date (and they kept releasing updates) then you wouldn't run into the timebomb. It only becomes an issue if the team stops supporting the cart either because they want you to buy a newer cart or because they've disappeared.
     
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