R4i SDHC 1.4, can it work with latest 1.4.2 update?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by mysticav, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. mysticav

    mysticav Newbie

    Feb 5, 2011
    United States
    I have a R4i SDHC 2.0 (DS Happy Box) "Upgrade v1.4". Please see image:

    I've just mistakenly updated the Nintendo DS and the flash card stopped working.

    Is there a way to fix it ?

    Or do I have to buy the latest flash card R4i v1.4.1 ??
  2. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    It cannot be updated, you will have to buy a new card.
    Do not buy another R4 clone this time!
    Instead buy a card you CAN update, such as the Supercard DSTwo or the Acekard 2i.

    Note that the prices given are from chinese shops.
    If you order from a shop in another country it's more expensive.

    [*]The original R4.
    NOT "R4-III Upgrade", NOT "R4-SDHC", NOT "R4i NDSLL", NOT "R4 Red", NOT "R4 King"...

    The cheap card for somebody that just wants to play games on a DS/Lite.

    [*]R4i Gold
    The cheap card for somebody that wants to play games on a DSi with more storage.

    [*]Acekard 2i
    Mid-range card for people that want to play games on a DSi/XL with some extra features.

    [*]EZ-Flash Vi
    Higher-end card with even more features.

    [*]Supercard DSTwo
    Pretty much the ultimate card right now.

    • DS / DS Lite
      The card will work on an original (fat) DS or a DS Lite.
    • DSi / DSi XL
      The card will work on a DSi or DSi XL as well.
    • Game Updates
      Firmware updates are what let cards play newer games, these are the life-blood of the card.
    • SDHC
      SDHC refers to SD cards larger than 2GB (gigabytes). If there's no SDHC support, you can only use SD cards up to 2GB.
    • WiFi Update
      The Acekard 2i can update it's cheats (and get minor bug fixes) over WiFi without having to connect to a computer.
    • Auto Ap Bypass
      Some carts have special features to ignore AP in most games, letting you play them without having to wait for a firmware update first. The Acekard only has partial support for this right now.
    • RTS
      The Real-Time Save (Save State) function lets you save and reload your game progress at any moment you wish.
    • In-Game Guide
      You can pull up text files and images in-game, in order to check a walkthrough or map you downloaded at any time during a game.
    • Slow Motion
      The card lets you slow down the game speed as you wish.
    • In-Game Cheats
      The card lets you create and modify cheats while the game is running.
    • Special Homebrew
      The card has multiple pieces of special homebrew, such as it's own GBA and SNES emulators, as well as text/PDF reader and video player.
    • Battery Life
      Unfortunately the DSTwo's extra CPU and RAM (which give it the special features) eat into the battery life a bit.
  3. gtmtnbiker

    gtmtnbiker GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 16, 2008
    United States
    I'm living proof that r4i-sdhc v1.4 card will not work with DSi 1.42 update. Get an Acekard 2i instead.
  4. rave420

    rave420 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    what is this 1.42 you guys are talking about?

    Latest up2date firmware for the DSi is 1.4.1

    also, your card CAN be upgraded, provided someone writes a flash program for it, and you execute it on a DS/i that is pre 1.4 (1.3 therefore).

    but because clone cards lack a good support team, they will likely not write a program to make your card compatible. They let you buy another card instead.

    So i suggest going with what rydian suggested, and buy an AK or a SCDS2. If one of these gets blocked, their team releases a software (upgrade) that will flash your card to be compatible with the latest DSi firmwares.
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    1.4.2 is the name for 1.4.1 in china.
  6. rave420

    rave420 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    oh, i wasn't aware of that, that is kind of strange.

    can your card work with the latest update? Certainly.

    Can YOU make it work with the latest update? Doubtfull.

    That's why you buy a card that has a team supporting it in the first place. If an update comes out, there is some incentive to get it running on the latest update. There are certain technical limitations as to updating your card, this largley depends on how your card is build, and if the chip can be flashed (updatable bootloaders).

    from a technical point of view, you can update and write whatever to any chip. It just takes a lot of work to write a program that does just this, for some clone card released by a Marketing team. They would rather have you buy a new card instead of updating your old one to work again.

    Acekard, SCDS2, M3, iEDGE, CycloDS, EZ5i and R4DS.cn are all good cards that are supported by their teams, and whose bootloaders can be updated.

    certain teams have been around longer then others, and some have seized support for their card alltogeher, and are now supported by third party coders that put a lot of sweat into bringing you the updates.