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Olright. So, I have a R4i SDHC for my DSi (It is a white card marked "Dual Core". Has a red PCB and runs the wood interface). The DSi's firmware is only at 1.4.3. Yesterday, I was trying to put a loader type thing so I could play Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The loader dual booted the official R4 YSMENU. But when I ran the dual booting program, the screen went blank and froze. Then I restarted the DSi and tried to boot back up my R4. Instead of booting back into wood, it gave me the DSi error message. I have since formatted the card with Windows and the SD formatting program. I have also reloaded my flash carts firmware four or five times. Even when I take out the micro sd card, the DSi still displays the same message. What does this mean? Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? This has happened to me once before, but I cannot remember what I did to the cart to make it work again. Perhaps to make sure it isn't the cart itself, should I put the cart into a standard DS Lite? This is the cards website. I have crawled it for any answers, but am still at a loss. Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

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Okay, so I used a friend's DS Lite and taa-daa, the blasted card works. But only on my friends DS. I just don't get it... I have have updated kernels, formatted the SD, made sure to NOT upgrade my DSi. Urg. I guess I might just have to go for broke and get a used DS lite or a proper R4 instead. Thanks for the help anyway.
 

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I'm a tad bit late to this discussion but your card is bricked. Some lower quality cards will become damaged if dual-boot firmwares aren't setup properly, which is why you are having problems. Don't worry, I did the same thing, trying to push a R4i 3D to the limit. You can un-brick the card if you have another flash card you know?! :) Let me know if you need help.

Is it still considered bricked even though it works perfectly fine on a DS Lite?
 

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Alright, alright. I am sick and tired of seeing my DSi on a shelf not being used. I had so many great games on that R4. I am totally interested on how to unbrick it with another card. A friend of mine owns a Acekard 2i and a DS lite (he is the only other guy I know who owns another flash cart). Just a refresher, I own a R4i SDHC and a DSi. Please let me know how I can unbrick the card (I am a cheapskate, I'd really rather not buy another card).
 

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Is it still considered bricked even though it works perfectly fine on a DS Lite?
Your card was never updated for v1.4.3 firmware. I bet your card doesn't say "new" on the sticker, does it? Also, Google "TK Saturn Paper Trick," and use the method of putting a piece of paper/electrical tape behind the contacts, inside of the flashcard's case.
 

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I'm a tad bit late to this discussion but your card is bricked. Some lower quality cards will become damaged if dual-boot firmwares aren't setup properly, which is why you are having problems. Don't worry, I did the same thing, trying to push a R4i 3D to the limit. You can un-brick the card if you have another flash card you know?! :) Let me know if you need help.

Is it still considered bricked even though it works perfectly fine on a DS Lite?
I re-read this thread in its entirety and your card is not bricked. You have a contact issue. Google "TK Saturn Paper Trick," and do the methos of putting a piece of paper behind the contacts inside of the flashcard's case.

Contact issue, eh? Alright. I'll check it out now.
 

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Negatory. I tried two different methods, but I feel like the card is different in its manufacturing style. The way the card was made, it has a little bar beneath the PCB meaning I cannot insert something behind it.
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Please excuse the image quality.
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The game shows up on the DSi's menu...​
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But then doesn't do jack...​
 

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You don't have a contact issue, if the card is recognized by your DSi.
It's either a kernel problem or a firmware problem.
Since the card works on a DSL it's definately a firmware problem.
Download the latest update for your card here.
Unpack it and put the .nds file in the root of your µSD card.
Now run the card in the DSL and run the .nds file.
If the update went successful, then the card should work on your DSi.
 

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benhofb I noticed you said you are running the "Wood" kernel., but your card is all white and is made by the r4isdhc.com team, get your correct kernel HERE, and more importantly, get the firmware update for your card (I can't directly link you to it because you haven't said if your card says "new" on the sticker, or not) and put it on the root of your micro sd card and run that file using your friends DS Lite. Voila, your problem should be solved.

Your first post mentioned nothing about a firmware update to your DSi but after reading all your posts I'm 90% sure your DSi was upgraded in between the problem you stated and you writing a post for help on this forum OR you haven't checked your system settings properly to check your DSi firmware version in a while. Online help depends on correct information.
 

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You don't have a contact issue, if the card is recognized by your DSi.
It's either a kernel problem or a firmware problem.
Since the card works on a DSL it's definitely a firmware problem.
Re-read this thread. You missed something....
I didn't miss anything.
He said he updated his kernels, not his firmware/bootloader.
No where do I see see any sign of him actually trying to update his firmware/bootloader and all signs points towards a firmware/bootloader problem.
 

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He said he updated his kernels, not his firmware/bootloader.
Re-read my last post and you'll see I removed my statement. Honestly, I think it's "user error," and he needs to go over very preliminary tasks, before he makes any more posts in this topic. #1 would be for him to do a firmware update. #2 using the correct kernel.
 

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He said he updated his kernels, not his firmware/bootloader.
Re-read my last post and you'll see I removed my statement before you posted this rebuttal. Honestly, I think it's "user error" and he needs to go over very preliminary tasks before he makes any more posts in this topic.
Exactly, he should run his native kernel and try to execute a bootloader update.
You did link to the wrong kernel though, he mentioned his card is a "Dual Core".
The latest Dual Core kernel is this one: http://down4.nds9.cn/r4isdhc-white/r4isdhc-whiteEnglish1.50.rar
 

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