R4III Wood, YSMenu? Total confusion

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  1. blammo
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    Newcomer blammo Newbie

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    Hello all!
    Want to help a noob out? Today is your lucky day! Wooop wooop!!!

    I have an r4III Upgrade (Clone: Site www.r4sl.net:)

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    Its running v3.12, I think that is the original OS. Well, I would like to put the best OS on it to be able to play the newest roms. (Golden Sun to be specific).

    I think I have all the needed info above, I am also on a mac. So opening and editing .exe files is a no go.

    I have tried google for hours, read a bizzilion tut's installed anything I thought would work and got various black, loading screen hangs etc. This is my last hope. Anyone want to take a poor soul under their wing and give me a hand?


    Any help?
     
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    If you want newer games to run, here's what you should try, in order.[*]Latest official firmware.
    Go to the site printed on your cart, download and set up the latest firmware, see if that fixes it. If there's no site printed or the site is down, this is a good resource for finding firmwares.

    [*]AP-bypassing options.
    Some carts have a setting or mode that will disable AP in games (to get them all running), but it may also disable extra features such as cheating and soft-reset, so these options tend to be turned off by default.

    [*]A clean ROM.
    If the ROM you're using has been modified in some way there's a chance it might not work on certain carts. In addition sometimes when transferring ROMs between carts small amounts of damage to the data can occur, so while the ROM may appear to be fine, it's actually been modified on accident and may not run.

    Download and run this program, then go to Update -> DSFCC. This should update you to the most recent version. After that, browse around the folders in the upper-left to find where your ROMs are, when you click the folder the filenames should show up below the folder area. Select the ROM(s) you want to check, then click the health/heart button below the list, that will check to see if it's clean or not. Beware, trimmed ROMs will always show as having been modified! While trimming a ROM is generally regarded as safe, there's always the possibility of something going wrong.

    If you find that the ROM you're having trouble with doesn't match the known clean ROM, then you'll want to redownload it (preferably from a site other than the one you used originally as their copy may be bad/damaged in the first place).

    [*]Format your MicroSD card.
    If the filesystem on your MicroSD card is damaged it can cause all sorts of trouble with running games. First copy everything off of your MicroSD, then run this program to format it properly. After that copy everything back, and see if the game runs properly.

    [*]YSmenu or other alternate firmware.
    If there's no official support you can try an alternate firmware. If you have an original R4 or clone of the original (hardware-wise, not neccessarily name-wise) you can try Wood R4, which updates for new games often. If you have something else you'll have to see if you can run YSmenu, it's got updates to the data files to run new games.

    [*]Game patches.
    If there's no way to run better firmware on your cart, you'll have to hunt out patches for the games and apply them to your ROM. While this used to be very common, it's increasingly rare for patches to be made because there's multiple carts that can run new games without patches now, and multiple alternate firmwares for other carts that add support for new games. Rudolph makes and updates a ROM patcher that will automatically patch many games, but this doesn't support everything. For individual games that patcher doesn't support, you'll need to hunt out the patches yourself via google.

    [*]A new cart.
    If you can't run any decent firmware and there's no patches for the games you want to play, your cart's a piece of shit and you should buy a decent one, to put it bluntly. While many sites may tout R4 clones as amazing stuff and charge $65 for them, in reality even the best flash cart is only about $40, and mainstream ones with less features (that can still play all the latest games) can be had for $25 or less.
     
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    I bow before your ability to press Control/Command C and V.

    You may need to make/find a patch, but it's not common these days. GSDD is a particular trouble game.
     
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    I bow before your ability to make idiotic comments.

    But seriously, it's a cookie cutter question and deserves a cookie cutter answer.
    At least Rydian took the time and effort to put it into a list, format it, and elaborate.
     
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    I bow before your ability to make spelling mistakes.

    There really isn't much you can do with clones, seeing as the majority of them are never updated.
     
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    CONGRATULATIONS ON UNDERSTANDING THE POINT OF THE COOKIE CUTTER RESPONSE!
     
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    Congratulations on finally growing a brain.
     
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    Congratulations on being the most pedantic prick on the internet.
     
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    Congratulations for knowing what the term "generalisation" means.
     
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    The website is actually down and the most current firmware is V3.13 and you can download it from here: http://www.linfoxdomain.com/nintendo/ds/

    It will be listed under. . .

    "R4-III / R4 Upgrader4dsl.net, r4iiinew.com, r4iii.com, iii.phqy.net
    Latest IIIi: v4.03 III: v3.13 Updated: 6 months ago"

    To play most recent games I suggest you download the latest Ysmenu for Clones, which is what I use. You can find it here: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=267...t=0&start=0

    I'd suggest backing up your games and saves and formatting your card back to default and installing these. If the Ysmenu doesn't work then just private message me and I'll package up my own that I say works with Golden Sun and most other latest games (depending on the latest YSMenu updates).

    I run the same card by the way [​IMG]
     
  11. blammo
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    Thanks for the responses. I did try everything in the 'c and p', I know its a usual question- but its really frustrating to get it to work. I didnt want to spam- it was a last resort.

    Thank you nebula! PM sent!
     
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