R4's microSD slot dead?

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  1. SkH
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    SkH GBAtemp Maniac

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    Hey people

    I had my R4 for about 1,3 years and the microSD slot is just died / busted / broken?.

    It can't read any microSD atall, either gives a "Couldn't find SD/TF card" or "SD/TF card error", though the microSD card is just fine. (And yes, it do work on other R4, and I tried other mciroSD in my R4 too.)

    So, is there a way to fix it / repair it?

    And, why this has happened? I thought microSD slots lasts forever.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ferrariman

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    Did the spring break? Or is the Loader broken.
     
  3. SkH
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    The spring broken after 1-2 or max. 3 months, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SPRING!!!

    It's about THE microSD reader/writer part!! It's just can't read it!!!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Artheido

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    I'm guessing it busted. Maybe a surge, over-heating etc. You'll probably need to buy a new R4.
     
  5. SkH
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    Overheating?!
     
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    Open up the R4 and see if there's not anything broken. Also clean the slot out by age old trick: blow in it.
     
  7. jelbo

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    Because it broke? Everlasting MicroSD slots don't exist, just like evrlarsting MicroSD's, R4's and DS Lites don't exist. [​IMG]
     
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    I opened it up... but, I see nothing bad at there. What am I to watch out?

    And used the old trick too... blown into it a lot of times...

    Aah, yes... nothing's everlasting these days... [​IMG]
     
  9. setsunahq

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    I have quite a similiar problem, my R4 have some problem reading my microsd, the little trick I use is, I press the R4 tightly when I insert the microSD, it will have a louder sound of "click" when I insert it, kinda fix it that way, loosy R4 perhaps, try see if it helps
     
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    Blowing into carts is completely retarded; all it does is introduce moisture to the inside of the cart. Use something else to blow air into it, other than your own breath.
     
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    But if it's inserted completely, it give me the SD/TF card error.

    No matter how / how much times I try, the outcome is always the same.
     
  12. ExDee

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    reformat?

    Well if that didn't work, it served you well mate. 1.3 years is alot [​IMG] just get a new card
     
  13. superrob

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    Well i gave my old R4 to my little brother when he got a DS for his birthday.
    And now its just becomming more and more bad.

    He uses like 20 tries to make it getting detected.
     
  14. SkH
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    The slot's degrading. Maybe we all need a new R4? Without a spring?
     
  15. skarthebloodchild

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    R4 is for some time now with no spring.
     
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    try re-soldering the contacts back on. That should give it a fix possibly.

    or bend the contacts that connect to the MicoSD
     
  17. SkH
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    Uh, can you give me a more precise and more detailed way how to do this? i really want to save my R4!! Thanks [​IMG]
     
  18. c2ironfist

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    If the flashcard is working then there can only be two possible problems that come to mind.

    1 the soldering job has gone bad and so you're going to have to re-solder the microSD slot back onto the chip

    2 the contacts are worn out and not connecting well enough with the MicroSD

    Solution 1
    open up the flashcard, get your soldering iron and de-soldering braid and have a go at it. (this procedure is quit difficult but can be done, proceed with cation) I've done this many times with my CycloDS Evo when the microSD was sticking out I re-aligned the microSD slot so that it would be flush. The R4 has a thinner chip so its more fragile be extra carefully with it.

    Solution 2
    open up the R4 and take a sawing needle and push the contacts up giving to allow them to connect better to the MicroSD. This solution is a lot easier and safer for the flashcard. But be carefull always.

    hope you can pull that off.
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  19. SkH
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    Hm OKAY, thanks! I'll try it. And the R4 have worked perfectly, and the mciroSD's inside 100%all time. OK, thanks!