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    The Noob-Friendly Guide and FAQs About Setting Up Wood R4. ​

    Latest Revision - 6/16/10 - Wood R4 v.1.09.
    [​IMG]
    (Thanks to jurassicplayer for the logo.)

    -Work in progress. many more sections to come.-

    Alright, so you have an old R4 lying around, and you’re like, “Well, WTF do I do with this piece of shi junk?” Here’s your solution. Wood R4. Wood R4 is an alternative firmware based off of Wood RPG. Basically, you’re getting an Acekard-like interface on your R4. The following is a guide on how to set up your R4 to run the Wood R4 firmware.

    Contents
    1. Obtaining the firmware.
    2. Getting the firmware onto your Micro SD card.
    3. Adding roms.
    4. Oh fu-! My saves don't work [​IMG]

    Section 1. – Obtaining your Firmware
    The only way to obtain Wood R4 is via the main page’s news section. Alternatively, you can visit this section for the most current, and previous versions of the firmware. Here is a link to version 1.08

    Section 2. - Getting the firmware onto your Micro SD card.
    So now you’ve gotten the firmware, but it’s in a .rar format. Don’t freak out. Head on over to this site for a tool to unpack the .rar file. Once you’ve done that, open up the folder. It should be labeled something along the lines of “wood_r4_v1.08” or whatever the latest revision is. Now, open up that folder and you should see a folder called “root.” Put all of the contents of that folder onto your micro SD card. (And not the root folder.)
    When finished, your Micro SD card should look like this:
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    Section 3. - Adding roms.
    Alright, you have your shiny new firmware on your R4, but how can I add games? Well, you can do this any way you like. All you need to do is drag and drop the roms onto your Micro SD card. You can also use folders for better organization. For example, I put my roms in a folder called, "Games," my homebrew in a folder called, "Homebrew." Then, for the games I'm currently beating, I make another folder and put my roms in there. You can organize your roms any way you like! ;D

    Section 4. - Oh fu-! My saves don't work [​IMG]
    No need to panic. In the FAQ, there's a link to a .sav converter. Wood R4 uses .nds.sav rather than .sav, so you just need to convert the file extension. It's really easy to use. All you do is you put all of your savs into a folder with the .bat file inside. Then, just run the program and it'll convert your .sav files into .nds.sav files. It's as simple as that. Be sure to back up your save files before running this program to prevent accidental data loss.

    FAQ
    Latest Revision - 6/16/10 - Wood R4 v.1.09 Change Log.

    This FAQ is compiled of questions related to all versions of Wood R4.
    Getting Started
    Q: What does Wood R4 v1.04 look like?
    A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3y7Q-sAJY0 - Awe yeah, first video about it on Youtube.

    Q: How do I install this onto my R4?
    A: Download the file, extract it, and place all of the contents of the "root" folder into the main directory of your cart. For example, K:\ and not K:\root

    Q: How do I add my own cheats?
    A: You can download the usrcheats.dat file and place it in K:\__rpg\cheats.

    Q: How can I add my own themes?
    A: Once you find a theme of your liking, place it in this folder:
    "K:\__rpg\ui"

    Q: How do I switch themes?
    A: You switch theme by going into Start>Settings>System Settings Tab.

    Q: What themes does this cart use?
    A: All Acekard 2/2.1/2i themes should work.

    Q: My sav files aren't working! What do I do?
    A: Change the ".sav" or ".SAV" into ".nds.sav"

    Q: Can I use an SDHC?
    A: No. Well, if you used a clone you could [​IMG]

    Q: Can I hide the __rpg folder?
    A: Yes.

    Q: The Clock/Calender doesn't work!
    A1: For the theme clock/calendar problem, there is sort of fix for that. Don't know if it fixes every theme though, but it has for a few that I've tried.
    Place these 4 files (clock_colon.bmp, clock_numbers.bmp, day_numbers.bmp, year_numbers.bmp) into a folder named "calendar" within the theme folder.
    A2: Read this guide. Works for most themes o-o

    Q: The cheat list is blank! I added USRCHEAT.DAT to the correct folder!
    A: Your skin might be messing with the color of the font, making it the same color as the background , try changing the skin. (the Black skin that comes default with the Wood R4 has this issue.)

    Q: Does this have Wii Compatibility?
    A: From what I hear, it does.

    Q: When I try to boot slot-2, I just get two white screens.
    A: Update to v1.06.

    Q: What does pressing "X" do?
    A: It takes you to your favourites.

    Q: Can I use my own icons?
    A: Here's a thread on how to do it. Specific instructions for Wood R4 at the bottom of the post.

    Q: How can I soft reset? The R4 combination isn't working for me.
    A: L+R+A+B+Down.

    Key Commands
    L+R+A+B+Down - Soft Reset to menu
    Select+L (Hold down select, then press L) - Shows or hides all files.
    L+Y - Shows global settings.

    Batch Converting
    Download this and put it in the same folder with all of your .sav files. They should convert.
    Another version. Download it here.


    Useful Reads & Discussions
    Wood R4 vs YSMenu
    Wood R4 and YSMenu Simultaneously?

    Compatible Cards
    Original R4 (Black and White)
    M3
    R4 Clones (See this for more info.)

    Non-Compatible Cards
    Clones of non-R4 carts under the R4 label.

    Change Log
    v1.09
    - i'm tired of complaints from noobs about euro sonic classic collection so: encrypted roms support added.
    - error shown if not enough space for save.
    - total/used/free space calculation improved.
    - slot2 in favorites bug fixed.
    - brightness stored in separate ini. so now on ds lite settings occasionally not reset after power off.
    v1.08
    - fatfs core updated to 0.08.
    - cheats cause slowdown in some games. fixed.
    - softreset/cheats arm7 core updated.
    - bug in cheat custom code processing fixed.
    v1.07
    - mp3 playback in moonshell2 fixed.
    - r4 hardware supports only 8 megabytes save size maximum. added workaround for warioware games. now problems with music and comics must gone.
    - 'children of mana' game has a bug that causes random freeze at 1st startup on slow cards. fixed.
    - empty folders can be deleted.
    - rom titles fixed for german and italian language.
    v1.06
    - brightness stored.
    - removed unused system settings.
    - slot 2 boot works
    - you can use the savelist.bin from the lastest Akaio so that Roms auto-detect their correct save size
    v1.05
    - now softreset works
    - 'afl mascot manor' % 'nrl mascot manian' fixed
    - if your change language or/and skin firmware now restarts
    - removed rpg specific options from rominfo dialog
    - X goes to favourites
    v1.04
    Firmware released.
     
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    Great FAQ! Still wondering if I should switch from YSMenu to this.
     
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    Switch, I've tested it and it's a lot better
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Gonna update then! [​IMG]
     
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    again, pardon my ignorance, but i'm using themes from my old R4ds using 1.18 firmware. will those themes work now?

    how do we switch themes if so? it's used to be hitting "select."

    also, the switch the extensions, do we just type hover over it and then click to rename .sav to .nds.sav manually.

    i'm truly sorry for these ignorant questions which i'm sure are retarded to our more advanced members.
     
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    the only thing that buggs me is that there is no softreset and i use it alot on my r4 1.18.besides thats,many thanks,this is awesome!!,btw will there be softreset in the future?
     
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    I'm pretty sure you have to use Acekard themes now
     
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    oh, okay. that makes sense. thanks for the heads up.
     
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    According to the team, yes, there will be SR support in the future.
     
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    okay, now how do i manually rename them? what i thought was right, isn't working. thanks for helping btw, i know it's a pain.
     
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    nm mages, it worked, i'm an idiot.

    btw, i was using a .dat cheat from the old 1.18 r4 firmware, how do i go about using it on this one?
     
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    You need to use the usrcheat.dat which you can download from the official gbatemp cheat database [​IMG].
     
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    Does it support SDHC? Because it's still the R4 ):
     
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    It does not
     
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    just want to double check, it is a different file? the one i have i did dl from gbatemp.
     
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    Either or works.
    That being said, the usrcheat.dat that you'd download would probably have way more cheats o-o
     
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    i've gotten everything running but the themes and cheats. do i place the cheat.dat file in the cheats folder of _rpg, if so, how do i get them running. thanks for the help thus far, i'm truly indebted to you. i do believe i have the latest cheat as i monetly check for the new cheats and use the rcee program to take out the ones i don't need. as for themes, i guess i just find some acekard ones now and place in ui? do i need to create a new folder for them? sorry for the questions again mages.
     
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    [​IMG] This is pretty awesome, all of my games work on it [​IMG]
     
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