The R4 DS Installation guide will help you step by step on setting up and using your R4 DS. The most common issues people have with the R4 is that they setup and install it the wrong way. Using either the wrong firmware files or not copying over all the files they need to the included micorSD Card. What this installation guide hopes to achieve is to help all R4 owners who just received their card or may be having issues with their card to have a quick reference guide on how to set it up the right way.
R4 DS Card - Quick Setup Guide You can purchase the original R4 DS Card from http://www.ModChipStore.com This guide is intended ONLY for the genuine R4 DS Cards you can buy from there, and not for the clone / knock off R4 DS Cards that you may find elsewhere. This firmware will ONLY work on Genuine cards! Downloading the Firmware from http://www.r4ds.com Once you're on the homepage of the manufacturer website, simply click on the DOWNLOADS link to get to the downloads section where you'll find all of the firmware files. On The Download Page You're Going To Have To Pick The Firmware File. In this example, we're choosing to download the ENGLISH / FRENCH / KOREAN firmware bundle. This bundle covers all of those languages in one package. Simply click on the link and your download will begin and save to your PC. Make sure you make note of where you're saving the file, to ensure that you can find it after it has completely downloaded. When You See The Pop Up Menu. Select SAVE FILE And The File Will Save To Your PC You'll need to get a program called 7Zip or WinRar in order to unarchive the file you are downloading. They are both available for free online at no cost from their respective websites at RarLabs.com and 7zip.com. Once you unarchive the file you downloaded, it will create a filder called English-1.18 on your desktop or the folder to which it was originally downloaded. Just double click on this new folder and it will open to reveal the contents of the folder itself. Copy All Of The Files From The Folder Your Created When You UnRared The File You Downloaded. You'll find 4 different files/folders inside of the English-1.18 folder you created when you unarchived the downloaded firmware. Make sure you copy ALL of the files. A quick and surefire way to do this is simply to click on Edit in the top menu, and then click on SELECT ALL and once again on COPY. This way you'll be sure to select all of the files and folders to be copied over to your R4 DS MicroSD Once you're finished copying over the firmware files, game files, movie files, etc.. Put the microSD Card into the R4 DS Once you have all the firmware files on the card and have the game files or movie / music files on the card, all that's left is to take out the microSD card from the actual USB Reader and put it into your R4 DS card, making sure that you insert the microSD Card in the right way, or else it may end up getting stuck in the R4 DS card if you accidentally install it backwards. You're Done. Plug The R4 DS Card Into Your Nintendo DS and Enjoy! That's it. You're finished. You'll notice that once you turn on your Nintendo DS or DS Lite you'll be greeted by a whole new R4 DS menu system. This is where you'll pick what you want to do. If you want to load a game, click on (1) - The game icon. You'll see a list of all of the games or applications you had copied to the microSD card in a prior step. If you want to listen to music or watch a movie, click on the MEDIA option (2) and you'll be loaded into MoonShell, which is the media player for the R4 DS. Option 3 is to boot into SLOT 2, which means you can load any Gameboy Advance card / game and boot directly to it, from the R4 DS menu. Note that this option is NOT there with the newer DSi consoles, as they do not have the Gameboy Advance cartridge port.
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