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New DS ROMs not loading on original R4 DS running firmware 1.18 (FIX)


New DS ROMs not loading on original R4 DS running 1.18

My 5yo nephew is sporting a black Nintendo DS with original R4. His parents asked if there was a way to consolidate all of his original cartridges because they were either getting lost or broken. Since I use the Acekard 2i and SuperCard DSTWO now and had a spare original R4 DS laying around, I gave him the R4 and consolidated all of his original game cartridges onto the R4. Just recently he bought Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! and Monster Jam: Path of Destruction and neither one of those game ROMs worked with the original R4 DS running firmware v1.18. Being the family DS and flash card expert, I had to fix my nephew's DS compatibility problem. Since the original DS firmware (version 1.18) was the last release by TeamR4 and a new version hasn't been released in a couple of years, it would make sense that the newer DS ROMs are not compatible with the original R4.

Anyhow, to make a short story longer.. Enter the Wood R4 firmware that's compatible with the original R4!

The Wood R4 is just another R4 clone that works just as good, if not better, than the original R4 as it's compatible with all of the newer game ROMs. The Wood R4 firmware is maintained by a DS enthusiast named Yellow Wood Goblin. This firmware is also compatible with the original R4 and can be used in place of v1.18! If you're experiencing problems with newer DS ROMs not loading and just sitting on a white screen, give the Wood firmware a try as it'll most likely fix all of your compatibility problems. The Wood firmware (v1.26) is available for download on the R4 Guide page under the R4DS (original) column.

Here's a quick tutorial on updating your original R4 DS firmware from v1.18 to the Wood firmware v1.26:

Step 1: Backup the content on the R4 DS Micro SD card. Plug your microSD into the reader on your PC or Mac and copy of the content on there to your computer. (IMPORTANT!)

Step 2: Download the Wood R4 firmware (v1.26), extract the files using WinRAR or WinZip (PC) or StuffIT (Mac).

Step 3: Now that you've backed up the content of your R4's microSD, let's remove the old and busted and add the new hotness!

  • You should have the following files and folders on your microSD:
    _system_
    moonshl
    _DS_MENU.DAT
    _DS_MSHL.NDS

    (
    It's fine if you see other directories and files other than the ones listed above: eg Games, Videos, MP3s etc)
  • Delete the files listed above from your microSD.
  • Go to your Wood_R4_v1.26 folder and copy the following files and folders onto the microSD:
    __rpg
    _DS_MENU.DAT
  • Plug the microSD back into the R4 DS and boot that baby up! Your newer game ROMs should now boot!

Post a comment if you have any questions. Have fun!

 

genius... Thank you for

genius... Thank you for sharing your knowledge my daughters will be over the moon

Thank you so much worked

Thank you so much worked great!

Thank you!!

Worked like a charm!
Thanks so much!
:)

Thanks, it works like a

Thanks, it works like a charm!

Super Thanks!

Many Thanks Man! It worked for me! :)

Very nice, thanks!!

Very nice, thanks!!

Thanks

Worked fine for me, thanks a lot.

thanks

thanks ... brilliant and the new look is great!

AMAZING

THANKS mAN .. you saved my day!! great solution and works pretty fine!! :)!!!

thanks!!! i was about to

thanks!!!

i was about to give up, and tis totally helped me. :) and my ds page looks... new and funky :D

love u ~ thanks !

Stuck on 'Loading Screen'

I have the first R4 Revolution for DS (NDSL/NDS) and I have followed these instructions. I backed everything up and put the new software on, but what happens is when I try to load it on my DS it doesn't work and stops at the loading screen before anything happens. I tried putting games on and it still didn't load and I tried putting them all in a folder called 'Games' and it didn't do anything. What I was wondering was if any other files other than the '_rpg' and '_DS_MENU.DAT' had to be put on the microSD card or if another DS would be needed to work it? The DS I have used is a DS Lite. Can anyone help please? Thank you :)

I CANT BELIEVE IT

OMG IT WORKS@ THANK YOU SO MUCH I THOUGHT I SHUD JUST GIVE UP TRYING BUT AT THE LAST MINUTE I SAW THIS OMG MY SAVIOR!!:D

THANKS!

You have solved something I've been trying to work out for years! Thanks SO much! Why have I never seen this thread before?! :D

Game Data

Hi THANKS SO MUCH IT WORKS PERFECTLY NOW!
but all my game data , like the levels i ve unlocked in games are all gone!
is there someway to restore it?

THANKS PLEASE REPLY!!!

Game Data

Hi -- Hopefully you backed up everything before installing the new firmware. If you did, go to your backup and copy all the .sav files over to your microSD. This should restore all of your saved game data. Cheers!

THANKS THANKS THANKS SO

THANKS THANKS THANKS SO MUCH
MY DS WORKS AGAIN
but all my game data is gone...
but STILL
THANKS SO MUCH
I WAS CRYING JUST NOW!!
THANKS SO SO MUCH!

CAN WII PLAY R4 WITH DS GAMES

I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO ACCESS R4 DS GAMES ON THE WII. WE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE BUT IT OPEN THE SD CARD BUT LOOKS EMPTY, WHEN IS NOT. IF YOU KNOW JUST LET ME KNOW. THX

Loading...

Hiya I used this sofware on my other 2 R4 cards but I was using 2gb micro SD card. I now have a 4 GB micro SD card and no software at all will work. The R4 I ordered is R4 R4DS DS Lite. Any ideas why I can't get this sofware to work..very frustrating as it worked perefctly with my other cards.

YES!!!

i just got a hold of a ds and r4 (craze at college) and i was find a way to run yu-gi-oh 5d's 2010 and now it works :D

Thank you!

You've just saved my week-end thank you !!

Much Respect.

Just wanted to say, much respect for coming up for a solution to a big problem that many of us had and explaning how to install it in detail. Peace.

CARS 2

hi would u know where to dl cars 2 working order, i have the new wood thing installed alredy on the ds but every site i been to and dl cars 2 it dosnt wrk. plz help as my son keeps beggin me for that game

my original is that all my

my original is that all my microsds aren't working and when i tried your solution, all I got was a black screen with Loading on it. I've already reformatted everything. I don't know what the problem is anymore....

I have the same problem it's

I have the same problem it's really annoying. I have tried almost every system downloadable and it just says Loading...

does the R4 works with 3DS?

does the R4 works with 3DS?

BRILLIANT

this works only for the original r4 i tryed it with another but it seems to only have a loading screen, im very happy only downside is i wish i saw this a few months eariler so i wouldnt have to pay for the games that wernt work, thanks a bunch

re ds firmware

hi just wanted to say thanks a million for the brilliant link to the software and for the installation intructions . i was reckon me head trying to find something on the internet that would work and i finally found it . now all the ds roms that wouldn't work before now work and it has even a better menu system. cheers again you just made me the best dad in the world

absolute legend mate

absolute legend mate

YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR!!!!!

Man, you are a genius!!! I've been trying for ages to get a working update for my kids' R4 cards.
So many thanks!! Now my kids think daddy's a genius too for 'fixing' their cards!!!

OMG!!!!! Duuuude you are

OMG!!!!! Duuuude you are awesome!!!!! thank you!!!!!

Many Thanks!!

You have an extremely happy 11 year old.

THANKYOU!!!!!!

Oh my goodness, THANKYOU!!! You're amazing, I've wondered for ages why Wood wouldn't work, now I've read this, I totally get it :'D

Worked!

After being frustrated/angry/sad/angry again/frustrated some more, I stumbled upon this forum... et VOILA! Finally! It works!!! Thank you SO MUCH!! Finally can begin playing some new games :-) I love you guys!

You are a genius thankyou so

You are a genius thankyou so much was giving up hope of downloading the newer games :-)

Problems

Hello,

So I've tried using a lot of different firmware, I tried using the latest version of Wood 1.35 and I get the White Screen when trying to load Dragon Warrior IX for example but this same Rom works fine with R4 v1.18. I also tried to use an earlier version of Wood i.e the Wood v1.26 that you have posted here with the same problem. Any suggestions? I'd like to find an updated and current firmware that will play newer roms such as Pokemon B&W. I mostly enjoy RPG and action RPGs and from what I understand Wood is supposed to be the best for these types. So I'm stumped and growing tired of changing firmware back and forth any help would be much appreciated. The R4 cart I have is R4 upgrade Revolution for DS ( not an "i" version or SDHC )

Thank you

Using R4-SDHC-English-1.29 - Status of loading only.

USing this on an R4 card that allows over 2gb micro sd cards

Gets stuck on "loading"

thanks :) worked a treat!

thanks :) worked a treat! just in time for playing on the plane on holidays!!! :)

Cars 2 and Kungfu Panda 2 wont work

After I follow every steps you laid down, Cars 2 and Kungfu Panda 2 didnt load on my R4. Please help.

how do you download the wood r4 firmware thingy

it has a page of something how do you download it

Doesn't work for the R4 SDHC...

Hi Guys,

Originally had the same problem with a white screen for newer games. Tried the Wood firmware 1.26 with my R4 SDHC card and I'm afraid it doesn't work - get stuck on the "loading" screen. If there is any way to play newer games on an R4 SDHC card I would be very greatful of the advice. Thank you.

Hi I just wanted to let you

Hi I just wanted to let you know I spent forever trying to do this with someone elses instructions. I was very confused and terrified I really messed things up. I tried your way hesitantly for the instructions appeared so simple I just assumed it couldn't be right. I have never been so happy to be proven wrong. It works wonderfully and all my games are playing now. Thank you so very much

thank you thank you so

thank you thank you so much!! what a relief, i would have driven myself crazy trying to download games that work.

Made a frustrated Mother of a 5yr old very happy - Thanks

Searched for hours and hours over two days, loads of stuff that just went over my head - yours straight to the point and worked. Thank you sooooooo much.

GREAT JOB!

I've been searching SOOOO LONG for a working firmware to play new games!
Not being able to play new games was the main reason I stopped playing DS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now i don't have to spend money on a new R4.

THANKS!!

I usually don't like to post comments, but this one is definitely worth it! For months I hadn't been playing all the games I wanted, but with this download you made it all possible. THANKS A LOT!!

Didnt work for me :(

I did eveything you said above but it didnt work all i got was the LOADING screan :( - i have only every found 1 program that works and its only for old games!! Please help, thanks

R4 doesn't show games files with Wood R4 V1.26 installed

I bought a Chinese DS lite for my boy complete with a R4 Revolution for DS card. It played games but had many troubles with the games slot - usually not loading any cards including original games. I had the games slot replaced and original DS games play well, but it stopped allowing me to play R4 games. I had DS firmware V1.18 loaded and it showed the list of games, but did nothing when I selected one. So I replaced the firmware with Wood R4 V1.26. The interface has totally changed. It shows 3 menu items, microSD, Slot2 Card and Favourites. Selecting either microSD or Slot2 Card does nothing, and Favourites shows me an empty folder. None of my games appear. Any suggestions please - my 5 year old is soooo.... disappointed with his DS.

Cheats? How do you make those work

Hi,

This was awesome, I can now get modern .nds files to work on my original R4 card (I upgrade from original 1.18 to this). Only thing is I can't get the game cheats to work.

Any advice?

Thanks

Thanking you

Awesome dude! the interface was awesome ... thank you very much

Hi is the r4 revolution for

Hi is the r4 revolution for ds the original r4? This is the card i have and am sure it is the original. I did everything mentioned but just get stuck on the first loading screen like the person above.
Cheers

doesn't work for me. I would

doesn't work for me. I would like to play sonic collection but first got white screen, but now black screen with this update. And the other new games like Mario vs donkey Kong still white screen :(

Thank you, thank you, thank

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
I have one happy 8 yr old

Doesnt work

when i try to click on the cxard it says _Ds_menu.Dat not found
help

it dosent work

i tried it on my r4 revolution and every thing is fine exept the new games like pokemon white still didnt work please help plz :)

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH! NOW IT WORKS! I CAN'T THANKS YOU ENOUGHT, THXTHXTHXTHX!!!

Cannot play old save-games

Thanks for your info. I Installed Wood R4 v1.26 as described above. It worked well for playing new games. Problem is that i can't play my old save-games or cheats. I copied all my files from my R4 card to my laptop before installing Wood firmware, and copied them all back after installing. They are on the SD-card but are not available when playing. I can make new saves though.
I own a R4DS original with 2GB microSD.
Please help.

You can still use the saves.

You can still use the saves. Just rename each save file by ending each with .nds.sav
For example, the save file (Game Title).SAV becomes (Game Title).nds.sav

Soooo many thanks......after

Soooo many thanks......after weeks and weeks of trying and failing......my 2 now have fully working Pokemon Black and White....and I know I'm going to be the coolest mum around when word hits the streets that I can make it work........you're a genius! Now alll I need is to get them working on my daughters DSi XL and all will be happy in the world! LOL Any ideas on what to download and from where?

I just did as u said but its

I just did as u said but its stuck at the loading screen, I wanted to know if it could be the version? cause after doing this i noticed one of the files say R4 III

re: I just did as u said but its

What kind of R4 do you own? I've only tested this Wood firmware 1.26 with the original R4 and not any of the other like R4 III, R4 SDHC etc..

THANKS

YOUR A LEGEND!!! THANKS MATE, THIS HAS MADE ME SOO HAPPY =], RESPECT!!!

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