NDS – Unable to load data (Solution) – How to update R4 kernel

Recently, i downloaded a lot of latest NDS games from internet and hit the following error while starting the game.

“Unable to load data. Turn the power off and reinsert the game card”

This is because my NDS R4 kernal is outdated(v1.08), can not support the latest game. After updated R4 kernel to latest version(v1.18), everything is working fine now.

Update R4 kernel manually is just a piece of cake, see following guidelines to update the R4 kernel :

1) Take out your R4 card (small card) from NDS.

2) Plug your R4 card into USB pen drive which support micro SD, (USB pen drive that you used to copy game). Your R4 file content should like this :

nds-unable-to-load-game-latest-R4-original

3) Go here http://www.r4ds.me/download/r4ds.html to download the latest R4kernal.

4) R4 Kernal file is something like “English-1.18.rar”, you need “winrar” to unzip it. please go http://www.rarsoft.com/download.htm
to download if you do not have winrar installed in your computer.

5) Unzip it, the _DS_MENU.DAT and _DS_MSHL.NDS are core files for R4 kernel. 

nds-unable-to-load-game-latest-R4

6) Copy all the unzip kernel files above to your R4 card and REPLACE IT ALL. (Please remember backup , just in case).

7) Unplug your USB pen drive and reinsert your R4 card, enjoy your game.

Done.

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DaveMasteR99
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DaveMasteR99

Klasse het werkt! Nu kan ik de KORG DS-10 Synthesizer spelen!

CHEATMAN
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CHEATMAN

mijn cheats zijn zomaar weg. hoe kan ik nieuwe cheats krijgen?

help plz
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help plz

umm the link thats showed for the R4 Kernal file is in like chinese or some azn language. umm can u at least turn it into english or show me another link plz

R4problem
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R4problem

I bought the R4 and it came formatted and the contents in my card looks exactly the way you described, but when I turn on the NDS, appers on the screen : “Load”.
I wait , and wait and nothing happens.

Can you help me ? Thanks in advance

philip
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philip

the card your using is sdhc, which r4 doesnt run
to fix this, either buy cyclo ds or an r4 spinoff, or deal with a 2gb normal sd card

sara
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sara

hi! umm… i’m having a problem with my nds today. i dl some nds games like princess debut, imagine teacher, etc. and the problem is i can’t seem to save my game. it says… “data access failed. turn the nintendo ds system off and reinsert the game card” i did what the ds said but nothing happend. i check the memory card, there’s a sav file yet i can’t load and save game files… can you help me with this?

HOLY SAINT
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HOLY SAINT

Step 1 :- Open your emulator and select the ROM.

Step 2:- Don’t play!!! immediately open options, emulation setup and UNDER the “NDS Cartridge Backup Media” option, change the value to like FLASH 512KBytes

Step 3:- Open the controls tab and set your desired controls.

*THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP*

Step 4 :- click on Options and click on “save options”

Step 5:- Click on File and click on “reset Cartridge”.

IN THE GAME, make sure U save it regularly

sara
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sara

oh yah and i forgot to say that i tried what you said above^… and still nothing happend.

sara
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sara

umm… can you help me because i dl the “princess debut”, “my boyfriend”, “imagine teacher” and “pop cutie! street fashion” games and these 4 games have the same problem. i can start the game but i just cannot save it. is this because of my ds or the game is the problem? does the game run with other ds? but when i dl “my japanese coach” game.. i can save and i can load the game.

thanks for replying! ^.^

sara
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sara

yah sure… i dl it at.. romulation.net

Apples
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Apples

Wow!! Thank you so much!
Now I can finally play precious Princess Debut… thankee thankee thankee!

fseek
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fseek

Hi, I tried to update the R4 kernel file (v 1.18). When I turned on my NDS again, I got this error — “Hardware not compatible”.
Can anyone help me? Please!!

Thanks in advance.

shino17281
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shino17281

fseek, i think i have the same problem as you, i tried to update the kernel and when i turned on the nds i got the same message. Please help!!!!!

Shino

Celeste
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Celeste

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA i can’t play Castlevania, When i try to reinsert my ROM always said like this: DAta loading Failed , please turn off the power and reinsert the Game card! -Y _ Y_

FangPiDePu
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FangPiDePu

Merci mec !!! ca defonce 🙂

0okami
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0okami

I need help as well. I did everything in the tutorial, copied all the 4 files. I can start the game but when I save and turn it back on again, it doesnt reload the previous save data and just restarts everything. >.< All the games have this problem! When I dl the games again and still didn’t work, I went to romulation.net to dl as well. But the save data still doesn’t work! I’m really getting tired of this. I can’t play a single game… But I followed all the steps, downloaded the new version etc. Worse thing is,… Read more »

Rik
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Rik

Thank You very Much!..
I’m happy now haha

Greetzz

rnroll
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rnroll

need help got r4 totally blank

laineygirly
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laineygirly

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

Lan
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Lan

hi, i updated my k4 kernel; but when i turned my ds on it just stayed at loading…. and doesnt do anything after that. any solutions?

Rachel
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Rachel

Same here.
mine just stays at loading…
and I didn’t copy the old files so I don’t have any backup.
🙁

Carlos
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Carlos

Thanks! Chronicle Trigger has this error in old Kernel.

Rose
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Rose

how do you use the cheats? cause some games have them already in it.

Yeah I had trouble with the R4 and I realized that since mine was from china, I had to use the Chinese Version and it works

So where ever you got your R4 has to be in that Language i guess

susu
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susu

hello, i am using r4 ds and nintendo ds light. i downloaded bunch of new games but i can’t play them. old games have software icon picture on the touching screen but those new game files have icons of nintendo ds, and doesn’t have the software picture icon. i tried downloading from different sites, but they all have same problem. once i play, it goes all white on the screen. i downloaded newest kernel 1.18, but it helps to only few games. i searched on internet and people says that r4 team has stopped uploading new kernels. i also heard… Read more »

Stippie
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Stippie

I donwload the updated kernel, but can’t play games anymore, i can set all my settings, but he says there is nog gamepak or card inserted.
The only thing i can choose is Pictochat and DS Download PLay

How must i go further to play again ?

Rose
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Rose

Ok I figured out how to put cheats into a game 😀 “Sharing is Caring” How I updated ver 1.18 on my R4 1. If your R4 is from (e.g China, Japan etc.) Must be downloaded by that region, in this case mine is from China. **very important 2.Open 2 windows, 1 for English and the other is (whatever language) to compare text if you don’t understand the language. **Top Right Corner of this link—>http://www.r4ds.cn/download/r4.html or if it is english and download the language of the R4 origin. 3.Downloaded it and winzip it. 4.Back up all files-very important if you… Read more »

1
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1

hi, i’ve been having the same prob as a lot of the users commented above. I tried ot update my R4 to 1.18 Eng from–> 1.15 I tried to dl the 1.18 and unzip it to my mini DS(TF). when i tried to turn on my DS with the TF, the error keeps popping up. the error message says ” the version of the hardware is not compatible.” BUT it’s in Japanese… What versions should i actually dl to update my kernal??? T____T some one PLZ help me even tho this question has been asked a million times…. What version… Read more »

AvT_160
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AvT_160

okkk i have the last version and some games like,Hulk,Ben 10 alien force what do i do pleseeee help anywone ho has and anwser pleese help me,heres my email avt_160@hotmail.com plese ANYWONE HO KNOW’s THE ANSWER ADD ME.

Amanda
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Amanda

Thank you so much, you have been so helpful. I downloaded the necesary file first time round about 24hours ago, but my laptop “unzips” files automatically, but obviously I needed the winrar and thanks to you I have the files unzipped and my new games work perfect, at least some of us have brains!!!

Scot
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Scot

I’ve found my R4 is on different
http://www.ndslr4.com/download-en.htm
this internet site is for the R4 SDHC. check ur R4 if it has SDHC on it the kernel that all the other links on this page show will come up loading…..

Happy Gaming

Scot
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Scot

http://www.ndslr4.com/soft/32-en.htm

V1.25

i’ve found i can use a 4gb sd card too twice as many games

lol
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lol

thhankkkkkkk you m8

lala
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lala

someone help! i downloaded naruto! it says data can not be read shut off your ds and reinsert the ds card! i know you half too get a new update for kernel but do you need winrar???? caus ei dont wana download it!

AlterFox
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AlterFox

After I used a cheat on a game (one that was already on there), I can’t get that particular game to start.
And after I try to start it, the whole thing locks up until I turn it off and back on again. Did I do something wrong? Or am I not doing something…