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You should always use the newest firmware to insure the best compatibility with games, newest features and bug fixes. In a nutshell, what you'll be doing is downloading the firmware for your specific R4, extracting the files and folders onto the root of your microSD, then putting the microSD into the R4.
Here are a few essential utilities you'll need:
WinRAR v3.80.exe (1.18MB) - WinRAR will extract files with the extensions: .RAR, .ZIP, .7z and many others. All of the firmware files are either in .RAR or .ZIP format.
Plug your microSD into the microSD USB card reader, then plug the USB card reader into your PC or Mac.
Goto 'My Computer' and find the Removable Storage, then Right Click on your microSD card and choose "Format..."
Format the microSD with the 'FAT (Default)' File system
Step 2: Extract the firmware
Extract the files from the R4-v1.18-English-Kernel.zip file you downloaded. After you've extracted the 'English' folder from within the R4-v1.18-English-Kernel.zip, go into that directory and you should see the following folders and files:
Step 3: Copy the firmware to your microSD
Highlight both folders and the 2 files, and press CTRL-C to copy.
Click on your microSD drive and press CTRL-V to paste the 2 folders and files.
You can also highlight the folders and files then drag and drop them into your microSD.
Step 4: Booting the DS
Plug the microSD card into the slot located on the top of the R4.
This is the homebrew section where you'll find software written by Nintendo DS enthusiast just like yourself! Homebrew software including media players that will allow you to use your Nintendo DS as an MP3 player and video player! You'll also find console and computer emulators that will allow you to use your Nintendo DS as if it's a NES, SNES, Colecovision, Atari 2600 and much more!
Just click on one of the tabs above to goto the Media Player, Console Emulators, Computer Emulators or DS Utilities section.
MoonShell is a Nintendo DS media player that can play the following file formats:
Video: dpg |
Images: gif, png, jpg, bmp and many others |
Text: .txt files
Other features include skin support, bookmark support, .nds booting support (GBA Movie Player and SuperCard only), Plug-in support and Thumbnail image browsing More info on MoonShell | User Guide v2