R4 Card Not Working After 3ds Update Issues

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Team Xecuter has just released SX OS 2.9 to support Switch 9.0.0 FW console. The V2.9 Beta SX OS is already available to download. However, a few of SX OS users reported black screen, bricked emunand, Custom/Super .XCI not working, instant banned problems after updating to SX OS 2.9, so it’s obvious that SX OS 2.9 isn’t recommended to be used.

Note: SX OS 2.9.2 already comes out, it without these bugs, please check inthis article.

Issues with R4i on my 3DS. R4i 3DS card I purchased 3 years ago. I found out the latest firmware for the 3DS is functional with the latest kernel update for the R4 3DS so I downloaded the update from the main site, and copied it over on my micro SD card, and after that I booted it on my 3DS saw the chronicles of narnia icon started the game. Most of them can support 3ds v4.5.0 and dsi v1.4.5. Directly, no need any upgrade. But if your r4 3ds card is old verion, you need to download a update patch, and use a ds or dsi console to.

SX OS 2.9 and Switch 9.0.0

Sebotek easy click ultra soft tips. SX OS 2.9 is the Only SX OS for Switch firmware version 9.0.0. It’s just released for less than 2 day by Team-Xecuter.com. Now, it’s the second Switch CFW supporting V9.0.0, after the launching of Atmosphere 0.9.4.

Today, we bring you a much needed update of SX OS. Full compatibility with the latest Switch firmware 9.0! Sorry that we kept you waiting, we wanted to make sure all our unique features still properly work.

Additionally, we also introduced support for the “Horizon split format”. This means that people who use FAT32 can have folders named ‘game.xci’ with split parts contained therein (named 00, 01, 02, etc.). Make sure the folder has the ‘archive’ bit set.

We know you are waiting for some other big features in SX OS, they are coming. We wanted to get this compatibility update out first though.

So what are you waiting for? SX OS 2.9 beta is available for download on our website now! (and also through the builtin online updater part of SX OS.)

—< Team-Xecuter – Rocking the Switch in 2019 and beyond! >—

Unluckily, though SX OS 2.9 released quickly for the latest Switch system console. It has been confirmed that this isn’t a Stable Update, it has many bugs needed to be resolved, otherwise many functions of SX OS CFW we won’t use. So TX also makes this Announcement in their forum.

From the team-xecuter website:

I still recommend staying on 8.1.0 or lower for now. There are problems with using the 2.9 boot.dat and ChoiDujourNX. But if you MUST update to 9.0.0. Then you will need to use the 2.8 boot.dat instead, and use ChoiDujourNX v1.0.2 to update. After it’s complete, then you can put the 2.9 boot.dat on the SD card.

We are also releasing a firmware package with SX installer tomorrow if you would rather wait until then.

Apologies for the inconvenience!’

All Issues, Errors and Problems on SX OS 2.9

Basically, many people have a black screen. The success of the update also appeared that XCI could not read directly, including the advanced XCI made with NSCB. Plus, we also collect many problems SX OS 2.9 users have on Nintendo Switch 9.0.0 firmware consoles, if you are in the same situation, we also suggest you a solution in the following to fix them.

About Emunand

  • I am on Sysnand 8.1, Emunand – tried to update to 9.0 with Choi 1.01 and SX 2.9. Obviously, like everyone else I got stuck downloading the new OS… now when i boot to emuNand I have a black screen.
  • I updated my emuNAND to 9.0 and it bricked, restoring BOOT 0/1 fixed it, however games will not load and .xci will not mount, homebrew still works.
  • I was running 8.1 on emunand and then decided to upgrade fw to 9.0 with Choi 1.1 and got the same flashing firmware stuck screen.
  • Can’t boot Emunand !! Black screen! Tried to reformat the sd card without success.

About Games

  • My problem is that this 2.9 BETA makes my custom xci games that have pre installed updates + dlc not playable UNTIL I converted it to NSP. Normal XCI games works fine, just not custom.
  • It looks like custom xci (super xci) and xci made from NSP don’t work. Regular XCI and the cartridge slot are fine though.
R4 Card Not Working After 3ds Update Issues

About Brick and Ban

  • Reading on the TX forums that some people are getting instantly banned from using sx os 2.9.

How to fix all bugs caused by SX OS 2.9 Beta?

First of all, it’s better not to update yet, let TX sort out the mess first. None of the games need 9.0, unless you really need online access for your legitimate games then perhaps you can take a risk with this.

If you already updated, here is some solution you may try to use.

Solution A: for anyone that has a bricked EMUNAND

1. Update SYSNAND to 9.0 through Nintendo’s regular method (if you have the option to/want to)
2. In SX bootloader, dump just the BOOT0 and BOOT1 (these will match your system and be good for 9.0 firmware)
3. Copy from SXBackup to SXemunand (rename the old boot0 and boot1 first!)
** Your EMUNAND should boot again but be kinda janky (no games work/xci mount) Homebrew is fine, back up your saves **
4. Boot into 9.0 with SXOS 2.9b and install Choi 1.01 and DOWNGRADE to 8.1 firmware
5. Reboot, system should be good now back on 8.1. Stay here or continue at your own risk!
6. Put SXOS 2.8b back on your SD card along with Choi 1.02 and boot it.
7. Update to 9.0 firmware while in EMUNAND and power down after the update
8. Put SXOS 2.9b on your SD and boot… pray!

Solution B: To those having problems

Install Atmosphere. Boot to atmosphere. Redo choi update while in atmosphere. Then use 2.9 beta to boot to sxos. It should work if you are making the mistake of updating to 9.0 while using 2.9.

Lastly, so What’s the best method to hack Switch 9.0.0 to play homebrews and games?

Make a purchase on the RCM Loader or SX Gear dongle to boot Atmosphere 0.9.4 on your 9.0 Switch console. The Atmosphere update for Switch V9.0 is without any bugs, you can play .NSP games and launch homebrews very easily on your console.

Now Mod3dscard starts to sell RCMLoader One to you, and if you are buying our 512GB SD card with Pre-install games including Zelda Link’s Awakening, Dragon Quest 11, ASTRAL CHAIN and other 50 Switch roms, you can get a Free RCMLoader one. So Don’t miss that.

The R4i 3DS, a later clone of the original R4 Card.

The R4 (also known as Revolution for DS) is a series of flash cartridges for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld system. It allows ROMs and homebrew to be booted on the Nintendo DS handheld system from a microSD card. This allows the user to run homebrew applications, to store multiple games on a single memory card, and to play games that have been backed up by the user.The R4 flashcard's original developer stopped producing the R4 Card that plays ROMs and homebrew for the Nintendo DS, however, there are a new line of R4 clones that have taken its place, notably the R4 3DS, R4 Gold, R4 DSi and R4 NES, which are used to play ROMs and homebrew from various Nintendo platforms such as the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL and Nintendo Entertainment System. Some of these carts also allow for the flashing of the software ntrboot onto itself, which allows for installing custom firmware (ex. boot9strap and Luma3DS)

  • 2Legal issues

Original cards[edit]

The original R4 cards use a microSD (<=2GB) card for its firmware and games, and does not support SDHC microSD cards. The original Revolution for DS card is no longer available in stores, although it can be bought online. However, there are other cards that are of similar quality made by other entities that have adapted the name, commonly referred as 1:1 clones. These are flash cards that use exactly the same hardware and are, for all intents and purposes, also referred to as the original R4 revolution. However, they often include SDHC support and other small changes and add-ons that make them different to the original R4 cards.

Legal issues[edit]

The R4 flash cartridges are banned in most countries due to copyright infringement lawsuits from Nintendo. In late 2007, Nintendo began a legal crackdown with a series of raids against R4 merchants.[1]

United Kingdom[edit]

In 2010, the company Playables Limited, importers of R4 flashcards, was ruled against by the London High Court. The ruling outlawed any sales, importation, or advertising of the R4 flashcards. The defence of Playables Limited claimed that the R4 flashcards were legal because it uses a homebrew application. However, bypassing Nintendo's security system is against the law in the United Kingdom. After the news broke, Nintendo released on a statement saying that they do support game developers that create their own applications legitimately. 100,000 copying devices including R4s were seized in 2009. Nintendo claimed that the cards were not only seized for the benefit of their own company, but the benefit for over 1400 video game companies that depend on the sales of their games.[1][2]


In October 2011, the R4 cards were banned in France. While Nintendo's original lawsuit was dismissed on the basis that the devices could be used to make homebrews and develop software in 2009,[3] the 2011 ruling reversed this, and the Paris court of appeals ruled against five R4 sellers and distributors. The sellers and distributors were fined over €460,000, and some were sentenced to jail.[1] Stephan Bole, the managing director of Nintendo France released a statement saying 'Nintendo supported this criminal action not only for the company’s sake, but for the interests of its game developer partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo’s game platforms, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name.' [4]


In 2009, the government of Japan outlawed the sales of the R4 flashcard.[5] In 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry revealed that the importing of R4 cards, and similar devices, is now punishable by law.[6] In 2013, Nintendo won a court case against two R4 card distributors in Japan. The Tokyo district court ruled that the sellers of the R4 cards owed Nintendo and 49 other video game developers ¥95,625,000.[5]


In 2009, Nintendo lost a lawsuit against a seller of flashcards, however Nintendo won the second and final instance. Since December 2014, flashcards are officially illegal due to Germany's copyright law. The seller and distributor of the R4 flashcards was fined over €1 million.[7]


In 2009, Nintendo started a lawsuit against a seller of flashcards,[8] which lasted three instances and ended only in 2017 with the sentence of the seller,[9] however the punishment is undisclosed. Curiously, in another trial held in 2016 Court of Catania declared flashcards legal since they have been exchanged for microSD-to-DScart adapters, citing the fact the R4 is not able to run any copyrighted code without a kernel, which is not sold with the flashcard, and the hardware-embedded protection breaking functionalities were considerate legitimate to run unsigned code.[10]

Other countries[edit]

Other countries that have banned the R4 flashcards include Australia,[11] Belgium,[1] and the Netherlands.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abcdAshcraft, Brian (4 October 2011). 'R4 Devices Are Now Illegal In France'. Kotaku. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  2. ^Henderson, Rick (29 July 2010). 'UK renders Nintendo DS R4 cards illegal'. Pocket-lint.
  3. ^Toor, Amar (4 October 2011). 'French court reverses DS flash cart ruling, Nintendo smiles'. engadget. Joystiq. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^'Nintendo DS: Nintendo Gains 4.8m Million In Piracy Battle, Bans R4 Flash Carts'. My Nintendo News. 3 October 2011.
  5. ^ abMallory, Jordon (9 July 2013). 'Nintendo wins another legal battle against R4 flashcart resellers'. Joystiq. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  6. ^Ashcraft, Brian (22 November 2012). 'R4 Cartridges Blocked in Japan by the Government'. Kotaku.
  7. ^Jäger, Sebastian (13 February 2014). 'Nintendo: Oberlandesgericht München: Flashkarten sind illegal'. Gamona.
  8. ^Grasso, Rosario (28 January 2009). 'Court of Milan emits a cautelary ordinance for R4'. Hardware Upgrade.
  9. ^Pugliese, Tommaso (3 October 2017). 'Nintendo wins the final audience'. Multiplayer.
  10. ^Cella, Federico (12 May 2016). 'Schede R4 per Ds, Nintendo sconfitta da un imprenditore di Catania' [R4 cards for DS, Nintendo defeated by a businessman from Catania] (in Italian). Corriere della Sera.
  11. ^B., Karl (18 February 2010). 'Nintendo wins R4 case in Australia'. QuickJump. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018.
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