How to Install Software

1. Download Software

Depending on your card, download the below ZIP files (choose the one that’s correct for your card) to your computer. It contains the menu files for your card. Menu files will only work on one type of card, i.e. R4v2 files will NOT work for an R4v3/R4 SDHC, etc.

Please make sure you have got the right card and have purchased it from a legitimate vendor who sells quality products, before using the software here. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE SOFTWARE BELOW IS THE EXACT SOFTWARE FOR YOUR DS CARD. This is because there are different versions out there, so we can only guarantee our software will work for the official cards we list below.


Original R4 Cards – use the ‘R4 Wood’ firmware as the original manufacturer has ceased production. Download from the GBATemp forums (check new threads for newer updates) here, and search for an R4 Wood thread.

R4 SDHC v2.10T Card (the updated R4 SDHC) – Download here from NDS-Gear

Acekard 2i – Download here from NDS-Gear

EDGE and iEDGE Cards (both now out of production) – Check the official website for last functioning kernel

DSTT and DSTTi Cards – Download here from NDS-Gear

EZFlash Vi – Download here from NDS-Gear

Supercard DSTWO – Download here from NDS-Gear

If your software isn’t listed here, Linfox Domain has a nice website where a large number of firmwares are listed – take note though that we cannot vouch for or test any from fake cards, so please visit this site as a last resort and at your own risk.

2. Open Download

Open the compressed folder and save the files on your computer or to the desktop. The download may contain several files and folders.

3. Plug in Micro-SD/TF Card

Using the USB card reader or the Micro-SD memory reader, connect the Micro-SD memory to your computer. The memory will show as an external hard drive (i.e. “F:\”).

4. Format Micro-SD/TF Card

This step is important, please make sure you follow the instructions closely. After Windows has added the card as a new drive, open the “My Computer” window and right click on the new removable drive. Then select “Format” from the menu. In the format window select FAT32 as file system and press OK to format the card.

All content on the Micro-SD card is now deleted and the card is ready for the use with your card. If you have important data on the Micro-SD memory make sure you save the data somewhere else (i.e. your local hard drive) before you complete this step.

5. Copy files to Micro-SD/TF memory

Copy / drag-and-drop the items previously unzipped to the newly formatted MicroSD memory.

Loading the kernel: Copy the contents of the unzipped ZIP file to the root directory of your Micro-SD card.
Add Media to Micro-SD cardCopy your media directly onto the Micro-SD memory. This completes the setup process. (Image below using R4 SDHC menu files as an example)

R4 File Copy

6. Unload the Micro-SD/TF card

After finishing adding your applications and ROMs, right click the removable disk icon on the right down corner of the screen. Draw out the TF card from card reader/writer.

7. Finishing up

You can now insert the Micro-SD memory into your DS card and start using it with your Nintendo DS / DS Lite / DSi / 3DS console. Make sure your micro SD card is inserted correctly into the DS card.

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