New DSi Firmware 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 Blocks R4i Cards

The new updates 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 to DSi comes a year after the 1.4 update that originally blocked cards. Read about the details and how to avoid it.
By: DSCardWorld
 
Sept. 9, 2010 - PRLog -- In August of 2009 Nintendo released a new firmware update to their DSi system that effectively blocked ALL flash cards from booting their custom firmware.  It took weeks to develop the workaround, but it's been over a year since any update to the system has come up.  This update comes as somewhat of a shock to the community.  Hopefully users will recall what happened with the 1.3 to 1.4 update and refrain from updating their systems.  Here is the quote from the Nintendo Update Page:

“September 7th, 2010

   Nintendo DSi Menu Ver 1.4.1U

   This update provides behind-the-scenes improvements to system performance.”

With the huge release of Pokemon Black & White, and the Nintendo 3DS Release Date announcement on the horizon community experts speculate that Nintendo is trying to clamp down control before moving forward.  There is also a Wii update that also blocks homebrew applications from running that was released simultaneously.  This is following on Sony's new strategy for blocking custom run applications on their PS3 and PSP systems and seems to be an industry trend.  

This new update was released on Sept. 7th 2010 as 1.4.1 and blocked the vast majority of cards including the Acekard 2i, M3i Zero, R4i, iEdge and the Supercard DSTWO.  It seemed like the EZFlash Vi and iPlayer safe, but Nintendo followed up the patch with 1.4.2 less than two days later which effectively blocks every card on the market.  Updates to the DSi are completely voluntary, only required for heavy online games like Phantasy Star and the DSiWare shop.  Users are encouraged NOT to update as it will render their R4i SDHC and other flash cards useless.  

There is no telling how soon updates and workarounds will be released until the developers have had time to investigate.  There is no known improvement to the DSi system, or function, this update merely blocks flash cards from operating.  Patience is required to allow the development teams time to analyze the problem and ensure their card’s future support, but we recommend ignoring the update altogether and just continuing on as normal.

The update is confirmed to block R4i SDHC cards and all other cards available from http://www.dscardworld.com .  Please refrain from updating until a proper fix has been released.  You can still buy r4i cards as they will function just fine with DSi 1.4.0

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