How Do I View PDF Files in an R4 Card?

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How Do I View PDF Files in an R4 Card?
"Read" a book with the help of Nintendo DS. (writing book image by AGphotographer from

The PDF (Portable Document File) is perhaps the most popular format for digital documents in the world today. Most ebook readers provide a means to view PDF files, but you don't need to get your hands on an expensive Kindle or iPad to read books on the go. A far less expensive and versatile option is to go with a Nintendo DS and the R4 card reader paired with the home-brew PDF reader Ands.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Nintendo DS or DS Lite game system
  • R4 card or equitable SLOT-1 flash card compatible with your DS
  • Computer with built-in MicroSD card reader or a USB port
  • USB MicroSD card reader (if necessary)
  • MicroSD card
  • Ands PDF Reader

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  1. 1

    Download the Ands PDF reader to your desktop and extract the files. (See resources.)

  2. 2

    Connect the MicroSD card to your computer. Do this by using your MicroSD port or by attaching the card to a USB adaptor and plugging the adaptor into a USB port.

  3. 3

    Locate the MicroSD card on your computer and open its folder.

  4. 4

    Drag the "Ands-PDF.nds" file onto the MicroSD card where you keep your R4 ROMs. Take this time to also add any PDF files you wish to view onto the root of your card or into a folder of your choosing.

  5. 5

    Eject the MicroSD card from your computer. Be sure to wait until all the files have finished transferring.

  6. 6

    Place the MicroSD card carefully into its slot on the R4. Insert the R4 card in the slot usually reserved for DS games.

  1. 1

    Turn on the DS.

  2. 2

    Locate and start the Ands PDF Reader. In the R4 menu, you should be able to find the file easily.

  3. 3

    Browse to the PDF file you wish to open and select it.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to be careful with the MicroSD card as you move it between devices. A broken MicroSD is as good as no card at all.

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