The DSLink company's DS Linker line of Nintendo DS media cartridges offer the same home-brew software and media browsing functionality as cartridges such as CycloDS Evolution and R4 DS. Where DS Linker cartridges differ is that they contain their own dedicated memory unit instead of relying on flash-based MicroSD memory. As with any unofficial game enhancement device, DS Linker cartridges are not immune to problems, and the 8 GB version of the cartridge is no exception.
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If the firmware of DS Linker is not regularly updated, a variety of problems can arise. These problems mainly manifest themselves as incompatibility with the latest home brew game ROM files. Games booted on a DS Linker with outdated firmware may refuse to load, freeze at the title screen or lock up during gameplay. Another problem stemming from outdated firmware is that games and applications will run more slowly, as earlier editions of the firmware were released before the designers had found ways to save on memory usage.
To update the DS Linker firmware, download the latest version from the site in Resources and add it to the root directory of the card, then insert the card into the DS and turn the system on. Tap "DS Linker" to update the firmware.
Sometimes the DS Linker will boot up from the Nintendo DS menu but refuse to move past the home screen, making it impossible to select ROM files or media. This is due to an incorrectly formatted memory unit, which can occur if corrupted data has been sent to the card. Reformat the memory unit by inserting it into the Nintendo DS and holding "Start" and "Select" while pressing "A" to launch the DS Linker. Select "Format" to wipe temporary data or "Full Format" to wipe all data on the cartridge, returning it to factory settings. Prevent data corruption by only sending ROMs and media to the cartridge which you have virus-checked or opened on your computer to verify their contents.
Most Nintendo DS games support a save function, either for progress or high scores, and this includes the home brew games DS Linker is designed for. Some games, though, may not save to the cartridge, meaning that when the game is next booted up, progress or achievements have been lost. This is due to the variety of save systems available for the cartridge. Most games use the Clear ROM system for saving games, so this is the cartridge's default system. If your games are not saving, hold "Select" and press "L" and "R" to bring up the Save menu. Change "Save Type" to "8 Mbit" or "4 MBit" to save games that will not automatically save to the cartridge.
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