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  How to fix SuperCard DSTWO not working on 3DS
Posted by Ariel Rebel on Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 01:03 - 7 Comments
 
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Ariel Rebel Canada

 
You will need:
  • A DS Phat or DS Lite
  • Another flashcard
  • The latest DSTWO EOS (download)
  • The latest DSTWO firmware (download)
How to fix the problem:
  1. Put the contents of the EOS and firmware archives on your microSD, the same way you would for a normal update.
  2. Put dstwo_load_NDSL.nds on the microSD of the other flashcard and load it up, you should see this screen:

  3. Remove the flashcard and insert the DSTWO. The DSTWO MUST NOT contain a microSD card yet.
  4. Insert the microSD card which has the latest EOS and firmware on it.
  5. Press B.
Download Download dstwo_load_NDSLSuperCard Source
Download Download EOS v1.11 (08/11)
Download Download firmware v1.13

This post has been edited by Ariel Rebel, Mon, January 16th, 2012 at 21:05

Reason: Fixed link.


 
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Clookster Mongolia

  Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 01:38
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So this is an unbricker for DSTwo? Or what?
 
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Ariel Rebel Canada

  Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 01:46
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Strange case, some people were reporting the latest DSTWO firmware update didn't work on 3DS 3.0.0-6, others were reporting it did work. Others were reporting it worked at first, then just stopped working after a couple of days.

This fix is obviously for those people where the latest DSTWO firmware didn't work.

The only DSTWO's that were ever bricked were caused due to DS hardware malfunctioning and losing power before the DSTWO could complete the update process. I think those are permanently bricked, so no luck for users who had that happen to them.
 
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Clookster Mongolia

  Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 02:17
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Thanks a lot for this information, this is getting interesting now. We'll keep an eye on this.

I'm sure Nintendo is doing some research about this cart, they already stopped the "usual upgrade process" of the DS2 with the release of the 3DS. If Nintendo could get rid of such a cart like Supercard or Acekard entirely, that would be a great success for them. These kids usually don't buy a new cart once their cart stops working. At least not every year or so. They just do some rage spamming on internet forums and give up piracy in most cases then.
 
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jimmyemunoz United States

  Mon, January 16th, 2012 at 20:46
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Thank you for this info Ariel Rebel. I will link people to this thread from now on when I see this problem. I do thinks it's a shame that this can't be done on a DSi. Damn you Nintendo!!
 
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Ariel Rebel Canada

  Mon, January 16th, 2012 at 21:04
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Thank you, I noticed a link wasn't working properly, so I've fixed it.
 
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smoke14me61 United States

  Thu, February 7th, 2013 at 04:29
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Will this work on the current 1.19 firmware?
 
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Foxhop Australia

  Thu, April 11th, 2013 at 15:34
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Ariel Rebel on Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 01:46 GMT  
The only DSTWO's that were ever bricked were caused due to DS hardware malfunctioning and losing power before the DSTWO could complete the update process. I think those are permanently bricked, so no luck for users who had that happen to them.


I am very happy to say that I have just proven you wrong in this regard.  It is possible to use your method to unbrick a DSTwo that was bricked due to a loss of power during the update process. laugh

An hour ago, I was updating my DSTwo with firmware v1.19 on an old DS Lite when the battery died, effectively bricking the cart.  After a while of googling, I found your thread here and tried it out using an original (not copycat) R4.  While it worked and I was able to get the DSTwo to work again on the DS Lite, when I reset it, the cart was still bricked.

But I've found that it can be unbricked:

To unbrick with this method, copy a firmware update file (dstwoupdate.dat) to the root of your DSTwo.  Then follow the steps to get the DSTwo running again:

Ariel Rebel on Wed, January 11th, 2012 at 01:03 GMT  
  1. Put the contents of the EOS and firmware archives on your microSD, the same way you would for a normal update.
  2. Put dstwo_load_NDSL.nds on the microSD of the other flashcard and load it up, you should see this screen:

  3. Remove the flashcard and insert the DSTWO. The DSTWO MUST NOT contain a microSD card yet.
  4. Insert the microSD card which has the latest EOS and firmware on it.
  5. Press B.


Once the DSTwo has booted, it will ask if you want to update the firmware. DO THIS!  Since the power cut out during the firmware update process, the cart became bricked because the firmware files were incomplete or corrupted.  Like trying to start a car with only half of the engine.  Updating the firmware restores the corrupted or lost files and allows the cart to boot again.

After the update was complete, I reset the DS Lite with the newly-updated DSTwo in it as normal (without using the additional flashcart and dstwo_load_NDSL.nds), and the DSTwo came back to life instantly!

Additional Info:
Before I updated the firmware, I had removed all files from the microSD except for the EOS files necessary to get it running (the _dstwo folder and ds2boot.dat).  After the update successfully completed, I copied a backup of all of the files in my previous DSTwo configuration (plugins, games, skins, etc.) back onto the microSD and it all came back to life, complete with my custom Fallout: BoS skin.

Thank you very much Ariel.  You've saved me a ton of pain and cash.
 
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