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F3 Darksoft help needed

Posted: May 16th, 2018, 3:56 pm
by Stox58

I'm having some trouble getting my F3 Darksoft kit working, my Motherboard is tested working ok with a cart. I'm using a 1GB SanDisk micro SD. I can scroll through the games list on the LCD and it will write to flash and it then tells me the game is loaded, but nothing is showing on the monitor, just showing like there is no cart installed on the motherboard.
Please can someone point me in the right direction.

many thanks from Luke

Re: F3 Darksoft help needed

Posted: May 16th, 2018, 4:21 pm
by cools

Re: F3 Darksoft help needed

Posted: May 31st, 2018, 10:06 am
by Stox58
Sorted now, many thanks to Penrhos 28 for his help

Re: F3 Darksoft help needed

Posted: June 2nd, 2018, 2:34 pm
by penrhos
For reference - If you get lines across the display and nothing runs, but the LCD screen shows the cart is loading games try this.

Remove the DS cart from the motherboard,
Check the connectors on the motherboard for bent pins,
Check you removed enough of the region pins so they are flush with the bottom of the connector,
Put an original cart on the motherboard, press the "test" switch when powering it on and do a factory reset.
Re-seat the DS-Multi ensuring that its pushed down as far as it'll go on all four connectors and that it's sitting level and try again.

in this case a squirt of contact cleaner was applied to the pins as they looked a bit tarnished. PSU was running at 5.1V under load from the F3 board.