OK, So I was at my friends house and he found his old R4 card he used on a DS he used to have and he let me have it. He said there was a problem with it that was supposed to be pretty common but I can't find anything on it. He said that the R4 card has trouble or can't read the Mini-SD inserted into it. He said there was some sort of solution involving a paper clip. To me this sounds like one of the prongs inside the R4's Mini SD slot are missing and or not aligned. I looked inside it and I it doesn't appear that way.
So I borrowed my other friends DS Lite (Because I can't/won't put this in my 3DS) and I set off onto the internet. I formatted it to FAT32 and downloaded Kernal 1.18. I put a game on there to test but when I put the R4 in the DS it just says "Loading..." I could find online that that was a common problem fixed by changing/getting a new Kernal installed onto the Mini-SD. But that wasn't the case no matter what I did I could not get the R4 to go to the menu on the DS. I even took the Mini-SD out as a control and it did the same thing. So to me that sounds like the R4 card is not reading the Mini-SD.
Is anyone else familiar with this issue? How did you get past it?