I already tried reinstalling multiman, in fact I was on 4.08 and wanted to upgrade to 4.09 when this happened which is where the worry began. I tried reinstalling the dev-blind zip too. I tried 2 separate usb devices. I did however just try a cleanly formatted usb device and the same scenario occurred. I realized that I had installed "game data" part of mmcm. That's where I think the issues came in but I can't be for sure, any other advice?
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