Thanks for the help but I've run into 2 major problems:
A. a ds-x apparently wont recognize a ds.gba file (I renamed the nds file to something random and then nothing shows)
B. the ds-x also only seems to read out of a folder called apps. there is an options to turn off predefined directories but that just kinda hangs while looking for roms then.
so if the .nds really doesn't work and I NEED to run the program from the root then I guess I'm just boned. Great work though