Hacking Advice for Girlfriend's 3DSXL

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I was given an older 3dsXL (on 4.5.0 by a co-worker, that came installed with a Gateway cart. He paid me to set it up for him when the cart was first released years ago, but stopped using it, so he gave it back to me. It already has a few games saved on it, but I want to make the 3DS as easy as possible for my girlfriend to use, as if it gets to complicated she just won't use it. I did my initial research, found guides on installing CFW on it, and figured I'd just go that route. But it raised a question, so I ask for your advice:

For a 3DS that needs to be as user friendly as possible, if you were in my situation, would you update and continue using the Gateway cart, or toss the card to the side and follow a guide to install arm9loaderhax? She will not use it for anything other than strictly playing backup carts, and legitimate carts (she worked at a pawn shop so we ended up with dozens of random 3ds carts, and 5 copies of every Pokemon game). Obviously if I didn't already have the gateway, I would just install arm9loaderhax, but since he already has the Gateway with it, I figured it's worth asking for a few opinions.

Lastly, I did a bit of googling, but I couldn't find an answer, is there any special protocol going from a gateway with its NAND emulation (4.5.0 with a higher update installed on a sd card), to a clean install of arm9loaderhax? It doesn't look like it, but worth asking.

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 

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Just install arm9loaderhax from Plailect's guide and then install SaltFW. It's a CFW which simply boots the system. No payloads, no configs, and no shit that could brick the console.
 

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I don't trust Gateway. I would say install a9lh (with the new guide, it's much easier - about 45 minutes), and then install either SaltFW OR Luma3DS without the payloads. You can put in the payloads if/when needed.
 

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Install a9lh and turn on nice autoboot, for user friendly Luma,Puma,and saltFW are the best.
Install few utility CIA's (FBI,devmenu,CHMM2, things like that ) .
And quite all...
 
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Yep pretty much what's been said above! This is the guide everyone is talking about: https://github.com/Plailect/Guide/wiki ! Just follow it to the end and remove all payloads you've set up (NOT INCLUDING HOURGLASS9 IT CAN REALLY SAVE YOU) and get freeshop! With freeshop (if you set it up to download from the titlekeys site) it's a gui where you can download any game straight off the 3ds!
 

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sorry to use another guy's thread, but I asked this in the updated guide thread discussion and no body answered me, if I have menuhax+luma already installed do I have to do some extra stuff? like delete something in mi microsd? I have a 64gb microsd with ton of stuff, so afaik I have to start the guide from step 2 right?
 
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sorry to use another guy's thread, but I asked this in the updated guide thread discussion and no body answered me, if I have menuhax+luma already installed do I have to do some extra stuff? like delete something in mi microsd? I have a 64gb microsd with ton of stuff, so afaik I have to start the guide from step 2 right?
Nothing needed to be deleted, just make sure you have the LATEST decrypt9 as an app in the homebrew launcher! Now onto step 2!
 
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Nothing needed to be deleted, just make sure you have the LATEST decrypt9 as an app in the homebrew launcher! Now onto step 2!

and that's it? what about the healthy app? I already have injected it with the fbi cia, thanks for the reply, I will download all the stuff needed for step 2, I am just freaked out with the 2.1 downgrade.
 
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and that's it? what about the healthy app? I already have injected it with the fbi cia, thanks for the reply, I will download all the stuff needed for step 2, I am just freaked out with the 2.1 downgrade.
Don't worry man! That's it! Nothing more! And don't worry this guide is brick proof as long as YOU don't mess up!
 

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You could also have just used menuhax too, that way there's nothing changed beyond the requirement for gateway, unless you really want to retain gateway usage then yeah, cfw it and add a gateway payload, but again that might be making it too difficult.

Choice is yours, menuhax would be much faster and easier for you to setup.
 
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