Can I boot straight to Gateway mode with 3DS XL on 4.2?

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    Getting very frustrated with the battery life on my 3DS in standby, but the steps to get it into gateway mode put me off powering it down all the time.

    Is there a safe easy way to get it to boot straight to Gateway mode? It's a 3DS XL with 4.2 firmware.

    The latest manual says something about menuhax but only talks about doing it from 9.2. And I'm not even sure if that is the best thing.

    TIA!
     
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    Just curious, what's preventing you from powering it down aside from having to go through the steps to execute the exploit? Is it a convenience thing? Sorry, I don't have an answer for you, as I simply use the browser exploit to get into GW/Classic Mode.
     
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    I had the same setup but recently upgraded to 9.2
    Then installed the menuhax to autoboot into Ctrbootmanager.
    Here I created three options (Gateway (default option, autoboots the gw.3dsx in 4 seconds), Homebrew launcher and rxtools)

    Result:autobooting into GW mode automatically unless I press some keys to do something else:
    - I defined a key in the menuhax setup to boot into standard sysnand
    - I can use one of the arrow keys to select another ctrboot option within the 4 seconds
    - after starting gateway I can use the L button to access the gateway menu as before
    Both menuhax and ctrbootmanager can be configured with personal backgrounds

    Just do it. Believe me, you never want to go back to 4.2. I can 't think of any reason why to stay on 4.2.
    Make a nand backup with Gateway anyway before upgrading so you always downgrade back to 4.2, just in case.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, that sounds just like what I want to do. How did you upgrade to 9.2 safely without overshooting?
     
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    with sysupdater as cia - it will install all system title cia's that are placed in sd:/updates/.
    You need to go into rxTools Devmode to update your 3ds. and of course - a full 9.2.0-20 cia package
     
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    behind a parental advisory sticker
    he used rxtools [Tutorial] Installing rxTools Custom Firmware - (Old 3DS and 2DS) everything you need to accomplish your goals (and then some) is in this guide
    read it its full of good stuff
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Quick update on my progress, had trouble getting 3DNUS to download 9.2 until I found out that it had been removed from Nintendo's servers, so had to get the full cia files from elsewhere. Then had to work out how to run sysupdater from the sysnand (some key combination in the gateway menu I didn't know about that runs gateway without emunand), then updated to 9.2 which was scary but went fine!

    Then used the sliderhax browser exploit (was a little confused by what they meant by clicking the slider at first, because they suggest zooming in and of course the moment you do that it goes off the screen, it's in the top left for anyone who finds this thread and is equally confused) which worked first time, booted me to the homebrew launcher and then installed menuhax as in the gateway docs.

    Then installed Ctrbootmanager but didn't realise it until I'd done it, I overwrote the boot.3dsx file with it, so I couldn't boot to the homebrew menu. Then I put back the one from the starter.zip but renamed it, and edited the ctrbootmanager config to set it as an option, at that point it started just booting into 9.2 sysnand and I seem to have lost my menuhax. So had to use the sliderhax exploit again (took a few goes to get it to work, as it kept crashing to the home screen).

    I'll give the Ctrbootmanager another go later this week, but so far I'm pretty happy with the progress. Thank you again for the suggestions above!

    I've managed to update to 9.2 and get it all going without losing my existing emunand which I'm happy about.
     
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    So I have this working, booting straight to Gateway 3DS, but every now and again it seems like the boot hack has vanished, and rather than booting to cfgbootmanager it boots straight to the NAND firmware, and I have to rehack (sometimes having to change the theme to stop the web browser hack failing and the browser quitting with an error).

    Does anyone know why this keeps happening?

    TIA
     
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    Okay now it doesn't seem to stick past a reboot anymore, I have to hack it everytime I turn it on. :( Anyone know why this might be happening?
     
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    Are you changing the theme through the home menu? Doing so removes the hack.
     
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    Ah that (and not realising I needed to run menuhax again) was the reason, thanks!

    I'll do some googling about how to change themes without disabling menuhax.
     
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    Next time you set up he hack, choose configure option 2 and just tap the touch screen. That will let you auto boot. The way you did it requires you to hold the L trigger with every reboot when you change your theme and set up the hack again.
     
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    Yeah, the Menuhax installer itself includes a way to change the theme. IIRC, CHMM2 includes a Menuhax mode that works without removing the exploit. Personally, I usually just set my sysNAND to the basic red theme in the menuhax installer and my emuNAND to whatever since it didn't need menuhax.
     
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    Thank you everyone, all working again now!