Gateway contact problem

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  1. g2420hd
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    I recently got my gateway card and was able to run it fine on my 3DS.

    However there is a really annoying problem where a slight knock on the ds will disengage the cart and it will either say

    i) Cart has been removed.
    ii) There was an error , please hold power button.

    It's got to the point where opening the lid to vertical a little too vigorously will cause it to screw up.

    I am not sure whether it's the contacts on the gateway card with the 3ds or if its the microsd and the gateway cart.

    I am using a Sandisk class 10 32gb micro sd if it makes a difference... I've also noticed that when putting in the microsd card it doesn't go in smoothly.

    I tested the 3ds with a retail pokemon X cart and couldn't recreate the problem.

    Was wondering if this is normal for gateway carts before I start the return process.
     
  2. weeandykidd

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    If you think it's the MicroSD then remove it from the equation. Boot the Gateway web exploit and shake your 3DS, if it doesn't find the Gateway cart you will be shown the menu, if it detects it you'll be thrown into gateway mode.

    If that happens then it's probably your MicroSD. Solutions include:
    1. Try a second card
    2. Run games as CIA
    3. Return the Gateway for a replacement
     
  3. g2420hd
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    Oh sweet I didn't think of that, will check it.
     
  4. Tomato Hentai

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    If that continues to happen, I suggest using an eraser from the back of a pencil on the cartridge's contacts, but don't do this too often, as it may eventually ruin your cartridge.
     
  5. g2420hd
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    I've only had it for like a week so just peeved that its already giving me the shits. My old DS flashcarts were way sturdier out of the box (feel of the product).
     
  6. Ralph1611

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    Question. I have been thinking about playing mostly CIA games. Is it safe to play games off the Gateway card itself? I mean it wont get too hot if Im playing a game for like an hour right? Im just wondering. Ive heard things about the Gateway card getting too hot.
     
  7. Jiro2

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    I've had a similar problem and the solution was to put a single layer of scotch tape on the notch on the side of the cartridge. (Of course it shouldn't cover the notch; it has to be on the surface inside the notch.) It turned out to be just enough to change exactly how far in the cart goes when it locks, by a tiny amount, and make it make contact. (In fact, before I did this the Gateway made contact all the time on one 3DS and not on another.)
     
  8. Helper

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    Huh? I haven't heard anything about the Gateway getting too hot. You're talking about when playing a 3DS/3DZ file, right? I've had games on the Gateway card running for 8+ hours at a time. In sleep mode, anyway, not being played the entire time. But even then, 2+ hours of active game play and my card is holding up just fine. My 3DS gets a little warm, but I haven't noticed any problems with the card. (This is all on an original, normal-size 3DS, usually with the screen on maximum brightness, power-saving off, and WiFi on)
     
  9. Hkari

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    I see people mentioning the overheating gateway, but it's not a uniform thing. I've never had it happen and I never turn my console off except to swap out the big SD card or to update the system. You probably don't need to worry about it because it seems incredibly rare.
     
  10. Ra1d

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    There is no reason whatsoever for the gateway card to get hot, and unless you got a fake one or there's a problem with your console, it doesn't get hot, at least for me, even when playing 4-6 hours.
     
  11. cracker

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    I use the same model microSD and I haven't had any problems myself. An easier test to do (I believe) is to slowly put a firm grip on the GW (leaving the microSD exposed) and shake/bump your 3DS. If it doesn't error and after doing the same after you let go does then it is the GW's contact. Also +1 for the tape fix.