Safety of downgrading to 4.5?

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  1. flarn2006
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    Gateway says the following on their website regarding downgrading to 4.5:

    I don't have a NAND mod, but I'm assuming they're just saying that because it's still in beta and they don't want to be responsible for any (more) bricks. Is there actually a significant risk, as long as I keep it plugged in and don't turn it off or anything during the process? My sysnand is 9.2, and my emunand is 9.4.

    If I do a NAND backup beforehand, the worst case scenario is just that I'd need to get a NAND mod installed, rather than a new 3DS, right? I mean if even that is a significant risk I wouldn't want to try it yet, but if it's like a 1% chance I'm willing to accept the risk.

    Has anyone tried to downgrade using GW and gotten a brick, or is Gateway simply overstating the risk since it hadn't had a significant amount of testing when they posted that?
     
  2. thorasgar

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    Lets start with the premise of your question. You can't downgrade to 4.5 only 4.2. Then you would need to upgrade to 4.5.

    It is probably safer than a weekend in Vegas. :)
     
  3. flarn2006
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    Is there any way I could then upgrade to 4.5 without needing any games I might not have? Using Gateway perhaps?
     
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    A cart update is the only method I beleive. List of carts and updates here. 3ds.essh.co
     
  5. Adeka

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    you can bribe your local gamestop employee with a few bucks to let you use their copy of luigis mansion B-)

    or maybe they will let you do it for free
     
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    if ya got a gateway cant ya use a rom to upgrade it i doubt it but hell im still learning myself
     
  7. flarn2006
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    Yeah I was thinking that but I didn't know if it would work in 4.2.
     
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    Or buy crash city mayhem for 4.99 or less with power up.
     
  9. Ketsueki

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    What's the difference between 4.2 and 4.5 ? what are the benefits?
    Sorry, I'm new to the gateway just trying to learn as much as possible at the moment.
     
  10. krzz

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    No difference since you're using emuNAND.
     
  11. flarn2006
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    So does that mean if I downgrade my sysnand to 4.2 and don't then upgrade to 4.5, I'll still be able to use Gateway and emunand just fine?
     
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    Yes.
     
  13. iwasaperson

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    You can use a ROM and Gateway to upgrade.

    Step 1: Make sure your SD card doesn't have EmuNAND on it.

    Step 2: Hold L when launching the exploit.

    Step 3: Hold up on the D-Pad when launching Gateway Mode.

    Step 4: Press Select and select the game from the menu

    Step 5: Launch the game. It will prompt you to update to 4.5.
     
  14. Pawed

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    Downgrading is pretty safe imho. Just remember to check the md5 of the DG file and remember to back up your 9.2 SysNAND prior to downgrading. GW will force you to back up your SysNAND anyways, before starting the downgrade process.

    I also recommend that you take more than one SysNAND backup... they all should have the same md5 AFAIK.

    Also hi fellow TPPer BigBrother
     
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    How did you know I was into TPP? Did you recognize my username from somewhere? (Praise Helix)
     
  16. Pawed

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    TPP subreddit, and in the TPP Twitch chat. BTW did you downgrade successfully?
     
  17. flarn2006
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    Haven't tried yet. Anyone know if Palantine CFW is compatible with 4.2?

    (also 310,150+up+a Kappa)
     
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    Should be. I use the CFW on my 4.3 3DS.
     
  19. Pawed

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    Yeah it is. Using it on my 3DS atm. Also using another SD card for 9.4 emuNAND, which works well.
     
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