Setting up Gateway

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Genshrooms, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Genshrooms

    Genshrooms Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    I have a 3DS on version 4.4 and just got my Gateway 3DS card.
    I have microSD cards (one 2GB and one 32 GB)

    So what am I supposed to do now to set everything up?
    What do I have to do to start playing 3DS ROMs?
    What about updating to the latest version of Gateway (version 2.3b)?
    And what do I have to do to update my emuNAND?
  2. piratesephiroth

    piratesephiroth I wish I could read

    Sep 5, 2013
    1- Put the contents of the 'Blue Card (R4i)' folder in a SD card and insert it into your blue cart. Use it to install the exploit.
    2- Put Launcher.dat from the 'GW_OMEGA_2.3_BETA' in your 3DS's big SD card.

    3- Go to System Settings > Other Settings > Profile > Nintendo DS Profile
    Now you can make a backup of your SYSNAND (and copy it to your PC) and/or create your EMUNAND.
    You could also just create your EMUNAND and extract it using the EMUNAND Tool. Remember it's going to format your SD card, so copy your save files to a safe place first.
    Take a look HERE for some info on how to deal with your EMUNAND.

    4- Format a microSD card to exFAT and put your 3DS ROMs there. Insert it in your red cart and insert the red cart in your 3DS.

    When in Gateway mode/EMUNAND, push SELECT to view your games.
  3. Genshrooms

    Genshrooms Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    So should I format the microSD card (for the Blue cart) and the SD card for the 3DS to FAT32 before putting the exploit files on them (launcher and Blue Card R4i)?
    Would formatting my 32 GB microSD card (for the Red Cart) to FAT32 work as well? Or will it only work if I format to exFAT? Is there a difference if I use one or the other?

    If I download the "Beta Firmware GW 2.3b *OMEGA* Mirror 2" from the gateway-3ds website, and use that for installing the exploit (Blue Card and launcher), would that update the cart and let me use all the newest features of 2.3 (have multirom support, emuNAND, etc.)?

    Also, is there any specific thing/process I need to do before putting 3DS ROMs onto the microSD?
    For example, would I need to use Win32 Disk Imager Program to get the ROM on the microSD card? Or do I just have to download the ROM, then extract that to the root of the microSD card?

    In the "GW_OMEGA_2.3_BETA", there is "quick_guide_GW_omega.pdf".
    Where is says, writing BK's, what is this mean?
    From what I can understand from this is:
    - if the microSD card (for the Red Cart/3DS ROMs) is formatted to FAT32, then you can add any ROM that is between 0.1 GB - 2 GB
    - but if the ROM is larger than 2 GB, then you must trim the ROM using the GW_ROM_Splitter_Tool first (trim it so each part is under 2GB)
    - if the microSD card is formatted to exFAT, then you can add any ROM that is between 0.1 GB - 4 GB

    Is this right? What if the mSD card is formatted to exFAT and the ROM is larger than 4 GB?
    Does the format depend on what kind of mSD card it is? Or is it choice?

    In this case, my microSD card is a 32 GB Sandisk Extreme Plus. What would I format to?

    So this SYSNAND is just like the version that the 3DS is currently on right? So in this case, my 3DS's SYSNAND is version 4.4?
    So, I should create a backup of this SYSNAND? How would I do this?
  4. Genshrooms

    Genshrooms Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    I should format the SD cards to:
    MicroSD for Blue Cart = FAT32
    MicroSD for Red = exFAT
    SD card = FAT32
    Is this right?

    To update the gateway cart to get all newest features of 2.3, I just have to download the 2.3 BETA package and use the files in there for exploit? Right?

    On the quick_guide_GW_omega.pdf for writing BK's, does it mean:
    - microSD cards formatted to exFAT, you can add any ROM between 0.1 GB - 4 GB
    - microSD cards formatted to FAT32, you can add any ROM between 0.1 GB - 2 GB
    - if ROM is larger than max, then split it using the splitter tool
    Is that what it meant?

    Is SysNAND just the version the 3DS in on (v 4.1-4.5), right? How would I create a backup of this (for my PC)?
  5. shamzie

    shamzie Oh David de Gea <3

    Mar 19, 2014
    Why you making this overly complicated? There's so many threads answering your questions. There was even a thread a day or so ago with video links to youtube so you could watch the video and copy exactly what it does in the video. Go to youtube and type in gateway 3ds setup and do what it does in the video It's really that simple.

    system nand between 4.1-4.5 (which you have)
    install exploit
    back up system nand to pc
    format emunand
    download roms
    play games
  6. Yas187

    Yas187 Newbie

    Sep 21, 2014
    Hi Guys,

    I have a problem with my 3DS. Recently I upgraded to Gateway 2.3b from 2.1 and once that was successfull I upgraded the emuNAND to 8.x. After this firmware update now I cant boot up the blue R4 card, I get "can't open _ds_menu.dat gateway".
    I cant even try to boot up up the Red GW card because when I go into system and try to launch the Launcher via DS Profile it doesnt boot Gateway at all, it just proceeds to the DS Profile page.
    I can confirm that I have not updated the systemNAND as it is still sitting on 4.5. Has anyone experienced this problem before? If so how can I fix please?

    best regards,
  7. Genshrooms

    Genshrooms Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Okay, finished setting up the main part. I have a backup up my SysNAND
    Able to play ROMs on the red cart that are under firmare 4.5.

    So when I format my SD card for emuNAND, then update that emuNAND. After that, I can just copy the files back on to the SD card, right?

    Also, I heard there was some problem/issue when updating emuNAND to the latest firmware (8.x)? Is it solved?
    So if I go to update my emuNAND to 8.x, everything will still work fine?