Should I Switch from Gateway to CFW

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by mar789, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. mar789

    mar789 Master Italian

    Jul 18, 2011
    So I've been out of the scene for a couple of months now and things have progressed quite a bit. I just updated my Gateway to the latest firmware along with my Emunand.

    Currently my Sysnand is at FW 9.0 and my Emunand is at 1.0.7. I'm still using MSET to boot into Emunand while having to keep my Gateway in my 3DS at all times. Months ago I was told it was best to just keep using the Gateway and everything would be good. Now I'm seeing thing about A9LH and AuReiNand I was wondering if I should now be switching to that instead of using Gateway.

    I was also wondering if I did go through with doing that would I lose everything that is installed on that Emunand and all the saves?

    Thanks for any and all help.
  2. tjhooker73

    tjhooker73 GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 15, 2015
    United States
    Just use both.
  3. Sizednochi

    Sizednochi GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 16, 2012
    What the Ogre said, you can use both. The emunand is compatible.
  4. WiiUBricker

    WiiUBricker Insert Custom Title

    Sep 19, 2009
    First off, you don't lose anything if you are doing it right by following tutorials. GW nowadays is only good for cheats and loading .3ds files. If you don't need GW cheats or the capability to load .3ds files, I would recommend you start with this guide to setup CFW and everything. It's awesome. Once you set everything up and played a couple of weeks, you can try the next step in CFW, A9LH. Though it's not really needed. It's basically a way for more convenient CFW use. It involves a lot of NAND backups and restores and could lead to bricking if done wrong.
  5. nero99

    nero99 GBAtemp Addict

    Sep 18, 2014
    United States
    Switch to rxtools 3.0 beta 2 and update to 9.2 so you can install menu/theme hax to auto boot into emunand/CFW.
  6. mar789

    mar789 Master Italian

    Jul 18, 2011
    It's been a little bit of a struggle trying to understand all this A9HL stuff and don't want to be depending on my Gateway anymore especially as I only use CIA and never use cheats. Thanks for the help.
  7. Anubis

    Anubis GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 5, 2005
    The emuNAND is compatible but in the tutorials it mentions that you should format your emuNAND at least twice to avoid bricks, how accurate is this?
  8. MattKimura

    MattKimura 3DS & WiiU Enthusiast

    Jun 30, 2014
    United States
    Like I've said a couple of times on this forum, I personally just sold my Gateway, setup Arm9loaderhax, and went all out Cia with the use of a 128 GB micro SD.
    I feel like a whole lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders, and so many benefits were opened up to me. My setup right now, makes Gateway a piece of shit.

    But yeah as users have said, you can keep it. But only ever use it as a secondary, not a primary. You can use it for extra space if you ever need it. I personally think that if you needed to use it as extra space, it just means that you don't have a big enough SD card in the first place.

    You don't necessarily have to go the A9LH route, you can simply continue to use menuhax + CFW such as rxTools/ReiNand.
    Either way, you can enjoy the cia only life. I know you can use cia's on Gateway, but Gateway has a crappy boot rate that can become really irritating. Other CFW boot up way better.
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