Sky3DS not working (New 2 orange button version)

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  1. mcjmetroid
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    Hi All,

    First time poster because I have never had a problem like this before. I've bought the SKY3ds model below which I believe is the latest version. i think this is the sky3ds plus. That's great and all but I had read on their website that you no longer need a diskwriter or the fireware file.
    I have followed these instructions:
    http://www.sky3ds.com/sky+.html

    I plugged my micro SD card into the shell and put it into my computer. I put on 3 .3ds files and a gamelist.bin file in the root like the instructions suggest.

    I have my 3ds turned off. I plug the Micro into the flashcard and put that into my 3ds and put the power on.

    Nothing happens. It flashes green once I plug the sky3ds into the 3DS. Empty slot for gaming card though.

    Can anybody please help. I spent a lot of money on this and there is no support anywhere.

    Thanks,
    Michael
     
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  2. Redferne

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    Hello,
    What's in your settings.txt?
    Are the ROM you put on the SD card from your 3DS region?
     
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    I'm not sure. I have heard the settings.txt is set up once you've launched your first game?

    Is the sky3ds region locked? I had no idea. I'm from the EU area anyway but I do believe one of my games is from Europe. Does it run games from a list or would it run the ones that are actually working and ignore the bad roms?
     
  4. regnad

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    The settings.txt is created when you first put the FW on. If that isn't there, you did something wrong. Follow the instructions on the website carefully:

    1.Download the updated firmware.bin from sky3DS.com, and copy it into the root directory of
    your microSD card.

    [​IMG]

    2.Insert your microSD card into sky3DS+, connect your PC and sky3DS+ with a USB cable(come
    with, which can also work as a USB Adapter once connection built).

    3.The LED red light will turn on for 10 seconds, then turn to the green light and keep flashing for
    10 seconds, once the light turn off it means the sky3DS+ has been updated successfully. Alert:
    Never unplug the USB cable while the green light keep flashing, it might damage your sky3DS+ card!

    4.Delete the firmware.bin file in your microSD card.​

    It's not the SKY3DS+ that's region locked, it's your 3DS! You can play out of region games using Homebrew Launcher, but that's a lesson for another day.
     
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    If the card didn't create the settings.txt you can create it yourself.

    No the Sky3DS+ is not region free, you'll need to use a CW of Homebrew to launch out of region games.
    Depending on the firmware you have you shouldn't use the gamelist.bin. From firmware 110 it's not needed anymore.
     
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    Ok G

    Right so am I to assume you should only transfer files using the Sky3ds and the usb cable that comes with it not the sd card reader?

    The website is actually telling me all I need is the gamelist.bin and the games.
    http://www.sky3ds.com/sky+.html
    if I need a firmware file which in fairness it makes sense that I do. The instructions are quite misleading and need an update.
    It mentions nothing about a firmware file but I haven't tried this yet so I'll give it a go tonight and I will let you guys know.

    Thanks so far anyway :)

    I see it sounds like if I downloaded the latest firmware file I don't need the gameslist.bin.


    I'll try all of this again using 1 European ROMand with the firmware in the Root folder.
    Cheers
     
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    Yes the site is not great. Look there also: http://www.sky3ds.com/download.html
    Don't transfer the ROM to the card using the USB cable, it's extremely slow. You actually need to use it only for flashing a new firmware.
     
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    Yeah, that mini USB shouldn't be used to transfer any files at all. It's just used to plug in to the computer and install firmware.

    You should transfer the firmware file itself and any games directly to the SD card without the SKY3DS involved at all! :)

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    You don't need the gamelist.bin at all if you're using an orange button SKY3DS+

    All you need is the firmware file here: http://filetrip.net/dl?DFE4PunNBI

    put that on the SD card

    put the SD card in the SKY3DS+

    plug the SKY3DS+ into the computer using the mini USB cable

    wait for all LED lights on the card to stop flashing or blinking

    unplug the SKY3DS+, take out the SD card, put your ROMs on it (that are from your region ONLY, at least for now)

    put the SD card back in the SKY3DS+

    put it in your 3DS and you should be good to go!
     
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    Thank you very much. I'm at work at the moment but i'll try it tonight and I'll let you know how I get on.
     
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    OK It's still not working this is what I did:

    I put resident evil revelations europe on it
    and fire emblem europe on it
    then I put the firmware.bin on it

    I inserted the sky3ds with the USB lead into the laptop. I deleted the firmware file. There is now nothing in here but the games.

    Put the sky3ds card into my 3ds and still nothing.

    What am I doing wrong here?

    Should the games be put on AFTER I have done the firmware step? I would do this now but honestly it takes me forever to copy over games on my old laptop even when I'm using the SD reader to do so.

    Or is the problem with the roms I'm downloading? It's always possible I have been very unlucky so far.

    For the record I'm on version 10.50-30E and I'm using an old 3dsXL where the game goes in the top or is that the new one I'm never sure. According to sky3ds website though the card should work on any version the system is on and any 3ds.

    Cheers again guys
     
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    Out of curiosity, have you tried pressing the orange buttons when it is inserted in the 3ds? I know my blue version sometimes won't have a game selected by default.
     
  12. Redferne

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    What kind of SD card and what size is it?
     
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    Yeah, the SD card could very well be the issue. I've had that problem before.

    Format it with Panasonic SD Formatter. Do full (not quick) FAT 32.

    https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

    If you're using a large SD card that is SDXC, then you have to make it SDHC with guiformat:

    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?guiformat.htm

    Some SD cards are just crappy and hopeless, however.

    just out of curiosity, what happened when you flashed the firmware to the Sky3DS? What did the card do? Did lights flash on it?

    There are games with much smaller ROMs than the ones you chose if it's such a pain to transfer! Get one of those for testing until you've got this figured out! Cubic Ninja is very small, for example, and you will want to have it later to access Homebrew Launcher so you can play out of region games.
     
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    I have tried this ya. Cheers

    It's a 64GB micro phillips SD card

    Ok Cheers I'll give this a try a little later and let you know how I got on.

    If I'm honest I do think the SD is the issue. It's brand new but at the same time. That discwriter software kinda messed it up reducing it to 450kb for whatever reason. I used SD formatter to get the whole amount back but maybe it needs a bit more love before it works.
     
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    You need to format your card in FAT32. exFAT is not recognized by the SKY3DS+ that's probably the reason why it doesn't work.
     
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    That's absolutely the reason. AFAIK all 64 gig SDs are SDXC, so you're going to have to use guiformat to make it FAT32 SDHC. The Panasonic SD Formatter won't do it, so don't bother with that.
     
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    OH! that sounds like the solution I needed. I'll try it out now :)
     
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    The disk writer is for the older sky3ds cards. That is probably why your games are not working. Format the card to fat32 and just drag and drop your .3ds files.

    If your card is still only showing 450kb of space go into the disk writer and select reformat. This will fix the size issue before you format to fat32.
     
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    Guys thank you so much this has worked. Formatted to fat32 using that GUI website and it works like a dream.
    One quick question though. Should I be concerned with system updates? Can I leave my WIFI but refuse updates or is it just safer to deny all updates

    Cheers everyone though :) I'm shocked how quickly people responded as well
     
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    Sky3ds has no firmware restrictions so far, so you have nothing to worry about. Update and enjoy.

    EDIT: Don't play online without private headers. If you don't know what I'm talking about use the search bar.
     
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