Why You Should Install A9LH! (For Beginners)

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  1. Skyshadow101
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    If you came here, you're probably wondering why you should switch to Arm9LoaderHax (A9LH).

    Well, my friend, your answers are going to be slapped on your face. That slap will be full of good ol' knowledge. Now let's begin.

    A9LH is an exploit you can install, using a simple guide that I will link here. It allows one to boot a custom firmware easily (within milliseconds after boot) and give near full control over the system. A more in-def explaination of how A9LH, click here.

    A couple custom firmwares that can be booted through this hack is Luma3DS by Aurora Wright, SaltFW by Shadowhand, and ShadowNAND, also by Shadowhand.

    Each CFW has it's own separate pros/cons, but a guide can be found here so you can figure out which one is best for you.


    If you own a Gateway, you might look into installing Gateway's version of A9LH. It isn't better than the community's A9LH under any circumstance. Here's why...

    The community's A9LH is superior to Gateway's A9LH in many ways.

    Like, for one, the community's A9LH has a lot more support and updates than Gateway's. Meaning that your 3DS is a whole lot safer with the community's A9LH than Gateway's. Also, we can boot Gateway's payloads, but Gateway can't boot ours. This gives the community's A9LH an advantage over Gateway's.

    Another reason is that if you lose your Gateway card with Gateway's A9LH installed, your kinda screwed. It won't let you boot into Gateway Mode. With the community's A9LH, all you have to do is install it, then you are done. No extra setup required.

    Another reason that the community's A9LH is better, is that you can boot most flashcarts in some way. This includes forwarders or just plain old patches. Gateway's A9LH only allows you to use your Gateway card. Only those. And if you use a DSTwo Plus, Gateway will brick your console. And it can't be recovered through a normal hardmod, it can only be recovered through a Raspberry Pi.

    And another reason is that Gateway's A9LH is worse, is that YOU CAN'T UPDATE! When you update, you lose A9LH completely! This also means that you won't be able to play the latest games that require a higher version than what you have. With the community's A9LH, you can use a CFW with FIRM protection, like Luma3DS, and update normally, and you won't have to worry about losing A9LH.

    Again, do not install Gateway's A9LH! Just don't!

    MenuHax

    If you are a current Emunand user, you might have an exploit called MenuHax installed. Although it is a slightly effective way to boot Emunand, A9LH is way better. A few reasons are...

    A9LH has a 100% boot rate! Meaning no more rebooting to just get an exploit to work.

    A9LH is much faster than MenuHax, a comparison can be found here.

    Also, MenuHax can be lost through a system update, and if the exploit that it relies on is patched, you can't install it again until another exploit is found that can boot it.

    By now, you probably know the benefits of A9LH, but you are still scared to install it. This leads me to...

    How safe the guide is!

    Over the months, the guide has become a whole lot safer! The brick rate has been reduced and the guide has become a lot shorter.

    At one point, you had to downgrade using a homebrew app. Now, people use a ctrtransfer to downgrade, a more stable method.

    The guide can be done within a time span of about an hour and a half. A time span that most people have.

    The guide is also still being updated with the safest and latest methods of installing A9LH! This includes the newest method, waithax. This little exploit allows you to downgrade from the 11.0 and 11.1 NATIVE_FIRM to a 10.4 one. This can be then downgraded to 9.2 with regular exploits, allowing you to install A9LH properly!


    Now that is A9LH for ya! I hope I have persuaded you into wanting to install this amazing exploit!

    If I have some inaccurate info/typos, please tell me what it is and the correct info so I can fix it. Also tell me if I leave out some stuff. Thanks!
     
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    Nice post, but has it occured to you that you might be preaching to the already converted? These facts have been known for months, now. Anyway, thanks for trying to help. It's not useless if you prevented just one noob from screwing up.
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    Where do I "preach to the already converted"? Kind of want to know so I can fix that.

    EDIT: That's why I put "For Beginners" in the title. So if people don't know about the hack, or just want more info about it, they can come to this thread.
     
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    No, I mean everyone already knows these facts, and knows that Gateway's implementation of a9lh should be avoided. But I just noticed that you wrote "For Beginners" in your title. Beginners wouldn't know, so it's useful to them. But how many beginners are going to read your specific thread?
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    I tried to keep my title relevant, so maybe it will come up on a google search.
     
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    Good idea, although beginners wouldn't know to google a9lh in the first place, more than likely. Still, your intentions are noble, and I applaud that.
     
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    So true, they probably don't even know what it is.
    I never heard of Gateway's A9LH though lol. Gateway is like opening a gateway to remove hacks :tpi:
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    If I could edit the title, I would've put "Why You Should Install A9LH! (A 3DS Exploit for Beginners)", or something along those lines. That 3DS exploit part probably would've given it a better chance of popping up on a google search.
     
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    In the "The community's A9LH is superior to Gateway's A9LH in many ways." section, you should add at the very beginning that the community's a9lh can boot Gateway stuff but Gateway's a9lh cant boot the community's stuff. And then you can add reasons why it's bullshit if you want.
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    Added that. Thanks! Forgot about that.
     
  11. tech3475

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    This guide should be expanded to include comparisons to e.g. menuhax.

    Otherwise it seems to be more about 'Why you shouldn't use Gateway A9LH'.
     
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    To be honest, I kind of noticed that too, but that is really all there is to A9LH. And I can maybe include menuhax later when I get back on my PC.
     
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    #include menuhax

    But yeah, side by side comparison: A9LH and Menuhax!
     
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    Hey there!

    I'm a real newbie user here, and I've just gotten back to the 3DS scene after quitting early last year (after Gateway's 9.2.0 release and downgrade releases). So, if you could help keep me up to speed on issues, what I should be doing is switch to this a9lh method and abandon my Gateway cart? My old 3DS is back on sysNAND 4.2.0 because I downgraded it to allow me to play games without needed to use the QR code all the time (which was needed back then). What should I do with my current Gateway cart, my current Gateway EmuNAND and all of that then? (I don't mind losing saves, I'm just quite lost on how to transition from an existing Gateway 3DS to this new method.) THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH :)
     
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    I have never heard anyone say Gateway's version of A9LH was better. Pretty sure all Gateway owners agree that they dropped the ball big time on it.
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    I've heard it a few times. But I will change it to something else.
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    If you don't mind losing saves, just get rid of the Emunand and just start the guide I linked in the thread. You might want to format your Sysnand before starting though.

    EDIT: You should sell your Gateway if you need some cash.
     
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    Thank you! I just did everything on the guide, and my 3DS is set up nicely haha. Does this mean that whenever Nintendo pushes an update, I can download and update it safely into my SysNAND because the arm9loaderhax is already protecting me or something? Also, I don't think anyone in my country would want to buy a Gateway... so since I have an additional microSD card in my Gateway cart, I'll use it as extra space to store more ROMs. It should work if I use this guide here right? https://gbatemp.net/threads/tutorial-using-luma3ds-with-gateway-on-v2-a9lh.431691/
     
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    Why not backup saves before doing all of that then restoring them though? This way, no save would have been lost...
     
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    Skyshadow101 The Sky Is The Limit!

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    He said he didn't care about his saves, so I suggested that. But your way would work too.