Hacking Question Beginner questions before hacking

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So I've been waiting for my SX Pro dongle to arrive while doing some research on this topic and I still have a couple of general questions. So as far as my understanding goes, after the hacking process I'll be left with a hidden EmuNAND partition on my SD card where all of my hacking stuff goes, and an untouched SysNAND where I can go back and play all my legit games online normally. My goal is to minimize ban risk, so my plan is: Backup SysNAND before doing anything, install SX OS on EmuNAND partition and dump all of my offline game cartridges so I can play all of them from CFW, using OFW exclusively for online games. So my doubts are:

  1. What if I continue playing a game on CFW and then decide to go on back to OFW to play keeping my save file, does that have any risk or is it safe as long as I don't cheat/modify my save file? Or is it fine?
  2. Regarding fuse burning, I don't think I understand correctly, why should I care not to burn them? Is there any reason I would need to downgrade? Or am I missing something? My switch is not IPatched so I don't see the point.
  3. Speaking of updating, I plan on updating my CFW using some homebrew, but if I want to update my OFW, Is it perfectly fine to go ahead and boot OFW and update normally via the official servers?
  4. Anything I need to know about switching between OFW and CFW? Let's assume I'm on CFW and want to boot into OFW, so I turn off my console, take out the SD card (just to be extra safe) and boot into OFW directly? Or do I need to do anything else to be careful, like restoring NAND every time? Then from OFW to CFW, turn off, insert SD, boot into RCM and nothing else?
  5. I plan to go online on CFW, and I now you can do it somewhat safely by not connecting to the Nintendo servers. I've read online about using 90DNS, something called Incognito and SX OS's built in stealth mode. Whats the exact difference between these 3? Are they compatible, so I can use all 3 for extra safety or using for example stealth mode makes the other 2 redundant as that already covers everything?
Sorry if any of these questions seem stupid, I know some are very specific stuff but I want to make sure I know everything I'm doing is correct. Every bit of help is greatly appreciated, thank you all in advance.
 

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So I've been waiting for my SX Pro dongle to arrive while doing some research on this topic and I still have a couple of general questions. So as far as my understanding goes, after the hacking process I'll be left with a hidden EmuNAND partition on my SD card where all of my hacking stuff goes, and an untouched SysNAND where I can go back and play all my legit games online normally. My goal is to minimize ban risk, so my plan is: Backup SysNAND before doing anything, install SX OS on EmuNAND partition and dump all of my offline game cartridges so I can play all of them from CFW, using OFW exclusively for online games. So my doubts are:

  1. What if I continue playing a game on CFW and then decide to go on back to OFW to play keeping my save file, does that have any risk or is it safe as long as I don't cheat/modify my save file? Or is it fine?
  2. Regarding fuse burning, I don't think I understand correctly, why should I care not to burn them? Is there any reason I would need to downgrade? Or am I missing something? My switch is not IPatched so I don't see the point.
  3. Speaking of updating, I plan on updating my CFW using some homebrew, but if I want to update my OFW, Is it perfectly fine to go ahead and boot OFW and update normally via the official servers?
  4. Anything I need to know about switching between OFW and CFW? Let's assume I'm on CFW and want to boot into OFW, so I turn off my console, take out the SD card (just to be extra safe) and boot into OFW directly? Or do I need to do anything else to be careful, like restoring NAND every time? Then from OFW to CFW, turn off, insert SD, boot into RCM and nothing else?
  5. I plan to go online on CFW, and I now you can do it somewhat safely by not connecting to the Nintendo servers. I've read online about using 90DNS, something called Incognito and SX OS's built in stealth mode. Whats the exact difference between these 3? Are they compatible, so I can use all 3 for extra safety or using for example stealth mode makes the other 2 redundant as that already covers everything?
Sorry if any of these questions seem stupid, I know some are very specific stuff but I want to make sure I know everything I'm doing is correct. Every bit of help is greatly appreciated, thank you all in advance.
  1. Assuming the save file has not been tampered with, you should be fine
  2. There may be better exploits on lower firmware versions such as a hypothetical untethered coldboot exploit. Inversely, there is no advantage in burning fuses as AutoRCM is more useful to have than not and Nintendo has not banned any users for a mismatched fuse count
  3. While you can, this method will irreversibly burn fuses
  4. This is a huge misconception. You do not need to take out the SD card. In fact, removing the SD card is worse since all games, updates, and DLC purchased from the eShop are installed to the SD card by default. So if all of your legally acquired content is on your SD card with CFW, you will lose out on content if you want to boot OFW when you remove the SD card. You also only need to restore the NAND if your current NAND is tainted with CFW and/or homebrew.
  5. 90DNS can be used on both CFW and OFW while being easily reversible. SX OS' Stealth Mode can only be enabled in CFW which in my opinion makes it objectively worse than 90DNS. And Incognito is the worst at being not only something you can apply in CFW but leaving a permanent (but reversible) modification to your NAND. They all accomplish the same goal in blocking Nintendo-related traffic whilst retaining general online capabilities. They are all compatible with each other but using more than one is simply overkill
 
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  1. Assuming the save file has not been tampered with, you should be fine
  2. There may be better exploits on lower firmware versions such as a hypothetical untethered coldboot exploit. Inversely, there is no advantage in burning fuses as AutoRCM is more useful to have than not and Nintendo has not banned any users for a mismatched fuse count
  3. While you can, this method will irreversibly burn fuses
  4. This is a huge misconception. You do not need to take out the SD card. In fact, removing the SD card is worse since all games, updates, and DLC purchased from the eShop are installed to the SD card by default. So if all of your legally acquired content is on your SD card with CFW, you will lose out on content if you want to boot OFW when you remove the SD card. You also only need to restore the NAND if your current NAND is tainted with CFW and/or homebrew.
  5. 90DNS can be used on both CFW and OFW while being easily reversible. SX OS' Stealth Mode can only be enabled in CFW which in my opinion makes it objectively worse than 90DNS. And Incognito is the worst at being not only something you can apply in CFW but leaving a permanent (but reversible) modification to your NAND. They all accomplish the same goal in blocking Nintendo-related traffic whilst retaining general online capabilities. They are all compatible with each other but using more than one is simply overkill
Wow, that was pretty detailed and basically solved every doubt I had. Thank you very much!
 
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Saves don't have cart ID written in?
You mean from the physical cartridge? Definitely no. You can create a save file with the cartridge and then later on buy the game online and download it. The save file will still work.

On a hacked SXOS Switch the same thing applies. You can mix NSPs and XCIs as you like, installed or not. Everything works with the very same save files.

Actually they are not even bound to the console! :rofl2:
 
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