Bricked my New3DS after Arm9LoaderHax. How do I unbrick?

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  1. jringo718
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    I followed the guide on

    https://plailect.github.io/Guide/

    Step by step, very carefully. This isn't my first rodeo and have a good knowledge of CFWs from other systems. This was for a New3DS with 9.2.00.20U from launch (no downgrade or anything)

    Anyway, right after the installed Arm9LoaderHax, I shut it off and then when I turned it back on, it was on a black screen. I tried every possible thing, including everything in the troubleshooting like the test payload, which also does nothing.

    Without the SD it's still black. I've tried several SDs and nothing works. I can't get into Luma and I don't have any Luma config to delete.

    What are my options here? Is hardmod the only recourse? I'm pretty pissed off. Gateway was fine for the past 2 years but it started having reading errors, so I decided I'd go with a CFW and now I'm sitting here with a brick.
     


  2. Exavold

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    I'm guessing OTPLess striked again.
     
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    What do you mean? Nothing about the OTP came up under the New3DS tutorial. It just said that you shouldn't use one from a different console and the rest of the stuff about it was under the Old 3DS.
     
  4. el_gonz87

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    He's referring to the new install method for N3DS which doesn't require the OTP but has a random very low brick rate due to ARM9 memory corruption at time of install.

    Sadly you are one of these very few instances when it fails. I commend you for making the decision to move away from brickway and my condolences for this unfortunate brick.

    Hardmod it or pay someone to do it. Period.

    Edit: Make sure you save that NAND backup.
     
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  5. Exavold

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    Can you boot into recovery ?
     
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    To my surprise this is not part of the troubleshooting guide. Good call, the OP should check this first.
     
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    The OTPless install is unreliable.
    Why is it still in The Guide?
     
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    Damn I feel horrible. If I knew there was a safer way, I would have gone that route.I was just given the tutorial when I asked the easiest way to get on CFW since I had been out the game since early 2015. Wtf.

    Also, I am unable to boot into recovery using L+R+A+Up, unless there's another way.

    At this point, I don't even care if I lose the exploits, as long as I can just use it as a regular 3DS, even on the latest firmware. I have an Old 3DS and two Old 3DS XLs all with 9.2 and a sealed N3DS before anything above 9.xx came out. I also have tons of actual 3DS games I've never even played, so no biggie.

    I just don't like the other 3DS and don't want to open a brand new N3DS.

    Also would Nintendo fix it for the $89 out of warranty fee?
     
  9. Exavold

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    It is reliable though.

    I believe theses bricks are occuring because parts of the SD card are corrupt.

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    Welp , I think it's done.

    I'm pretty sure Nintendo doesn't repair that kind of stuff.

    Did you make sure your SD card wasn't corrupted before installing A9LH ?
     
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    Because it's considered safer than running 2.1 on a New 3DS.
     
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    The other method had a small brick rate as well, you could have bricked on the 2.1 downgrade.

    You are just one of those unfortunate souls. I feel for you, but the guide strictly warns at the begginig there is a small risk.

    Hopefully you get another chance to enjoy the paradise that A9LH brings someday... Until then just pay someone to hardmod it, it will be cheaper than $89.

    Sorry boutcha!
     
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    Actually , remember the fact that if you put your 2.1 N3DS in sleep mode , it bricks.

    Yeah , "safer" :P
     
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    It is the safest way.

    Doubt it.

    That was fixed a long time ago.
     
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    People still got the error, currently @Aurora Wright still finding the another way that causing this issue and try to make it less possible to happend.
     
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    I don't see why Nintendo can't fix it? I'm sure 3DS do get bricked during official updates, no? Let's says some kid accidently turned it off while updating?

    Where can I get started on a trusted hardmod person I can send it to?

    Personally, I bet I can hardmod it myself since I have experience soldering, BUT, with work and everything and the general anxiety that comes with it, I would just rather pay someone on here to do it for me. If I was still in high-school or college. I'd attempt it, buy I'm almost 26.

    Also, I didn't check for corruption on the SD, because I had freshly formatted it using the tool in the guide, BUT, it was 4096k allocation instead of the 32 recommend in the guide (lowest for me was 512). Not sure if that contributed to this. Also, I was pretty stupid in assuming a freshly formatted SD would not have corruption.

    Shit, I'm extremely mad. In my almost 20 years of doing risky stuff like this. I've never bricked anything.
     
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  16. Exavold

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    @vb_encryption_vb Is the pretty trust-worthy , if you want a hard-mod , just PM him.
     
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  17. Shinigati

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    Are you positive that you have arm9loaderhax.bin in the root of your sd card? if so then you have encountered that low brick chance which sucks, hopefully you made a nand dump and can find someone to hardmod it for ya.
     
  18. el_gonz87

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    As @Exavold posted hit up @vb_encryption_vb for a hard mod. His return time is second to none and he is very good at what he does. You won't be disappointed. Better luck next time!

    BTW, what kinda risky stuff where you doing when u were 6 years old? LOL
     
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  19. Shinigati

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    They probably could but your console will either get banned definitely or they will refuse to fix it.
     
  20. soulkyo

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    Doesn't the brick chance occur when you're downgrading rather than installing A9LH? Or it can occur anytime during the process?

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