Can I mod a 2ds to run another os?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Val, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Val

    Val Newbie

    Nov 26, 2013
    United States
    Hi, this is my first post on the forums. I was thinking of getting a 2ds this holiday season just to mod it. Is it possible? here are my ideas

    1. Cut away the plastic to reveal the whole 2ds screen
    I don't know if the whole thing is backlit or works, but I would like to make it like a nintendo tablet.

    2. Remove the nand chip. Boot from the sd card.

    3. Install alternate operating system on the sd card -- i.e. Android or something

    It would be even cooler if i could enable a switch or something that connected to 2 sd card slots, one with the nintendo os and one with Android

    Here are some questions and problems...
    1. Will the 2ds boot from an sd card?
    2. If I flash-dumped (not sure about the term) a copy of the nintendo firmware onto an sd card and removed the nand chip, would I still be able to receive new updates to the firmware?
    3. Not sure if the whole screen will work
    4. I have to learn how to solder if i want to have 2 sd card slots, can't solder for the life of me yet
    5. Will Android work with the peripherals? i.e. the camera, wifi, etc.

    Everything is pretty much theoretical in my mind now. I just thought it would be really cool if I could video chat on skype with the 2ds and play videos and navigate using the nintendo controls. It would also be cool because I know java and could program for my 3ds without spending thousands of dollars to get the nintendo development kits.
  2. Clarky

    Clarky Don't you know who I think I am?

    Oct 4, 2007
    United States
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  3. jowan

    jowan GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 10, 2008
    No, no and pretty much no. BTW what makes you think 3DS is able to run a Java virtual machine? Normally (depends on the engine and preferences of the developer) games are programmed with C# (not saying this aplies for all games/engines).
  4. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Anti Switch Owners

    Former Staff
    Apr 18, 2008
    DS Scene
    Sounds simple enough, keep us updated on your progress! :yay:
  5. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    I don't know what makes you think any of this would be remotely possible.
  6. profi200

    profi200 Banned

    Sep 3, 2011
    Gambia, The
    2. No, are you dreaming?
    3. Impossible (you can't sign an os)

    1. No, bootrom boots always from NAND
    2. With a NAND redirection method not a big problem (see smealum's redNAND) (without removing NAND!)
    5. No, no drivers exist
  7. Thunder Hawk

    Thunder Hawk Firefox Master Race

    Jan 21, 2013
    United States
    Why the misleading title? :glare:

    This would be nearly impossible to accomplish.
  8. TakuyaZack

    TakuyaZack Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    My humble abode
    To answer this question, its impossible

    There`s no real Linux kernel for RISC processor (correct me if im wrong)

    And also, its impossible to make android work here. this is a game console, and it will stay as it is, maybe you can make a homebrew to emulate Macos? (just like psp)

    -android developer here-
  9. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

    Apr 13, 2010
    Any other OS you would be running would have to be custom coded for the 2DS and the exploit you used.
    I don't see why you would want a 2DS for android, it wouldn't be optimized at all for the hardware used in the 2DS.
  10. redkeyboard

    redkeyboard GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 8, 2013
    United States
    Even if it was possible the hardware in the 3DS will be terrible for android. It's probably comparable to smartphones from 2010.
  11. frogboy

    frogboy lacking both style and grace

    Dec 6, 2011
    United States
    Let me guess, do you need a small team, perhaps? :creep:
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  12. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Former Staff

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    Aug 29, 2008
    Hiatus Hell

    OP already has the cheerleader position covered. Go team GO!
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  13. fr.

    fr. Newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    United States
    This thead is estupido.
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  14. phanteon

    phanteon GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 4, 2013
    United States
    you can also plug it into a rocked missile and fly away from this planet, you could meet ET and Alf, they play 3ds too
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  15. tHciNc

    tHciNc Total Random

    Jan 14, 2006
    New Zealand
    Next step, Set up a project fund and solicit donations from members maybe......
  16. RchUncleSkeleton

    RchUncleSkeleton Skeletron 9000

    Feb 2, 2009
    United States
    California, USA
    Get an Android tablet and give up on this absurd idea of taking the low powered, outdated ARM processor with limited ram and turning it into an android.
  17. Quincy

    Quincy Your own personal guitarist :3

    Nov 13, 2008
    Your house
    I will list several reasons, some p robably already said, why this will not work.

    1. The hardware.
    1.a No drivers
    1.b hardware is designed for 3DSOS
    1.c Hardware is underpowered

    2. Software
    2.a There is no current way of even remotely loading homebrew
    2.b How would you manage the OS?

    3 Bootloader
    The bootloader secures the OS. It sees when the chip is missing (and probably if it's replaced) and then just bluescreens.

    It would take a lot of effort, and a new exploit as well, to pull this off. If you want to do try it, please do, but keep this points in thought.
  18. Schizoanalysis

    Schizoanalysis From somewhere inside the rabbit hole...

    Jun 23, 2009
    This thread FTW!
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  19. naved.islam14

    naved.islam14 Gbatemp's Official Dark Knight™

    Sep 12, 2009
    Title sound like he actually did it
  20. pwsincd

    pwsincd Garage Flower

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    Dec 4, 2011
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    buy 2ds cut away plastic to make larger screen and then attempt to install android to make a erm well tablet... arent you missing something here...... like the fukking obvious.
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