Freakyhax vs lower firmware

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  1. replicashooter
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    Thinking of picking up an n3DS and was wondering what the overall differences are to the user experience in between getting a machine running the latest firmware or one on lower firmware?

    I've already procured Freakyforms Deluxe in anticipation based on a bit of prior reading and was wondering if its worth paying the extra for a lower fw machine?

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  2. Bedel

    Bedel The key of the blade

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    If you get a n3DS lower than 11.0 you'll be able to easily downgrade with freakyforms, install A9LH and do anything u want.
    If you don't, then you won't be able to do this that easy (you'll probably need a second 3DS already hacked in order to do it) and you will only be able to use homebrew, without installing games or homebrew.
     
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    One on lower can be hacked then updated. On on latest is just one on latest, with no extras.
     
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    Right, so I can't launch the homebrew channel on the latest firmware using Freakyhax then? I'm not interested in pirating games per se but do want access to emulators and whatnot.

    What's the latest firmware on an n3DS that can be downgraded using Freakyhax alone without the secondary console?

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    You can, but you have more power (and more type of emulators such as PSX) if you are able to install them.
    The lest to downgrade only with HBL is 10.7.
     
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    Fantastic, thanks for the quick response. Strange how you'd need to install emulators to get more power but if that's the way it is...
     
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    It's easy to understand when you think of the kernel access ;)
     
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    The goal is not only pirated content obviously. But say you can access homebrew right now on latest firmware with entrypoint X (X being Freakyhax or whatever you want). When Nintendo rolls their next update, you won't be able to anymore.
    But if you hacked with A9LH or "even just" menuhax, you'd still be able to enjoy homebrew on your updated hacked system.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, makes sense.

    Whenever you delve into an already evolved hacking ecosystem the sheer volume of info, acronyms and approaches can be a tad overwhelming so I appreciate the pointers.
     
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    In simple terms, the Homebrew Launcher is just that - it lets you launch homebrew in userland and nothing else.

    On the other hand, installing a CFW means you will be able to install your homebrew, emulators and the like to your system menu as if it were legitimate software. The exploits will be permenently applied to your system, rather than having to use the Homebrew Launcher every time,
     
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    I'm looking at an N3DS with 9.4.0-21E installed and intending to use the https://3ds.guide tutorial in order to get HBC installed and it all singing and dancing. Any pointers or tips for the best experience?
     
  13. Bedel

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    Everything you need is on the guide ;)
     
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    Okedoke and does the guide cover all of the arm9loaderhax etc and how to use freakyhax too?
     
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    The guide is the most complete, comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide on the Internet. It should have everything you need.
     
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    If it don't have the last (I ignore it) you'll find it in the oficial freakyhax site, so no problem at all.
     
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    Thanks again folks.