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I've never had a Switch before, and was able to buy one yesterday. (Last one in stock!) The only thing I've done with it has been initial set up (manually) and making a Mii for myself and a sibling. It's never been online and I haven't run a single game on it yet.

I'm trying to figure out the process for modding the system, if I'll be able to do it on mine or not. I looked at the Serial Number thread, and it says my system is patched. I also looked at a guide on modding, and it says something about using a process called "Caffeine" for patched systems, assuming I'm on a specific firmware.

Is the guide talking about the same patch as the Serial Number thread? The thread claims that there is absolutely no way to mod a patched Switch, but the guide is going on as though as long as the firmware is correct, it's guaranteed to work. I'm a bit confused at the seemingly-contradictory information between the two, and there doesn't seem to be an obvious starting point on trying to figure out all this information. It's a lot different than when I soft-modded my New 3DS.
 

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If it is above 4.1.0 on a patched unit, or if you got a Mariko motherboard you need an SX Core. If you got an Switch Lite you would need an SX Lite modchip, these chips are rare to find, and expensive.
 

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I made sure not to get a Lite, since I'm aware of the Joycon drift issue, and having them permanently affixed to the system and unable to send in for repairs/replacement seemed like a stupid idea.

So, an SX Core is essentially a guaranteed soft-mod regardless of model or firmware (not including Lite systems)? Any recommendations on where to get one, in case I do need one? Does this mean that since it ought to work regardless of the condition of my Switch, it's safe to go ahead and play the games that I bought with it? (BotW + Crash 4) I've been avoiding turning either game on to make sure that I don't change the installed firmware any.
 

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The chip is hard to source, due to Nintendo going after team Xecuter, if you do get a patched unit and it is above 4.1.0 or a mariko motherboard, then your only choice is SX Core but that require soldering, if you can't solder you going have to find someone else to do it for you.

An unpatched unit would be the best but what you buy in retail is going to be Mariko probably.

https://gbatemp.net/threads/switch-...he-first-post-before-asking-questions.481215/
https://ismyswitchpatched.com/

If you have XKW, XKJ etc it is Mariko.
 

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Oh boy... I've never gone with a physical hard-mod before. That sounds difficult. The only things I know about soldering are from watching videos on the topic, never done it myself. I guess I could look into it.

Is anybody still looking into how to get into the newer firmware versions? I mean, it seems like the hacking scene for the PS4 pretty much just stopped at certain older firmwares where the only people still on those versions are only on them because they've already modded their system, so as far as newcomers go, the scene's effectively dead. In comparison, the Wii and 3DS are where pretty much every system that exists can be modded.
 

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For now there is no other vulnerability for patched/mariko unit. Bugs aren't easy to find. Suggestion is to get an unpatched unit if you want to hack it.
 

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Don't even bother with soldering. In this case it's very precise and you'll probably need the tiniest tip and a microscope to do it properly (let alone finding and buying a mod chip is a hard task on its own). If you want cfw that badly, your best option is to sell your current unit and search for an unpatched one. You should've done a research before buying the console.
 
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I did hear of someone doing it with electro conductive paint (the kind used for rear windscreen repairs). I don't know how practical that is but I wouldn't solder. I did a modchip back in the psx days. I wouldn't touch it now.
 

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Oh boy... I've never gone with a physical hard-mod before. That sounds difficult. The only things I know about soldering are from watching videos on the topic, never done it myself. I guess I could look into it.

Is anybody still looking into how to get into the newer firmware versions? I mean, it seems like the hacking scene for the PS4 pretty much just stopped at certain older firmwares where the only people still on those versions are only on them because they've already modded their system, so as far as newcomers go, the scene's effectively dead. In comparison, the Wii and 3DS are where pretty much every system that exists can be modded.
No, just get an unpatched Switch instead.
 
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