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It had been a long time (a month and a half) that the person who "shared" it did.

It should be noted that all games that used the SDK after the end of November 2020 require Firmware 11.0.1
Yes, there are many games that 11.0.1 requires
I've been aware of the concept for years.

There are no games with a hard 11.0.1 requirement.
If there somehow were, they'd be broken with this, as you're downgrading the only thing that was updated in a meaningful way.
 

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The XCI mount still asks for those requirements so SXOS cannot bypass and is a requirement to patch. In addition, we are talking about mounting XCI, not installing the same or another format.

Nsp2xci and the XCI builder software can change the firmware requirements of an XCI. That's why o mentioned it. You can patch it.
 

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IIRC you can't do cloud backups on Atmosphere either so there's another reason to use SXOS.
Who needs that. There are already many homebrews that allow you to make a backup on your Local Disks or wherever you want to put it. More secure than in a cloud without privacy and that seem to have closed

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I've been aware of the concept for years.

There are no games with a hard 11.0.1 requirement.
If there somehow were, they'd be broken with this, as you're downgrading the only thing that was updated in a meaningful way.
The credits are for those who publish it.
 

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IIRC you can't do cloud backups on Atmosphere either so there's another reason to use SXOS.

Can you help me to know how can i do it? i want to save my backups in the clouds, since i have the bad luck that i messed around with my switch a lot, and end up deleting all my data with my saves as well in the sd haha
 

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Can you help me to know how can i do it? i want to save my backups in the clouds, since i have the bad luck that i messed around with my switch a lot, and end up deleting all my data with my saves as well in the sd haha
SX Save Manager and google drive.
 
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Hope this helps the newcomers...
A log of the steps I did to go from my hekate+atmosphere microsd with emunand fw 11.0.1 to another microsd with sxos with emunand frankenfw 11.0.1/.0

Goodies:

- BCPKG2 package: < removed link, please go to sthetix's twitter account and use the link there >
- EmuTool: https://github.com/TheyKilledKenny/Emutool/releases
- NxNandManager: https://github.com/eliboa/NxNandManager/releases ( I used the x64 version )
- lockpick_RCM payload to obtain your prod.keys: https://github.com/shchmue/Lockpick_RCM/releases

Steps:

1. Copy and convert fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from my hekate+atmosphere microsd to an sxos style emunand on another microsd ( sxos microsd ):
- saved my fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from hidden partition style to an atmosphere file style using emutool
- formated sxos microsd and put original 3.1.0 boot.dat and my license.dat files in it
- booted to sxos boot menu and created an emunand, not really needed, only to create the placeholder partition for later overwriting it with emutool
- used emutool to restore my backed up fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from file stye to sxos hidden partition style on sxos microsd

2. Used my hekate+amosphere microsd to launch lockpick_RCM.bin and dumped keys from/using emunand ( since my sysnand is on fw 10... and we need fw 11 keys )

3. Used NxNandManager to replace the 4 partitions on the sxos style emunand on my sxos microsd:
- started NxNandManager and went to Options>Configure keyset and clicked Import keys from file and selected the prod.keys file obtained in step 2. from /switch/ folder on my hekate+atmosphere microsd; I saw the slots filled in and clicked Save
- went to File>Open drive and selected my sxos microsd
- clicked on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked again on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed

4. Booted my switch using the sxos microsd and it is running the franken11 fw, games appear with the cloud symbol ( missing because we didn't copy the nintendo folder yet ) so I powered off the switch and...

5. Copied all 3 folders from /emuMMC/RAW1/Nintendo/ on my hekate+atmosphere microsd to /Emutendo/ on my sxos microsd
 

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Hope this helps the newcomers...
A log of the steps I did to go from my hekate+atmosphere microsd with emunand fw 11.0.1 to another microsd with sxos with emunand frankenfw 11.0.1/.0

Goodies:

- BCPKG2 package:
- EmuTool: https://github.com/TheyKilledKenny/Emutool/releases
- NxNandManager: https://github.com/eliboa/NxNandManager/releases ( I used the x64 version )
- lockpick_RCM payload to obtain your prod.keys: https://github.com/shchmue/Lockpick_RCM/releases

Steps:

1. Copy and convert fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from my hekate+atmosphere microsd to an sxos style emunand on another microsd ( sxos microsd ):
- saved my fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from hidden partition style to an atmosphere file style using emutool
- formated sxos microsd and put original 3.1.0 boot.dat and my license.dat files in it
- booted to sxos boot menu and created an emunand, not really needed, only to create the placeholder partition for later overwriting it with emutool
- used emutool to restore my backed up fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from file stye to sxos hidden partition style on sxos microsd

2. Used my hekate+amosphere microsd to launch lockpick_RCM.bin and dumped keys from/using emunand ( since my sysnand is on fw 10... and we need fw 11 keys )

3. Used NxNandManager to replace the 4 partitions on the sxos style emunand on my sxos microsd:
- started NxNandManager and went to Options>Configure keyset and clicked Import keys from file and selected the prod.keys file obtained in step 2. from /switch/ folder on my hekate+atmosphere microsd; I saw the slots filled in and clicked Save
- went to File>Open drive and selected my sxos microsd
- clicked on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked again on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed

4. Booted my switch using the sxos microsd and it is running the franken11 fw, games appear with the cloud symbol ( missing because we didn't copy the nintendo folder yet ) so I powered off the switch and...

5. Copied all 3 folders from /emuMMC/RAW1/Nintendo/ on my hekate+atmosphere microsd to /Emutendo/ on my sxos microsd
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It had been a long time (a month and a half) that the person who "shared" it did
Who needs that. There are already many homebrews that allow you to make a backup on your Local Disks or wherever you want to put it. More secure than in a cloud without privacy and that seem to have closed

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The credits are for those who publish it.

The hybrid firmware method has been known by many people for ages. That Twitter thread just made it more widely known. Here's me and @ZachyCatGames discussing it in the TX Discord on March 23rd. Like Zachy said though it's not a great idea because if people try it now with 12.0.0 they could brick.
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As for SX Save Manager, they use Google Cloud as a backend so if you trust Google with your privacy you can trust SXSM. It's mainly used by people with multiple consoles afaict but I just like having my saves backed up to the cloud incase something happens to my Switch and SD Card. I have lost all of my saves before when my Erista died but SXSM makes it easy to back up every save to the cloud automatically.

Edit: Also people use to bitch about Switch Online not having cloud saves so it's obviously something people want. SXSM works on banned consoles, the saves are easily accessible if you want to modify them, and it's a one time purchase included with SXOS instead of a monthly / annual fee.
 
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Hope this helps the newcomers...
A log of the steps I did to go from my hekate+atmosphere microsd with emunand fw 11.0.1 to another microsd with sxos with emunand frankenfw 11.0.1/.0

Goodies:

- BCPKG2 package: < removed link, please go to sthetix's twitter account and use the link there >
- EmuTool: https://github.com/TheyKilledKenny/Emutool/releases
- NxNandManager: https://github.com/eliboa/NxNandManager/releases ( I used the x64 version )
- lockpick_RCM payload to obtain your prod.keys: https://github.com/shchmue/Lockpick_RCM/releases

Steps:

1. Copy and convert fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from my hekate+atmosphere microsd to an sxos style emunand on another microsd ( sxos microsd ):
- saved my fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from hidden partition style to an atmosphere file style using emutool
- formated sxos microsd and put original 3.1.0 boot.dat and my license.dat files in it
- booted to sxos boot menu and created an emunand, not really needed, only to create the placeholder partition for later overwriting it with emutool
- used emutool to restore my backed up fw 11.0.1 atmosphere emunand from file stye to sxos hidden partition style on sxos microsd

2. Used my hekate+amosphere microsd to launch lockpick_RCM.bin and dumped keys from/using emunand ( since my sysnand is on fw 10... and we need fw 11 keys )

3. Used NxNandManager to replace the 4 partitions on the sxos style emunand on my sxos microsd:
- started NxNandManager and went to Options>Configure keyset and clicked Import keys from file and selected the prod.keys file obtained in step 2. from /switch/ folder on my hekate+atmosphere microsd; I saw the slots filled in and clicked Save
- went to File>Open drive and selected my sxos microsd
- clicked on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on backup file icon to back it up
- clicked again on BCPKG2-1-Normal-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-2-Normal-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-3-SafeMode-Main in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed
- clicked again on BCPKG2-4-SafeMode-Sub in Partitions pane and clicked on restore file icon and selected the equally named file from the package sthetix linked on his twitter and confirmed

4. Booted my switch using the sxos microsd and it is running the franken11 fw, games appear with the cloud symbol ( missing because we didn't copy the nintendo folder yet ) so I powered off the switch and...

5. Copied all 3 folders from /emuMMC/RAW1/Nintendo/ on my hekate+atmosphere microsd to /Emutendo/ on my sxos microsd
I will try something when I have time:
Even if atmosphere doesn't support fw 12 yet, I can update the emunand in a spare microsd, then do these steps to convert to sx os style and replace the package ( not sure if lockpick_RCM will work to get the prod.keys from the fw 12 updated emunand, I guess it will work fine ) and test... it is all done in emunand, so I should be fine I guess ( let's hope so )... and there's a little chance it could work... don't have your hopes high though.
 
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