Help with Previously Bricked O3DS

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  1. TLOZmaster
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    I'm fixing a friend's 3DS that suddenly shut off while we were playing smash using the 3DS as a controller on my Wii U. I thought no big deal, his 3DS probably just freaked out or something so I just forced power off with the Rosalina menu and then when I tried to boot again, it stayed on the black screen. At this point he was kinda done for the night so he just left me with it to fix if I could and if I couldn't it wasn't really a big deal. I let it charge overnight and tried to start it again and it still didn't work so I made a backup in GM9 and went looking for a nand backup I made before we modded it with Luma and this is where the issue lies. I have a backup of the sysnand and successfully restored it, but it's all the way back from February 2016 and on firmware 9.2 and I don't know where my latest backup is at. This is back when the closest to coldboot we had was menuhax and emunand with RXtools if I remember correctly. I have cubic ninja if it helps but I'm just wondering if there will be any issues in the future if I upgrade the Sysnand/what else I have to do from here. Am I correct in assuming that all I have to do from here is reinstall my cias for FBI and whatnot and it'll just work? I don't really want to update to the latest firmware because I remember reading there are issues with Freeshop on 11.8 but I have Smash on cartridge so I can update it to I think 10.x if I need to. Thank you!

    Edit: It also blinks the blue light without a SD card inserted with boot.firm on the root of the SD card so I need help with making that boot as well.
     
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  2. Hayato213

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    Updating with cart just mean it will be a Frankenstein firmware, if nand backup restore doesn't work, you can try the 9.2.0-20 CTR nand transfer and then update to 11.8.0-41, just don't do any network installation since nintendo check for the tickets
     
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    If I understand correctly, you said it doesn't boot with a boot.firm on the root of the SD card.

    If that's the case, try putting the arm9loaderhax.bin from here and see if it boots.
     
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    Might be the Luma3ds bin/firm file, but not 100% sure if replacing the arm9loaderhax.bin / boot.firm will fix the problem since he has to force it to shut down, problem seems to be the nand got corrupted some how, when he powered on he get a black screen.
     
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    He said "blinks the blue light" which I assume means it can't find a valid boot.firm / arm9loaderhax.bin .
     
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    Alright, thank you! I'll try that if nothing else works.

    Oh, I'm sorry! It does boot with a boot.firm, sorry I was unclear. That's why I am thinking all is fine but I know with my N3DS it can boot without one so I think something might have been undone.
     
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    If replacing the Luma3ds file you still get a black screen then problem is the nand if you can still access Luma Config menu and Luma Chainloader menu.
     
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    Then you should try a CTRTransfer. Your console can boot without a boot.firm because it has the file on (perhaps) its CTRNAND.
     
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    Yes, that's why I restored the nand but my nand dump I have is from 2016 so I am wondering if that matters or if all of the patches are done to the system and everything just kinda works even if it's an older nand dump. I think it's a vanilla nand dump in the sense that nothing was done to it and this is the actual firmware I had before I put on Emunand on it but I really don't remember.
    Alright, I can just start from here and finish the guide then? https://3ds.hacks.guide/ctrtransfer.html

    Edit: Oops Hayato posted a link xD
     
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    Try this

    https://quantumcat1.github.io/9.2.0-ctrtransfer.html

    If you cant get the GM9 to run the nand transfer try it with Decrypt9Wip, GM9 require you to have script files.

    https://github.com/d0k3/GodMode9/releases

    https://github.com/d0k3/Decrypt9WIP/releases
     
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    Thank you! I'll try and post my results

    Update: It more or less worked, I can install CIA's and now everything seems to work well enough for now. I'll backup my nand and reinstall it should anything else happen again, thank you all!
     
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