How screwed am I? Fixing a bricked N3DS XL with no backup

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  1. jacubillo
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    Hello,

    I just bought a brand new N3DS XL for a VERY reduced price... only problem is that the previous owner tried to firmware mod it right out of the box and screwed up somehow. I don't have any info as of what he did but I believe it was a hardmod as I've already opened the DS and saw evidence of soldering on the motherboard.

    As of right now the 3DS only shows a blue error in the lower screen with this text>

    BOOTROM 8046
    ERRCODE: 00F800FE
    00000000 00000000
    00000400 00000000

    Is there any way I can restore this thing to a usable status? I don't mind losing the ability of online gaming if I have to do something that may get me banned from nintendo's network.
    Any gurus in here that may shed some light on how to unbrick this? Any first steps I should take like dumping rom backups or anything?
     
  2. TheCyberQuake

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    If there is signs of hardmod there is a chance he actually fried something on the mobo in the process, which would essentially mean a brick that can't be repaired. You may be able to use hardmod (or ntrboothax in the future) to potentially repair the brick, but I'm unsure of the process. Your best bet would be to buy a working mobo and replace it.
     
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    Sorry man, your bricked. You can send the console into Nintendo and tell them the power went off during and update. If it's under warranty they'll fix it, if not you'll have to pay. Still better than buying a n3ds outright though.

    -Cjmcgiv
     
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    Sorry man, your bricked. You can send the console into Nintendo and tell them the power went off during and update. If it's under warranty they'll fix it, if not you'll have to pay. Still better than buying a n3ds outright though.

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  5. TheCyberQuake

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    Did you try to Google the bootrom error code?
     
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    I did, that's where I got the info.
     
  7. Quantumcat

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    I can't see how that would help, they would be able to see the signs of it being opened and tampered with.
     
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    That's if it was hardmodded, if not then he has a chance. And there have been cases of people sending obviously tampered with 3ds's in to nintendo and nintendo fixing them.

    -Cjmcgiv
     
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    Fixable with bootntrhax when its released as long as they didn't fuck up the motherboard
     
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    You didn't read his post before replying:
     
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    Without a NAND backup then you are extremely limited on resources, but it's going to require waiting. This should be fixable with ntrboothax (in theory,) but you are going to have to wait until ntrboothax is released get yourself a preflashed cart when it's released.
     
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    Wait, did you buy the system and it was already bricked?
     
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    Look on the motherboard around the solder points that are used for hardmod, see if anything looks off (blackened/melted components or traces) that would indicate a botched hardmod, and post pics as well.
     
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    [QUOTE="jacubillo, post: 7466495, member: 428545"

    You're screwed. No wonder it was so cheap. I feel sorry for you.


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    This is just a theory of mine but, can a console with no NAND backups be hard modded and injected a CTRtransfer without formatting the NAND?
     
  16. TheCyberQuake

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    No. And based on the fact that there were signs of hardmod I would say it's not just a brick, but actual hardware damage. If that's the case it's for sure not getting a repair without a mobo replacement.
     
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