Is there a difference between 3ds to cia and just downloading the cia?

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  1. pedroren
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    Hi.

    Is there any difference between converting myself a .3ds file found at an iso site to cia, vs just downloading the .cia found at an iso site?

    I just thought that the process of converting .3ds to .cia via xorpads generated by device used some keys/encryption unique to the device.

    Is there a difference?

    Thanks
     
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  2. dkabot

    dkabot Better With Others' Systems Than Their Own

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    If you generate it yourself, you can choose what gets applied to it (region-free, whatever other patches there are) and if there's only a .3ds dump you can convert it instead of waiting.
    Unless you need any of that configurable though, no practical difference.

    Only exception I can recall are Legit CIAs, which are properly signed for use without a sigpatched environment, but those are clearly labeled and you're not going to be making those out of .3ds'
     
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  3. Tomato Hentai

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    Converting takes a hell of a lot longer than just downloading a CIA if you've never converted before.
     
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  4. squee666

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    Yup a whole 5Minutes tops
     
  5. Tony_93

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    Not really any significant difference.
     
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    Thanks for the answers, I just thought that converting them myself was "safer".
     
  7. AlBa

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    What do you mean by "safer" ?
     
  8. BothyBhoy

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    If you download 3ds and convert to CIA yourself then you can ensure that games will work on any firmware emunand. I have 9.2.0.20e emunand and can play any of the recent titles. It takes probably under 5 mins to do the conversion and it can reduce the resultant file size significantly. I've never had a single one that never worked and as reported you can use games from any country.......
     
  9. pedroren
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    I mean, in the case Ntdo decides to enforce a new check on the non authorized contents of your 3DS, or something like that.
    But I see that there's no difference between converting them myself vs getting a cia from a friend.
     
  10. AlBa

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    You got it right, all .cia files are headerless, so there's no difference between the ones you convert and the ones you get elsewhere...
    Converting em yourself gives you more control like making em region-free...
    And using a .cia instead of a .3ds is a lot safer since .cia files are headerless, safe to go online...

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    About the safety online : https://gbatemp.net/threads/error-code-002-0102-have-i-been-banned.380654/
     
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    I've still never done it correctly lol
     
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    same :mellow:
     
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