List of possible ways to brick your 3DS/2DS/N3DS.

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Autz, May 7, 2016.

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Have you bricked your 3DS with one of these?

  1. Yes

    9.6%
  2. No/I don't have a bricked 3DS

    84.0%
  3. Bricked console, but by different means (Explain).

    6.4%
  1. Autz
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    Autz GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I made this post for pure informative purposes. My goal here is not to scare someone which is new in all of this CFW stuff, but for people to evaluate possible risks to see if it is worth to do what they want to do (like migrating from MenuHax to A9LH).

    There's certain considerations to take into account, but i will make a little summary of all that:

    1.- double-check the requirements and steps of the tutorials.

    2.- Always have a NAND backup with you.

    3.- Always follow the tutorials step by step exactly as written. Don't skip anything on the subject.


    Smashing your Console/Let it fall

    Installing wrong CIA pack

    Installing files from other console

    System shutdown on sysNAND write

    Using bad quality SD memory card

    Cloning a broken emuNAND to sysNAND

    Restoring a broken NAND backup

    Cloning a emuNAND with a modified Secure_info to sysNAND / Injecting a modified Secure_Info to sysNAND

    Rebooting the system when a error on NAND write has ocurred

    Using 3DS flashcards with outdated firmware/Using emuNAND incorrectly.

    Using outdated tools

    Destroying motherboard through Hardmod

    Messing up with MCU

    Formatting sysNAND through system settings (2DS)


    *A9LH RELATED*

    Using the OTP of another console

    Wrong A9LH update

    Updating/Formatting a New 3DS via System Settings on 2.1

    Enter on Sleep Mode on New3DS 2.1

    Using dgTool with A9LH installed

    Destroying SD card reader while on A9LH

    *SigHax/Boot9Strap RELATED*

    Using the BETA release of SigHax Installer (SigHax.com)

    And so with this list, am i losing something?
     
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  2. gunner007

    gunner007 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Looks good to start. However under 2DS, the softbrick is actually caused by a downgraded MSET (4.5). The 2DS was released at 6.0 so it was never intended to run system titles that low. You can however safely format a 2DS on 6+ without issues.
     
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  3. Boogieboo6

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    I heard that the reason that emunand bricks on downgrading to 2.1 is that CFW just doesn't support it. So in theory, downgrading Sysnand to 2.1 is safe on an o3ds. N3ds never had 2.1 so it'd brick.
     
  4. cots

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    I think there should be a mention that following Plaicits arm9 guide often leads to a brick.
     
  5. Ziefer846

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    Not if you actually follow the guide properly.
     
  6. squee666

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    You forgot the important one

    > Being a typical GbaTemp Member


    >AKA Not following anything above or any guides like usual lol
     
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  7. yoshinatsu

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    I bricked my 3DS XL by trying to update with sysUpdater while on rxTools (was trying to get from 4.5 to 9.2).
    I was NOT on devmode. Black screen after flashing finished. BRICKED.
    In my defence, the stupid tutorial I decided to follow never mentioned devmode for whatever reason.
    Thankfully, two weeks later I brought it back to life with a hard mod, and I'm now the very proud owner of an A9LH 3DS XL.
    Never going through this nightmare again.
     
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  8. Autz
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    Thanks for the aclaratory. Info updated.

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    It is also recomendable to check different tutorials from different sites to see if they have similarities to do the same thing. If not, that would require some research to see why.
     
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  9. pbanj

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    This is true. It should also be noted on the gateway stuff that it was gateway doing it. They put in brick code to fuck over people who bought clones. It also bricked a few legit users .
     
  10. yoshinatsu

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    Yeah. Learned that the hard (mod) way.

    [citation needed]
     
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    Insteresting. Now thinking about it, it makes sense.
     
  12. dankzegriefer

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    Overwriting MCU is a GREAT way to brick!
     
  13. Autz
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    Heheh, mostly do. But given that most of these bricks are caused by that (specially the OTP one, seriously), is implicitly included.
     
  14. pbanj

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    It was legit users who had modified the launcher.dat. look on the forum and google and you will find citation.
     
  15. pbanj

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    I think using older downgrading tools should be added. Let's not forget all the bricks that use to happen back when downgrading from 10.3 first came out.
     
  16. Woody8275

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    I didnt know that if you use another consoles otp you cant even fix that with a hardmod
     
  17. yoshinatsu

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    Even so, how can we be so certain that those were indeed legit Gateway cartridges and not just clones with some Gateway sticker on them?
    Not that this justifies Gateway's actions, but just playing devil's advocate here.
    This is all shady Chinese (?) hardware we're talking about. Even if you buy from a seller that's listed on their website, I don't think you can ever be 100% certain about that stuff.
     
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  18. dankzegriefer

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    You can...
     
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  19. Autz
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    Going to add that

    Flashing the NAND will solve the keys issue?
     
  20. dankzegriefer

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    If you replace the secret sector and FIRMs you can fix it.