N3DS Only powers on when plugged in.

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  1. vb_encryption_vb
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    I've done some research on this and found only 1 dead thread.

    Anyhow, bought the console off a lady with broken screen. Says her son had dropped it and ever since it would only power on when plugged in and of course top screen was shot.

    I replaced the screen, found out it's on version 9.0.0.2U ( Great, don't have to downgrade )

    I've checked all solder joints on the power port. Plug looks fine. Charging LED is lit up.

    I've swapped batteries ( from a known working system. )

    Any input or anything I should look at. I've read this is how demo units act, how would I tell if it's a demo unit? I haven't found anything imprinted on the motherboard, and it looks identical to another one.
     
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    It's possible the battery and the contacts on the 3DS aren't touching. Have you tried confirming that? Any corrosion anywhere?
     
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    Yes, I've checked that. Looks fine. Console won't power on at all if the battery isn't even inserted. So I know it detects it. Anyone have a multimeter that can remove battery, plug it in and get the readings for me so I can confirm on my end? I don't have another N3DS to test that myself.

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    Only difference I just found is here. But I doubt that is the cause.

    Swapping board had no effect.

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    Can you post a shot of both charge ports from above looking into it?
     
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    vb_encryption_vb That hardmod guy....

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    Found some more differences on motherboard, but it shouldn't affect it any. Charging ports do look odd.


    Also, if I remove the battery and remove the power cable. The time and date reset.

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  6. mitroux

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    iisn't that one of those demo units?
     
  7. vb_encryption_vb
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    vb_encryption_vb That hardmod guy....

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    Not a clue. Just going on what i was told. Even if its a demo unit, i should be able to bypass the power issue. Its either hardware or software related.
     
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    well i don't think it's hardware related(remeber the ps3 koisk units?)
    if it(s working , i guess you should get xorpads and try to swap files with a normal n3ds and rebuild your nand and flash it back (you must hardmod it of course)

    in the ps3 units ,; it was the xmb that was different between a retail and a demo/kiosk unit;;;maybe 3ds too just need to change the xmb(i know that home menu checks region , baybe power too)
     
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    Im not sure what i would replace though. Hardmod i can do with no issues there.

    The ps3 kiosk, was all software based and could be rewritten as well to work, retail.
     
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    of course not the update system files , but maybe the unique files that boot the 3ds
    you could take a look a 3dbrew or ask one of the dev about the file that power on the 3ds
     
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    Went as far as changing the charging port out today, still nothing. Only powers on when plugged in. Think I been lied to and in fact it is a demo unit...lame.
     
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    did u ever calibrate its battery ?
     
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    Used a different battery all together. Other than that, how would I calibrate it?
     
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    Are there any strange apps on it? What is the FW version?
     
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    version 9.0.0.2U

    No appears to be a fresh format as well.

    I'm in the process of dumping the NAND, than figure out how to decrypt it. Compare titles, etc.
     
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    Did you ever find anything out? I got a o3dsxl board on ebay and I'm having the same issues. I didn't spend much on it because it said it had power issues but I don't wanna spend the time hardmodding if it's not gonna be like a normal 3ds.