1. Marmotta

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    I imported a 2DS XL from New Zealand and of course the first thing I did was to take it apart, take some pics and offer a few of my thoughts on the console.

    Pros:
    - Fewest screws in any 3DS I've seen - total of 13 screws to remove the motherboard
    - A single motherboard, with almost everything accessible from one side
    - Micro SD slot accessible

    Cons:
    - Hardest 3DS to open, only 4 triwing screws, but lots of clips around the whole frame
    - Poor board layout, with loads of cables poking through holes all over the board and uneven edges - miles apart from the original XL board
    - TN panels. I was hoping the screens would be cross-compatible with 3DS XL screens, so that an IPS 2DS XL would be a possibility, but even if they were, the LCD connector positioning doesn't allow for it
    - Feels cheaper to me. I know a lot of people have been saying they like it, but it definitely feels a lot more like a cheap plastic toy than the New 3DS XL
    - Battery held down with adhesive, even though there's no need for it. Smaller capacity than other models at only 1300mAh (vs 1750mAh).
    - No test points for the NAND

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  2. zoogie

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    Could you post a label-side-up pic of the battery please?
    Nice MB pics btw. Seems like they were trying to make hardmodding difficult from what you're describing, but ntrboothax makes that a moot point anyway.

    btw - here's some more herp-derp teardown attempts for your amusement :P


     
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  3. Kubas_inko

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    Whatever anyone says, it looks nice and clean
     
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  4. Most-Wanted

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    Ewww Nintendo has done it again , Tn and more Cons
     
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    Well, they do need some sort of access to program the NAND in the factory, I highly doubt the preprogram the chips before soldering as it's a pain in the ass (the pins are affected by humidity and don't solder properly if they are handled too much before PCB assembly).

    Have you tried to see if those 5 test points neatly placed together below the wifi module maybe are the NAND access? Also there is a possibility they might be on the other side.
     
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  6. cory1492

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    If they are able to boot via the card slot/magnet stuff, there is no need to use test access points at manufacture - a pre-loaded mfg cart, or a cart plus SD card could do. That said test access points are generally used to automate QA/QC so they don't have to wait until everything is assembled and a human is looking at it to tell if a board is a discard, it would make sense to test the BGA for the MMC earlier rather than later.

    Am I the only one that loves the silkscreen on that one chip...? "P1KBAIT" - thanks for the pics Marmotta, good for at least a late night chuckle over here.
     
  7. zoogie

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    Where have I seen that before :P
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/n3ds-xl-10-5-downgrade-not-possible.416913/
     
  8. Viri

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    I watched the tear down video, reminds me of tearing down a cell phone.
     
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    You are right, but using cart/sdcard to program the NAND would probably involve a human, while test points allow the testing machine to do it
     
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    I'd agree, but it looks to me like they do have test points for the cart and sd card slot so...
     
  11. Marmotta

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    Sorry it took me so long to reply. Here's a picture of the battery:

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    I did see that guy's video teardown and although kudos to him for doing it, he made a complete mess of the console.
     
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    After test it's good ;)

    -READ NAND OK
    -WRITE NAND OK !!!


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    @consolex, thank you for pointing out the pins.
    could you please answer an uneducated question: In your pic you bridge both pins. while soldering, should they be bridged too, or should be soldered on right or left pin?
     
  14. consolex

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    Not important the 2 are good
     
  15. Marmotta

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    I was actually going to mention those pins as possible points when I posted yesterday, because the traces run diagonally on the other side of the board from the same area as the NAND, but didn't want to risk talking nonsense.

    Regardless, as I mentioned before, I really don't think it's worth bothering with the 2DS XL. It feels cheap, the screens are poor quality and it's a pain to access the pins. It's also currently a more expensive alternative to a good condition used 3DS XL.
     
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    I was realy considering one as i already have a 3ds/cfw.... But ive been looking up specs and this post finally made me decide against it. That whole cheap feel and look to it always keeps coming up. I feel as if this thing fell one good time its toast as i also keep hearing how light it feels. Ty for the info im guna pass on this and get a switch instead
     
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    Bro! I blew away the two dots pin connections for CMD and I'm getting a blue screen with error message. There's another CMD point to bridge with the one I blew?
     
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    What? Did you try to hack your n2DSXL with hardmod despite the availability of NTRboot and [seed/frog/fred]miner?
     
  20. Farashto

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    Not exactly, did the hardmod quite time ago, today tried to fix a problem with the volume slider and by accident pulled the wire connected to CMD, so now I'm stuck with blue screen.
     
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