New Nintendo 3DS not turning after a while of no use.

Discussion in '3DS - Homebrew Development and Emulators' started by Miketb101, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Meh.

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    For the R4i Gold 3DS Plus made by www.r4ids.cn, that model has an internal slider switch that you put to N (ntrboot mode) when opening up the flashcart. It has the benefit of not needing to be reflashed with the ntrboot rom using a working system.

    If the n3DS turns off despite doing everything as per guide instructions and multiple checks for correct files placement, formatting, techniques, etc. when doing ntrboot, that means you've exhausted all non-intrusive methods of troubleshooting and must come to the conclusion that the SD card reader needs to reconnected (if knocked loose) or requires replacing.
     
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  2. Miketb101
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    It needs to be replaced, since I opened up the 3DS as well and found nothing wrong or loose with any ribbon cable on the motherboard. If the SD card reader is replaced and there are still complications with the 3DS not turning on, would I have any other options to resort to?
     
  3. TurdPooCharger

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    :(

    What I normally suggest to those who aren't successful at repairing their 3DS systems would be to:

    1. Send theirs in to get it fixed by wiigotem, testerfan, or local electronic repair specialist who's willing to take up fixing these handhelds.
    • Basically, outsource your hardware repairs to someone else that is likely much more skilled than you and I at this sort of stuff.
    • Reasonable cost with relatively low risk.
    • Nintendo no longer offers fixing n3DS, so that's why 3rd party repairs are mentioned.
    -or-

    2. Buy another fully functional 3DS/2DS of the same model, swap their motherboards to check if the broken one still has an intact (working) mobo, and then do A/B parts testing to determine what unknown component(s) is/are broken.
    • The major drawback is that this method is very expensive and considered an extreme measure if the person can't figure out what parts are bad (no obvious signs of damage).
    • This method is also super risky as you can end up breaking the donor system.
    • It is typically reserved for those who are desperate to recover and backup their games and saves (ie, did not previously used save managers or dumped their titles into CIAs).

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    Unfortunately for your case, because the n3DS system is quite rare compared to the other models where Nintendo didn't manufacture that many of them, neither of the above options are (within reasonable means) affordable, practical, or available.

    Basically, you'll have to hope and pray that replacing just the card reader is enough to resolve the issue and that nothing else is broken.

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    Side note
    If you happen to get yours fixed, consider carrying the n3DS in a hard case from now on when traveling with it if you haven't done so before.
    • [Help] Brick on Waking from Sleep
    • I'm mentioning this as I've lately been seeing a string of hardbricked(-ish) 3DS systems. Broken or dead n3DS makes me especially sad.
     
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  4. Miketb101
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    One final tiny thing, those replacement SD Card Readers you linked to were not the type my 3DS has. The one in my 3DS doesn't have a tiny lego piece at the end, it's a short orange ribbon with gold contacts at the end of it. Do you have any other links to these types of SD Card Readers that you recommend? If not I'll just order this one.
     
  5. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Meh.

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    :!: Hold up.

    Do you understand that the three (3) new series systems Nintendo created, there are New 3DS XL and New 3DS (regular)?


    Which one do you have?


    [​IMG]
     
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    The New 3DS XL. Were the ones you were recommending for the regular New 3DS?
     
  7. TurdPooCharger

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    :mellow:

    *Bangs head on table*

    Your thread title never mentioned "XL", and your original post made it sound like you own both a New 3DS (which I thought your nonbootable one was) and another that's New 3DS XL.

    Since you never stopped to correct this, and I did make this point back in my post #17,

    I continued to assume yours was a New 3DS (regular).

    ***

    THIS is the SD card slot reader for New 3DS XL.

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    Everything I said in post #23 is actually available to you.

    1. Repair specialists:
    or

    2. Acquire another n3DSXL for the motherboard swap method. See my signature referring to refurbished n3DSXL sold at Nintendo's official e-stores.
    • Or, find private listings for used and functional n3DSXL on eBay, craiglists, or Facebook marketplace.
     
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  8. Miketb101
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    Sorry, I thought had mentioned that the 3DS I was having complications with was XL in the description. Thank you for the help, I'll go order and replace the SD Card slot and report back with my results here in... a few days.
     
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    It turns out it takes a bit longer than a few days. I have the new SD Reader, but I am still having complications. The top screen blinks for half a second and afterwards abruptly shuts off. Maybe it's the SD card.
     
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  10. TurdPooCharger

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    :(

    For the top screen blinks and then entire n3DSXL system turning off, do you hear any popping noise?

    If you do, this means one of the flex cables,
    • (1) upper LCD
    • (2) speaker assembly
    [either, and/or]
    • (3) camera assembly
    , were damaged from the disassembly.
     
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  11. Miketb101
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    I hear no popping noise, the only thing that happens is the upper screen.
     
  12. TurdPooCharger

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    Does the top screen still turn off when you boot these?

    With the microSD card [formatted in FAT32 + 32 KB cluster size] inserted in the n3DSXL containing the files, and holding the specified button(s),
    • sdmc:/boot.firm (Luma3DS v9.1 -or- v10.0.1)
    • sdmc:/luma/payloads/GodMode9.firm (v1.9.0)
    1. Luma3DS chainloader → GodMode9 | (START)
    2. Luma3DS configuration | (SELECT)
    3. Recovery Mode | (L)-shoulder + (R)-shoulder + (UP) d-pad + (A)
     
  13. Miketb101
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    Even with the SD card formatted correctly, and trying both Luma 9.1 and 10.0.1, the screen still flashes quickly and shuts off without a sound.
     
  14. TurdPooCharger

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    :(

    Unless you can determine which exact component failed on you, refer to bulletin points (1) and (2) from post #23 regarding further repair options.

    If you plan to buy another fully functional replacement n3DSXL, check my signature for Nintendo official refurbished models.

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    Edit - If you decide to disassemble your n3DSXL again, take a magnifying glass and examine the flex cables for any broken leads.
     
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