Nontendo service - identifyong 3ds model

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  1. ianuk2005
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    So ive ordered myself a new 3ds xl to replace one i bricked as the nintendo service centre repair costs are high.

    I was wondering what would happen if I sent them my bricked one to repair as if it was my new one under warranty.

    I know they have the serial on the back cover which could easily be swapped.

    Has anyone tried this or know if its likely they will id the unit another way?
     
  2. Blue_Mew

    Blue_Mew Shiny Mew!

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    There is a serial number underneath the back plate too.
     
  3. ianuk2005
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    Would that be simple to switch between units?
     
  4. mitroux

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    i think switching the motherboard could work
     
  5. dg_dex

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    Good luck trying to peel that sticker off. They can identify the console serial from inside the console. I'm almost certain I seen something scribed into the main board.
     
  6. driverdis

    driverdis I am Justice

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    I do not ever remember a serial number being on the board itself. As long as the OP is very careful at swapping the boards, my guess is that it will be repaired as Nintendo will probably swap boards with a good one rather than spending time to get the bricked one in a state that the serial number can be read off of it.
     
  7. dg_dex

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    The way I look at it. If I think of something to do with warranty. Surely Nintendo would have already though the same thing one time or another. They are human after all. I would still try a warranty repair regardless. So don't take what I'm saying as a way of convincing you not to do go ahead with this OP. Good luck to you.
     
  8. DrCrygor07

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    The serial is saved in the nand, but with an homebrew you could change it to another one!
     
  9. driverdis

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    Nintendo probably thought of this but from a time aspect, repairing each console board to a working order just to get the serial from it would take way more time then to just board swap it. If they really wanted to, they could get the boards working then return ones that people bricked downgrading or upgrading using homebrew utilities.

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    Nintendo would need to spend time to dump the NAND, decrypt it, then read the serial. This would require time, money, and employees that have the skills to attempt this on each board they get. They probably bin non functional boards for a different group of employees to fix them at a later time for their refurb consoles.
     
  10. dg_dex

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    Very true. I sent in a O3DS a year ago that I hard moded. I lost my backup nand and bricked my console. I used a gnd test point rather than using the game cart shielding. Nintendo swapped out boards and sent my console back free of charge. Suffice to say, I didn't learn from that mistake. I just recently sent in my N3DS XL. Lifted ZIF connectors. Didn't read up before attempting to remove those ribbons. Sent it in for repair and they spotted my mess up straight away. Even sent me images of my mess up haha. £70 odd charge. No worries as it was my fault.
     
  11. Lucifer666

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    Technically the serial number is associated to data that's in the NAND but do you really think they'll check? I don't

    Most likely they'll just swap out the mb

    I'd say its worth a shot if anything goes wrong say you got it secondhand