Hacking On 3dsguide it mentions a time bomb on ntrboot what is that.

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Not sure about the 3DS ntrboot flashcarts exactly, but a "time bomb" on flashcarts in general refers to an underhanded way sellers try to get you to replace your flashcart every so often (not actually that often, but still). There's either a sort of internal clock that counts down to 0 and when that happens, the flashcart is completely unusable or, more commonly, a function that checks the date of the system you are using the flashcart with and if it's past a certain date (eg: 3 years after day of production or after the day it's first used), the same thing as the aforementioned case happens. If the time bomb has been triggered, you can't use ntrboot, so you have to get a new flashcart.
 

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Not sure about the 3DS ntrboot flashcarts exactly, but a "time bomb" on flashcarts in general refers to an underhanded way sellers try to get you to replace your flashcart every so often (not actually that often, but still). There's either a sort of internal clock that counts down to 0 and when that happens, the flashcart is completely unusable or, more commonly, a function that checks the date of the system you are using the flashcart with and if it's past a certain date (eg: 3 years after day of production or after the day it's first used), the same thing as the aforementioned case happens. If the time bomb has been triggered, you can't use ntrboot, so you have to get a new flashcart.
You can still use ntrboot after the timebomb triggered and most flashcards can be used after it triggered by either replacing the kernel or setting the console date to a previous one.
 

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"Timebombs" regarding flashcarts are just firmware (for the flashcart) written so that it stops working at a specific time. It is designed to get to buy a new one, but can be bypassed by using another firmware (YSmenu is one), or just setting the time on your 3DS to before the "timebomb".
 
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