OTPless install on a New 3DS

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  1. Ericrw1182
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    So, I'm pretty sure I bricked a New 3DS last night. Following Plailect's guide to the T, and double checking everything, I loaded up SafeA9LHInstaller and pressed select to install, a message flashed on the screen too fast for me to read and the screen turned off. I left it for several minutes, followed glitched screen instructions just in case, left it a bit more, then finally did a hard reboot.

    Now anytime it is powered on, the blue light comes on, but the screens stay dark. I followed the troubleshooting suggestions, took out SD card, took out cartridge, tried recovery mode. Nothing. I'll eventually hard mod it along with a Japanese New 3DS I have on FW 11.2. In the mean time, I have another New 3DS that I've followed all Plailect's guide on up to the point of last night's failure. I'm now on 9.2.0.20U, I just made a NANDmin.bin and backed it up onto my computer, and now I'm a little nervous to proceed.

    I've read posts about other people having the problem I had, but it seems pretty rare. Part of me feels like as long as I check and double check every step of the guide, it should be just fine. And another part of me feels like I am about to have yet another brick on my hands...

    Any advice?

    I'm using the stock 4gb memory card, reformatted with Panasonic SDFormatter on my MacBook, then did a system format on the N3DS before going step by step through Plailect's guide.

    Is there a safer way than the OTPless method? Should I try the SafeA9LHInstaller 2.6.2 that released a day ago and says, "Try to fix the rare OTPless bricks by using ITCM instead of ARM9 memory." in the release notes?

    Or should I stick to the guide and use 2.5.1... ? Reading through several threads, I'm a little confused why the guide uses 2.5.1 and not a more current version. Is this because this was the current version when the guide was last updated, or is this the version that should be used?
     
  2. rubycrow

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    Which release did you use for the first N3DS?
     
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    Sometimes it's just bad luck and crashes while installing.

    I did 2 n3ds xl USA + Japan back to back just fine using the stock sd card and safeA9lhinstaller 2.5.1, did not format the stock sd tho

    The brick ratio has been rather low and the chances of it happening twice seem like small odds to me, but it's up to you

    You can use 2.6.3 maybe plailect just hasn't had time to update guide as it was getting some other new features such as a new look.

    Alternatively you can look for the older method which had you downgrade to 2.1 but that has a brick risk of its own.
     
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    Rubycrow, I used 2.5.1 following the guide.
     
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    Thanks for letting me know. I believe it usually takes Plailect less than a day to update his guide on new software releases. Let's see if he updates tomorrow. I have a system transfer limiter coming up tomorrow and I need to A9HL a N3DSXL as well so I am also curious if Plailect will want people to use the newest release or not.
     
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    Just held my breath and did the 2.5.1.

    Worked no problem this time.

    Thanks for the feedback guys.
     
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