As you probably read in the title, my 3ds (not xl) could be bricked. I tried what I saw in a max console thread with the fatal error code downgrade fix. I downloaded all the files for 8.1.0-19 or 18 I can't remember but I can check if it's important but I recently restored my NAND with gateway back to 7.2.0-4 instead of keeping it on 8.1.0-4 (or 8 because of downgrade error) so I installed those cia files from 3DNUS for 8.1.0 on 7.2.0 and now I boot with black screens, only blue and charging lights come on. I have tools to do a hard NAND mod but I don't have one installed yet. so that is my problem now some questions. 1. was it the fact that I was on 7.2 when installing via files that bricked me as I read elsewhere that a black screen brick is achieved when installing via on 7.1 and above or was it because I installed 8.1.0 files? 2. Can someone link me a good website or video for a NAND mod tutorial on the smaller 3ds please? All the websites just show XL. 3. To restore a NAND mod (with hard mod) do I need to have blue screens with the error because I just have black screens. 4. Can someone please link me to a thread with PROPER instructions on how to solve the gateway downgrade fatal error code 0001001? Not just someone struggling through the issue. 5. Would it just be better to just install the browser cia instead of all of them to avoid the error next time? Thank you for all your help, I really don't want to lose this DS, I only got it the other day... And my gateway just arrived.