Switch Hacking FAQ, Updated

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  1. Adran_Marit
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    First of all this is an updated FAQ based from @saneatsu's FAQ located here, it is meant to be as simple to understand as possible.
    If there is stuff I am missing or questions to be answered, please put them in the comments section and tag me.

    Lets get started.


    PSA: You will not be able to unlink your Switch from your Nintendo Account past 9/18 (6.0.0 release). DO IT NOW.
    You can unlink via the console directly, or call them, if you're already banned/don't want to go online.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!



    PSA: PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE YOUR SWITCH TO 6.0 UNTIL EVERYTHING IS WORKING PROPERLY


    Basic Information and Questions


    • Basic Info and Questions

      Does my switch support Fusee Gelee/CFW:
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      What if I upgrade to the latest firmware:
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      What about ... [insert question here]:
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      What about Firmware [insert Firmware version here]:
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      When will [insert name of thing here] be released?:
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      I'm trying to lan two switches together and it's not working
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      Help my SD Card corrupted
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    • List of terms:

      Cold Boot:
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      Custom firmware (CFW):
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      Firmware (FW):
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      Hard Mod:
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      Hekate IPL:
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      Horizon:
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      KIP/KIP1:
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      NAND/eMMC:
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      NXLoader:
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      NSP:
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      Payload:
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      Privilege Escalation:
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      RCM:
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      RetroArch:
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      Signed code/Unsigned code:
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      Soft Mod:
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      Tethered:
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      Vulkan:
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      Warm Boot:
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      XCI:
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      [/spoiler]

    • Fusee Gelee FAQ

      What is FUSEE Gelee:
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      What can I do with FUSEE Gelee:
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      What is NXLoader:
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      What is TegraRCM Smash?
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      What is the JoyCon Mod:
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      More Fusee Gelee Info: Here (outdated)


    Frequently Asked Questions


    • Firmware Versions FAQ

      What firmwares can I install homebrew on?:
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      What can I do with Firmware 1.0.0 to 1.0.0
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      What can I do with Firmware 2.0.0 to 2.3.0
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      What can I do with Firmware 3.0.0 to 3.0.0
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      What can I do with Firmware 3.0.1 to 5.1.0+
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      I’m on x.y.z but my new gamecart for botw/xenoblade/etc needs to update to a higher version what should I do?
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    • Switch Modding General FAQ

      What is Hekate-IPL for 4.x and 5.x? Will it hurt my switch?
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      When can I play/install backedup/pirated games?:
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      What is this Update Message Nag issue people have been reporting:
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      What size SD Card should I get for CFW:
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      What is AutoRCM and should I use it?
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    • ReiNX FAQ

      How do I use ReiNX?
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      I heard that there ReiNX can dump my nand in under an hour?

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      What's a nogc? / Why can't I play my gamecart games?

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      Why do I get a black screen after Nintendo switch logo / why do I have random issues?
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      I hate anime, how do I change the splash?:
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      I had [insert issue here] with ReiNX! Who should I talk to about this?
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      Help! My switch is crashing whenever I select the second user?
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    • Atmosphere FAQ

      If I Update to firmware x.y.z will I lose access to Atmosphere/Fusee Gelee?:
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      What is Atmosphere CFW?:
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      What can Atmosphere Do?
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      When will Atmosphere CFW be released?:
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      Can Atmosphere be patched?:
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      Can Atosphere run signed code (Can atmosphere run games I already own?)
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      What is Trust Zone:
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      What is Jamis Vu:
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      What is Deja Vu:
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    • RajNX
      See Raj's guide Here


    • SX OS

      Help! I updated SX OS and now my license is invalidated
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      For other issues see FAQ Here

    • Linux FAQ

      What size SD Card should I get for Linux:
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      What is this battery issue I keep seeing?:
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      What is this Linux SD Card issue I keep Seeing?:
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      What actually works on Linux?:
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      What doesn't work on Linux?:
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      Note: This information for Linux may be out of date.


    Homebrew, NSP and Layered FS (FS_MITM)

    This section is made from information from the ReiSwitched Discord Helpers private FAQ Guide.
    The information is correct at the time given.


    • Tinfoil Error Codes

      Tinfoil shows error "Failed to create a placeholder file message with code 4e02"

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      Tinfoil error 805
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      Tinfoil crashes mid install with error code 2132-0002
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      Tinfoil Error f601
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      Tinfoil Error 291
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      Error Code 0x00236e02
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      Error Code 0x002
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      Error Code 0x00234a02
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      Error Code 0x00234c02
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    • Other NSP Installer Errors

      NSP Error 14005

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      Rom Menu Error Code 2168-0002
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      Error Code 2144-0001
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    • Layered FS/FS_MITM?

      What is Layered FS and should I use it?
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      What are these Layered FS issues and how do I fix them?
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    • Homebrew Launcher

      Error Code 2347-0003
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      Help! My Homebrew Launcher won't Launch
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      No apps in Homebrew Launcher
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    • ZeroTwoXCI

      What is ZeroTwoXCI?
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      Who is Team 2168-0002?
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      Where do I put my XCI files?
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      Help! I'm getting Error code: 0x00000202
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      Where can I find ZeroTwoXCI?
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      Where can I find more about Team 2168-0002?
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    There are probably a lot of issues with this, and I will correct them in time. If you want a question added just let me know and I will add it. Links and pictures to relevant topics/guides/etc will be added when I can XD.

    Switch Wiki Glossary of Terms Here
     
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  3. Cyan

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    about the first spoiler :

    you should add the year too.
    "all switch after july" is a little confusing, not sure if you talk about this year, or last year. if this guide stays visible in 2019 it will be even more confusing.

    You can also link to "switch information based on serial number", it has a very nice comprehensive way to determine if you'll get a compatible or non compatible switch before buying it.

    Thanks for taking back the FAQ.
    I hope you'll have time to properly update it, it's moving fast. If you need help, ask someone to get edit rights too.
     
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  4. Adran_Marit
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    Nor a problem, I'm still working on it right now so I'll update the info :)
     
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  5. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    would you have a list of bootloader/payload?

    bootloader I know Fusée gelée, hekate, but is there anything else which can boot from RCM?
    I guess SX loader, as it then loads the payload from sd, right?

    payload there's atmosphere, ReiNX and lakka ? SX OS too I suppose.

    I thought someone made a list, but I can't find the thread. if you have time to make a list of existing loader and payload, that would be nice :)
    thank you.
     
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  6. Draxzelex

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    I believe this is the one you're referring to: https://gbatemp.net/threads/fusee-gelee-all-the-payloads.502028/

    ...which is also horribly outdated but its a good starting point.
     
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  7. Cyan

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    ohh, yes, that's the one !
    thank you :)
    I stickied it, I think it's useful (but if outdated, someone should help update it).
    I planed to use it to make and maintain a wiki page too.
     
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    also have now have it linked in the thread as well :)
     
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  9. SirNapkin1334

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    Will coldboot software FG be available on 4.1+? If that’s answered in the tabs, sorry, it’s buggy on mobile and selecting tabs besides the first one doesn’t work all the way
     
  10. Adran_Marit
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    As a rule of thumb, the lower firmware you are the better if you want cold boot at the current time.

    If you want to stay on 4.1 but still want to play newer games without issues then I suggest doing a fuseless upgrade
     
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  11. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    I started writing a little page on wiki to explain the exploits and what fusée gelée is. Maybe it can help users too. I try to keep it "noob friendly" without technical detail, there's switchbrew for that.
    still draft, please don't be too harsh :P
    if there is a big mistake, let me know so I can fix it, I did it all by memory so author or version numbers are probably completely wrong.
    https://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/List_of_Switch_exploits
     
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    When will Atmosphere CFW be released?:
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    Planned release: 15th of June.

    What? 15th of June 2019? I think the latest release date was August 2018.
     
  13. Adran_Marit
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    Most of the information is from the old FAQ, I still need to do some updating, but yes last I heard was August 2018 as

    Edit: Updated guide to have the planned 0.7 release date in FAQ and added link to the release plans
     
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  14. SirNapkin1334

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    Can you give me a link to a fuseless upgrade? If I use a fuseless upgrade, will I be able to play online safely?
     
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  16. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    I copied the glossary to wiki. https://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/Switch_Glossary
    I also added more detail to some entries. (like coldboot, emmc/nand, payload,...)

    if you want access to wiki to update both this thread and the wiki glossary when adding new words, I can create you an account. (account creation is disabled for vandalism reason)
    Or maybe you can put a link to the wiki instead? one single place where more people can maintain.
    do like you prefer :)
     
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  17. SirNapkin1334

    SirNapkin1334 Renound Aritst

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    Oh, mods can create wiki accounts? Cool, I thought only tj and admins could make them. Tj made me an account.
     
  18. Adran_Marit
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    I'll probably just add a link to it, as I doubt my sanity could take updating both XD
     
  19. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    yeah, sure, no problem.
    I think it'll be easier for everyone, you won't have to worry about the glossary and other people can update it.
     
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    Link added at bottom of page :)
     
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