Hacking The ultimate list of mods to enter RCM

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It's required to short pin 10 (the lowest pin of the right joy con rail) to the ground in order to enter RCM. Ground can be found at pin 1 or 7 of the joy con rail, at the middle screw of the joy con rail or at the fan at the top of the switch.
Currently I think that the best ways are to either use a paperclip or a 3D printed piece (from thingiverse) and a paper clip.
You can also use these as inspiration and try to find another way that works best for you. An idea would be to stack cardboard and draw a conductive trace with a pencil on it, labo style ;)

No soldering/ teardown/ 3D printer required

Use a cable to bridge the connection between the 10th pin and a GROUND. It's the easiest to use the GND of the middle screw in the joy con rail or at the fan.
Demonstration: https://gbatemp.net/threads/can-som...g-apart-the-joycon.501933/page-7#post-7934863
You can also hot glue a jumper cable to touch specific pins: https://gbatemp.net/threads/can-som...-apart-the-joycon.501933/page-11#post-7935469
Or bend a cable (but make sure not to touch any other contacts): https://gbatemp.net/threads/diy-joycon-pin-jumper-free-to-1.502139/
Or use the pins from a SATA power cable: https://gbatemp.net/threads/my-sata-power-cable-rcm-jig.502363/
Or bend alu foil (but make sure that it only touches pins 9 and 10, not 4!):

Pros:
-No hardmod required
-Very cheap

Cons:
-Not permanent
-Might take a few tries to get good contact at the joy con pins

Bend a paperclip to make contact between pin 1 and pin 10.
Demonstration: https://gbatemp.net/threads/paperclip-rcm-jig.502087/

Pros:
-No hardmod required
-Very cheap

Cons:
-May have to rebend the paperclip

You can use two screwdrivers to touch the first and the last pin. Make sure not to touch any other pin!
Demonstration: https://gbatemp.net/threads/can-som...-apart-the-joycon.501933/page-10#post-7935356
It can even be done with one screwdriver by shorting pin 9 and 10: https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-ultimate-list-of-mods-to-enter-rcm.502145/#post-7939355

Pros:
-No hardmod required

Cons:
-Requires two screwdrivers
-may not be very relieable (depending on the size of the screwdrivers etc)

Taken from briccmii: "Corrupts the first byte of every BCT's pubkey in BOOT0 so your Nintendo Switch always enters RCM mode".
You need another JIG at least one time to install AutoRCM.
There are two implementations:
briccmii: https://switchtools.sshnuke.net/
ipl: https://github.com/Reisyukaku/hekate/blob/master/ipl.bin?raw=true

Refer to https://github.com/pixel-stuck/reboot_to_rcm for a guide

Pros:
-Very relieable
-No hardware required

Cons:
-Only for switch consoles with 1.0.0

3D printer required. No soldering/ teardown required

3D print the model and follow the guide: https://github.com/fail0verflow/shofel2/tree/master/rcm-jig
Demonstration: https://twitter.com/fail0verflow/status/988445232445378561

Pros:
-Pretty relieable
-No hardmod required

Cons:
-Requires 3D printer + MicroUSB cable

3D print the model and stick a paperclip into it. 3D model: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2877484

Pros:
-More relieable then paperclip method
-No hardmod required

Cons:
-Required 3D printer + paperclip

Teardown required. No soldering/ 3d printer required

Screw the joy con apart and bend contact 9 in the rail of the joy con to contact 10.
Demonstration: https://twitter.com/ktemkin/status/988461301650280448

Pros:
-Cheapest way
-pretty relieable (if done limited times)

Cons:
-Contact will bend itself back after a few uses
-Contact 9 might break if done too often

Teardown and soldering required. No 3d printer required

Another way is to take the joy con apart and solder to the joy con contacts. You can solder a button/switch between the contacts to be able to disable the mod.
Demonstration: https://gbatemp.net/threads/can-som...-apart-the-joycon.501933/page-10#post-7935275
It might be prettier to solder to the test points and not to the connectors of the rail: https://gbatemp.net/threads/tutorial-how-to-test-fusee-gelee.501846/ (see the image)
A really elegant solution is to solder a reed switch into the joy con, you can use a magnet to trigger rcm (magnethax 2.0 confirmed?): https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-ultimate-list-of-mods-to-enter-rcm.502145/page-4#post-7944986

Pros:
-Very relieable
-Cannot be seen from the outside

Cons:
-Requires soldering

Another option to solder to are the switch joy con rails: https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-ultimate-list-of-mods-to-enter-rcm.502145/#post-7939246
You can also solder to the joy con PIN 10 and put the GND at one of the spots known for it: https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-ultimate-list-of-mods-to-enter-rcm.502145/page-2#post-7940243

Pros:
-"included" into the console

Cons:
-Not much space
-Requires soldering & unscrewing a part of the switch
 
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Huh? There are serveral reports that the joy cons get charged but not detected properly if line 10 is shorted to ground? Or did I understand something wrong?
It is not confirmed, that it is caused by the pin being shorted to ground. More likely they screwed it somehow. I have it permanently solder on my joy-cons without any problem.
 
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I’d like to mention that I have found an alternative area on the joycon rails, reached by unscrewing the rail.

It seems safer, and is less likely to damage the joycon rail pins.

I’d just like to show this area because I ended up damaging the pins in my joycon rail with other popularized methods, and don’t want anyone else to have to order another rail lol.

Thanks for the post.
 

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is the software mod gonna come to 3.0.0 eventually? i think i would just wait for that as an inexperienced user
 

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using pin 1 or 2 instead of unscrewing or fiddeling with the placement in the fan is much more easier.

https://gbatemp.net/threads/diy-joycon-pin-jumper-free-to-1.502139/
Yeah, it's the second post under the video guide that I linked. I thought that that would be enough to find it.
And it's not hard to stick a wire into the fan or onto the screw that's there.

I’d like to mention that I have found an alternative area on the joycon rails, reached by unscrewing the rail.

It seems safer, and is less likely to damage the joycon rail pins.

I’d just like to show this area because I ended up damaging the pins in my joycon rail with other popularized methods, and don’t want anyone else to have to order another rail lol.
I unscrewed the rail and teared the ribbon cable by accident. And there is not much space for cables (or a switch). But I will probably add it to the solder methods, thanks.

is the software mod gonna come to 3.0.0 eventually? i think i would just wait for that as an inexperienced user
There will be a softmod for 3.0.0 sooner or later, sure.
 
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Then those more people somehow screwed it. Because soldering or bending has the same effect, people should report it when they just bend the pins. So it is not confirmed.
And you are sure that you didn't count the wireless connection between the switch and the console as detected?

Is there more details about reboot to rcm for 1.0.0?
It's probably related to https://gbatemp.net/threads/fusee-payloads-and-not-a-wire-in-sight-1-0-0-only.502103/
 

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Then those more people somehow screwed it. Because soldering or bending has the same effect, people should report it when they just bend the pins. So it is not confirmed.

Have you seen my mod ? ;-) It's totally fine and I didn't screw anything. On daily basis I'm prototyping SMD PCB's with my solder and soldering was clean. I even installed 2 position switch so I'm pretty sure I didn't screw anything ;-) It just works as expected when not grounded, and doesn't appear as attached when shorted. However I had to use PIN 1 & 10 rather than 9 & 10. For some reason shorting 9 & 10 wasn't working for me at all. Enough said, I'm not gonna convince anyone, I just want to recommend people not doing permanent mods for different reasons.
 
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Go into Airplane mode and test it that way. Post a picture/video. Then no one can say shit unless they're trolling like a moron.
Sure, here you go.
http://imgur.com/gallery/iLGXjYk (one is 1.0.0, one is 4.1.0)

Have you seen my mod ? ;-) It's totally fine and I didn't screw anything. On daily basis I'm prototyping SMD PCB's with my solder and soldering was clean. I even installed 2 position switch so I'm pretty sure I didn't screw anything ;-) It just works as expected when not grounded, and doesn't appear as attached when shorted. However I had to use PIN 1 & 10 rather than 9 & 10. For some reason shorting 9 & 10 wasn't working for me at all. Enough said, I'm not gonna convince anyone, I just want to recommend people not doing permanent mods for different reasons.
That might be the problem. I used pin 9 and 10. And the image I and brycey have made shows pin 9 and 10 pads/test points, which works fine.
 
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Happy now?
http://imgur.com/gallery/iLGXjYk


That might be the problem. I used pin 9 and 10
It's not about me being happy. I knew this was a non-issue, but SOME folks here are ready to butt heads simply for the hell of it. Pictures are the number one way to piss'em off and prove'em wrong all in one fell swoop. :creep:
 
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It's not about me being happy. I knew this was a non-issue, but SOME folks here are ready to butt heads simply for the hell of it. Pictures are the number one way to piss'em off and prove'em wrong all in one fell swoop. :creep:
Sorry. Didn't understand your post at first (thats why I wrote "happy now?" :D )
 
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