Transfering the guts of a 2.0.0-2 3DS into a 9.4 one

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by VuuI, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. VuuI

    VuuI Advanced Member

    Dec 28, 2014
    I have an two Black cosmo first generation 3DS one on fw 2.0.0-2E the other on 9.4.0 21E.

    The older one's shell is a bit busted and the top screen has ceased to work.
    Can i gut the older 3DS and put its parts into the newer one? Are there any guides covering how to do this?

    I would like to use a Gateway 3DS card on my 3DS but the flashcard is locked out of 9.4


    would this work?
  2. shinta86

    shinta86 Newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    United States
    I am sure you could. I swapped the entire shell of 2 once. Was originally red and swapped it for all black.
  3. purupuru

    purupuru GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 10, 2013
    United States
    You could just buy a new shell and top screen. I'd be pretty reasonable and less labor intensive
  4. SmileCitrus

    SmileCitrus GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 29, 2009
    United States
    That's definitely the way to go in my opinion. Sure, you could buy all new housing, but not only is a full housing swap and top screen replacement much more difficult than simply swapping motherboards, the third-party housing sets sold on eBay and other sites are not identical in appearance to official Nintendo housing. They may look similar to the official housing in online photos, but you can tell the difference easily in person.

    Swapping motherboards is pretty quick and there's relatively little risk of damaging anything as long as you're careful with the ZIF connectors. In contrast, if you've never done a full housing replacement on DS or 3DS systems before, it's very, very easy to accidentally break something on your first attempt, especially when routing the ribbon cables through the hinge area. So in my opinion it's something to avoid unless it's absolutely necessary.
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