Why should I hardmod?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Oleboy555, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Oleboy555
    OP

    Oleboy555 Wie dit leest is een zemmel

    Member
    630
    264
    Feb 8, 2017
    Netherlands
    Amsterdam
    What are the positive effects? Any reason to do it?
     
  2. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ I drool on my knife

    Member
    19,690
    20,402
    Sep 13, 2009
    Antarctica
    Between insane and insecure
    It's effectively extremely future proof. So long as you have a NAND backup, you can always restore to that NAND backup. Even if say, Nintendo were to somehow remove A9LH without bricking the system, you can restore to a previous NAND backup and continue from there.
     
  3. windhazard

    windhazard GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    267
    67
    Mar 23, 2016
    Gambia, The
    It used to be one of the two ways to downgrade consoles with FW 11.0-11.2, or to unbrick consoles by flashing nand backups.

    Considering how far the 3ds hacking scene has come, there's no reason to hardmod now because:
    1. All FW <= 11.2 can install CFW without hardmodding
    2. FW 11.3 can't be downgraded even with hardmod.
     
  4. nechigawara

    nechigawara Citizen of Gamindustri

    Member
    1,165
    389
    Oct 14, 2006
    Thailand
    Planeptune
    If that console have a NAND backup, you can still using hardmod to restore it, even A9LH is removed, no matter FW version, like @Crystal the Glaceon said.
    This is the reason that Hardmod is better than softmod. Except you have 11.3 console.
     
    Last edited by nechigawara, Mar 5, 2017
  5. addi33

    addi33 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,656
    711
    Sep 12, 2016
    Gambia, The
    tje other ones a right, but you can also restore any nand brick if you have a backup of course, for example when using a9lh + a signature patcher without firm protection, and then somehow overwrite firm0/1 + brick you are screwed, but with a hardmod you can just simply restore your nand and you are good to go
     
  6. Quantumcat

    Quantumcat Dead and alive

    Member
    10,416
    5,496
    Nov 23, 2014
    Australia
    Canberra, Australia
    There's no need. Most bricks can be recovered with a9lh by restoring a backup with Hourglass9. If you find yourself in a situation where Hourglass9 can't do it, install the hardmod then. How silly would you feel if you killed your console installing an unnecessary hardmod when you still had a perfectly working console? Or if you screwed up the WiFi card or some buttons and the console no longer worked properly? Better to wait until that's the only choice. Then if you screw up your console you didn't just lose a perfectly working one.
     
    nechigawara and fenixcumber like this.
  7. BARNWEY

    BARNWEY THE MLG DINOSAUR

    Member
    1,233
    486
    Oct 11, 2016
    United States
    Imagination
    Not to mention that Hardmods don't even work on 11.3 :\
     
  8. nechigawara

    nechigawara Citizen of Gamindustri

    Member
    1,165
    389
    Oct 14, 2006
    Thailand
    Planeptune
    It still works for NAND restoration. But I agree that we only should use it as last resort.
     
  9. BARNWEY

    BARNWEY THE MLG DINOSAUR

    Member
    1,233
    486
    Oct 11, 2016
    United States
    Imagination
    I heard that they don't work at all, they work for NAND restoration?
     
  10. nechigawara

    nechigawara Citizen of Gamindustri

    Member
    1,165
    389
    Oct 14, 2006
    Thailand
    Planeptune
    Yup, as long as you have NAND backup of those console.
    Hardmod NFIRM downgrade didn't work not because Nintendo block hardmoding, but the result of 11.3 Home Menu require Lastest NFIRM version.
     
    Quantumcat likes this.
  11. BARNWEY

    BARNWEY THE MLG DINOSAUR

    Member
    1,233
    486
    Oct 11, 2016
    United States
    Imagination
    Okay, so it still has it's uses... That's good to know....
     
  12. Majickhat55

    Majickhat55 The Red Woman

    Member
    3,300
    1,572
    Mar 28, 2016
    United States
    Asshai
    A hardmod is pointless unless your system is already bricked since you can't downgrade with it anymore. If you already have A9LH the chances of a BSOD are pretty slim, otherwise you can unbrick yourself with a NAND backup anyway.