Finalizing Setup


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Overview of steps

The file boot.firm is what is launched by boot9strap itself after it finishes loading off of NAND, and can be any valid arm9 payload in the FIRM format. This file can be replaced at any time, although Luma3DS allows for the launch of other arm9 payloads in the FIRM format using the Luma3DS chainloader.

In this case, we use Luma3DS by AuroraWright to boot a patched SysNAND directly, allowing us to completely bypass the need for any kind of EmuNAND, vastly simplifying the usage of a hacked 3DS in addition to saving SD card space.

During this process, we also setup programs such as the following:
  • Themely (installs custom themes)
  • Luma3DS Updater (updates your CFW installation easily)
  • GodMode9 (multipurpose tool which can do NAND and cartridge functions)

What you need

Instructions

Section I - Prep Work
  1. Power off your device
  2. Insert your SD card into your computer
  3. Create a folder named cias on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  4. Copy lumaupdater.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  5. Copy FBI.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  6. Copy Themely.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  7. Create a folder named payloads in the luma folder on your SD card
  8. Copy GodMode9.firm from the GodMode9 .zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card
  9. Copy the gm9 folder from the GodMode9 .zip to the root of your SD card
  10. Delete the 0.23.5 SystemUpdater folder from the root of your SD card
  11. Extract the 0.25.3 SystemUpdater .zip to the root of your SD card
  12. Reinsert your SD card into your device
Section III - Updating the System

This section is optional and requires both a CTR flash card and the development hardware to write a CSU to that CTR flash card.

  1. Update your PANDA unit by using the latest version CTR System Updater (CSU) available to you
    • This is only safe for Luma3DS version 6.6 (commit 0b16d88) and above!
    • Attempting to update your PANDA using a CSU on any lower Luma3DS version will overwrite your B9S installation!
Section VI - CTRNAND Luma3DS
  1. Reboot holding (Start) during boot to launch GodMode9
  2. Navigate to [0:] SDCARD
  3. Press (Y) on boot.firm to copy it
  4. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  5. Navigate to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND
  6. Press (Y) to paste a copy of boot.firm
  7. Select “Copy path(s)”
  8. Press (A) to unlock SysNAND (lvl1) writing, then input the key combo given
  9. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  10. Navigate to [0:] SDCARD
  11. Press (Y) on the luma folder to copy it
  12. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  13. Navigate to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND -> rw
  14. Press (Y) to paste a copy of the luma folder from your SD card
  15. Select “Copy path(s)”
Section V - NAND Backup
  1. Boot your device while holding (Start) to launch the Luma3DS chainloader menu
  2. Launch GodMode9 by pressing (A)
  3. When prompted to create an essential files backup, press (A) to do so, then press (A) to continue once it has completed
  4. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  5. Select “More…”
  6. Select “Scripts”
  7. Select “Backup SysNAND”
  8. Press (A) to confirm
    • This process will take some time
  9. Press (A) to continue
  10. Hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to eject your SD card
  11. Insert your SD card into your computer
  12. Copy <serialnumber>_nandmin_###.bin from the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card to a safe location on your computer
    • Make backups in multiple locations (such as online file storage)
    • This backup will save you from a brick if anything goes wrong in the future
  13. Delete <serialnumber>_nandmin_###.bin from the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card after copying it
  14. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  15. Press (Start) to save and reboot

Updating your PANDA using a CSU is only safe for Luma3DS version 6.6 (commit 0b16d88) and above!
Attempting to update your PANDA using a CSU on any lower Luma3DS version will overwrite your B9S installation!

Note that this guide does not have Luma3DS updater anymore due to its incompatibility with the name boot.firm. It will be re-added once it is updated to support Boot9Strap.

You will now boot Luma3DS CFW SysNAND by default.
You can now hold (Select) on boot to launch the Luma3DS configuration menu.
You can now hold (Start) on boot to launch the Luma3DS chainloader menu (note that the Luma3DS chainloader menu is only displayed if there is more than one payload detected).
You can now hold (Start) + (Select) + (X) on boot to dump the ARM11 bootrom (boot11.bin), the ARM9 bootrom (boot9.bin), and your console unique OTP (OTP.bin) to the /boot9strap/ folder on your SD card (note that this will not have any kind of prompt or message).
You can now press (L) + (Down) + (Select) while the system is booted to open the Rosalina menu integrated into Luma3DS. For a full list of Rosalina features, please see the Luma3DS v8.0 Release

To use NTR CFW, install BootNTR Selector.

Remove any extra files and folders from the root of your SD card that are not in the following image:

For information on using GodMode9’s various features, check out the GodMode9 Usage page.

For information on using Luma3DS’s various features, check out its wiki.

For information on installing custom themes, badges, and splash screens, check out 3dsthem.es.