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:
  • FBI (installs CIA formatted games and applications)
  • Themely (installs custom themes)
  • GodMode9 (multipurpose tool which can do NAND and cartridge functions)

What you need

  • The latest release of Luma3DS (the .7z file)
  • The latest release of Themely (the .cia file)
  • The latest release of GodMode9
  • The latest release of FBI

Instructions

Section I - Prep Work
  1. Insert your SD card into your computer
  2. Create a folder named cias on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  3. Create a folder named hblauncherloader on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  4. Copy hblauncher_loader.cia from the hblauncher_loader .zip to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  5. Copy lumaupdater.cia from the Luma3DS Updater .zip to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  6. Copy FBI.cia from the FBI .zip to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  7. Copy DSP1.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  8. Copy Themely.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  9. Copy boot.firm from the Luma3DS .7z to the root of your SD card
  10. Create a folder named luma on the root of your SD card
  11. Create a folder named payloads in the luma folder on your SD card
  12. Copy GodMode9.firm from the GodMode9 .zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card
  13. Delete the 0.23.5 SystemUpdater folder from the root of your SD card
  14. Extract the 0.25.3 SystemUpdater .zip to the root of your SD card
  15. Reinsert your SD card into your device
Section II - Configuring Luma3DS
  1. Boot your device to enter the Luma3DS configuration menu
  2. Use the (A) button and the D-Pad to turn on the following:
    • “Show NAND or user string in System Settings”
  3. Press (Start) to save and reboot
    • If you get a black screen, just continue to the next section
Section III - Restoring the System
  1. Using Dev Menu, navigate to the 0.25.3 SystemUpdater folder
  2. Press (L + R + A) to install all CIAs
  3. Navigate to the NATIVE_FIRM CIA
    • Old 3DS PANDA / SNAKE: 0004013800000002.cia
    • New 3DS PANDA / SNAKE: 0004013820000002.cia
  4. Update your PANDA / SNAKE’s FIRM by pressing (Start + Y) while highlighting the NATIVE_FIRM CIA
  5. You can also update your PANDA / SNAKE using a CTR System Updater (CSU)
    • This is only safe for Luma3DS version 6.6 (commit 0b16d88) and above!
    • Attempting to update your PANDA / SNAKE using a CSU on any lower Luma3DS version will BRICK your device!
Section VI - CTRNAND Luma3DS
  1. Reboot holding (Start) during boot to launch the Luma3DS chainloader menu
  2. Launch GodMode9 by pressing (A)
  3. Navigate to [0:] SDCARD -> luma -> payloads
  4. Press (X) on SafeB9SInstaller.bin to delete it
  5. Press (A) to confirm
  6. Press (B) to return to [0:] SDCARD
  7. Press (Y) on boot.firm to copy it
  8. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  9. Navigate to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND
  10. Press (Y) to paste a copy of boot.firm
  11. Select “Copy path(s)”
  12. Press (A) to unlock SysNAND (lvl1) writing, then input the key combo given
  13. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  14. Hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to eject your SD card
  15. Remove your SD card from your device
  16. Press (Start) to reboot your device with your SD card removed
    • Booting your device at least once with your SD card removed will allow you to configure the CTRNAND based Luma3DS installation
  17. Use the (A) button and the D-Pad to turn on the following:
    • “Show NAND or user string in System Settings”
  18. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  19. Press (Start) to save and reboot
Section V - NAND Backup
  1. Boot your device while holding (Start) to launch the Luma3DS chainloader menu
  2. Launch GodMode9 by pressing (A)
  3. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  4. Select “More…”
  5. Select “Backup NAND”
  6. Press (A) to continue
  7. Hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to eject your SD card
  8. Insert your SD card into your computer
  9. Copy nand.bin from the /gm9out/ 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
  10. Delete nand.bin from the /gm9out/ folder on your SD card after copying it
  11. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  12. Press (Start) to save and reboot

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

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.

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.