Finalizing Setup


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Required Reading

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)
  • Anemone3DS (installs custom themes)
  • Checkpoint (backs up and restores save files for 3DS and DS games)
  • Luma3DS Updater (updates your CFW installation easily)
  • GodMode9 (multipurpose tool which can do NAND and cartridge functions)
  • Homebrew Launcher Loader (launches the Homebrew Launcher)

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 3ds on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  4. Create a folder named cias on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  5. Copy ctr-no-timeoffset.3dsx to the /3ds/ folder on your SD card
  6. Copy FBI.3dsx to the /3ds/ folder on your SD card
  7. Copy hblauncher_loader.cia from the hblauncher_loader .zip to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  8. Copy lumaupdater.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  9. Copy FBI.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  10. Copy DSP1.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  11. Copy Anemone3DS.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card
  12. Copy Checkpoint.cia to the /cias/ folder on your SD card

  13. Create a folder named payloads in the luma folder on your SD card if it does not already exist
  14. Copy GodMode9.firm from the GodMode9 .zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card
  15. Copy the gm9 folder from the GodMode9 .zip to the root of your SD card
  16. Copy setup_ctrnand_luma3ds.gm9 to the /gm9/scripts/ folder on your SD card
  17. Copy cleanup_sd_card.gm9 to the /gm9/scripts/ folder on your SD card

    Note that, depending on the method used to install boot9strap, your device’s SD card may not have the soundhax-usa-n3ds.m4a, otherapp.bin, or safehaxpayload.bin files from the above screenshot.

  18. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  19. Power on your device

Section II - Updating the System

If, while following a previous version of this guide, you CTRTransfered your New 3DS to 2.1.0, now is the time to restore your NAND backup before doing this section.

If, before following this guide, you already had an EmuNAND setup and would like to move the contents of your previous EmuNAND to your new SysNAND CFW, now is the time to follow Move EmuNAND before doing this section.

  1. Update your device by going to System Settings, then “Other Settings”, then going all the way to the right and using “System Update”
    • Updates while using B9S + Luma (what you have) are safe
    • If this gives you an error, set your DNS settings to “auto”
    • If this still gives you an error, follow CTRTransfer, then try updating again

Section III - Homebrew Launcher

  1. Launch the Download Play application
  2. Press (L) + (Down) + (Select) at the same time to open the Rosalina menu
  3. Select “Miscellaneous options”
  4. Select “Switch the hb. title to the current app.”
  5. Press (B) to continue
  6. Press (B) to return to the Rosalina main menu
  7. Press (B) to exit the Rosalina menu
  8. Press (Home), then close Download Play
  9. Launch the Download Play application
  10. Your device should load the Homebrew Launcher
  11. Launch ctr-no-timeoffset from the list of homebrew
  12. Press (A) to set the offset to 0
    • This will set the system clock to match the RTC date&time (which we will set soon)
  13. Press (Start) to return to the Homebrew Launcher
  14. Launch FBI from the list of homebrew

Section IV - Installing CIAs

  1. Navigate to SD -> cias
  2. Select “<current directory>”
  3. Select the “Install and delete all CIAs” option, then press (A) to confirm
  4. Press (Home), then close Download Play

Section V - DSP Dump

  1. Launch the DSP1 application
  2. Once it has completed, press (B) to self-delete the app and return to the home menu

Section VI - CTRNAND Luma3DS

  1. Power off your device
  2. Launch GodMode9 by holding (Start) during boot
  3. If you are prompted to create an essential files backup, press (A) to do so, then press (A) to continue once it has completed
  4. If you are prompted to fix the RTC date&time, press (A) to do so, then set the date and time, then press (A) to continue
  5. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  6. Select “Scripts…”
  7. Select “setup_ctrnand_luma3ds”
  8. When prompted, press (A) to proceed
  9. Press (A) to unlock SysNAND (lvl1) writing, then input the key combo given
  10. Press (A) to continue
  11. Press (A) to relock write permissions

Section VII - Backup Essential Files

  1. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  2. Select “Scripts…”
  3. Select “Backup SysNAND”
  4. Press (A) to confirm
    • This process will take some time
    • If you get an error, make sure that you have at least 1.2GB to 1.3GB of free space on your SD card
  5. Press (A) to continue
  6. Hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to eject your SD card
  7. Insert your SD card into your computer
  8. Copy <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin and essential.exefs 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)
    • These backups will save you from a brick and/or help you recover files from the NAND image if anything goes wrong in the future
  9. Delete <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin and <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin.sha from the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card after copying it
  10. Reinsert your SD card into your device
    • If your SD card was not detected, hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to remount it

Section VIII - Cleanup SD Card

  1. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  2. Select “Scripts…”
  3. Select “cleanup_sd_card”
  4. When prompted, press (A) to proceed
  5. Press (A) to continue
  6. Press (Start) to reboot

You can now use Luma3DS Updater to update your Luma3DS to the latest version just by opening it and pressing (A).

This is not the same thing as a System Update; it just downloads and extracts the newest Luma3DS files.

This will only update the Luma3DS files on your SD card. If you boot your device without an SD card, it will use the version you placed in CTRNAND.

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

If you would like to upgrade to a bigger sized SD card, all you have to do is format your new SD card as FAT32 and copy paste the contents of the old SD card onto the new SD card.

If your new SD card is bigger than 32GB, then you have to use a different tool to format it, such as guiformat for Windows, gparted for Linux, or Disk Utility for Mac.

To use NTR CFW, install BootNTR Selector.

For information on changing your device to another region, check out the Region Changing page.

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 and splash screens, check out Theme Plaza.