Installing boot9strap (smilehax-IIe)

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Technical Details (optional)

smilehax-IIe is an exploit for the game “SmileBASIC” made by zoogie, compatible with system versions 9.0.0 through 11.17.0 for USA/EUR/JPN region consoles.

What You Need

  • The game “SmileBASIC” installed on your console
    • If you have downloaded it before, you can redownload it
    • Your SD card must be inserted in your console to install SmileBASIC
  • The latest release of smilehax-IIe (direct download)
  • The latest release of SafeB9SInstaller (direct download)
  • The latest release of boot9strap (direct download)
  • The latest release of nimdsphax (direct download)
  • The latest release of Luma3DS (the Luma3DS .zip file)
  • The latest release of HBL otherapps (direct download)


Section I - Prep Work

  1. Power off your console
  2. Insert your SD card into your computer
  3. Copy boot.firm and boot.3dsx from the Luma3DS .zip to the root of your SD card
    • The root of the SD card refers to the initial directory on your SD card where you can see the Nintendo 3DS folder, but are not inside of it
  4. Create a folder named boot9strap on the root of your SD card
  5. Copy boot9strap.firm and boot9strap.firm.sha from the boot9strap .zip to the /boot9strap/ folder on your SD card
  6. Copy SafeB9SInstaller.bin from the SafeB9SInstaller .zip to the root of your SD card
  7. Copy the otherapp payload for your model/region/version from to the root of your SD card, then rename the payload to otherapp.bin
    • Do not add the .bin extension if you do not already see it
  8. Transfer the .wav for your region from the Release_sh2e .zip to a device that can play .wav files, for example a phone
  9. Copy the petitcom .icn for your region to the root of your SD card
  10. Create a folder named 3ds on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
    • This folder stores homebrew applications and data; it is different from the Nintendo 3DS folder that the console automatically generates
  11. Copy the nimdsphax folder from the nimdsphax .zip to the /3ds/ folder on your SD card
  12. Reinsert your SD card into your console
  13. Power on your console

Section II - smilehax

  1. Launch SmileBASIC
    • Update the game if prompted
  2. Select the “Publish/Download Projects” option
  3. Select the “Download (Receive) using Public Key” option
  4. Press the “Yes” button
  5. Enter the Public Key “NJEQK3A4” using the on-screen keyboard
  6. Press the “Yes” button to confirm the download of PMODEM141
  7. Press “OK”, then “Back”, then “Browse Projects”
  8. Select PMODEM141, then press “Select File”
  9. Select PMODEM141.PRG, then press “OK”, then “Yes” to execute it
  11. Prepare the device you use to play the .wav file
  12. Keep your console about a foot from the .wav file playing devices’ speaker and use a reasonable (not loud) volume to play the .wav
  13. Now select 300BPS, then play the .wav file
  14. When it finishes, press “Yes”, then press “OK”
  15. Press the START button
  16. Select the SH2E-xxx.TXT file, then press OK, then “Yes” to execute it
    • If you get kicked back into menu, make sure you’re using the latest version of SmileBASIC
  17. Your console will have booted into the Homebrew Launcher
  18. Launch nimdsphax from the list of homebrew
  19. If the exploit was successful, you will have booted into SafeB9SInstaller
    • If your console freezes on a red screen, hold the POWER button until it turns off, then retry this section

Section III - Installing boot9strap

In this section, you will install custom firmware onto your console.

  1. When prompted, input the key combo given on the top screen to install boot9strap
  2. Once it is complete, press (A) to reboot your console
  3. Your console should have booted into the Luma3DS configuration menu
    • Luma3DS configuration menu are settings for the Luma3DS custom firmware. Many of these settings may be useful for customization or debugging
    • For the purpose of this guide, leave these options on the default settings (do not check or uncheck anything)
    • If your console shuts down when you try to power it on, ensure that you have copied boot.firm from the Luma3DS .zip to the root of your SD card
  4. Press (Start) to save and reboot

At this point, your console will boot to Luma3DS by default.

  • Luma3DS does not look any different from the normal HOME Menu. If your console has booted into the HOME Menu, it is running custom firmware.
  • On the next page, you will install useful homebrew applications to complete your setup.

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