Installing boot9strap (Soundhax)


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Required Reading

If you have already hacked your device before and have a EmuNAND based CFW setup, this guide deals exclusively with SysNAND and you should follow all instructions from within or applying to SysNAND. Note that the terms EmuNAND and RedNAND refer to slightly different implementations of the same concept.

Soundhax (when combined with pre9otherapp) is compatible with versions 4.0.0 through 8.1.0 in the EUR, JPN, KOR, and USA regions.

To extract the .7z files linked on this page, you will need a file archiver like 7-Zip or The Unarchiver.

Note that cartridge updates will only deliver updates to core features, such as the System Settings, Home Menu, etc. cartridge updates will not deliver updates to Nintendo 3DS Sound and Network features, such as System Transfer, Internet Browser, StreetPass Mii Plaza, or eShop.

This means that using a cartridge update from a version containing an older Nintendo 3DS Sound version (<3.0.0) to one that introduced a newer Nintendo 3DS Sound version will break Soundhax! You will need an alternate method of entering the Homebrew Launcher such as Installing boot9strap (Browser) or Installing boot9strap (MSET)!

What You Need

  • The latest release of Soundhax (for your region, device, and version)
  • The latest release of SafeB9SInstaller
  • The latest release of boot9strap (standard boot9strap; not the devkit file, not the ntr file)
  • The latest release of Luma3DS (the .7z file)
  • The latest release of the Homebrew Launcher
  • The latest release of pre9otherapp (the .bin file corresponding to your firmware version)

Instructions

Section I - Prep Work

  1. Power off your device
  2. Insert your SD card into your computer
  3. Copy the Soundhax .m4a to the root of your SD card
  4. Copy the pre9otherapp payload to the root of your SD card and rename it to otherapp.bin
  5. Copy boot.firm from the Luma3DS .7z to the root of your SD card
  6. Copy boot.3dsx to the root of your SD card
  7. Create a folder named boot9strap on the root of your SD card
  8. Copy boot9strap.firm and boot9strap.firm.sha from the boot9strap .zip to the /boot9strap/ folder on your SD card
  9. Copy arm9.bin from the SafeB9SInstaller .zip to the root of your SD card
  10. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  11. Power on your device

Section II - Launching SafeB9SInstaller

  1. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  2. Power on your device
  3. Launch Nintendo 3DS Sound

  4. If you’ve never opened Nintendo 3DS Sound before and get tips on how to use it from a bird icon, go through all of the bird tips, then close the app normally and relaunch it
    • In this situation, launching Soundhax immediately would cause these tips to appear on every launch of the Nintendo 3DS Sound until this is done
  5. Go to /SDCARD, then play “<3 nedwill 2016”
    • This may take many tries
    • If it freezes, just force the console to power off by holding the power button, then try again

  6. If the exploit was successful, you will have booted into SafeB9SInstaller

Section III - Installing boot9strap

  1. Wait for all safety checks to complete
  2. When prompted, input the key combo given to install boot9strap
  3. Once it has completed, press (A) to reboot your device

Section IV - Configuring Luma3DS

  1. Your device should have rebooted into 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 an error, just continue the next page

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