Legacy Methods


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Required Reading

There have been multiple improvements and advancements to methods for installing CFW over the last short while.

For this reason, it is recommended you use the most up-to-date method found on the Seedminer page.

However, “legacy” or outdated methods are kept here for various purposes. They will require that you have done Seedminer first.

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Section I - Compatibility Test

The following exploits make use of one of two DS-mode applications built into the 3DS: DS Internet Settings and DS Download Play.

If both DS Internet Settings and DS Download Play fail to work, you will have to repair them with TWLFix-3DS using a homebrew entrypoint, such as Pichaxx.

DS Internet Settings Test (used for Fredtool)

  1. Go to System Settings, then “Internet Settings”, then “Nintendo DS Connections”
  2. Press “OK”
  3. If your device loads into a “Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Setup” menu, the test was successful
    • If the screen stays black or appears to freeze, the test has failed
  4. Exit this menu

DS Download Play Test (used for Frogtool)

  1. Launch the Download Play application ()
  2. Select “Nintendo DS”
  3. If your device loads into a “Download software via DS Download Play” menu, the test was successful
    • If the screen stays black or appears to freeze, the test has failed
  4. Exit this menu

  1. BannerBomb3: Seedminer + BannerBomb3 + Fredtool
    • This method is recommended if your shoulder buttons do not work
  2. Pichaxx: Seedminer + Pichaxx + Frogtool
    • This method is recommended if your DSiWare Management menu crashes