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Nintendo handheld device released February 2011, identified by model number CTR-001.

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3DS Black Screen When Booting Up/ Has CFW

When I try to turn on my 3ds it will have a black screen and a blue light that will fade away (if there is no SD card inserted) but if a SD card is inserted the blue light will stay there, the problem is the problem is i installed homebrew and the contents from the SD card are deleted and replaced with my own personal files that are now lost somewhere. is there anyone know how to fix? did it brick?

anyone know whats wrong with it.

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Just Blow The SD Card And It Should Work

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it does not work

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i had a new 3ds xl that turned on but the screens were black and you could hear the home menu and the music it played it turned out it was the camera had a micro tear because when i put a known working camera in it ...the system fully booted up and then the screens turned on and worked as normal so if you have a new 3ds xl or a new 3ds that turns on fully and just has a black screen then its your cameras ribbion cabel hope this helped reply to me if it did thanks

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Mine gives me a black screen with an error code

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omeaga deku has the same problem as me. When I updated I could not use standard firmware. (I booted off luma with a .3gx plugin loader)

EDIT: It only happened recently (like a week or 2 ago)

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Try some of the following stuff and let me know how it goes and if you need further advice. These are separate ideas, they don't need to be followed in a specific order.

  • Try using recovery mode. Press R+L+A+(D-PAD)-UP while booting. Then update.
  • Remove the battery while the system is on, make sure there is no SD card inserted.
  • Power it up, press and hold the power button until it dies, the SD card can be inserted for this. Also make sure that both Wi-Fi and 3D are off.

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How about a reference to those people that had similar issues? That statement shouldn't be made and left hanging if it is out of context.

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The problem is, they never accepted my answers, so I'm not sure if the stuff I proposed worked.

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Yeah I tried doing the R+L+A+UP hundreds of times, but I'll try doing the other advice you requested.

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Yeah I tried every thing, its still the same black screen and blue light.

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What happens if you delete everything from the SD card or if you insert a card formatted as FAT32?

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Not sure if you are still having issues, but from what you said with the blue light fading out it sounds like an exploit was used on it called arm9loaderhax, in which case the system will refuse to boot without that file on the root of the sd card.

https://github.com/AuroraWright/Luma3DS/...

If you download this and put the included arm9loaderhax.bin file on the root of the sd card, and then after inserting the sd card back into the 3ds try to boot it it should work

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I agree with this, this should fix your problem.

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thanks for this! i was about to have a funeral for my old xl lmao

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Thats a lot saved my day

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Thanks so much worked like a charm

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u save my day dude¡¡¡¡¡

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I thought I had this problem, just turns out it took my system like...2 minutes to boot to home screen

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Hahaha me too! I didn't even consider this to be a possibility until I read your post. Thank you!!

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That was the case for me too! I wonder what caused it in the first place.

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I thought my 2ds was broken, thanks so much dude! I made a account just to thank you! :)

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DUDE. You just fixed my problem lol! thanks for commenting this!

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haha @deadlydiamond 98 me too. just had to wait 90 sh seconds :p

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For me this fixed it:

-hold power for 10s until the 3ds turns off

-remove game cartridge (in my case the ace3ds+)

-turn the sound up and press power. If home menu music starts playing and the screen is still black, just close the 3ds and open it back up

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Thank! you none of the other ones worked!

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This worked 1st try.

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You are a life saver, thought I wanna ginna have tk splash cash on a new one

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Thanks! I thought my xl was going to bite the dust!

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None of these worked for me.

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i really dont know what to do. same thing is happening with my 3ds. blue appears and fades. This was an old 3ds. Any suggestions on what to do?

Update (10/10/2019)

I have a fix. You need to put the boot.firm on the root of your SD card. This should most likely fix the problem. You can download the boot.firm somewhere off the internet.

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I’ve said this a lot. Boot.firm. Place on Root Of SD.

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I'v had the same problem.

I was still getting errors by luma after complete installation.

SO i figured uninstall CFW cause it might causing any problems.

I was on ver. 11.6.0 now i was able to access settings (cause most of the time i get freezes)

game card isnt even working properly also i get error, while when cfw was on it it worked.

I did also a complete system format.

Somehow im stuck on 11.6.0 and my 3ds will not boot automatic configuration screen. (just light up black screens) Sometimes im able to boot trough save recovery mode. last time i did this i was unable to update.. now i'v readen something about primary and secondary dns.. i will try this.. anybody else formiliar with this or can help?

Thanks!

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For me it hangs on a black screen with no backlighting whatsoever, and the blue light appears for a brief 16-17 seconds and then it shuts off. I installed Luma and the tutorial i was following didn't do a good job at explaining the last steps, i'm afraid that my 3dsxl might be bricked for good but if you can help me that would be very much appreciated.

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my 3DS isnt a CFW one but it does have this problem..and none of the fixes are helping...sugestion?

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I recommend you ask a new question if this hasn't helped. https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/Ask be sure to include: did anything happen (spills, drops, repairs etc.) leading up to the issue? what you tried, and what the issue is. good luck!

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If you are still having problems, try in removing the board from system. Attach the board to the battery via the bottom case and try to turn it back on. If the blue flashes and turns off, then you know the board is working and the issue may be one of the ribbon cables or the LCD. If the blue light stays on, then issue with the board

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After following advice of resetting home screen settings (down/B/L/R on boot), my ds is now just stuck on the 'Opening homescreen' loading bar, and has been for the last hour.

Time to bin it? Getting real fed up with these 'fixes'

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Do you have CFW? If you do, use GodMode9 to perform a CTRTransfer, should fix it. Just don’t update it ;)

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Try using GodMode9 and performing a CTRTransfer. Worked for me.

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Well See, everything in my SD card is erased.

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That s probably the thing thats causing it to not work

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Try using godmode9 for a CTRTransfer.

If this doesn't work, Unfortunately you may just have bricked your 3ds.

These things can happen, even if the custom firmware is installed by a professional. Same thing happened to my brother and his was bricked. He just lost everything on there eventually and had to buy a new one.

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Same Problem here and I’m running on the old model so I guess my one is bricked but what I tried was to use the reboot and if that doesn’t work try giving it to a person that knows how to program circuit boards.

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Get the boot.firm. it should fix.

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Programming the circuit boards isn’t the problem — It’s either the SD CARD, or you 3DS Internal Memory(System Memory.)

Also, you 3DS has CFW…

One of the problems occurring with CFW, could be if you installed the dsiware-hack “Haaaaaaxxxxx”. My 3DS bricked(3 of them) before my 4th worked, so…

Oh, right: Have you been using R4, or TWLOADER/TWILIGHT-MENU? That could be the problem. My 3DS wouldn’t boot the whole time they were on there, so I used GODMODE9(or a different program) to programmatically delete them. After that, I practically let my 3DS DIE(Battery-Drain), and then re-charged it. After it was at 100%, I pressed the POWER BUTTON, and it booted up just fine.

Glad I could help,

Momoro

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For me it hangs on a black screen with no backlighting whatsoever, and the blue light appears for a brief 16-17 seconds and then it shuts off. I installed Luma and the tutorial i was following didn't do a good job at explaining the last steps, i'm afraid that my 3dsxl might be bricked for good but if you can help me that would be very much appreciated.

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@European Trashbag What tutorial did you follow? The most trustworthy one is 3ds.hacks.guide --Did you install GodMode9? Do you have a backup of the NAND? If you do, hold START right after pressing the power button until GodMode9 loads. Then, you should begin the process of restoring the NAND, which should also be at 3ds.hacks.guide --Actually, better yet, do you just have GodMode9 installed? If so, then load into it and follow the tutorial at 3ds.hacks.guide for uninstalling CFW. Hope I helped you :)

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The other cause of blue light is a non-functional top lcd, non functional bottom lcd, or camera ribbon. Try disconnecting the lcd ribbon and see if the system boots up. If the motheboard can stay power on without any ribbon connected, then there is an issue motherboard (hardware) or with software preventing to boot properly.

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Well here one that fix my 3ds just leave it on in tell it runs out of charge!

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Mine has a black screen, and the blue light will come on for like .75 seconds then turn off. None of these have worked. I swear, when I get mine back on, I’m never doing this again.

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I had kind of a same problem, I have the old 3ds XL console with luma and it was working perfectly until one night that it ask me for a update of the console.. I didn't do the update for a week until I choose to and exactly when I press yes the console said to restart like not downloading time and after it never turn on again, always the blue light and the black screen

Anyone know how to fix it?

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Hey guys, just came by with another solution that worked on my case :)

My 3DS XL (old model) has CFW and got the black screens and blue lights kept on.

Solution:

. Remove the batery and insert again;

. Power on holding only the L button;

Turned on like a charm

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