Switch Hacking Updated FAQ

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  1. saneatsu
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    Since so many people have the same questions, I typed up an FAQ:
    Please note this is simplified to be as understandable as possible. If you want something elaborated on I will add it as it's own question. This is just a general list of questions that I have seen being asked repeatedly over the past few weeks since the bootloader hack was leaked early.

    Does my switch support Fusee Gelee/Atmosphere:
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    What if I upgrade to the latest firmware:

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    What about ... [insert question here]:
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    What about Firmware [insert Firmware version here]:

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    When will [insert name of thing here] be released?:
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    Now onto the actual FAQ
    But First a list of terms:

    Cold Boot:
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    Custom firmware (CFW):
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    Firmware (FW):
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    Hard Mod:
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    Hekate IPL:
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    Horizon:
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    NAND/eMMC:
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    NXLoader:
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    Payload:
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    Privilege Escalation:
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    RCM:
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    RetroArch:
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    Signed code/Unsigned code:
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    Soft Mod:
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    Tethered:
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    Vulkan:
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    Warm Boot:
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    Firmware Versions FAQ


    What firmwares can I install homebrew on?:
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    What can I do with Firmware 1.0.0 to 1.0.0
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    What can I do with Firmware 2.0.0 to 2.3.0
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    What can I do with Firmware 3.0.0 to 3.0.0
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    What can I do with Firmware 3.0.1 to 5.0.2+
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    I’m on x.y.z but my new gamecart for botw/xenoblade/etc needs to update to a higher version what should I do?
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    Switch Modding General FAQ

    What is Hekate-IPL for 4.x and 5.x? Will it hurt my switch?
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    When can I play/install backedup/pirated games?:
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    What is this Update Message Nag issue people have been reporting:
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    What size SD Card should I get for Atmosphere CFW:
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    Atmosphere FAQ


    If I Update to firmware x.y.z will I lose access to Atmosphere/Fusee Gelee?:
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    What is Atmosphere CFW?:
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    What can Atmosphere Do?
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    When will Atmosphere CFW be released?:
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    Can Atmosphere be patched?:
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    Can Atosphere run signed code (Can atmosphere run games I already own?)
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    What is Trust Zone:
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    What is Jamis Vu:
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    What is Deja Vu:
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    Fusee Gelee FAQ


    What is FUSEE Gelee:
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    What can I do with FUSEE Gelee:
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    What is NXLoader:
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    What is the JoyCon Mod:
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    Linux FAQ


    What size SD Card should I get for Linux:
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    What is this battery issue I keep seeing?:
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    What is this Linux SD Card issue I keep Seeing?:
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    What actually works on Linux?:
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    What doesn't work on Linux?:
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    There are probably a lot of issues with this, and I will correct them in time. If you want a question added just let me know and I will add it. Links and pictures to relevant topics/guides/etc will be added when I have enough posts to do that XD.
     
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    THANK YOU! I was about to do this myself, now mods: Please pin this!

    Also: Edit in a few things like that softmod through Deja Vu will be possible on 2.x-4.x and 1.0.0 with Jamais Vu instead of Fusee Gelee to get Atmosphere running.
     
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  3. saneatsu
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    I was posting in that other question thread and I realized I can't get mad at people if I'm also not willing to help. I'm also in the unique position of having gone through this like four times already. PS2, Wii, PSP, PS3, 3DS, New 3DS, and now the Switch. Figured it was about time I used what I've learned to help make things clear.
     
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    sticky it fast oh the lords of gbatemp quickly~
     
  6. pofer

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    Hahaha I loved the roadtrip example, the hacking scene is working so fast, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a beta release of atmosphere by the end of may
     
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  7. karloz25

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    Nice Job.

    You should add: Jig, Nand, eMMC, ipl, NXLoader, and Raspberry Pi to your list of terms and relevance to the Switch.
     
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  8. saneatsu
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    I have edited them into the Atmosphere/Fusee Gelee/Trust Zone Section. I also added in information about the JoyCon Mod (Can't believe I forgot to add it)

    I have also added a few things to vocab that i see people asking about as well as condensing it so it's in spoilers and isn't quite so long.
     
  9. saneatsu
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    I've aded Nand/eMMC as one item since they're referencing the same thing, Hekate IPL was also added. NXLoader was added to the Fusee Gelee Section as well as the terms.

    Not sure what you meant by jig (the joycon mod?).

    I'm trying to keep this FAQ as focused as possible on the current status of switch hacking in relation to Atmosphere, Fusee Gelee, and Trust Zone. The RPI isn't required to hack the switch and everything you can do on the RPI can also be done on a PC which is why I've left it off the list. This isn't a guide to hacking your switch, there's plenty of those in the Tutorials section. All this is, is a quick list of common questions people should check before creating yet another thread.
     
  10. Milenko

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    Has anything been said about *-vu since the write up in Jan?
     
  11. saneatsu
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    Not that I’m aware. Not sure if it was released to github with the rest of the hacks as I believe it is a Horizon hack, not a bootrom hack. They may not want to burn the exploits if there’s the chance for them working on 5.0+, even partially (partial starting point is better than none).
     
  12. jose1209

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    thanks, you but miss some things

    -what is pegasus and what the difference ?
    - does retroarch work with pegasus in what firmware ?
    - what are the programs working on hbl and in what firmware
    -does linux work with retroarch, dolphin what speed ? (many times asked)
    -why do i care about fuse gelée, don't pegasus allow the cfw installation ?
    -between firmwares what can we access in tursted zone from 1.0 >1.1 and <3.0 3.0 and > 3.0

    etc...
     
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  13. Ghost92

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    It's already boring to see more than 20 threads in a day on the same subject. Be serious Here there is already a state that each Firmware offers. http://taraftartekstil.com/threads/firmware-status.495078/

    This thread is confusing because it does not clarify anything in the title if you are talking about Fusee Gelee.
     
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  14. saneatsu
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    Roger and thanks for the input I will get them up soon. I left a lot of that out since my switch is 4.0.1 thus no pegaswitch. I will however read up and add them in accordingly.
     
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  15. saneatsu
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    This thread is 1.) not just about Fusee Gelee. 2.) Did you even read my post? 3.) Is not meant to be a guide, just a place where common questions get answered in a consolidated fashion. 4.) Seriously, did you even read my actual post or did you scroll down to the end skimming along the way then posted saying it's confusing?


    I can only figure that you saw all my spoilers keeping things tidy and no questions or answers so I will be putting things back to the way they were so it's expanded by default and hopefully this clears things up.
     
  16. flametorrent

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    You should rename this thread to “Switch Guide for Free Games! CFW install guide.”

    That’ll get the people asking the constant questions about current status and “is it safe to update” to actually click on this lolol
     
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  17. zzzzBeatz

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    I could feel the arrogance while trying to read the answers given in this faq. Also, they had a "I am fed up, GOT IT" vibe to them. Maybe it's time for a new hobby? Or is the intensive swearing part of the things newcommers should be aware of? No offense but, even if this was pinned, I'd rather get the info in other threads.
     
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  18. jinx10000

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    I think this is great.

    I don't think the specific section about Deja Vu was updated to include higher firmwares.

    Also, I think you already had this plan once you can post links. It might be good to link to other well answered conversations/tutorials, etc... in each answer . I think the purpose of this thread is to prevent people who refuse to search from opening a new thread.

    Hope you can keep it updated at the speed everything is moving in this scene.
     
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  19. Ghost92

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    Well hopefully some moderator add this thread to the sticky ones and remove the previous one. Because there are too many threads trying to give news. The truth is only interested in Fusee Gelee and I did not read the whole topic, but because they are questions and answers, it is to do them if they have a different result for each type of exploit. In my case I would make a thread in which I would talk about each version of FW and the advantages, disadvantages of being there. Like that sticky link that comments.
     
  20. nWo

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    This is easy to understand and covers almost everything. Great job man

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    Pin this!!!
     
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