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Getting Started

Please read the entire guide before you actually start (all of it, yes I know it’s long). That way you know what you’re getting into and what things you might need for your particular setup.

I’m also in NO WAY responsible for you messing up or destroying anything in the process of downgrading. I and many others have tried to make this as easy and foolproof as possible, but things can go wrong, freak accidents happen, and not everyone is the brightest tool in the shed.

Hardware

FlashcatUSB Clip Adapters

FCXA_ALL_Med.jpgYou will need

  • A TSOP48 (Type B) Adapter for NANDs or a TSOP56 (Type A) Adapter for NORs
  • A FlashcatUSB xPort
  • A Power Supply adapter, 5v 2Amp USB power adapter (USB phone charger), and a microUSB cable OR some other external power supply
  • Whatever clip you would like to use
  • Wire - for Tristate on NOR consoles and to directly connect a power supply to the motherboard
  • A soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • Thermal Paste
  • Screwdrivers
  • Paper towels, Q-Tips
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • A multimeter, any cheap one will do

Alternatively the FlashcatUSB xPort does have official sockets for NANDs and NORs that can be used.

Clip Edition

NTCEGLAMOUR.jpgYou will need

  • A NORwegian Teensy Clip Edition
  • A Teensy++ 2.0
  • A 5v 2Amp USB power adapter (USB phone charger)
  • A microUSB cable to power the NORwegian Teensy Clip Edition
  • A miniUSB cable to connect the Teensy++ 2.0 to your computer
  • Whatever clip you would like to use
  • 48x 2.54mm Pin Headers (if you don’t have them on your Teensy++ 2.0 already)
  • Jumper Wires (2x for connection to the Teensy++ 2.0, 1x for Tristate on NOR consoles)
  • A soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • Thermal Paste
  • Screwdrivers
  • Paper towels, Q-Tips
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • A multimeter, any cheap one will do

All The Clips

As you know the FlashcatUSB Clip Adapters and the Clip Edition support every clip, at least every clip I know of. It also lets you use some of the clips in ways they were not designed.

But which clip is right for you?

E3 Flasher Clip / E3 Flasher NOR Clip Suit / E3 Clip Suit / E3 Flasher E3 NOR Flash Clip Cable

E3CLIP.jpgYou can use it for both NORs and NANDs on the Clip Edition.

The E3 clip is relatively cheap and easy to come by. It has a pretty long cable and depending on the version of the clip you get you might not need to trim it in any way, you’ll have to trim it for use with a NAND though.

You do have to twist the cable around to actually use it, and since it is such a long thin cable the wires in the cable are smaller than some of the other clips. So it might not be as good as some of the other clips.

The Clip Edition makes it possible to use the E3 clip for NAND downgrading, but it is annoying to say the least. It can be quite fiddly, but it is doable.

You can find the E3 Clip on places like eBay, AliExpress, and various modchip/modding websites. You only need the clip itself, with it’s cable still attached of course. Often times the clip is sold with an adapter board called the E3 Linker, you don’t need it but there usually isn’t much of a price difference in buying one with or without the E3 Linker.

NOR UNI Clip (56 pin) / UNI 56 CLIP / 360 CLIP - 56

56UNICLIP.jpgIt can be used for both NOR and NAND consoles.

These are more expensive then the E3 clip, and are harder to come by.

It has a shorter, thicker cable. So you might have better luck using it over the E3 if you’re having problems.

Probably just as fiddly to use for NANDs as the E3 clip.

You can find it on places like eBay, AliExpress, and various modchip/modding websites. You only need the clip itself with the cable. Often times the clip is sold with an adapter board, you don’t need it but there usually isn’t much of a price difference in buying one with or without the adapter board.

NAND UNI Clip (48 pin) / UNI 48 CLIP (360 Clip)

48UNITOP.jpgJust for NAND consoles.

About the same price as the NOR UNI Clip, with the same cable. Isn’t super easy to come by.

Easier to use for NANDs, since it’s made to do that.

You can find it on places like eBay, AliExpress, and various modchip/modding websites. You only need the clip itself with the cable. Often times the clip is sold with an adapter board, you don’t need it but there usually isn’t much of a price difference in buying one with or without the adapter board.

NAND 360 Clip (32 pin)

360TOP.jpgThe OG NAND clip. Just for NAND consoles.

These aren’t as plentiful as they once were.

Pretty much as good as the NAND UNI Clip, but it’s easier to fiddle with since it only has the pins necessary (mostly) to read/write to the NAND.

You can find it on places like eBay, AliExpress, and various modchip/modding websites. You only need the clip itself with the cable. Often times the clip is sold with an adapter board, you don’t need it but there usually isn’t much of a price difference in buying one with or without the adapter board.

Socket Edition

NORwegianTeensySocketGlamour.jpg

  • A NORwegian Teensy Socket Edition
  • A Teensy++ 2.0
  • A External 3.3v power supply
  • Whatever soldering/hot air stuff you have to use to remove the NOR/NAND

Software

To make it easy I made a zip file with the exact folder structure I use, and with all the files you need inside of it.

You can download the Teensy version here

You can download the FlashcatUSB xPort version here

For those of you using the FlashcatUSB Clip Adapters you’ll need to download the latest software from EmbeddedComputers.

This is where I got all those programs, so you can check there for updates in the future and if you want to download all the files yourself.

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