Switch Releases: Hekate, Nyx and Lockpick_RCM updated with FW 9.1.0 support and many features while Checkpoint 3.7.4 drops with Atmosphere 0.10.0 support and fixes
When a new Switch firmware update is out, many homebrew and tools get updated soon after and firmware 9.1.0 is no exception. In this article, we’ll be looking at updates for Hekate, Nyx, Lockpick_RCM and Checkpoint which is also available for the Nintendo 3DS.
Updates from CTCaer: Hekate 5.1.0 and Nyx 0.8.3 released with support for FW 9.1.0 and numerous new features
Hekate is a very important piece of software when it comes to hacking the Nintendo Switch as it serves as a boot loader for starting CFWs and Linux but since it deals with low-level stuff, some firmware updates tend to break some parts of it.
Thankfully, CTCaer is still actively maintaining his version of Hekate, which has now evolved into the main version used by the community, and he’s released version 5.1.0 to add FW 9.1.0 support together with Nyx 0.8.3 (advanced configuration utility) to go along with it.
Other than simply updating these two priceless pieces of software to support the latest firmware, CTCaer also took the opportunity to add some new features with the release which include:
- Obviously, there’s full support for FW 9.1.0 in both Hekate and Nyx
- Faster DRAM training was introduced which brings along faster Horizon OS booting – Hekate
- Low Battery Shutdown has been enabled when the voltage is less than 2.8V – Hekate
- Thanks to this, you needn’t worry about killing your battery if you accidentally leave your device in RCM mode
- An issue in which the Switch hanged at a black screen or Nyx’s loading logo has been fixed – Hekate
- You can now enter fastboot mode when running Android on your device (press Volume Up first then start holding Volume Down while still holding the former) – Hekate
- External patches only look for ‘patches.ini’ with this release of Hekate – Hekate
- User interface rendering and many options are now faster in Nyx – Nyx
- Faster image verification thanks to refactored SHA calculation – Nyx
- Some minor changes and improvements in both Hekate and Nyx which can be checked out in the update page below
CTCaer also notes that it’s important to update the contents of the bootloader folder with this release since mixing them with older versions of hekate can lead to issues. Horizon OS 9.1.0 needs a new sept otherwise it will show a pkg2 decryption error.
To grab Hekate CTCaer Mod 5.1.0 and Nyx 0.8.3 for your Nintendo Switch, follow this link which also contains the full change log.
Other Updates: Lockpick_RCM 1.8.0 and Checkpoint 3.7.4
Moving onto other updates, we also have Lockpick_RCM 1.8.0 which is a tool by shchmue letting you derive encryption keys for usage with other software like ChoiDujour. This version brings along support for FW 9.1.0 & master_key_0a and the change log notes that the root keys didn’t change with the latest firmware so consoles on 8.1.0-9.1.0 can dump all current keys. It’s noted Minerva should also be updated to get the best performance and that a bug was fixed.
Finally, we have an update to Bernardo Giordano’s Checkpoint homebrew utility which is a save manager for the 3DS and Switch giving you the ability to take control of your own saves. This update brings the version number up to 3.7.4 and it brings along:
- Compatibility with Atmosphere 0.10.0 (and newer) by changing the cheats path from ‘/atmosphere/titles’ to ”/atmosphere/contents’ meaning that Checkpoint 3.7.4 won’t be able to put cheats in the correct place for older Atmosphere versions
- The ‘Aborted By User’ issue that occurred when performing a backup in applet mode has been fixed
- In other words, this means that if you’re using Checkpoint in applet mode, you won’t be asked to input a name for the backup and the default name gets used
- Furthermore, incompatibilities with CFWs that don’t properly implement title takeover have been fixed thanks to this
- On Atmosphere 0.10.0 (and newer), the Account Selection applet will no longer cause Checkpoint to hang if applet mode is being used