Ignoring advice and bricking
by, 09-30-2010 at 07:12 AM (3817 Views)
As some frequent visitors around here know, I like to hang around in the newbie section and the bricked section. I have read about many bricks and always tried offering help where I could.
But there is one thing that is bothering me. Really bothering me. Although there are some bricks that were impossible to avoid (e.g. hardware failures), most of the bricks I see could have been prevented, just by following advice.
This got me thinking. Why do people ignore advice? Do they believe that they won't brick? Do they think that bricking is something that happens rarely? Do they not see any harm in what they are doing (surely, there is no way you could brick your wii by updating through Nintendo, right? Right?)? Or maybe, they are unaware of our advices to prevent bricking: Brick Prevention- Things you should never do.
Whatever the reason, I feel that it is necessary to turn people's attention towards this. This is the very reason I decided to make this blog post. In this post, I will take some of the advices we give and links to threads of people who bricked by ignoring (or not being aware of) the advice we gave.
Example nr. 1 - Bricking by updating through Nintendo
As first example, I take bricking by updating through Nintendo. This is because most people seem to believe that updating through Nintendo is a good thing. This is wrong. Most of the time, updates through Nintendo are completely unnecessary (updating beyond 4.1 does not at any feature at all). Furthermore, updating through Nintendo often makes it more difficult to softmod. And worst of all you could brick.
So, here is a list of people who bricked their wii by updating through Nintendo:
- Guide: How to fix Korean 4.2 error: 003 unauthorized device has been detected (this thread is about fixing error 003, caused by updating a region changed korean wii)
- help error:03, is my wii dead?
- my wii bricked from a burned game
- Bricked completely
- Wii Bricked 003 question
Example nr. 2 - Theming
Some people theme their wii, to make it look more to their taste. Theming might seem harmless, but it isn't. You can brick you wii by theming it. In fact, theme bricks are quite common (it took me almost no time to find examples). So just stay off theming, it isn't worth the risk.
Example nr. 3 - Pimpmywii
Pimpmywii is a program which automatically update you. According to the description of a site (the source will NOT be mentioned, because I do not want people to use it, it is from a post here on wiihacks ):
Sounds good, doesn't it? It sounds almost to good to be true. And that is because it isn't. From what I have read, basically, pimpmywii will update your IOS' (even though this might not be needed) and update you to 4.3 (remember what we said about updating?). It will also install cios38 rev19, while rev17 is recommended because it is more stable. Long story short, pimpmywii will probably give you trouble.The program will detect missing or outdated IOS and check that you have the latest version of the Wii System Menu. It also checks if you have the latest versions of BC, MIOS and those channels : Wii Shop, News, Weather, Mii, Photo and Photo 1.1.
If you don't have the latest versions of those titles, this program will download them, or read them from USB or SD to install them. When using this program, you will have all advantages from 4.1 cumulated from those of 3.2, and this without drawbacks!
And that's it for today. Maybe I will add to this post later. Feel free to leave a comment if you wish to add anything (saves me work :P).