Strangest Brick Situation Ever?? :/
by, 11-05-2010 at 08:10 AM (3455 Views)
Wednesday, a friend told me his Wii was bricked because of something stupid his little sister has done. He softmodded his Wii like one year ago, and has never had any troubles. His little sister read on the internet that a patched version of IOS70 would allow here to run Virtual Console games from the SD Card Channel. She tried this out without any permission from my friend, but it didn't work (or so she told). She decided to delete IOS70 and the System Menu to start all over again. Something unexpected happened: the Wii didn't boot...
So, I told my friend that day that I can fix this issue, because I knew he has BootMii/Boot2 installed as he bought his Wii in 2007. Yesterday, I went to his place, and ran Multi-Mod-Manager via Boot2. It booted properly as expected. I selected IOS249 to be sure I was using a working IOS and installed IOS60, followed by System Menu 4.1. I restarted the Wii, but for some strange reason the Wii still didn't boot. I ran Multi-Mod-Manager again, but installed IOS70 and System Menu 4.2 this time. I restarted the Wii, but still no luck.
After trying to install a System Menu with Dop-Mii, WAD Manager and AnyRegion Changer 4.1 (which all failed), I tried to boot a game in Configurable USB Loaderr. The Wii froze after selecting Super Mario Galaxy. I then tried to install a WAD of IOS248 via Multi-Mod-Manager, in the hope to get a game running, but the WAD simply didn't install. To be sure it was not a cIOS issue, I considered installing IOS58 (he didn't have it yet), but that also failed. Things really started to weird me out from here.
I opened up SaveGame Manager GX, back-upped all his savegames and Mii Characters and placed them on the computer. Luckily, he had a NAND back-up which was able to save him. After restoring, I installed the missing (c)IOSes, restored his savegames and installed the rest of the applications you would install when softmodding. We have tested some games about 1 hour long, and it seems to work again.
I seriously do not understand what I have done wrong. I am clueless. All his (c)IOSes were still installed, but I couldn't install a thing, boot a game or run the System Menu. This clearly shows that a NAND back-up has to be made, no matter if you have BootMii/IOS or BootMii/Boot2 installed: you don't know it what sort of way it may be of help in the future.