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    semibricked wii with an interesting history.

    the wii i am trying to unbrick has me a little stumped.
    i'm pretty used to PSP modding but i dont work with wii's much.
    heres what i know about it:

    US wii, purchased within 6 months of wii's release.
    currently running 4.3u.
    currently has bootmii on boot2
    formerly had HBC, it was removed manually.
    it has never been downgraded directly, aside from NAND recovery.

    it has gone between bricked and semibricked status multiple times. we do have a NAND backup, but the backup was made in what appears to be a semibricked state.

    before successful NAND restore: wii menu does not load, freezing at health and safety warning. trying to load HBC or wii menu from bootmii resulted in a hard crash.
    after multiple attempts, an apparently successful NAND restore leaves me in this position:
    system is barely functional, it actually booted to main menu once, so we tried to update:
    newer titles (skyward sword) allowed me to run an update, from 4.3u to 4.3u (lol?)
    afterward:
    SD menu of data management= freeze. on ANY SD card. including freshly formatted wii-branded ones.
    system settings = system data is corrupted, refer to manual blahblah.
    aside from these issues it appears to be functional.

    ive got a feeling someone out there has a pretty direct answer to this one, but i see too many different answers, and many dont seem to apply to my individual case; so i thought i'd finally just make a thread.
    Last edited by zarphus; 09-03-2012 at 07:09 PM.

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    Load bootmii and make a new nand backup.
    Take the new nand.bin backup made from bootmii and format it with giantpune's nand.bin formater, "Ohneswanzeneger".
    Format the nand.bin
    Then install system menu 4.1u from "Ohneswanzeneger", set your setting.txt to the proper serial number when you do this.
    After that check your nand.bin with giantpune's nandbincheck, make sure there are no errors.
    Code:
    nandbincheck nand.bin -all -v
    After that restore your new nand.bin using bootmii's restore. That should fix any issue with your wii's nand system.
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    alright, i'll give that a shot in the morning. thanks.

    will this method remove previously purchased and downloaded VC titles? - because that's part of the reason we're trying to unbrick it.

    (im guessing that even if it does i'll be able to re-download them after using this method, but i want to be able to tell my roommate if hes gonna have to re-purchase his titles going into it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarphus View Post
    alright, i'll give that a shot in the morning. thanks.

    will this method remove previously purchased and downloaded VC titles? - because that's part of the reason we're trying to unbrick it.

    (im guessing that even if it does i'll be able to re-download them after using this method, but i want to be able to tell my roommate if hes gonna have to re-purchase his titles going into it)
    Everything can be extracted from your nand backup, as long as it is not corrupted. So make a backup of your nand.bin, format one and extract the other. You can use showmiiwads to extract titles to wads.
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    i guess i misworded the question. what i mean is, will his nintendo shop account basically remain the same, or will it be treated as a new wii?

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    Purchases are linked (forever?) to the console. I bought a used wii (which had been formatted) launched wii shop and was able to download a number of titles that the previous owner purchased.

    You should be fine.

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