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    Mysterious Brick: Went Bad Over Time - Good Drive, Wifi and Bluetooth - Still Dead??

    I don't usually post (solve most problems on my own with available forum and net resources), but this here is a stumper.

    Been having problems with my softmodded bootmii on boot2 wii for a while. Started not booting sometimes (black screen) and would need to reset. Got progressively worse and worse, to the point where it would only boot on days it felt like it (or if I stood there and powered off and on 20-50 times). Now it's gotten to the point where it seems it wont boot at all (or would take way more time to stand there and cycle power than I'm sanely willing to contribute).

    Having read about wifi and bluetooth modules needing to be functional to boot (and bad ones being the cause of most hardware bricks), and having "theoretically" isolated the issue to the wifi board (via savemiifrii), I ordered a replacement, popped open wii, installed it, and still no dice.

    So, not to be outdone, and knowing the disc drive on this system had been out for ages, I finally borrowed a fully working wii; disc drive reads discs, remotes sync, and wifi connects. I took the disc drive, wifi, and bluetooth from the working wii, popped them in mine, and LOW AND BEHOLD -- still nothing. unresponsive black screen. dumbfounded.

    pertinent info:
    • On the times of no boot, I am strangely not even able get to bootmii ...ie, it too worked sporadically until null, as the title screen.
    • Even on black screen (no boot), everything lights up and spins (power light, fan, disk drive and light, and tv flickers (but no title screen)
    • I am able to turn on the wii with the wiimote (so assuming bluetooth connections are in order)
    • 2 "states" of black screen: one where I could still sync the remote (and turn off the wii with it) and reset button was operational, and one where there was no response at all, and I had to hold down the power button or unplug (the state I seem to be stuck in now).
    • I've tried two different inputs on my tv (which work otherwise), and two different av cables (which work otherwise; one component one composite) -- same deal.
    • when I was last getting "good" black screens, and was able to check, I did a savemiifrii and it did show the 4.3 USA at the bottom.
    • I assume it is not a software brick, as it would work fine occasionally, and the black screen prevents even boot2 bootmii from loading.


    So fellas, oh royal wiizards...

    Is there any hope for this wii? (with all my precious save data and mii profiles on it... and it's "coveted" boot2 motherboard)

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    Moved to the "Bricked" section of site with a one-day auto-expiring redirect. Mauifrog likely's your man for this, good luck and when he chimes in follow whatever directions he offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Moved to the "Bricked" section of site with a one-day auto-expiring redirect. Mauifrog likely's your man for this, good luck and when he chimes in follow whatever directions he offers.
    My bad; roger that

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    Most likely some random hardware failure of unknown origin.

    But you can try to make a fresh and clean nand image, then restore that to the wii.

    - Make a new nand back in bootmii when it works for you
    - Format the nand.bin file with ohneschwanzenegger from giantpune's nand tools - giantpune's Nand Tools.zip
    - Then install system menu 4.3u with ohneschwanzenegger
    -check the new nand.bin with nandbincheck, from the shell
    Code:
    nandbincheck nand.bin -all -vvv
    make sure it looks good without error. You can compare it to the original nand dump for shits and giggles if you like.
    -load up bootmii on the wii, then restore the nand.bin
    -optional -update boot2 to v4 if you have not already done so, then reinstall bootmii as boot2. If you are already on v4 boot2 bootmii, reinstall bootmii as boot2 with the updated hackmii. I would update boot2 via disc or online update, you could try dopmii but I don't know I would.

    I don't know much about hardware, but the mainboard has fuses and such that can go bad. When they do they can affect the bt module, wifi, ect and duplicate those brick types. The only fix for such a brick would be to trace out the issue on the mainboard. You won't get any help from me on that, but if your in for it have fun. Otherwise if none of that works, send the wii out to someone who possibly can fix it, like Krafter.
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    Lol don't know why my posts have such a hard time going through properly here, but once more:

    @mauifrog thanks for the input. Question: if the issue were nand related, doesn't that theoretically mean I would be able to access bootmii without fail?

    So finished finals, and finally got back to attacking this wii issue. Backed-up nand, did the format/new nand creation with 4.3u via ohneschwanzenegger -- no dice. same black screen.

    I did however figure out how to get back into bootmii consistently (did a sd format and downloaded fresh bootmii folder from web). Still can't click through to wii menu (black screen; gives a short-long-short blink error on the slot), click through to homebrew channel (same response), or run latest hackmii from bootmini.elf to update boomii (freezes, even-blinking slot).
    Last edited by BluPhant; 05-21-2013 at 06:39 AM. Reason: Merging multiple posts

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    Try putting this on a formated sd card
    http://www.mediafire.com/?3u9a9o2rp8bn6yb
    The wii should boot to wiimod.
    From wiimod install the modpack from the softmod any wii guide. Then try to install priiloader v0.7 from wiimods app loader. Then try to load the hackmii boot.dol either from the wiimod app loader or from priiloader, or from priiloader load the MAUI channel and from there try to load the hackmii installer. Also try to load a usb loader via any the above loading methods (apps from chapter 3 of the softmod). See if anything works. If hackmii keeps failing, perhaps try and download v0.6 of the installer. You need to downgrade ios34 to v3087 or 3348 (i forget) for it to work.

    Most likely the wii has some hardware issues. But see if you can get anything to work.
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    ...Herm.

    Well, I was able to launch into wiimod. Told it to check my IOSes -- just kept spinning. rebooted. Through the apploader, tried running bootmini.elf -- froze; tried boot.elf -- froze; tried running MMM (app I had closest on hand) -- froze.

    ....then, upon rebooting to try something else (like the pack you mentioned to do first), wiimod wouldn't go past the initial flicker screen it did each time before booting (assuming its in pal or progressive or something). I could make out an error that mentioned something about the SD port. I powered off....

    And boom. Locked up. Now I'm getting nothing. Every time I power on, I get only a solid glow from the slot light, no matter sd in or not. No response from TV. Remote won't sync.

    Im gonna say this Wii just went to dust. Rolled over and died. At least I'm calling it dead, unless of course you have some genius idea of how to revive it from here.

    Luckily, I was able to do a nand backup. How do I go about extracting my saves and mii's from that nand and installing them on a backup system (which I currently have :P, though no "good" boot2)?

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    I don't have any good ideas for you, sorry.

    Extract your nand.bin with nandextract http://www.mediafire.com/?9778sgmybexww1o

    Extract your savegames from the extracted nand with http://www.wiibrew.org/wiki/NAND_Gamesave_Restore

    Then play the game and restore the game save with savegame manager.
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    Any way to save the miis? There's a lot of data related to them as some games use those as the save...

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