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    Low Level Brick?

    Short story:

    Wii: 4.0u (modded at 3.4U, updated with Waninkoko's update no issue over a month ago)
    Has Preloaded on system


    Had bad version of ISO60, uninstalled and rebooted Wii. Now, no video output not even black screen.. Acts like wii not even powered on TV inputs.. Will power on, disk spins, fan works. No warning screen or anything.

    I've tried to get Preloader to startup by holding the reset button, however system vid never starts. Have tried the SaveMIIFrii method with GC controller, no go.

    Am I outta luck with this console?

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    Sorry, should have said Preloader is on the system...

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    in this case nothing will work. i have same case no video itry everything except if you have modchip then try AutoBoot Universal Unbrick Disc, i dont have modchip so i cannot try this method.

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    So by adding a modchip, this will bypass the brick? Even if I don't have a NAND backup to flash back on? I'm at the point that $50 for a chip is much better than a new console, as I may have to settle for a LU64-65 model... (assuming those models canot be soft-modded still)

    Thanks for your info!

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    You can forget about preloader helping you as it requires IOS60 to operate. IOS60 is one of the most important IOS in System Menu 4.0 and you've removed it. Bootmii might have worked but too late for that now.

    A mod chip won't help you (I don't think anyway) unless you can get the recovery screen up. Without the savemiifrii or savemii trick you won't even be able to run the recovery disc.

    LU64/LU65 is not as big an issue as it used to be.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Thats good to hear about LU64/65, albeit the price to replace (and learn from prior mistakes)... Is it possible i'm even too far gone for the savemiifii trick to even work? I'm assuming its my NAND thats corrupted so mod-chips override boot1 and boot after the that part of the POST? Do you think its worthwhile to 'invest' in a Savemii dongle or I'm just grasping for non existing hopes of recovery?

    Sorry, not trying to sound overly nOOb'ish, however I just want all info\experience as I can get before buying a new console. The wife most likely won't want to soft-mod anyways so I hope to rescue the console if at all possible. Loosing the game saves isn't the biggest problem, hearing the fallout well thats another story

    I appreciate the excellent replies from both of you, learning a lot (hindsite of course is 20/20)!

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    i would try any solutions u can find before buying a new wii. even if some of those solutions require a modchip, i would buy one, because even if u still had to get a new wii u would already own a modchip for it. i seen they also sell a version of the drivekey and wasabi dx that are already programmed to autoboot for the purpose of using recovery discs. check out these brick tips if u havent already. link.
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    Its funny, have been carrying on a similar conversation in another thread here.

    There is a shop in town that will diagnose for free and install either a drivekey 2 or D2PRO 9 mod chip if need be. Even have a warranty, so the Wii is in for diags right now as I type! If anything, its a last ditch effort for rescue and it only costs the gas there and back to find out and well worth the gamble, in my opinion. Since its a NAND brick, the modchip route seems to be the last resort as I have no video as the NAND either won't initialise the video or somehow the vid chipset is bad suddenly (??). I think if the modchips actually can be loaded before the NAND corruption fails, I would have a chance. The question though is how low-level do the chips go. Its been told to me that they just intercept and bypass the security chip and allow unsigned code to run, not override or bypass the NAND.

    Buying a new unit of course is the final stage if\when every option is exhausted.

    Thanks for your reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhayes View Post
    Its funny, have been carrying on a similar conversation in another thread here.

    There is a shop in town that will diagnose for free and install either a drivekey 2 or D2PRO 9 mod chip if need be. Even have a warranty, so the Wii is in for diags right now as I type! If anything, its a last ditch effort for rescue and it only costs the gas there and back to find out and well worth the gamble, in my opinion. Since its a NAND brick, the modchip route seems to be the last resort as I have no video as the NAND either won't initialise the video or somehow the vid chipset is bad suddenly (??). I think if the modchips actually can be loaded before the NAND corruption fails, I would have a chance. The question though is how low-level do the chips go. Its been told to me that they just intercept and bypass the security chip and allow unsigned code to run, not override or bypass the NAND.

    Buying a new unit of course is the final stage if\when every option is exhausted.

    Thanks for your reply!
    the only purpose the modchip serves is to allow burnt discs to play, such as the autoboot discs. thats why u need a modchip. ive been doin research on these type of bricks and if u cannot access the recovery menu, u are pretty much SOL. if u can access the recovery menu then u could run an autoboot disc(pending a modchip), or u could use a game that has an update in it if u dont have a modchip. i believe it pretty much comes down to whether the recovery menu still works or not. i hope the best of luck to ya.

    i bricked my wii when i lost internet connection during an update, luckily i had preloader installed and easily redownloaded my system menu. should always have a safety plan.
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    The brick originated from uninstalling an IOS60wad (through wad mgr 1.4) as it errored several 'tickets' into the install. I uninstalled via wad mgr, not deleted. I was about to install another IOS60, then the machine suddenly rebooted on its own. I wasn't going button pressing happy or anything, just caught be by complete surprise. I cannot say I am a modding pro by any means although I have modded many platforms many times without any grief or failures. I gues where i'm almost lucky is that it was my system, not a friends. it was had enough telling my wife its fried, let alone a friends wife...

    I'd 'suspect' the actual recovery menu is still there, although the NAND is so corrupt\incomplete that it hangs up too early in the boot to get anywhere productive. I mentioned a possibility of a bad video output earlier. Its far-fetched as uninstalling a wad is not hardware devastating although perhaps bad\failed code corrupted the video drivers and I don't have a brick at all... I'm hoping for good news tomorrow! Even if the game saves are wiped, I don't care. Its the console thats more important to recover...

    I appreciate your well wishes!

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