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    Lightbulb How far can Nintendo actually detect the Homebrew Channel during the repair process?

    So obviously I've bricked my Wii - else I wouldn't be here would I?

    It's a launch Wii (gutted), and it's got some kind of Wiikey and a PulseVU2 light mod and a changed case - so obviously my warranty's out the window, but I'm willing to pay up to a certain amount for repair. With the amount of reading I've been doing on this over the past few days, that seems to be the only option for a low-level brick like mine, when I don't have a nand backup or bootmii. Who's the goose? Me.

    The real question, then, is whether if I send my console off to Nintendo for repair, they will be able to detect the Homebrew Channel and such like in the memory - if indeed the nand is completely corrupted. Several stories say that they've had a refurbished Wii back from Nintendo after sending in a bricked, naughty Homebrew containing model.

    You can see where I'm going with this - call it speculation, call it wishful thinking, but is it reasonable to assume that a low-level brick is replaceable by Nintendo themselves at the cheaper price point? I'd love some input from anyone who has some knowledge on this subject, since after a fair while of searching I can't find any definite information. Need to know before I send it off!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rob.
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    well if you can't get nothing and you send it to them and they can't get it to work they will probably just pitch it send you a refurbed one..... but take out your mod chip or they will know right away. but they may dump the NAND and they could check mabye.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robly View Post
    So obviously I've bricked my Wii - else I wouldn't be here would I?

    It's a launch Wii (gutted), and it's got some kind of Wiikey and a PulseVU2 light mod and a changed case - so obviously my warranty's out the window, but I'm willing to pay up to a certain amount for repair. With the amount of reading I've been doing on this over the past few days, that seems to be the only option for a low-level brick like mine, when I don't have a nand backup or bootmii. Who's the goose? Me.

    The real question, then, is whether if I send my console off to Nintendo for repair, they will be able to detect the Homebrew Channel and such like in the memory - if indeed the nand is completely corrupted. Several stories say that they've had a refurbished Wii back from Nintendo after sending in a bricked, naughty Homebrew containing model.

    You can see where I'm going with this - call it speculation, call it wishful thinking, but is it reasonable to assume that a low-level brick is replaceable by Nintendo themselves at the cheaper price point? I'd love some input from anyone who has some knowledge on this subject, since after a fair while of searching I can't find any definite information. Need to know before I send it off!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rob.
    I have read several posts on different sites where Nintendo have detected HB had been installed on the Nand, and sent the customer a letter saying if they wanted there Wii repaired it would cost $220 US, or they would send it back as is at customers expense.

    I am not saying this is going to happen everytime.
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    I see what you're saying. But my speculation is regarding posts that have been made on sites more recently than ones reporting detection - I'm trying to find out if there's a certain type of brick that can't have homebrew detected, hence the initial assumption that the low-level would be safe since the nand is corrupt.

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