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    Question Black Screen Brick-ness

    Greetings. After successfully soft-modding 2 wiis (though not fully understanding what I was doing), I managed to brick the third.

    I followed the same tutorial each time on instructables.com, which said to do the following steps.

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    Mod your 4.0 Wii to play back ups, install homebrew, and load from usb, all without a mod chip!

    -Run CMDVDX35 and choose Downgrade IOS35.
    -Run WAD Manager choose IOS35 and install IOS35-64-v1040.wad then restart
    -Run WAD-Manager_v1.4 choose IOS35 and install cios_fix.wad then restart
    -Run cIOS36_rev10-Installer and choose WAD Installation
    -Run WAD-Manager again. Choose IOS249 and install WADs 01-18
    -While still in WAD Manager install SystemMenuv###.wad
    -Run preloaderv0.29-cred and press 1 to install
    -Hold reset while powering on to access preloader and set preloader settings. In preloader hacks enable "Skip disc update check" and "enable region free" save these settings and press B to exit to the preloader menu and select top option of "systemmenu" with A to get to your Wii menu.
    -Use firmware-updater_4.0 to update to 4.0 sysmenu
    -install IOS60 installer
    say NO to install IOS61
    say YES to install IOS60
    say YES to patch IOS60
    say NO to install the shop channel
    -Return to the Homebrew Channel and reinstall preloader

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    Everything was perfect until the last step... reinstalling preloader 0.29. It said that it installed successfully, but it froze with the 'waiting 5 seconds...' text. I reset the Wii, and now all I get is a black screen. No sound. No wii remote control.

    One other thing I should mention is that I updated the HBC right before installing the preloader the last time.

    I just read that the IOS60 installer downloads a file from Nintendo before applying the patch, and the file I downloaded may have been injected with something that caused the brick. Is this true?

    Is this a full brick? I used the chart on this forum http://www.wiihacks.com/bricked-wii-...rick-tips.html to figure out what I should do next. It lead me to the bottom right option, which is to install a drivechip and run 'Any Region Changer' and reinstall the system menu.

    HOWEVER, when I read another post here that explained how to do this, it said that it typically does not work on wiis that only have a blackscreen and no error msg (second reply by Tealc: 'This guide is designed for people with banner bricks, typically those that give an error screen. It's not going to work on uninstalled system menu's as it requries that code to launch the recovery console as seen in the video.'). http://www.wiihacks.com/bricked-wii-...-your-wii.html

    I apologize if this information is out there... I've been trying to piece it all together myself. I'm willing to spend the money on a DriveKey if it will save my friend's wii. EDIT: If I do need to purchase a DriveKey, should I get one that is preprogrammed to autoboot?

    After doing more research, I realize that I should have installed BootMii as boot2 before doing anything else after installing the HBC.

    If anyone has ANY information that can help me unbrick this wii (is it even possible?), and also, is there a better/safer/more efficient way than what I was doing to mod a Wii so that it can run a USB loader? (link?)

    The bricked wii has a serial starting with LU57. EDIT2: It started out at 4.1U. If there is any other information that I can provide that will be of assistance, please let me know.

    Thank you!!!!!!

    -Jessica
    Last edited by weiird; 10-18-2009 at 07:23 PM. Reason: Added additional question; added region

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    10/19/09 UPDATE: I decided to order an autobooting DriveKey. Even though this may not work for this situation, I am sure it will come in handy at some point... and I'm desperate to get this Wii fixed, so it is worth a shot.

    I ordered from Modchip-Depot.com... specifiically: 1 x * AUTOBOOTING* DriveKey Bundle * + Bonus

    I'll post again when I receive the item.
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    hey there... can you access prelaoder menu by booting while holding reset down?>

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    Quote Originally Posted by messie View Post
    hey there... can you access prelaoder menu by booting while holding reset down?>
    Thank you so much for responding!

    I can NOT access preloader by holding reset.

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    also bootmii boot2 is out of the question i guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by messie View Post
    also bootmii boot2 is out of the question i guess...
    Yes, I am kicking myself for not installing it...

    I just joined this forum, so at least now I have access to more reliable information.

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    well your brick is a hard case.... might be unrecoverable, even with a drivekey. can you access the savemii menu by pressing all four directions on the fourth gamecube pad? (needs a gc pad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by messie View Post
    well your brick is a hard case.... might be unrecoverable, even with a drivekey. can you access the savemii menu by pressing all four directions on the fourth gamecube pad? (needs a gc pad)
    I will try when I get home tonight...

    I hadn't tried it already, because I didn't think I would be able to access any sort of menu without the DriveKey and either the update or any region changer disc.

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    you may be able to access it, that is the recovery menu, but you cant do much without a chip anyway..

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    According to the chart here: SaveMii - Wii Troubleshooting the wii has a 'low level failure' which could either be a boot1, boot2 or NAND corruption -OR- a hardware failure.

    I will post back after trying the SaveMii method.

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