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    Low-level Brick (possibly missing/corrupt System Menu)

    Just yesterday I attempted to downgrade my Wii's firmware from 4.0 via the method detailed here: Downgrade for System Menu 4.0 - GBAtemp.net

    The Wii has a serial number of LU50...etc, so I assumed everything should work out fine. I proceeded with PatchMii IOS Downgrader via the network method, making sure to download all of the IOS's except IOS35. Once the IOS's were done downloading and installing (all appeared to be successful), the Downgrader asked me about installing other things such as BC v2 (no idea what this is, but I proceeded to download it), the updated Shop channel, etc. I did not download any of the Photo Channel stuff or the Forecast/Weather Channels.

    During the download/installation process, I did install System Menu 3.2 AND System Menu 4.0; looking back at the guide I see it says OR, so I'm thinking this may have been my downfall. Anyways, once everything was done downloading and installing, I pressed A to return to the BootMii menu and proceeded to install the Homebrew Channel (before restarting the Wii or anything). Once the Homebrew Channel was finished installing, it ran, so I pressed the 'HOME' button on the Wiimote and selected "Return to System Menu". This is when the Wii rebooted and I was left with nothing but the black screen/Wiimote not syncing.

    I'm really lost as to what I can do to undo this mistake. Reading into the SaveMiiFrii method, I did open up my GameCube controller and try it a few times, but it seems to not be doing anything at all. This could be because you need a modchip installed for this method to work? I have no modchip, so is this what I need to do next?

    I honestly have no idea which version firmware the Wii is even at after the downgrade, but I was hoping it was something older than 3.2 and that would explain the SaveMiiFrii seeming to not have any effect (if the recovery screen is completely blank on firmwares prior to 3.2).

    Anyways, I feel I've rambled on enough about this. If purchasing and installing a modchip is what I must do in order to proceed, I will do it. Just looking to get some clarification in quite a few areas I'm unsure of. Thanks much!

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    if you get a black screen generally oonly bootmii can help you...

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    In that case, is there a way to force BootMii to auto-load from the SD Card? I've been unable to find anything about this and I see no other way I can even access BootMii without being able to navigate through the System Menu to load it with either BannerBomb or the Homebrew Channel...

    I apologize for asking so many questions, but I am completely and truly lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryletham View Post
    In that case, is there a way to force BootMii to auto-load from the SD Card? I've been unable to find anything about this and I see no other way I can even access BootMii without being able to navigate through the System Menu to load it with either BannerBomb or the Homebrew Channel...

    I apologize for asking so many questions, but I am completely and truly lost.
    bootmii MUST be installed before you brick for it to help you. IF you installed it, then you need the bootmii files on your SDcard to launch it.

    Preloader might have been helpful too.

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    I'm unsure whether BootMii is actually installed &nbsp;on the system. Unless running it from BannerBomb installs it, I would have to say it isn't on there >.< And I know for a fact I didn't install Preloader, I didn't even know of it until after the brick happened. Sucks, but it's a bit late for all that now, heh...

    IF &nbsp;BootMii were installed on the system, is there some way it would auto-boot from the SD Card assuming I have the .dol/.elf and whatever else for BootMii on the card? Or by "need the BootMii files" do you mean something that BootMii would have saved to the card after it installed onto the Wii?

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryletham View Post
    I'm unsure whether BootMii is actually installed &nbsp;on the system. Unless running it from BannerBomb installs it, I would have to say it isn't on there >.< And I know for a fact I didn't install Preloader, I didn't even know of it until after the brick happened. Sucks, but it's a bit late for all that now, heh...

    IF &nbsp;BootMii were installed on the system, is there some way it would auto-boot from the SD Card assuming I have the .dol/.elf and whatever else for BootMii on the card? Or by "need the BootMii files" do you mean something that BootMii would have saved to the card after it installed onto the Wii?

    Thanks again.
    from the bootmii FAQ:

    I installed BootMii/boot2, but it doesn't come up when I boot my Wii.

    Try booting with no SD card inserted. If you see a brief set of flashes from the blue slot LED right after you hit the power button, try a different SD card. Make sure you have a directory named "bootmii" with the "armboot.bin" and "ppcboot.elf" files inside.

    If you do not see those flashes, BootMii/boot2 is not installed.
    flashes look like this:


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    Thanks so much for your help.

    Unfortunately, the Wii is completely dead. I turned the Wii on to see if it flashes twice, and it does not (only once), therefor I do not have BootMii installed. Do you think N will pursue legal action against me if I send the system in for repair? (I have my doubts at this point whether they can even fix it...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryletham View Post
    Thanks so much for your help.

    Unfortunately, the Wii is completely dead. I turned the Wii on to see if it flashes twice, and it does not (only once), therefor I do not have BootMii installed. Do you think N will pursue legal action against me if I send the system in for repair? (I have my doubts at this point whether they can even fix it...)
    they wont sue you they will just (sometimes) charge you more for repair than they normally would.

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    Haha, OK, that's somewhat comforting. I suppose this thread can be closed/whatever now, as it seems my only option is to send it in for that repair. Thanks!

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