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    Bricked Wii - Black screen on startup

    Hey all

    First time I've posted, and its about my Wii being bricked, that's luck

    Well here goes, used this guide to the letter for installing HBC and NeoGamma R8 Beta12 so that I could play the new super mario bros.
    Didn't work, so I tried with another game, which loaded just fine, so figured I would try to load it though USB instead of as disc.
    Used WBFS manager to format a 4gig usb flash drive, and transfer the iso onto it. Put in into the Wii slot, turned the power on and BAM only a black screen when starting the Wii.

    The disc drive trieds to load a disc or whatever, but nothing happens beyond that point. The disc led flashes only ones, and the screen flickers at the moment when i turn on the Wii.

    I couldnt install BootMii as boot2, so went for the other option + created a backup of the nand just in case. I no there was something about loading it was not recommended but hey its a backup.
    Using the 4.2E system menu, so it's a PAL, with only the nessesary items installed from the guide, no wad other then HBC installed.

    I have a DriveKey installed and working, but as a test i disabled it for check if the softmod was working correctly. Also no autoload feature enabled.

    Really hope that someone has some things to try out, been at fixing it for 3 hours now not finding any material/guides that seem to fit this subject!

    ------ UPDATE ------ (same as in comment below)
    Ok time for a status update, to let you know what i've tried.

    Tested the all directions push on a GC controller on my friends hardmodded only wii. It worked, got to see the systems version and region.
    Removed the pin that makes it harder to push in all directions at ones, so it should be fault prove

    Tried the same on my own wii, and nothing.. Still just a black screen, no wiimote connection or anything.
    So i tried removing the drivekey, which didnt help, still the same problem.. Somewhere i found that maybe a hardware defect could like a defect in the wifi module could cause something like that.

    So put on an ESD armwrist, and have now ripped apart the entire wii, removing every hardware module except for the motherboard. Still doesn't respons to the GC controller trick.
    Is there some kind of minimum requirement for the motherboard to boot?

    Tealc had me test if the device would turn on though the wiimote via BT, and it did so that module is working
    ---- UPDATE -----
    Last edited by SkankiNDK; 11-21-2009 at 05:19 AM.

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    Are you sure you did not do something else? Sticking a thumb drive in your wii should not brick it, or do anything to it for that matter. You have taken it out and tried to turn on the wii, yes? So far it sounds like a no good situation. Did you install preloader?

    If you did hold reset and power on the wii.

    If you have a game cube controller you can try savemiifrii.

    When you power the wii is it sending a black signal to the tv, or no tv signal at all. What about the wiimotes, can you turn the wii on with them, do they sync? How soon after you disabled your chip did this happen?
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    I have the same problem! i have a softmod wii with no bootmii, preloader! the wii does switch on with the remote & the disk spins! is it f**k!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dairum View Post
    I have the same problem! i have a softmod wii with no bootmii, preloader! the wii does switch on with the remote & the disk spins! is it f**k!
    What happend, how did it brick? You can also try the above mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    What happend, how did it brick? You can also try the above mentioned.
    Tried most thingd including th GC in port 4 nothin worked unless im doiing something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dairum View Post
    Tried most thingd including th GC in port 4 nothin worked unless im doiing something wrong.
    Then your wii is a full brick. You can keep trying the savemiifrii, it is tricky and your only option but it probably won't work.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    Then your wii is a full brick. You can keep trying the savemiifrii, it is tricky and your only option but it probably won't work.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
    soz to be a pain but can u descirbe the saveme thingy and exactly what files do i need on the sd! can i flash the nand? got my sisters wii which has boot 2 etc11

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    Quote Originally Posted by dairum View Post
    soz to be a pain but can u descirbe the saveme thingy and exactly what files do i need on the sd! can i flash the nand? got my sisters wii which has boot 2 etc11
    You plug a gc controller into the 4th port of the wii, hold all 4 directions down at the same time and turn the wii on with your big toe, pray and if your lucky the recovery console will load displaying your system menu version in the lower right hand corner of the screen. No files required.

    If that works you would need to buy and install a preconfigured autoboot modchip, then boot up an autoboot wadmanager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    Are you sure you did not do something else? Sticking a thumb drive in your wii should not brick it, or do anything to it for that matter. You have taken it out and tried to turn on the wii, yes? So far it sounds like a no good situation. Did you install preloader?
    Yir, it like i thought. But really, did nothing different from the last restart of the wii. Except for turning off the DriveKey, but when it started after that it worked just fine for a couple of restarts.

    The black screen only came when I put in the thumb drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    If you did hold reset and power on the wii.
    Didn't install any Preloader, as to my understanding that wouldnt work yet on a 4.2 according to the guide.

    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    If you have a game cube controller you can try savemiifrii.
    I'm gonna go to a friends house this afternoon, and we are gonna try that. Havn't got a GC controller myself.
    We are also gonna try and remove the drivekey just to check for hardware issues releated to the disabling of the modchip.

    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    When you power the wii is it sending a black signal to the tv, or no tv signal at all. What about the wiimotes, can you turn the wii on with them, do they sync? How soon after you disabled your chip did this happen?
    As mentioned, the screen flickers once, its hard to tell if its sending a signal. But maybe. The wiimotes dont sync up, all they do is try to get a connection then timeout.

    As explained earlier. installed following the guide. Got NeoGamma up and running, tried to see if backups worked, with drivekey enabled, and disabled. All worked. Restarted the Wii, still everything working.

    Read some faq's about WBFS manager, and formatted a thumb drive loaded nsmb onto it. Plugged it into my bottom usb port, the one facing the outer part of the casing. Tried to start the console, and then the black screen came.

    Really didnt think that any homebrew or something like that allready started on bios level. Or am I a complete idiot as the IOS i loaded is somekind of bios on the Wii ?

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    Ok time for a status update, to let you know what i've tried.

    Tested the all directions push on a GC controller on my friends hardmodded only wii. It worked, got to see the systems version and region.
    Removed the pin that makes it harder to push in all directions at ones, so it should be fault prove

    Tried the same on my own wii, and nothing.. Still just a black screen, no wiimote connection or anything.
    So i tried removing the drivekey, which didnt help, still the same problem.. Somewhere i found that maybe a hardware defect could like a defect in the wifi module could cause something like that.

    So put on an ESD armwrist, and have now ripped apart the entire wii, removing every hardware module except for the motherboard. Still doesn't respons to the GC controller trick.
    Is there some kind of minimum requirement for the motherboard to boot?

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