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    My Wii bricked and I need some help.

    Ok, so I was on system menu 3.3 and had the Homebrew Channel installed. I also had a few IOS files and channels installed with some Wiiware games. I tried to play New Super Mario Wii on my Wii, when I noticed an it said a system update was required, so I decided to go for it seeing as my friend had some of the same programs installed and it all worked out... well I should have listened to my gut and not gone through with the update because now my Wii's green light will go on and I can hear the disc spinning but it wont boot up. Me also being the idiot that I am forgot to install Bootmii, so now I have a nice paper weight. I did some research to try and find a way to unbrick but the more I looked the less it looked like there was a simple solution. So my question is what would be the best option? Send it in to Nintendo and hope all they do is wipe my channels? Try this "Universal Unbrick" disc that I could not find last night? Or breakdown and buy a new Wii, update, then install HBC all overagain? This Wii is also from the original launch date if that makes any difference. Also sorry if this is in the wrong place, this is my first post on this site

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    Hmmn... That's sad, if it's from the original launch date and Bootmii as Boot2 not installed... Can't say we here on Wiihacks didn't warn you of the dangers of messing around without Preloader or Bootmii installed... Okay, enough bashing : P

    Anyway, what happens when the green light comes on? Are you able to eject the disc? I mean, there are some chips or wiikeys that I believe may be able to help you, but if I was in your position, I would probably send it to Nintendo. It's virtually a free repair but, they will most likely update your Wii to firmware 4.2. Errmm... What else... Umm... I'm unsure if they fix the boot2, if so then bootmii won't be your friend anymore. This guide by Messie (clicky) would help you get your Wii-hack on again : )

    Also, I haven't read much of Messie's guide, so sorry if I'm reiterating what they've said but keep in mind that Preloader has stopped being released, additionally Preloader searched for the old HBC title ID (HAXX) as opposed to the new ID (JODI) thus installing the newest HBC isn't exactly safe as Preloader can't boot to it.

    Sorry if none of that made sense XD But good luck : ) And contact me if you want me to refine anything, I'll do my best : )

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    Yes I am still able to eject discs and turn it on/off with the power button on the console. None of my Wiimotes will synchronize with the system though.

    So all Nintendo would do is wipe/give me a virgin 4.2? I read some posts where people were getting fines from Nintendo for having softmods they sent in. Then again I am starting to trust this forum the most when it comes to my wii hacking needs.

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    Moved to correct section.

    It's unusual for a NSMB update to brick like this. At worst you'd expect a semi-brick when some muppet updates using an out of region update but a full brick, I wouldn't have predicted.

    Are you able to launch the recovery console using savemii/savemiifrii? This pretty much your only hope. You know, Gamecube controller mod to allow all directions on D pad, port 4, jam all down as you start the Wii up. Sys Menu version should appear in bootom right and then use Universal Unbrick discs.

    One good thing is that Nintendo will have to put in some effort to detect your softmod as it is full bricked. Some people pay their 75 dollars (or equivalent) and get just a refurb unit in return. Some people are not so lucky and get a hefty bill, almost as much as a new Wii.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    After having cooled down a bit I am going to re-look at the Savemii method. I think my friend is looking up ways to fix this also, because my solution at the time was grab a sledgehammer or fireworks and let nature take its course. So come Thursday we will try out a few more things together. Seeing as it is near a big shopping time I am also looking around for a cheap Wii as a back up solution, because knowing my luck lately Nintendo would find it.

    Thanks for the input, I will post again after some more experiments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    Some people are not so lucky and get a hefty bill, almost as much as a new Wii.
    Sorry, I was unaware of this. Thanks for amending : ) And good luck fruitloops89

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitloops89 View Post
    Ok, so I was on system menu 3.3 and had the Homebrew Channel installed. I also had a few IOS files and channels installed with some Wiiware games. I tried to play New Super Mario Wii on my Wii, when I noticed an it said a system update was required, so I decided to go for it seeing as my friend had some of the same programs installed and it all worked out... well I should have listened to my gut and not gone through with the update because now my Wii's green light will go on and I can hear the disc spinning but it wont boot up. Me also being the idiot that I am forgot to install Bootmii, so now I have a nice paper weight. I did some research to try and find a way to unbrick but the more I looked the less it looked like there was a simple solution. So my question is what would be the best option? Send it in to Nintendo and hope all they do is wipe my channels? Try this "Universal Unbrick" disc that I could not find last night? Or breakdown and buy a new Wii, update, then install HBC all overagain? This Wii is also from the original launch date if that makes any difference. Also sorry if this is in the wrong place, this is my first post on this site
    Did you have any errors during the update? You didn't change your mind halfway and pull the plug did you?
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    Yes I did panic and unplugged a cord...

    The update did seem to go through without a hitch, untill it rebooted itself into a black screen for about 5 minutes
    Last edited by fruitloops89; 12-01-2009 at 08:59 AM.

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    Well I tried the open up a gamecube controller method but destroyed my controller in the process, so I took my Wii home from my friends place to try the dance pad and my tv lost the A/V plugins... it is old and they got pushed in. So I gotta wait a little more till I can try it again with the dance pad

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