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    Family Christmas gift.. now bricked? Please help!

    First post here, I've been lurking and modding for a couple weeks. Everything has been going very, very smooth.

    My system is 4.2. First I followed the tutorials here to install HBC. Made a NAND backup. Purchased a WD HD and successfully was able to load games from the launcher. Then made channels from wads for games on HD, again everything worked perfectly! Easily able to load games directly from channels. Happiness and excitement for Christmas was fully in swing!

    This morning I added 4 games, made wads for channels, installed them via wad manager. I also re-arranged the order of channels on the screen. Went to reboot to test new channels and game backups.

    Then.. after pressing A at health warning I hear the little jingle and just black screen!

    - Upon powering up, I get a single flash from the drive.
    - Holding reset while powering up makes no difference.
    - Whether the SD card is inserted or not makes no difference.
    - I don't have a gamecube controller.
    - Whether the USB HD is plugged in or not makes no difference.

    Thanks so much.. I will continue to search but if anyone can help me cut to the chase I would be very grateful.

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    More info...

    - The remote is able to power the Wii on from red light to green light, if this helps my diagnosis. Thanks again.
    - No preloader installed
    - Pretty sure the cause of the brick is the install of those 4 latest wads (had around 15 already).

    Just bought this 10 days ago. Haven't even played it yet. I've just been busy getting it nicely modded to play without having to use the game discs. I'm tempted just to return to retailer for an exchange.. though I know it's my fault and wouldn't feel good screwing the retailer or Nintendo.

    Was my mistake not installing a preloader? Or not ensuring the wads were NTSC? Or both?

    Thanks again..gotta act fast here since Christmas is 2 weeks away!
    Last edited by wiirfamily; 12-08-2009 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Added more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiirfamily View Post
    More info...

    - The remote is able to power the Wii on from red light to green light, if this helps my diagnosis. Thanks again.
    - No preloader installed
    - Pretty sure the cause of the brick is the install of those 4 latest wads (had around 15 already).

    Just bought this 10 days ago. Haven't even played it yet. I've just been busy getting it nicely modded to play without having to use the game discs. I'm tempted just to return to retailer for an exchange.. though I know it's my fault and wouldn't feel good screwing the retailer or Nintendo.

    Was my mistake not installing a preloader? Or not ensuring the wads were NTSC? Or both?

    Thanks again..gotta act fast here since Christmas is 2 weeks away!

    Preloader would be very helpful for this. Try to hold + & - down at the health screen, while doing that push A a few times. If your lucky your wii will boot into maintinace mode. If it does, load up wadmanager and uninstall the last 4 wads you installed.

    If that fails your only option will be savemiifrii with a gc-controller, which will most likly require a modchip to do anything with. But you can try to boot some original disks if you like.

    If the wii is new and still under waranty you could try to exchange it. If you do you should feel a little bad about it, but it is christmas and the kids need a wii.

    What ever you do, next time install priiloader, try to avoid installing wads as much as possible. I my oppinion your best setup is to have the wii boot into usbloader gx, load your games and hb from there- forget about the system menu.
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    Thank you so much for your response, mauifrog!

    I have a replacement wii on the way. So please help me better understand my mistakes...

    1) Updating to 4.2 (came with 3.8 or 4.0?). Is that really a mistake? Everything I read on hear had me regretting that update but everything worked so smoothly up until.. the... brick.

    2) NOT installing a preloader. I didn't understand the ramifications of this aspect at the time, but now I do. I backed up my NAND, but it's useless if I don't have a way of restoring it. I'm learning.

    3) Installing wads for channels for HD games. This is really what did me in. I might not have been careful enough (region?) with these wads. The first dozen went so smoothly. mauifrog advises booting to usbloader gx and not using the system menu. That sounds like really good advice. With my kids, I really, really, want to be able to just boot games off the USB HD.. usbloader gx isn't as pretty as the system menu with the game channels, but if it is a safer way to go then I'm all for it.

    Any other thoughts?

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    I agree with mauifrog, making channel wads is what did you in. If your going to be messing with making your own wads then you're going to want some kind of brick recovery, and that is where Priiloader comes in. Also, the 4.2 update may work against you too, that update was created by Nintendo just to screw with the hackers. And don't limit yourself to just one USB Loader, try all of them and use the one that suits you best, there are a few nice USB Loaders and they all work great.
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