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    Bricked Wii no nand backup or bootmii..

    When I first bought my Wii it had system menu 3.4, I successfully softmodded it with the twilight hack and downgraded to 3.2.

    My Wii had been at 3.2 for the past year, so I decided to upgrade to system menu 4.2 the other day and enable it for homebrew.

    I unsuccessfully tried to set my Wii up to use the USB loader to play my backups so I didn't need to insert a disc each time. I kept getting crashes when attempting to format my USB HDD.

    I thought I messed up and decided it would be a smart thing to start fresh and hack my Wii again. So I downloaded Comex's nand formatter, system menu wads and IOS's, channel, boot2, Mios, BC (Backwards Compatibility), EULA, and Region Selector wads. I downloaded v1 of region selector as version 2 was meant for Korean Wii's according to the NSUS updater dialog.

    I followed what was mentioned in this post, except I downloaded version 1 of region selector since NSUS claimed version 2 was for Korean Wii's:

    http://wiinewz.com/forums/600371-post6.html

    I downloaded the wads mention in the post above, the system menu wad, and IOS's mentioned in the tutorial below. I also downloaded boot2 wad, channel wads, Mios wad, and Backwards Compatibility wad in order to fully restore my Wii.

    http://sites.google.com/site/complet...r-stuff/virgin

    Biggest mistake I could make, after placing all files on my SD card and running bootmii in order to run Comex's nand formatting tools, the process locked up whilst installing the first two wads. Upon rebooting my Wii was bricked with a black screen and me scurrying to find a way to unbrick.

    I wasn't able to install bootmii as boot2, so it wouldn't of done me any good, I had uninstalled preloader in an attempt to start fresh, and forgot to make a backup of my nand.

    My parents have a working Wii, I don't think they would be happy if I messed with their Wii and something happened to it, so I want to leave it alone.

    Will purchasing a drivekey save me from an unbrick, is there any mod chip which has an inbuilt rescue menu that allows you to boot custom code? It seems like that may be my only option..
    Last edited by Xtreme2damax; 01-16-2010 at 07:57 PM.

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    Wow, is about the only thing that comes to mind. You sure found an original way to brick your wii, so don't feel bad, you've developed a new method. I should probably add this to my list of things not to do.

    The nand formater was designed to be run from boot2 bootmii on a fully bricked wii. Also adding boot2.wad to the format would be a very bad idea in any case as it would remove bootmii.

    I am going to bet that the wii is dead. If you have a nand backup you can buy a nand programmer and flash it back to the nand. It is a big job, with many variables.
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    Will a mod chip or drive key save my Wii? It would be nice if there was a mod chip that had an inbuilt recovery system specifically tailored for unbricking Wii's, it shouldn't be as complicated/involved as rigging a nand programmer into my Wii.

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    No, it should not be complicated in a perfect world. Unfortunately the wii was not designed to be hacked and moded and has no built in recovery method in place. There are no modchips that can fix your issue. The wii is most likely unrecoverable.

    You can read this for all your options at this point when presented with a black screen, but I think you will find yourself at the bottom of the list very quickly.
    OH SH*T: Black Screen of WII!!!
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    Should I purchase a drive key in an attempt to unbrick my Wii before investing in an infectus nand programmer and risk shorting out my Wii?

    Can infectus fix any type of brick, do I need a good nand dump?

    My Wii was upgraded to system menu 4.2 before I bricked it, and doesn't have boot2. Whilst I don't have a raw nand dump in the format bootmii likely looks for, I do have a dump of my nand file system I currently use with the Dolphin emulator.

    I obtained the file system by using the file system dumper by Wanikoko. The backup was made when my Wii had system menu 3.2 well before I followed through with an upgrade and an eventual brick.

    What is the cheapest an Infectus and a Drivekey can be had for? Finances are tight for me and I don't have a lot of money, I'll run with it if I can get a good deal.

    Also what are the benefits of a drive key other than for auto-booting disks and reversing partial bricks?

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    I don't know, I really doubt you can fix it. I am not sure if an FS dump can be flashed back to the nand with the infectus or not, it is possible. Did you get a key file when you did the fs dump? If you did you could convert any dump for your wii.

    You money may be better spent sending it to nintendo.
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    I dumped the nand-key.bin, and masterkey.bin (key.bin) from my Wii, both were meant to use with Dolphin.

    Is it possible to reflash system menu 3.2 back onto my Wii using Infectus, even though I upgraded to system menu 4.2?

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    You could try SaveMiiFrii. Just take the cover off of a Gamecube controller, plug it into slot 4 (I think), and engage left and right on the dpad at the same time. I forget what else, look it up.

    Of course, if you are lucky (like I was when I sent in my sister's bricked Wii), Nintendo won't be able to get in and tell that you've done anything, so with no evidence you could get a brand new unit free.

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    If you have the key, you should be able to use any nand dump and convert it to your wii. I don't have any experience with this, but it has been done. So yes it is possible if your up for the job, it is complex. There is a link to two guides regarding nand flashing with the infectus in the link I posted in post #4.
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    Let me just ask if the hard/complex part is actually soldering the Infectus in without shorting out my Wii? :P

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