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    Bricked Japanese Wii

    So I just used this guide:

    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

    Worked like magic! I could play US games and everything! Only problem was my wii was still in Japanese. I read a part of the guide that said something about menu files and decided to take a look. I found this file:

    SystemMenu-NTSCU-v449.wad

    So I figure... Oh okay just install this over the current one and were good.

    Wrong.

    After I installed it I tried going into the system settings for screen size and things like that. It came up with an opera error saying it was searching for a JP file extention and couldn't find one. So I figured "Okay well I should just uninstall what I installed and it should work"

    WRONG.

    After I did that I reset the Wii. Now it turns on but shows nothing. No signal. Blank. So I must have deleted the entire system menu file. Which means my Wii is bricked? I need some help getting things back to normal please... Everything from that guide is still on my SD card. I followed the guide step by step. So I have the nand.bin file. I just need to know how to get my Wii to show something again this is freaking me out...

    Thanks to anyone that can help me!

    Oh btw my Wii is a Japanese Black Wii with 4.1j firmware.

    Thanks again!!
    Last edited by Lostaries; 03-04-2010 at 02:29 AM.

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    How old is your Wii?

    Do you have bootmii/boot2 installed?
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    I bought it last year when they launched the black wii. So maybe like 8 months?
    I think I skipped the boot2 option cause the guide said I didn't really need it as long as I had the preloader and my nand backup but I guess not

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    So you had a Japanese Wii, firstly semi-bricked it using System Menu 4.1U rather than using Any Region Changer and then totally bricked it by removing your System. Not really clever. All you have now is a big hole where the Wiis Operating System used to be, it doesn't have anything to load and will just sit there forever.

    I'm sorry but you can't recover this one. You removed System Menu wad which is one of the guaranteed brick makers, next to removing System IOS and installing themes on the scale of careless and silly things to do to a Wii.

    Get in touch with Nintendo and get it back to them under warranty, tell them it broke when updating from disc or something.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    You don't think that finding the setting.txt for Japanese Wii's and putting on the root of my SD card might work? I mean after I uninstalled the system menu wad it still let me go to the homebrews channel... It wasn't until I powered it off that screwed it. I'm sure there HAS to be some way around it. I don't even think Nintendo here would do anything for a Japanese console.. I knew I should have tried any region changer...

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    ARC is the easiest way to chnage region as it changes all required things at the same time. As you discovered it's not just the Menu that needs to be changed but the system settings too.

    You have no low level access to the Wii NAND without bootmii/boot2, you have no way to launch homebrew or anything on that Wii.

    Uninstalling SM is only finalised once you reboot, it seems. Prehaps IOS and SM is held in volatile memory after deletion. If you'd reinstalled your 4.1J Menu before rebooting then we might not be having this discussion.

    Considering returning the Wii is not an option then there might be a small glimmer of hope (expensive hope but hope nevertheless). I'm not sure if Infectus modchip and Betwiin is an option, best wait for http://www.wiihacks.com/members/erikie.html to catch hold of this post, or drop him a PM. He has fixed dozens of Wiis using Infectus but I'm not 100% on the success rate with Black Wiis.
    Last edited by Tealc; 03-04-2010 at 02:41 AM.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Yeah I know it was stupid of me to attempt something without following a guide. I just thought I could find someone that might know a way of fixing it, but from what your saying it is un-repairable. Sorry for wasting your time. I guess I'll just have to call Nintendo and figure out a way to get it fixed.

    Is there anyway of them knowing what I did to it? Like remaining homebrew files or anything of that nature? I don't want to get in trouble.

    Thanks again for helping

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    Nintendo have the ability to completely peruse the content of your broken Wii NAND using their expensive equipment, but they seldom do this. Most reports coming back from low level full bricks such as yours are that they just send you an alternate Wii, no questions asked. Sometimes they even put a spurious fault in the return paperwork to make it sound authentic. You won't get in trouble. If they do discover anything they give you the option to pay for the repair, or just send it back unchanged if not.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    I'll give it a shot. I'll also drop Erikie a PM and hope for the best. Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you by chance have a link to a good guide on how to get/use ARC once I have my Wii where it was just after the mod? It was working like a charm so if I could just get it back to that point again I would love to know where to go from there.

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    To fix your wii with an infectus you either need a nand backup or at least your nand and hmac key. Without it you are in BIG trouble.

    I just see that you have the nand.bin (in your first post, I need to learn to read better )
    Last edited by erikie; 03-04-2010 at 03:30 AM.
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    Send me a PM if you have any questions regarding unbricking with infectus mod chip or post a message in here http://www.wiihacks.com/bricked-wii-...installed.html

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