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    First off, thanks again for this thread and mauifrog's softmod thread! I used the NAND formatter previously with success, followed by mauifrog's softmod guide, and got about 3 months of smooth Wii playing time. Granted only USB drive, my DVD drive never worked.

    This morning the Wii gave me black screen when turning on. Dunno why but it was on "yellow light" last night. priiloader was set to block updates. Wc24 was on I think, so maybe standby mode wasn't disabled, leading to an overheat? No idea the cause. But after several MMM's wouldn't load I suspect somehow some IOSes got stubbed?! No idea.

    My Priiloader wouldn't load (held reset upon power-up and no result) but when not holding reset the little double-blinky thing happens which is good. Long story short I tried your NAND format process and it didn't work this time.

    It completed the NAND backup to SD. But the formatter freezes immediately at the beginning of the IOS60 wad install step. I tried three SD cards, formatted to FAT16 and FAT32 and each gives the same result: freeze right as the formatter starts the IOS60 wad step.

    I tried a few MMM variants to no avail, cBoot2 etc. Trying to run a signCheck flavor now and will update if it works. Thanks for any help and sorry if this is off-topic.

    I guess the real issue is NAND formatter hangs. Oh yeah only other thing is BootMii showed 3.3% usage before and 3.5% after.

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    Related question: where can I learn about the various incantations of "armboot.bin", "ppcboot.elf", "boot.dol", "boot.elf", etc.? The reason I ask is because I have a ton of copies of those files from various ZIP files, and there are basically two sizes of "armboot.bin" (49K and 167K), and three sizes of ppcboot.elf (189K, 191K, and 309K). It seems that only the 49K armboot.bin works for me, and the 191K and 309K ppcboot.elf files work. But almost all the ZIP packs have the 167k/189k pairing, and those never work for me. By "not work" I mean powering on the Wii results in black screen and nothing else. By "works for me" I mean the BootMii page loads.

    The other reason I ask is because I can't seem to load anything useful (e.g. MMM) via BootMii. I saw reference to bootmini -- I wondered if the tiny armboot.elf is actually a crippled mini form that doesn't allow MMM to load? Thanks for any pointers -- I Googled for way too long already today! :-)

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    Okay *blush* I was able to resolve my own issue. Apologies for taking your time!

    Because I use linux and didn't want to use my Windows VM to format the SD card, I used a linux format command. For future reference, what worked for me was to format using the command "mkfs.vfat -c /dev/mmcblk0p1". The key was the "-c" which checks for any bad clusters prior to formatting. I didn't have it write out any bad clusters, I just know that after doing that, the NAND formatter workflow started magically working. Yeah go figure. You probably used several font changes to reinforce the value of the full format. I used GParted and apparently didn't get it right -- much easier to use the mkfs.vfat commandline route.

    Anyway, I'm following mauifrog's softmod ANY Wii steps now, and so far so good. Oh and it was important last time for me to set up Internet/wireless and sign the EULA *before* I followed his ModPack steps. So I had HBC already, backed up NAND, then Wii Settings, yadda yadda. Hope something I said is helpful. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad_Ad84 View Post
    If you have bootmii/boot2v2 then bootmii can be overwritten with a stock boot2v4 update - if this was done and bootmii was wiped out AND you bricked your Wii, you will need someone to reprogram the nand.

    If you update to boot2v4 while the wii is working, then reinstall bootmii, there is no boot2 update that is greater than v4, therefore it cant be overwritten by an update, which means your wii is recoverable no matter what ever you do.


    There is no preference in boot2 revision other than the above.
    How to find out which bootmii / boot2 version is installed.

    Can it be updated easily by a newbie?

    What tools / hardware would be required for the update?

    PS: Bad_Ad84 thanks for repairing my console. I still have not received it though. Hoping to get it back in near future. Meanwhile I plan to buy another one for the time being. Hence your help would be appreciated

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    I am converting my NTSC-U system to PAL using the tutorial and and have managed to do the following:

    1.) Created a setting.txt file using SettingEdit and saved it on the SD card.
    2.) Backed up my current NAND settings on to the SD card using bootmii as per the instructions given
    3.) Started the formatter by executing NANDFO~1.ELF. Used the setting.txt file saved on the SD card
    4.) The Wii rebooted after successful installation / completeion of the process
    5.) After syncing the Wiimote and finishing the settings, the disc channel was available as mentioned in the guide.

    Even though all the above steps were completed successfully, but the problem comes when I try to install the rest of the IOS's and channels. All the discs I tried returned the error "Unable to read the disc. Check the Wii Operations Manual for help troubleshooting".

    Hence I follwed the guidelines given in Post #2 and downloaded the IOS Pack For Use With NAND Formatter (MMM_IOS Pack_CB2_BB2.zip). I successfully installed all the wads and tried installing priiloader but kept getting error (don't remember the exact words) "Unverified.......". "This can be corrected......". "Use + or - with 1 or 2,,,,". However after trying all the options mentioned on screen, priiloader will still not install. Hence I skipped this step. Tried loading the game disc but none of the discs could be read. I kept getting the error (Unable to read the disc. Check the Wii Operations Manual for help troubleshooting) and even the channels were missing as the same were not being installed.

    Finally I updated my Wii online and got the 4.3E update installed including all channels. Thereafter when I inserted the disc, with WiiSystem Update through the disc and installed the same. Once completed, I was able to load and play all my games as desired. However I would like to keep the system menu at 4.1E. I would appreciate if the members can resolve the following queries:

    1.) Is there any alternate way to install system menu 4.1E apart from installing it from the game disc?
    2.) Can I just reflash the NAND from the backup I made and get the system menu to change from PAL to NTSC-U or do I need to make a new setting.txt file and follow the complete guide from start till end?

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    just downgrade from 4.3. its within the softmodding guide as an optional step.

    If the backup you took was NTSC/U then restoring it will put you back on that.

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    Before I took backup using your tutorial, the system was NTSC-U. I had soft modded it using mauifrog's guide. Would the backup contain all the channels and softmod too or will I have to install everything again?

    Also do I need to reprogram the WiiKey prior to reflashing the NAND?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graveyard View Post
    Before I took backup using your tutorial, the system was NTSC-U. I had soft modded it using mauifrog's guide. Would the backup contain all the channels and softmod too or will I have to install everything again?

    Also do I need to reprogram the WiiKey prior to reflashing the NAND?
    You do realize that my softmod guide offers the option to region change? Any way, after running the formater you can not edit setting.txt. So the only way to change to region again is to run the formater. You can downgrade to 4.1 with the softmod guide, but you need to stay in your current region as ARC will give you error after the formater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad_Ad84 View Post
    just downgrade from 4.3. its within the softmodding guide as an optional step.

    If the backup you took was NTSC/U then restoring it will put you back on that.
    Looking for the optional step to downgrade the System Menu but have not been able to loacte it. Any help will be appreciated.


    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    You do realize that my softmod guide offers the option to region change? Any way, after running the formater you can not edit setting.txt. So the only way to change to region again is to run the formater. You can downgrade to 4.1 with the softmod guide, but you need to stay in your current region as ARC will give you error after the formater.
    Yes I do agree that ARC gives error if NAND Formatter has been used. However I was able to do away with SysMenu Mismatch using ARC. I wish some one can release a new version of ARC and make it compatible with setting.txt.

    I am just making backup of NAND in J/U/E System Menu. This way I would not have to create and use setting.txt everytime I wish to change the region. Will save a lot of time.
    Last edited by Graveyard; 06-16-2011 at 01:06 AM.

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