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    Downgraded 4.2U to 4.1U and now black screen

    Hello everyone, I'm not new here, been a member for quite a while. I am having a terrible and depressing time trying to unbrick my Wii. Basically the story is:

    My Wii was on firmware 4.1U using the Waninkoko's Safe 4.1U Updater. Been like that for a very long time. Then one day I received my Netflix Instant Streaming Disc in the mail. Popped the disc in to activate my system to my Netflix account, only to see the disc isn't being read. I then Googled and it said the Netflix disc needs Wii firmware 4.2 to be read. So I search again for Waninkoko's 4.2 Updater, and updated successfully with that. Popped the Netflix disc back in, and it still isn't being read. Although the disc WAS read when launching it using NeoGamma. But I wanted to launch it from the disc channel instead, so I thought, let's try updating to 4.3U using another Waninkoko Updater. Updated to 4.3 successfully. Disc still not being read. Not even with NeoGamma this time. So I tried to downgrade back to 4.2U, and only to see that it's tricky downgrading from 4.3 to any lower firmware.

    But on another forum, somneone helped me, and told me to just download the IOS70 v6687.wad + System menu 4.2.wad, which helped. I was currently at 4.2 again. Disc still wasn't being read by the Disc Channel, so I thought I would download the System menu 4.1.wad and install that alone to try some other methods of getting it to boot from the Disc Channel. BAD IDEA. I now get a black screen upon boot, but I still get a green LED and the disc drive spins. I tried the SaveMiiFrii method, with no luck. Was hoping I was doing it wrong so that I can buy a SaveMii Dongle, but I don't think I can access the Wii's Internal Rescue Menu at all using ANY method. I do NOT have BootMii or any kind of that rescue things. I HAD PriiLoader installed before the brick, and had the "Press Y to enter recovery menu", but for some reason I cannot boot into PriiLoader by holding select anymore since after the 4.1 system menu wad install. I CAN power my Wii on from my Wiimote so it isn't any kind of bluetooth module issue either.

    I am just looking for advice here since this site seems to have very well trained modders and whatnot. Maybe they will know what to do. The number 1 thing I am worried about are my gamesaves. I had lots and lots of gamesaves and will just cry if I lose them all. So I was wondering, if my Wii is 100% unfixable, would it be possible to unsolder the memory chip where all my game saves are stored, and solder it into another new working Wii? I know it's a very stupid idea, but that's how desperate I am. Is there even a "memory chip" where they are stored? Where ARE the gamesaves stored I guess is the better question?

    If anyone can help me with successful results, I will gladly pay them $20 via PayPal. No joke here. Thanks so much in advanced.
    Last edited by Brian117; 09-14-2010 at 11:34 AM.

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    tbh, your screwed.

    You installed 4.1 system menu with, i suspect, a stub ios 60.

    Your wii is dead. Savemiifrii is the same as savemii, if one doesnt work, neither will the other.

    Without bootmii and a NAND backup i suspect there is nothing you can do, although other people may have something for you to try.

    For future reference, NO game requires a system menu update, EVER!

    You have been a member since 2008, yet you went elsewhere for advice, hopefully you have now learnt a valuable and, possibly, expensive lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davepm View Post
    tbh, your screwed.

    You installed 4.1 system menu with, i suspect, a stub ios 60.

    Your wii is dead. Savemiifrii is the same as savemii, if one doesnt work, neither will the other.

    Without bootmii and a NAND backup i suspect there is nothing you can do, although other people may have something for you to try.

    For future reference, NO game requires a system menu update, EVER!

    You have been a member since 2008, yet you went elsewhere for advice, hopefully you have now learnt a valuable and, possibly, expensive lesson.
    Well to be honest, I forgot about this site until I did some search results and this site popped up which looked familiar. And yes I also believe I am [NotGoingToGetMuchFurther] I guess I will await some more replies with other options. Thanks.
    Last edited by davepm; 09-14-2010 at 11:52 AM. Reason: Language

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    If you have a nand.bin or key.bin you can send the wii to someone with a nand programmer to fix it for you. They also should be able to dump the current nand and extract your savegames.

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    If the wii is old enough, this can be done without a nand.bin or key.bin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    If you have a nand.bin or key.bin you can send the wii to someone with a nand programmer to fix it for you. They also should be able to dump the current nand and extract your savegames.

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    If the wii is old enough, this can be done without a nand.bin or key.bin.
    Hello Mauifrog, I was hoping you would reply.

    Well, I have no nand.bin or key.bin, but I do have a keys.txt file on my SD card from a while back using a program I found off of HackMii.com. Forgot the name. And the Wii is pretty old to be honest. Bought it back in December in 2006. Was a used one, but that was about the only kind you could get during that year since the Wii was sold out everywhere.

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    Sounds like the nand can be reproggrammed, to bad you dont have boot2 bootmii installed. Without boot2 bootmii installed, you'll need to send it to some one or learn to programme the nand yourself, but it should be fixable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    Sounds like the nand can be reproggrammed, to bad you dont have boot2 bootmii installed. Without boot2 bootmii installed, you'll need to send it to some one or learn to programme the nand yourself, but it should be fixable.
    So you think give one of the people you listed above a try? And they can recover me? I'll have to PM them and ask what they charge. Your reply was just what I needed to hear to bring my hopes back up Mauifrog. Thank you. And trust me, when I get fixed, Bootmii is going straight on before anything. I am not dealing with this ever again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian117 View Post
    So you think give one of the people you listed above a try? And they can recover me? I'll have to PM them and ask what they charge. Your reply was just what I needed to hear to bring my hopes back up Mauifrog. Thank you. And trust me, when I get fixed, Bootmii is going straight on before anything. I am not dealing with this ever again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    It is typically $30-50 plus shipping both ways.
    Well, at least it's cheaper than sending it to Nintendo. And it's about the same price as a SaveMii, which I was going to buy. On my way to PM deadlyfoez now.
    Last edited by Brian117; 09-14-2010 at 12:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian117 View Post
    Well, at least it's cheaper than sending it to Nintendo. And it's about the same price as a SaveMii, which I was going to buy. On my way to PM deadlyfoez now.
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