Ok, I bought another Sandisk SD card and will try it now.
One question about the nand formatter process though. Even when I used it the first time (and it worked great) after the Nand has been written to the card, the tutorial says to navigate to the Sd card and select the nand.elf file. That file is never there. However when I reboot the wii then I can navigate to the correct file.
Does that sound correct or am I doing something wrong? I followed the tutorial to the letter, but that step has never worked for me without rebooting the wii.
UPDATE: Well it has gotten farther than it has in the past couple of days, so I have hope that this can be fixed. The Nand formatter has installed IOS17, IOS31, IOS36 but it now says "installing IOS60" and it seems to have stopped. The tutorial says that the wii will reboot, but mine hasn't.
So I am one step closer anyway, but still not out of the woods.