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    System menu restored after full brick, can't run any disks, install HBC

    Hi,

    I am trying to recover a bricked wii for a friend without much success.

    To my understanding the wii had been playing up for a while, requesting a system update on some games (even old games like zelda) and then failing the update instantly. My friend had been resorting to using savefrii to boot games. Recently he managed to fully brick the console (either trying to install bootmii or updating the system menu off the metroid other m disk, i can't remember).

    Anyway, fastforward to now, I have managed to get his wii booting again by injecting bootmii with an infectus and formatting the nand using 4.1e nand formatter. The problem is i am unable to boot any disks to complete the restore and install remaining IOS files and channels. Like before, game disks are asking me for a system update and then failing instantly. I would have thought that formatting the nand would have gotten rid of this issue.

    I decided to check whether maybe his modchip (wiikey) was blocking updates, and found that the config disk boots to a black screen. I removed the wiikey and installed a drivekey but I get the same black screen when trying to enter the drivekey config too.

    I have tried installing HBC but it gives me the no vulnerable IOS error, presumably because there are missing IOS files after the nand format. I used multi mod manager to install some missing IOS files but this does not seem to have made a difference to anything. I have also tried swapping DVD drives with another system.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be wrong, or how i might go about fixing it?

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    You told me in PM you were installing 3.2 not 4.1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad_Ad84 View Post
    You told me in PM you were installing 3.2 not 4.1?
    I don't think i mentioned versions. Do I have to enable saving of sent items or something? I don't have any of my PM's saved.

    Either way, I tried the 3.1 formatter initially, tried inserting a few discs (wii play, zelda) to finish the restore and got the system update failed message on all of them. I thought this may have been an issue with the formatter so I tried the 4.1e one. Same problems. I figured I would end up upgrading to 4.1 anway so decided to leave it.

    After some more experimentation I now seem to be able to boot some games in my collection. Wii play and zelda now load but I have no idea why, could something I have inserted performed a silent update of something? I even got NSMB to run (wasn't working before). It didn't prompt me for an update though. I am not sure if this could be because I have installed all the relevant IOSes or maybe the modchip is blocking the update. I can't check because I still can't boot the wiikey config disc. I am still without any channels besides the disc channel. Can I install the others manually through wad manager?

    So far I have found that mario kart and wii fit still prompt for an update and fail, currently checking more disks...

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    I managed to write the boot blocks to the wii without too much trouble and load bootmii. from there i was able to format the nand and get back into the system menu (3.1E).
    If you have installed all the required wads via MMM (ios's and channels) you wont be prompted for an update.

    You will only be asked to update when you are missing an IOS or channel or have a lower version already installed.

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    Do you have any idea why the updates might be failing? By the sounds of things I can get everything functional again by manually installing everything, but it would be nice if the disc updates could run in the future.

    Mario kart and Wii fit both access mii data, do you think the fact I am missing the mii channel could be causing them to prompt for updates? I think i have all the required IOS's installed already. Would it be possible to extract and install the missing channels (along with mii and gamesave data) from the nand dump i made before formatting?

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    If you are missing channels, you will get update prompts.

    You need to make sure everything is installed.

    To extract all the wads you need to install, you can use wiiscrubber on an IOS and extract all the wads, then install via MMM

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    OK so i realised i needed to install some files (RVL-bc-v5.wad, RVL-mios-v9.wad) to make GC discs run. After installing those I was able to boot up the wiikey config disc and also discovered there was a firmware update available for it. After updating the firmware all discs I have available seem to play now. Not quite sure why as the update was only really supposed to fix issues with NSMB.

    I would like to make a nand backup at this point . Now it seems since formatting to 4.1e that I am unable to get bootmii to come up. The wii goes straight to the press A screen. I have only been installing missing IOS's and wads manually so this should not have overwritten boot2 right? I have tested the SD card in my own 3.2e wii and bootmii comes up fine. Is there anything different required to be on the SD card between system menu versions?

    My next thought would be to just reinstall bootmii, only I am still unable to run the latest hackmii installer due to the no vulnerable IOS error. I have followed instructions to resolve the error (installing IOS58 etc) but still the same problem. Any ideas?

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