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    Downgrade 4.2 systems

    Hi all, as you may see I'm pretty new here, but I wanted to bring this

    Youtube video link removed by Wiihacks Staff. The video shown is a guaranteed brick waiting to happen for anyone with a newer Wii (2009) and a delayed brick waiting to happen for anyone who doesn't understand stub IOS.

    to attention (the annoying background music is LOUD, beware).

    I'm still a bit new to the scene, so I was wondering if anybody out there has already tried this solution.
    Last edited by Tealc; 12-21-2009 at 01:52 PM. Reason: Removal of brick downgrade link

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    Did anyone try this out? Does it work?

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    Downgrading from 4.2 to 3.2 can brick your Wii. This video is fail as it doesn't even mention the 100% brick risk to newer 2009 Wiis, which are more likely to have the problem in the first place.

    If any downgrade was safe we'd have a tutorial on Wiihacks to show you how to do it step by step, the fact that we don't means we won't put our names to it.

    I am glad you replied to this thread actually so I can remove the offending video. Wiihacks will and shall not be connected with such narrow minded tutorials.
    Last edited by Tealc; 12-21-2009 at 01:53 PM.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Ok tealc let me just see if I understand you since we were just talking about this on another thread. Downgrading from 4.2 to 3.2 "can" brick your wii but only if your wii is the newer one where it cant handle 3.2 correct? So a wii thats older that lets say started with firmware 3.4 can be upgraded to 4.2 through nintendo, then hacked and downgraded to 3.2? I agree with you on that video not going into details (didnt watch it myself) about the risks of bricking.
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    I've never tried it myself but back in the early days of 4.2 Jamieupanddown was going back and forth between 4.2 and lower revisions with relative ease. He has boot2 so is safe, once he got his boot2 back anyway.

    Your System Menu uses just two files. System IOS 30/50/60/70 and the actual System Menu. The IOS actually runs code from the Menu itself. The IOS is just 1MB, where the Menu is 20MB+.

    Back in the day when people downgraded from 3.4 to 3.2 people mostly had boot2 installs so no major issues occured, until the release of 3.4 update games and then the bricks came 2-3 per day.

    These days with the proliferation of fixed boot1 Wiis and LU64 Wiis downgrading is dodgy as hell and not worth the problems it can cause.

    If I thought that anything could be done on <4.2 that couldn't on 4.2 then maybe it would be worth looking at a foolproof tutorial but I just don't see much point. The only thing that hasn't been fixed so far is the region problem for modchips and the Korean-USA 003 issue.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Im still running 3.2 firmware and have no reason to upgrade. What does 4.2 have to offer that might "excite" me?
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    Nothing that 4.0/4.1 doesn't have. SDHC support only and the SD channel. Of course Triiforce solves this issue anyway.
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    I've been away for awhile. I upgraded to 4.2 yesterday. I have the Wiikey mod chip. I didn't see any problems. Are there any associated problems with 4.2 other than maybe the homebrew channel?

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    Thanks tealc for dissuading me from trying this. I'm pretty disappointed that I can't play NTSC games anymore, but I will look into softmodding the 4.2E now

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmarty View Post
    I've been away for awhile. I upgraded to 4.2 yesterday. I have the Wiikey mod chip. I didn't see any problems. Are there any associated problems with 4.2 other than maybe the homebrew channel?
    You won't be able to play multi-region games until a fix is release for the Wiikey.

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