IOS-Related Problem using Backup Loader or USBLoader GX
I hate to join a forum just to ask for help, but you folks seem the most knowledgable, and I'm about to rip my hair out with this. Everything I've read advises against removing all homebrew/IOS'/etc and starting from scratch in case of bricking, so I'm out of ideas. Maybe one of you can help. I guess it's worth noting that this has all been my first experience with this level of hackery; Previously I've mostly just had NES/SNES/GBA emulators on the Wii, and managed to install a "Virtual Console" version of EarthBound using a WAD. I use walkthroughs and try to talk to more experienced people than myself whenever possible, since I don't like to go into things blind for fear of causing damage.
I wanted to play a patched version of Bleach: Shattered Blade on my homebrew'd Wii (we have one un-hacked Wii and one for homebrew.) Someone on Youtube had shown clips of it, so I messaged them to ask how to go about it. After getting the ISO and patching it all happy-like, he said I'd be able to play it by burning to a DVD and running Backup Loader if I was running IOS249. I wasn't; I was originally running IOS 34. I found a tutorial that directed me to an app simply called "IOS249" to put on the Homebrew Channel, so I did so, and I ran it, and the Wii showed as running IOS249 now. Everything should have been good. Right?
No. When I ran Backup Loader and tried to load the disc, it would spin the disc a bit, recognize the game (!!) as "RBLE8P - Bleach Shattered Blade", and just freeze and spin indefinitely til i powered off the Wii. To verify that it wasn't an issue with the patched ISO, I downloaded an unpatched ISO as well to test that out. That didn't do the trick. So I figured, hey, maybe my computer isn't encoding the DVDs right in a way that the Wii can deal with.
Not being one who easily gives up, I found a pretty good deal on a 16GB USB drive so I could attempt to do this up USB Loader GX style. The person I had been talking to previously made it sound like this would be a pretty much plug-and-play process, so I put the app on my SD card, formatted my USB drive to WBFS, used a GUI tool to install both aforementioned ISOs (patched and unpatched) onto the USB drive, and popped them both into the Wii. Same deal as with Backup Loader.... the USB Loader GX program could recognize the games, but when I click on them, it just hangs there. UGH.
I found this walkthrough (ReadMii (USB Loader GX)) and started to go through the process... downloaded all the requested IOS' via the NUS Downloader, put Dop-Mii on the SD card, ran it, clicked on “Install IOS36 (v3351) w/FakeSign”... can't find IOS36. Error (-4100) Says it's just not there. It doesn't show up as one of the options on the top either, where you can cycle through to find which one you want to run as.
I'm very worried that all this isn't something I'm going to be able to undo cleanly to get this working. I have a feeling if I hadn't done the whole BackupLoader/IOS249 thing, this would have worked without a hitch. I've searched around online quite a bit and can't seem to find any posts, etc. about anyone having this same problem and getting it resolved. If anyone can help... I would really appreciate it. If you need more info or anything, just let me know and I'll get whatever I can. Thank you!!