Bricked wii - already solved, but still wondering what the problem was
A few months ago, I decided to update the softmod of a friend of mine. He didn't have priiloader installed, so I decided to install it. My friend was on 3.3E however and there are no hacks for that system menu (btw, i have always wondered how these are made?), so I needed to change that.
Off course, I should have just used the 4.1 firmware updater from one of the softmod guides. However, I am a big fan of 3.2, so I decided to use the Fully Brick, Bootmii/boot2 installed but No Nand Backup? Solution Here! guide to install system menu 3.2E (yes, I know you aren't meant to do it that way).
I installed 3.2E and everything was working just fine. I rebooted several times, no problem. And then, I removed the SD card... and things stopped working. With the SD card (with cboot2 on it), it would boot fine (somehow it didn't start WAD manager, but the system menu). Without, the screen would just stay black.
In the end, I solved it by installing 4.1E. But still, I keep wondering what happened?