Safety of System Menu Themes
I have some thoughts about themes. I've been working on this for awhile. If anyone (well, mostly the moderators) feels this post isn't relevant enough to the above posts, I can move this to a new thread instead.
For about a year, I have collected information about system menu themes. I have larned how dangerous they can be without Bootmii installed as boot2. I have taken every caution and/or warning I have encountered in this site to heart - especially those from senior members and moderators.
I have a bundle of 4.2U themes I have collected from multiple sites. I feel I have done enough testing with them to determine they are safe to install on the correct system menu and region.
I started my testing by installing them on the Dolphin emulator. I tested the themes on Dolphin that the program could handle without crashing (as it can only handle smaller themes). I encountered no problems on Dolphin.
After having 100% success with Dolphin (on the smaller themes of course), I have tested all of the themes in my bundle on a 4.2U console with Bootmii installed as boot2, and most of them on a second console with the same system menu and Bootmii as boot2.
I encountered only one problem with the themes I installed that were tested to work - on one (and only one) of the consoles I tested, I noticed that even valid themes sometimes produced a black screen instead of booting to the system menu after a hard reset. The system menu at this time was still very accessable; I sometimes may have had to reboot the console, but I could always get to it without the use of any safety systems. I did not notice this problem on Dolphin. Is this normal behavior for system menu themes?
This problem made me think... Are there items other than the system menu version and region that needed to be taken into account such as installed IOSs?
Based on this testing, it looks as if all themes in my bundle are valid, and have been installed on the correction system menu version. To top this, Priiloader never disappeared during any of my testing. Can I expect the same results on other consoles with the same system menu, or do themes behave erratically and are they unpredictable?
I heard about the issue with Priiloader disappearing, and I only heard of that happening when the user messed with the brlan/ brylt animation files. I don't expect a result like that vary from console to console. Please tell me if you think otherwise.
Now, here's the purpose for all of the above details...
I have a newer console also at system menu 4.2U, unable to install Bootmii as boot2. I did however install Bootmii as IOS and Priiloader. I ask now if based on this testing, if it would be relatively safe to install any tested system menu theme on this console. To put this in perspective, would installing a valid theme be no more dangerous than installing an IOS?
To address the abundant warnings I see posted all over this site about system menu themes: would you recommend a more experienced user who you know knows their way around themes to avoid them without Bootmii as boot2? Or, do most of these warnings mostly apply to those who are less experienced and are prone to silly mistakes such as installing an mym file?
I feel I have a slightly unusual situation, as I have access to both an older and newer Wii at the same system menu version and region, and I have never heard any forum discuss testing themes in this manner.
I know my way around making system themes, safety guidelines for system menu themes, and I can test them on a real Wii. Do you still think I should avoid installing them on the newer console without Bootmii as boot2, or have I done more safety testing than anyone has ever expected, and may (relatively) safely install a verified system menu theme? I'm not asking anyone to make the decision for me, just a judgement call.