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    Did installing HBC semi-brick my Wii?

    Hello everyone! About a month or two ago, I intalled HBC on my mod-chipped NTSC USA Wii. At the time, all I wanted to do was to run a program that removes duplicate channels that shows up from playing non-USA region discs. The program worked fine. And I didn't think anymore about it. Today, while trying to access Wii Settings, I found out my Wii got semi-bricked (cannot access Wii Settings). I don't even know how it happened. I tried the unbrick ISO I found here (v289), the console reports a error when attempting to read the disc, tells me to shut down and consult manual.

    The Wii still works. HBC is available. I don't know for sure the firmware version of my Wii (can't access wii settings). At the time of the HBC installation, I remember installing something called bootmii and boot2. I did not do a NAND back up.

    I would deeply appreciate any suggestions. Happly Holidays everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hijaker View Post
    Hello everyone! About a month or two ago, I intalled HBC on my mod-chipped NTSC USA Wii. At the time, all I wanted to do was to run a program that removes duplicate channels that shows up from playing non-USA region discs. The program worked fine. And I didn't think anymore about it. Today, while trying to access Wii Settings, I found out my Wii got semi-bricked (cannot access Wii Settings). I don't even know how it happened. I tried the unbrick ISO I found here (v289), the console reports a error when attempting to read the disc, tells me to shut down and consult manual.

    The Wii still works. HBC is available. I don't know for sure the firmware version of my Wii (can't access wii settings). At the time of the HBC installation, I remember installing something called bootmii and boot2. I did not do a NAND back up.

    I would deeply appreciate any suggestions. Happly Holidays everyone!
    From what I've read, semi-bricking is the result of using a region DVD that is outside of your normal region and the other region code is responsible for the semi-brick. These are usually downloaded torrent iso games that are responsible. He tends to doubt a softmod would cause such a problem, even if you shut off the machine mid update or mod. That could all be total speculation on the original posters part however.

    I'll tell you what though, I've been doing software cracking -ahem- debugging since the mid nineties and I can't believe how crude these mods are and the explanations given on how to install them. Nobody can come up with an AIO installer or a bat file that installs HBC and then installs the modded files along with a loader, which determines your version and auto informs you that your system is too new or can't be rolled back? Reminds me of the Amiga hacking infancy days. These guys put up instructions in several different stickies and then there's 50 pages of problem responses. That should tell people don't bother, right there. You just might be SOL buddy.

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    I have found one option is to use NUS downloader to download a new system menu, then use WAD Manager to install. I have been reading about NUS downloader, but have not found any info on how to figure out which version to download and how to download it.

    Another option I have found is to downgrade to 3.2. I am not sure which firmware I have now, but I know it is not 3.2 or 4.2. So, if I downgrade to 3.2, will it fix the semi-brick issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bortz View Post
    From what I've read, semi-bricking is the result of using a region DVD that is outside of your normal region and the other region code is responsible for the semi-brick. These are usually downloaded torrent iso games that are responsible. He tends to doubt a softmod would cause such a problem, even if you shut off the machine mid update or mod. That could all be total speculation on the original posters part however.

    I'll tell you what though, I've been doing software cracking -ahem- debugging since the mid nineties and I can't believe how crude these mods are and the explanations given on how to install them. Nobody can come up with an AIO installer or a bat file that installs HBC and then installs the modded files along with a loader, which determines your version and auto informs you that your system is too new or can't be rolled back? Reminds me of the Amiga hacking infancy days. These guys put up instructions in several different stickies and then there's 50 pages of problem responses. That should tell people don't bother, right there. You just might be SOL buddy.
    Yea really look hard at the problems, and think about how many doctors there are out there who can't even change a tire. This stuff isn't for everyone and especially for anyone with attention deficit disorder lol.

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    My response to the doctor tire analogy is-apples and oranges comparison.
    Here you have admins with member descriptions that say don't PM me for help unless your a contributor? That says either one of two things- it's either run by kids or arrogant elitists. Or maybe arrogant kids, LOL. It also tells me that with that attitude, it will be some time before a crack group gets involved with these guys to put out an AIO start to finish loader to simplify things and just reboot if there's something that doesn't install correctly or pop back out to menu rather than launch some primitive error -1 code. (guess who your talking with hint, hint)

    If you weren't talking to someone who knows a bit from a byte, I'd say yeah, you've got a point. Fact is, there's FAQ's and stickies on here that boast- works on all systems including 3.4U, LU64+, when in fact it doesn't work on a 3.4u, LU 66 that's a month old.

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