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    Exclamation Brick Prevention- Things you should never do

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    Below is a list of things you can do, if you wish to brick your wii.


    Please do not do these things.

    Never....ever, ever:


    Never uninstall your system menu
    Your wii will not work very well without a system menu.


    Never uninstall your system menu ios
    Ios30, Ios50, Ios60, Ios70


    Never uninstall any ios less the 200.
    Ios files under 200 are important to the wii, it is very important you will brick. Never ever uninstall.


    Remove Stubbed System IOS files
    Stubbed ios files are installed by Nintendo durring system update. If a wii is ever downgraded with these stubbed ios in place the wii will brick.
    IOS30-v2816, IOS50-v5120, IOS60-v6400, IOS70-v6912, these are stubbes
    You can remove them by installing:
    cIOS30-v6174.zip cIOS50-v4889.zip cIOS60-v6174.zip cIOS70-v6174.zip
    Example: Down from 4.0 to 3.2, then up to 3.4 = brick with IOS50-v5120 installed
    Example: Down from 4.2 to 3.2, then up to 4.1 = brick with IOS60-v6400 installed
    Example: Down from 4.3 to 4.1, then up to 4.2 = brick with IOS70-v6912 installed

    Never Update online
    Updating online will remove all softmods, bootmii included, and could brick your wii.
    Don't do this unless you're instructed to do so by a forum mod.


    Never update from disk
    Updating from disk can brick or semi-brick your wii. It is almost never necessary, even when the disk say's otherwise.
    Don't do this unless you're instructed to do so by a forum mod.

    Never downgrade system menu of newer wii's
    System menu's less then 3.4 do not support newer wii hardware. Downgrading a newer wii will result in a brick.
    Example- Downgrading a newer wii to 3.2 could brick it.


    Never downgrade ios files of newer wii's
    Newer wii's will not function with many downgraded ios files. Downgrading your ios files to enable trucha bug could cause many black screens or worse, brick your wii.
    Example- Downgrading Ios36 to Ios36-v1042 will cause most Homebrew to load to black screens on newer wii's
    Use TBR, or Dop-Ios-Mod to enable trucha bug instead

    Never install wads of unknown origin.
    Bad wads can bannerbrick your wii, or worse, brick your wii. There have been some malicious wads in circulation, that when installed can brick your wii. Only download and install from a reputable source, one with good feedback. Always read the comments.


    Never install System menu themes
    Without bootmii install as boot2. System menu themes have a bad habit of bricking wii's. Usually because they are not compatible with your current system menu, and other issues. Installing them will remove your preloader, so if you don't have bootmii installed as boot2, there is very litle you can do to recover. Having a theme is not worth the risks. Don't do it, or be prepared to pay the price.

    Never install cIOSCORP
    Unless you know what cIOSCORP is, what it does, and fully understand the risks involved in its installation, do not install it. cIOSCORP is a very complex system modification, which offers legitimate features, but its installation can be very problematic. If you don't know what it is, don't install it. Don't install it to fix black screen issues with games.

    Never format your wii
    Formatting your wii will not remove all of your softmods, and it could brick your wii.

    Never update a region changed Korean wii.
    If you have a region changed Korean wii, updating will result in a brick.
    You will receive error 003, which is currently unfix-able. Korean wii's have a LKM######### serial number. If you have one of these, do not update your wii. Also region changed Korean wii's should install cIOS70-v6174.zip, which may prevent "error 003" should you update by mistake. Don't update. SM 4.3 is out, install cIOS80-v6174.zip to prevent any issue. Remember, never update.

    Never format a semi-bricked wii
    If your wii is semi-bricked from an out of region disk update and you are unable to enter the system settings, never format.
    Formatting a semi-bricked wii, with Nintendo's Recovery disk or other method will result in a bigger brick.


    Never listen to youtube
    Youtube guides are a nice idea, but they FAIL all to often. Stay on wiihacks, read the guides found here. Many guides become out dated, and will brick wii's.


    Never rush
    Most bricks happen from careless actions. Slow down, read the forums, and be sure to ask questions.


    I will add to this list as they come to mind. If you can think of other way to brick your wii, post them here.

    Last edited by mauifrog; 06-26-2010 at 04:10 PM.
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    Nice post Mauifrog.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.


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    Great post, will link here often methinks. The only thing off the top of my head that comes to mind is installing mymenu/ify custom system themes - great way to brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithian View Post
    Great post, will link here often methinks. The only thing off the top of my head that comes to mind is installing mymenu/ify custom system themes - great way to brick.
    Good point, I added it.
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    What does it mean to brick? I suppose really mess things up ....kind of like FUBAR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle710 View Post
    What does it mean to brick? I suppose really mess things up ....kind of like FUBAR?
    To brick your wii, mean to give the wii all of the useful features of a brick.

    Wikipedia: Brick (electronics)
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    good post, if only people will read it

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    these dos and don't talk about what not to do with a softmod, I haven't found a do's and don't for hard mod. Can anyone point me in the right direction or should I ask the question here ??

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    Hardmod would have to do with wrong connections or if applicable soldering techniques, also updates. you are less vulnerable to a brick if you don't use software like in softmodding. so i think it isn't really an issue unless you softmod as well, then the same dos and don'ts apply.

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    Very nice post.

    For anyone who doesn't know, Mauifrog is excellant at helping people bring their wii back from the dead. I have seen him/her work tirelessly to help in these situations i with all mt experience won't touch.

    I respect Mauifrog's advice and suggest others do the same.

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