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    First Softmod PAL 4.3e, can I restore in future?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm just about to softmod my new PAL 4.3e Wii.

    I think I've read all the important threads on the forums and helped a friend do one recently following the Softmod any wii guide, but a one important question I can't seem to get clear answers on is:

    It's brand new so I'm wondering, if I do softmod, is there a way to restore it to factory condition in future should I need to send it for repair?

    Following the guide you make a nand backup after installing HB channel and BootMii IOS. So in theory all I'd need to do is use BootMii to restore my nand backup, use hackmii to uninstall BootMii IOS and the HB channel and everything would be clean?

    But... I understand that because the 4.3 firmware prevents me installing BootMii as boot2 it is risky to restore a backup nand using BootMii from IOS and can only be done using a GC controller, but it can be done I think? I do have a GC controller available.

    I also came accross this thread about restoring a wii without using a nand backup, which suggests that there is no way to restore a softmodded wii so that it is undetectable that any softmodding has been done.

    Confused.

    Z

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    No. Your wii only gets to be a virgin once. Once lost, virginity cannot be regained. Further... once you have installed homebrew channel Nintendo will be able to detect it and either deny warranty claims or make them very, very expensive. You should not even consider restoring a backup using bootmii/ios.

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    Also, read the newbies thread in my signature for more details.

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    Thanks for clearing that up.

    So BootMii as IOS is kinda pointless?

    I suppose it would be useful to be able to save backup nands regularily so you can restore to an earlier time or different configuration. But it still seems unclear if restoring a nand backup using BootMii IOS is safe? Has anyone tried this?

    Z

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    If you were to brick fully and had you nand and keys you then have the option of sending it away to a nand specialist to re program. Without it the wii could be a door stop completely. So NO it isn't pointless.


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    And further.... so it is completely clear - no one should ever restore a bootmii/ios nand backup. If you had an old wii that allowed bootmii to be installed as boot2, periodic backups would be useful. In this case, having a single backup will be fine.

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    Ok thanks,

    Kinda bugging me tho why BootMii has the option to install a nand backup when using ios if you enter a code with a GC controller?

    Everyone seems to be clear that doing it is a big no no, but there isn't an explanation of why, and why BootMii has the option, and whether anyone has tried it.

    Is it simply that interupting it in any way would permanent brick it?

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    Yes. If anything were to go wrong, at all during the process, you'd likely be permanently bricked.

    The GC controller code required to do it was intended to stop people from doing it without really thinking about it first.

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    It can be done and it has been successfully done but the success rate is very low making it hazardous.
    Bootmii warns you of these risks if you attempt to restore.


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    There are some uTube videos of people doing it but I've never dared actually trying it myself.

    Its a shame as it would be useful function.

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    I think we have said it would be useful for ages. Just stay away from doing it.


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