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Guide: How to Unbrick Your Nintendo Wii Console


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284w ago - This is a TUT to unbrick your Wii with the internal Rescue Menu. You can do this with and without Starfall.

Without Starfall you have to MOD a GC Controller to press all 4 ways of the digi pad to same time and you need a Original Game Disc with a update on it, higher as your installed FW. If you have a Modchip set to autoboot disc's than you can use a backup instead of a Original disc. For Starfall you dono need to MOD your GC Pad.

And you could use Backups if the disc size will match the 4,37GB. I self have testet the semi unbrick disc but it does not work without a modchip. There for I made the "Universal Unbrick Disc" becouse the disc will match the 4,37GB and it hase the FW 3.3 update + the WAD Manager as main.dol in the game partition.I will show you how to start both rescue menu's, with an without starfall and i will use the universal unbrick disc with starfall to upgrade (unbrick) my Wii to FW3.3.

When you could use it?

If you run into a brick and your Wii does not start the menu any more but will boot (green led and spinning drive) you have a good chance to be able to start the Wii internal rescue menu to install a FW update or the system menu.wad + IOS via WAD Manager what will unbrick your Wii if you lucky. If your Wii does not boot any more than your only chance will be Nintendo or a pre-dumped NAND image of your consoles flash chip.

Lets start with the normal Recue Menu Methode:

Open up your GC pad useing a triwing scruew driver.Before you open the pad turn around than open it.

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Take the digi pad part of and in the center cut of the nipple.On my picture it will be allready cuted of.

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Put all back together and connect it to port 4. The next step will be a little bit tricky. You need the correct timing to boot into
the Rescue Menu. Under FW 3.2 you will see nothing more than a blank black screen. On FW 3.2 and higher you will see a FW x.x down in the
right corner. Here a Vid of booting the Rescue Menu with normall method:





The Starfall Rescue Menu Methode:

To use this you must have installed the Starfall rescue menu hacks.Than just connect the GC pad to port 1 and press "Y" duoring bootup. Hier a Vid of it in action:





Unbrick your Wii:

Now we know both methodes i will go on and upgrade my CFW 3.2 Wii with my Universal Unbrick Disc to a FW 3.3 Wii.
Hier the Vid:





As you can see it hase not installed the update but started the WAD Manager.Even better becouse you could choose the wad you want to install!

My Universal Unbrick Disc will be set to autoboot and i forgot that this will disable the update and directly load the main.dol from the second partition.

This works on my Softmodded Wii with CFW and Starfall installed.It should also work with a Modchip (even with no autoboot seted) and no Starfall installed.

Anyway with the WAD Manager you will be secured but i want to find a IOS to set the partition to load what will be present on every Wii. Becouse last time i haved a wii without the IOS35 what the second partition of the uud will be load and i cant start the WAD Manager even the app reload the IOS249.

Before reloading IOS the IOS from the game partition must be present to be load into the ram.I will try it with IOS4 what will be the
update driver and present on every wii. If it works i will reupload the uud.

-Good Luck in Unbricking your Wii-



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#66 - nornigold - 239w ago
Hi, i have got the firmware up on the bottom right but after putting in the disc then uudv4 then noting happens. do i have to put anything in on the SD drive 1st as above? many thanks, please help!

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#65 - nornigold - 239w ago
Hi and thanks for your great forum! Maybe i still have some hope. My sons wii is bricked and has only got a black screen on turning on. The drive lights yellow briefly then goes off. It has a hardware mod chip installed but no homebrew channel. I find a lot of the stuff ive been reading confusing but getting a small understanding.I have modded a GC controller but can not see the video on when to push the buttons due to internet censorship in my country.

After reading the above post is it possible to install the home brew off SD card?? Can you be more specific in when to push the GC button? Many thanks in advance.

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#64 - Gargy81 - 239w ago
Hi!

I have a problem with my brick (former known as Nintendo Wii).

I tried to install a difrent menu theme (from white to black) and now my Wii is bricked. Everything was fine, I restarted the Wii and now all I have is black screen.

My FW is 4.2, moded with chip (I think Wiikey v2), I installed Bootmii (as IOS) and I erased my NAND backup from PC (formatted the wrong HDD).

Is there any chance to get my Wii back to life?

Thank you and regards,
Gargy81

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#63 - cfwprophet - 240w ago
In the SuperMario Thread you will find NeoGamma Beta15 and we have a owen SD/USB-Loader Thread

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#62 - soxaholic77 - 240w ago
You can get the files on your PC with the Tool NUSD (Nintendo Update Server Downloader) or just hunt for it on the Web.A other possability would be to wait becouse i also have planed to release a Wii File Thread.In case that Nintendo puts more and more stub version of IOS on the server i decided to puplically release my collection of System Menu and System IOS's.

For cboot2 i also will say to you just wait a little bit.In the next hours i release the new RescueMii-COREv17 wich will also contain the bootmii folder and the cboot2v16.

Just download the pack take the cboot2 folder, place it onto your SD card and rename it to bootmii.Put it in in your Wii and fire it up the whole thing. (means just to boot your Wii ).

The programm automatic calls the next available IOS and patch it in RAM with the modules and hacks from the cIOS249v16.After that automatic progress you will be presented with a Special WAD Manager running in a special MODE.And as i sayed you simply reinstall your system menu for your region but before do your self a favore and install all the RescueMii-COREv17.Then you do not need to install a system ios for your SM.Just the correct system menu and thats it.
You are the best man!! now i just need to redo the softmod and i'm back to playing backups!!! thanks so much!!

i can't find the backup channel now... what can i do to play backups now?

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