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Guide: How to Unbrick Your Nintendo Wii Console

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300w 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.


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


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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#61 - cfwprophet - 257w ago
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Without a NAND Dump or keys to your Console or at least without a trucha able system ios on your Wii you cant unbrick.

Do you have one of the above called things?

#60 - hecz - 257w ago
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i have a channel brick (snes game) how can i unbrick it?

#59 - cfwprophet - 257w ago
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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.

#58 - soxaholic77 - 257w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
Just crap cboot2 and put the files in the rar onto your SD card.Thats all.
Additional you will need the files you want to install in the "WAD" folder on your sd card.If you cant find it i will post it a little bit later in a new Thread.

ok so get rid of it? so just the bootmii files? im confused lol. if i cant get onto homebrewchannel... how can i run the wadmanager? im lost... maybe a walkthru would help? im new at trying to fix my brick... so please.
Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
On your sd should be a folder called bootmii.If this is the case then just stick it into your wii and power it on.As long you have bootmii as boot2 installed it will auto boot up bootmii und you will be placed into a tiny OS where you can choose to go into the SysMenu, HBC, SD Manager or into BackupMii wich is the NAND backup/restore app.

But if you dont have a NAND dump then go into the hbc and install a new sysmenu + sys-IOS.Make sure you use the correct sys IOS for the sysmenu.

sorry for quoting everything... i can do all of this but get onto HBC. so how can i load a sys menu?

#57 - cfwprophet - 257w ago
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Just crap cboot2 and put the files in the rar onto your SD card.Thats all.
Additional you will need the files you want to install in the "WAD" folder on your sd card.If you cant find it i will post it a little bit later in a new Thread.


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