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Guide: How to Unbrick Your Nintendo Wii Console


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280w 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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soxaholic77's Avatar
#56 - soxaholic77 - 237w ago
It happened when i foolishly deleted and IOS when downgrading... i can get onto bootmii... but cant load HBC... so how can i install cboot2 so that i can reinstall wads? oh and i have no NAND backup... should have done it as soon as i got bootmii.

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#55 - cfwprophet - 237w ago
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.

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#54 - elcangri69 - 237w ago
At elcangri69:
Do you have done a NAND dump?To boot into bootmii you will need the boot files for CPU and GPU stored on a sd card douring installation of bootmii.From bootmii you can access the HBC and from there you can execute any HB app.

Or you get cboot2 and place it on the sd card into the bootmii folder.Place a new sysmenu including the correct system IOS (be sure you dont use a stub version) into the WAD folder and just do the same as with bootmii.Put in your SD card into the Wii, start up and cboot2 will execute a special wad manager what will first load a IOS into the RAM and patch it to cIOS249v16.After that you can install WAD files with a special WAD manager and unbrick your Wii.
I do not have nand dump and what files must put in sd card, and the steps to follow, when power on the wii it will show someting or i need to put gc to controller? or press any botton or what? thanks for help.

cfwprophet's Avatar
#53 - cfwprophet - 237w ago
At tinbie:
Put in a HB disk and see if it boots.

At elcangri69:
Do you have done a NAND dump?To boot into bootmii you will need the boot files for CPU and GPU stored on a sd card douring installation of bootmii.From bootmii you can access the HBC and from there you can execute any HB app.

Or you get cboot2 and place it on the sd card into the bootmii folder.Place a new sysmenu including the correct system IOS (be sure you dont use a stub version) into the WAD folder and just do the same as with bootmii.Put in your SD card into the Wii, start up and cboot2 will execute a special wad manager what will first load a IOS into the RAM and patch it to cIOS249v16.After that you can install WAD files with a special WAD manager and unbrick your Wii.

elcangri69's Avatar
#52 - elcangri69 - 237w ago
when i press the 4 dirrection on the dpad gc controller i got the 4.2u, then what i need to unbrick my wii ,?? only i have installed the last bootmii and installed the 3 options on it dvdx, hombrewchannel and bootmii boot2 its sucessful , whe i turn on the wii it show black screen only.. its in that status installing a black menu theme with mymenuify,.. what i can do?

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