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Guide: How to Unbrick Your Nintendo Wii Console


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306w 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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#21 - cfwprophet - 303w ago
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No question can be stupid only answers

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#20 - Omniflip - 303w ago
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this may be a stupid question, but where can i find your universal unbrick disk? i cannot seem to locate the download. or is it a psysical disk i need to get from you? thanks for all your help. would a usb gecko be able to save me or would i not be able to boot straight from that?

#19 - cfwprophet - 303w ago
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It depends on the chip.A few chip will have the option to set the autoboot via a jumper to solder on the WiiClip.Some other will only have this option to set via setup disc.

For which modchip would be better it is hard to say.But i will mean a chip like FlatMii.Becouse even if you drive is dead or damaged you could inject the iso directly into the Wii and you dono need to solder anything

THX to BOSS for the very Great Modchip & Features Thread

#18 - Omniflip - 303w ago
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thank you very much! The twilight hack would have allowed me to run twilight princess with wad manager as the root program on the sd, from what I understand. That was the only reason I brought it up.

Not having it, I certainly don't have that escape route. I appreciate your feedback! Any suggestions on which brand of chip would be best for this? And how would I configure the chip if I cannot access the system menu? Do you interface the chip with your pc?

I'm only familiar with softmodding, so now I'm in a whole new arena all of the sudden.

#17 - cfwprophet - 304w ago
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@ TuRDMaN

The rescue mode does nothing have to do with the drive or a chip!
And as long the chip is not to setup it probably will not work.


@ Omniflip

Im not really sure if for a brick like you have the twilight hack will change some thing.But aslong as you can boot to rescue menu you are save.Even if you not have starfall installed and only can use the normal rescue menu, with a chip you can boot a backup or my UUD and unbrick your Wii.

#16 - shummyr - 304w ago
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Thanks.. Awesome Guide

#15 - TuRDMaN - 304w ago
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Well I just got my mod chip successfully (?) installed in my wii, but I can't boot anything (including the rescue mode). So I guess I'm going to try to acquire another wii and swap dvd drives, and see if I have to run a setup disc or something for the chip, then swap back and see if that works. May just end up ditching my current wii and getting another.

#14 - Omniflip - 304w ago
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Soooo from what I've read, I'm pretty sure I'm screwed. I was at 3.2u and had starfall installed, but it was after a downgrade from 3.4u. 3.4 looks for the twilight hack and deletes it after the initial use. The tutorial that walked me through all of it and highly recommended starfall to keep one "safe" did not inform me that It is important for brick protection for you to have the twilight hack installed.

well of course I've got a banner brick (pretty sure. black screen after health screen) and come to find out i need that hack to save my wii. i can boot from the "rescue" channel just fine, but i feel like that's not really helping me at this point, cause I can only boot retail disks and i have the anti-update thing turned on. Is there anything that I can do? even if it requires a modchip?

#13 - cfwprophet - 304w ago
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You have to use the setup disc first before you can use the chip's functions like autoboot or region patch.

#12 - TuRDMaN - 305w ago
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Gah, got my WiiKey2 and a Wii-Clip, but I'm not having any luck even getting the drive to spin up with it... I may try ditching the clip and soldering the chip on directly. This is starting to get frustrating

 

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