247w 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 discĀ'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 menuĀ'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.
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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I saw in your post that you were able to load a burn of wii sports resort, and I am able to do the same through recovery mode.
It's odd that we can't load the universal unbricker but we can load wii sports resort. I wonder what's so special about it. Wonder if someone could use the image of wii sports resort to build a bootable Unbricker Disc, or at least a patch that would do it.
I sympathize with you all; running 4.0U except I screwed my own self by deleting an IOS (60 - it seemed to be running my SD card menu, but messed up my internet connection) that I should have left alone. Black screen, Wii turns on, disc spins, but every effort I've made to get to a recovery menu is useless. I was hoping the unbrick disc would work, but apparently not.
There is a game repair place near our home that I'm going to take it to tomorrow in the hope that the guy can fix it without having to undo as much, say, as Nintendo would.
One thing for sure, I'm soon going to have a second Wii, hopefully by Christmas. I love what's happening in the homebrew world, and I want one Wii to have that always works, and one to tinker with.
I have the same problem as chrisemersonnc, but I'm on 4.0u (installed through unofficial installer)
I installed a bad wad file and now I get the health warning screen, and when I Press A I get "some files are missing or corrupted" etc.
So I started by going to recovery mode, but I can't load any of those Universal Unbricker discs.
I bought a modchip called the "FlatMod", thinking that I could get a universal unbricker disc to work for me, but it doesn't seem to work in recovery mode! I've verified that the chip works on a non-bricked wii from the main wii menu. I've also configured the chip to autoboot discs and still no go.