Hello everyone, thank you for taking the time to read this and perhaps assist me. This will be long and detailed and is the first that I've ever seen of this kind of problem. Hopefully some of you have seen it before and can help. First, I have the new BLACK Japanese Wii that came preinstalled with 4.0J and has a serial number of LJF50***9 *History of what I've done * I've managed to get HBC channel up and running and was beautifully following all tutorials for softmodding (not my first time) and all the steps worked out flawlessly. I've managed to install HBC, DVDx and preloader .29 and bootmii as an IOS (I didn't have a GC controller so I could not make a NAND backup). This was all done last night and I could run ANY homebrew app from the HBC. BUT I couldn't load any DVD(+/-)R backups, my Japanese originals worked fine. I've tried Gecko and various other loaders to no avail so I started messing with cIOS, installing various versions and nothing. Then I installed the cIOSCORP 3.3 and again nothing, installed the MIOS and no problems but still no back ups are loading. Then this morning I installed the cIOSCORP DVDx fix and that's when things started to go astray. I was no longer able to load up various apps, Wad manager no longer ran only a black screen, downgrade IOS didn't run and various others. So I thought alright, let's update to 4.1J and I did though the Wii system (I can't read Japanese and it looked like it did, the firmware number did change) so I reset the Wii, preloader was still working and I'm still having the same issues. Next step I did was to try to get my system to a virgin state as best I could. I managed to uninstall preloader, wad loaded a 4.0J firmware used nandcleaner and got rid of the preloader and DVDx junk. I think a lot of cISOCORP stuff is still on there. * steps I've tried * I've tried to follow any of the guides again using the the bannerbomb exploit, go to Wii, memory management, channels and SD and load. When it loads, it says there are no exploitable IOS found and will not continue the installation. Check for the latest version if you are on it, then you're screwed Alright, since I still have HBC installed, I'll continue from there, so I go in and load up the Trucha Bug Restorer and select IOS36 (even skipping with B) and downgrade IOS15 (both online and offline) and I get the following error: Step 1: Set the revision to 0, Step 2: Install IOS with low revision, preparations complete, A to continue, Installing ticket.. Setting the revision to 0... ERROR: ES_AddTitleStart returned -1035, maybe you need an updated Downgrader, ERROR: could not set the revision to 0, downgrade fail. BUT before I was able to do this on the virgin 4.0J Wii, now no longer. I try to get the next steps done but of course the chain of events won't happen as this first step won't work. When I try to wad load anything, Wad Manager freezes if I try to use any IOS other than 249. and still some apps won't load, just sits frozen on a black screen. I'm at my wits end here as to what to try next, I seem to have perhaps the most unmoddable Wii! I've not tried to go any lower than 4.0 and have only stuck with the Japanese firmware. I'm very tempted to temp fate and try to install a US firmware. But I'm looking for other potential options first. As it stands now, I've got HBC installed and running 4.0J with limited homebrew access and perhaps a whole mess of hidden cIOS leftover from cIOSCORP. Has anyone seen this kind of trouble before? can anyone offer any real suggestions or a fix? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.