Before calling me a total noob, I've helped like 6 friends already with modding their Wii's. Of course now it came to bite me in the ass. I was doing a friend's Wii, USA with 3.2U firmware. I followed a guide here (don't remember which one) and everything worked fine. I used the firmware updater to get my system up to 4.1. I messed something up trying to get preloader installed. Preloader wouldn't install because it said IOS36 had the fakesign bug fixed so I searched and came up with a solution for that and installed an alternate IOS36 wad. PreLoader then installed just fine, and I got USBLoader GX running fine. However, PreLoader wouldn't accept the hacks.ini file I supplied saying my systemmenu was not meant for it. I found this odd because it was definitely the right hacks.ini file for 4.1. Sure enough, I go into the Wii system menu and when I click on Wii, then settings to see what firmware I'm on, the console goes black. I reopen Firmware Updater 4.1, install it, and my system never booted again. I'm fairly certain the system is toast so I won't bore anyone with trying to help me fix it. I'm now out $200 for trying to help a friend and I just want to know what happened/what I did wrong so I don't do it again in the future. I really, really wanted to get PreLoader working because I want all the games to skip update checks (I don't need my friends coming to me with their Wii's every 2 months when a game asks to update). So if anyone can help me understand, I'd appreciate it. (Yes I did also try holding reset while pressing power but preloader will not boot up. I only get a black screen from my Wii now).