Hacking Bricked Wii

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Here is the short of the story.
I can boot up the wii and the health screen shows up but as soon as I hit "A" I get a blank screen.
What happened was my friend was installing a custom theme. ( which I told him not too) And he messed it all up.
Now. I am the one who hacked his wii, and Priiloader was installed when I hacked it. But, now for some reason it doesn't seem to want to boot.
I think it is on system menu 4.3U but I don't remember for sure.
Thanks in advance.
 

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does the wii have bootmii @ boot2 installed? If it's installed you'll notice the disc slot blink twice when booting.

If you don't, and u can't access priiloader, then plz tell me you have a nand backup? If so, then you can have DeadlyFoez repair your wii for about $40+S&H
 

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Hmm...priiloader actually overwrites the system channel, so installing a custom system channel afterwards may actually overwrite priiloader (the same way changing a system channel also causes priiloader to be removed). I'm not familiar enough with custom themes to know for sure, though. :unsure:

Either way: just the standard checks: try to boot priiloader as the above 2 guys said (hold reset while booting).
If not: try booting bootmii as boot2 (put the \bootmii folder with the correct files within it in the SD card).

Neither...then all the backup/restore options are exhausted. Don't feel too bad about it, though. You installed priiloader and warned your friend not to use custom skins. However, it's his wii (or so I read it), and he choose not to listen. I'd simply congratulate him on installing the blackest skin ever. Just bounce that question on how to fix it right back to him ("Yeah, I usually fix it by not having custom skins in the first place as they pose a bricking risk if you don't know what you're doing. Yes, and I told you about it. So what are you going to do about it?").
 

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Hmm...priiloader actually overwrites the system channel, so installing a custom system channel afterwards may actually overwrite priiloader (the same way changing a system channel also causes priiloader to be removed). I'm not familiar enough with custom themes to know for sure, though. :unsure:
No, the applied theme is a totally separate .app file from the one used to load the system menu\priiloader (although both would be included in a system menu WAD)

Btw, I appreciate the fact that when you're unsure of something you state so flat-out. I do that too when I'm not sure of something, and I think it's much better doing that than what others often do (which is to give info they're uncertain about but say it with full confidence)

Cheers m8
 

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Probably the best thing to do here is to use an Universal Autoboot-DVD with wad manager to reinstall the SM. (Since this is a modded wii cIOS60 should be present to autoload the DVD using a GC controller)
sorry I don't have the link but it's readily available if you search for it.
 

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There isn't a boot2 on it. I do have a nand back up of it as I always keep a nand back up every wii I hack just in case I (like this one) get the wii sent back my way for them doing stupid stuff. But, I don't really see the need to get it fix as he has already bought a new one, and I figured I would see if I can get this one working.
It's not a total waste though. I can try and take the SD card slot out of the broken wii and replace it on my other friend's wii that was broken by my friend's kid with broken wii.
Isn't karma a bitch! :whip:
 

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Probably the best thing to do here is to use an Universal Autoboot-DVD with wad manager to reinstall the SM. (Since this is a modded wii cIOS60 should be present to autoload the DVD using a GC controller)
sorry I don't have the link but it's readily available if you search for it.
That's a retarded idea. Even if he is able to autoboot a recovery DVD (Softmod ANY Wii and recently ModMii guides give you the setup for that), it would be way smarter to install the appropriate app file.
 

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Ok Joost I just gave a possible solution for the problem (maybe not the best one), give us yours.

see bolded text

That's a retarded idea. Even if he is able to autoboot a recovery DVD (Softmod ANY Wii and recently ModMii guides give you the setup for that), it would be way smarter to install the appropriate app file.

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reason why it's smarter is because reinstalling the original .app file\theme is enough to fix a theme brick. Reinstalling the entire system menu would install the original theme but it would also uninstall priiloader, which especially in this case is an unnecessary risk
 

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mymenuify mod is prolly the best app for the job
Is it readily available in Autoboot-DVD form? if you can you post a link for this?
I have an Autoboot-DVD that runs bootMii and hence Homebrew channel which I used once in a Semibrick, maybe he can do the same here (I suppose he has the theme installer since this is how he got the brick in the first place)
 

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So there is a small glimmer that I might be able to fix this?
But in order to run an auto boot dvd, shouldn't the wii be able to read burnt media?
 

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So there is a small glimmer that I might be able to fix this?
But in order to run an auto boot dvd, shouldn't the wii be able to read burnt media?
Can yours not?

Btw, what guide did you follow when you hacked his Wii, and how long ago was it? That should help us get an idea of what was installed.

@[member='AbdallahTerro']: I want to get more info on the subject before suggesting using an autoboot DVD, but even if I didn't have one, it's better not to spit out random ideas just because.
 

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So there is a small glimmer that I might be able to fix this?
But in order to run an auto boot dvd, shouldn't the wii be able to read burnt media?
Can yours not?

Btw, what guide did you follow when you hacked his Wii, and how long ago was it? That should help us get an idea of what was installed.

@[member='AbdallahTerro']: I want to get more info on the subject before suggesting using an autoboot DVD, but even if I didn't have one, it's better not to spit out random ideas just because.
My Wii can read back ups just fine. The bricked wii will not.
I hacked it about 9 months ago using modmii. Don't really know what else there is to say. Added a couple emulator, and Cfg USB
At this point random ideas are okay. The wii is already screwed, so how much worst could it get?
 

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Crap, that means no autoboot disc. XFlak didn't add the patched dip module until after you hacked the Wii, so you would have to switch out the drive with yours and install a modchip.

At this point I think it would be best if you had Foez flash your NAND using the bootmii backup that you made the day you hacked it.
 

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Crap, that means no autoboot disc. XFlak didn't add the patched dip module until after you hacked the Wii, so you would have to switch out the drive with yours and install a modchip.

At this point I think it would be best if you had Foez flash your NAND using the bootmii backup that you made the day you hacked it.
Yeh. I'm not going to waste my time getting it fixed. If it were my primary wii then I would send it to DeadlyFoez.
I was hoping I could maybe fix it myself. Well I'm going to take it apart, and have some fun with it.
Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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mymenuify mod is prolly the best app for the job
Is it readily available in Autoboot-DVD form? if you can you post a link for this?
I have an Autoboot-DVD that runs bootMii and hence Homebrew channel which I used once in a Semibrick, maybe he can do the same here (I suppose he has the theme installer since this is how he got the brick in the first place)
I don't get why to even use Autoboot DVD's. It

a) doesn't make sense
b) is redundant with priiloader and boot2 bootmii
c) needs a DVD.

While it's a good idea for some, it took a very weird path, with everyone begging for apps on a DVD.
 

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mymenuify mod is prolly the best app for the job
Is it readily available in Autoboot-DVD form? if you can you post a link for this?
I have an Autoboot-DVD that runs bootMii and hence Homebrew channel which I used once in a Semibrick, maybe he can do the same here (I suppose he has the theme installer since this is how he got the brick in the first place)
I don't get why to even use Autoboot DVD's. It

a) doesn't make sense
b) is redundant with priiloader and boot2 bootmii
c) needs a DVD.

While it's a good idea for some, it took a very weird path, with everyone begging for apps on a DVD.
It was a last resort. He can't access Priiloader and he doesn't have bootmii as boot2.
 

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