u guys know i have posted a few times w/ the check connections error trying to update to 1.9g. I had tried everything , i mean everything , with everyones final analysis (w/out opening up the wii) stating that i must have gotton a clone . A non updatable clone to be exact. End of story, right , just order a new wii key, perform surgery, and if i dont f it up all is well. My nephew came over for the holiday and he has a wiikey and when i went to update it, the same crap, check connections and would not flash 1.9g or 1.9b. It must be my media, right , wrong again . He got a text message from his friend and his friend said he installed his wiikey W/ THE OPTION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO UPDATE IT VIA DVD , ONLY VIA HIS PROGRAMMER. If this is the case it would explain why many legit wiikeys have been having the problem. It would also explain why some have sent their wiis back to orig. seller and had them fixed. My nephew's friend said he did it so he wouldnt screw up his wii w/ updates and brick it. My question is if this is being done , why have i never heard about it on aaaaaaannnnnnyyyyyyy forum posts, and why would a seller not tell me he did this unless he wanted repeat business to make more money. I know my nephews friend is a good guy but maybe some are not. I remember a few yrs ago people would program direct cards and it would be realized later that the cards would go down even when direct didnt send a hit down. Later found out that the programmer was putting in an exp date for the card to lock so people would keep going back , paying 25 again to update card What do u guys think ? why have i not heard about this non update feature from anyone on these forums ps i still think i have a real wiikey and it will get fixed now (can a person password protect assecibility to update card and if u dont know password u are screwed?