Oh god I think I messed up/bricked my friends Wii

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  1. Waltharius
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    So my friend gave me his Wii to straighten up for him. It was already hacked and apparently has modchip in it as well. I think its WiiKey

    Anyway many of his apps stopped working for some reason and he gave it to me to fix. i did like i always do when hacking a wii. go straight to pimpmywii and run auto updater. i paid attention to some of the new types of messages but didnt notice anything strange.

    I did that and ran through the hermes installer for USB Loader GX aswell.

    so i finish then i turn off and when i try turn it back on i get

    "the system files are corrupted"

    now this guy has TON of apps installed on this thing but neither he nor i know exactly how this thing was initially handled. I did a bunch of recovery apps on it so i assume it must be somewhat ok

    so i try to boot preloader and it works

    preloader v0.28
    ios v60
    systemmenu v449

    There is no bootmii option that i can find

    i tried accessing the system menu from there but it gives me

    couldn't find hacks.ini on fat or nand

    I try to access HBC and it says it cant find it and may not be installed.

    I try load/install file and it claims there is no sd card

    the only thing it lets me access is settings

    am i screwed?
     
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    Wow. This guy must have liked his Wii. Installed a modchip and everything. Do you think he has a recovery of the NAND?
     
  3. Waltharius
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    well as far as i understand, he got the modchip a looooong time ago and then moved on to the soft mod as it got better.

    I have a really basic understanding of modding Wii's. I just know how to letterbomb mod them, install apps, emus, and game wads etc and run usbloader and simple stuff like that. I dont know anything about recovery stuff as in all my years i've never had a problem. i do know about simple stuff like bootmii....which unfortunately i cant seem to find it on his preloader.
     
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    Have you tried a different freshly formatted sd card?
     
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    I'm willing to bet his SD card or SD card slot is borked.
     
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    i tried another sd card from one of my wiis and it didnt work. how should i do it?

    should i just back up the data, then format it to FAT32, then just copy the data back on to the same card?

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    i dont know that the slot is gone because i ran homebrew apps from the sd card before everything went to hell

    Well in any event copied everything, formated it and am now transferring stuff back on to it. Hopefully that does...something?

    but if not is there a way to possibly reinstall HBC using preloader? or hell reinstall or recover ANYTHING using preloader...or any other method for that matter?

    EDIT: Dang formatted it and still didnt work. The guys SD card is total mess of files. Could that potentially be causing issues?
     
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    is there anybody that knows a way to reinstall anything from the preloader?

    Please

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    so he tells me that he wasnt using the newest firmware. that might have caused a problem huh?

    so is there anybody that knows a way to reinstall anything from the preloader?

    Please
     
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    use preloader configurator on your pc to make it load multi mod manager, and install all MIOS, system menu, boot2, BC and all ioses 1 to 200 non modified offline (you can predownload the wad's to an sd-card though i forgot where to put them), now you should be able to reinstall the mods... i would recommend removing the modchip since it might bypass the installation of some system files, or corrupt them.
     
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    Since it's already semi-bricked it might be easier to use DOP-Mii to reinstall the system menu for you. There's not much risk of screwing it up more than it already is. ;)
     
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    can i get a link to a tutorial and a dl link on that perhaps. would be much appreciated

    how do i access dope mii? do i use it from preloader?
     
  11. GreyWolf

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    It's a homebrew app so you can just stick it on your SD card. If you can get Priiloader to start you can run the Homebrew Channel from there and run Dop-Mii.
     
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    but remember i said i cant access homebrew channel

    it keeps saying that it "cant find it and may not be installed"
     
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    You should be able to use the installer by itself without Letterbomb or other exploits if you can get to Priiloader. Just get the installer from https://bootmii.org/download/ and unzip it to an SD. You should be able to load boot.elf from Priiloader from the "Load/Install file" option.

    You should be able to run DOP-Mii from there if it's in the apps folder on the card, too.
     
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    so im reading the read me and its saying put the boot.elf from the hackmii installer in apps/Update folder. does that sound about right?

    also is there a particular order its supposed to go in?

    I got the dopemii wiibrew edition. so i should run the hackmii installer then the dopemii?

    sorry i really appreciate all the help im just confused and a little nervous because i dont want to ruin it.
     
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    you can replace boot.elf from the hackmii installer with any .elf homebrew app. dop-mii needs the hbc working, i doubt it works with system files missing... multi-mod-manager (can't find the link maybe i can gat my last backub today) ca do this without hbc.
    here you go: http://www.hacksden.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=93
    info: https://gbatemp.net/threads/mmm-multi-mod-manager-a-collection-of-tools.208281/
     
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    thank you so much. so im reading its kind of hard to parse out what it all means but if im understanding correctly, i should just load it to wii sd card and run it from preloader and then just use the in app options to reinstall the system menu.

    sound about right?

    edit: I get the feeling im gonna need this all spelled out to me like a child lol

    so i should put mod manager and hackmii on the sd card then i should replace the hackmii boot.elf with some other boot.elf? Are you saying to replace that boot.elf with the HBC boot.elf?

    I know im sounding really basic right now but i think i need a general step by step outline on this.
     
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    is preloader that much changed the last year, it used to be able to start an elf file right away...i mean without hackmii or homebrew channel. only do keep in mind you should double check de wad files to be for your system... messing with those system files is rally dangerous for your wii... ios 40 and up till about ios 100 should never get modded, and 1 till 39 can only be downgraded version, not modded (specially 36/38 downgrade could be handy if installing something).
    when system is working again, do a wii official update to get all mods out of it...
    now install hbc with hackmii: https://please.hackmii.com/ , ios236: http://uploadmirrors.com/download/0QEHVGAG/IOS236_Installer_v6.zip, hermes cios: http://wii-homebrew.com/jdownloads/...hermes-cios-installer-mod-by-rodries/download , D2x Cios installer: https://storage.googleapis.com/google-code-archive-downloads/v2/code.google.com/d2x-cios-installer/d2x cIOS Installer v2.2.rar , D2x Cios https://sourceforge.net/projects/d2x-cios/files/ (vwii is wiiu version don't use the wrong edition on the wrong system) , USB loader GX: http://www.mediafire.com/file/eumm525jmrij6zp/R1262.7z .
    i won't help any further your on your own from here. and i hope i didn't cross a line whith thse sites!
    forgot to mention i didn't help or make any of these apps, credits go to too many people to call by names!
     
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    You can boot directly from Priiloader still. Go to Run/Install file, select the boot.elf file and hit 1. It doesn't have to be an elf file it can be a dol and the menu should also display any homebrew apps in the /apps/ folder on the card. Just don't press A to install them, use 1 to run them in place.
     
  19. Waltharius
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    No offence but, I'm starting to get the feeling that you didnt really read the opening post and you're not really reading my questions.

    My friends Wii is old and bloated with old mod methods and apps. I'm pretty sure the preloader he is using is old as all hell

    preloader v0.28

    I feel like some of what you suggest is really helpful but you arent quite giving me the small details i need to be able to apply them.

    The only thing i need to know how to do is restore the system menu. I know how to do everything else. If i can just get back into the system menu, format and update the Wii to 4.3U then im good to go. I just need a step by step of how to do that.

    so i downloaded mod manager and hackmii

    can i get a step by step from there

    i really dont want to fully brick it

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    which boot.elf are you referring to specifically? Are you referring to the hackmii or dopemii?

    i get the second part where you say hit 1 instead of A. I will remember that for later.

    Please i just need specific instructions.
     
  20. GreyWolf

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    Wrong application. "Preloader" is very old and doesn't have the features that "Priiloader" does. :)
     
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