Unbrick Your Wii (Banner Brick)

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May 5, 2009

Unbrick Your Wii (Banner Brick) by MattMan at 4:02 PM (29,573 Views / 0 Likes) 51 replies

  1. MattMan
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    This guide will help you unbrick your Wii if you installed a bad .wad file aka (Banner Brick). I banner bricked my v3.4 Wii awhile ago and was unable to find very much info on how to fix this problem. After hours and hours of searching I found a few bits and peices of information mostly for v3.2 witch did not help me one bit, so I decided to write this guide to maybe help soomeone else who Banner Bricked there Wii on v3.4. 3.4 is kinda tough because you can't use things like Starfall or preloader or even the Twilight hack to get things back in order. So if you find yourself in this position then this guide is for you. If your on a lower firmware there are other things that can be done to get you out of this with the right measures in place but this method should also work on lesser firmware versions.

    NOTE: 4.0 Users are unable to boot the Offical Nintendo Disc. On 4.0 I was able to boot this http://www.ps3news.com/forums/wii-news/uni...sed-104989.html Universal-Unbrick Disc v2 - witch if you can get to boot would actually be better since you can just delete the .wad that caused the problem rather than deleting everything.

    Defination of Banner Bricked Wii - You installed a bad .wad (channel) file or tried to edit the banner images in a existing .wad file. Your system boots up and after you push A at the Health & Safety warning screen you get a black screen or system files currupt error message.

    [​IMG]



    There are 2 ways that I know of to get this repaired as of this writing.


    1. Return Your Wii to Nintendo for repair. Not the best idea, if your Wii's warranty is up it will cost you a good chunk of cash plus when they return it to you it will most likely be returned with all your hacks removed and updated to the latest firmware leaving you homebrew-less..
    2. Get a modchip. Getting a modchip is a much cheaper and safer way to go. I purchased a DriveKey modchip for around 50.00 shipped and as of this writing it is compatable with all Wii's.


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    Ok let's get started! Here's what you need:

    1. ModChip - I used a DriveKey you can get one here http://www.modchipcentral.com/store/drivek...chip-p-294.html. Very easy to install. No soldering.
    2. Nintendo's Offical Wii BackUp Disk v1.31 - Download in TURDinc downloads section. http://turdinc.kicks-ass.net/Msntv/ps2/downloads.html
    3. An offical GameCube controler ( needs to be slightly modded ) guide here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPIzoqVizoQ Or SaveMii, the Wii recovery dongle found here. http://savemii.net
    NOTE: The modded GC controller does the same thing as SaveMii except it's free if you already have a GC controller.

    Step 1. Install your modchip, if you have a DriveKey here's a good guide. http://www.techsick.com/articles/how-to-in...-tutorial.shtml
    Step 2. Extract the .iso from Nintendo's Offical Wii BackUp Disk v1.31.rar that you downloaded from TURDinc. and burn it onto a DVD -R disk.
    Step 3. Plug your modded GC controller into port 4 on your Wii.
    Step 4. Turn on your Wii and boot into Recovery mode using your modded GC controller to press all 4 directions on the digi pad at the same time. You need the correct timing to boot into the Recovery mode. Best way is to start pressing all 4 directions repeditly as soon as you turn the Wii on. If done correctly you should see a black screen with your firmware version in the lower right corner of the screen. If your on v3.2 or lower you will only see a black screen, thats normal.

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    Step 5. Put in your burned copy of the Wii BackUp Disk v1.31 and in a few seconds you should see something like this.


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    Step 6. Select Delete All - This will return your Wii somewhat back to the way it was when you first baught it (does not effect firmware version). You will need to reinstall your HomeBrew. Most importantly it deletes the offending .wad [​IMG]
    Step 7. Enjoy your unbricked Wii!!
     


  2. Pickle12122

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    When you hit "delete all" does that delete game saves too?
     
  3. MattMan
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    Newcomer chuycrc Newbie

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    I have an question... If I upgrade to the version of waninkoko (the hacked v4.0) I can do this tutorial?
     
  5. MattMan
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    I don't see why not. Should work just fine.
     
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    Now that we Have BootMii, this isnt really needed anymore
     
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    I don't think that's true. People with f01e Wii's that can't install BootMii as boot2 don't have much brick protection as they have to install it as a IOS.

    Also people who bricked there Wii's befor BootMii came out might find this guide usefull.
     
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    Newcomer chuycrc Newbie

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    Thanks dude...this mondey I wiill missiles ask for an drive key when it receives i will do an video if you want to postit here
     
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    Sure, a video would be good. [​IMG]
     
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    Newcomer chuycrc Newbie

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    what will hapend when I click in delete all...

    the wii will reboot normaly or I will need to turn off my wii?

    at what time I will now that cd delete al the wads..?

    ereas to the disc channel?..mii channel?

    more info dude...pliss
     
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    Since I can't get an WAD manager disc to load, could I just do save all, then delete all.
    Then once it's unbricked, install bootmii as boot, not ios.
    Then use the pink pish disk again to restore it to the bricked state with all save files.
    Then use wad manager from bootmii to get rid of the channel that caused the brick.

    Does the save all and restore features work well enough for this to work?
    This seems like a pretty good idea to me.
     
  12. MattMan
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    You know what I really don't remember exactly what it did after I hit delete all but it was pretty stright forward and easy. I think it said done at the bottum and then I rebooted the Wii and all was fine.
     
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    I never tried save all or restore so I really don't know. If those features work then your idea sounds very plausible.

    All I know is the Pink Fish disk booted no problem for me where others failed. I hit delete all and within seconds my Wii
    was back to normal. This is the only method to unbrick that worked for me so I figured I would post this guide in hopes that it could help others.

    If you try your idea let us know if it works [​IMG]
     
  14. RjT

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    I banner bricked at the start of the week without a preloader or anything by installing a WAD of one of the USB loaders, will be looking at bootmii now that it has been kinda released.

    I bought a DriveKey ( and man if they shipped it with auto boot on soo much less hassle ).

    Pink Disc and AutoWad Manager's didnt work for me, guessing because i was 3.3, so I made an autoboot Zelda disc and stuck Wad Manager on the root of the SD card, removed the channel and wella!!!
     
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    Is there somewhere else to get that disc as it says you need to log in but there is nowhere to register so HOW can you log in?

    I googled and found it. still, you might want to fix the link at the top.
     
  16. MattMan
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    If you go to that page it tells you the username and password.

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  17. yokoogenmow

    Newcomer yokoogenmow Newbie

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    just a quick question does this work with a banner brick with 3.3 firmware or only the 3.4?
     
  18. MattMan
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    It should work as long as you can get the pink fish disc to boot then I don't see why it wouldn't.
    People with 3.3 and under I think have other options then can try before this but if those options fail then this is your last hope.
     
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    No it dont 3.3 wont boot the Pink fish disc

    Btw the thread is just a copy of what fellaw did
     
  20. yokoogenmow

    Newcomer yokoogenmow Newbie

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    what are my other options i have a 3.3 bannerbreak with a wiikey v1 chip the hbc installed
     

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