This past week I obtained a Japanese Wii for free. The Wii worked fine enough, but I otherwise wanted to be able to play US/English games so I started looking around and found out about Homebrew. After a bit of reading I discovered that it goes easier when the system is updated (especially if updated to 4.3). Since the Wii was running 2.0J I connected it to the internet and tried to run the update. I can't read Japanese but I'm pretty sure it wasn't successful. I found out about updates being on the CDs so I figured, without reading further, that I could just put one of my US games into the system to update it - I chose Wii Sports Resort. That went well enough, until I tried to access settings and discovered I had semi-bricked the thing .The CD drive still read the games, but I couldn't pull my MAC address off the Wii itself. Thankfully, since I had connected to the internet I pulled the MAC address from the router. However, I still didn't have 4.3 on the system so I decided to put Super Mario Galaxy 2 into the system and go for broke. I'm not sure if that update took 100%, but it now doesn't read any discs (not even the Japanese version of Wii Sports that came with it). Well, I tried to do the letterbomb/hackmii but would always freeze when I clicked on the message (tried both 4.3U and 4.3J). Neither of those worked so I moved onto ModMii and tried that process - this time the letters opened and it presented the internal "code" as the letter, so not very helpful. Last night I was going to try to letterbomb it further and then discovered that the Wii was no longer in my list of recent router "clients". I was looking back in the log but couldn't identify which one was the Wii. Because I'm not yet ready to open up the Wii, I decided to try Bluebomb. I could get the terminal to show "got connection handle" but it stopped at "stack 0" and wouldn't go any further after a few minutes. So I've decided that it's about time I ask people who know more about this than me as my decision to "update" the Wii sounds to have been the most foolish one I could have made and all of my other problems likely stem from that. Any help/advice is appreciated!