what causes Wii bricks?

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  1. stingray1059
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    newbie here, i just want to know what makes wii a brick?

    these are the ones i know.
    1. power failure during upgrade/downgrade
    2. flashing/changing a wrong region (ex: korean to us, japan to US)
    3. installing firmware update in a game not compatible with your system.

    i have a 7 year old kid, if i remove my homebrew channel and just teach him to run the games via usb loader, will the wii be safe from brick?
     
  2. beegee7730

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    Try installing Preloader and making it autoboot to a USB Loader, this will stop all bricks.
     
  3. ozguy

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    4. Deleting the system menu IOS (IOS60)
    5. Installing a bad WAD file (banner brick)
    6. Installing a bad theme (corrupt system menu)
    7. Downgrading to an earlier system menu, then updating using a game disk (mostly effects modchip users)
     
  4. icebrg5

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    If your just running usb loader then you wont have to worry about any firmware update problems because the usb loader will remove all those when ripping the game to the hard drive.


    Also you can brick your wii a few more ways.

    1:Banner brick-Installing a bad wad file will cause this.Only way to fix it is to uninstall the bad wad file.If you don't have preloader/bootmii then your SOL.

    2:Downgrading newer wiis(lu64 and above).They can't be downgraded right now and will result in a brick.


    And #3 on your list is installing a firmware update from a different region.Example is playing mario kart pal game on your ntsc wii and allowing it to update your system menu.


    If your gonna be playing burnt discs i would suggest getting preloader and using the hacks with it to turn off disc updates.Its also very good just to have anyway as a safety measure.
     
  5. kedest

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    install preloader and set it to autoboot to the usb loader. a loader with full parental controls, like the coverfloader for example. then there's no way your kid will be able to mess something up
     
  6. stingray1059
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    how will i know if the WAD file is bad?
     
  7. carbonyle

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    ..When you'll brick [​IMG]

    This is why:

    - We should not install wads
    - Have bootmii as boot2
    - or another anti-semi-brick protection (like preloader or TP hack in NAND with starfall)

    Download wads can be dangerous so: make your own or just use HBC
     
  8. kedest

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    no way to be really sure. only use wads from sources you trust.
    a safe way to play wads from vc/wiiware games is to install the wads on an emulated nand on sd or usb and then use triiforce to run them. this way it won't touch the real nand and there is no risk.
     
  9. Bladexdsl

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    installing a wrong region theme on your wii = instant brick
     
  10. ozguy

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    I think we need to turn this into an FAQ.
    It could avoid a lot of questions about bricks, and hopefully prevent a lot of them too.
    I will work on this tomorrow.
     
  11. Guild McCommunist

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    1. Noobs
    2. Incompetence
    3. People not listening to clearly written, easily understandable directions
    4. Jackasses trying to install crap they can't even comprehend
    5. Fuckbags who fool around with tools like AnyTitle Deleter or who think that updating whenever Nintendo sends them a letter is a-okay.
     
  12. tj_cool

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    we could make an entry in the wiki when its restored...
     
  13. Guild McCommunist

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    Oh yeah, and for all you wondering, this thread is essentially what to do and what not to do to brick your Wii.
     
  14. tj_cool

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    too late...