what causes your Wii to brick?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by esoterica, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. esoterica

    esoterica GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    United States
    I'm very new to the Wii modding scene and somehow managed to get it right and have back ups running now. Sometimes my Wii will freeze and it freaks me out a little.. and some programs have those warnings that say it might brick my Wii. What can I do to prevent my Wii from bricking, is there any way to safe guard against this, and what are the usual causes for this happening?
  2. TheNewbPleaser

    TheNewbPleaser GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 18, 2009
    Costa Rica
    uninstalling ios 60 on a v4.0 or 4.1 wii causes your wii to brick ios 70 for 4.2 uninstalling system menu or installing a stub ios used by system menu. And most installers may cause a brick if ur installing something and power goes out or internet connection goes off.! ill recomend to try getting bootmii as boot2 with a nand backup or preloader
  3. Ossot

    Ossot GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 7, 2009
    United States
    Just read guides. Dont pretend you know better than tried and trusted guides. Dont think in terms of software and think you'll just uninstall something and try again. Read guides. Don't go trying shit you think will work - read guides.
  4. dragonrose

    dragonrose Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    As has been said always read guides you know can be trusted (example are ones which have lots of replies etc and on trusted site) and be sure to have bootmii installed and a backup nand dump. Also preloader to disable any on disc updates which can brick your wii.
  5. Gobnoblin

    Gobnoblin GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    yup bootmii and preloader are about your best defense after of course a firm working knowledge of what you are attempting to do.... read read read and re read are your first lines of defense
  6. VashTS

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    dont delete anything and dont install wads you dont trust...always install preloader and/or bootmii in boot2 if possible
  7. Blasingame

    Blasingame Advanced Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    United States
    Upgrading to 4.2 can cause you Wii to brick even if it's legit.
    (In some cases >_>)

    Don't upgrade to 4.2 it's not necessary.
  8. xfcrowman

    xfcrowman GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    There are a number of conditions that will cause a wii to brick:

    -Uninstalling the system menu or the IOS that runs the system menu = brick

    -Installing a stub IOS instead of the IOS that is needed to run the system menu. For example, if you install IOS60 v6400 (a stub) instead of IOS60 v6174 and you are running System Menu 4.0 or 4.1, you'll brick.

    -Installing a faulty wad can lead to a brick (commonly known as banner bricks)

    -Installing the wrong IOS to run the System menu will lead to a brick. For instance, if you install IOS30 v1040 and System Menu 4.0 - 4.1 and you don't have IOS60 v6174, you'll brick because IOS30 is needed to run System Menu 3.2, but cannot be used to run any other version of the System Menu. However, if IOS60 v6174 is present on the wii, then you'll have no problems because IOS60 v6174 runs System Menu 4.0 - 4.1.

    There are definitely other ways to brick (e.g. doing something stupid with preloader), but these are the most common ways that I could think of. If you look at the numerous "OMG I bricked mah wii!!1!" threads, you'll find that most of the bricks fall into the first 3 categories I mentioned. That being said, people need to read extensively so that you know what you're doing before you softmod, and relying on current, trusted guides (e.g. complete softmod guide or xzxero's guide) is the way to go.
  9. Slimmmmmm

    Slimmmmmm GBAtemp MoNkEeE

    Nov 1, 2007
    the land of lol
    Q what causes your Wii to brick?

    A Not reading OR doing something no one has ever done before.

    So unless you are doing something "new" just read up on the subject, if others have done what you want to do then you can do it too just by reading and understanding the steps etc.
  10. LxTrix

    LxTrix GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 3, 2009
    United States
    Throwing bricks at your wii.