1. matt382

    OP matt382 GBAtemp Regular
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    Hi,

    I've been given a faulty Wii U with error code 160-0101 which after reading up on it means it's bricked.

    I don't have a NAND backup as the previous owner hadn't passed one over. Reading guides on unbricking all mention needing the NAND backup, but does anyone know if there's an updated method at all to fix the error without a backup.

    If not I'll just keep it aside for parts
     
  2. TheChosen

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    Currently there is no "updated method" since WiiU is a complex machine. If you brick it, the processor will refuse to go on booting. No matter how much you change the parts.

    Only one day when (maybe) all security can be circumvented or custom OS can be put on it without the machine noticing it, it will be possible to revert these non-booting-issues and get the machine booting up again.

    But for now? Bad luck.

    For now the only working method is that you need a backup of your nand.

    This is because you cannot circumvent the security-system. So this is pretty much just a workaround.

    And by using a backup, the security simply doesn´t know what´s going on. it simply thinks it´s OK. Since the backup is exactly the same data 1:1. So the security won´t see any differences between the old (damaged) data and the new data.

    See? Once the security detects you use a non-compatible backup (just 1 bit is wrong!) your WiiU will refuse to boot.

    So for now, you can only use it for spare parts...
     
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    If you don't have an opt.bin or a full slc.bin backup that is associated with the unit then you got a paperweight.
     
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  4. matt382

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    Ah okay that's what I'd thought would be the case, but wanted to double check before I sent this console to the brick grave. Guessing the previous owner must of tried to hack it without ready the instructions first
     
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    Or, instead of this word salad of nonsense, you could simply say that each console has unique NAND encryption keys, and without an OTP dump, you can't get the encryption keys. But then you couldn't pretend that you're a Super Genius® by pretending to be an expert, could you?
     
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    Exactly!

    First rule when using WiiU´s dangerous homebrew (especially when you do vWii-stuff):

    Backup, Backup, Backup!

    I even backuped my full mlc-content. Just for safety...

    The problem is: Most people think the WiiU is just like a Wii (in terms of safety and protections against foreign code) and thus they think a backup isn´t required...until their system fails or the nand gets damaged or they simply brick it by doing unauthorized changes to the OS.

    It´s funny since in our county most people also still think and handle like "a backup isn´t required". It´s cheaper!

    it´s sad. But this is how modern world still works here. No backups created...saves money.
     
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    the good news is that the gamepad is like two-thirds the cost of a full wii u, and the gamepad should be fine if you bricked the console itself (or at least the previous owner in your case). you can probably find consoles by themselves on ebay. I found one a long time ago that was on 5.3.2, when that was the highest hackable, by itself with no gamepad. I updated the system after 5.5.1 was hackable. I bought the system, when it was rare, for $150 many years ago. now that any system is hackable pretty much you can buy one for maybe $60 (without looking at ebay). I still have that second system, in case I ever need it. I once bought a box for it, a wii u box, and it came crushed, because the person put it in a skin-tight packaging material. that really pissed me off, because paypal sided with the seller for some reason. I haven't bought a box for it since. I need a box for my superslim ps3 as well, but those cost like $50 (major ripoff!).
     
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