Remember back when they used to say hacking wouldn’t damage your Wii? Yeah, about that…

EDIT: After getting some feedback from people that clearly know more about this than I do, turns out it’s most likely the disk reader. If it can be fixed, I’ll remove this post.

EDIT 2: Apparently Nintendo decided to invent a screw with no screwdriver. I’m getting increasingly annoyed. So without this nonexistant screwdriver, it can’t be fixed.

Turns out it does. This morning, my Wii entered a console coma, so to speak. It can barely turn on, and when it does, it usually crashes soon after. It started soon after I started popping the SD card in like pez. It was to test textures at first, then movesets. It began slowing down, but I barely noticed. Then without warning, it no longer works. So until then, I am unable to make textures, movesets or machinimas.

To be more specific about what happens, whenever it tries to load something, you can even hear that it’s having trouble. A lot of times it stops completely for a few seconds, and then start back up. The Wii will be loading something during battle, and the music will stop, along with any sound the Wii might be making, and finally… crash.

“An error has occured. Press the eject button, remove the game disk, and turn the power off. Refer to the Wii operations manual.” Or something like that. Which I didn’t bother doing, since the manual NEVER explains anything you can’t figure out yourself. It just tells you to go bug customer service or something.

So, my words of advice would be to be careful when hacking, and don’t screw around with textures and movesets too much in a day. And be sure to remove the disk when not using it. Since Brawl is dual-layered, leaving it in the Wii too long can also cause damage, but this is a different error that can be fixed by sending it in and getting it back in a week.

I’ll probably just send it back in soon. Kind of ironic that it stops working right after I make (what I think is) a breakthrough for my movesets, not to mention I had almost figured out how to get around an obstacle with my machinima.

I know I keep using this site to complain about my own problems, so I’m obligated to at least give something with this post. Remember that texture contest I did so long ago? Well, I’m still not done the winners, I have two of three done, but I only have 1 picture.

I still can’t do transparencies either, so it’s obviously flawed. But it’s just to hopefully tide you over until I return. You still have everyone else’s textures, so it won’t make much difference anyway.

34 Responses to “Remember back when they used to say hacking wouldn’t damage your Wii? Yeah, about that…”

  1. 1 omgitsns9 08/09/2009 at 10:47 AM

    ah damn. that sucks. thanks for the warning, hope your wii starts workin again.

  2. 2 Bonzai 08/09/2009 at 11:13 AM

    Ah sorry to hear that. The Wii is such a fragile creature.

  3. 3 yoshi6852 08/09/2009 at 11:49 AM

    Any idea on how we can make sure this dosen’t happen to us? Did you see the screen go screwy when yoy tried to turn it on?

  4. 4 MilkaholicX 08/09/2009 at 11:50 AM

    Thanks for telling us. I leave my SanDisk card in the wii while it’s off. Thannks for the warning.

  5. 5 piggyjelly 08/09/2009 at 12:09 PM

    I don’t think they’ll take it in and fix it if it has the homebrew channel, and things like that on it, you’d probably have to delete that stuff and reinstall it when it’s done.

  6. 6 shinato91 08/09/2009 at 12:20 PM

    It’s not beacuse of the hacking, it was just bad luck or dust lol

  7. 7 omgitsns9 08/09/2009 at 12:41 PM

    like he said, remove brawl and SD card when not in use. dont pop it in like Paris does diet pills.

  8. 8 Oni Kage 08/09/2009 at 1:08 PM

    yup, happened to me before too. well kinda. it didnt keep crashing like that, just the wii sounded like a lawn mower when playing disc games. bricked my wii before too. sorry to hear bout that bro :/ just press eject when not in use, ya dont hafta actually take it out, but yknow how when ya eject the disc just sits half in? leave it. same for sd card.

  9. 9 wwwilliam0024 08/09/2009 at 1:52 PM

    oh yeah i remember those errors…

    but it never happened to me during HACKs.. :S

    its more like an internal problem, but the hacks could had caused it too..

    did you have custom MyM themes or such? those really get fucky..

    (lol fucky)

  10. 10 Smw66466 08/09/2009 at 2:06 PM

    Odd, because my Wii sounded like a lawnmower (or an xbox 360, lol) before I hacked it. Then when I hacked it, the lawnmowing stopped and I didn’t fear of 3/4’s of a circle appearing around my power button. It also seemed faster. This was after I downgraded from 4.0u to 3.2u.

  11. 11 razanak7 08/09/2009 at 2:20 PM

    I think I’ve used everything so far; normal codes, textures, music, movesets. Usually all at the same time, so I assume that could have something to do with it.

  12. 12 Lexx 08/09/2009 at 2:25 PM

    That happened to me long before I hacked it..
    It just means that the disk reader is giving out. It has nothing to do with hacking, honestly. Nintendo will replace it.

  13. 13 starshadow76 08/09/2009 at 2:39 PM

    Your Travis looks a lot like the one I did awhile back, though I never finished mine. Which is why I’m glad to see yours!! Looks good. Btw, hacking didn’t damage the wii, it’s the reader getting lose (most likely)

    It’s fixable by yourself, if you don’t wanna send it in. All you need is to take off the top, locate the disc reader, and tighten the screw on it. I’ve seen it done a thousand times, but you are to self concerned about it, then send it in.

  14. 14 Wilttilt 08/09/2009 at 2:47 PM

    When I got Brawl I played for 14 hours straight. I can never put discs in with the Wii “standing up” again.

  15. 15 LeadofDestruction 08/09/2009 at 3:37 PM

    The Wii has the worst lens reader in console history.

  16. 16 Oni Kage 08/09/2009 at 3:48 PM

    cant be worse than my old Original GBA. Makes a screeching sound when you turn it on). Lulz.

  17. 17 Doctor_Fling 08/09/2009 at 4:21 PM

    This happened to me. Nintendo fixed me up and now I’m fine.

  18. 18 BigSharkZ 08/09/2009 at 4:56 PM

    “So, my words of advice would be to be careful when hacking, and don’t screw around with textures and movesets too much in a day. And be sure to remove the disk when not using it. Since Brawl is dual-layered, leaving it in the Wii too long can also cause damage, but this is a different error that can be fixed by sending it in and getting it back in a week.”

    I’ve hacked my Wii since more than a year ago and you don’t know how long SSBB was in the game. Plus, all these SD Card problems with the File Patcher Code rumors…That never happened to me. My Wii was once turned on for more than two days (Forgot about it) and the SD Card was in it. No problems. Plus, I play Brawl a lot. Not recently, though.

  19. 19 BigSharkZ 08/09/2009 at 4:57 PM

    Oh and, nice texture. Remove the headband and make the forehead part be skin/hair and remove the cape and it’ll be awesome. But since you can’t do transparency, someone could do it for you. Not me though, got things to do.

  20. 20 KimashiZ812 08/09/2009 at 5:25 PM

    It might be semi-bricked, unless you didn’t just do something with it that could have caused that i doubt it. Nothing happend for me and my wii has been hacked for a while, I dunno, I’m not expert, I’m probably going to agree with Lex.

  21. 21 S. 08/09/2009 at 6:57 PM

    Stick with DVD-R’d Brawl discs. The 2-layer disc sucks BAWLLZ.
    Leave it to Brawl to be the only of its series notorious for semi-bricking its own console. Asshole game. It’s Sakurai’s evil scheme in action, I KNOW it! >:C

    Anywho, sweet texture.
    Good luck with getting your console back up to speed.~

  22. 22 razanak7 08/09/2009 at 7:08 PM

    Sakurai: *laughs*

  23. 23 Khortonworld 08/09/2009 at 7:36 PM

    HAX !!!! lol.

    sorry to hear that. to bad you cant send it in (Nintendo Hates The Homebrew Channel

  24. 24 Dragonrage (TheSmashTeam) 08/09/2009 at 8:33 PM

    Hey there fellow machinimator, sorry to hear about this but I can tell with almost certainity that it’s not the hacking’s fault but just your disc drive dying.

    Sounds exactly like what happend to mine, suddenly while playing loading times shoot throught the roof and the music stops than the game crahses. Wii ran fine without any disc but whenever I put one in the wii started reading and then made noises like the disc was banging against something. Which caused the wii to crash most of the time. I had it repaired and four months later the same shit happend again. The first time may have been my own fault for using DVD RWs but I haven’t used any burned discs after the first repair.

    So yeah, the Wii’s laser doesn’t seem so great, I think even my first Game Cube lasted longer.

    But hey I’ve been using USB loader ever since (used my friend’s wii to get all my games copied to my HDD) it’s so much more convient, no more disc swapping, quick loading times and no annoying disc drive sounds. I can’t use my Wii to play GC games anymore but that way I at least have a reason to get my old GC out.

  25. 25 T-800 08/10/2009 at 3:09 PM

    That Travis Touchdown is going to be amazing when it’s finished.

  26. 26 JC-Gamer 08/10/2009 at 8:01 PM

    What Dragonrage said is exactly right. The USB method is definitely the way to go. However, indirectly, hacking a Wii DOES make its disk reader die quicker if you burn games because no matter how good of quality disks you use, they will never be as well burnt as the original.

    My cousin’s Wii (non-modded) lasted three years before its disk drive died and he played it 24/7.

    My Wii I owned for 1 1/2 years (only modded for 4 months) before its disk drive died. I played my Wii almost as much as him and used Verbatim disks burnt at 4x which is a very safe, efficient, and practical form of media/burn speed.

    Why is it that my Wii died so fast? It’s because burnt disks are bad for the Wii’s laser and make it work harder to read disks versus the Standard Wii Optical Disk.

    My advice (the same as Dragonrage’s): use a hard drive to load your games and only use your Wii for movies and GCN games if you need to.

  27. 27 razanak7 08/10/2009 at 8:23 PM

    I don’t use burnt disks, only USB loader, and I don’t use it for movies or GCN. I hardly ever even use Virtual Console (not that it matters).

  28. 28 Mochtroid127 08/11/2009 at 3:25 AM

    If you’re going to send it in, back up as much of your data as you can. My friend’s Wii did the same thing, even though he had never used any type of hacks or anything before. He sent his in and got it back with nothing on it, except for free downloads of the virtual console games his old Wii had, but no data whatsoever. Mine also did that for a while, but only with Brawl and Metroid Prime 3. Those were the games that I played the most at the time. It was the disc reader that was causing the problem because eventually, I noticed that the Wii was buzzing. I looked up a tutorial on how to fix it myself, and went through several weeks of trying to find the right screwdriver and recieving the wrong one from the wrong company, and in the end, my Wii wouldn’t read anything anymore. (Good thing I got a new one for X-mas :D)

  29. 29 HSX 08/20/2009 at 12:24 AM

    A screw without a screwdriver…

    …By any chance, does it have three ends?

  30. 30 razanak7 08/20/2009 at 12:52 AM


    Why yes it does. But it doesn’t matter now, my brother already tore it apart.

    Literally, he tore it apart. It’s past warranty anyway, and it’s basically his job to do this stuff, so we’ll see how that goes.

    But seriously though, the case is in fragments. Once it’s fixed we plan to put it in a cereal box.

  31. 31 HSX 08/20/2009 at 3:12 PM

    The screw does in fact have a driver, in case you ever need it.

    Lookit the screwdriver. It’s called a “Nintendo Screwdriver.”

  32. 32 Val Halen 10/12/2009 at 9:25 PM

    So it’s like Russian Roulette? It’s not always that can happen, but it may happen?
    I’m kinda worried now… They say that Music Hack may brick your SD or Wii with more frequence than regular texture hacking or PSA… =O
    It’s hard to know what’s true or just rumour…

  33. 33 DFP 01/16/2010 at 9:47 AM

    I think I should take a break from texture hacks too. I noticed my Wii slow down a bit.

  34. 34 Shadow 01/16/2010 at 1:30 PM


    Your disc drive is dying, it’s Brawl, not the hacks. The Wii’s drive wasn’t built to handle dual layers.

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