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Even More NAND Flash Hax

July 25th, 2008 by bushing · 61 Comments

ChipD is a lean, mean, solderin’ machine — I have some of these TSOP sockets, and they are really really hard to solder down to a PCB that you actually care about. Also, they tend to melt if you breathe on them — but maybe that’s just me. I really like the way he made that slick cutout panel for the socket.

Around The World (ChipD’s 3-region Wii)

Beyond soldering a socket in place of the NAND flash chip, he programmed two spare flash chips with dumps from a PAL Wii and an NTSC/J Wii. He converted those two dumps to run on his Wii using an early version of some of my UnbrickMii project code (“betwiin”). No news yet on release plans; it still needs a lot of work, but it’s interesting to note that there are absolutely no hardware differences between Wiis from different regions.

Tags: Wii

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bob12x // Aug 3, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Hello ChipD,

    can you help me or give me advise?
    I have this error.

    This message came sudden, I have nothing modified.
    Do I have any chance to unbrick my Wii ??
    Is there any way to modify a nand dump?
    I have no keys. (cpu-key)
    But I have infectus installed and made a backup of my nand flash.

    thx in advance!

  • 2 ChipD // Aug 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    @ bob12x
    when are you getting this error? If your trying to dump your nand while the wii is powered on, this is normal because your wii is trying to access the nand while the infectus is trying to read it.You need to short D0 to gnd to halt activity.
    Also this could be caused by interference from crossed wires to the infectus.Even if your infectus isnt connected to your pc, the pins on the nand that the wires are connected to maybe crossed and picking up interference.
    All i could suggest is that you remove the infectus from your wii and try turning on your wii and see if you get the corrupted error again.

    Ive had that same error last year when i first started playing around with the wii nand and infectus, so its common.Try what i suggested and let me know how it goes.

  • 3 bob12x // Aug 5, 2008 at 5:49 am

    @ ChipD
    the error comes up after pressing button A
    I got this message befor installing infectus.
    (Thit was the only reason why I bought infectus)
    I did the D0 trick and dumped the nand.
    I also desoldered the nand and maked a dump, compared both files, they are equal.

    Yesterday I reprogrammed brand new Samsung K9K4G08U0M, to exclude corrupted nand, and still get same error.

    The message says the system files are corrupted.
    Can’t we fix it?

  • 4 ChipD // Aug 6, 2008 at 1:01 am

    @ bob12x

    Well…I know i got that error message a few times.One time it was interference from crossed wires.The second time i got it was probably a bridge between two I/O data pins on the nand, and i think another was when i forgot to connect the bluetooth module.
    So if your saying you got this error before modifying anything, or installing the infectus, im thinking your bluetooth module might be bad.
    I can take a look at it, and pin point the problem.If its the bluetooth module, your kinda screwed.If your nand someone got corrupted i can fix that.

    join #wiidev and PM me, and we can try and trouble shoot it.

  • 5 9562 // Aug 9, 2008 at 10:33 pm


  • 6 9562 // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:18 am

    bluetooth module is not bad
    the error comes up after pressing button A
    my friend have one
    Demolition and equipment
    can be well
    but do that many times

  • 7 maddoc // Dec 13, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Sorry to bump this old topic, I just messed a wii up – menu 290 with latest IOS30 from nus => full brick.
    I ordered a few TSOP48 sockets and in the mean time i build a flasher for the NAND.
    My concern is if it is possible to dump the flash, decode, put back the good IOS30 v1040, recode the flash and transfer it to the NAND or at least take a YAWND flash from my other wii and change the keys.
    I had the keys saved before the fatal error.
    Hope that you can help me!

  • 8 Wii brick and flash chips | Caesar's // Jan 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

    […] I wasn’t out of luck. I read before the brick about ChipD’s endeavour and was prepared with a nand backup. […]

  • 9 neygamers // Apr 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

    ChipD full Bricked have a wii, I would lend it to you to experience, but Noro in Brazil and not know the procedures for sending, I would like to contact, thank you and sorry for bad English

  • 10 ether2802 // Jun 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Sorry to dump this old entry, but I have a full bricked Wii that just hangs on the HEALTH screen, and never appears the “press A” image, if ChipD is still interested in some testing, I can send you the Wii when I get back home in november, cause I left it on México, and I’m in Canada LOL

  • 11 mcrae // Aug 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    The best if you give me your address to send the motherboard, to remove nand flash socket and put it to me, are small to work welder. And so to save the Wii. ChipD

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