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Bootmii boot failure

Posted by bytre 
Bootmii boot failure
May 23, 2009 11:21PM
I have installed Bootmii beta 1 on my early vintage NTSC 3.3u Wii with a wiikey. Now that it is installed, the system hangs on boot if my SD card is installed.

The installer allowed me to install bootmii (boot2), homebrew channel, and dvdx. I did so for all 3 (already had an older version of hbc).

The installer indicated it is using ios installers 36, channels 55. I have my system connected via component video, and am using a transcend 4GB SD card (it is NOT an SDHC).

The system will boot to the system menu if the SD card is not installed. If the 4GB card is installed, the system hangs for an indefinite time (5 minutes is the longest I've waited). I speculated that it may not work well with the large SD card (32k clusters, FAT32) may not be appreciated by bootmii.

I reinstalled, with an AData 2GB card. After this installed, the system would boot up and show the BootMi menu a couple times before launching the system menu, but it boots intermittently - sometimes it starts up, sometimes it hangs. It seems like if I install bootmii on the 2GB card, it'll work until I try booting with the 4GB card, then it will no longer function (2GB card hangs) until I reinstall boot2. This may be coincidental, I have not done it enough times to be sure. I copied the bootmi dir from the working 2GB install to the 4GB card but it doesn't make it work.

I have also tried installing bootmii as an IOS, which appears to work.

I do get the cd slot flicker if no SD card is installed.

Other possible pertinent details:

- System is 3.3u
- System is NTSC
- System uses component video
- Edited Out
- Behaviour is experienced with and without USB drive attached
- SD cards are Transcend 133x Secure Digital Card 4GB, AData Turbo SD 150x 2GB
- I use a lot of homebrew on the 4GB card, emulators, homebrew browser, and various tools and games downloaded from it. It is about 90% full.

Its a real drag not being able to boot with the 4GB card, it would be nice to figure out a fix or remove the boot2 bootmii.

Installer log:
HackMii v0.1 installer starting up
444 titles are installed
Found IOS 250: revision: 0xffff*
Found IOS 222: revision: 0x1*
Found IOS 55: revision: 0x1219.
Found IOS 53: revision: 0x1011.
Found IOS 38: revision: 0xe19.
Found IOS 249: revision: 0xa*
Found IOS 36: revision: 0x412.
Found IOS 14: revision: 0x101.
Found IOS 0: revision: 0x0*
Found IOS 37: revision: 0x816.
Found IOS 34: revision: 0x40f.
Found IOS 35: revision: 0x410.
Found IOS 33: revision: 0x410.
Found IOS 28: revision: 0x508.
Found IOS 22: revision: 0x304.
Found IOS 31: revision: 0xa10.
Found IOS 30: revision: 0xa10.
Found IOS 21: revision: 0x205.
Found IOS 17: revision: 0x200.
Found IOS 20: revision: 0xc.
Found IOS 13: revision: 0xa.
Found IOS 12: revision: 0x6.
Found IOS 11: revision: 0xa.
Found IOS 15: revision: 0x104.
Found IOS 2: revision: 0x161.
Found IOS 9: revision: 0x204.
Found IOS 4: revision: 0x3.
parsing last generation bootmap
found valid boot2 blockmap at block 1 (pos 0x627c0), submap 0, generation 2
found valid boot2 blockmap at block 5 (pos 0xe67c0), submap 0, generation 3
found 2 valid blockmaps
using generation 3
boot2 blocks: 00 01 02 03 04 05 06
boot2bin @5,0 (blocks=0,1 - bootmii=0)
boot2 blocks: 06 05 04 03 02 01 00
boot2bin @5,1 (blocks=6,5 - bootmii=0)
boot2 block layout: 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
copyright size = 34
copyright text = 'Copyright 2008,2009 Team Twiizers.'
tmd ends at 0x8028ddac, data starts at 0x8028dde0
bootmii version = '0.8'
The test results are in:

 Using IOS versions: Installer: 36, Channels: 55

The Homebrew Channel: Can be installed
DVDX: Can be installed
BootMii: Can be installed
A BootMii install requires a SD card.

Runtime files will be written, these are required to
properly boot BootMii.

Mounting SD card...
Creating directory '/bootmii'...
Writing '/bootmii/armboot.bin'...
Writing '/bootmii/ppcboot.elf'...
Writing config file...


Erasing NAND block 3
Writing NAND block 3
Verifying NAND block 3 to block 0 of BootMii
Erasing NAND block 4
Writing NAND block 4
Verifying NAND block 4 to block 1 of BootMii

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/2009 11:35PM by Arikado.
Re: Bootmii boot failure
May 24, 2009 01:15PM
This can be filed under SD card incompatibility. The fact that 4GB non-SDHC cards don't work is a known issue -- they're kinda weird -- but a lower priority than fixing SDHC cards.

Your other issues are unrelated.
Re: Bootmii boot failure
May 24, 2009 06:21PM
Thanks for the info. I will wait for a future beta which will let me uninstall, and do some experimentation with smaller SD cards.
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