Wii U bricks if you shut down during software update process

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markot

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Well, thats why they warn you not to do that on most technology shennanigans...
 

CheesecakeRecipe

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Doesn't Nintendo, or pretty much everyone else for that matter, tell you not to unplug the damn things while the update is rolling?
 

The M.O.B

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I'm guessing it was going so slow he thought it froze?

Otherwise I would hope it would have a warning to not turn off the console during updates, this 3DS has one.
 

HiiiLife

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Now I fear having that happen to me for the new Xbox or PS. If the power just so happens to go out, I don't know what I'd do.
 

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I feel bad if his system is really bricked, and I know accidents happen, but its pretty common knowledge not to turn the power off on any device in the middle of updating. If it's bricked at least you know Nintendo will fix it.
 

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1. Why would you do that?
2. I'm highly positive there is a recovery mode, but the guy on twitter has chosen the GAF approach and has decided to complain on Twitter before troubleshooting himself.
 

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Doesn't Nintendo, or pretty much everyone else for that matter, tell you not to unplug the damn things while the update is rolling?
Yep. Feel bad for the guy to some degree but its common knowledge you dont fuck with any systems being modified on the OS level
 
Otoh. What if power goes out in the house.

This shouldn't happened.

Dont you only lose game saves on current consoles if this happened?
In theory you should be able to brick anything writing to the firmware.

The notable part here would be that it's a two hour process, so the odds of something going wrong is much higher than like a five minute upgrade.
 

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Is it really that long? That's the bigger problem, not that this can happen but that there's that huge window for where it CAN happen. Hopefully if it's really that long it's NOT that long for future updates, a bit easier to handle a brick on a brand new system, even if it is frustrating to need to send it in and get Nintendo to replace it.

I've been needing a UPS again, perhaps that should've been the higher priority.
 
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I was downloading a game for my Wii and it was going nowhere and taking a really long time and I shut it off manually and it corrupted my system so I learned my lesson.
 

LevityNYC

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Welcome to 20 years ago.

Seriously...that sucks though for new users who don't want to wait around 3 hours to update.
 

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I've had lots of devices fail to update a firmware, PS3 included, and it didn't break my shit.
 

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Mmm. My PSP shut off when it was doing a firmware update (It was plugged in and everything, don't know why it turned off), turned it into an expensive doorstop. Sucks.
 

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Otoh. What if power goes out in the house?

This shouldn't happen.

Dont you only lose game saves on current consoles if this happened?
You run the risk of bricking any piece of hardware if you're doing something as critical as writing to the firmware. That's why you get messages all the time on the Wii, 360, PS3, PSP, 3DS, and Vita warning you to not turn the power off while it's doing it.
 

Zombie James

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This should be common sense by now. If you're writing to a key part of the system and the power cuts out, bad things happen.
 

antonz

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I've had lots of devices fail to update a firmware, PS3 included, and it didn't break my shit. I like how people are blaming the guy.
when an update fails the system typically reverts back. If you kill the power the system doesnt have a chance to revert.
 

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In theory you should be able to brick anything writing to the firmware.

The notable part here would be that it's a two hour process, so the odds of something going wrong is much higher than like a five minute upgrade.
You would think there would be a method of recovery with a layer that exists outside of the firmware. Sony's been doing this for awhile.
 
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