Monday, May 11, 2009

Recovering the Homebrew Channel with Bannerbomb

Many of you accidentally lost the Homebrew Channel after updating your Wii to firmware 4.0 You lost the Homebrew Channel because you accidentally deleted it, or because you placed it on your SD Card only to realize that you were unable to launch the Homebrew Channel or move it back to your Wii from your SD Card. This blog post will show how to recover your no longer doomed Homebrew Channel. At least 75% of you reading this will be able to get at least one of these methods to work.

The first thing to do is to download Bannerbomb. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

Recovering a deleted Homebrew Channel

This is pretty simple to do. Just launch the 3.4 Homebrew Channel Installer (it can be found here) with Bannerbomb. For most of you, this will reinstall the Homebrew Channel on the System Menu of your 4.0 Wii.

Recovering the Homebrew Channel from your SD Card

To do this, you must patch your Wii's IOS 60. There are a couple of methods you can try to do this:

1)Run WiiSCU with Bannerbomb and tell it to install a patched version of IOS 60 (AKA IOS 60 +Trucha).

2)Download my patched IOS 60 WAD and install it by running WAD Manager with Bannerbomb.

After patching IOS 60, you'll be able to run the HBC from the SD Card Menu and you'll also be able to move it back to the Wii System Menu.

Hopefully, at least one of the methods listed above will recover your Homebrew Channel. Again, for most people, they will work. I know a number of people who have had success with these methods. Good Luck :D

(If you were able to successfully recover the Homebrew Channel thanks to the methods listed in this post, please pass around the link of the this post so that others may be able to do the same as well. And, if you're feeling generous, donate a little money ;) )


  1. Tested this on 3 (4.0) Wiis. The WiiSCU method worked fine on the first two but failed on the third. However, the WAD method worked fine on the third Wii. Also, I realized I can now run all of my custom and injected channels again from the SD Card and Wii Menu again :D

  2. Is there any way you can do a step by step instruction on how to recover youur homebrew channel. I have a wii 4.2u and I had it all working fine and someone deleted my wii homebrew channel.

  3. need better instructions for step 1 in recovering deleted homebrew channel. how do you run 3.4 with bannerbomb? do you combine the private folders or something? sincerely confused.