How To: Hack/SoftMod Your Wii To Run Pretty Much Anything

Post last updated: 19th of August 2011, but before that it was February 2010. If the screenshots don’t exactly match up (i.e. says to install WAD Manager v1.5 mod3, screenshots have v1.4 etc) – don’t panic, I’ve just updated the article but not the screenshots. Also, I’ve added mention to using LetterBomb instead of BannerBomb, but I don’t have step by step directions for it – google is your friend.


Anything? Well, how about homebrew (user created apps/games), downloaded games (i.e. wad files) and downloaded ISOs? Sounds good? Read on!

You will need:
– A Wii (hopefully with firmware 3.XE or 3.XU, where X is 1, 2 or 3)
– A Wii-mote
(if you’re hacking a new [2008 and onwards] Wii and want to back up the system memory) A Gamecube controller
– A SD card [NOT a SDHC card, as you need 4.0 firmware or higher to use those]. The SD card must be formatted in FAT format and at least 1GB in size.
– An internet connection your Wii can use
– An hour or two to get it all sorted

You will NOT need:
– A copy of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Optionally can be used to control BootMii option selection & fix a bricked Wii:
– A Gamecube controller

Please Note: I’ve put together ALL the files I used to hack the Wii as a single zip which you can find here – please read the included readme.txt for usage instructions. Also, as this post ages there might be newer version of files, so you might want to get each bit yourself to have the latest versions. The Wii hacking files have been updated on 10th January 2010 to include latest revisions of cIOS installers + apps (WadManager v1.5 mod 3, Hermes CIOS 222 v4, Trucha Bug Restorer v1.1, USB Loader GX r815, BootMii 0.60 beta, Preloader 0.30 etc).

Also, instead of just following this guide step by step as you go along, I’d -STRONGLY- recommend reading through the entire thing so you’re pre-warned about bits and pieces and -THEN- going through it step by step, looking ahead occasionally so you’ve got the right files on your SD card for the step, and maybe the step ahead.

FINAL WARNING(S): In the highly unlikely event that you brick your Wii – it’s not my fault. Also, never remove a SD card from a powered on Wii – it can (and will) corrupt the partition on the card and you’ll need to reformat it (not quick-format). If your SD card suddenly becomes read-only and you haven’t accidentally slid the lock/unlock slider to lock – this is exactly what you’ve done.

With that out of the way – let’s get this show on the road! =D

Step 1 – Get a suitable exploit

Go to http://bannerbomb.qoid.us/ and get the BannerBomb hack. Get the first file (aad1f_v108.zip), extract it, and move the folder named private to the root of your SD card.

Update: If you have a recent Wii with stock firmware of 4.3 or later then you need to use the LetterBomb exploiter, and not BannerBomb. Substitute as appropriate for the rest of the article.

Step 2 – Get a boot agent

Go to http://bootmii.org/download/ and download HackMii Beta 2. Extract it, rename the “Installer.elf” file to “boot.elf” and place it in the root of your SD card.

Step 3 – Prime your Wii

Make sure your Wii is able to connect to the Internet, turn the Wii off, insert the SD card, then boot up the Wii.

Step 4 – Prep the exploit

Go to the Wii button (bottom left at the system menu), then Data Management | Channels | SD Card. A box will pop up saying Load boot.dol/boot.elf – click [Yes]

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Step 5 – Run the exploit

Update: If you’re using LetterBomb instead of BannerBomb, use your own common sense with the following instructions.

Press the 1 button to install the BannerBomb exploit. If your Wii freezes with a black and white memory dump, or just plain freezes for a couple of minutes at this point you need to go get the next recommended version of the BannerBomb exploit in the list provided in step 1, replace the private folder on your SD card with the one extracted from the different BannerBomb exploit zip (aad20_v108.zip), and try again from Step 4. If this doesn’t work either, pick the next BannerBomb exploit zip and wash/rinse/repeat.

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Step 6 – Install useful software

Once HackMii is running, it will offer you the opportunity to install The Homebrew Channel, DVDX and BootMii – install them all! Note: When you install BootMii, I’d recommend installing it as boot2 instead of an IOS file – it just means that it’ll be available should you somehow manage (however unlikely) to mess up your Wii, and you’ll be able to recover things to a clean state.

Updated Note: Newer Wiis (2008 and newer) come configured so that you cannot install HackMii as boot2 – you have to install as IOS. Don’t worry though, we can still back up your system memory, and later, get preloader installed for recovery (should we ever need it) after we’ve restored the Trucha Bug. From the BootMii.org site:

What does “The installed boot1 version prevents a boot2 install mean? Are you going to fix it?
No, it can’t be fixed. Installing as boot2 is the most useful way to install BootMii, but it requires that we exploit a particularly silly bug in a part of the system that can not be changed under any circumstances. Nintendo finally fixed this bug in new Wiis that were released sometime in 2008. We have looked for a suitable replacement for this exploit, but have not found one, and it does not seem likely that anyone ever will.

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Step 7 – Backup your original (stock) system

Now you have BootMii installed, restart your Wii and you’ll be greeted with the BootMii screen with 4 icons – at this point you can either use a Gamecube controller to navigate, or use the Power button to move to the next selection, then the Reset buttom to select an option. Navigate until the the far right Settings icon is selected, then push the A button on Gamecube controller (or the Reset button on the Wii) and you’ll see options depicting writing from a chip (on left) and writing to a chip (2nd from left) – pick the left one to back up the system memory of your Wii so you’ve got it available in case something wonky happens w/ your Wii. It’ll take about 10-15 mins to back up the system memory to a file called nand.bin on your SD card. Once this is done, go back to the top BootMii menu and load the System Menu as normal – you’ll see the Homebrew channel there with lovely bubbles for you to pop. Hurray! =D

Updated Note: When hacking a new Wii where BootMii had to be installed as an IOS instead of boot2, I wasn’t able to use the buttons on the Wii to navigate the BootMii menu to backup the system memory, instead I had to use a Gamecube controller, which worked fine. You should be able to use the Power button to change selections, then the Reset button to actually select your option, on one Wii I hacked this didn’t seem to work so I just used a Gamecube controller, but it could have been I’d just forgotten you need to hit the Power button to change selections, as it’s a pretty un-intuitive thing to do…

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Step 7.5 – Re-introduce exploits

Newer Wiis come with the Trucha bug (i.e. fakesign) fixed – but we need it to softmod our Wii properly, so we’re going to have to re-introduce the bug by installing older IOS files using Trucha Bug Restorer. Grab yourself a copy, place it in a folder in your “apps” folder on your SD card with the .dol file renamed to boot.dol, watch this video on how to use it, and follow along until you’ve successfully restored the Trucha bug, so you can install custom firmware in step 8 below.

Updated Note: When I used Trucha Bug Restorer, after downgrading IOS 15 as shown in the video the Wii wouldn’t connect to the network to download the older version of IOS 36 to patch, so I ended up using NUS Downloader to get a copy of IOS36-64-v3351.wad which I placed on the root of my SD card and then pointed TBR at that instead of using the network connection, it then updated fine and I restored IOS 15 via network connection as per the video instructions.

Step 8 – Install custom IOS’

Get and run Waninkoko’s cIOS 38 Rev 17 Installer as an app (i.e. create a folder on SD card called “apps”, inside this create a folder like “cIOS38-Installer”), place the file in this folder and rename it to boot.dol. Run the installer through the Homebrew Channel and it’ll install and patch a bunch of IOS files, including IOS 249 which is needed to run loads of stuff.

Updated Note: If you get error = -2011 during the install process of this, you need to go back to step 7.5 above and make sure the version of IOS 36 installed is the hacked cIOS version with the Trucha bug.

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Step 9 – Update the firmware

Now we’re going to update the firmware to a custom version of 4.0 that leaves the trucha (fakesign) exploit open for us (in my experience you HAVE to install 4.0 before 4.1 otherwise you’ll get a ret = -1036 error if you try to go directly to 4.1), so, grab Wanninkoko’s Firmware 4.0 Updater, rename the extracted file to boot.dol, create a folder for it in the apps folder on your SD card and run the app through the Homebrew Channel

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You’ll know you’re on the 4.0 firmware not only because it’ll say so on the first page of the Wii Settings channel, but because you’ll have a SD icon in the System Menu as shown below…

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Step 10 – Update the firmware

We’re getting there… Do just like Step 9 but with Waninkoko’s  4.1 Firmware Updater

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Step 11 – Add some useful channels

Okay – we now have the latest custom 4.1 firmware and the Homebrew Channel, but we need a couple of more bits and pieces to get us to the finish line. For this you need some knowledge: Wii virtual console games (that is, SNES games, Genesis games, etc.) come as .WAD files, which need to be installed to the Wii system memory or NAND emulated system memory to play. For this, we use a program called Wad Manager – so we’re going to install a custom version of Wad Manager that comes as a channel and has other nice goodies like directory support. To install this wad manager, we need a wad manager! So to get a copy of WAD Manager 1.5 mod3 as an application AND as a channel, head on over to here. Extract the rar file, and place the .dol on your SD card in the apps folder in its own folder (making sure the .dol file is renamed to boot.dol) and run it through the Homebrew Channel, -NOW- from the WAD manager we’re running as an app, install the WAD Manager 1.5 mod3 channel

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Step 12 – Add a disc launcher

To run ISOs downloaded from t’internets, you need backup launcher. Install Backup Launcher 0.3 gamma with #002 fix from (link now broken & removed) – then, when that’s installed as a channel (through the WAD Manager channel we installed in Step 11 above) you’ll be able to insert the burnt ISO DVDs and launch ’em through the Backup Launcher channel.

Step 13 – Add a hard-drive launcher

[OPTIONAL] If you want to run games from a hard-drive, you’ll want to get a copy of USB Loader GX – find a version that installs as a channel (i.e. a wad not an app) and install this if you want. I’m not going to go into too much WBFS (Wii Backup File System) stuff here – the easiest way is to just get a compatible USB hard-drive, plug it into the leftmost of the two USB sockets on the back of the Wii (leftmost when you’re looking at the front of the Wii), let USB Loader GX Format it for you, then you’re good to go.

Updated Note: If you plan on using a USB hard drive with your Wii, which really is the way to go, make two primary partitions – one FAT32 partition for Wads/NAND Emulation (have a look at my article on it here if you’re interested) and one for your ripped Wii ISOs (format doesn’t matter – USB Loader GX will reformat it anyway). My setup, on a 320GB drive is 20GB for Wads/NAND, 280GB-ish for ISOs.

Another updated note: USB Launcher is functional, but WiiFlow is downright sexy – google it!

Step 14 – Final tweaks

Almost done! At the moment, it’s possible that each time the Wii boots, BootMii will come up and we have to press the Reset button on the Wii to go to the system menu – although to be fair I haven’t seen this behaviour on anything but the first Wii I modded. If this occurs you can just rename the “bootmii” folder on the root of your SD card to something like “GET-RID-OF-THESE-CAPS-TO-ENABLEbootmii“. Now, get a copy preloader 0.30 final (it’s an app, not a wad) – make a folder for it in the apps folder of your sd card, copy it in again making sure the .dol file is called boot.dol (starting to see a pattern?). Before you install the app, you might want to get a copy of the 4.1 version of hacks.ini from here and place it in the root of your SD card. Launch the preloader 0.30 app through the Homebrew Channel and install. In Preloader, navigate to System Hacks and feel free to change some options (disable background music, disable standby mode, region-free everything etc.).

You can choose to boot the Wii to preloader, or straight to the System Menu (which I prefer) – if you ever want to get Preloader back up to change any settings, recover the Wii or what-not, just turn the Wii off, then turn it back on and hold down the RESET button while it’s booting – voila! Preloader is there for you to launch things, go straight to the Homebrew Chan, change system hacks etc.

Updated Note: Preloader 0.30 is the newest version as of the 8th December 2009 – the screenshots below are from when I installed Preloader 0.29 – it’s gonna be pretty much the same thing if you’re installing newer. When you use the systemhacks in preloader, make sure that you you set the Block Disc Updates and Block Online Updates to enabled so you keep your custom firmware if you insert an original disc of a game with a newer firmware version than you’re currently running! However, if you want to play your original Beatles: Rock Band or some of the other, newer rhythm-music games you’ll need to do a little bit of extra patching, which I’ve written about here.

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Step 15 – Make it easy to get apps

[OPTIONAL] Install the Homebrew Browser Channel, if you want…

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Step 16 – EnJoY!

That’s it! Sit back! Relax! Install and launch wads! Play backup games! (through Backup Launcher, not the standard Disc Channel). Have a beer!

Final Wrap-Up Notes:

–  You might want to edit bootmii.ini in the bootmii folder on your SD card, where you can change the autoboot setting to system menu, and change the delay in seconds (0 if you don’t want to see bootmii at all).

– Once you’ve got custom firmware on your Wii, DO NOT install stock Nintendo firmware. If you buy a new game which needs newer firmware, use the preloader “skip disc update check” option to avoid having to install any updates to play or rip the disc and run WiiScrubber on it to remove the firmware.

– If you decide to play imports FOR THE LOVE OF BOD do NOT install Japanese firmware on a non-Japanese Wii – it will brick your Wii. No, really. With any luck you could get BootMii going and restore your nand.bin to get the system back, but don’t tempt fate.

Anyways, Happy Wii-Modding!, and if you have any problems or questions, feel free to sling ’em in the comments below and I’ll have a gander.

Cheers!

110 thoughts on “How To: Hack/SoftMod Your Wii To Run Pretty Much Anything”

  1. Great guide bud, seems to cover all the bases. I think its time to submit some of these to wiihacks.net and tehskeen in the guides section. High Calibre work.

    After all this buggerizing around, you do realise a mod chip now takes less than 10 mins to install and now adays you dont even need to solder the frikkin’ things in. Yes it costs, but i can’t brick my nand with a modchip :D

    Two Things – If only you knew someone who had a USB Gecko you could take real screenshots instead of needing the camera (Makes your life easier as dont have to hole camera with one hand, wii mote with the other and press buttons with your… imagination)
    and Secondly, you dont HAVE to have a GC controller to naviagate the BootMii options – The Reset and Power buttons on the front of the wii can be used.

    Reset I think changes options, holding power is like pressing A or something like that… RTFM :D

    Something else might be worth looking into that might save some headaches, with the use of preloader (Used to run programs on startup) and some other software that name escapes me, it might be possible to have the disc channel load backsups without needing back launcher.,,,, ahh i remember… CIOSCORP :D Good luck… and thank god for NAND backup… ohhhhhhhhhh new cios means nand can be run from SD card… w00t even easier to break.. lol

  2. Did a CiosCorp install today on a bootmii boot2 incompatible wii. for this preloader is required to get me to the HBC channel should something go wrong as the only option is to install bootmii as an IOS.

    In you guide you install preloader… I’m wondering why you do this as pre-loader is not required to softmod th wii if your using a backup launcher and if you have bootmii installed, unless you want to really really really turn off BGM and health screens, why run the risk of bircking when there simply is no need?

    god i’m a mardy git today… Was more excited about CIOSCORP install… piece of piss… but thank you for the guide, and single download zip file, saved me sourcing the crap from elsewhere. I can gift you the CIOSCRP stuff too if you like.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh in other news…

    DVD43 the culprint behind 360 ripping issues.

    cheers

    Mouse Out

  3. Hey Mouse,

    I install preloader because I want to have as many recovery options available as poss, and being able to hold down Reset during boot to get to preloader, where I could launch any number of fixy things (including BootMii) helps me sleep like a baby.

    Also, I really, REALLY do want to turn off the background music :)

    Good job w/ CIOSCORP – but I think I’ll leave mine for the time being – looks a bit dicey to overwrite all orignal copies of IOS’s w/ hacked ones… Prolly perfectly safe n’ all, but if I don’ need to I’m not gonna.

    Glad guide could be of use!

  4. If you follow these instructions carefully, it will NOT brick your Wii.

    The only situation that has the potential capacity to brick it is if you install firmware from a game which is from a different region to your Wii. That is, if you have a PAL Wii, don’t install NTSC or Japanese firmware. If you have a NTSC Wii, don’t install PAL or Japanese firmware, etc.

    If you take a look at third screenshot in Step 13 of the guide you’ll see a list of options available from preloader, one of which is “Skip disc update check” – with this option enabled, the Wii will never ask you to install firmware from a disc.

    Also, you can remove the update partition of any (DVD) game using Wii Scrubber, so it’s not even there to being with.

    Finally, if you look carefully at step 7 you’ll notice that we’re backing up the system memory of the Wii to the SD card, so should you somehow manage to install something you didn’t mean to, and because preloader starts as boot2 (that is, BEFORE the wii system menu even starts to load) , you can always use BootMii to restore your system memory to a working state from the nand.bin backup.

    Personally, I think that’s safe enough.

  5. Hi!
    Can I use your guide if my Wii is already at v4.1.
    Will it affect my Wii Motion Plus and Guitar Hero 5 that I bought and asked for updates?

    Been spending hours online and your tutorial is by far the best!

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Kim!

    Bannerbomb says that it’s compatible with firmware v4.1 – so you should be okay there.

    What I’d do then though is downgrade the firmware to v3.3 with Waninkoko’s Firmware Downgrader , then upgrade to the v4.0 custom IOS then custom v4.1 custom IOS as detailed above. This should re-introduce the trucha bug and as many “security” flaws as possible that let us do exactly what we want with the hardware that we own!

    And no, soft-modding the Wii will have no effect on your MotionPlus games (mine work fine!), though if you’re launching a rip of your GH5, you may have to do it through NeoGamma with some RTZP.dol shenanigans – will make sure I post something up about extra MotionPlus hoop-jumping this weekend.

    Anyways, best o’ luck w/ the modding + if you’ve got a moment let me know how it all turned out! (Might have to mod a newer, v4.1 from the factory Wii soon – and if you had to jump through any extra hoops to get it all working I’d love to hear about ’em!)

    Cheers,
    r3dux

  7. Hey there
    *Stupid question coming up*

    Why do we need an internet connection cuz i haven’t seen anything mentioned on a connection
    or did i miss it completely ??

  8. You can do the modding without your Wii connected to the Internet, but you’d need a copy of all the required custom IOS files downloaded and placed in the right location on your SD card for the updates in steps 8, 9 and 10 to use.

    By having a working connection, things like Custom IOS installer 2.0 can go and grab the latest versions of the files from the net.

    In effect, it just makes life easier! :)

  9. I have fitted a FlatMod chip to my Wii v3.4E and it works great but I have looked all over for a way to run ISO games from a USB External hard drive I have found loads of info on this and it can be done through homebrew and other apps and thats all I want it to do.

    I have followed lots of guides but can not ever get my Wii to boot anything from the SDCard but it will show the photos in the photo channel I am really stuck on how to get the thing to install the homebrew in the first place it dose not even give the option to run the boot.dol / elf file in step 4 at all any ideas?

    All the files are on the SDcard all in the right place and everything even tried formating to FAT16 / 32 & NTFS copied the files over again and still nothing just a menu screen that seems to meen the SDcard is empty ?

    Help!! lol

  10. No Matter I got it all sorted works a treet and much better then loading from disk ill post a guide with all files needed here soon is a bit different from this one really cool when its all done though.

    Great stuff keep up the good work r3dux…

  11. Glad to hear you got it all working, daz =D

    I use USB Loader GX and a Western Digital Passport 320GB drive to keep all ISOs and stuff together, then just launch it through the Homebrew Chan an pick a game – it’s a pretty nifty solution…

    Next up will be getting NAND.bin emulation sorted so I can install stacks of WiiWare/Virtual Console stuff and leave it installed virtually instead of filling my Wii’s system memory!!

  12. Hi again, i’ve run through all the steps and got up to where we install the custom firmware 4.0 and it just wont work, sometimes the wii freezes and other times it throws out some error writing on the screen, am i doing something wrong or is there something wrong with my setup or so

    please help ??!!

  13. Hey sKittleZ – Is the error writing on the screen stuff like ret = -1 or more like a memory dump / stack trace? (i.e. a whole heap of letters and numbers in columns)… The ret code stuff will likely be more about not finding a network connection to DL the 4.0 firmware than anything else.

    As I don’t know what firmware you’re currently running, it could be that you have a official 4.0 or 4.1 firmware already installed, in which case you might have to downgrade your firmware to 3-point-something to reintroduce some security flaws, and then install the 4.0 then 4.1 custom firmwares. To downgrade your firmware before trying the upgrade, use this.

  14. Oh ok, i’ve got 3.2 at the moment, could be the internet connection then

    i have a laptop with wifi and a usb internet connection

    sorry for all the stupid questions but is there a way i could download the full firmware and put it somewhere on the sd card and install it from there or hook up the wii to my laptop and try that out

    i really appreciate your help man

  15. Well, you can do it – but you’re making your life difficult by going the offline method – personally I’d just take my Wii over to someone’s house who had wireless access and do it there using their wireless network…

    If you’re dead-set on offline upgrading have a look at the following guides and work it out from there:

    Ultimate System Menu 4.0 Guide
    System Menu 4.0 Wads thread
    Short n’ Sweet 4.0 -> 4.1 thread

    Be aware I’ve not used any of these methods – so your mileage may vary with regard to how simple/easy (or not!) it is to upgrade this way.

    Cheers!

  16. what methods are there of backing up games and whats the best, I’ve tried to copy my legend of Zelda and it seems like its not as easy as putting the disk in a pc and copying

    reason i’m asking is a week back they broke in and tried to take my wii and a few games, didn’t come right luckily

  17. Cupcake, you need specific models of DVD drive on a PC to read original Wii discs (i.e. to make backups) – but – the Wii itself can read the discs fine, so we can use that to do the backups!

    You’ve got two choices depending on whether you have a USB hard-drive (or even a usb memory stick > 4GB) – lets go with the non-usb method first (your Wii has to be connected to your home network for this first method to work):

    1.) Grab a copy of DVD Dumper from here (direct link).
    2.) Install it using wad manager and run it, insert an original Wii DVD.
    3.) The Wii will now be acting as a web-server, and will provide you with a link to use where the Wii will stream your game for you just like you were downloading it from the net.
    4.) Download the file using Firefox or wget or whatever and you’ve got yourself a ripped game.

    The downside of this is that it’s a slow download.. As the Wii rips at about 200K/Sec (or there abouts) – you’re looking at about 4 hours to rip a single game…

    A much better solution is to go with the USB drive method:

    1.) Grab a USB hard drive (compatibility list here).
    2.) Plug it into your PC.
    3.) Grab a copy of WBFS Manager.
    4.) Format the USB drive using WBFS Manager (note: if you want to keep some space aside on the drive as fat32 for use w/ nand emulation and such you’ll need to divy up the drive into partitions before using WBFS!).
    5.) Grab and install a copy of USB Loader GX
    6.) Plug the USB drive into the Wii (try other USB port if not recognised at first) and and just run USB Loader GX and slap a disc in and it’ll ask you if you want to rip it to your drive.

    Takes about 20 mins for a 4GB game, and you can download the covers for the games you’ve got installed and select ’em from a pretty list. Sweet! =D

  18. I’ve installed bootmii as a boot2, but i dont get that option of backing up the NAND. though, is there settings that i need to fix or have i done something wrong ??

    the wii works fine and so on i just dont have a back up for just incase

    please advice

  19. Cupcake – Are you able to run BootMii (or did you during the install process) so that it looks like the screenshot in Step 7?

    Things to look at:
    – Do you have the BootMii application file as boot.elf on the root of your SD card?If you’ve downloaded a .dol version it should be called boot.dol.
    – Do you have a bootmii (CaSe SeNsItIvE!) folder in the root of your SD card? If you’ve changed the directory to something like REMOVE-CAPS-TO-ENABLE-bootmii (see Step 14) – just remove the CAPS to re-enable it! :)

    Failing that, try putting the BootMii .elf or .dol file in the apps folder in your SD card and launch it through the Homebrew Channel maybe?

    Hope ya get it sorted!

  20. Hey man, can you rip dual layer games like Mario kart or super smash bro’s brawl onto a hard drive from the wii like you explained to cupcake on 30/09 ???

    Haven’t tried it but would like to know if i’ll be wasting my time or find out how to do so if there is a way

    Thanks R3

  21. If I get the homebrew channel upon powering up Wii
    And i got to exit to Wii Menu
    then it says look at owners manual
    Is that a briiked Wii
    Is there any way to UNBRIIK A WII?

  22. gamer – your Wii is only bricked when it won’t get to the Wii menu at all – yours isn’t bricked, just unwell ;)

    You’ll probably have an error code on the screen when it says to look at the users menu, google it and you’ll find plenty of information about resolving the issue.

  23. I have a soft modded wii with ios249 (which i hear is dying?) Anyways i would like to ask if it’s ok? How can i soft mod my wii to play my existing backups aswell as GH5 and Band Hero through a disk launcher? Is the software and method you describe above capable of playing the new games? Thanks in advance!!

  24. Savbeowulf – if your Wii is already softmodded and can run the Homebrew Channel, then you’re fine to play disc backups through something like NeoGamma or Backup Launcher. If your Wii isn’t softmodded, you can do so using the above method. Once softmodded, you can grab NeoGamma as a .dol and run it through the Homebrew Chan, or get it as a WAD (link) and install it as a channel (through wadmanager).

    Newer games work fine AFAIK – sometimes you might need to tweak some bits and pieces to get a specific title to work, but most stuff will work straight off the bat, and if it doesn’t there’s always google ;)

    Cheers!

  25. Hi

    Thanks for the doc, it really proved useful and I now seem to have a softmoded wii :)

    A couple of questions:

    When starting preloader 0.29 it reports that there’s a new version but when I select update it seems to hang on the “dowloading changelog …” message, any ideas?

    Also when I try and access the SD card from the usual wii menu, the system hangs.

  26. JokerNI, I’ve not come up against any of these probs, tho I’m on preloader 0.29 and am not fussed to go up a version as what I’ve got works fine atm. Maybe just don’t update it?

    As for the SD card thing, you could always try copying everything off the card to your PC, format the card, then put things back on the card piece-by-piece (i.e. a folder at a time) to figure out what’s knocking the box over..

    Other than that, prolly google or gbatemp or tehskeen will have stuff about the issues you’re experiencing.

  27. Hi,

    i got japan wii console. Its great but i have trouble to read the menu, all in japan. Also, my wii is midded with wiic.

    Anyone cah help me to change the language?

    Also, is the tutorial above can solve my question?

  28. please could anyone help, I have a 3.4e and when I go to install bootmii it says that I can only install as a iso and can not change it to boot2, what am I doing wrong? many thanks.

    1. Hi Alison,

      I had a quick google – maybe the issue is related to the card being in read-only mode. This can happen if you move the little write-protection tab on the card, or if the formatting gets corrupted.

      If the card has the write-protect tab on, move it to the position where the card can be written to and try again.

      If you think the card formatting may have gotten corrupted (which can happen if you remove the card from the Wii while it’s still powered on), try copying your data off your SD card, reformat the card (not quickformat), copy the data back and try again.

      G’luck!

      Update: Hmm, I’ve just had to mod a Wii for a mate, and it’s a newer Wii which won’t allow you to install HackMii onto Boot2, so I just installed it as an IOS, then, I had to run Trucha Bug Restorer to get the Wii to a point where I could install cIOS 36 Rev 14 (and enable all the cIOS 249 stuff). Will update the post on how to do all that stuff today.

  29. perfect tutorial… wii runs like a river made of silk

    just to add to value to this site, if homebrew channel gets switched upside down during one of these steps, just re-install it and it’s fixed

    1. Cheers, ed! Didn’t know that could even happen but sure enough

      Seems to be related to using cIOSCORP, amongst other possibilities!

      Update: I modded a Wii today for my father-in-law, and installed the custom firmware 4.0 and 4.1 before the CIOS 38 Rev 14 – and low and behold the Homebrew Channel was upside-down! A quick uninstall/reinstall through BootMii as per your tip, and everything was back to normal. Good stuff :D

  30. I followed your instructions, and my Wii doesn’t seem to boot independently anymore. It boots up fine with the SD card, but refuses otherwise.

    This and the console hangs and disconnects my Wiimote when I try to leave HBC and head back to the menu. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Rory,

      It sounds like you’ve set your Wii to boot directly to BootMii, and without the card inserted that’s not going to happen. As the HBC gets installed via BootMii/HackMii (same thing afaik), a reinstall is probably in order to try to sort out whatevers gone awry.

      Head over to bootmii.org and grab the latest version then redo steps 2 through 6 above – should sort it out.

      1. Awesome Thanks!

        I pulled up the BootMii and restored my NAND before doing the whole process again. I’m not 100% sure what I did last time, but we’re back in business now!

        And for anybody else reading this that thinks they don’t need to backup their NAND before doing something like this, DON’T take that chance!

        1. Hey Rory – That’s great news! Really glad you got it all sorted, and on Christmas Day no less!

          And you’re absolutely right about the NAND backup – there is a VERY good reason for doing it, as you’ve demonstrated!

          Merry Christmas!

          r3dux

    1. JokerNI – Personally, I like preloader as it gives you a stack of options like never letting an original game try to force the reinstall of non-custom firmware before it’ll play, disabling that plinky-plink music, and allowing you to use region-free channels – amongst a whole heap of other bits and pieces (like being able to get to an alternate launcher incase the Wii OS gets tripped up on something), so if it was me, I’d use it.

      However, I haven’t researched it enough to say with any certainty whether it’ll absolutely safe and problem-free on firmware 4.2 – so if you dig around the net for a while and don’t come up with any horror stories, then you’re probably safe and can go for it.

  31. could you please send be the things i need .mabey a premade sd card folder.having a heck of a time doing a 3.2u here. think i am doing something wrong ? but not sure please help. thanks

    1. Rick – I have created a premade SD card folder with most all (see below) the files you need, including a brief readme.txt – it’s linked near the top of the article, man! Here’s the link again.

      The only file it doesn’t contain is IOS36-64-v3351.wad (direct link, btw), which I found I needed to properly use Trucha Bug Restorer. Update: IOS36-64-v3351.wad is now included in the hacking files set.

      I’d try taking it from the top, making sure you cover every step – if you skip bits here and there because they’re not playing ball things will go awry, also, there are lots of guides available – try reading some others (linked in comments above, or just use google) and see if you have any luck with that.

      G’luck!

  32. i had the following installed :

    Wii 4.1E
    Homebrew channel 1.03 IOS61 v19.26
    NeoGamma R6 IOS249 (rev 14)
    USBloader (which i never used)

    Is it worthwhile tinkering with it if i want to run things like GH5? If so, cam i still use your guide?

    Thanks

    1. Hey dov, I don’t play any GH on the Wii – so I’m not sure if any additional tweaks are required – if there are, then it’s probably just something like starting the game though USBLoader with an alternate .DOL file (like you need to do with Wii Sports Resort first time to make it play ball properly).

      But as I said, I don’t know what tweaks are required for GH5 – if any at all!

      If anyone reading this knows – please feel free to chime in!

  33. I have a mod-ed wii with the DC2 chip. I just bought the rabid rabbits game and tried to play it, but the screen said that i needed to upgrade the console first in order to play it. It had also mentioned that if i went ahead with the upgrade it could potentially disable my console..it this true? Is it safe to go ahead and upgrade the console in order to play the game?….thanks..

    1. Rocksteady, your copy of Rabid Rabbits has a newer (or at least different) version of the Wii firmware on it to the one you’re the currently running, and the game wants you to upgrade your firmware. If you’ve put custom firmware on your Wii (Waninkoko, custom IOSs etc.), and you go ahead with the update, your custom firmware will be overwritten by the official Nintendo firmware on the disc.

      As I don’t have a modchip, I couldn’t tell you if it’ll make any difference to you – you’re already bypassing things through the hardware modchip to begin with, so it could all be fine. On the other hand, the updated firmware might change things so your modchip doesn’t work anymore and/or it bricks the Wii (though I’d find this pretty unlikely). You’d have to do some googling to find out.

      If you modify your Wii using this guide we install something called Preloader which has options to disable disc update checks (so it’ll never ask you to update your firmware), but as you probably haven’t soft-modded it to run preloader, the easiest way for you to safely play your game would be to install something like DVD-Dumper (see reply to Cupcake on September 30th 2009 above) and rip your original game to an ISO image, then strip out the firmware partition using Wii Scrubber, burn the firmware-less version of the game and play that!

      However, to install DVD-Dumper, you’ll need to have the Homebrew Channel installed in the first place, which I don’t believe you can do with just a DC2 chip (correct me if I’m wrong!)

      So, if you’re concerned about the new firmware being installed, you could just do the full soft-mod, install preloader as part of the process, then enable to skip update check option and use your original disc.

      Ooh, just thought of another option: If you know someone with a soft-modded Wii – you could get them to extract the disc ISO, scrub the firmware partition, then burn it for you… would save you soft-modding your Wii if you didn’t want to go to all the effort. Or you could just d/l a pre-scrubbed copy =P

      The choice, as they say, is yours ;)

  34. Hey. Me again.

    After several failed attempts to get backup games working, I decided to revert back to my original unmodified system. However, during restore of my NAND, BootMii got about 9 boxes in and has frozen on me. I’ve let it sit there for a few hours now and nothing’s changed. How big an issue do you figure it would be to power off and try the restore again? Or is there a workaround for this? If I can at all avoid bricking my Wii, I’d rather go that route…

    By the way , if it helps at all, I’m (or WAS, I guess) running System Menu 4.2u, and I have my BootMii stuff and NAND on separate cards.

    Thanks for all the help earlier, by the way! :-D

    1. Sorry to hear you’re having probs restoring your NAND… I guess you’ve got no choice but to pull to power if it’s hung during restore, and just cross your fingers and hope for the best. If it’ll boot, maybe try the restore again.

      You should be able to use a technique involving using a Gamecube controller (which you’ll need to dismantle) to fix things if it’s bricked – try this if it comes to it.

      Best of luck & let me know how it turns out!

      1. Well, after several painful Wii-free days of debating and hoping beyond hope that the restore process would right itself and everything would be good again, it wasn’t, and I finally bit the bullet and powered off. Thankfully, the bootMii started right up, and my original NAND didn’t end up corrupting! I got it restored without a hitch!

        Needless to say, as soon as the whole restore process finished, I promptly backed it up a second time on to both of my PCs.

        Thanks for the guide and help, r3dux!

  35. Hi r3dux,
    I’m sorry to take some of your time, it’s just I’ve realized that you rock at all things Wii, and I figured maybe you could give me some short advice.
    I have a flashed / chipped Wii. Homebrew channel and all, V4.1U I think.
    I have some games that are not working, such as Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, Call of Duty MW.
    I have read around that I’m supposed to change the IOS and such but I’m honestly terrified of playing around with it without being sure of what to do…I don’t want to brick it.
    Is there anyway you could tell me how to do it without screwing up?
    I’m sorry if my question sounds dumb…
    I will appreciate any help.
    All the best and thanks in advance!
    Adrian

    1. Hey Adrian,

      Do you have custom firmware installed on the Wii? If you’ve just used BootMii to get the HBC on it and nothing else then you won’t have.

      Without having custom firmware (steps 8 through 10 in the guide above), you might just want to give this Guide to running GH5 and Band Hero a go; if it works, great! If it doesn’t just do steps 8 through 10 (you might need to also do step 7.5 to restore the trucha bug if things are acting up) and then try the steps in the GH5 guide.

      Oh, and to install wads (as req’d by GH5 guide), just grab something like Wad Manager 1.5, rename the .dol fille to boot.dol place it in the apps folder on your SD card and launch through the HBC.

      Hope this helps!

  36. Hey man!
    Thank you for taking the time to reply!
    I think I do have custom firmware installed since it took me life half a day to try to understand the tutorial and installing the IOS, etc. I never used Bootmii, I mean, I don’t think so.
    So I guess I’ll do steps 8 through 10 and then the GH5 guide, plus the Wad Manager (I know that I have one of those since I’ve installed a couple channels through that one.
    I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Thank you so much!
    Adrian

  37. Hey man!

    Thanks for everything…

    I just followed the GH5 installation and didn’t work, so I’m assuming I’m gonna have to do steps 8 through 10 above and THEN the GH5 guide.

    Now I have one question though. Like I said I’ve already messed with the Wii and can play back up discs and all that. Last time I updated my Wii before installing the HBC and modding it I updated it to 4.1

    So my question is: If I use Wanninkoko’s Firmware 4.0 Updater will that be a problem? I mean, I have 4.1 and not 4.0…

    Sorry If I’m a pain, it’s just like I said, I’m terryfied of bricking my Wii.

    Thanks and I hope this time it works!

    Best,

    Adrian

    1. Hey Adrurc,

      If the GH5 set-up article didn’t work, it’s probably because you’re firmware doesn’t have the trucha (fakesign) bug available, so to enable it you’ll need to do step 7.5 in the guide above and then re-try the GH5 guide to get Hermes’ cIOS 222 installed.

      I don’t think running Waninkoko’s firmware updater 4.0 will cause any problems at all. You could try just running Wanin’s 4.1 updater without touching the 4.0 and see if it works, if it doesn’t then run 4.0 and then 4.1 updaters, but before you do ANY of this, make sure you’ve run trucha bug restorer or NONE of it will work!

      Hope this helps!
      -r3dux

  38. God, this is embarrassing. I’m sorry I’m asking so many questions, but I can’t seem to get past Step 7.5

    I start the TBR and follow the you tube tutorial, but after I’ve downloaded both IOS and I press A to start Step 1 (“Set the revision to 0”) I get the following error:

    Setting the revision to 0
    Error: ES_AddTitleStart returned -1035, maybe you need an updated downgrader
    Error: could not set the revision down to 0

    I’ve tried it with TBR 1.1 as well and I get the same error message.

    Thsi is so frustrating. Any idea why this might be? I have tried loading IOS from SD card and downloading them from NUS but I get the same result.

    Thanks for everything man, I really appreciate your time.

    Adrian

  39. hi there

    I was going through your tutorial and got stuck on the Custom IOS installer. I redid the Trucha bug thang and still continued to have a freeze at the same point: as soon as I chose IOS 249.

    so, the IMPORTANT thing:

    I went forward and tried installing the Preloader and found I was in a vicious cycle. When I told it to reboot to the main menu, I now get “The system files are corrupted. Please refer to the Wii Operations Manual for help troubleshooting. Which is uselss.

    What can I do from here?

    1. Well, I’m not sure how you’ve managed to get to this point, but all’s not lost.

      Make sure you have the BootMii.elf installed on the root of your SD card and renamed to boot.elf, then boot the Wii holding down the Reset button to start Preloader. From there you can launch BootMii and restore your NAND from the backup you’ve made (In BootMii, the power button will cycle through options, reset will select the option).. This gets you a clean, bootable Wii.

      After that, re-do the guide. I’ve done it switching around the sequence so I’ve installed Waninkoko’s Custom Firmware 4.0 then 4.1, and then installed cIOS 38 Rev 14 (which gives you cIOS 249), and although it flipped the HBC upside down, a quick uninstall/reinstall of the HBC fixed that.

      Also, when you do the Trucha Bug Restore – after downgrading IOS 36 (prior to installing cIOS 38 Rev 14), make sure to re-enable the updated IOS15 as per the vid.

      Hope this helps.

      -r3dux

  40. Well, I give up.

    I just tried doing what you told me to do and I still get the same error message. For some reason I just can’t seem to be able to downgrade to IOS 15. No matter what I do, I keep getting that stupid 1035 error.

    Something tells me I may never get to play GH5 on my Wii.

    If anybody else has any solutions for a poor soul like me, please help, you will have my never ending gratitude…

    This is so frustrating. I appreciate all the help you gave me man, you were really helpful anyway…

    1. The only thing I can think of at this point is downgrading your firmware to v3.3 or v3.4 or something, and then going through the whole thing again. There’s plenty of instructions out there to help you do it.

      Hope you get it all fixed up at some point, and when you do, it’s be extra sweet because of all the extra effort! :)

  41. Dude!

    By far the most detailed step by step guide to softmod a wii…. and fixing some black screen issues ;)

    Thanks a million !

  42. WBFS is outdated, just format using FAT32, no need for partitioning, works on every OS, works with HDD recovery software, no more mucking about.

    WBFS = superseded

    1. Yup, WBFS is the old way of doing it, but it still works, which is why I’ve left the post alone.

      When I update to the new method, maybe I’ll update the post – but since I don’t really play much on the Wii anymore, I can live with it the way it is for now.

  43. Hi,
    I was just wondering if anyone can help me i did the brickproofing on my wii but when the first part finished it came up as a error, when i did the second part it won’t work at all. I just want to know is there something i can do to get my wii back to the original state. or is it alright to leave the wii with half of the brickproofing on it?

    1. Hi Susan,

      I don’t really understand which part you mean by “the brickproofing”. Do you mean making a NAND backup to restore the original system memory? (Step 7) Or blocking disc updates through preloader system hacks?(Step 14), or something else entirely?

      Which part did you do that came up with an error? Installing bannerbomb in step 5?

      Give me more details and I’ll give you more help – fair? ;)

      P.S. Yes, you should be able to run this guide on a Wii with firmware 4.0, but I’ve never had to try it on anything that started past firmware 3.4 – if it doesn’t work or some additional steps are needed you could always google “Wii 4.0 softmod” to find any info you need.

  44. Hi again,
    Sorry i forgot to ask can’t i follow your instructions up above if i have a 4.0 wii.

    Thanks

  45. hey dont know if you still update this site but a need your help!!! I have done steps 1-3, Then I start step 4, but no pop up comes up, there is just a box with a question mark on it which doesnt do anythin, I am using a 2gb SD card formatted to FAT32, any ideas on whats wrong?

    1. Nope – never had that issue. Maybe try looking up guides on youtube so you can see exactly what you need to do in case you’re getting one of the steps wrong. Just get on youtube and search for stuff like “bannerbomb”, “softmod guide” etc. (example).

      Or, it could be that you’ve got one of the newer Wii’s and this method doesn’t work on it…

      If you’re on Nintendo firmware 4.3 try this for 4.2 try this etc.

      G’luck.

  46. thanks a will try that….also a dont want to look like an idiot (cough) when you say copy the files to thr root of the SD card does that just mean copy and paste? lol I am new to all this

  47. sorry also meant tot say that I bought this wii when it first came out and just updated it last week to 4.3E
    dont know if this might be a problem

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  49. I have a problem that I can no longer connect my modded WII to the internet up until a couple of days ago it worked fine, but now I get 52130 error even though I know that I have the correct key and nothing else has changed. Any ideas ?

    1. Whenever I’ve had trouble connecting a Wii to the net via WiFi I’ve managed to resolve it by changing the channel the WiFi operates on, but quite why it’d stop working when it used to be okay is a mystery unless you’ve changed the router channel yourself recently!

      If it were me, I’d change the WiFi channel – try a couple of different channels – and the see if the Wii can connect to that. If it can’t, drop the WiFi connection to be unencrypted and try again on different channels until it works.

      The official troubleshooting procedure is here – have a read & hope you get it sorted soon!

  50. Tried everything, still no joy so went for the wired solution, now I get 52131 any ideas on that one? Tried the nintendo solution but no joy.

    1. Hi Chappie,

      Nope, but 10 seconds on google says that the fix is to assign a static IP to your Wii, or disable your router’s firewall. Or both.
      Source: WiiErrorCodes.com

      If you have to disable your hardware (router) firewall, then make sure you’re running a software firewall on any PCs connected to the router (or better still – just disconnect everything apart from the Wii, get the Wii connected and working, install IOSs as needed, then re-enable router firewall and re-connect any PCs you have).

      Another thing you might want to check is that your router is running a DHCP server (i.e. it’s handing out IP addresses) – if it’s not, then you might consider making it (i.e. enabling the DHCP on the router). No valid IP address == no connectivity. As a final resort, depending on the router (but most routers are able to do this), you can find out the MAC address of the network card on the Wii, and then force the router to hand out a specific IP address to the Wii, and then assign this specific IP address from within the Wii as the address the Wii should use (i.e. the address that will be stamped on the TCP/IP packets the Wii is sending & listening-for).

      Please don’t ask me how to enable/disable DHCP/Firewalls/Static-IPs on your specific make and model of router – this is something you’ll have to find out if you’re not sure how to go about it.

      1. I thought of two more options you could try – starting in the order of easiest first:

        – Take your Wii around to a mates house with a working network connection and do it there,

        – Try to cut the router out of the equation. If you have a modem which connects to a router which then connects (either wired or wirelessly) to your devices, you might be able to go directly from the modem to the Wii, bypassing the router. Although for this to work you might need to connect the modem to the Wii with a crossover cable, rather than a piece of normal ethernet. If you don’t have a crossover cable you could either make one (if you’re feeling brave), or if you’ve got an ethernet hub lying about you could put a straight cat5 (ethernet) cable from the modem to the hub, and then another from the hub to the Wii.

        Cheers!

  51. I need help..I soft modded my Wii a while ago.
    I use Neogamma to load my games.
    I can’t play the new Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock and Band Hero,
    what should I do??

  52. I’ve got a softmodded Wii running on 4.2. I use USB loader GX to load up my external which I have partitioned into WBFS, NTSC and Fat32 formats. I usually use WBFS manager 3.0, Wii Backup Manager_build 73 and Wii Game Manager 1.5.0.2 to format files and transfer, load, backup etc.
    2 Questions. Is it possible to play PAL files? I’m pretty sure it is, but can’t seem to find a quick way to convert or load them. And, what is the best way to load/transfer .wbfs files onto my usb drive? I’ve been trying to do it through the back up and game managers, but only have partial success, and can’t figure out why some work and some don’t.
    Any help to end this frustration would be greatly appreciated. :)

    1. I’ve got a PAL Wii and I can play most NTSC games on it (although some NTSC Wads refuse to play) – I’m not sure what kind of luck you’ll have to get PAL stuff running on NTSC though as it’s higher resolution and there might be chipset issues involved. You can definitely attempt to convert wads between formats but I’m afraid I’m not so sure about converting full games – maybe some options through the launcher (WiiFlow, USB Loader GX etc) could help.

      As for the .wbfs format question – I’ve never used it to transfer games; Instead I convert them to either .iso or .ciso (ciso is preferred as it means the ISO size doesn’t have to be the full 4.7GB if the game doesn’t use it) and then install from that format, which has always worked fine using Wii Backup Manager.

      I wrote up short article about wbfs file conversion here which might help.

  53. Hi I have upgraded the firmware to 4.1 and now I am trying to install the Wad Manager 1.5 but I am getting an error saying error ret=-1

    Confused???

    1. If you upgraded with the official Nintendo firmware then it’ll have removed all the CIOS (Custom IOS) files which allow the softmod stuff to work so you’ll have to replace them either by using this guide or maybe this.

      If you haven’t updated using official firmware, then maybe try a different version of WAD Manager or re-download another copy from another source in case your version is corrupted.

      There’s lots about this on google (i.e. wad manager “ret=-1”, including this rather clunky solution, but in the comments a guy says he fixed it by just using another wad manager.

      Hope you get it sorted!

  54. thanks for the reply i have a virgin wii not touched from the day i got it ver3.4e i got it unoffically to 4.0 then 4.1e all ok

    i installed HBC WAD MANAGER NEOGAMMA cISO ok my HBC will update through hackmii then when it restarts it wont update its in some loop so ill download a new HBC that should fix that my question is this

    i want to play burnt copies games on a dvd but with no luck i used IMGBURN on x4 speed but i used dvd+r and red i have to use dvd-r help my kids r kicking off on me to get it working and im trying to look like a cool dad H E L P thanks

  55. Instead of using my SD Card to import the exploit, and all of the other files, can a flash drive be used in the same way? I don’t have a computer that I can use to put files on an sd card.

    1. I don’t think so, my understanding is that it needs to be a SD card. You can pick up card readers with USB connections really cheap though, so there’s an easy solution.

    1. The trucha bug was the exploit used to allow running of unsigned code on the Wii. Once the trucha bug was fixed, we couldn’t use it to run unsigned code, so we had to re-introduce it by installing older firmware files.

      I’ve no idea if it’s still required, if I had to guess I’d say not.

      1. Thanks for the reply.
        I’m on my second Wii (something screwed up royally with my first one, after I softmodded it) and I’m trying to take things a bit more carefull this time. Do you know of an up-to-date softmodding guide? Also, I noticed your guide on NAND emulation. How up-to-date might it be?

        1. This one is Jan 2012: wii softmod using letterbomb

          And this page lists all the wii softmod topics on gbatemp: ultimate wii softmod topic

          I haven’t modded a Wii in a long time, so if I was going to do it, I’d just use this guide and letterbomb if the firmware already on the Wii was quite recent (which I’ve updated the article to mention).

          The NAND emulation article worked at the time – I haven’t tried it since, but assuming you just get the most recent versions of any software mentioned in the article (i.e. CIOS 38, triiforce etc) it should still be fine.

          As for unbricking your first Wii, try this: http://www.qj.net/qjnet/wii/savemiifrii-unbrick-a-wii-using-only-a-gamecube-controller.html.

          Cheers!

  56. It’s kinda funny because I have a PS3 and a Wii at home. I’ve modded my Wii 13 months ago and I keep getting a lot of fun from my Wii then the Playstation 3 instead!

  57. Would this Hack enable me to play french UFC Trainer from France and play on my Canadian/US console

    1. I believe so. I’ve played French games on my Wii and they ran fine, but my understanding is that the Wii is largely region-free anyway, so if you had the disc I’d imagine it would work on a EU or US Wii (but not a Japanese region one as they have diff firmware due to language differences).

  58. When I started to use wiiflow and all the gc backup games. I suddenly couldn’t load cgi games from disc. Just a plain black screen. I don’t know what to do. It’s the wii after 2008.

    1. What do you mean by “cgi games”? Do you mean burnt versions of Wii ISO files, or original Wii game discs? Or something else?…

  59. My wii is RVL001(KOR), 3.2U. Is it safe to follow your tutorial? Is there any other method for this, not only via sd card, because i cant find regular non HC card?

    Plan is to use card only for modding, and then play games from USB.

      1. Should be fine, firmware-wise. I’ve only ever performed this procedure with a standard SD card (as the article says – SDHD cards won’t work on 3.X revision firmware) – you could, perhaps, try using a FAT formatted USB stick, but I have no idea if it’ll work, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Your best bet would be to grab an old 1GB SD card off eBay or something, just google “1GB SD card” and you’ll see tons of them.

        1. Thnx, i know that. All my cards are hc larger then 4gb. I can get new card by monday. Got no games to try it until then.

          Not one channel is working, is that because us region? Wii is connected to net with wifi connection.

          Thanks again.

  60. Is it safe to update this custom firmware to Korean version of Wii like mine is, i read somewere that update will brick console?

    1. The custom firmware is what will allow you to run games from a USB drive. If you replace it with stock Korean firmware your Wii will be returned to a standard, non-hacked state. However, if you replace the firmware with hacked Korean firmware (assuming you can find some), I see no reason why it would brick your Wii, as it’s a Korean version to begin with.

      You’d have to carefully research this though, as I have zero experience in Korean Wii firmware. Good luck!

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