Emulate a Wii NAND to keep your Wii clean

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May 7, 2011
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    THIS TUTORIAL ONLY WORKS WITH WII's THAT WERE BOUGHT BEFORE 2010. THE NEWER WII's RUN ONLY WITH SNEEK
    I read that now, but if you have an old Wii, this tutorial has many advantages. If your Wii was bought in the beginning, you should have no problems. If you have problems with this tutorial, please tell it to me in this thread, and most importantly, when your Wii was created. There is nearly no chance of bricking the Wii in the process (even if you have a new Wii) but I will still tell you: Use this tutorial at your own risk.

    Foreword:
    First off, this tutorial (at least the Wii Part) will not have any screenshots, as I have no way (except ugly, blurry pictures) to capture from my Wii.
    In this tutorial I will show you how to:
    Create a virgin NAND and personalize it (Put your save games on it)
    Use this NAND as your Wii System and leave your original Wii NAND untouched
    Your new NAND is as big as your harddrive. That means you can install many many more channels than on your normal Wii NAND

    Advantages:
    The best advantage is (in my opinion) that you can mess with your new NAND as much as you want without the fear of destroying your Wii. This leaves the Wii from the point when you installed this, untouched. Also, if you play your backups, you don't need any cIOS or whatever. With the emulated NAND, it is like a normal Wii. I tested many backups, and none of them need a special cIOS or whatever (Guitar Hero for example needs a special kind of cIOS to work with the guitars, but runs flawless with the emulated NAND). The new, emulated NAND will be as big as your Harddrives partition, so you have a lot of free space for VC titles.

    What you need
    The package from this thread
    SD card formatted to FAT32 (NO, I REPEAT, NO SDHC)
    NO bootmii folder on the SD
    A Harddrive with 2 Partitions:
    Partition 1: PRIMARY/ACTIVE, formatted to FAT32
    Partition 2: PRIMARY, formatted to NTFS
    The SD and the Harddrive connected to the PC
    Homebrew Channel installed on the Wii (doesn't matter which Firmware is on the Wii, it only needs the stated requirements



    Creation of the WADs for your Virgin NAND
    Start the NUS Downloader from the NUS Downloader folder
    Go to Extras -> Update Database
    After the Update is complete, exit NUS Downloader and re-start it
    Check these boxes in the Program:
    Pack -> WAD
    Delete Contents
    Local Files
    Go to Extras -> Emulate Wii System Update and Choose Your Region
    Go to Extras -> Load NUS Script and choose the most-up-to-date script
    Wait until the downloads are finished
    When the download is complete, exit the NUS Downloader



    Create the Virgin NAND
    Start ShowMiiWads from the ShowMiiWads folder
    Go to Tools -> Create Common key -> enter "45e" in the box and press the OK button
    Go to Options -> Change NAND Backup Path and choose the TO_HDD folder from the pack
    Drag all the folders from the NUS Downloader folder to the main window of ShowMiiWads
    Press Install shown at the status-bar of ShowMiiWads
    Wait until the process is finished
    After the installation is complete, exit ShowMiiWads



    Personalize your NAND
    Start the FreshNANDPersonalizer from the FreshNANDPersonalizer folder
    Choose your Region and enter the Serial-Number of your Wii
    (Serial Number can be found at the right side of your Wii. Something like LEH12345678[9].
    You have to include the number in the brackets as well. But without typing the brackets. So it would be LEH123456789 from the example)
    Press the PERSONALIZE button
    Choose the FAT32-Partition of your Harddrive to install the generated NAND-folders and wait until it's finished
    Choose your SD-Card to install the generated SD-files to it



    Install the NAND Emulator on your Wii
    Savely remove your SD and your Harddrive from the Computer
    Power On your Wii and wait until the System-Menu booted up
    Plug in the SD
    Start the Homebrew Channel
    Install IOS58 with the IOS58 Installer
    Start NANDEmu IOS installer and don't press any key until "Press 1/X to..." is shown
    Press 1 on the wiimote to install



    Setting your "new" Wii up
    Connect your Harddrive to your Wii
    Start StartNANDEmu from Homebrew Channel or
    Install StartNANDEmulator.wad channel with WAD-Manager and use it to start NAND-Emulator
    Wait until the first Screen appears (this may take a few minutes, be patient)
    Synchronize your wiimote
    Follow the standard instructions and set up your new Wii as you like
    Go to Wii-Settings->Internet->Connection Settings and setup your internet
    ( DONT MAKE A NINTENDO UPDATE after connection test is successful)
    Activate WiiConnect24 and accept the EULA-rules
    Go to Wii-Settings->WiiConnect24->Standby Connection and turn it OFF
    Exit the Wii-Settings
    Enter the Wii Shop Channel to gather access to your account and restore tickets of bought games/channels/titles
    Leave the Wii Shop Channel



    Autostart the NAND Emulator

    Install Priiloader through HBC (hold B and press + to install it)
    Power off your Wii and HOLD the Reset button and power on your Wii
    Choose Load/Install File -> select the StartNANDEmu.dol -> press A to install and after that, press B to return
    Choose settings -> change Autoboot to Installed File, save the settings and press B to return
    If you choose System Menu, you will be on your original NAND, or you start the emulated NAND by choosing 'Installed File
    Restart your Wii



    Autostart the UniiLoader

    Remove the _ from the _launch.sys in the bootmii folder on your FAT32-Partition


    Install Channels on your NAND

    Connect your Harddrive to your PC
    Start ShowMiiWads
    Go to Options -> Change NAND Backup Path and choose your first Partition of your Harddrive
    Drag any WADs you want to install to main window of ShowMiiWads
    Press Install at the status-bar of ShowMiiWads
    Wait until the process is finished
    After it is finished, exit ShowMiiWads
    Savely remove your Harddrive from your PC and connect it to your Wii
    Power on your Wii and your new Channels



    Start your Wii Backups with the UniiLoader

    Create a wbfs folder on your NTFS Partition
    Copy your backups into the wbfs folder
    Covers can be placed on the FAT32 Partition in the Covers\DVD folder
    Connect your Harddrive to your Wii-> Power it on -> Start the NAND Emulator -> start the UniiLoader Channel
    Choose Wii DVD Games
    Choose a game of your choice, press the A Button and play your backups



    Problems

    Black Screen When Starting the Wii:
    This could be caused by wrong partition format or Harddrive incompatibility
    Check the following things:
    The NAND Emulator needs a Harddrive in MBR Partition Format. HDD in GPT-format will not work
    Look at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26203...k-mbr-disk.html to learn how to determine which Harddrive type you have and how to convert it to MBR
    Even if you have a MBR Harddrive you should try to convert it to GPT and then back to MBR
    When you've started the StartNANDEmu watch your Harddrive LED. If your Harddrive is compatible then there should be any activity.
    When there is no LED blinking, re-connect your Harddrive while you have black screen
    Shut down your Wii and try the above a few times
    When nothing of the above works, try to install StartNANDEmu.dol to PriiLoader and repeat the steps above
    My NAND-Emulation became much slower:Install ERASER, then right-click on NAND-partition -> Eraser -> Erase unused space
    (This will take some time, but it is shorter than a full defragmentation of the drive)

    I also want to thank sorg for creating the NAND-Emulator and UniiLoader. I use it for some time now, and never had problems. I checked my package every time and cleaned it, so that it does not contain any illegal files. If you find some wad file you think is forbidden to share, please contact me as soon as portable. I also would be happy about any kind of feedback. As I don't have a filetrip account, I would be very happy if someone could mirror my upload to filetrip and send me the link.


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    Great tutorial , but can you link to all the files ? And how is this better than Sneek ?
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    Sorg's "NAND-Emulator" and Uniiloader both violate the GPL and are not allowed to be distributed via this forum.
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    oh ok. thanks for the feedback. I deleted the pack temporarily. only these two files or others also ? I will upload a pack without these two and you need to search for yourselves [IMG] can you explain me what exactly is illegal about it ? what is gpl ? :S

    what do you mean by all files ? I had a pack with all the things you need in the first post, but I deleted it temporarily because of some files.


    !!!removed the tutorial temporarily!!! I read that it makes problems on newer wiis. the new wii's can only use sneek -.- seems like my tutorial is only for older wii's -.-
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    GPL stands for GNU Public License. If somebody chooses to use the GPL for a project, other people are free to use that project's source code in their own programs as long as they also publish their own source code. In other words the GPL ensures that open source code stays open.
    SNEEK (originally created by crediar) is licensed under the GPL. So are libntfs and mini. sorg used all of these in Uniiloader and then refused to release his own source, meaning his program contained code that he had no legal right to use.
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    oh ok. so is it allowed that I tell the people to search it for them self ? as long as I don't distribute it ?
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    I believe so. And please do, I'll be using this tutorial I think.
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    Since the OP is not the creator of those applications, he cannot provide source and therefore cant be blamed for violating licenses.

    @OP: I talked with Costello who gave permission to link to these files indirectly via a Blog post or something. Feel free to do so.
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    ok xD so that means ? what I am supposed to do with my rapidshare link ? can you help me ? what exactly do I have to do to post the link ? [IMG]
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    Of course he can. If you steal something and give it to someone else it doesn't magically become unstolen, does it? The source code MUST be provided with them, otherwise they can't be distributed (no matter who is doing the distributing).
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    Nice tutorial!!
    Only the first part link (the package) is giving me a error it is an invalid URL (http:///)
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    Ok, so what if I upload lets say Gecko OS to filetrip without including and linking to the source. Does this necessarily make the file illegal?
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    did it xD I look like a jerk with this cool blog post, but atleast it helps my tutorial [IMG] thanks wiibricker for asking costello [IMG]

    ahhh complicated shit oO I think, as Costello allowed it, it is good this way xD please don`t kill me
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    I didnt mean your personal gbatemp blog, but an external site >.>
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    lol xD I don't have a personal site :S i thought you meant the gbatemp blog
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    You can easily make your own blog for free. Just use google or post the files on another forum that doesnt have any issues with them and then link to it.
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    it goes on my nerves xD I think I'll delete this tut xD
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    Yeah cuz it doesn't really make any sense to have a tutorial for something and not even tell people where to get the things they need to accomplish it. xD
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    If you don't include the source code or any links to it, yes it is a GPL violation.
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    Well if thats the case a lot of illegal files are hosted at filetrip and other sites that provide download mirrors of applications.

    Some examples:

    FCE Ultra GX, GPLv2: http://filetrip.net/f24480-FCE-Ultra-GX-3-2-5.html
    SNES 9x GX, GPL v2: http://filetrip.net/f24481-Snes9X-GX-4-2-7.html
    VBA GX, GPL v2: http://filetrip.net/f8459-VisualBoy-Advance-GX-2-0-8.html
    Multi-Mod-Manager, GPL: http://filetrip.net/f13015-Multi-Mod-Manager-13-4.html
    NUS Downloader, GPL v3: http://filetrip.net/f23757-NUS-Downloader-1-9.html
    and many more.

    So, how can these files be hosted gbatemps server and at the same time it's not allowed to post direct links to sorgs files?

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