[Guide] Hacking the Wii U without a GamePad

Discussion in 'Wii U - Tutorials' started by Hillbilleh, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Spore2

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    I bought a gamepadless Wii U for $ 40. I've been prepping to get drc-sim to hack my Wii U but can't find the time to gather the resources. Thanks for this as this will speed up my preparation.
     


  2. RandomUser

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    I have bought an extra gamepad for $64 including shipping. It was classified as "not working" due to the seller not being able to test it. I went ahead and bought it, and tested it myself and it works really well. It has some scratches, but at that price, I think it was a good deal, especially when it works from the get go.
     
  3. gbadl

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    Has anyone used this for initial Wii U setup?

    The video description says: "**WARNING: AS OF THIS VIDEO DRC-SIM DOES NOT WORK FOR THE INITIAL WII U SETUP (Like when you factory reset the Wii U).**"
     
  4. Hillbilleh
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    That's a good point. I purchased my Wii U, used, and the seller never factory reset the unit.

    If I had a GamePad, I'd test it out, to see if I can pair with my console after a reset. However, I don't have a GamePad, and risk losing my ability to reconnect.

    In the mean time, I'll post a big warning at the top of the guide, until such time someone can confirm they successfully paired with a Wii U using DRC Sim after a factory reset.
     
  5. gbadl

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    Damn, I was hoping it was possible to use this to get by the initial setup.
     
  6. yakuma

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    hi can anyone make image after instal the drc.
    becau i already try and get error phton instal fail.
    i already intal curl and still get error.

    thanks
     
  7. petethepug

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    I haven't watched the video to the guide yet, but I would just like to know this first before continuing on with the guide (Because I'm thinking about buying a Wii U to hold me over for more Switch Games coming out, and because new mods are being developed for the console.)

    How compatible is this software with Homebrew >_>.
     
  8. rolandoislas

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    It should be fully compatible. As far as the Wii U is concerned, it is a normal gamepad.

    Edit: The wiki is now updated to mention the process of completing the Wii U's initial setup.
     
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    I have a jp wii u and us gamepad, can i use this tutorial to change region of wii u from jp to us and use us gamepad?
     
  10. Hillbilleh
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    I haven't found a definitive answer as to whether the Wii U can be setup with DRC SIm after it's been factory reset.
    Can you answer a couple of questions...
    • Can DRC Sim be used to to setup a Wii U after a factory reset?
    • If no, will it be possible in future development of DRC Sim, or does it appear a GamePad will always be necessary to complete the initial setup after a factory reset?
     
  11. petethepug

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    Alright kool,
    Just a quick question. I have a Windows PC however I don't know if its exactly compatible with any of this software.

    When I tried to install Ubunto on my PC it was in .ios format so I assume not, and I can't do anything to my PC (Its the only PC I have for running Windows applications for school.)

    Is there like, a cheap Linux laptop available so I can still be under-budget buying a Wii U (Like less than 100 dollars preferably :P.)
     
  12. Hillbilleh
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    You can't install Ubuntu like a Windows application. Ubuntu is an independent variant of the Linux operating system.

    However, you can run Ubuntu on your Windows PC by installing a hypervisor program such as VMWare Workstation (30 day trial) or VirtualBox (free), which gives you the ability to run the Ubuntu operating system in a virtual environment on a Windows host. This will allow you to install DRC Sim on your Ubuntu virtual machine.

    If you're unfamiliar with creating a virtual machine, then just research some videos on YouTube. It's not terribly hard, though, you're in for a bit of a learning curve if you're are new to virtual machines and using a Linux operating system. I don't recommend purchasing a laptop just to install Ubuntu, since you can easily create a virtual machine for free. However, you still need to purchase a WiFi adapter that meets these specs (click link), or purchase the one I mention in the guide.
     
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  13. petethepug

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    Alright, thanks for filling me in with the information. I will research virtual box a bit and try setting it up, then I will follow the guide from here.
     
  14. petethepug

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    I also forgot to ask, does the PC need any sys requirements for running the gamepad or is it all just wireless communication with the Wii U.

    Idk how the Wii U Gamepad really works with the actual Wii U so just curious.
     
  15. ThunderbInazuma

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    My PC has a Integrated WiFi Card. However, I can't find out if it has a compatible one to do this. I've found out that it support thsi "802.11n" but I can't find out about the GHz value neither the Chipset. Can someone help me to check this? My PC is a Asus X555L (Inter Core i7 Version with 8Gb Ram and 1 TB HDD).
    Thank You in Advance.
     
  16. rolandoislas

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    I have not tried it personally, but there has been a reported case of it working here.

    Aside from a Linux-based OS and a compatible wireless interface, the computer will need a decently fast CPU (2.4+ GHz).

    It might work in native Linux-based OS given the correct drivers. Running it as a bridged device in a virtual machine is untested.

    Edit: A bridged wireless interface will not work with a VM. An attached USB adapter will work.
     
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  17. ThunderbInazuma

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    Ok, Thank You. I will test to install Ubuntu as Dual Boot. Thanks :-D
     
  18. M1GRATON

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    I can't seem to find a concise answer to the following and figured it might be a good place to post it here; my apologies if it is not. Everything I read is has either changed or can now be done differently and can't figure out what's correct, if there is a tutorial if you will can you point me in the right direction? Question: For a 4tb USB HD, on the Wii U can you load both your Wii u and Wii game backups on the same drive? How should you format the drive (partitions all in one the same partition) and is there a good thread to look thru or even better a good tutorial to read thru? Any help is greatly appreciate it, thank you!

    Still a noob and trying to read thru what I find to understand it, just so much information to sif thru, only to find out it's outdated or a completely new way to do it
     
  19. ThunderbInazuma

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    Nop. You can't do that. To use it with WiiU Games, you need it to be only for that reason.
     
  20. M1GRATON

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    So my next question is; the Wii U has the capability to play your old Wii games, so currently the only way to do that is thru vWii on a completely separate drive from your Wii U games? And if so, can you have some Wii U games on your SD card and the Wii games on the drive and switch accordingly?