How to play GameCube games off a USB HDD.

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    Well, there were only 3 options. DML Auto, DML none, and the game's region.


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    I have installed and uninstalled Dios Mios 1.1 and 2.2 and a bunch of of different cios and nothing...I cant get anything to launch from a USB drive....either it reboots or just boots the disc that is in the drive. I have yet to see any concrete evidence that its possible to launch a Gamecube Game grom a USB drive....The Wii I am working with is a LU64+ unfortunately and system 4.3 would really like to get boot 2 and 1 access back on this one...but no dice.....No response to this goes to show that Dios from USB is a bunch of shit....
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    The link to DiscEx is not working anymore, If someone could fix would be good.
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    I would guess It's DML Auto but that sound like you're using CFG and I don't have much experience with that one.(If Auto doesn't work, go ahead and try all of them. No harm in trying.) :P

    1.1 was DML (SD only) 2.2 needs you to have the latest BETA version of some loaders for it to work and on others it needs you to set an option for it not to just boot what's in the drive (or get an error when there's not a GC game in the drive)

    What version of what loader are you using?

    Also, You need to make sure you have a clean BC v6 installed and there are a bunch of other specifics about how your HDD needs to be partitioned for it to work. What format is yours in? (including sector size) and if it's the first partition or not.
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    Actually, I'm using USB Loader. If that helps you help me.
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    Hi everyone, Ive just recently joined and Ive been having problems trying to get gamecube games to play on my black wii, I followed the steps as mentioned, everything seemed to go to plan but when i launch the zelda the wind waker via usb loader gx it comes up with this message: - ''Fatal Error Apploader Size Is Zero!''

    I've looked all over google to try to solve this problem as to why this error comes up and its driving me mad to the point I may give up trying to play gamecube games. On the other hand when I soft modded my wii, it lets me play Wii games totally fine. No issues there, so far ive played mario kart, need for speed run, super smash bro brawl and mario and sonic and the Olympics. No issues with those games which i run from a wbfs via neogamma channel.

    Is there anyone out there that has had that error message come up before and what would i need to do to solve this problem please? Could you run me through if possible, what i would need to install, uninstall etc.

    Thanks for helping, Dan.
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    Damn, I thought it had worked but when I went to "launch from usb" i got an "incorrect config version. please update your loader!" Can anyone help me? I modded using the "mod any wii guide" from wiihacks. That's the usb Loader GX I used.


    What should I do now?
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    The latest RELEASE version of GX is 3.0 and it was released before GameCube through USB was even possible. Even AFTER that, both DM and DML changed their config versions so for GX (and CFG) you'll need the latest BETA version in order to use them. You can get it here for GX (r1204) :
    http://www.mediafire.com/?fywqichbzdktn7w
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    no dice. the "incorrect config" thing is gone after replacing the boot.dol file. When I launch, it goes to a screen with a gamecube logo. Under the logo it says "DIOS MIOS". After that it just goes black. I'm pretty much done with this. Sounds like BS to me.
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    Yeah, just a black screen can mean so many things. :(
    are you using all the default settings?
    is the game the same region as your wii?
    did you just use the full sized game ISO or did you trim / extract it to make it smaller?
    does it do it with every game you've tried?
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    i've tried with two games mario sunshine and wind waker. The .gcm were 1.35 GB ntsc. I used diskEx as per OP's instructions (drag and drop). They were NTSC U.

    I don't know what you mean by "default settings". I guess so, since i didn't fiddle with anything else.
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    That's odd. Both of those work fine for me (the PAL versions, anyhow.) My only suggestion would be to try renaming the GCM file to "game.iso" and replace the existing "game.iso" file in the folders you have on your wii. For example
    zelda.gcm -> game.iso
    mario.gcm -> game.iso
    put it in USB1:/games/somefoldername/game.iso
    replacing the existing file.
    sometimes unaltered disk images work the best. Otherwise not sure what to tell you. It's always some stupid little detail but you can never tell what it is.
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    DiskEx changes gcm automatically to "game.iso". So that's not it. Thanks anyway
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    I got this to work awhile back , just to see if it was legit , and it is ....some games you have to play with the cios thats being loaded with it I think . like changing from 249 to 222 ect. for some games.
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    On Step 2, how do I know which version I should use? I used the ModMii installer, and it seems like it's using IOS236, which isn't an option? Should I just try all of them and hope one works, or is there a way to tell?

    EDIT: Alright, I found it in the settings. Feelin' kind of dumb, but whatever
    I've got everything set up, but when I launch my game, it gives me the DIOS MIOS splash screen, and says
    "Incorrect config version. Please update your loader!"
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    I already messed about with those, that's how I got the past "incorrect config version please update your loader"
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    that message means the loader (wiiflow, GX, CFG, Postloader) you have isn't a new enough version to be compatible with the latest DM(L) version. For GX and CFG, that needs to be the latest BETA version because the latest release version is too old. If you're using something other than those four, they're not updated anymore and you need to use an older version of DM(L) if you can find one.
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    hello,

    I opened an account just for this question.

    I followed al the instructions (even re-modded) my wii (4.1E)

    I can see the gamecube iso in USB Loader but when i try to open it my wii shuts down.

    i also tries other loaders, same things happens.
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    Hey there. I am having some serious issues getting this to work. First off -

    My wii is a Black 4.3E system, and I recently hacked it using the mauifrog "hack any wii" guide, which worked flawlessly.
    I can play snes roms etc perfectly and also yesterday got the wii backup feature working no problems at all, tried MarioKart, LOZ Skyward sword & Twilight Princess, all fine.

    The SD card i am using is Formatted to FAT32 with 32kb clusters and the USB HDD i am using has 2 partitions, 1 formatted to WFBS, and 1 formatted to FAT32 with a 32kb cluster size (this is set to primary active, and named USB1, although shows up in USBLoader GX as USB2 for some reason).
    My Gamecube backups are .gcm files, converted to .iso's using DiscEx and then dragged & dropped onto the FAT32 partition under the Games folder (do i need to use a specific installer for these like i do for wii games using the WFBS Manager??)
    I followed this guide to the T. Figured out i have ios249 and replaced it using the modified boot.dol and boot.elf files.

    At this point, i could go into Homebrew section, open USBL ex, it would recognize the Gamecube iso's and i'd click on them, click "run from usb" and the screen would just go black, no DIOSMIOS logo, no NGC logo, just black. The Wii controller goes off at this point and won't go back on until i pull the power from the back of the wii, or hold the power button for 5 seconds.

    I have tried using all of the updated USBEx files, right up to R1204 and its all the same, black screens and nothing else. Doesn't matter either if i have a wii game in the disc drive or not.

    Because my system is a European model, would the fact that the iso's are NTSC be making any problems? Should i be messing around with the settings within USBLoader GX?

    Now, is there anything obvious i am missing? Ive bought a second Wii and a Wavebird controller just for the ability to play these backups so i really really want to get these on the go. Thanks :D
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    Okay, you're main problem here is that your FAT32 partition is showing up as USB2 because it's the SECOND partition in the MBR (and probably the second in order on your drive physically.) You can LABEL your drive whatever you want but the USB1, USB2, USB3, etc that shows up in the USB Loader program is just to show the order of the partition.

    The partition you load GameCube games from with DM(L) just HAS to be the 1st one in the MBR. Fortunately there's a way to quickly swap them without having to reformat and repartition everything. You can get info on that here :
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/changing-the-partition-order-in-a-faster-way.329862/
    As an alternative, you can also convert you're WBFS partition to FAT32 without loosing any of the games (in a matter of seconds, actually) with this :
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/wbfs2fat-py.291320/
    USB Loader GX (and most modern USB Loader apps) can read Wii games just fine off of a FAT32 partition, too. It's only if you're ALSO using something older like uLoader that it won't work the same (uLoader can also read from FAT32 but it just uses a different file format to store the games.)With the 1st partition converted you can just put the GameCube games on there as well. With GX, too, there's an option to show all partitions so you could put some Wii games on the second partition as well to make space for the GameCube games on the 1st partition if needed.
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