Modify ANY Wii 4.3 & below

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Modify ANY Wii 4.3 & below by xzxero at 9:38 AM (2,519,425 Views / 27 Likes) 8,123 Comments

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    (If you own a Wii from the Korean region, please use Modmii instead. You can check this by looking at the serial number and making sure there isn't a KM in it. If there is, you can brick by updating to 4.2.)

    ↓ Actual guide below ↓




    Foreword
    This guide was made as an aid for those experienced in the Wii hacking scene.
    It does not tell you what each & every program does, just a straight up list of directions.
    The method of obtaining the files needed for this mod isn't completely legitimate obviously because it contains copyrighted materials [aka WAD files.]
    It works, you know where you get the files. If you can follow instructions, go for it.

    Updates:
    3/11/2012
    *Updated d2x cIOS to v8 (only using 56 in 249 and 57 in 250).
    *Changed hermes cIOS's inline with what people were asking for.
    *Updated hackmii installer to 1.0.
    *Updated meta.xml files for new hbc.

    12/11/2011
    *Updated d2x cIOS to v7 (same bases).
    *Added back cMIOS for those people that have older Wii's that can play disc backups.
    *Updated Wii Mod Batch to v3.0 (fixes issues for the people with Macs that create additional linker files and get failed messages).

    9/6/2011
    *Updated Wii Mod Batch to v2.9 (now shows why a wad didn't install instead of crashing).

    8/18/2011
    *Added a section to describe how to use Letterbomb for people without the games needed to mod 4.3 in all regions.

    7/27/2011
    *IOS 236 is now installed as a wad via Wii Mod Batch (unofficial) (the settings file needs to be in /apps/wiimodbatch). Cuts down one more program/step.
    *Got rid of seperate 4.2 and 4.3 mod packs, the files can co-exist, and only one extra harmless wad (IOS58) is installed on 4.3.



    Disclaimer
    Code Dumps [DSI errors] & Black Screens experienced throughout the guide, if any, are random & harmless.
    Simply hold the power button for 4 seconds & try again.
    I cannot stress this enough, people need to read this
    one word at a time

    Guide is completely offline.

    Required
    - SD card [preferably non-sdhc] with around 700mb free [600mb for NAND backup, 100mb everything else]
    - PC with internet connection & SD card reader.
    - Wii [to mod] *PLEASE REMOVE ALL UNNEEDED PERIPHERALS*
    If you are on firmware 4.3, you will need one of the following games, or you can use Letterbomb which is described below.
    - Super Smash Brothers Brawl, All Wii's.
    - Yu-Gi-OH 5D's Wheelie Breakers, All Wii's.
    - Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, All Wii's.
    - LEGO Batman, All Wii's.
    - LEGO Star Wars, US/Europe Wii's ONLY.
    - Lego Indiana Jones, US/Europe Wii's ONLY.

    Objectives:
    1] Update your wii to the latest "homebrew friendly" firmware (If on <4.2 currently).
    2] Install the Homebrew Channel & Bootmii onto your wii.
    3] Restore the trucha bug on your Wii by installing a patched IOS236.
    4] Install custom IOS 222[38] & 223[37-38] [Hermes v4], 202[60] & 224[57] [Hermes/Rodries v5.1], 249[56] & 250[57] [Waninkoko v21 d2x v8] to your wii.
    5] Install custom MIOS to enable Gamecube backups via disc.
    6] Install brick protection via Priiloader, and earlier System Menu IOS's.
    7] Allow your Wii to play Wii backups through a backup loader, directly from the disc channel, &/ or via usb (these are not included).
    8] Play Wiiware & Virtual Console games off the sd card menu.

    Find System Menu Version
    For the true newbies. Don't be so hard on yourself, we all start somewhere :)
    Youtube Video

    Update to 4.2
    Follow this if you're on a firmware <4.2, it will update all of your IOS's & System menu to the latest "homebrew friendly" firmware.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Modify 4.2/4.3
    The actual hacking guide for 4.2/4.3. Only will work for those on a 4.2/4.3 firmware.


    Setting up the SD Card
    1st download the precompiled link mod.zip by emailing simplisticmod@gmail.com (you should get a reply with links in a few seconds).
    FORMAT your SD card.
    Extract the "mod.zip" & put the files onto a SD card & insert the SD card into the Wii (unless you are using Letterbomb, then keep it in the computer).

    Installing The Homebrew Channel & Bootmii via exploit.

    Bannerbomb
    For all Wii's on 4.2.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Letterbomb
    For all Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Super Smash Brothers Brawl
    For all Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Yu-Gi-OH 5D's Wheelie Breakers
    For all Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
    For all Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    LEGO Batman
    For all Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    LEGO Star Wars
    For US/European Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Lego Indiana Jones
    For US/European Wii's on 4.3.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    Making a NAND backup
    Restart your Wii, if Bootmii was installed as boot2, then it will show up as soon as the Wii is turned on.
    If Bootmii was only installed as an IOS, then it must be loaded by pressing home in the HBC & clicking Launch Bootmii.
    Press the power button on the wii 3 times to get to the last option, then press the reset button.
    [You can also navigate with a gc controller.]
    Press reset to choose the first option, & then follow the directionsa on the screen to make your NAND backup.
    [Bad blocks are no problem.]
    Backup the Bootmii folder, NAND.bin, & keys.bin elsewhere & erase from the sd card. [You can also rename .]
    Head back to The Homebrew Channel.

    Installing cIOS & Patching the System Menu IOS (The good stuff!)
    Run 1. Wii Mod Batch (v3.0)
    It should automatically start installing the neccesary cIOS, system menu protection and 236 (in case you need it down the road) wads you need.
    Make sure it says "0 failed" at the end, and after a few seconds it will return you to The Homebrew Channel.
    Continue on to Priiloader if desired (recommended).

    Priiloader
    optional brick protection; recommended to block disc/online updates.
    Run 2. Priiloader 236 Mod
    Once Priiloader launches, press + to install priiloader.
    You may get an error for "loader.ini" and/or "password.txt" simply ignore these.
    Restart your Wii while holding reset.
    Enable desired hacks and save.
    Hack Suggestions: Auto press A at health screen, Block disc updates, Block online updates, Remove NoCopy save file protection, Region free everything.

    Re-installing the HBC
    ONLY needed if HBC is not running under IOS58. (This should in reality only occur if you were on 4.2 prior to following this guide, but you can check what IOS the HBC is running on by hitting Home inside the HBC).
    Run HackMii Installer.
    This runs the Hackmii Installer from which you should install the Homebrew Channel & Bootmii as IOS & boot2 if possible.


    Congrats, you are done.



    After Modding
    Read here for instructions on how to use The Homebrew Channel & play backup games.

    At this point your almost done.
    You should be downloading the latest homebrew applications & setting them up on your SD Card so they can be launched via the Homebrew Channel.
    Wiibrew.org is a website that has information on the latest apps.

    For downloading applications, you should:
    1] Download Homebrew Browser to get many popular apps & keep them up to date, but this is an online only application
    2] For those without internet, check out this list of Homebrew applications & get the latest emulators, media players, & utilities.

    After downloading Wii homebrew applications, you should get a file with the extension .dol.
    A .png & .xml could be included too. They provide information about the application.
    [IMG]
    This file is an application that can be executed through the Homebrew Channel.
    This boot.dol goes in a custom named folder in the [IMG] folder on the root of your SD Card.
    For HBC to read your SD correctly, your card must be structured SD:apps/application name/boot.dol
    Here is an example of the [IMG] folder on my SD Card [IMG]
    In every folder, there is a boot.dol, icon.png, & meta.xml.

    For playing your disc backups, you should either:
    1] Download NeoGamma & set it up on your SD card.
    2] Download Softchip & set it up on your SD card.
    3] Download DARKCORP for playing games directly through the disc channel.

    If you have a very new Wii & it fails to run DVD backups, you may have a drive with the new D3-2 chipset. They are incapable of reading dvd's of any sort. It can still pla games via USB loaders with a hard drive or external USB DVD Drive.

    For playing your backups off a USB hard drive, check out the extra setup for USB loading to learn about the different USB loaders & how to set up your Hard Drive correctly to install games.
    Also, if you would like extra help setting up your hard drive for backups, check out Modmii!

    Credits:
    • burritoboy9984- for providing videos, adding the 4.3 section, & helping keep the guide updated.
    • tj_cool- for helping me helping him helping me back :D
    • xflak[40]- for creating the almighty Modmii! Which we get a lot of files from :)
    • giantpune- for knowing too much about everything! & creating Smash Stack for PAL/KOR!
    • jskyboo- for creating Wii Mod (among everything else he has done)
    • damysteryman- for keeping the disc channel active to pirates :yaywii:
    • Wiipower- for providing powerful tools like TBR.
    • Waninkoko- for coding OG tools like WAD manager & cIOS249.
    • Hermes- for coding super stable USB loading cIOS 222 and FAT support.
    • comex- for discovering legendary exploit bannerbomb.
    • crediar- for creating the "loader" in priiloader.
    • dacotaco & phpgeek- for keeping priiloader alive.
    • Lethal and cwstjdenobs for their Wad Manager Mods
    • Dr Clipper for the IOS236 Installer
    • Anyone else I'm too stoned to remember! sorry!
    Please leave any thoughts/questions/concerns/comments/kudos/insults!!
    Last edited by tj_cool, Oct 30, 2012


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    Thanks mate, I'm bookmarking this!
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    xzxero ♥bong milk does good for the brain♥

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    cool cool, i tried to be straight forward as possible, with no unnecessary downloads or steps. ill be updating frequently if all goes well.
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    oops, ill change that asap and write how to get them from nus downloader instead
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    Might be a good idea to tell people to make a Nand backup before doing the next steps.
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    xzxero ♥bong milk does good for the brain♥

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    can someone confirm that the package contents are legal now?
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    nabster92 New Member

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    Yea it's fine now.
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    Well hell, this reminds me of that new Pandora-Free PSP installer. Kudos dude!
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    Ireland 1 GBAtemps resident Irish

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    thanks for the guide. It helped
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    no problem man.
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    WiiPower New Member

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    Didn't look to deep into it, but, when using TBR, i suggest:

    Downgrade IOS15
    Use IOS15 to install patched IOS36(trucha + identify) to IOS36
    Restore IOS15

    Without steps between.

    That's more easily to understand, but requires to select IOS36 in the cIOS installer, which is changing 3 letters in the guide.

    A patched IOS36 is required for the preloader installer anyways.
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    so i should
    -move the wad manager steps after tbr
    -change patching IOS249 to IOS36 with tbr.
    -change cios installer to use IOS36 instead.
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    I have one question. How the best secure this type Wii from brick? BootMii is installed in IOS and Preloader its' all?
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    tanis698 New Member

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    i wouldn't mention cioscorp for new people to use untill they know what they are doing.without cioscorp you can play from disc channel using preloader.pretty good and straight forward guide other then that.if they can't hack there wii with those directions they need to give up [IMG]

    Posts merged

    as long as you don't delete your system menu preloader and bootmii as a ios is fine.make sure to make a nand backup.
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    odja New Member

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    O.K. Thanks. A few day's ago i brick my WII and waiting for a new. When i installed Preloader that my Wii was don't see SDHC Card and i can not run wad's from SD. I try repair it and my wii done BOOM. [IMG] When i buy new wii softmoded with this quide.
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    Yea you could just make it like this:

    Run Trucha Bug Restorer
    Choose IOS15 and press A. (Important)
    Wait till it says Press 1 then press it.
    Choose IOS36 menu. In there use these settings:
    Install IOS to slot (36)
    Hash check (trucha) YES
    ES_Identity YES
    Nand Permissions YES
    Then press A on install patched IOS36, let it do it's thing and exit when it's done.

    Open Trucha Bug Restorer
    Choose IOS36 and press A
    Wait till it says Press 1 then press it
    Then Choose restore IOS15.
    Let it do it's thing, exit when done.

    Open CIOSrev14 installer
    Choose IOS36 and then WAD install and press A.

    Open Wad Manager
    When it opens choose use IOS249 (it is probably already set to that)
    Press A to open from SD
    Install IOS60-64-v6174.wad and restart.
    Retstart then install System Menu-NUS-v449.wad and exit.


    Edit: Also since some people may eventually pretty much ONLY read this guide and nothing else about hacking a Wii. In your section on CIOSCORP you may want to put a note like:

    Note: CIOSCORP installs over every official IOS on your system and as such, is one of the more dangerous applications to deal with if you do not know anything about it. If you want to remove CIOSCORP at any point after installing it, you need to install all of the official IOS's OVER the CIOSCORP IOS's. DO NOT UNINSTALL ANY CIOSCORP WAD'S.
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    Sorry!!
    But i have question: i don't need use: dop-IOS?
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    no trucha bug restorer takes cares of that.
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    nabster92 New Member

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    Actually you could include using dop-IOS to install the most recent IOS60 with the sig hash check. I think you can even just replace the wad installation of that IOS before the system menu with using dop-IOS instead. Just at least do it before installing preloader if you don't want to replace that step. I'm not sure how it works offline though...I think you may need to have the IOS60 on your sd card not packed to a wad or something. Not positive on that though.

    By using dop-IOS to install it with the sig hash check, you will also be able to play installed vc/wiiware wads from the sd card menu. Without patching that in as it stands, the sd card menu can only be used for official legit channels.

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