Buying a new wii... How to detect between softmod and mod

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by zentis, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. zentis

    zentis Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Burkina Faso

    Sorry if this is a stupid question...

    I'm buying a wii secondhand and the owner doesn't know if his wii is softmodded or modded with a chip... What is the most easy way to see which one it is short of opening the wii?

    I'd prefer it to be modded with something like wiikey because as I understand it, it's less worry over time when upgrading the firmware and so on... (I don't want to have to think much... just play... and try out some homebrews)

  2. Kwartel

    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

    Apr 11, 2009
    well when he hasn't any homebrew shit on his menu and he can play from the disc channel. It's most likely he has a modchip. Ofcourse he could have cioscorp!!!
  3. foxgrey

    foxgrey GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 15, 2008
    United States
    Well you could get a backup copy of Wario land shake it, put the game in and start it up. If its softmod or flatmod'd you'll be stuck at 3x read speed and the opening movies will be rather stuttery. If its a true drive mod chip, then the movie should be smooth.

    I would also think using something like anytile deleter would also show you whats been installed, but it helps to know what to look for.
  4. illinialex24

    illinialex24 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 26, 2009
    United States
    The Midwest
    Easy way to tell. Run a burnt game from the disc channel. If it works, try tunning the hackmii installer. If that works, modchip.

    If it doesn't, cIOScorp.

    If the game doesn't work, its a softmod if he's got the Homebrew channel.
  5. giantpune

    giantpune GBAtemp Addict

    Apr 10, 2009
    United States
    heres how i would check...

    turn the wii on while holding reset. youll know if it has preloader installed.
    look at the slot light when turning on the wii with a sd card with the bootmii files inserted. you can tell if bootmii is installed.

    bannerbomb->ATD. you can see what is installed on the wii, what versions of all IOS, DVDX, cIOS, etc and it wont leave any trace that you were ever there. just dont delete anything while you are poking around.

    try a burned game in the disc channel. if it works and you dont have all the cioscorp IOS then it has a chip
  6. WiiPower

    WiiPower GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 17, 2008
    Gambia, The
    That won't work.

    1. There's stuff on running backups with a modchip you HAVE to think about, but most modchip users are too (...) to accept that. If you only run REAL 1:1 copies from the correct region, then and only then you don't have to worry about firmware.

    2. If nintendo releases a homebrew killer update in the future your homebrew will go eventually.
  7. WiiCrazy

    WiiCrazy Be water my friend!

    May 8, 2008
    Best way : Open the thing and see it for yourself (a modded wii too can have cioscorp or similar stuff)
    Fallback : Open the sd slot lid, remove the sd card... Insert a game into the drive, you can see leds blinking there if you have a relatively new modchip.

    By the way "Owner doesn't know if it's hardmodded" already suggest that it's softmodded. If it was hardmodded then it would have been "Owner doesn't know which chip the wii have"...
  8. beegee7730

    beegee7730 ITS PAAFEKUTO!

    Mar 31, 2009
    Just use Title Lister to check the IOS, and AnyTitleDeleter to check the channels.
  9. zentis

    zentis Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Burkina Faso
    Thanks everybody for all the answers, I'll try using a backup copy of Wario land shake it, ask him for the date when he bought his wii (if it's more than a year then it's definitely a chip) and try to use the hackmii installer to test for cioscorp

    @Wiipower Well I'm currently living in China and the only way to get will games is to buy the pirated games there.... So unless I download the games, I won't always be able to tell the region.... So, yes I guess I'll have to think a bit :-( oh well...

    @WiiCrazy In china, before when the softmods didn't work that well, all the new wii sold in shops were modded (because nintendo didn't officially sell the nintendo wii there anyway and all the games you can get are pirated).... Now all the shops sell the wii with softmods...