Buying a new wii

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  1. Aeonic
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    Up until now, I've been using my brother's wii for getting my homebrew fix, but, with the upcoming release of Monster Hunter Tri, it's time for me to get my own.

    I understand that Bootmii is only fully functional on older model wiis, so I'll be looking for a used one. Is there a way to tell from the serial number, etc. whether it has the old boot1? I could always ask when they bought it, but that's no guarantee.

    Is there anything else I should be looking for?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. illinialex24

    illinialex24 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Nintendo's been screwing with serial numbers, but if it is above LU64 it is boot2v4, but below you have no idea. Date they bought it is the best indicator.
     
  3. Aeonic
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    Has a specific date for the appearance of the new boot1 been determined?

    My internet mining turned up one instance of "Summer '08," and the Hackmii article came out February '09.
     
  4. nabster92

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    Yea mid 2008 is about the general area of its emergence. Don't put too much faith in the serial number though unless its something like LU10 which would only be on like a launch Wii or something.

    Edit: Also, Wii's are still hackable with or without a vulnerable boot1. Bootmii installing to boot2 is the only thing newer Wii's prevent aside from those D3-2 Wii's or something that can't read any burned games at all (but can still use USB Loaders AFAIK). So the only thing you lose with newer Wii's for the most part is solid brick protection.
     
  5. damysteryman

    damysteryman I am too busy IRL these days...

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    If it exists, it is hackable. It's just that newer wiis can't use as many hacks as older ones, and you'll have to be more careful with them.

    Maybe you should try getting USB loaders running before burned discs, as you may have one of those D3-2 drives, which can't physically can't read burned DVD(+/-)R's.
     
  6. Retrievil

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    There are only 2 things that may vary with Wii's.

    If you can or cannot install Bootmii as boot2.
    The brand new Wii's may not be able to read burned discs.

    They are all hackable, and can all do the exact same thing apart from what I just mentioned.

    Bootmii as boot2 is nice but not essential if you are not an idiot and take precautions before you mess with things.
    Reading burned discs may or may not matter to you. You do lose the ability to play GC games with gc backup launcher, but otherwise burned discs are lame anyway. USB loading is the way to go for Wii backups.
     
  7. illinialex24

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    Yeah and you can always buy a new DVD drive that can load discs if your desperate....
     
  8. damysteryman

    damysteryman I am too busy IRL these days...

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    True, but they are expensive.
     
  9. Deviyl

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    QFT.

    There's a limited number of things newer Wiis can't do, but the list is getting smaller all the time. And you don't really need a disk drive for anything at all. Take the amount of money you'd spend on blank dvds and get an external. =)
     
  10. Aeonic
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    Oh, I already have a shiny new hard drive. I own a surprising number of Wii games for never having my own system [​IMG]

    So far, a cursory scan of certain business-related websites has me thinking it won't be difficult to find an old version. I'm not one to compromise on functionality.

    Boot2 Bootmii is very important to me, as I don't plan on being terribly gentle.