Can't play ISOs but WGFS files are fine?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by hiphopsuperman, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. hiphopsuperman

    hiphopsuperman Newbie

    Sep 4, 2015
    United States
    I just bought a used Wii from a pawn shop in the hopes of soft modding it but it looks like the previous owner already softmoded as there was an SD card present and I have the Homebrew Channel and USB Loader GX. I can rip games from the wii to my 64GB USB Stick (formatted NTFS) fine, and WBFS files I download play fine also. I managed to update USB Loader GX to V3.0 from the Wii itself over Wifi. Can you please advise if there is anything I need to update?

    ISO files show up in USB Loader but when I try to launch them my Wii either restarts or freezes.

    Also, I have a Macbook so much of the WBFS software is not available to me.

    Here is a copy of my syscheck:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    EDIT: changed NTSC to NTFS
    Last edited by hiphopsuperman, Sep 4, 2015
  2. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    WBFS and ISO should work the same way.
    only the CISO format is different and require Hermes cIOS.
    if your ISO is 4GB, it should work, there's nothing required.

    on Mac, there are tools to convert ISO to WBFS files too (to store wbfs files on a FAT32 partition).
    I don't know if Mac is compatible with NTFS (not NTSC). it's better to use FAT32 instead of NTFS as it will work with all other homebrew and consoles.

    You can use WiijManager on Mac.
  3. hiphopsuperman

    hiphopsuperman Newbie

    Sep 4, 2015
    United States
    I'm having some trouble using WiijManager
    • The "Open" button is greyed out when I want to choose the folder with amy Wii games so I have to select and try and convert ISOs individually
    • Some ISOs get stuck while converting to WBFS
    • Some ISOs wont display in Panel 1 at all
    • I can't select any drive/folders in Panel 2 to convert towards
    I would ideally like to have The ISOs run natively without converting.

    The ISOs are all around 4GB. What else could cause them to not run?
  4. Wiimm

    Wiimm Developer

    Aug 11, 2009
    Or better WitGUI:

    That's the problem. The size must be 4.7 GB (4699979776 bytes) for normal images and more for double layer images. A 4GB ISO seems to be cut because of file system limitations (e.g. copied via FAT).

    A WBFS has no disadvantage. It simply don't stores not needed blocks of a ISO image.
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