change Wiikey firmware into openWii?

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Jun 23, 2007
  1. TheStump
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    Hey hotel guests.

    I'm wondering what the chances are of being able to change the firmware on my Wiikey to that of the openWii. In light of all the 'lack of update' info (even though its quiet old) i want to know is it possible to use the DVD update from openWii to mod the firmware on my Wiikey?

    If not, anyone is Oz built any open source chips? i want to know what cost im looking at. I was thinking of getting the parts from say, Jaycar, or maybe Dick Smith.

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    It's impossible the way you want to do it.

    If you hacked a cable tofgether and worked out how the Wiikey protected their chip, yes.
     
  3. KINGOFNOOBS

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    Upgrading via DVD should be impossible, but I think if you have a programmer you could just reprogram the WiiKey to become a OpenWii.
     
  4. Royal2000H

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    from what I understand, you can program it... however ull need to figure out an alternative way to build the programmer because it's not a normal atmega8 that we're used to on the standard openwii
     
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    You can solder the programmer cable to the chip to flash OpenWii firmware onto WiiKey... I saw a pic of it once before, but cant find the pic.
     
  6. Frankdux

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    That pic was someone soldering the programmer to a XENOgc chip for the cube and flashing it with openwii.

    The Wiikey can be done the same way. unfortunatly I dont have any Wiikeys to test with to find out what way to wire it.
     
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    I just want to say this is an incredible idea. I'd love to have one of the open source projects on my Wiikey.
     
  8. Frankdux

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    If I ever break down and buy some wiikeys i will make one for you
     
  9. TheStump
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    well it all sounds too painfull to do, i just installed the wiikey tonight with little to no soldering exp. I pulled a pad off the wiikey and one off the wii itself...dont ask me how the damn thing actually managed to run backups though, i'll still shocked myself.
    I'd take a picture but im afraid ill bump my shitting soldering job and one of the wires will come loose. Though i did shake the wii alot to test if it all held.
     
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    Wow, you must really suck at soldering, huh?

    What was the wattage of your iron, 50w? For automotive use?

    Anyhow, glad to see that it worked for you!
     
  11. TheStump
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    lol, well it went pretty well until the final pad. My iron is 30W. But i think it got too hot and the pad just came lose. I'm totally thinking it should need a repair though...just in case
     
  12. Frankdux

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    Well I got my hands on a poop load of Wiikeys, so im gonna make a new programmer and see what we can do about dumping new firmwares to it

    I will let you all know in a couple a days
     
  13. Darunia

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    If you're telling the truth that would be awesome. In the official Wiikey forum over at wiinewz.com people are talking about doing this as well. According to them you just need to figure out the bootloader for the chip.
     
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    Assuming the WiiKey has the capability to perform a DVD upgrade, it wouldn't be impossible to reverse-engineer a update DVD that writes over the wiikey's firmware with another one.

    The first step there would be snagging a backup up the flash on it like one of the many clone's creators. We already have the setup DVD which can edit a couple switches in the firmware.
     
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    It'd probably be 500 times easier if Wiikey had an update disc. It would likely take people little time to just replace the firmware with a new one on that disc and load it onto the Wiikey.

    So the real argument comes, can people engineer a new update program before Wiikey puts out there update?
     
  16. Ghostspirit

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    What update?
    Oh, you mean the one they told would have an ETA of "1 week".. When was that? About a month ago..
    Yeah, that update.
     
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    The regular price of a pic 12f629 is in order to 0.70/1 dollar then you can remove your wiikwy and put a pic with your preferred HEX program
    and if you wants , put it externally , then do you not need open your wii in futures upgrades
     
  18. captain^k

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    Yup, you sure can [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the heads up captain^k, now to assemble a computer with a parallel port.
     
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