Ok so I have THC working and i've got my homebrew software issues sorted out. I installed THC using the TP exploit and can boot a few console emulators from my SD card. So now I think I want to take the next step on my way to being fully modded. I've been reading a bit about Softmii and loaders, but I don't quite understand everything. 1. I understand that starfall is an app for recovery, in case of bricking or partial bricking. I'd like to install this for obvious reasons, but I want to avoid installing Preloader because I want my Wii to start up as normal. Is this possible? 2. Do loaders allow me to load backups via the homebrew channel? If so, will loaders allow me to play Wii and GCN backups or just one or the other? 3. Do I only need to softmod if I want to play backups via the disc channel? 4. I've read a bit about Softmii. Is this the 'preferred' softmod for the Wii, or is there another package that everyone prefers to use? 5. My Wii has a firmware version of 2.2, according to the System menu. I keep reading that Softmii is for version 3.2. Do I need to upgrade to 3.2 or will my current 2.2 firmware accept a softmod? Thanks for your patience guys. It's much appreciated. As a big member of a Ford Mustang forum, I know how it can be having to answer the same questions from the new kids every couple days. I've tried to soften the blow by informing myself as much as possible and typing this out so its legible.