How safe is modding vWii

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by nervx, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. nervx
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    I've had my wii modded for years and recently got a wiiu. The only mod I really care to have on the wiiu is the homebrew channel so I can run usbloader gx to play my disc games off hard drive. I have no plans to install VC, channel or forwarder wads or anything like that.

    I'm a little hesitant to do the mod though because it seems like people run into problems more so than with the wii. So question is has anyone run into problems even when keeping it simple like this? I want to keep my wiiU updated so im curious if system updates have caused any issues as well.

    lots of feedback is appreciated.
     
  2. darkseekerliu

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    From my own experience. I softmoded my wii u and updated it to the newest firmware and everything is running fine (homebrew channel, usb loaders, etc.) People run into problems because they install/remove things that they shouldn't. vWii doesn't have recover methods that original Wii has, so, when you do something wrong is a bit harder to fix. Just follow this guide and you will be fine: http://gbatemp.net/threads/full-vwii-softmod.339899/
     
  3. gunner007

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    It's completely safe at this point. If you follow the guide on this very site, you should have no problems. 99% of problems that people have with vWii is they go carelessly installing IOS or installing Wii versions of IOS. Just run your exploit of choice, install HBC, take a NAND dump and keep it safe, then install your CIOS and be on your way.
     
  4. nervx
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    Anyone else want to share there experience, especially if you've run into trouble?


    -What's the point of the NAND dump? Does it need to be redone when the wiiu/vwii gets updates?
    -If I do a system transfer with my wii should i do the dump after or before?
    -If I don't do a transfer is there a safe tool to copy the unmovable saves from my wii to wiiu?
    -CAn I backup the NAND onto my computer or leave it in a folder on the sd card?
    -out of the two cios which is more recommended? I'm still using a 320GB seagate free agent go that was popular with the wii.(yes I have a y adapter)
     
  5. Bug_Checker_

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    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    What's the point of the NAND dump?
    It is like a system restore point in windows(a snapshot).
    It will most likely at some point become more useful than it is now.
    It is the closest you have to a virgin nand (if done immediately after HBC is installed).
    IOS should be able to be extracted w/o resigning/fake signing them(most likely at some point).
    Does it need to be redone when the wiiu/vwii gets updates?
    Yes (like a system restore point in windows)
    If I do a system transfer with my wii should i do the dump after or before?
    Do it both times(before and after). you are the ONLY person (currently) that can save yourself(w/o copyright issuses)
    If I don't do a transfer is there a safe tool to copy the unmovable saves from my wii to wiiu?
    this must be answered by others
    Can I backup the NAND onto my computer?
    Yes. you can and you should.
    sd cards fail and hard drives fail might as well burn a disc with your clearly labeled NAND dumps
    Or leave it in a folder on the sd card?
    this is too risky
    Out of the two cios which is more recommended?
    If you are not going to mess with NAND emulation, alt would seems to be the way to go. But it MUST say vWii

    d2x-alt - 2 usb ports supported.
    - Fully plug&play usb devices, meaning that you can connect them when the game asks for them
    https://d2x-cios.googlecode.com/files/d2x-v10-beta53-alt-vWii.zip

    This should be done first before installing ANY cios's
    After you have installed HBC and done a NAND dump.
    Do an InspectMii and a SysCheck and save those logs/info for a rainy day.
    Also see excellent suggestion by JoostinOnline
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/a-suggestion-for-all-softmodded-vwiis.369198/

    Run the latest versions
    Dump Mii NAND - a BootMii format (nand.bin) NAND dumper for vWii/Wii
    Run SysCheck SysCheck HacksDen Edition
    Run InspectMii InspectMii, NEW Wii/vWii Homebrew
    Source for Cios choices:
    https://code.google.com/p/d2x-cios/wiki/How_to_choose_d2x_distribution
     
  6. nervx
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    thanks for the info, very helpful.

    using d2x-alt doesn't have any compatibility issues with games does?
    what does nand emulation get me?


    doing a nand dump every update is so you can restore if you break something correct? (it is possible to restore a vwii nand right?)
    but lets say Nintendo breaks the vwii mod with an update. if you restored an older nand you would be left with an updated wiiu and outdated vwii. has this been known to cause any problems with future system updates? (failing/refusing to install etc)



    EDIT: if I did a wii-wiiu system transfer then restored the nand on the wii what happens if I try to access the shopping channel?
     
  7. GorTesK

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    it is not publicly possible to restore a vwii nand yet
    it supposedly works, if you have a hardware flasher, but not everyone has one :)
     
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    alright so nand backup might be usefull in the future but is useless right now.

    still got this question: