So my siblings and I were dismayed to discover that, just in time for Christmas vacation and Skyward Sword, our Wii craps out on us. Specifically, the disc reader is dead. We had suspected for awhile that it was going to eventually die on us (occasional problems and whatnot), but now it's completely dead. Nintendo offered to fix it for us for a whopping $80, but even if we shipped it to them, it'd be weeks before we get it back. Since this was a launch system, we'd essentially be paying $80 for a refurb. Figuring, screw that, we're gonna grab a new one from one of the limited edition blue units at a local Walmart for $120 or so. But I'm sad to retire our old Wii, which, again, we've had since day-1 launch. This is the first Nintendo system I've ever had to crap out on me, barring an original toaster NES I've got in an attic somewhere. And as best I can figure the other stuff still works. It's annoying, I thought, because now I can only play stuff we've got on the VC or if we had some HD...backups... *lightbulb* From that line of thought I reasoned, the system's already broken and the warranty's long gone; why not Jailbreak it? No need to read discs if I can run everything from a USB drive, right? We had always held off on doing so out of fear of voiding the warranty, but no real point in doing that anymore. No one save Nintendo will repair the thing. With that in mind, I see alot of topics and a plethora of information on what I can do once jailbroken and various methods to do this and that. I just want to know if there's a definitive Newbie Guide I should be reading first and make sure I've got all the bases covered. I'm already looking at the Complete Softmod Guide, but I just wanna know if there's anything else I should consult. So that there's no confusion, I hope to be able to: A) Backup the games I've already purchased B) Install homebrew to allow the Wii to play those games without using the disc drive (i.e. from an external HD or a usb drive) C) Install any other nifty homebrew (always a fan of consoles emulating other consoles, just for the novelty of it) This will be great if I can get it working, as it will allow another family member to take the modded Wii with him and save the hassle of sending games in the mail whenever one family member wants to play it or another is done with it. Thanks in advance.