First of all thank you everyone who has posted in the past. I'm not coming into this blind. I have searched the site and google. I've modded older WIIs but now my brother has a new WII, haven't seen the serial yet but I assume its LU64+ I've looked at acouple guides and alot of posts regarding how to do this. Just acouple questions unanswered. Let me tell you what I plan to do... 1. Bannerbomb to Hackmii install. 2. HBC, DVD, and BootMii ISO installs Thats as far as I get without questions....and here they are.... 1. I kind of want to keep the Wii at 3.X I assume its coming to me from factory at 3.2? Would it actually be 3.4 maybe? If it is 3.2/3.4 I would be using the softmii LU64+ fix...unless someone can tell me a better fix or a really good reason to upgrade or use.... 2. Should I upgrade to 4.0 (through nintendo) and then perform the steps listed at this guide http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=158068 ?? 3. Is it dangerous to use a Cios other then that provided by the softmii Lu64+. I use Ciosrev9 on my other WII and it works quite well for all the disk and USB backups I have. Can I use Ciosrev9 instead of rev11 that is listed in that 4.0 upgrade guide?? 4. How does Bootmii provide brick protection through the IOS? You back up your nand and...? As I understand you must start Bootmii IOS thru Homebrew Channel. How do you get to homebrew channel if you have a brick? I don't understand that...Someone enlighten me?? 5. Last question! How do I get system hacks on my LU64+? Does preloader work??? I've been told it doesnt. Does startpatch work?? I need something like that to protect from system updates and provide region free and such...Does it matter which system menu I use and what option is available to me?? Thank you to all the understanding and answer these questions if you could. If you can't answer them all then just do what you can. I'll piece it together. And if you want to link me a good guide I would be grateful. I have researched alot already. I'm just hoping people can give me some definitive answers.