Noob Starter Guide

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Aug 13, 2009

Noob Starter Guide by nabster92 at 7:04 AM (148,945 Views / 0 Likes) 207 replies

  1. nabster92
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    Edit: Updated a couple things to make certain parts make a bit more sense with where things are at right now as of June 2010. Anyways,

    Edit2: Goddammit the day I finally decide to update this a bit 4.3 gets released. Don't update officially yet guys.

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro-->If you're trying to actually use this guide as you're hacking your Wii instead of using it as a source of information as intended, you're doing it wrong.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->

    <b>I suggest reading through this just to try to familiarize yourself with all the applications and what they are and what they do and then following either the <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/completesg/" target="_blank">CompleteSoftmodGuide</a> or <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=171901" target="_blank">xzxero's simplistic mod</a></b>

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><b>the purpose of this guide is to hopefully EDUCATE people on the important applications used in the Wii hacking scene and why they are used instead of plainly telling people to do this and that blindly.</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->

    That being said if you feel there is anything I should add to this, or anything that is just wrong, anything you think I should change to make this a more clear, complete source of information for anything someone new to hacking should need, feel free to tell me what to add and I will try to do so.

    Now to start off, I will go over things in a general order that they should be used to hack a Wii, and if there is some other guide or informative post that I feel is relevant to the subject I will try to link to that on top of what I write. The best thing you can do before hacking your Wii is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can on the subject before doing it so that you don't end up doing something you shouldn't be doing on your system. <b>I suggest you read through everything in here before starting on anything so you have a better overview of everything and hopefully understand what you do and do not need to do on your system instead of just blindly following another guide.</b> There is a lot of information here, but bear with it and you should be able to avoid doing something stupid and bricking your Wii if you get through it all.

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro-->ALL SUBJECT TITLES HAVE LINKS TO THE APPLICATION IT IS TALKING ABOUT IF IT IS APPLICABLE.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->

    <u><!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a href="http://bannerbomb.qoid.us/" target="_blank">Bannerbomb</a><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    <u><!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a href="http://bootmii.org/download/" target="_blank">The Hackmii Installer</a><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now I'll divide this into a subsection for each thing in this installer and explain what you can do with them.


    <u><b>The Homebrew Channel</b></u>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <u><b>DVDX</b></u>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <u><b>Bootmii</b></u>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Since we just got through talking about bootmii and how it's good for preventing bricks, we might as well talk about what a brick actually IS.

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Brick" target="_blank">Brick</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    For another take on what has been covered so far up to this point take a look at <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=155844" target="_blank">WiiPower's Guide</a> in the stickies.


    Now at this point we haven't really done all that much contrary to the wall of text you've just read through so far, but we do now have the HBC installed on your Wii and bootmii in some form or another. These can both easily be uninstalled just as easily as they were installed by running the hackmii installer again and selecting uninstall instead. So the easiest way to get your Wii back to a virgin state would be to have a NAND backup of your Wii at this point. Then regardless of what you do to it, you can restore that backup, then just uninstall these things through the hackmii installer and your Wii will be a virgin again.

    So also at this point, since you have the HBC, you should be able to run some basic applications like emulators and such if you want. You can also check out the <a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_apps/Homebrew_Browser" target="_blank">Homebrew Browser</a> application. With this you can browse through various other homebrew applications such as said emulators through your Wii (provided you have wifi) and download them straight from there directly to your SD card. (No renaming things to boot.dol!) Some applications however will need additional things to be done to your Wii like having certain cIOS's installed, so this brings us to more of WiiPower's excellent work with the Trucha Bug Restorer, but first on that note let's talk about...


    <u><!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->The Trucha Bug<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>

    This following section isn't really about any specific applications, but is more just information on what the Trucha Bug is and what IOS's/cIOS's are. I feel that at this point it's just something good to know and provides a good history about previous things used to restore the Trucha Bug on systems without it, and why those methods are not used anymore.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now that we're done with the history lesson we can get to what's actually relevant to what is used today.

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://www.gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=165453" target="_blank">The Trucha Bug Restorer</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->


    ***I'll leave this section here for the information about the history and such but now there are even easier applications out that make this process even more streamlined for users. As in xzxero's guide, you can pretty much just use the Multi-Mod Manager to take care of pretty much everything from this point. I'll make another section for that after this one.***


    Anyways continuing with history.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!



    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=208281" target="_blank">Multi-Mod Manager(MMM)</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    Now you have the Trucha Bug on your system! YAY! Now what do we do with that? There are many things you can do with it now but first and foremost if you didn't already just install the cIOS wad's as in xzxero's guide like you probably just should anyways, you are most likely going to be using a...

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://www.teknoconsolas.es/blog/waninkoko/custom-iosx-rev-19" target="_blank">cIOS Installer</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now that you have a cIOS installed, you can use Wad Manager 1.4 or 1.5 and have that select one of the cIOS's that have the trucha bug to install any wad's you want without getting that -2011 error or something along those lines. You can also still just use IOS 36 as well since that has it too. I'll put a section on wad manager in a bit as well. Also now that you have this cIOS installed, you can play backup Wii games provided you use a proper backup loader for the game which I will now get into in a moment, but first if you haven't already updated your system to 4.2, now might be a good time to do so, so here comes a section on...


    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Dop-IOS_MOD" target="_blank">Updating your Wii with Dop-IOS MOD</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now you should have everything you need installed on your Wii up to date and ready for anything you want to do with it! So now I'll go into some backup loaders and other applications that you can use at this point. Actually scratch that, there's actually one more thing you can install to be able to play GC backups as well and that is...

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://www.gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=134170" target="_blank">cMIOS & GC Backup Loader</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://sites.google.com/site/completesg/backup-launchers/disc/neogamma" target="_blank">NeoGamma</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Wad+Manager+1.4" target="_blank">Wad Manager</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Preloader" target="_blank">Preloader</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    OK so my computer randomly crashed on me at this point so I lost the stuff I already wrote about Preloader so I'll try to rewrite it again. *angry grumbling*

    Really there's not much point for me to write all that much on this anyways. Refer to <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=135174" target="_blank">The Preloader Guide</a> for everything you should need to know about it. But since I wrote some stuff on it anyways...

    For those using the latest HBC 1.0.6 which now has a title ID of JODI instead of HAXX, use a <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183596" target="_blank">JODI patched version of Preloader 0.29</a> instead or <a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Priiloader" target="_blank">Priiloader</a>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=152074" target="_blank">USB Loaders</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    I only linked Beardface's Coverflow there because I used it initally myself. You are free to use any USB Loader you personally like and I'll link to a couple others here as well. Another one you may want to use is <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=178943" target="_blank">WiiFlow</a> . It seems to be becoming more popular of a coverflow type loader. <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=149922" target="_blank">USB Loader GX</a> is another excellent USB loader that I actually switched to now. I probably should've just linked this one in the title but whatever. Another great loader is <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?act=Post&CODE=00&f=108" target="_blank">Configurable USB Loader</a> Those are some of the more popular ones, but feel free to use any usb loader you prefer the most. You can find more of them listed in the backup loader forum <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showforum=190" target="_blank">HERE</a>.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now then there's not much else that you would really need to know about with the Wii for general use, but I'll briefly talk about a couple more things like...

    <!--sizeo:6--><span style="font-size:24pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u><a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=196898" target="_blank">CIOSCORP</a></u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    Well that's about all I can think of to talk about at the moment. I'm sure there are a few other things that I should mention, but I'm getting kinda tired of typing all of this <.< I'll try to get around to adding more topics later on.


    Again, if you feel that I should add anything, please let me know and I will try to do it.
     


  2. xzxero

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    very uber nice!!

    Your guide, my guide, and Deviyl's guide should all be next to each other.
    all other stickies besides the safemodding essentials, preloader guide, and the bannerbomb guide should be gone!

    then the wii hacking section will actually be up to date :]
     
  3. EtherealX

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    Super nice. +1 for you, man. [​IMG] This needs to be stickied.
     
  4. Deviyl

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    Awesome. With this n00bs should be fully educated before they decide to follow a guide to hack their Wii.
     
  5. WiiPower

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    I didn't look too far into detail, but it looks like a very nice guide, well done!

    2 things: Could you mention in the 1st part about BootMii IOS that it's next to useless as brick protection, but it's a good idea never the less to install it and do a nand backup, so that in the worst case every option is available? (with a nand backup, you should be always able to restore the Wii with a hardware nand programmer)

    Could you add a brick section? Like what is a brick, and which are the most common methods to brick and which bricks are not recoverable.

    (not recoverable are for example bricks that killed the system menu IOS, that's old cioscorp on new Wiis, or the 4.0->3.2->3.4 crap)
     
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    I did kinda mention that about bootmii IOS in the last paragraph in my bootmii section, but I think my bootmii section is just way too massive in itself.

    I think what I'll get around to doing is splitting it into a general bootmii section and then have a boot2 and IOS subsection and mention that bit about a hardware nand programmer there as well.

    I'll also see what I can whip up with a standalone brick section.


    Also, I don't really feel like I put much into like dvdx and the GC backup section, so if anyone can say something better about that I could put that in and credit you for that.

    Another fun fact, If you take all of the text it took to make this guide like this and copied it to word, it would come out in a size 8.5 verdana font with no formatting or line skips anywhere. Just straight lines of text. 10 pages of straight lines of text.

    I'm kinda tired of staring at this GBATemp posting page so I think I'm gonna call it a night as far as doing anything else here, so I'll take care of editing that stuff in a bit later, but thanks for the feedback. [​IMG]
     
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    Nice guide and new revisions of tuts are needed desperately I agree, but shouldn't we have a serial# guide or some other significant way of Wii version determination first thing, for the noobs to identify their Wii right off jump before they even start any kind of process. ???
     
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    This is a very good source of information, a must read for new softmodders, and a good read even for those who are experienced. This is a perfect companion to some of the new guides like xzxero's.
     
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    The thing about that is that serial numbers don't really say anything about what type of Wii you have. You can have an LU64+ serial Wii that ISN'T a boot2v4 type Wii and you can have a Wii that is something less than LU64 that IS a boot2v4 Wii. That was kinda the point of my whole section on the Trucha Bug and stuff where I talked about some background information about older methods that were used on Wii's to get it back and what new types of Wii's came out in order to thwart them.

    With the recent tools we have like the Trucha Bug Restorer, it doesn't really matter what type of Wii they have because these methods now work on any type of Wii.

    Everything that I have posted a link to in this thread SHOULD work on any Wii.
     
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    Really nice!
    Man, i wish it was easier when i first started
     
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    very nice, thanks for explaining the truncha bug (sig hash, now i know its the same thing), and es-identify (i would like to know more about this though), i knew enough about them before to mod my wii, but i didn't really understand what they were completely.
     
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    Very nice and very useful i really like how the guide is layed out its in a good format kudos for that i haven't read every bit of information in it but it seems like pretty good stuff.
     
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    bricks.

    some of that information or that link should be on this guide somwhere.

    and not the good kind of brick!

    this is the good kind [​IMG]
     
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    Good guide
    It explains about everything you need to know

    Some comments though:
    -In my opinion, its a bit long sometimes. N00bs dislike long texts.
    -In the bootmii part, you state that wiis with boot2v1 or v2 can install bootmii as boot2. However, there are no boot2v1 wiis for sale. Boot2v1 is installed on every wii and used for installing basic data. Then it is changed to boot2v2 or higher
     
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    ???

    I think you mixed boot1 and boot2 up. It's the boot1 version that determines if BootMii can be installed as boot2 or not.
     
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    Yes that is true. However we all know boot2 and boot1 have to be in harmony with each other. So if you have a wrong boot1 you will also have a wrong boot2 and the other way around.
    Ayway, my point is that there are no boot2v1 wii to be sold.

    I'm not dumb, Wiipower [​IMG]
     
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    So is it still good enough to say that bootmii can't install to boot2 on boot2v3 or boot2v4 Wii's?
     
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    yes
     
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    Ok, I changed the bootmii section and that bit on it in the hackmii installer section a bit. Is there a limit to the number of spoiler tags you can put in one post? It seemed to just not spoiler tag anything when I added separate spoilered sections for each new bootmii section I put.

    Anyways, is this a better explanation for that?

    The message that appears for bootmii there is dependent on whether or not a bug in boot1 was fixed on your Wii which is generally the case with boot2v3 and boot2v4 Wii's.


    And then in the bootmii section:

    As I said earlier, the reason some Wii's can install bootmii to boot2 and some can't is dependent on what version of boot2 their Wii has. It's actually dependent on the boot1 on your Wii which is something along the lines of being read-only, but not quite. Point being, that can't be changed. If your Wii was bought sometime after mid 2008 or so, chances are you have either a boot2v3 or boot2v4 Wii, and these Wii's have the fixed boot1. These Wii's cannot install bootmii to boot2 because in those versions, the bug used to install it there was fixed.
     
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    Does this work for 4.1?
     

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