1. regalstreet

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    wow... after a quick skim through that tutorial i feel...enlightened. This'll help beginners a lot...If theyre eager to use an +hour :/ don't you think you could, uhm 'shorten' the thread? I had no problems reading this, but theres BOUND to be several, *Noobs* who would give up about 1/4 or the way through the thread. [​IMG]

    But anyway, someone pin this thread.
     
  2. Painguy

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    hey guys quick question. Im planning to send my wii in for repair due to GPU artifacts and what not, but im a bit hesitent to do so mainly because of what i recently heard. Apparently Nintendo has developed this new software that they run on ur wii before repairs to see if there is any illegitimate software. Now my biggest worry is deleting fakesigned files, tickets and so forth, and apparently priiloader still leaves some leftover files even after uninstallation. So my question is this how am i to remove all of this. i already have the guide to virginizing my wii, and im fine with that, but what additional steps am i to do to get rid of the other stuff.
     
  3. Pixelbandit

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    SWEET MY WII IS OFFICIALLY HACKED!!! USB LOADER GX WORKING JUST FINE!!!!
     
  4. Gifted1

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    Thanks for all the info. I plan on hacking my wii real soon after like 4 years of owning it. This will come in so handy. Thanks.
     
  5. neotank19

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    Just wanted to say thanks to nabster92 for writing a very informative guide. It really explained alot.
     
  6. smoothg23

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    I am a *noob* when it comes to Softmodding the Wii

    I read the entire article (including the extra links) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    My only suggestions is that you used a couple of acronyms in there which a *noob* wouldn't know. (However, Google should be every *noobs* best friend)

    But, it was all extremely helpful.

    Really enjoyed the link that described the IOS (Input Output System) and the cIOS (Custom Input Output System).

    Cheers!
     
  7. smoothg23

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    Still trying to understand a few things... Wondering if you can fill in the missing pieces to my understanding...
    ( I have intentionally written this in more detail incase other *noobs* are trying to follow. I have a summary at the bottom for a quick read )

    Wii Version: Version 4.2E (Virgin - up until about 12 hours ago)
    Purpose: to backup my Wii games and play them from HDD
    Tutorial: CompleteSoftmod Guide (http://sites.google.com/site/completesg/) and others to fill the gaps.

    Okay, so this is what I have done so far (hopefully nothing special)
    1. BANNER BOMB / HACKMII / BOOTMII
    Using Bannerbomb and Hackmii I was able to successfully install the Homebrew Channel and Bootmii to IOS ( Boot2 was not an option )

    NOTE: I was not able to install DVDX. This was not an option for me.

    2. BOOTMII - NAND BACKUP
    Created a NAND backup using Bootmii at this stage (just in case - even though have read it may be very difficult if not impossible to recover easily from a brick if I did brick my Wii)

    ISSUE: During my NAND backup using Bootmii, I would get about 1/4 of the way through the processs and then would receive an error message saying 'ECC Failure (Uncorrectable) for Page ...'.
    RESOLUTION: After a lot of forum searching, I found a helpful bloke (Jacques / Chunghop) who had the same problem, and was able to resolve it by copying the file 'ppcboot.elf' from Bootmii Beta 4 onto the SD Card under the /Bootmii folder (which was created by the Hackmii installer while performing the Bannerbomb / Bootmii installation process. For anyone else, more information on this issue can be found at: http://bugs.hackmii.com/index.php?do=details&task_id=350
    NOTE: I did try to install Bootmii again (with the modified 'ppcboot.elf' file in place, but it seemed as though the Hackmii installer just extracted the Bootmii folder again, over the top of the changes I made. When I ran Bootmii again, I had the same issue, so I copied the 'ppcboot.elf' file into the SD:/Bootmii folder and just inserted the SD card back into the Wii and navigated to Bootmii from the Homebreak channel - not sure how this worked? Thought I should have had to install Bootmii again or was it running directly from the SD Card ? Feedback welcomed.

    After successfully creating my NAND backup, I copied it to my PC for safe keeping (I also kept it on the SD Card as well)

    3. TRUCHA BUG / REMOVING STUB IOS'S / DOP-MII
    I downloaded DOP-Mii v1.2 and created all the WAD files required for an offline installation (using NUS Downloader). Added them to my SD card, and started the DOP-Mii process.

    "If the wii crashes (gives a code dump) for one of the following steps (2a - c), hold the Power button till the wii shuts down. Then reboot it, launch DOP-Mii and start again from 2a."

    If I didnt see this message I would have thought I had bricked my Wii, because my Wii crashed twice (code dump error) during the first step 2a.
    Third time through the process and everything went sweet. Feedback welcomed if this is abnormal. Did not take note of any of the code dump information.

    I also used DOP-Mii to remove the stub IOS's as specified ( however, 202 was not an option to uninstall, so I just removed 222, 223, 249 and 250 ).

    NOW - THE FUN STUFF

    4. Waninkokos cIOS (249 and 250)
    The process was pretty straight forward, but I would like to get a better understanding as to exactly what I did in this step.
    Using 'cIOS38rev17 Installer' and downloding the WAD file for 'IOS38-64-v3867.wad' from NUS Downloader I put in the SD card and did this process.

    This is the part that had me a bit concerned.

    * If this is your first cIOS, choose 36. Else, choose 249. (If you have problems with this, go to the Trucha Bug section)*

    From my reading, I was under the impression that I should not be touching anything under IOS200. However, this sort of suggested to install the cIOS onto CIOS36 (which I did).
    Other tutorials suggested doing something similar onto cIOS236. So would love some more information on this one and get a better understanding of what I actually did.

    This issue popped up when I was thinking about installing / running Configurable USB Loader because it talks about loading on IOS249 or alternatively IOS222 / IOS223 (Hermes cIOS - which I hadnt done as yet).

    RECAP:
    So at this point I was under the impression that:
    - Homebrew and Bootmii (on IOS) were successfully in place (even though Bootmii was on IOS and not really offering me much protection)
    - I had installed IOS36 with Trucha Bug (FakeSign Bug)
    - I had removed all unnecessary IOS stubs.
    - I had installed Waninkokos cIOS38rev17 into IOS36 (??????)

    QUESTION: I wanted to install Priiloader for a bit more 'Brick Protection' but read conflicting tutorials and was deterred from installing it. Priiloader tutorials in the CompleteSoftmod tutorials seems pretty straight forward. Happy for your feedback on that one.


    5. Hermes cIOS (202, 222 and 223)
    I downloaded 'cIOS222 Installer v4' and the required WAD files(using NUS Downloader - not packed as per instructions) and copied onto my SD Card.
    I followed the instructions and chose IOS249 (to use?????) and installed the following (rebooting and reselecting IOS249 each time)
    * IOS222 with base IOS38 merged with 37
    * IOS223 with base IOS38
    * IOS202 with base IOS38 merged with 60

    QUESTION: Am I installing all these different IOS's onto the same IOS249 on my Wii? Can someone please tell me what exactly this step is doing?

    6. Configurable USB Loader
    I copied all the files from InSDroot folder onto my SD card as instructed and modified the config.txt file to include 'ios = 222-mload' thinking that I had installed IOS222 (?????)
    I can boot Configurable USB Loader, but only when my Portable HDD is not plugged in. It does the 30 sec countdown and because it doesn't find a HDD, it gives me an option to press any button to reset.
    If I have my Portable HDD plugged in, when I launch Configurable USB Loader, it gets to the first screen (grey) and then the DVD Drive starts flashing and the Wii freezes.
    I have also tried plugging in my Portable HDD into the USB 0 (the closest one to the edge of the Wii) during the 30 sec countdown, and it finds it and says OK, but then the DVD drive starts flashing again and it freezes.
    I can confirm that I have formatted the HDD accordingly using WBFS Manager and have put an Wii ISO on to test but no such luck. My HDD is a WD My Book Essentials (I think) which I found in the supported HDD's list, however, I'm not 100% sure of the version, so that is still open to be an issue.

    After writing this, I will remove the 'ios = 222-mload' line from the config.txt file in Configurable USB Loader and try that, but would love some more information on the questions / feedback requested above.
    *EDIT* Has removed the config.txt change, and Configurable USB Loader just sits on the grey entry screen ( DVD Drive does not flash ) but nothing seems to be happening. Thoughts?

    Thanks for a great *noob* Starter Guide though. Prior to reading it, I didn't know anything, so hopefully what I have written, I have 'some-what' understood what you were talking about.


    QUICK SUMMARY FOR THE TECHNICALLY MINDED
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    Problem: Configurable USB Loader crashes (DVD drive blue light starts flashing and freezes) when USB HDD is plugged in to USB 0.
    15.08.2010 - Problem has since been resolved - Issue was caused by WD My Book Home Edition 640GB HDD. Purchased a WD My Passport Essentials 500GB and works fine!
    Wii: Virgin Wii 4.2E
    Homebrew Channel installed
    Bootmii installed to IOS (Boot2 not avaiable)
    NAND Backup Successful
    IOS36 with Trucha Bug (FakeSign Bug) using DOP-Mii v1.2
    Stub IOS222, 223, 249 and 250 removed - IOS202 Stub not availabe for removal (using DOP-Mii v1.2)
    Waninkokos cIOS (249 and 250) using cIOS38rev17 installed to IOS36 (as instructed as this was my first cIOS)
    Hermes cIOS (202, 222 and 223) using cIOS222 Installer v4 installed on IOS249 as follows:
    * IOS222 with base IOS38 merged with 37
    * IOS223 with base IOS38
    * IOS202 with base IOS38 merged with 60
    Configurable USB Loader running off SD Card with 'ios = 222-mload' config.txt adjustment.
    Also, tried without the config.txt change 'ios = 222-mload'. (Configurable USB Loader just hangs on intro screen - no flashing DVD Drive)

    Other Question: Should I install Priiloader for additional Brick Protection (because Bootmii could only be installed on IOS)

    FEEDBACK WELCOMED! I am a *noob*, but I'm working on it.
    Thanks guys!

    *EDIT* - 15 August 2010
    I determined the issue to be my Portable HDD (WD My Book Home Edition 640GB - WD6400N1CS). No matter how many different formatting options I tried, I just couldnt get it to work. I plugged in a little USB Stick that was formatted as FAT 32 - Some unknown brand with 2GB space - launched Configurable USB Loader from the Homebrew Channel (HBC) and simply told me that the drive was in an incompatible format, BUT, it meant that it read and accepted the USB Stick. This meant that everything else was correctly installed... just the HDD was not agreeing with the Wii.

    So I went out and bought a new WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 2.0 (Model: WDBAAA5000ABK). Formatted it to WBFS format (using Windows to delete the partition / create a primary partition / left it unformatted / used WBFS Manager to format it) plugged it in to the Wii and *VIOLA* - Everything is working fine.

    Would still love some feedback on the above questions! Thanks!
     
  8. nabster92

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    <!--quoteo(post=3043748:date=Aug 13 2010, 03:44 PM:name=smoothg23)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(smoothg23 @ Aug 13 2010, 03:44 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=3043748"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Still trying to understand a few things... Wondering if you can fill in the missing pieces to my understanding...
    ( I have intentionally written this in more detail incase other *noobs* are trying to follow. I have a summary at the bottom for a quick read )

    <b>Wii Version:</b> Version 4.2E (Virgin - up until about 12 hours ago)
    <b>Purpose:</b> to backup my Wii games and play them from HDD
    <b>Tutorial:</b> CompleteSoftmod Guide (http://sites.google.com/site/completesg/) and others to fill the gaps.

    Okay, so this is what I have done so far (hopefully nothing special)
    <b>1. BANNER BOMB / HACKMII / BOOTMII</b>
    Using Bannerbomb and Hackmii I was able to successfully install the Homebrew Channel and Bootmii to IOS ( Boot2 was not an option )

    NOTE: I was not able to install DVDX. This was not an option for me.

    <b>2. BOOTMII - NAND BACKUP</b>
    Created a NAND backup using Bootmii at this stage (just in case - even though have read it may be very difficult if not impossible to recover easily from a brick if I did brick my Wii)

    ISSUE: During my NAND backup using Bootmii, I would get about 1/4 of the way through the processs and then would receive an error message saying 'ECC Failure (Uncorrectable) for Page ...'.
    RESOLUTION: After a lot of forum searching, I found a helpful bloke (Jacques / Chunghop) who had the same problem, and was able to resolve it by copying the file 'ppcboot.elf' from Bootmii Beta 4 onto the SD Card under the /Bootmii folder (which was created by the Hackmii installer while performing the Bannerbomb / Bootmii installation process. For anyone else, more information on this issue can be found at: <a href="http://bugs.hackmii.com/index.php?do=details&task_id=350" target="_blank">http://bugs.hackmii.com/index.php?do=details&task_id=350</a>
    NOTE: I did try to install Bootmii again (with the modified 'ppcboot.elf' file in place, but it seemed as though the Hackmii installer just extracted the Bootmii folder again, over the top of the changes I made. When I ran Bootmii again, I had the same issue, so I copied the 'ppcboot.elf' file into the SD:/Bootmii folder and just inserted the SD card back into the Wii and navigated to Bootmii from the Homebreak channel - not sure how this worked? Thought I should have had to install Bootmii again or was it running directly from the SD Card ? Feedback welcomed.

    After successfully creating my NAND backup, I copied it to my PC for safe keeping (I also kept it on the SD Card as well)

    <b>3. TRUCHA BUG / REMOVING STUB IOS'S / DOP-MII</b>
    I downloaded DOP-Mii v1.2 and created all the WAD files required for an offline installation (using NUS Downloader). Added them to my SD card, and started the DOP-Mii process.

    "If the wii crashes (gives a code dump) for one of the following steps (2a - c), hold the Power button till the wii shuts down. Then reboot it, launch DOP-Mii and start again from 2a."

    If I didnt see this message I would have thought I had bricked my Wii, because my Wii crashed twice (code dump error) during the first step 2a.
    Third time through the process and everything went sweet. Feedback welcomed if this is abnormal. Did not take note of any of the code dump information.

    I also used DOP-Mii to remove the stub IOS's as specified ( however, 202 was not an option to uninstall, so I just removed 222, 223, 249 and 250 ).

    <i>NOW - THE FUN STUFF</i>

    <b>4. Waninkokos cIOS (249 and 250)</b>
    The process was pretty straight forward, but I would like to get a better understanding as to exactly what I did in this step.
    Using 'cIOS38rev17 Installer' and downloding the WAD file for 'IOS38-64-v3867.wad' from NUS Downloader I put in the SD card and did this process.

    This is the part that had me a bit concerned.

    * If this is your first cIOS, choose 36. Else, choose 249. (If you have problems with this, go to the Trucha Bug section)*

    From my reading, I was under the impression that I should not be touching anything under IOS200. However, this sort of suggested to install the cIOS onto CIOS36 (which I did).
    Other tutorials suggested doing something similar onto cIOS236. So would love some more information on this one and get a better understanding of what I actually did.

    This issue popped up when I was thinking about installing / running Configurable USB Loader because it talks about loading on IOS249 or alternatively IOS222 / IOS223 (Hermes cIOS - which I hadnt done as yet).

    <b>RECAP:</b>
    So at this point I was under the impression that:
    - Homebrew and Bootmii (on IOS) were successfully in place (even though Bootmii was on IOS and not really offering me much protection)
    - I had installed IOS36 with Trucha Bug (FakeSign Bug)
    - I had removed all unnecessary IOS stubs.
    - I had installed Waninkokos cIOS38rev17 into IOS36 (??????)

    <u>QUESTION:</u> I wanted to install Priiloader for a bit more 'Brick Protection' but read conflicting tutorials and was deterred from installing it. Priiloader tutorials in the CompleteSoftmod tutorials seems pretty straight forward. Happy for your feedback on that one.


    <b>5. Hermes cIOS (202, 222 and 223)</b>
    I downloaded 'cIOS222 Installer v4' and the required WAD files(using NUS Downloader - not packed as per instructions) and copied onto my SD Card.
    I followed the instructions and chose IOS249 (to use?????) and installed the following (rebooting and reselecting IOS249 each time)
    * IOS222 with base IOS38 merged with 37
    * IOS223 with base IOS38
    * IOS202 with base IOS38 merged with 60

    <u>QUESTION:</u> Am I installing all these different IOS's onto the same IOS249 on my Wii? Can someone please tell me what exactly this step is doing?

    <b>6. Configurable USB Loader</b>
    I copied all the files from InSDroot folder onto my SD card as instructed and modified the config.txt file to include 'ios = 222-mload' thinking that I had installed IOS222 (?????)
    I can boot Configurable USB Loader, but only when my Portable HDD is not plugged in. It does the 30 sec countdown and because it doesn't find a HDD, it gives me an option to press any button to reset.
    If I have my Portable HDD plugged in, when I launch Configurable USB Loader, it gets to the first screen (grey) and then the DVD Drive starts flashing and the Wii freezes.
    I have also tried plugging in my Portable HDD into the USB 0 (the closest one to the edge of the Wii) during the 30 sec countdown, and it finds it and says OK, but then the DVD drive starts flashing again and it freezes.
    I can confirm that I have formatted the HDD accordingly using WBFS Manager and have put an Wii ISO on to test but no such luck. My HDD is a WD My Book Essentials (I think) which I found in the supported HDD's list, however, I'm not 100% sure of the version, so that is still open to be an issue.

    After writing this, I will remove the 'ios = 222-mload' line from the config.txt file in Configurable USB Loader and try that, but would love some more information on the questions / feedback requested above.
    *EDIT* Has removed the config.txt change, and Configurable USB Loader just sits on the grey entry screen ( DVD Drive does not flash ) but nothing seems to be happening. Thoughts?

    Thanks for a great *noob* Starter Guide though. Prior to reading it, I didn't know anything, so hopefully what I have written, I have 'some-what' understood what you were talking about.


    QUICK SUMMARY FOR THE TECHNICALLY MINDED
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    <b>Problem:</b> Configurable USB Loader crashes (DVD drive blue light starts flashing and freezes) when USB HDD is plugged in to USB 0.
    <b>15.08.2010 - Problem has since been resolved - Issue was caused by WD My Book Home Edition 640GB HDD. Purchased a WD My Passport Essentials 500GB and works fine!</b>
    Wii: Virgin Wii 4.2E
    Homebrew Channel installed
    Bootmii installed to IOS (Boot2 not avaiable)
    NAND Backup Successful
    IOS36 with Trucha Bug (FakeSign Bug) using DOP-Mii v1.2
    Stub IOS222, 223, 249 and 250 removed - IOS202 Stub not availabe for removal (using DOP-Mii v1.2)
    Waninkokos cIOS (249 and 250) using cIOS38rev17 installed to IOS36 (as instructed as this was my first cIOS)
    Hermes cIOS (202, 222 and 223) using cIOS222 Installer v4 installed on IOS249 as follows:
    * IOS222 with base IOS38 merged with 37
    * IOS223 with base IOS38
    * IOS202 with base IOS38 merged with 60
    Configurable USB Loader running off SD Card with 'ios = 222-mload' config.txt adjustment.
    Also, tried without the config.txt change 'ios = 222-mload'. (Configurable USB Loader just hangs on intro screen - no flashing DVD Drive)

    <b>Other Question:</b> Should I install Priiloader for additional Brick Protection (because Bootmii could only be installed on IOS)

    FEEDBACK WELCOMED! I am a *noob*, but I'm working on it.
    Thanks guys!

    <b>*EDIT* - 15 August 2010</b>
    I determined the issue to be my Portable HDD (WD My Book Home Edition 640GB - WD6400N1CS). No matter how many different formatting options I tried, I just couldnt get it to work. I plugged in a little USB Stick that was formatted as FAT 32 - Some unknown brand with 2GB space - launched Configurable USB Loader from the Homebrew Channel (HBC) and simply told me that the drive was in an incompatible format, BUT, it meant that it read and accepted the USB Stick. This meant that everything else was correctly installed... just the HDD was not agreeing with the Wii.

    So I went out and bought a new WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 2.0 (Model: WDBAAA5000ABK). Formatted it to WBFS format (using Windows to delete the partition / create a primary partition / left it unformatted / used WBFS Manager to format it) plugged it in to the Wii and *VIOLA* - Everything is working fine.

    Would still love some feedback on the above questions! Thanks!<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    1.) DVDX may have been removed from the most recent hackmii installer I think, sorry I haven't really kept this guide fully up to date. I finally decided to update it as much as I could one time and then the very next day 4.3 came out so it was relatively up to date for all of 24 hours. Didn't feel like that was THAT big of a deal to need to add in wherever that should be in this monstrosity of a guide so I haven't changed it since then. I'll update it again one of these days and then system menu 5.0 will come out the next day again just to spite me.

    2.) Bootmii isn't really installed at all onto your wii. The only thing that's actually installed is something to tell it to forward to the files on the SD card. For Wii's that can install it to boot2, theres only like 2 blocks of the NAND that are available to write something in so obviously everything can't be installed in such a small portion so the only thing there is just something to forward to the files on the SD card. So by changing the files on it you essentially do the same thing "installing" it would do, and if you install something over that after changing it, it should overwrite whatever is there with the files of whatever version you install.

    3.) Code dumps should be relatively normal I suppose. If it got through fine in the end, I wouldn't worry about it. And IOS202 was never stubbed by system menu 4.2 so that's why you didn't need to remove any stub there.

    4.) Waninkoko's cIOS installer always installs to IOS249 and installs a backup to IOS250. You didn't tell it to overwrite IOS36. Essentially all you need to use your usb drive to play your games is at least this cIOS, but you can't just install this right away otherwise the other steps before doing this would be worthless. You need to have the trucha bug in order to install a cIOS. That's why you installed a fakesigned IOS36 which DOES have the trucha bug, and then told the cIOS installer to use the trucha bug in that IOS36 to install itself to IOS249/250. Once you have a cIOS installed, that also generally would have the trucha bug as well, which is why I said if you already had one installed and are updating it, you can tell it to use IOS249 as well, which will just use the trucha bug in the previous cIOS installed there and install itself over it.

    And regarding Priiloader, definitely install it. Currently you have virtually no brick protection as bootmii IOS won't save you from anything at all especially without priiloader. The only form of protection you have is that NAND backup, but in order to use it in the event of a brick you would have to use something that can directly write it to the NAND physically like an infectus, which involves actually doing something with your hardware and not just using some software to fix it. Priiloader is pretty safe to install and will protect you from most any bricks that bootmii would as well, but not quite everything (not that you should need to be concerned about those other things unless you decide to do something really dumb). So yea I definitely recommend installing Priiloader.

    5.) Again as with question 4, no you did not install everything to IOS249, you just used the trucha bug present in IOS249 to install them to IOS202, 222, 223 and such.
     
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