The Definitive vWii Hacking Guide!

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by CJB100, May 9, 2016.

  1. 7Robins

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    Excellent, thanks for the details. Anything else I should be aware of prior?

    As for the flash drive issue, couldn't I theoretically buy a second flash drive and use that drive only for USB Loader GX? By connecting it only after launching Wii Mode?
     
  2. Cyan

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    It's recommended to buy an external HDD, instead of flash drive, for USBLoaderGX.
    USBLoaders have issues with flash drives.
    USB 2.0 HDD are fine, USB3.0 can have detection issues.

    You can connect both drives at the same time, WiiU flash drive and vWii HDD. The WiiU will ask you to format the HDD, but there's a program (homebrew and computer) to hide the partition table of the drive and the WiiU will not ask to format it anymore.
    That hidden drive works fine with a lot of homebrew (not all, but it can be updated). The USB port you connect them is important to prevent crashes and issue.

    You can also just unplug/replug the correct drive when needed.
    edit : Or just do like CJB said below.
     
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  3. CJB100
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    Iirc, best to leave your USB drive you use for vWii connected always and hidden by UStealth from the Wii U side. And then only connect your Wii U USB drive when you use your Wii U. It's the simplest way to do it atm and should keep everything working correctly. I say this because some homebrew will flip out if you leave a Wii U USB drive connected while also having your vWii USB drive connected. Loading a GameCube game will cause Nintendont to hang on startup if you have them both plugged in. But it won't cause any permanent issues.
     
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  4. MyLegGuy

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    Okay.
    Are there any externally powered ones on Amazon you would recommend? I don't want to mess up and get one that doesn't work for this. I've never used a USB HDD before.
     
  5. CJB100
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    Can't say I have one on Amazon I'd recommend, as all the good externally powered drives are more or less gone.

    I would recommend the following hard drive: https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canv...165&sr=8-8&keywords=500GB+portable+hard+drive

    And a Y-Cable: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...i:aps,k:Dual+A+to+USB+3.0+Micro-B+USB+Y+Cable

    This is what I use and it works fine. Although, you can go for a cheaper or smaller HDD. USB Hard Drives are usually pretty stable with the Wii U. You might also check the FAQ section, as there is a link to Nintendo's HDD compatibility chart in the third or fourth Question down about hard drives.
     
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  6. 7Robins

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    I'd like to use a hard drive, my only problem is that it would take up both USB ports, and frankly look less attractive just sitting on my system. Also the fact that I wouldn't be able to use it to store my digitally downloaded retail WiiU games makes it feel kinda like a waste.
     
  7. CJB100
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    There are two solutions to this dilemma:

    First, get a Y-cable mentioned above, AND a USB hub. Put the hub out the bottom port, and connect the hard drive as instructed in the guide. This will allow you those ports and it does usually properly power the hard drive.

    Otherwise, just hook up the hard drive, and use the ports on the front.

    You can't store Wii U games on anything you use for vWii, anyways, so I'd take your existing thumb drive and use it for Wii U stuff, and buy a hard drive or second thumb drive for vWii. I just recommend a hard drive because it seems to be a lot less prone to issues.
     
  8. 7Robins

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    Interesting, thanks for the help. I'll wait to get the HDD sometime. Right now I just plan to follow your guide up until you get to the USB Loader GX part, and then skip that up to the VBA GX part, since that's the other thing I'm interested in, GBA emulation.

    Does the HDD for vWii have to be connected while I'm just using the console in Wii U mode? Because if its not required, couldn't I just switch out the flash drive and the HDD depending on whatever I plan on using?
     
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  9. CJB100
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    No, it does not have to be connected. I'm just lazy. Why move it if you can leave it plugged in forever? :D
     
  10. 7Robins

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    Mostly because I'm constantly having to move my console, which is why I'm reluctant to get a HDD. :D
    I also plan to put my console in a final place on my desk once I build my own custom gaming rig in a year or so, so it would be easy to remove and change stuff.
     
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  13. HAFEDHBY

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    Hello
    To hack wii U I need to have the super smash bross game or no ?
     
  14. misterdarvus

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    read the first page, to hack you need one of those games, Smash Brawl, Lego Batman, etc. Other than that, you can't
     
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  15. Cyan

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    Attention, this thread is not used to "hack the WiiU" but to hack the "Wii part of the WiiU".
    This is for the "virtual Wii" mode (vWii) and not the WiiU mode. there are other threads for WiiU mode and you don't need Smash bros U.
    for vWii mode, you need one of the games listed on the first post.
     
  16. 7Robins

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    SSBB is probably the easiest to use, not to mention the fact that most people will have that game considering its popularity.

    I plan on using my friends copy of LEGO Star Wars.

    Which I was going to ask, we can share game copies and the same SD card to install HBC without issue, right?
     
  17. CJB100
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    Should be able to install HBC, no problem. But obviously other homebrews will probably need to be stored on the SD. So whoever winds up with the SD is going o be the one with easier access to their homebrew apps.
     
  18. 7Robins

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    Well, I actually just created that SD specifically for installing HBC, I plan on getting a higher capacity for actually storing the homebrew.

    Also, a 2GB non-HC microSD in an SD adapter should work no problem right?
     
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    Should.
     
  20. HAFEDHBY

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    OK, thanks
     
  21. ZoNtendo

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    so I can't hack my vWii if I don't have the game to install the homebrew launcher ?
    :/
     
  22. 7Robins

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    Yeah, one of the games are required. They're really cheap online, Brawl is going for well under $20, and LEGO Star Wars, the game I'm using, is going for $6. If you only care about installing HBC, get LEGO Star Wars, or look around for an even cheaper price for one of the games.
     
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