Upgrade or not? before doing the softmod

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  1. cylon
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    cylon Newbie

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    Hi,

    I recently modded my V4.2E Wii using the CompleteSoftMod guide. The instructions were very clear and the process could not have been easier. I have since backed up my collection of over 30 games onto USB using WiiFlow's Install Game feature, and without exception everything works!

    Because of the better functionality I have due to the softmod and apps I would now like to mod my second Wii. This Wii is older and is still V3.4E. Is there anything to be gained by upgrading this unit to V4.2E before doing the softmod or should I leave this unit at V3.4E? I understand that the earlier version may give me better brick protection by allowing BootMii to be installed into boot2, but do I loose anything by not going to V4.2E?

    I have had a good look around looking for advice on this topic but haven't seen any suggestions. Any advice is appreciated.

    Cheers,
    cylon
     
  2. kingofsnake

    kingofsnake Advanced Member

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    4.2 does not break the ability to install bootmii as boot2.
    4.2 does have a few advantages over 3.4 in my opinion.
    SD card menu for wiiware etc. all the latest IOS's will also be installed for the newer games.
     
  3. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

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    I'd just update to 4.2 actually
    Steps are the same (well, almost) and you gain some advantages:
    • SD card menu
    • Update IOSs
    • Priiloader/Startpatch hacks available
    • Themes
    • ...
    [​IMG]
     
  4. atrophis

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    All the Wii's I have hacked, least mine, I have been upgrading first to ensure they are on the latest SM. If anything goes wrong with that, you can at least get the unit replaced on someone else dime.
     
  5. XFlak

    XFlak Wiitired but still kicking

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    I personally dont recommend updating via nintendo... although their update code is not as buggy as once thought... they still update your boot2 (this doesn't affect the ability to install bootmii as boot2, but it will temporarily uninstall it if it already exists)... but if your boot2 is updated to boot2v4 you wont be able to downgrade to SMs lower than 4.0.

    So you wouldn't be losing much if you upgrade via ninty, as 4.1 and 4.2 are the best SMs anyways (in my opinion) and they can be fully hacked anyways.

    So its up to you, it will probably be easiest for you to just update via ninty, but the offline method is faster (assuming you already have the wads) and it will leave your boot2 untouched
     
  6. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

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    You can perfectly downgrade a wii with boot2v4
    It's only the hardware change in LU64+ models combined with boot2v4 that causes bricks [​IMG]
     
  7. linuxares

    linuxares GBAtemp Psycho!

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    I recommend never to downgrade
     
  8. sweenish

    sweenish GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    i'd install hbc and cioses first, and update through dop-mii
     
  9. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    Why ? Is something wrong with downgrade ?
     
  10. atrophis

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    What do you gain from downgrading? Every time I see a thread that has the word "downgrade", it usually goes like this... "Don't use this if you have downgraded, it will brick your Wii".
     
  11. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    Really ? I don't think so because I had 3.4u and I downgraded it to 3.2u about a year and 1/2 months ago without a problem. Now, I just upgrade using dop mii for photo and stuff. I still do not have a problem either.
     
  12. cylon
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    cylon Newbie

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    Based on the concensus from what you all have said I think I will do the upgrade via Nintendo then follow the same procedure I used for my 1st Wii.

    Thanks for your advice guys, very much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    cylon
     
  13. ConJ

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    Exactly. What's the point in downgrading?
     
  14. TRushInfo

    TRushInfo Banned

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    didnt everyone say NOT to update thru ninty.......... I mean since the stickied guide has the update with it?
     
  15. ConJ

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    No they did not. Update via Ninty, the follow the stickied guide. You can't go wrong.
     
  16. leondmsmith

    leondmsmith GBAtemp Regular

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    best way is to update via the stickied guide! no problems that way, upgrading via nintendo can sometimes get rid of bootmii boot2!

    Also - post 200 - YAY!!!!
     
  17. TRushInfo

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    Oh, everyone except you...... hmmmmmm