USB Loader GX

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  1. geoGolem

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    @blackb0x --> thanks for the reply. Sorry to hear about your back! I hope you recover well and quickly.

    yes, the only changes I intended to merge would be the actual code changes related to the cache feature, not the configuration changes - i just had a really hard time getting it to build and so made those changes in order that I could build etc. Perhaps we could update the readme on your repo to include specific details and instructions to download and setup the appropriate version of devkitpro.I will continue to look into this, to figure out how to get my environment set-up properly.

    if you do merge changes -- i'm not too concerned about getting credit for anything.

    The feature seems to be working for me --> it definitely improves performace when using an emunand with say 700 titles installed. It goes from 1 or 2 minutes to a few seconds. The only time someone might run into an issue is if they were using showmiiwads or something to add/remove titles from the emunand. usbloaderGX would not reload them (would just use the stale cache). But I would consider that a user error.. If you were to edit your Nand with ShowMiiWads, you should also delete the cache.bin file.. which would then trigger a reload.

    I will look again into seeing getting my build environment setup without the need for any extraneous configuration changes and if I do - i will write a README that we can keep up to date going forward.
     
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  2. JacobM

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    Nice! Crossing my fingers that you figure this out!
    I am not familiar with the console-gx module other than seeing it demo'd in the past. Can it be patched to an ISO and run through USB Loader GX. If that doesn't work, then there is potential that d2x cIOS is not compatible. You can also try booting from disc through USBLoaderGX with a configurable IOS and brainslug
     
  3. geoGolem

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    I havent made any progress since my last post. Are you suggesting that it is possible that d2x cIOS is not compatible with the console-gx module but may be with others... (i.e. the gamecube adapter module). i havent tried with any other modules, other than console-gx

    I dont have much experience with wii development so, i doubt i will get any further on my own. I will try some other modules later.
     
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  4. almmiron

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    Is it possible to run usbloaderGX wii games WITHOUT a disk drive? My wii drive caused issues, completely dead, making noise, and power on the wii out of the blue. I took it off, the wii turns on normally. I tried some games, and none boot.

    Black screen for a while, then

    "an error has occurred.
    Press the Eject button, remove the
    Game Disc and turn off the power to the
    console. Please read the Wii Operations
    Manual for further instructions''
     
  5. JacobM

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    Not quite. As you know, the current release of wilm0x42's GCA adapter project developed as a cheat for loader injecting which turned out to be incompatible with d2x cIOS. I believe the theory was that custom IOS reroute disc data to USB was conflicting with the USB adapter for control input. The point I am trying to get across is that stuff that works on vanilla IOS may not necessarily work on cIOS due to the custom rerouting code. Brainslug always relies on vanilla IOS and has never (publicly) been tested on any cIOS. a vanilla IOS can be forced in USBLoaderGX when loading a disc based game from the UI.
     
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    I see - thanks for the info.. very interesting.
     
  7. JacobM

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    Eh. I wouldn't say a lost cause without some IOS testing. It's clearly possible since wilm0x42 seems to have gotten his version working internally (https://github.com/wilm0x42/wii-gc-adapter-inject/projects/1). Honestly, I feel like modifying his d2x compatible source once it is released to make it compatible with other games will be the easiest and most predictable way to get GCA adapter support in the future. Only time will tell.
     
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    Did somebody manage to get Nintendont autoboot to work with each different selected gc game instead of only 1 fixed the whole time? It always autoboot to kirby, doesn't matter if i choose a different gc game in usb loader gx.
     
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    You should choose autoboot in USB Loader gx, not on Nintendont's options.
     
  10. almmiron

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    @Cyan

    To use Usbloader emunand options set to neek (when emunand set to full dont work)

    Only should work if I have installed neek/uneek on my wii?
     
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    neek doesn't install itself on the wii.
    it's just a different way to run the Wii, by redirecting the entire NAND access. (that's a real "full" mode)

    the Neek files are "installed" (just copied with your explorer, like any homebrew you "install" on SD card) by copying the needed files into the sd and/or usb sneek folder.
    Then the Neek kernel file is loaded in memory by the dedicated app (nswitch, boot2, usbloadergx, etc.) and the console is forced rebooted. the wii then use that new patched kernel instead of the original one.
     
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    you don't need to use neek to use emunand. as @Cyan mentioned, it's full emunand. only a few games require it. on my wii u, I have it set for castlevania adventure rebirth (known not to work with normal emunand) and valis 2 (doesn't even get to title screen on emunand). both work flawlessly with neek2o. since it's full nand, you have to reset the system or it resets itself on the wii u. I think you use some sort of forwarder or app to reset on the normal wii. it's done automatically on the wii u since the wii is like separate.
     
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    the word "full" is misleading.

    What you need to understand is that all games don't access files directly on NAND, they ask the currently loaded IOS's module to provide a file, and the IOS look for it then "stream" it to the game.

    EmuNAND partial : the console runs on sysNAND's IOS, and the IOS redirects SOME intercepted NAND's path requested by the game (mainly the title/ folder, for savegames only) to emuNAND's folder on SD or USB.

    EmuNAND Full : same, the console runs on sysNAND's IOS, and the IOS redirects almost ALL intercepted NAND's path requested by the game (savegame, but also settings, wiimote sync, console ID, and mii, and sysmenu's message board, etc.) to emuNAND's folder on SD or USB.
    Almost, because some path seems to not be correctly intercepted, and the game access them differently, not from IOS's calls? or maybe using relative path and not requesting full detectable path?

    In both partial and full the console runs on sysNAND!!!
    You need a cIOS installed on your sysNAND with added functionalities to rewrite on the fly, at runtime, NAND paths to a different path.
    emuNAND custom module in the currently loaded IOS is actually rewriting the requested NAND path that the IOS has to serve to the game.
    the game requests : Nand/titles/folder1/folder2/file
    the cIOS module rewrites the path before the file is accessed and replaces "Nand/" by your own "emuNandPath/" set in your loader's settings.
    the IOS mounts : emuNANDPath/titles/folder1/folder2/file and tell the game "here is the file you requested".

    EmuNAND Neek : This one is a real FULL redirection of the ENTIRE system. working more similarly to 3DS or Switch's redirected NAND (the entire partition, a full copy of the NAND, except it's file system based instead of a 1:1 sector based NAND's image).
    the console reboots and everything is read from emuNAND's folder : IOS and all file systems and all folders and files and data.
    In this mode, the entire console being already redirected, you don't need to install any cIOS, as everything is already redirected.
    the IOS doesn't even know it's not located on the console, and you can run games which doesn't work with cIOS that way.

    In neek mode the game requests : Nand/titles/folder1/folder2/file
    And the IOS mounts and serves : Nand/titles/folder1/folder2/file
    both the IOS and the game are unaware that "Nand/" is actually not located on NAND.
     
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    iirc, all of my saved games are directed to emunand. I fixed a couple saves for someone on here by changing the region. the only way I could test them was by disabling emunand for those two games. I had to have some way to access the saves to check them in hex.
     
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    Hi all! I want to update you guys that I've found a way to fix a slow loading of games via USB hd.
    Using the modmii guide, I follow the instructions and formatted my usb hd as fat32.
    After tons of troubleshooting, I finally found out that formatting it as wbsf fixed my slow loading issue.
    Hope it helps others.

    keywords:
    usb loader gx is slow to load games, slow loading usb, how to load games faster
     
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  16. DeadOneWalking

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    So I have an annoying issue with USB Loader GX.

    I'll go through the process of renaming some titles, for cleanliness, and the loader just forgets them randomly.

    For example , I rename "Conduit 2" to "The Conduit 2" to have it listed next to The Conduit.

    I won't add or remove anything, but I'll notice the titles get shifted around, and a quick search will show the titles have there original names back.

    At the same time, some keep the updated titles.

    Any idea how I can fix this without altering the disk image?
     
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    I think there's a option on gxfeatures, use gametbd titles, that you can edit in a text editor to match the name your want. in "paths" you can see were is it.
     
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    The issue with formatting in wbfs is that this format is very, very unstable. You have to add every game you want in one swoop or it has a very, very high chance of corrupting other games already installed. I didnt had any issues using fat32.
     
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    Like @almmiron said, download the gametbd titles wiitbd.txt at https://www.gametdb.com/Wii/downloads and rename it to titles.txt, but then create a custom-titles.txt file with the game names you want to change. The custom-titles.txt will override how it is named in titles.txt when the loader reads it and organizes the games in the cover flow.

    The reason you do not want to rename it in titles.txt, even though you can, is that the next time you update the titles.txt file to the latest version you'll lose the changes you'd made.

    Attached is an example of my .txt tile files versions on how I do it so you can get the idea. It's an old version. My new version has all the "the", "a" and "an" removed and the games like Zelda are all grouped together and start with "Zelda - xxxxxx" and the the game name.

    EDIT 1: In the custom-titles.txt file this is what I would have in there to solve your issue:
    RCJE8P = The Conduit 1
    RCJP8P = The Conduit 1
    SC2E8P = The Conduit 2
    SC2P8P = The Conduit 2

    Edit 2: Not sure if you'll need to tell USB Loader GX to use the titles.txt or not, haven't used it in a while. I mostly stick with the last CFG USB Loader made v7beta51t3. I like the cover flow of CFG.
     

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    I can confirm that creating and using a "titles.txt" file does not work.
     
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