wanted: usb loader + refuse usb to sleep

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by Legah, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Legah

    Legah Advanced Member

    May 5, 2007
    I'm one of those who got the USB Loader working fine and it still is but I'm having problems with some games. When for example starting a new game in Super Mario Galaxy you have to watch all the movies etc and it seems that the Wii loads everything it needs and doesn't need access to disc in a while, this makes the usb-drive go to sleep mode and when the Wii wants to load again it locks up the entire wii. Only solution now is to unplug powercord and start again.
    And my drive is listed as a 'working' drive (Freecom 400GB (the hd inside is a Samsung)) but I can't find any tools or anything to prevent the drives sleep mode.
    So is there any way of perhaps sending a command to drive in usb loader before launching a game to prevent it from power save or what can we do?
    I'm guessing this is a common problem for many other drives too, so a solution would help a lot of people start using this oh so great usb loader.
  2. knuttan

    knuttan Newbie

    Apr 3, 2009
    I seem to be having the same problems with my Western Digital 1TB Essential, which is also listed as working in the compatibility wiki. Tried to turn off the sleep mode, but it is not possible with this drive as it's a feature built into the hardware of the enclosure.

    A solution to this would be very welcome [​IMG]
  3. magic12

    magic12 GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    I hope Waninkoko can fix this in new version
  4. kedest

    kedest GBAtemp Psycho!

    Feb 6, 2007
    This problem is still keeping me from buying an external HDD. It's very difficult to find out what exactly the sleepmode functions are of the various HDD's available. Most specifications never mention it, they only tell stuff like speed, rpm.
  5. Legah

    Legah Advanced Member

    May 5, 2007
    I'm not sure how this works but I'm guessing these might be possible solutions:

    1. Send command to drive before starting game that tells the drive to never stop
    2. Have some command that runs in the background that touches a file every x minutes

    Possible problems with the above:

    1. Not sure if there's a general command that could be given to all drives to do this or not (i'm no hw coder)
    2. Is it possible to have a small loader running in memory that does this? Just touch a single 1byte file every x minutes should be enough to keep the drive from spinning down.

    does anyone know if there's even a remote possibility to do any of the above suggestions?