Okay, my situation isn't as dire as the numerous question marks and exclamation points imply, but that is a question whose answer I'd like. About a year and a half ago was when I got my Wii, and I immediately was interested in running homebrew, emulators, backup launchers and what not. I followed this guide to get Gamma and the Homebrew Channel on there, and I've pretty much done nothing to modify it since then. I kept a casual eye on the homebrew scene and a few months ago I got curious about ripping some of my games onto a USB hard drive, but never quite got around to messing around with it. Then, just a few weeks ago I bought SMG2 and tonight I tried playing it (just regularly through the disc channel) and got a black screen. (Trying to launch it through the Gamma loader yielded "Error #2".) So anyway, I figure it's high time I took the steps to get my Wii up-to-date with all the latest homebrewery goodness so that I can do some of the neat new things I've been reading about and get my game working. I've read some of the stickies and other threads to try and familiarize myself with IOS's, cIOS's and WAD's and I'm pretty sure I get the gist of what they are. But I'm still a little hazy on what I've done so far and what I'll have to do to get everything working as I'd like. My questions are: What exactly did I do under the hood when I followed that guide? (Specifically, what IOS's/cIOS's got installed, and what other things got modified? You can spare me the details up through the Twilight Hack itself; I know what a buffer overflow exploit is.) I'm still running firmware version 3.2U. I understand that updating the firmware from Nintendo generally breaks things, but most of the up-to-date guides I see apply to version 4.2. Do I need to update the firmware? If so, why, and how can I do so safely? I get the impression that SMG2 doesn't work because I don't have the required IOS installed, and I'm guessing that that IOS won't install by conventional means (if by any means) on this firmware version. Have I guessed correctly, or is there a different explanation? Is it possible to run GC backups from a USB drive yet? If not, is progress being made on that front? What are the 'main' USB backup loaders? (IE, what ones are feature-full/actively developed?) Thanks in advance if you good fellows can assist me on my quest away from ignorance.