What's the general consensus on the Wii Boss?

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Aug 30, 2007
  1. lanleague
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    Seems like a great deal. It's cheap and includes everything you need to program it and update it.
     
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    it seems totally nice indeed (just seems like a Wiifree with an included easyconnect kit and a jdm programmer).

    I just hope it comes to Europe so I can order it and install it in my wii.

    And throw Wiikey to hell... shit... UPDATE anyone? Like hello? Audiofix today?
     
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    i think dealextreme ships to Europe but not entirely sure?

    only 9 bucks,shipped too...heh
     
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    yep free shipping worldwide with deal extreme although it takes about 2 weeks to get to you [​IMG]
     
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    So the WiiBoss from Dealextreme.com is the chip to get?
     
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    Why not? Program it with YAOSM!

    It's a good deal when you figure you get the chip on a PCB, a PIC programmer, and a tri-wing screwdriver. It's pretty much all you need assuming your computer has a serial port to do the programming. For $9 it's a really nice deal.
     
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    check out the front page at wii-boss.com
    says to avoid dealextreme.com like "the pokies"

    ?
     
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    DealExtreme is an awesome site. Ordered from there 7 times now and not a single problem.
     
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    wii-boss.com has updated their statement..
    says dealextreme is selling "stolen seconds" which should still work with minor cosmetic damage if qnything

    if i ever get another chip im going to go wih this one i think...the only downside is that most new computers don't have a serial port and i've heard you cant se a usb to serial cable?
     
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    I've pretty much finished my review of the Wii-Boss but am waiting to talk to John (from the Wii-Boss team) about it one more time. I've personally had am operational problem with the Wii-Boss so hence why I am late with releasing the review and want to talk to John before releasing it in the wild.

    @gonzo: Any PIC programmer should work but you would have to mod it to fit the flatcable.
     
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    So I wanted a new Wii and then saw this Wii Boss chip. Next thing I did was contact a UK mod site that I have previously bought an xbox with x3 + lcd + 120G HD and never had a problem with it. I figured they would be happy to mod one of their stock wiis if I sent them a wii boss chip.
    This is how it went: (can't post my first message as I used the contact form on their site)

    Hi Tommy,

    I haven't heard of that chip. We use the WiiKey. We charge £65 for the chip
    and installation making a new console £244.99.

    Best regards,
    Russell Kane
    Kanection Online
    www.kanection.co.uk


    So I think to myself hmn, £65? F*** that. So I go for the next tactic, will he be impressed if I give him info on the Wii Boss?

    Ah I see, this is a new chip I think. The only site in UK/EUR that I
    have seen that ships it is
    http://www.gamefreax.com/lshop,showrub,621...odchips,,,,.htm
    (thought you may be interested) I also read the chip retails at $9.99
    lol which is pretty sweet.
    Home page: http://wii-boss.com/features.php

    I will get back to you about the wiikey thou I think I will most
    likely hold out for a retailer that uses the Wii Boss.

    Thanks again for your time,

    Tommy.



    So I think maybe that will make him see sense about the Wii Boss, then I get this today:

    Hi Tommy,

    That chip is inferior to the WiiKey. All the Wiiboss chip is a pic chip with
    a cable that runs out to allow you to reflash the chip. The chip is the
    basic 12F629. I can provide you with the same pic chip for 70p.

    Basically you would have to program the chip yourself with one of the free
    codes. The free codes work fine but do have one major problem that they
    don't play import games. That would mean having to patch each import game
    you wanted to play. The Wiikey plays imports perfectly and do the patching
    on the fly.


    Best regards,
    Russell Kane
    Kanection Online
    www.kanection.co.uk




    So now I'm stumped, is it really inferior to the wiikey or does this guy see that his profits are gonna drop dramatically should people start going with wii boss?
     
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    ah thanks scorpei i will have to look into that.


    @thug4lif3..well what he's saying is true, being that you can get a generic one of those chips for very very cheap as well as a programmer..the wii-boss just sort of put it alll together in a convenient package for you..i think inferiority is debatable
     
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    Thats what I thought, I wondered about the inferiority claim too, but what about the playing imports part? I don't consider patching a big deal with isos, having done it on psx,ps2,xbox and now 360.
     
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    AFAIK the open source / free solutions do a proper enough job on region patching (no anti-bricking/updating though but no chip has that functionality currently).
     
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    so is this a descent buy?
     
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    If you don't want to build your own programmer, yes. If you can build your own programmer, that's cheaper (and more fun!)
     
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    are you sure its cheaper??? cause at dealextreme it's only 9 bucks

    for the parts, its probably more expensive to build and for 9 bucks why even bother with the hassle of soldering all those parts?
     
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    If you can buy each part individually (not in a pack of 5 or something) the socket is about .25, each resistor about .12 (3 for a total of .36), usb cable about $1 or nothing if you have one lying around, mosfet about $1.50, and a board to put them all on is about .25-.50. That works out to be less than $4 plus tax depending on where you are. I'm assuming that if you're installing your own modchip you already have solder, wire, and soldering iron. So yes, it's cheaper. It's up to you to decide if it's worth the hassle. [​IMG]
     

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