Wii Boss

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    Wii Boss

    New Wii modchip








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    The new Wii modchip going under the name of 'Wii Boss' is now ready for release. The official release date is "Friday 3rd of August 2007". This is another quick-solder Wii chip solution with an external programmer and is open source, meaning you can flash any code to it via RS-232 (serial port). Read below for more information.[title:Wii Boss feature list]Wii-BOSS! The world first fully upgradeable internal modchip for the Nintendo Wii.

    “Almost all other conventional and homebrew modchips consist of two parts where the code is held, of which only the smaller EEPROM section of the chip can be changed easily. This EEPROM part of the code is very useful for small pre defined simple on or off selectable 1’s and 0’s and possibly a very small “additional feature” section. For example: Speed setting your chip or enabling multi-zone. However, if you want to update the entire chip, you need to physically remove the chip from the Wii, put it on a programmer, reprogram it, and then reinstall the chip into the Wii. This is not something you want to be doing constantly keep up with new optimized modchip codes for the Nintendo Wii.”



    • The Wii-Boss is designed as a ‘quick solder’ chip with an external ribbon cable that can be left inside the machine, taped down on the back of the Wii, or even hidden inside the memory card bay. This chip can be fully programmed inside the machine with any code that supports the 12f629 PIC Microchip.



    • The Wii-Boss is also designed to allow external booting off the ribbon cable, therefore protecting the user against ever having to pull the Wii apart ever again if their requirements for a particular style of modchip change. External adapters to make competitor modchips and PC applications like DVD-Tool boot externally have already been designed and will be produced soon after the initial release of the premier product for a very minimal charge. These will likely be included in future kits at no extra charge.



    • The Wii-boss even comes packaged with its own RS-232 port external programmer. Software for the programmer is open source and therefore also provided free. The programmer is based on an open source project and therefore could be ‘modded’, theoretically, to be used as a standard RS-232 PIC programmer.



    • R.R.P. for the entire packed is USD$25 including the Wii-SP JDM programmer. The cost will obviously much cheaper in bulk quantities. Wholesale quantities start from just 2 kits.



    At the time of writing the wii-boss supported the following codes (in no particular order):



    Wii-Free - last stable release ver2.45


    YOASM - last stable release ver1.7


    Winja – last stable release ver2.0 (deluxe currently not available)


    Open-Wii - last stable release ver1.3


    Wii-skas - last stable release unknown


    MaxBoot - last stable release ver1.0 (redirection code for external booting)



    Supported software for the programmer:


    IC Prog ver 1.05e

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    Thanks to Da Foxx for the news.


     


  2. Scorpei

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    What's with those stupid names ? [​IMG]
     
  4. KorteX

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    Puff serial port... i prefer USB port.
     
  5. hankchill

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    What's the point of releasing these? Are they compatible with the Wii with cut legs? Or the D2C chipset? If not, then these guys are too late in the game and can only cater to the 1st gen releases, which are all sold out.
     
  6. WeaponXxX

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    Well I am still a potential customer....first gen Wii .... waiting to see how the modchip game pans out....so in conclusion...I welcome any new modchip to the market
     
  7. coolbho3000

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    It's the boss of all Wii modchips. I think it's a very nice name. [​IMG]
     
  8. Ryuujin2

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    hmm, another modchip, I wonder if this will be any good..
    can't believe nonone have mentioned that it looks like a chainsaw.
     
  9. Reduxed

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    hopefully is good, im getting a wii this august and i need to know what to do
     
  10. kedest

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    This one looks very interesting. I like the open-source thing. You can put different software on the chip.
     
  11. adgloride

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    I got the Xecuter IR last week and it came with serial programmer. I've had to send for the USB programmer as the serial one is impossible to use. I'd avoid anything that uses a serial programmer like the plague now.
     
  12. ZeWarrior

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    I thought the same thing, Was waiting for someone else to point that out though.
     
  13. virulous

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    Late? yea.
    Too late? Not nearly. With almost 4 million units sold in the US, you may want to look outside of the small GBATEMP community that rushes out when with first gen modchips are released. I'm in no way advocating this product as a "next gen" modchip, but there will be a niche of ignorant people who will buy the newest release. So, cheap to produce (already developed) and a market to sell = $$ in the wallet.
     
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    I got my own chip coming out soon. Its called WiiTheBest... LISTEN!
     
  15. hankchill

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    If you're getting a Wii this August, you're still SOL in getting a Modchip put in it -- Unless you manage to score a 1st gen system.

    If not, then right now, no mod for you [​IMG]
     
  16. Mike83

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    Where I'm from, Boss just means good.
     
  17. kedest

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    What is difficult about using a serial programmer?
    I'm new to this and the wii-boss looks interesting to me. Isn't it simply connecting the programmer to the COM port of the PC and then send the data?
     
  18. cory1492

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    USB -> serial dongles aren't all that expensive.

    kedest: like parallel ports not all are made equal; what works on one machine (usually the developers) sometimes refuses to work on another(usually the customers, hence the problem). USB can be like this sometimes too, but it happens much less often. I still have yet to get ICProg to work on this particular PC, though I haven't tried any dongles as of yet.
     
  19. Alastair

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    Why is this coming out on the "3rd of August" as opposed to the 3rd of August?
    What're those inverted commas for? [​IMG]
    Is that relaying dis-trust in the validity of the supposed release date?

    I don't know if you're joking or not - wherever in the U.K. you're from, but you just reminded me that it actually can be used synonymously where I'm from e.g. "That's boss, mate!".
     
  20. Retal

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    No, it doesn't.