Monday, August 27, 2012

project: wii mod - Complete!

well that was a piece of cake! wii now modded and the gf is happily playing kirby and super mario.

i really have to thank the completesoftmodguide and twig for their great tutorials.
i've only extracted the parts i used but i have the feeling most people will be doing the same. I also worded it in a way i would understand if i was to do it again lol.


  • Freakin' wii
  • SD card - 1gb or more i'd say
  • Internet connection
  • PC with a SD card reader

Step 1 - Prep work

To make things easier, i figured its best to download everything first so that you only need to plug the sd card into the wii once.
  • Find out the firmware of your wii. In my case i had 4.3E, you can find this in the settings menu
  • Get the MAC address of your wii, in the network settings menu of your wii
  • Go to the  Hackmii website
  • Select your firmware, enter your MAC address and tick "Bundle my software"
  • Type in the stupid captcha word and cut a wire.. they both do the same shit so it doesnt matter what colour it is. 
  • It should download a file
  • Extract the contents to the root of your SD card

Thats the homebrew/letterbomb stuff done. Next you need to a patched IOS that allows you to install game backup managers etc.
  • Download the IOS236 installer here
  • On the SD card, create a folder called apps
  • Extract the file contents into there, the structure should be <your damn SD card>\apps\IOS236

IOS236 installer done, only 3 things left to download ... what a pain in the ass aye! now we need to download cIOS which is custom software to run 'backup games' ;)
  • download cios installer here. get the latest stable version
  • extract the contents into the apps folder on your SD card, structure should be  <your damn SD card>\apps\d2x-cios-installer
  • now download the latest cios version here. I went with v8 final
  • extract the contents into your cios installer folder on the SD card, structure should be  <your damn SD card>\apps\d2x-cios-installer\d2x-v8-final
Finally, you need to download USB Loader GX. this is the software required to run 'backup games' ;)
  • download the easy installer here
  • open the install file and extract contents to your sd card
Thats all the prep work done. moving into the next step!

Step 2 - Installing homebrew channel

With all the prep work done, we can start the fun stuff .... yeh right :\ 
  • Plug in the SD card into your wii
  • Go to the message board and find a red letter, select that shit
  • Wait for it to load and press 1 when you see the message at the bottom
  • You will see a menu with some important info about your Wii, basically if you see "can be installed" next to bootmii it means you are lucky enough to be able to protect your wii from becoming a brick. for the rest of us... we just have to run the risk, its a freakin' wii tho so who cares if it becomes a paperweight lol
  • Select install Homebrew Channel
  • Once complete, select Bootmii
  • Go to prepare a SD card
  • Then select install as Boot2 (if you were lucky to have "can be installed" earlier) or install as IOS for the rest of us
  • Go back to the main menu and exit, the wii will reboot and thats it for step 2

Step 3 - Install IOS236

With the homebrew channel installed we can now start to install the shit needed to be able to play "backup games" heheh
  • Start the homebrew channel on your wii
  • Select IOS236 installer
  • Press 1 to continue
  • Select Download IOS (make sure you've got wifi set up)
  • Select ... do not want to play pirate games. *wink wink* :D

Step 4 - Install cIOS software

Finally you install the custom software
  • Back into the homebrew channel
  • Select cIOS D2X installer, press A to continue
  • Change IOS base to 56
  • Change slot to 249
  • Press home button to queue up the install
  • Change IOS base to 57
  • Change slot to 250
  • Press home button again to queue up the install, look I really have no idea wtf this shit means... just do it lol
  • Press A to continue, press A again to install
  • Once complete, you will see a summary screen with the new installs shown in green.
  • Press A to continue then B to exit

You should be able to run USB loader GX on your wii via the homebrew channel!!

Theres a few ways to store/load backup games. I went with installing WFBS manager onto my PC and storing games on a spare USB HDD i had lying around. Its quite simple, you plug the shit into your PC, open WFBS manager, load the drive, select format then start dragging dropping your *.iso or *.rar files. Once added to the drive, plug it back into the wii and load it up via USB loader GX and off you go!

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