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The Noob`s guide to getting help

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by , 03-11-2010 at 07:15 PM (8205 Views)
As I was surfing the forum the other night, it came to my attention that there are a lot of people who don`t know how to ask for help. In response to that I decided to write this little step by step tutorial for getting help fast. I will assume that you have read to rules and are aware of basic forum etiquette so I’ll get strait to the point. So you have a problem. Before to do anything , try the search button, you will be amazed at what you can find. If the search doesn’t provide you with the answers you are looking for then post your question. Here is how you do that.

1. Forum Sections

Although it may seem obvious to you I regularly see people posting things in the wrong part of the site, like asking questions in the blog area. The forum is divided into several different sections each pertaining to different categories of wii problems. If you are having issues with a hardmod (chip), post your thread in the modchip section. If you bricked your wii, post your thread in the brick section etc. And if you just have a noob question to ask then post it in the newbie discussion forum. Easy,right?

2. The thread title!! (Very important)

Your thread title is the first thing we see when navigating the forum and it should be titled appropriately. We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to modding and a properly title thread will allows us to determine if your problem is in our line of expertise. Your title should be short and relate to the issue you are having. Example “usbloadergx ios236 problem” or “Save extractor/save installer issue” or “How to get NSMB to play on sd?” We all know you are a noob and need help so no need to specify that just stick with your problem. It makes its a lot easier for those who can help you to find you.

3. Explaining your problem

Now that you have titled your thread properly it is time to explain your situation. BE SPECIFIC!! It’s difficult to know what is wrong with your wii if your explanation is under 10 words long. That doesn’t mean to write a short novel, but at least supply us with some basic information. Here is what should be included.
1. The issue you are having (be clear). When and how did it start. What were you trying to do when it happened? These are things that can clue us into what your problem is and how to fix it.
2. What firmware are you on and which guide did you use to softmod. A simple 4.x or 3.x will do. For chip users what model chip and version are you using.
3. What cios versions are you running. ex. Cios38rev17 or hermesv4 222/223
4. PLEASE TELL US IF YOU HAVE INSTALLED CIOSCORP! Cioscorp installs modified versions of liike 24 different ios's. Because of this the solution to your problem can and probably be will be different than someone else with the same problem. .

4. Be patient

You have asked you question and now it is time to wait, while you are doing that try the search button again. Who knows , you might learn something. Don’t sit there and wait and bump your thread every 15 mins. Someone will come along. If after 24 hours your thread still hasn’t been answered click the unread posts. Look for your thread, if it is 4-5 pages back than bump it cause we might have missed it.

5. Check out the links

If we post a link and tell that the answer you are looking for is there, click on it and read!! You might expect us to hold your hand and walk you through this but we have many other people to help. We will point you in the right direction but you will have to do your share of the work. Why should we waste time typing answers to questions that have already been answered and you can click the link and read it for yourself.

6. Ask questions

So you read all the information but there is still some things you don’t understand then ask your question. We like nothing more than helping someone understand what they are doing cause it saves a lot of time from answering questions in the brick section. One important thing to remember when asking questions is to post it within the same thread as the guide you are following. If we gave you a link to a thread (guide) and are have troubles following it then post your question in that thread. You will get a quicker response from people who are more familiar and experience with that particular aspect of wiihacking.

7. Share

We helped you, now its your turn to help someone else. Share what you have learned.

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Updated 03-19-2010 at 10:53 AM by Baboo77

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  1. nightstah's Avatar
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    Teal'C has been "helping out" on #2, but without exception the newbs haven't at least commented on or acknowledged his... helpful thread title modifications. Kinda hard when so many are oblivious; good point but so far falling on deaf ears.
  2. Baboo77's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah
    Teal'C has been "helping out" on #2, but without exception the newbs haven't at least commented on or acknowledged his... helpful thread title modifications. Kinda hard when so many are oblivious; good point but so far falling on deaf ears.
    I saw that, and he hasn`t been holding back either. It still amazes me that notbody ever questioned why their magically title changed over night.
  3. tr00dudu's Avatar
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    I like nothing more than helping someone understand what they are doing cause it saves a lot of time from answering questions in the brick section.
    i lol'd XD (its true tho ^^)
  4. oddgriffin's Avatar
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    Teal'c been doing a good job on that, but he is not the only one. Lol I have seen too many of these useless thread titles, in the short amount of time I have been here, to let it go when I can fix them.
  5. XFlak's Avatar
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    @baboo, I was wondering if I could copy and paste this guide onto gbatemp.net (giving u credit of course). If not, I will respect your wishes, but I think this little guide would prevent a lot of my headaches

    thx!
  6. Baboo77's Avatar
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    @xftak40 Be my guest!
  7. XFlak's Avatar
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    thanks man! btw, u have two #4's