Post-Modded Life v1 Homebrew Browser
by, 04-10-2010 at 09:08 PM (5311 Views)
So…you completed a mod of your Wii, whether softmod or a hardmod and have now made backup copies of your precious and expensive Wii game discs. While your valuable collection of original Wii game discs are safely locked away, you are enjoying playing the backups using DVD-R discs or a hard disk drive (HDD). Sated with pleasure, one now wonders what else can I do with my wonderful Wii?
This Blog will discuss aspects of life after the mod or what else can I do with my Wii?
Both hardmodded and softmodded Wiis can benefit from the installation of the Homebrew Channel (HBC) and a complementary application the Homebrew Browser. Softmodded Wiis already have installed the HBC and any hardmodded Wii can install HBC using hackmii from HERE
The Homebrew Browser nicely complements HBC; download and install the Homebrew Browser from HERE. The Homebrew Browser is an application that will run from the SD card or a FAT32-formatted partition on the external USB HDD used with the Wii. Using the Homebrew Browser allows you to directly download, install, and delete homebrew applications, games, emulators, and utilities using the Wii’s Internet connection.
Installing the Homebrew Browser: After you have downloaded the Homebrew Browser using the provided link, extract the Homebrew Browser zip file. Copy the Homebrew_Browser folder to the /apps folder on your SD card for the FAT32-formatted partition of the HDD. If your device does not yet have an apps folder, use your PC and create an apps directory on the Root Directory (SD:/apps/Name of Application/boot.dol, icon.png, meta.xml).
Loading Homebrew Browser: Go to HBC and select Homebrew Browser to run. When the Homebrew Browser starts, a black and white screen allowing you to follow the progress of Homebrew Browser loading is displayed. The Homebrew Browser will initialize the Wii’s network connection, mount the SD or USB HDD, download the list containing all the homebrew applications, and look for updates to Homebrew Browser and your installed applications among a lot of other steps.
Using Homebrew Browser: using the Homebrew Browser is reasonably self-evident. Navigation from the Homebrew Browser Interface is via the tabs at the top of the screen labeled Demos, Emulators, Games, Media, and Utilities. Pressing the Home button on the Wiimote will access options for the Homebrew Browser settings, reboot of the Wii, or return to HBC.
Simply select a category by pressing the A button or move from one category to another by pressing left or right on the Wiimote’s D-pad. After a category is selected, you will then see a list of homebrew applications. Apps that you have previously installed display a checkmark or tick icon. A “New” icon shows when the app is either new or has been updated. Apps that are on your download list show with a plus icon. The homebrew apps lists can be sorted by using the buttons on the right side of the Interface screen. Lists can be sorted by name, date, popularity, and popularity.
Scroll the homebrew list and select any app of interest. Click on the app of interest and additional information will be displayed. Of importance, for some, are the data about SDHC compatibility, file size, average user rating of the app, and supported Wii controllers.
Download: If interested, you can download the application by pressing the Download button. A progress bar shows the download and extraction progress. After the download is complete, the file will automatically be extracted. After all is done, the Download button will disappear and the Delete button becomes active.
The homebrew apps that are downloaded using the Homebrew Browser will be displayed and run from the HBC menu. Enjoy exploring and using the Homebrew Browser.