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Impending Firmware Update on the Horizon? And what to do if there is...

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by , 05-02-2010 at 11:12 PM (2538 Views)
Let me start this article by saying this comes more as a personal warning to a community I am quite fond of, and none of this is taken from any official announcement. This is an article based on my personal experience and conjecture, and nothing more.

The History

As of this writing it has been just over 7 months since the release of the firmware 4.2 update. In this update many anti-homebrew measures were taken. Amongst them: an update for the boot2 sector of the drive which incidentally left many modified and unmodified consoles bricked, an until-recently irreparable 003 brick for our friends with region-changed Korean consoles, useless stub IOS in place of all the spots we use to run Waninkoko's/Hermes' cIOS and Bootmii/IOS, region-free gaming for consoles with modchips, and others.

We've seen new anti-pirating measures implemented into individual games cause a near uproar within the community. One such game was New Super Mario Bros. Wii. NSMB implemented a new BCA check which, when run with an unpatched backup (or an unpatched cIOS) caused the game to freeze at random intervals.

In the past we've also seen progressive steps towards blocking homebrew. With 3.4 came a significant attempt at blocking the original version of the Twilight Hack, and 4.0 (3.5 for Korean users) saw its complete demise.

Since its release in 2006, the Wii console has never gone longer than 4 months without a firmware update. As mentioned above, it has now been just over 7 months since 4.2 was released.

It's not a huge leap then to assume that the Wii console's next big firmware update is on the horizon, and with it will probably come new anti-homebrew measures. Suggestions have ranged from another boot2 update to disabling the SD/USB ports outright (a ridiculous notion). One interesting find was by bushing at, from which some have insinuated we could see anti-pirate checks implemented into game discs (similar to Rugby League 3, but more thorough).

The Point

Don't Update!

We have two big releases coming up this month: The Black Wii Console is being released to the US on May 9th, and SMG2 is coming out on the 23rd (which will probably be host to another set of issues we'll have to deal with). While it's possible, and some would suggest likely, we may see a firmware update which coincides with these releases, nothing has been officially announced.

When the time does come I'm sure we'll have some sort of warning or another around the site, but until then my point here is to keep the community aware that another update may be around the corner, and to be ready for it.

Here are a couple options you can choose to prevent your console from accidentally updating:

- Install Priiloader and block online updates.
This is a step we encourage all of the people following our softmod guides to do, and thanks to our own dogeggs every 3.2 and 4.x console now has the potential to accomplish this. There's very little (see: nearly 0%) risk to the system when the instructions are followed correctly, and Priiloader is practically invisible on your system under normal use.

Here are the threads we offer with information on Priiloader:
Add Priiloader to 4.1U or 4.1E or 4.2U or 4.2E
Block Online updates for 3.2 / 4.1 / 4.0
Easy way to access Priiloader
Everything You Need To Know About Preloader
Install latest Priiloader 0.3b R48 (0.4 rev78)

- Turn off Wiiconnect24.
Only a couple channels use this feature, along with the multiplayer/online elements of certain games. It has also been known to overheat many consoles, causing failed graphic chips. Turn it off when you're not using it: No harm, no foul.

These are only a couple options you can choose, another off the top of my head is utilizing an app called Startpatch (for blocking online updates on 4.2 only) or disabling your router's access to the URL's accessed by the console for updates (a more extreme measure).

The point is: Keep your consoles safe, healthy, and functioning! And that's all I've got to say about that.

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Updated 05-02-2010 at 11:15 PM by Ithian

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  1. rockitman1960's Avatar
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    As long as we can still play new games w/o any changes to our wiis from the disc we cant complain.There are 1000s of games out there for everyone.If the big "N" drops the bomb like Xbox did to live we should be thankful we got this far.You could buy another wii with the money you saved on the 100+ games on your ext hd or backup discs.
    Thanks to the top guns here for all the help.
  2. Dirtdobba's Avatar
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    I've done a lot of jailbreaking the iphone OS, and from that I learned that there are pros and cons to hacking any system... in terms of the future of any hacked device, circumventing security with software generally leave the device in a sort-of 'limbo' state, not able to move forward with firmware revisions until someone else has done the hard work for me.
    As soon as I heard about smg 2 and other M, I knew they were two must-haves for me, but i also knew automatically that running them from backup was gonna probably (but maybe not; one can hope, right?) be problematic. I'm glad someone has addressed these issues here. I thought about doing it myself, but I rarely have the patience for a long write-up. Thanks, Ithian!
  3. ShadowSonic2's Avatar
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    I've been thinking about 4.3 months now. Ithian just re-lit my thoughts and I'm beginning to think of what 4.3 will bring. Time to blog/tweet my ideas.
  4. Johnny2good's Avatar
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    Nice read Ithian a reality check now and again is good
  5. Unnamedguy's Avatar
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    I'm sorry I'm a noob at this but what do you mean by accidentally updating? It's possible that the wii could download and update itself while it's not turned on?
  6. Ithian's Avatar
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    In other words using Priiloader can prevent your console from even asking for an update, either from disc or when connected to the internet. Otherwise the console will always notify you if an update is about to take place with a popup window. I'd suggest reading the threads above to learn about Priiloader, particularly the 'everything you need to know' thread.
  7. ultraspank's Avatar
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    what is the url to update, so the people that know how can block it also that way,