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    Update Remover like BrickBlocker for MAC??

    I was searching for some brickblocker to use in my MacBook Pro. Does this exist? I have a softmod Wii, can I just skip this step during burning and it'll be ok?? Thanks for your help

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    Short Answer --- NO. But read on for some suggestions...


    I've been searching for weeks for something similar. I live in a multiplatform household though, so things like this and MCE for the X360 keep the server running Vista. When I upgrade the machine (poor grad student right now) to be powerful enough, I'll probably make it a Linux server with a Windows installation in a Virtual Machine for those few Windows programs. Wii Brick Blocker is one of them. I suggest you look into something similar.

    You could also try WINE, though I don't know if a program like this will succeed. Additionally, WINE on Linux is almost always ahead of Wine for other platforms.

    If you have an Intel Mac, you could try a small native Windows install with Bootcamp.

    Sadly, a number of these solutions require a Windows license. However, they are actually kind of cheap on e-bay.

    I have a FAST upload speed. I may start seeding Wii ISOs that I download or rip myself and patch with Brick Blocker, though that would probably help on Linux and Mac users. And given the number of patching options available, uploading unpatched ISOs makes the most sense. The end-user can patch as appropriate for his/her setup.

    Hope that helps.

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    Just noticed the other part of your question.

    As for skipping the patching before burning, that really depends on a number of variables as I understand it.

    (Please, if I am wrong about any of this, please correct me. I need to know, and I do not want to spread misinformation.

    1. Your Wii firmware version. If you're running 4.0 with a softmod, there's a good chance that your system won't really need any updates at this point. Therefore, even if the system checks the game for an update, it will determine it doesn't need it, thus it won't run it and your wii will remain unbricked.....

    Unless, of course, given the nature of the update and the nature of your hack, the updater may notice a difference in the files (after all, yours is hacked) and try to update anyway, which could have an adverse effect.

    2. Even if you're running a lower system software version, you may have installed some patched IOS files that will let your game run without requiring (or potentially even checking for) the update.

    3. However, some games REQUIRE an update and patched IOS files are not yet available. And likely, like me, you don't know how to extract and patch them yourself. And if you could, the tools are likely not Mac friendly.

    If you are using a backup launcher that blocks system updates (or something like preloader to attain a similar result), then your system firmware will stay as it way, but the game REQUIRING THE UPDATE will fail to run.

    4. Do you have BootMii installed to your boot2? Did you make a backup of your NAND with it? Are you feeling froggy? Then try it out. If it bricks your system, tell us here and use BootMii and your NAND image to restore your Wii to the point BEFORE you hosed it.

    Ultimately, I'm being paranoid cautious right now. I'm brick blocking all my games, including rips to my external hard drive that I launch game images from.

    Actually, I'm about to walk my dog while this next disc burns. I'm going to go try it both ways, the same game, downloaded, one I brick blocked, the other I did not. Assuming my media is not unacceptable to the Wii, I'll let you know how it goes. ;-)

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    Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you with this. My projector bulb finally gave out and the replacement didn't work, so the wife and I disassembled and reassembled the projector twice, cleaning it of dust and stuff. Still nothing. Then a day later, it suddenly worked. Whoah, I know, right? Still don't know why, but I'm thankful.

    This means for you that I know the following:

    1) Gamecube games are a non-issue. They were developed before the Wii and therefore are almost certainly not forward compatible to brick modded Wiis. I booted mine off a DVD+R (TDK 16x speed) and all was well in the mushroom kingdom.

    2) Originals ripped to an external USB hard drive (see here) worked no issue, no patch. These games thus far include Wii Sports and Endless Ocean. Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy are my next two test discs as they are newer.

    3) ISOs of Wii games made by other people and made available to me for testing ;-) worked. Here's the deal though. The comments around this file had one person asking if he should use BrickBlocker or not. The response was no, it's all good. I burned it once without and once with BrickBlocker.

    With BrickBlocker -- loaded through the BU Loader channel, and played like an original. Wii still worked afterward.

    Without -- too uneasy to try it yet. Got to make sure I have a backup of my system software first.

    Conclusion -- Find a way to use BrickBlocker, either through another PC or a VM. Else, ask someone to block them for you. Add a USB HD and rip your games to it (warning: while setup of the external HD has to be done only once, the tools are Windows tools). The external hard drive is quite the ideal option on so many levels...that's why I and so many others I know added larger hard drives to the Xbox 1.

    But I cannot strongly enough recommend using BootMii. This is not so much a brick blocker as it is an insurance policy against bricking. It runs before even the system software on the Wii gets started, meaning in 90+ % of cases of corrupted or Nintendo updated firmware that renders the Wii unusable, BootMii will still load. And BootMii can both make and restore backups of your firmware.

    So, backup your firmware and start experimenting. Of course there is still SOME chance something will go irreversibly wrong. That's on you, not me. I've prepped you and warned you as best I can. Good luck. Let me know if you need anything else.

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    Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you with this. My projector bulb finally gave out and the replacement didn't work, so the wife and I disassembled and reassembled the projector twice, cleaning it of dust and stuff. Still nothing. Then a day later, it suddenly worked. Whoah, I know, right? Still don't know why, but I'm thankful.

    This means for you that I know the following:

    1) Gamecube games are a non-issue. They were developed before the Wii and therefore are almost certainly not forward compatible to brick modded Wiis. I booted mine off a DVD+R (TDK 16x speed) and all was well in the mushroom kingdom.

    2) Originals ripped to an external USB hard drive (see here) worked no issue, no patch. These games thus far include Wii Sports and Endless Ocean. Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy are my next two test discs as they are newer.

    3) ISOs of Wii games made by other people and made available to me for testing ;-) worked. Here's the deal though. The comments around this file had one person asking if he should use BrickBlocker or not. The response was no, it's all good. I burned it once without and once with BrickBlocker.

    With BrickBlocker -- loaded through the BU Loader channel, and played like an original. Wii still worked afterward.

    Without -- too uneasy to try it yet. Got to make sure I have a backup of my system software first.

    Conclusion -- Find a way to use BrickBlocker, either through another PC or a VM. Else, ask someone to block them for you. Add a USB HD and rip your games to it (warning: while setup of the external HD has to be done only once, the tools are Windows tools). The external hard drive is quite the ideal option on so many levels...that's why I and so many others I know added larger hard drives to the Xbox 1.

    But I cannot strongly enough recommend using BootMii. This is not so much a brick blocker as it is an insurance policy against bricking. It runs before even the system software on the Wii gets started, meaning in 90+ % of cases of corrupted or Nintendo updated firmware that renders the Wii unusable, BootMii will still load. And BootMii can both make and restore backups of your firmware.

    So, backup your firmware and start experimenting. Of course there is still SOME chance something will go irreversibly wrong. That's on you, not me. I've prepped you and warned you as best I can. Good luck. Let me know if you need anything else.

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    Try this. It's Java-based and works on most everything I've tried on my Macbook. Leave everything in the folder and run the file called WiiPatcher.class.

    GBAtemp.net :: Downloads :: Other useful tools :: WiiPatcher 1.0

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    Thanks much to the above poster, that is JUST what I've been looking for!!

    P.S. There is also WiiJunkies, great for burning wii games but the patching is buggy and always crashed on me. (google it!)
    Last edited by bennyb; 07-05-2009 at 09:20 PM.

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