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    No Homebrew Channel/should I install IOSs needed to play certain games? And how?

    I bought a pre-soft-modded Wii a few years back and it has a USB Loader GX channel but there's no Homebrew Channel anywhere!

    I can play most games, no trouble with the latest titles, but classic problematic games such as Paper Mario, Kirby and Monster Hunter Tri would never work. I've seen that some people had problems with Lego Batman 2... but I didn't (ripped from a bought copy, btw, if this means anything).

    My question is that I'm fed up looking at that handful of cool games and not being able to play them! I've read all about updating/installing the IOSs so that I can select special ones for a game to load, but can't get a syscheck without the Homebrew Channel and cannot update/install those "missing" (since I don't know what's on the SD card) IOS blocks to play.

    I got into Arc Rise Fantasia lately, only to discover - after I'd given the disc to my mate - that pretty much everyone experienced the same crash in the game at the exact same point, and that a different IOS was needed to play... ARRRGH!!!

    I'm ripping my hair out here. I need advice. Thanks.


    FYI: I know how to change the IOS on USBLr GX and even upon updating it online, I don't have those missing IOSs. I'd really like to play MH3 and get past that damn town cut scene in Arc Rise... but don't want to ask for my game back (and borrowed MH3 from him to rip it - yeah, yeah, my bad).

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    I suggest you follow the softmod any wii guide to reinstall the homebrew channel. Then carry on to chapter 2 and up if you want to update your softmods, by re-softmodding your wii.
    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

    There's also IOS updates there, if that's what you're into, if your wii is below 4.3.



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    Thanks, but reading the linked article has confused me, as the technician clearly advises against "VIRGINIZING" your Wii.

    So now I don't know what to do: follow the guide to play these few, but cool, games, or be content with the 100+ titles that I have which work... (me and my mates swapped a hell of a lot of games)?

    If it will help the advice given: my Wii CRASHES ALL THE TIME! I have the USB plugged into the OUTER SLOT, but when I change pages on my USB Loader GX to go to a different game, chances are I only get a black screen, have to hold down the power for 7 seconds (always 7, don't ask why), and then reload USB Loader GX and start the game again. Sometimes, the Wii crashes when it's turned back on.

    I have a 4.1 Wii. It's pretty old but otherwise, has proven reliable.

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    Updating softmods wouldn't hurt. Going through chapter 2 and 3 would re-softmod your wii. You can skip the ios updating part, but the guide says to update if not on 4.3. Then after, you can make sure you're using the latest version of your USB loaders.
    Chances are, your USB HDD has bad compatibility with Wii's.
    If you look here, you can find your HDD compatibility: USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp

    If anything, you can PM me for help, but might as well keep the discussion here for now so others might help.

    Edit: Ooh I see, you bought this wii an never experienced softmodding your wii yourself. If the HBC is missing, going through chapters 1-3 is needed. I personally helped my friend to hack her wii, all from a chat. If you want, we can schedule a time to chat on the Wiihacks mibbit chat
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    Wow, such a kind offer. Thank you, seriously.

    So, is there really no way to install those missing IOSs on the SD card and run them from there? I know that Homebrew Channel is the norm, but formating my SD card seems kind of extreme. I think it'd be easier to hack from scratch than going over someone else's half job, and do have a mate who's been asking me for a while to set his up... so might experiment on that first.

    Is that a bad mentality? I just thought that there'd be less complications.

    My USB drive in WD Elements 500GB. The link tells me that it's the PERFECT drive for playing games from. I've no idea what the glitch is then.

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    The steps are the same as far as our guide is concerned (modding over someone else's mod and modding a virgin system).

    People usually do not have forwarders installed to WAD managers, so the only way to access them is to have HBC reinstalled. So without HBC installed, you would have to start from chapter 1.

    If you had it installed, then you could start from chapter 2 and just jump into the wad installs.

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    No problem, I can definitely help you out. Your name is n00bian, but you're not much of a noob in terms of writing messages. So you'll be easy to work with.
    Let me know when you wanna do this, just hop on the chat. Link to the chat is on top.
    We'll do it step by step, it's easier when someone guides you. As for formatting the SD card, that's no problem. If you have stuff on it, just back it up then just format it.



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    Yay! I found some screen shots online (VERY important and should be in the guide) and with the aid of these, it wasn't difficult... just long, waiting for the SD card to format.

    Anyway, I've asked in the Guide thread, but will ask here as well since I know you'll probably check back: how do I get back all my game disc and cover images?

    Before, I was using USB Loader GX and the internet cover download didn't work, so I got them via Wii Backup Manager and moved the images onto my SD card (there was a Config folder, which turned out to be the right place, so: SD>Config>Images>2D/Disc depending on which images).

    My problem now is that the only thing on my SD card after resoft-modding is the Apps folder... so I added the Config folder (because I saved a copy of the SD card before I formated the first time), but I still can't see any images.

    I have 100 games, so no images is tough for little visitors to find Mario, and not pleasing on the eye.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Yay! I found some screen shots online (VERY important and should be in the guide) and with the aid of these, it wasn't difficult... just long, waiting for the SD card to format.

    Anyway, I've asked in the Guide thread, but will ask here as well since I know you'll probably check back: how do I get back all my game disc and cover images?

    Before, I was using USB Loader GX and the internet cover download didn't work, so I got them via Wii Backup Manager and moved the images onto my SD card (there was a Config folder, which turned out to be the right place, so: SD>Config>Images>2D/Disc depending on which images).

    My problem now is that the only thing on my SD card after resoft-modding is the Apps folder... so I added the Config folder (because I saved a copy of the SD card before I formated the first time), but I still can't see any images.

    I have 100 games, so no images is tough for little visitors to find Mario, and not pleasing on the eye.

    Thanks in advance.


    Oh, I can now play MH3 but not Super Paper Mario. I'm stumped.

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    I'm not sure why USB Loader GX wouldn't download the missing covers. I personally use Wiiflow, and this theme:
    Wiiflow StarNight Theme - YouTube
    My all purpose loader.
    Are you sure that your wii is connected to a router? I had that problem a lot cuz I kept switching routers and forgetting.

    For game compatibility, you need to have the latest cIOS d2x installed, which is v10 I believe. Everything should work without error with that installed. It's a whole other story for installing that. But you need it (Very important)

    Edit: I wouldn't suggest MH3, the online servers are shutting down next month, you can save yourself some space (If you need it) by deleting it. The game is now on Nintendo 3DS, and the WiiU
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