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    Softmod to hardmod possible?

    I'm running a Wii with 3.2U firmware on it right now, I downgraded a while back and have been happily using the homebrew channel ever since.

    I keep reading about how dangerous the softmods can be with random updates and such; capable of bricking a Wii and how you constantly have to install different cIOS to get games running since you no longer update the firmware.

    I love having homebrew on the Wii but I honestly can't keep up with all the manual updating and risk involved so I've been contemplating moving over to a solderless mod chip. Is it possible for me to do that? Would there be anything I need to get rid of, and most importantly would I be allowed to play the newest games and still stay on 3.2U firmware for the homebrew channel?

    Most importantly, has anybody ever even tried this before? I know I probably sound paranoid about all of it, but I'm just afraid it could get to a point where I have to take games I buy, dump them, patch it up, and burn it again just so I can play the game, or spend time looking around for whatever cIOS I need, and I still don't understand those at all.

    Any help or advice is hugely appreciated.

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    If you put in a chip you will still need the updates to make some games run, either the ios updates or the firmware. As far as I know homebrew channel and most other features still work in 3.4. So this might me a non-issue. I soft modded my wii, then when I had a brick issue, I got a wiikey clip, and was able to unbrick my wii. I still run it at 3.2, so I can install starfall. But i also had to install new ios's to make NFS undercover to work.

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    been contemplating moving over to a solderless mod chip. Is it possible for me to do that? Would there be anything I need to get rid of, and most importantly would I be allowed to play the newest games and still stay on 3.2U firmware for the homebrew channel?
    -- wire soldering is the best. modchip can be installed or uninstalled anytime, regardless of softmod status (with, or without).
    chip-mod will not "alter/degrade" these: hbc, 3.xU, backup use.


    Most importantly, has anybody ever even tried this before? I know I probably sound paranoid about all of it, but I'm just afraid it could get to a point where I have to take games I buy, dump them, patch it up, and burn it again just so I can play the game, or spend time looking around for whatever cIOS I need, and I still don't understand those at all.u
    -- fm time2time, update be required for IOS, cIOS.... just as Wii f/w 3.2u/3.3u/3.4u/.../3.Xu u can't stop if u continue playing wii. to maintain the "portability against wii f/w's" of ISOs, patching it b4 dvd-r burn is NOT recommended.

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    I have a mod chip and I'm soft modded to allow me to use wads.

    If you are using true 1:1 backups of your wii games, then you don't need to worry about what firmware you are on. 3.4u? No problem with true 1:1 copies. But if you are like my and want to "test" a game before you buy it, then you might not be able to find a true 1:1 copy. If you download any modified game, then it probably won't play on 3.4u. For that reason I'm staying at 3.2u and just adding the ios/cios's as needed.

    Hard modding is superior, but they both work.

    When soft modding, read, ead and read some more. I'm still learning a few things about it. Hard modding is MUCh easier. I might have an extra chip for sale if you need more (d2pro clip mounted). PM for a quote.

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    As above, Staying on 3.2 with modchip will require the same sorta work when the later games come out they need an ios to run.... But I'd go modchip and keep at 3.2 anyway because game compatibility will always be better with modchip, and they will run as thye should and not slow and choppy like some......

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    Thanks for all of the feedback guys, I'm probably gonna look into upgrading from a soft to hardmod in the near future based on what everyone has said.

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    it's well worth using a modchip if only for the 6x disk loading as the softmod only loads at 3x which can cause loading lag/choppy video/cut screen problems.


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