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    Lightbulb USB Loader GX freezes in the middle of installing a game

    I am currently following this tutorial
    How to Store/Load Wii Games via USB Hard Drive on System Menu 4.0 [Slick Tricks Part 2]

    I have everything done and i bought the acomdata 1 TB (pureDrive) hard drive
    I can successfully install games and launch them in the USB Loader GX

    After installing around 7 games the USB loader freezes and when rebooted I still cannot get past a certain percentage of the game.

    I did double partition the drive (both being 500 GB) and my primary partition is my WBFS partition. The other partition is formatted in NTFS and is currently holding my video collection (around 20 GB) so I can watch them in the wii media player.

    Any Ideas?

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    So you are following a tutorial on another site and you ask the question here? That surely must devalue the tutorial and it's creators.

    So is this issue with just 1 game or have you tried multiple games and they still won't go past the 50%?
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Yeah I couldnt get any feedback from that site

    its with any game after I install around 20GB of ISOs
    It also freezes (or goes rediculously slow) in the WBFS Manager (3.0)

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    I wonder if you hard drive has an issue somewhere. It's odd that 20GB is your problem when a lot of us have several hundred GBs of installed games. I don't suppose Waninkoko built a lot of error tolerance into his cIOS.

    I'd be tempted to format the drive as NTFS and scan the disc for errors. You might want to use WBFS manager to dump the isos you have to your PC first.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    thanks Ill try to scan the disk for errors
    Ive repartitioned it a few times hopeing that i had just gotten a bad format.
    Some people have also had the same problem and it was something as simple as their drive overheating.

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    Overheating could explain things if the drive were in operation for hours.

    This from a newegg review of your drive
    Cons: I purchased this product about 3 weeks ago. I must say "shame on you" to the other reviewers. This is a truly sub-par drive. It gets extremely hot after about an hour of use (i.e. watching movie). It has a tendancy to run very slowly once it has been active for a while. I was leary of purchasing a HD without a fan to help cool the HD, wish I had stuck w/ my first thoughts.
    Pros: Worked like a dream for the first few weeks. Quiet & cool.

    Cons: Died 2 weeks after initial use. Lost 40+ GB of data.
    Cons: Reliability went out the door after two weeks of very light usages. I transfer data between PCs (Linux and Windows XP SP3), and at times use the drive for the Wii games via Homebrew. The enclosed Hitachi HDD crapped out in less a day shy of two weeks of usages. The enclosure is not the problem. The HDD is.
    For more see here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822216041

    Oh dear.

    On a brighter note you can mod an enclosure to allow more air in or even remove panels and attach active cooling, if you decide it is overheating.

    As a side note: Who creates an external drive that can't tolerate a few minutes of consistent activity?
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    wow....
    that is awful

    Im glad i have a one year warranty

    on a side note i installed a game via my computer (it was so slow that it took 2 hours to install a 3 GB game) but after i got past that slow sector it works fine now.

    O_o strange

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    You'll always get bad reviews in any product but not every other review.

    Still wouldn't trust that thing. Hot = More bad sectors.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Hi there

    I am also a new this mod stuff and have spent the last three days just about getting my black wii version 4.2e soft modded.

    The issue is from what i have understood the new chipset which does not allow me to play back up games off dvd.

    However attempting to back up games direct to usb through usb loader gx the process begins then during game installation it crashes with the black screen and many errors.

    I see others have had similar problems too. Just was curious if anyone actually cracked it and has identified the exact fault or reason why this is happening?

    Any help and advice would be appreciated.

    Just followed the instructions posted above about trying to format ntfs and seems to have done the job. After that format through the pc i re formated through WBFS manager and working like a treat.

    Thanks Once again.
    Last edited by crusaderrabbit; 12-12-2009 at 12:29 PM.

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    To anyone who ended up here because USB Loader GX froze during installation of a game, then I will add a few notes on what I've experienced here:

    First off, I have only experienced this on a 4.2U Wii. I also have a 4.1U Wii that I have successfully extracted every game I've tried so far...around 20 total. Both the 4.2 and the 4.1 systems have been modded using tutorials from this site, and I never ran into any problems on either until this particular issue arose. I am running whatever current version of USB Loader GX is out right now as I check the updates often. If you're not aware, there is an update feature in the USB Loader GX settings menu, but you must be connected to the internet.

    It seems to be hit or miss on whether the game is going to install on the 4.2U Wii. I am not suggesting it doesn't work because it is 4.2, but who knows (as I said, the 4.1 Wii never has problems installing games)? Honestly, I'm not quite sure exactly what is causing it yet, but if I do figure it out I'll be sure to post my results. On the 4.2 Wii sometimes it gets through, and other times it freezes. If the game actually manages to install, then it plays just fine. If it freezes, then I do a full power down of the Wii, and when I go back to the USB Loader it stays stuck on a black screen. I have come up with a few ways that have worked to get USB Loader GX working again:

    1. The simplest method I've come across is to completely power down the Wii, then turn off your hard drive (if there is no on/off switch on the drive, then just unplug the power cord). Be sure to leave your hard drives usb cord plugged in to the hard drive and the correct port on the Wii (the bottom one). After you have turned the hard drive off, boot your wii back up (not the hard drive yet), and try to run USB Loader. After a few seconds it should come up, and say "Waiting for your slow hard drive..." and begin a countdown. During this countdown turn your hard drives power back on. It should then detect the hard drive after a few seconds, and load like normal. Once this occurs try doing a full power down of the Wii again, and then boot it back up and try to run USB Loader again like you normally would (with the hard drive plugged in and the power on). Hopefully, it will then work like normal. This method seems to be the simplest, and most effective I've found. It hasn't failed me yet.

    2. The second method is a bit more tricky, but still pretty basic. You need AnyTitle Deleter which can be found somewhere on this site. If your Wii is 4.2, then you should probably also install IOS60-64-v6174.wad which can also be found on this website. I'm not sure you even need the IOS60-64-v6174.wad installed, but I read in the "Make Your Wii a Virgin" tutorial on this site that if you have a 4.2, then you want that IOS installed before removing mods via AnyTitle Deleter, and NandClean. Even if you don't need the IOS I mentioned, I haven't noticed any issues by having it installed. Anyway, once you have the AnyTitle Deleter app run it in Homebrew, and select to use IOS36. Go into the Delete Channels menu, and USB Loader GX should be in there as ULNR. Delete it. If it asks for a low-level delete midway through, then say yes (confirm). If you do not see ULNR in the Channels menu, then your on your own as I'm not sure what else the USB Loader GX channel would be listed as. DO NOT delete a channel on here unless you are sure you know what you're doing. If you did find the ULNR channel, and delete it then just go back to your Wad Installer in Homebrew, and reinstall the USB Loader GX Ulnr program. After you've reinstalled USB Loader, then do a full power down of the Wii, power it back on after 10 seconds, and try running USB Loader GX as you normally would. If you come to a black screen again, then try going back to my first method, and following that once more.

    3. The last method is to go into your Wii System Menu, and delete the USB Loader Channel from in there. Then, go into your Wad Installer in HBC, and reinstall USB Loader GX ulnr. After that, do a full power down of the Wii, reboot, and run USB Loader GX like normal. If it doesn't work try Method 1 one more time to see if it works.

    I apologize if these are lengthy and uncondensed, but I wanted to get as much information out there from my experience as I could. I have scoured the net looking for solutions to the Freezing during Game Installation, but haven't really found too much info. If you understand everything I just discussed, and plan to use one of these methods, then just try them in the order I've listed.

    On a side note, if you are experiencing issues of USB Loader GX freezing and giving error codes (e.g. While scrolling through the Wii games, opening menus, etc.), then you can try method 2 to correct the problem.

    If you have found you can't extract the games in USB Loader due to freezing, then you could always buy and external DVD drive that is compatible for reading Wii Discs. I think there is a list somewhere on this site; if not, just google "Wii disc compatible dvd drives" or "dvd drives that read wii discs" (I don't know I'm just offering suggestions, but I know the list is out there and easily found as I've run across it many times without even looking for it). You can then rip the games to your computer using some program (sorry, not sure what it's called, but I know its out there...maybe 'RawDump' or something?), and load them on your Wii backup hd with WBFS Manager.

    I hope this helps someone, and if I manage to figure out what exactly is causing the Freezing during game installation, then I'll post it on this thread. Keep in mind I'm not an expert, but everything I've mentioned here are things I've tried myself that worked.

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