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    Not sure what I've done and if my Wii is safe

    I apologize for the rambling nature of this post.

    I've followed multiple guides and am not sure the "status" of my Wii.

    I know I had 4.1 at one point, downgraded and re-upgraded

    I have HBC installed and working.

    I have BootMii installed (verified that the files it makes are on my SD) and I believe it is installed as boot2.

    What I want to be able to do in the end is just play my games from a USB Hard Drive. My mother uses the Wii but doesn't understand how to handle the disks without scratching them so by putting them on the Hard Drive I will avoid that problem.

    I've read guides about downgradinging to install USB then reupgrading and people bricking because an IOS is missing or is only a stub.

    How can I find out what IOS's I really have so I can be prepared to use a USB loading guide?

    My Wii is not recent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MannyL View Post
    I apologize for the rambling nature of this post.

    I've followed multiple guides and am not sure the "status" of my Wii.

    I know I had 4.1 at one point, downgraded and re-upgraded

    I have HBC installed and working.

    I have BootMii installed (verified that the files it makes are on my SD) and I believe it is installed as boot2.

    What I want to be able to do in the end is just play my games from a USB Hard Drive. My mother uses the Wii but doesn't understand how to handle the disks without scratching them so by putting them on the Hard Drive I will avoid that problem.

    I've read guides about downgradinging to install USB then reupgrading and people bricking because an IOS is missing or is only a stub.

    How can I find out what IOS's I really have so I can be prepared to use a USB loading guide?

    My Wii is not recent.
    This the guide I followed to softmod my wii.

    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

    I never had to downgrade my system menu to be able to load games from my harddrive. Dont know what all you done to your wii but all you might need is to install is USB loader and the proper IOS to be able to use your harddrive If you would put what all you have done to your wii it would be easier for someone to help you.

    After installing your Bootmii when you restarted your wii did you get a screen like this.



    or can you only see bootmii from the homebrew channel


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    If I boot with the SD card installed I get the first image. If I boot with it ejected it goes right to the normal menu.

    My problem is I don't remember what I've done it it. I know I did the Twilight Princess hack to install HBC but I also did a bannerbomb from the SD Menu at some point.

    Added Info

    On the SD card I have the following folders in root

    apps
    bootmii
    installer
    instlme
    private
    SD Root
    wad

    and the following files

    boot.dol
    DownfradeIOS32.dol
    installer.log
    RVL-mios-v8.wad
    WADBatchInstall.dol

    in Apps I have
    cIOS38_rev14-Installer
    cMIOS rev3 Installer
    dvdinstl34
    homebrew_browser
    WAD Manager 1.4
    Last edited by MannyL; 09-28-2009 at 07:01 AM. Reason: Adding info

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    Quote Originally Posted by MannyL View Post
    If I boot with the SD card installed I get the first image. If I boot with it ejected it goes right to the normal menu.

    My problem is I don't remember what I've done it it. I know I did the Twilight Princess hack to install HBC but I also did a bannerbomb from the SD Menu at some point.
    Ok at least we know you got bootmii installed as boot2. Did you back up your NAND?

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    I believe I did but again I did alot of this when I was tired so I can't be certain. Is there a file to look for on the SD card so I can check?

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    USB Loaders work with pretty much any System Menu. Bootmii at start is desireable and can save you from pretty much any brick.

    If you wish to discover which IOS you have installed look into dop-ios, this app allows you to cycle through each IOS and see versions. Pimp My Wii is an app that allows you to update your IOS. NUS Downloader is an app that can download the latest versions from the Nintendo servers.

    USB Loaders work through a cIOS which you will need, the latest is cIOS 38 rev 14.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Great I'll run dop-ios and see what is shows. My main concern is I may have installed something incompletley that will bite me in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MannyL View Post
    If I boot with the SD card installed I get the first image. If I boot with it ejected it goes right to the normal menu.

    My problem is I don't remember what I've done it it. I know I did the Twilight Princess hack to install HBC but I also did a bannerbomb from the SD Menu at some point.

    Added Info

    On the SD card I have the following folders in root

    apps
    bootmii
    installer
    instlme
    private
    SD Root
    wad

    and the following files

    boot.dol
    DownfradeIOS32.dol
    installer.log
    RVL-mios-v8.wad
    WADBatchInstall.dol

    in Apps I have
    cIOS38_rev14-Installer
    cMIOS rev3 Installer
    dvdinstl34
    homebrew_browser
    WAD Manager 1.4
    To keep bootmii from starting when you turn on you just have to rename bootmii folder to something bootmii1 or whatever you like but since you havent renamed it and i dont see any nand file that means you have not back it up.

    I would do this first. start with your sd card in

    2. BACK UP YOUR NAND (OPTIONAL)

    Making a NAND backup with Bootmii is highly recommended, it will recover your Wii from 99.9% of bricks.
    Use the same SD card you used to install Bootmii and make sure there is at least 530mb free on it.
    Bootmii is very fussy about what SD cards it uses, so avoid generic ones and try and use a Sandisk or similar.


    a) Put the SD card into the Wii, if you installed Bootmii as boot2 then it will load, if it is installed as an IOS go to the Homebrew Channel, press 'home' on your wiimote and select 'Launch Bootmii'. dont have to do this since you have installed as boot 2

    b) Use the power/reset/eject buttons to navigate the Bootmii menu and select the icon with the gears on it. If those buttons don't work then you will have to use a Gamecube controller.

    c) Now select the icon with a green arrow pointing from the chip to the SD card and follow the on screen instructions.

    D) In about 10 mins you will have a NAND backup, it is normal to have up to 80 bad blocks so don't worry if you get some.

    e) Put the SD card into PC and copy the NAND backup somewhere safe, you can now delete it from your card. If you installed Bootmii as boot2 then also copy the Bootmii folder to your PC and either delete or rename it, otherwise it will load every time you switch your Wii on.

    If ever you get bricked then copy the bootmii folder and NAND backup onto your card, do steps a) & b) again, using Preloader to get to HBC if necessary, then select the icon with the arrow going from the SD card to the chip. It is not recommended to restore your NAND if you have Bootmii installed as an IOS.

    Then after you do that all you really got to do is put a usb loader in apps folder

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    Ok I backuped my NAND and am adding it to my MOZY backup.

    I put USB-Loader GX on the SD using it's installer and I see it in the HomeBrew Menu bnut it's not finding my Maxtor External HD

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    HDD support is not 100% with Loaders. From the list USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp I can see that several Maxtor drives have Issues or Not Works. Maxtor is not the best brand out there, I've had two drives fail within 3 years of purchase (and I only bought 2), yet my old WD and Fujitsu drives have worked for 10 years+.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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