I've updated the OP. And here's the rest.
The Wii has a DVD player in it. All the games are DVDs, obviously. But apparently Nintendo didn't want to pay the licensing fee - or whatever it was. And it would have caused the price of the Wii to go up.
I've seen apps here and there in .pal on other forums. But I've yet to hear of a working one that doesn't require a mod chip. Some people argue that the Wii wasn't built to handle the supposed stress of watching a DVD. But others came to the conclusion that it's no different if not less worst than playing a game.
Well, what about mod-chips?
You can load the homebrew channel among doing a ton of other things with a mod chip only. There are various models/versions out there. Some only work with certain version of the Wii. There is also a mod chip that required no soldering and simply clips in. Although from my research it seems these are more problematic and not worth the hassle. Your best bet is to try to find a local installer.
Why don't my saves work in SNES9x?
Make sure you go back to the home screen before turn off the game.
Apps that the homebrew channel can run
Here's the best list for that
Do the Twilight Hack everytime you want to install an App?
No, use the Twilight Hack to install the Homebrew Channel, run everything else through there. Backup your original TP save and put it back when you're done (if you care about keeping your savegame like I do).
How do the emulators run?
Emulators (and all other apps) are run through the Homebrew Channel which lists all the apps on the SD card.
You can remove the channel just like any other channel, all other data is stored on the SD card, not the Wii memory, so theoretically Nintendo wouldn't know about it unless you accidentally left the SD card in.
Moving channels around
I added this because I had no idea if you could do it nor how. Simply hold the cursor over the channel and hit the back trigger of the wii-mote and the a button.
I've got a wii running 3.2e and zelda. I havent done this on a wii before, so what are the chances of bricking?
Loading the majority of homebrew via the Twilight Hack/Homebrew Channel is no risk to your console whatsoever. You might get the occasional code dump and have to turn your console off and on again, but most everything runs off the SD card so there's no risk of doing pemanent damage to the console itself. Some of the homebrew utilities, however, might permanently delete channels or brick your Wii if used incorrectly (the duplicate channel removers and firmware mess-around-ers), but if you're just looking to run emulators you won't ever need to touch either of those things.
Is there a huge reason to use this if I have no interest in using emulators?
Yeah, why not? People are making games for it and I think lots of interesting stuff will come in the near future. And come on, who wouldn't have ScummVM on the Wii?
I followed all the instructions and got the homebrew channel installed and it's all good, but for some reason, the sample apps that were linked in the OP won't work.
They'll all boot, but then don't accept any input and turn off my wii remote, any ideas?
Yeah, for some reason some apps unsync the wii remote, you have to resync it again unfortunately. I hope they fix that.
Also, some apps only use the gamecube controller, check the wiki in the OP.
Hmmm, I tried to install quake abut it doesn't show up in the homebrew channel.
For quake I have it in it's own folder named "quake" in the apps folder which contains:
Am I missing something here? I'm using PAK0 because I can't find my quake CD at the moment so I don't have PAK1.
You'll want it set up like this for Quake:
/apps/quake/boot.dol (rename the .dol file)
/ID1/PAK1.PAK (if you have the full game)
Since the old apps is out of date and not working so good I thought I'd make up a my own bundle of the latest versions of the programs that I think are decent.
My hosting isn't so great so if someone with better bandwidth could put up a mirror it'd be great. This pack contains the Twilight Hack and the Homebrew Channel with instructions to install them as well as the following applications all setup, tested and working:
FCE Ultra (NES)
Gen Plus (Genesis)
Hugo GX (TG16)
Quake GX (Shareware)
SD ELF Loader
SMS Plus (Master System)
Visualboy Advance (GBA)
The emulators all work really well and have the directories set up and just need the roms etc to be put in them. If there's any problems with it let me now.
So, am I to understand that I have to do the Zelda savegame load thing to install the WiiBrew channel?
To be more specific: I understand what the site is telling me, that a pure "drivechip" (what most people call modchips) isn't actually going to let me burn the channel to a DVD and have it loaded by the Wii, but I don't really understand why. Surely if the DVD could pretended to be all signed, the Wii would have no worries loading it and installing the channel?
You can download and burn an iso of the Homebrew Channel installer, and use it instead of bothering with the Twilight Hack. This method will work with any console that has a modchip/drivechip. I did it myself, it was super-easy.
But the Homebrew Channel shows up in the play history on the message board doesn't it? And related comedy question, can it be reviewed on the Nintendo Channel?
Yes it can. Disable the Data Sharing option in the Nintendo Channel unless you're feeling brave. There haven't been any reports of Wii Bricking from this, but you never know.
Looks like a port of MPlayer just got released. It's a pretty early build and very very no frills (You can't even pause a video).
However I did successfully get it to play mp3, avi, mov, wmv, and half of a flv (which then locked up) with no issues.
It's definitely something to keep an eye on as I can tell future versions will be great.
Right now everything has to go on the root of your SD card other than the program itself.
What's the difference between a .dol file and .elf file?
None, they'll both load the application. If an application comes with both, you should just go with the .elf unless otherwise stated.
Does my SD card have to be a specific type?
Yes, it has to be a 2GB or less (anything higher has special security on it which isn't compatible with the Wii) and formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 (The Wiki and other boards will tell you FAT16, but I use FAT32 and nothing wrong has happened yet)
The Twilight Hack isn't loading properly, why not?
You might be trying to use the wrong save files.
Look at your CD's serial number (on the bottom, inside the ring. You should see a bunch of letters and numbers. What's important is the last bunch, the A0-# JPN/USA/EUR) Make sure the file you've put on your Wii is the right one. The initial release of the CD should be A0-0 JPN, so put the JPN save on your Wii and load up the first save file. A later release version will be A0-0 USA or A0-2 USA. If your CD has the latter, load up the second save file in-game using the USA save data.
Why does -such and such- application suck?
If you're positive that it's not your Wii's fault, remember that Wii Homebrew is still fairly new and on the rise. Not everything is working perfectly.
The most recent Wii update (V3.3) made a bit of a scare since it wipes out the special save file needed to load the hack and also makes loading Trucha signed discs impossible to load.
So how do I load my imports now?
A new application called Gecko Region Free (GeckoOS) was released, and it can be loaded right from the SD card via Homebrew Channel and it will load any retail Wii game from any region. (It does not support burned copies [yet?] of Wii games)
I'm not going to tell you where to get filez but google is your friend. I got a lot of results by just typing in what I wanted with .wad or wad or "download". A .wad can be pretty much anything you can buy/download from the nintendo store. Games, wiiware, VC, opera, etc. They show up and play as regular channels as they normally would.
Last edited by Olivares; 09-12-2008 at 10:18 AM.
how do you know what files you need if you have a backup copy of zelda?
i have the same question!!
Find out where the file came from and if it NTSC or PAL and that will help you. Or just go rent the game -.-
I'm pretty sure if you have a backup you have a mod chip. If you have a mod chip you can install the homebrew channel without zelda?
how can you install homebrew without zelda if i have modchip
Originally Posted by hummer5
I think you put it on a dvd and boot it from there. Try googling it.
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If you have a modchip and your wii is at 3.2 or below then you can download the iso from the following link and burn to DVD then use that to install Homebrew channel.
Make sure to download the iso which is the same region as your wii.
The Homebrew Channel
Beta 8 seems to freeze up on 3.3, at least in my case. After I run the twilight hack and install it, whenever I enter the homebrew channel it can't detect my network and it won't run any apps. If I try to close out of the channel my wii freezes and i have to hard reset it. I had it running for a while this weekend but after I moved the channel the issues reappeared. Any one else having these issues or know of a fix?
DVD Playback/Media on the wii! Scroll down!
Alright, well I'm watching Speed Racer on my Wii and it seems to be playing pretty flawlessly. It might lag for a sec at an intense part, though. It took a bit of time again to get this set up. Even knowing a bit about homebrew. So here we go.
DVD Playback on the Wii
Yes, it's true. The Wii can play DVD movies without a mod chip. Before you could do it but needed a mod chip. Regardless of the rumor, the games are dvd type. Apparently Nintendo wanted the wii to be cheap. It would have been more expensive if they had to purchase the DVD license fee - yatta yatta yatta. All this software/install does is install the software needed to "unlock" it.
Wait. I don't want to burn my drive laser!
Yeah, I was worried too. Granted, it might stop some people. From all the googling and reading I've done the conclusion is it's not any worst than playing a game. Even the developers of this software say that. So if you're worried just don't do it or go read if it damages the laser over time or not.
So how do I get started?
Well, if you don't have the homebrew channel installed scroll up. For DVD playback I suggest you use MPlayer. For everything else use Geexbox. Both of these programs are ported for the wii.
Installing the Mplayer DVD version
If you have a modchip, you also need patchmii, in addition to the DVDX stub installer.
If you don't have a mod chip skip this step.
So first off. If you have a modchip drag the patchmii.dol file into a folder named anything into the apps folder and install that through the homebrew channel. I believe it needs to access the internet. So make sure it can connect wired/wifi. Some mod chips don't need this to be done but I'm not sure which ones. I did it on my d2pro9 just to be sure and it worked fine.
Secondly drag the dvdx folder and the contents into your apps folder on your sd card. Pop it in the wii, open homebrew channel, and follow on screen options.
Now for the mplayer file you downloaded.
Just copy the "mplayer" folder into the "/apps" directory on your sd card and
launch it via the HBC.
Here's a video tutorial
Watch and learn: DVD on Wii how-to video - Joystiq
MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service
Has some pretty sweet features. From bluetooth to playing files via an external hardrive. I think you can even stream them. Check here for all the features.
GeeXboX - WiiBrew
Drag the geexbox folder into the root of your sd card and the other geexbox folder in the "apps" folder in the .rar file into your apps folder.
Just put all the files you want to play into the root folder on your sd card. If you go that method.
Other links -
libdi and the DVDX installer.
How to Enable Player to Playback DVD Movie on Nintendo Wii Without Modchip » My Digital Life
Wii: Hack Your Wii for Homebrew Apps and DVD Playback
Other important bits
These are pretty cool. I didn't know some of them
Taken from here -
21 Wii tips and tricks for the console and games (turn the blue light on!) - VideoGamesBlogger
1. Press the home button on the main menu. Next, click on the controller image. You can adjust the Wii-mote volume and rumble functions
2. Hold A and B down and you can move the windows on the main menu around.
3. Want your plain-looking Wii to have some style? Add a blue light around you CD drive anytime the console is on by doing the following:
Go to your email from the home menu, and add your personal computer email address to your address book. Wait ~1 hour for the email (mine took at least this long) Reply to the email from your computer. In a few minutes, you will have an email waiting for you on your Wii. Don’t read it! As long as it remains new, you have a pretty blue light!
4. While your Wii is powered down you can press any button on your Wiimote and lights will flash. The number of lights flashing is the amount of charge left in your battery (1 is least charge, 4 is most charge).
5. Email A Wii: You can email any Wii that you know the Friend code for. The Email address will be w(Wii Number here)@wii.com. For Example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More in the link.