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    What are wad files?

    I'm sure this question has been answered before but I can't find it. From what I understand, homebrew channel uses elf or dol files. So what are wad files? I've read about using wad manager to install/uninstall wads but not sure exactly what they are or where you get them.
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    think of them like EXE for windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvsmts View Post
    I'm sure this question has been answered before but I can't find it. From what I understand, homebrew channel uses elf or dol files. So what are wad files? I've read about using wad manager to install/uninstall wads but not sure exactly what they are or where you get them.
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    DOL and ELF files are not the channels, they are only launched by loaders like the HomeBrew Channel. WADs are the channels. They are Virtual Console games, WiiWare games, and Wii Channels. Get the WAD Manager and download WADs Here (wiiware):
    http://www.wiihacks.com/wii-games/43...gyrostarr.html
    Put the Wads in a folder called "WAD" on the root of your SD card.

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    Thanks. That makes sense now.

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    If I'm understanding you, wads are only for downloaded games?

    If I'm playing a backup of a game that s burned to a DVD I wouldn't need a Wad loader, I would need something like the HomeBrew Channel?

    Forgive me I'm trying to get an understanding of all this.

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    You seem to be lost.
    My I suggest that you start from the beginning by reading the Tutorails and guides.
    That would be your best bet.

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    I have read some tutorials and guide, but there is alot of information and terms that are foreign to a newbe.

    Can you suggest a good starting point.

    I'm looking for a way to backup games and play thrm back with out to much hassle on playback, because my wife is going to doing most of the playing.

    I have a virgin 4u wii and don't want to have to use Zelda to get a game started.

    Thank you in advance for you assistance.

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    A wad is for wiiware and virtual console games. It's also used sometimes for installing IOS's and system menu hacks. There AREN'T for games you buy in stores.

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    i have modchip and firmware 3.2u....new games like indy and ghostbuster are not loading using gecko os...will a wad solve that prob?

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