Whats up everybody?!
Hey all, I'm new to the forum and very interested in moding my wii.
From what I've read thus far my Wii should have no issues. It is an older Wii I bought it at launch. I hope to be able to mod despite my lack of experience with this type of stuff. I've modded cell phones before in the past but nothing this complicated.
What would be the best chip for a noob whose afraid of messing up their Wii. I'd prefer as little physical alterations to my Wii as possible, I have no soldering experience, but still want to have a good chip that can be upgraded and fully functional.
Also I am unclear on this homebrew channel, what exactly does it allow you to load. I had homebrew on my PSP is it similar to that? are VC games easily available? and these "back up files" basically allow you to burn and or download and play copied games right (similar again to the PSP iso run from th memory stick or the old Dreamcast rips via bootloaders etc)?
Sorry for all my questions I have combed through the site (and will continue to) but everything is not clearly coming together for me. I'm getting it but just a few dots left I have to mentally connect thanks
Because you have an older Wii you should have a lot of options for picking a chip. If you don't want to solder at all then you can get yourself a chip that comes with a clip. Then you just clip it on to the drive chip. I have seen a decent number of posts lately of people having issues who have installed clipped chips and I can’t speak from personal experience as I soldered mine. Most chips have a compatible clip that can be purchased for them. If you go that route and don’t want to solder at all make sure you get a chip with a clip pre-soldered as you can buy them separately and solder them together yourself.
If you don’t want to spend a large amount of cash and feel comfortable doing a little soldering I would suggest getting a WiiKey (There is a clip available for it as well). I am sure some would disagree with that but that is what I installed in mine and it works flawlessly. I did what they call the long wire install where rather than soldering the WiiKey directly to the board I soldered wires to the points on the WiiKey and then soldered the other end of the wires to the system board. I found it a lot easier to do it that way and a lot less likely to destroy the pads on the board. Plus it will be easier to remove if needed in the future. Just get a decent soldering iron and take your time. If you have some old electronics laying around that you don’t care about practice on those. I believe there were only 6 points to solder and a few of them were somewhat small and close together but it really was not that bad.
The WiiKey firmware can be upgraded by using a DVD upgrade disc but is not Jtaggable. If they ever come up with firmware that disables the DVD upgrade from working that might be an issue but I figure for the $18 I spent I would just remove it and install something else. The only way to guarantee 100% that the firmware on the chip can be upgraded in the feature would be to get one that has a Jtag port.
As far as Homebrew is concerned I never have had a PSP but I would imagine the concept is the same. It allows you to install third party applications as well as giving you the ability to install VC and WiiWare games. VC games are easy to find and you can sometimes find packs that people have put together that have pretty much ever VC game in them and custom wad injected games as well. Installing the Homebrew Channel just allows you to have a channel that shows up on your channel list that is always available to quickly launch and install homebrew apps without having to run the Twilight Hack each time to run the Homebrew installer.
There really isn’t backup files that allow you to play burned discs. The backup files are the ISO images of the games that can then be burned to disc and played in your chipped Wii. You can either download ISO’s images or make them yourself from an original disc. If you going make your own images you will either need to get an SD card and us the appropriate software or you will need a specific type of LG DVD drive and the appropriate software for that. The problem with dumping the games using a DVD drive is that there are only a few models of LG drives that work and as far as I know they are not being made anymore. You can find them on Ebay and maybe other suppliers but it will probably run you $40 to $60.
Sorry for the long winded response but I hope it helped clear things up a little.
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Thanks alot DarkDisciple that info really helps I apprectiate the detailed info... It seems like I was pretty much on base with my understandings of this process. I just have to think a bit now as to whether I want to attempt this my self or pay. §piktsµ I may have to take you up on that offer. Thanks again both of you guys.
Great ..I'll be ready whenever you are