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    Softmod nightmare

    Hi, I have recently softmodded my wii using Maulfrog's guide. I have actually done it 3 times now! Unfortunately I am still having problems loading games from a HDD, (games freeze after 1,2 or even 20 minutes). The very same HDD works perfectly well with another modded wii I have. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance.

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    I would suspect power or heat issues first. When you try it with the other Wii, is the set up *exactly* the same other than swapping the Wiis? Same peripherals, cables, plugbars, air flow and ventilation? By "perfectly" you mean it works fine for hours; well beyond the 20 minute point?.

    Second, are the softmods exactly the same also? Do you have the same IOS setup and all? Are you loading with the same loader (ie Wiiflow)? Is one putting in hacks via USBLoader or similar and the other isn't? If you are hacking gameplay then I am not inclined to help you.

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    Thanks for responding. I bought the 'working' wii from an ebay type site and so I don't know how it was modded and the HDD came with it loaded with games (I deleted all but the games I own from the HDD and have since loaded the rest of my games using the 'non working' wii and downloaded a game which I have purchased twice but my kids have scratched). It does however have dx2, cios222 and ios236 installers on the SD card (which I know little about). It uses USB Loader GX ver 2.3 and when it loads and says 'loading cios249' then 'reloading into cios248 R21006' before it starts up. It has never crashed and is often left on overnight. It is ver 4.3e but the disk drive has never worked.
    The 'non working' wii has downgraded from 4.3e to 4.1e and uses the same cables, sensor bar, power source and HDD, it's even in the same place. I have tried using USB Loader GX ver1, 2.3 and 3. I have also tried Wii Flow and USB Config. They all have the same results. In desperation I have tried loading the installers that came with the 'working wii' before using 'the guide' again and even downloaded 'Pimp my wii'. The only things that do work well on the 'non working' wii are the disk channel to play games and wiiMC which is an excellent program and has worked well 90% of the time for well over an hour.
    A lot of info I know but I've been at this for months now and I'm getting frustrated.
    Any help welcome and gratefully received, thanks.

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    Do the games freeze after 20m or so when loaded from the disc drive without the hard drive connected?

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    When loaded from disk it all works fine. When loaded from USB it freezes and buzzes.

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    It sounds like a heat related issue possibly from the Wii powering the drive over the USB. When you run from the game disk, and it doesn't freeze, is the USB hard drive still connected and powered? If not, try running from game disk with the USB hard drive connected and powered. If it still doesn't freeze, that doesn't mean it isn't a heat/power issue in the Wii as the USB HD will use power if not being accessed as when running the game from USB HD. Does the USB HD have its own separate power? Or is it powered fully from the Wii?

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    I had origonaly discounted over heating as a problem as the other wii was in the exact same place. However I've just tried using a pen drive with games loaded on as it only requires one USB slot and therefore less power/less heat and also using it in a more ventilated area. Fingers crossed there have been no issues so far well over 3 hours. Thanks for your suggestions mgalyean. I think powering the HDD from both USB ports and the working disc drive must have generated just a tiny bit more heat than just the 2 USB ports on the other wii.

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    Glad I could help. This the first time I thought I might know the answer to a problem posted here and responded because the symptoms were kind of general overheating symptoms. I'm nearly completely useless navigating the jungles of IOS flavors, versions of utilities, and the game versions! lol Major kudos to the folks who keep that stuff sorted out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wii freeze View Post
    I had origonaly discounted over heating as a problem as the other wii was in the exact same place. However I've just tried using a pen drive with games loaded on as it only requires one USB slot and therefore less power/less heat and also using it in a more ventilated area. Fingers crossed there have been no issues so far well over 3 hours. Thanks for your suggestions mgalyean. I think powering the HDD from both USB ports and the working disc drive must have generated just a tiny bit more heat than just the 2 USB ports on the other wii.
    I have used a couple of those dual USB drives and found it necessary to only plug one in and the drive ran fine. it was a seagate 1TB

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