Working Wii no longer works
.... sort of.
Okay, so modded my virgin Wii a few years back. I followed all the tutorials and guides and was successful in getting Priiloader, Bootmii, HBC and Wiiflow all working. Since this was a few years ago, only FAT32 was supported, so that's what my external USB HDD was formatted as.
Everything has been working fine for all this time.
I got a new game (Just Dance 4) where the WBFS file is more than 4GB. This isn't allowed on FAT32. So, I want to re-format my partition to NTFS, re-copy all my backups, and be able to move on. This is where I started.
I got the latest and greatest version of Wiiflow (4.2) and installed it. It *seemed* to work, in that it could see and read the USB drive. But when I went to select a game, it loaded the disc in the drive! I took the disc out and tried again, but then I heard it trying to power up the CD drive and then it froze on a black screen. This happens for all games.
Wiiflow v4.2 was last updated around 2010, so I thought I'd get something a bit more current, and USBLoader GX seemed to be that. I installed the latest version, and even the Channel Forwarder, and, once again, everything *seemed* to work; I could see the USB drive, find the games, and even loaded one of them. But it did give me an error upon first boot that I was using cIOS 249 Rev <18, and that is not supported, so go at your own risk. So, I decided to go ahead and get the latest and greats version of IOS 249, looks be Rev 21. I use WADLoaderGUI and the installation of the IOS seems to go off without a hitch. I then go back into USBLoaderGX, and now it can't see the USB drive!! WTF!!?!?!
I poke around in some settings and try cold booting and re-seating the USB drive. Connect it to my laptop, ensure it's still good, reconnect and try again, and nothing I do seems to make USBLoader GX see the USB drive. Which is really odd, b/c HBC sees it enough to load the app!
Since I have the latest IOS 249, I think to myself "well, maybe Wiiflow will work better now", so I go back and try that again. Still the same, everytime I try to load a game, it goes to the CD drive and blank-freezes.
So, now I have an "updated" Wii, but one that isn't working anymore! Can anyone help me out?? I don't want to copy over that whole partition, reformat to NTFS, then copy back over, until I'm sure that the Wii will actually work correctly!
Oh yes, one of the links I followed said something about having the latest d2x IOS installed. I tried installing the loader and running it, but it didn't make any sense, so I stopped. Most loaders are pretty idiot-proof, or at least help guide you and provide suggestions, but this one seems to require a few advanced degrees and some powers of premonition to figure out how to use it correctly.
Thanks in advance for any help.