I'll look into the USB loader since backup gamma is giving me so many problems. If you have any suggested links on it I'll definitely read it.
I'm really floored on how helpful everyone has been. I know my situation doesn't have the ideal information but everyone has been really patient.
Most of the push to downgrade to 3.2 was to get the Starfall program to work. It was a safety net to block Games from installing stuff. I dont know if it has been replaced or upgraded for 3.4 or newer but I still run a 3.2 Wii with Starfall.
Did you try installing the cIOS rev8, that works good with the gamma backup launcher.
I agree about people rushing in and not reading, but 3.2 is still the most stable and works with most apps (Truncha Bug), also Starfall doesn't install above 3.2.
You could use preloader, but you need something to protect against bricking, especially whilst learning.
The whole idea of hacking and mods and sites like this is to spread knowledge and help people.
So please don't get upset or use foul language.
PS: Keep up the good work in helping Newbies, we all start somewhere.
I stand firm with 3.2u is over rated. It causes a ton of troubles. Starfall doubly so. No backup loaders will even read the update partition. The only way to get the update partition read is through the Wii channel, by proxy of a mod chip. So for the 23482384 people that use softmod's exclusively the starfall is pointless.
As for preloader, I have my own some what conspiracy theory that it wrecks people's systems. All the "i turned my wii on this morning and it says system files are corrupt." From everything i've read with softmod'ing - less is more. And making such a drastic change as preloader does, while preventing total failure, causes problems too. It's like letting the wolf guard the hen house imo. But of course I can't substantiate that theory.
Either way, I can concede 3.2u has very minor benefits. But so many guides stress 3.2u as if it's the golden way to make everything on your system happy and with it you can throw your Wii out a window and it will be fine. It's not uncommon to see people have perfectly working softmod'd systems try to make the transition to 3.2 just becuase they think they need it; and they end up bricking in the process.
I just really think, according to my own observations, the stress on 3.2 has caused a million more problems than having 3.2 has ever fixed for anyone. With the way IOSs and HBC works people should just concentrate on softmod'ing their individual firmware. Not on playing the upgrade-downgrade-update-erase-your-boot2-downgrade-again game.
I updated from 3.2E to 4.0E just using the update channel and that was with HB, GX Loader, GC Backup, Wii Backup Loader installed and working. After updating it all still worked. Going back was a whole new ball game.
1. I first made it Virgin 4.0E but forgot to leave HB channel on *****
2. Removed as many IOS as possible and cleaned Nand
3. Reinstalled HB using Wii Softmod for Dummmies 4.1 (Specific App)
4. Installed just about every IOS inc Truncha Fixes
5. Used Nintendo Servers to Downgrade to 3.2E
6. Installed Starfall
7. Re-Installed Channels
8. My shopping channel still works fine.
PS: I also Anti Brick any back up disks I use, if I am not using GX.