Full hacking guide for 4.2 system menus!!!!
GUIDE OUTDATED - GO HERE IF YOU WANT TO MOD ANY WII
ATTENTION: Heavy sarcasm or even reading room awaits anyone that asks an answered on this very guide question... You have been warned!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FAQ ABOUT SOFTMODDING BEFORE YOU PROCEED! VERY IMPORTANT!!
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OK guys! The guide you have all been waiting for is here! A full-complete guide to get HBC and backup launchers working all in one!! PLEASE READ THE WHOLE GUIDE AND MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND IT BEFORE YOU PROCEED!!!! We don't want any bricked wiis out there, do we?
This will work on SYSTEM MENU 4.2 VIRGIN and UPDATED. It will work for 4.2e, 4.2u and 4.2j , dunno about 4.2k (Cioscorp users will have a problem, "no vulnerable ios error", solution HERE!!!!!!!)
There is a new DVD drive chipset that is starting to emerge that will not play DVDR, if your Wii came with sys menu 4.0 or newer on it then it could be one, the chipset is known as a D3-2 and the only way of telling if you have one is to open her up, but as this will invalidate your warranty you are better off trying to load DVDRs and if you just keep getting errors then it is a good indication that you have one. The USB loader will still work though so just follow the guide as normal.
Warning, please all those who are on lower than 4.2, DO NOT update yet!! If you are on 3.1-4.1 system menu you should use the excellent Guide made by Dogeggs!
Waninkoko's 4.2 SAFE updater is already out here, but it is not recommended that you update to 4.2 anyway.An online update will remove any cios you had on the wii!! You will lose the ability to play backups and load through usb! this is only for those who are already on 4.2.
Also, do not downgrade your 4.2 wii!!
The only extra that you will need is an SD card (I reckon you all have one by now) formatted as FAT32. If you have anything stored on the card, back it up in your PC because you will lose anything, then format it, so it is Guide-ready.
HERE WE GO!!
PART A: The astonishing installation of HBC: First steps into modding
In this part we will install HBC, which is used to run apps from the system menu, using the bannerbomb exploit. Along the way, DVDx will be installed, this allows the lens to recognize burned DVDs (not play backups, just see they are there). In the end we will install Bootmii, which is a very useful app as we will see next.
A1)GET THIS and unrar the contents in the root of your SD card. In the root of the SD card whould be:
A2)Run to your wii, place the card in the SD slot and navigate to the SD card icon, bottom left, writes SD and has the same shape, can't really miss it. Once you did this, a warning screen about scams should appear, press ok, screen will go black. A disclaimer shall appear, press one to continue.
(note: following my guide you will never get an upside down HBC. If you ever find the HBC upside down, run this installer again and install HBC again)
A3)Now three lines should appear: Homebrew channel, which can be isntalled, DVDx, also can be installed, Bootmii, which possibly will give you an error. Install Homebrew Channel, DVDX. On bootmii option, select "prepare SD card". After it finishes, install it as boot2 (if possible) or as an IOS.
Warning: Bootmii at most cases will give you an error, so it cannot be installed as a boot2. For most of you will be isntalled as an ios. That is fine.
A4)After that you are ready, you have installed all of the above! now an app can be palced in the apps folder in your SD card and be run by HBC! This has a load of functions: Media players, Emulators, Useful apps and Homebrew games! browse tham all here, but take care with the ones you dont really understand,as they might ruin your wii! most of them are really safe tho.
Those who were able to install bootmi as boot2 or even if IOS only install SHOULD BACKUP THEIR NAND RIGHT AWAY!!! If an IOS install, you may be able to use the console buttons to navigate the BootMii options; if not, then you will need a Gamecube controller.
Here is what you should do (abstract from Dogeggs' guide, hope he doesn't mind:D)
The following should get you a cios, so that you can play backups on your wii:
2. BACK UP YOUR NAND (REQUIRED)
Making a NAND backup with Bootmii is required, it will recover your Wii from 99.9% of bricks.
Use the same SD card you used to install Bootmii and make sure there is at least 530mb free on it.
Bootmii is very fussy about what SD cards it uses, so avoid generic ones and try and use a Sandisk or similar.
a) Put the SD card into the Wii, if you installed Bootmii as boot2 then it will load, if it is installed as an IOS go to the Homebrew Channel, press 'home' on your wiimote and select 'Launch Bootmii'.
b) Use the power/reset/eject buttons to navigate the Bootmii menu and select the icon with the gears on it. If those buttons don't work then you will have to use a Gamecube controller.
c) Now select the icon with a green arrow pointing from the chip to the SD card and follow the on screen instructions.
D) In about 10 mins you will have a NAND backup, it is normal to have up to 80 bad blocks so don't worry if you get some.
e) Put the SD card into PC and copy the NAND backup somewhere safe, you can now delete it from your card. If you installed Bootmii as boot2 then also copy the Bootmii folder to your PC and either delete or rename it, otherwise it will load every time you switch your Wii on.
If ever you get bricked then copy the bootmii folder and NAND backup onto your card, do steps a) & b) again, using Preloader to get to HBC if necessary, then select the icon with the arrow going from the SD card to the chip. It is not recommended to restore your NAND if you have Bootmii installed as an IOS.
>>Those who had previously (before the update) installed ios249 may have a chance to play backed up games easily. They should run cios38rev14 installer from Homebrew Channel and use ios250. if that does not work, try running it again, but using one of the following : ios202, ios222,ios223,ios249.Then you can proceed to D. If one of these does not work either, you should have to do the following:
PART B: The extermination of the evil stub ios249
Ok, so N did this update and those ppl knew that we use ios249 to install our cios and place our backups. What did they do? they invented an empty ios ("stub") and place it in slot 249, to stop us. Like they will! Muhahahaha. Here is what we do about it. We will uninstall ios249 stub, and then install our own cios38rev14 in slot 249:
B1) GET THIS PACK(Thanks to Dogeggs, he sure made the trick... this will probably work for anyone) or GET THIS PACK 2 or GET THIS PACK 3 (pick start with the first one, if you get an error pick the next one and follow instructions from B2 and on again. One of this will do the trick without an error. If still nothing, try this)
B2)Format the SD card, with FAT32, place the contents of the included folder in the SD card root. Only files in SD root should be:
root:\00000001\ <-(if available)
B3)Place the SD card in the wii, start HBC and press home ar the main HBC screen. (If your wii boots to Bootmii, just go to B5)
B4)Select bootmii and wait.
B5)Wadmanager should start.(On ios select, select ios36, or try a few, 249, 250 dunno,we are scratching our heads with this)!!
B6)Select SD card and press A to continue.
B7)Select ios249 from wad folder and press A
B8)change the action to "uninstall wad", press A
B9)Done!! now to the next step!!
PART C: The installation of our beloved cios38rev14
Now that we deleted the stupid stub, the place is free so thet we can isntall cios!
C1)NOW GET THIS PACK or THIS PACK 2
C2)Format the card with FAT32, download the file above and place the contents of the "Place to SD 2" folder in the SD card. It should only contain the included files:
root:\00000001\ <-(if available)
C3)Place the SD card in the wii, start HBC and press home ar the main HBC screen. (If your wii boots to Bootmii, just go to C5)
C4)Select bootmii and wait.
C5)cios38rev14 installer should run and give you some options.
C6)At the beginning you should see ios249 highlighted. Keep pressing left on the wii pad until you see "Do not reload IOS" at the ios select screen, press A. (for some reason that neither I nor the other follows here seem to understand, this does not work for everyone. If this fails, try again using 249, 250, 222, 223, 36, 37... and others. Switching to one of these may work for you. be sure to restart your wii after each attempt)
C7)If you have internet connection, select "Network install", else select "SD card", Press A.
C8)Proceed with the installation, and you are done.
You should have ios249rev14 isntalled, which will allow you to run any Backup loader or USB laoder!
If you fail at doing the above, you can replace steps B and C with steps 1 to 3 of this guide!!!!!!!
PART D: Getting the backup launchers to work : the optionals
Now we are worked up and ready to run our backups!! REMEMBER: Use Verbatim DVD-r burned at 2x-4x to minimise errors!
D1)Remember the first pack I gave you? Place the "apps" and "wad" folder of that in the root of the SD card (The first rar ok? delete all the others from SD)
D2)Place the SD in wii and boot up, go to HBC.
-For DVD launching, go to NeoGamma r7 (if you get a black screen on this one, you have not done B or C correctly. Try running them again)
FOR ALL THE STUPID NOOBS, I WILL ONLY SAY THIS HERE AND SEND TO READING ROOM FOR ETERNITY EVERYONE THAT SAYS IT AGAIN: iF YOU RUN NEOGAMMA AND IT SAYS AT THE BOTTOM "cIOS249rev14" THEN EVERYTHING IS CORRECT. IF I SEE ANYONE ASKING HOW TO VIRGINISE HIS WII TO START AGAIN I WILL SEND HIM TO RR AND CURSE HIM FOR ETERNITY. IT IS THE MOST STUPID THING YOU CAN DO. THE SAME GOES FOR THOSE WHO ASK IF THEY HAVE TO DOWNGRADE. I WILL BAN EVERYONE WHO DOWNGADES FROM NOW ON.
If you get errors 1101, 1048 or 1053 AND you are certain the media you are using are the correct ones (DVD-r Veratim at 4x) you most probably have the new D3-2 drive that does not read backups, and you should use a USB device.
-For USB launching, go to USB loader GX
Ok seems that a lot of noobs ask me about a black screen at usb loader GX
. This may occur in some cases:
1)ARE YOU SURE YOU DID THE ABOVE CORRECTLY? If neither neogamma nor usb loader launch correctly, then steps B adn C were not done.
2)ARE YOU SURE YOUR HDD IS COMPATIBLE WITH WII? Check this here
3)ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE USING THE CORRECT USB PORT? The correct one i the one at the side of the SD card adapter, the outer one, not the inner one.
4)ARE YOU SURE YOU FORMATTED THE HDD WITH WBFS MANAGER? Here it is
5)ARE YOU SURE YOU PARTITIONED THE DRIVE CORRECTLY? If you have more than one partitions, make sure the WBFS one is the first in row, primary and active.
Consult Gen3sf 's guide for usb loader
for more details!
At the time it loads, see these for the settings : USBLoaderGX settings
D4)Install wads (careful with that, ok? youare not priiloader safe. Definately do not uninstall ANY IOS LOWER THAN 200!!! You will brick! I repeat for the Butt-heads: Do not uninstall ioses with a number lower than 200!!!)
To install wads, select wadmanager, and choose ios249 and SD card on the options (should be default).
-If you want Neogamma as a channel , install Neogammar8.wad
-If you want USB loader GX as a channel, install USBLoaderGXr850.wad (this will install the full channel, but you can install the forwarder instead, USB Loader GX-UNEO_Forwarder.wad, which can be directly updated by placing updated version in the SD card, yet you will need the SD card constantly inside the Wii slot to launch it. Install whichever sounds more useful to you)
Note that your HDD needs to be formatted as WBFS with WBFS Manager.
D5) You can now install ios202, ios222, ios223. From HBC, run cios222 installer and select ios249 to use. At the next screen, choose the following, one at each turn:
-ios202, for usb - using ios38 (needed for USB2.0 support at Media Players)
-ios222, for uloader - using ios38 (needed for USB support of instruments and stuff)
-ios223 mainly for GH5 - using ios38 merged with 37 (same as above)
Mind that you will need an internet connection for this!! If you do not have an internet connection, see appendix. You can also install the ioses using any other combination you like, But those are recommended for now, until a games needs otherwise. If a game does not run with USB loader, try changing the ios it uses through settings menu to one of the above.
The following are really optional and not needed to play backups. Also mind that incorrect use of them might brick you!! so use with caution!!
D6) This will install a hacked ios70 on the Wii. Please read below very carefully, as you may brick your wii if you dont follow instructions properly. A hacked ios70 is needed for 2 reasons:
a) Allows wiiware and VC games to run through SD card.
b)Allows installation of priiloader, which is the only brick protection you can get if you don't have Bootmii/boot2. It is totally recommended to install priiloader.
Here is how you install ios70:
-Start wadmanager from HBC
-Accept the agreement and with default settings (ios249 & SD card) press A to browse the SD card.
-Find IOS70-64-v6687 [Patched][FreeTheBug].wad and press A
-Make sure you install and NEVER EVER uninstall the ios70! If you uninstall ios70 or any ios lower than 200, your Wii will suffer a slow and painful DEATH!
-Once you are 10000% sure it says <install>, press A to install the file.
-Once it's done, press Home to return to HBC.
-Now you can breath.
D7)Installation of priiloader. After you install ios70patched, you are able to install priiloader.
-Find the Priiloader app in HBC.
-Read the instructions, and hold down B, and press + to use ios249. This will install priiloader.
-Once it is done, reset your wii and it will take you to Priiloader menu. If it does not, switch off, then hold down the reset button and press power to boot. This will take you to priiloader. Make sure that your wiimotes are synced before doing this, or you wont be able to go to system menu (they said they fixed it in 0.3)
-From there, go to Hacks and check the ones you want. Block disc update and Region free ones are recommended. you can check what the others do here. If the system says that there are no hacks available do the following:
</install>GO here and copy the hacks for you system menu version into the hacks.ini that exists in the root of your SD card. Then save and retry. Be sure to leave a blank line at the end.
<install> -After you are done, go to the Settings and change autoboot to System menu.
-Reset the wii. You are done!
If you ever banner brick your Wii (God forbid) you can access priiloader menu by holding down reset button while booting the Wii, then access HBC to undo the brick (yeah i know it rocks). After that you can install all the Wiiware/VC/channel wads you wish, without bricking fear.
Note: I have not programmed or been part of any of these programs, credits all go to them! Team twiizers,bootmii and hackmii guys, comex for his bannerbomb, and all the others that created the various apps for the wii! I merely gathered them in a single guide
To perform an offline installation you must do the following:
1)Get NUSDownloader HERE
2)Run NUSDownloader and download the ioses needed by the app you want to run. For Hermes, I am not too sure which version of ioses 38 37 and 60 are used, so DL all of them to be sure :D. Mind that you sill need to select the version and not use the "latest version" option.
3)Make sure you dont check the WAD package option.
4)A folder will be created in the folder NUSdownloader is. Its name should be sth like \0000000X000000XXvXXXX\...
5)You must copy the contents of the folder in the SD root, but three folders must be created, which should be named after breaking the original folder name like this: root:\0000000X\000000XX\vXXXX\...
and inside the folder the files of the IOS should be placed.
EXAMPLE: folder 0000000100000025v3612 should be in the root like root:\00000001\00000025\v3612\...
Please send feedback ASAP!!!! DO NOT PM ME FOR HELP UNLESS YOU ARE A HOT CHICK!!
There is a guy on Youtube who has recorded the steps on my guide... Havent checked this out but here is the link you can have an idea of what he does, seem correct but he may be a total idiot, as he has not checked with me yet... anyway here is the link... mind that since that things have changed but the main dea is the same.
YouTube - play wii backups on wii version 4.2 (Part 1)
Also he linked to my files... anyway i am adding a password to them so wiihacks get the credit:D