Okay, from various reports on this forum and other forums it seems fair to conclude that the Wii System Menu update to 4.2 results in incompatibility with import games. However, it is somewhat unclear if any and all out-of-region games are unplayable under 4.2, or if the 4.2 update just narrows down the number of import titles working. Please continue to report!
I don't think the issue is specifically related to DriveKey. DriveKey works fine after the 4.2 update. But the 4.2 update contains changes to many of the Wii firmware IOS files, and this is probably why the import games can't be played correctly anymore. The problem is most likely the same with all modchips that open up for the ability to read import game discs, and I don't think it can be fixed other than by way of softmodding (or simply not updating to 4.2).
EDIT: It has now been confirmed many places, including elsewhere in this forum, that the 4.2 update kills region free. It is not related to DriveKey as such or any other specific modchip - it is the same for all of them. So don't update if you want to play imports. For now, if you have already updated to 4.2, the only way to play imports is via softmodding.
my import games wont even show in the disc channel?? i just get the spinning ?, however all my same region games work fine
import games wont even show up in disc channel. they cant be read.
I have iso's that report that they are NTSC when, by all modest responses should be PAL. There may be a fair amount of modding to the original file to make them appear to be NTSC when they, in fact, are not.
So, by all likely accounts, native region games work, as long as they appear to be native. Anything else that appears "import" will not work. That is my assesment anyway. The probable answer is that Ninty has figured out a way to discern the imports by some string of code when the game is started. There is a post earlier that speaks to this by looking at the HEX coding or some such thing.
i thought the drivekey was supposed to make the backup emulate the native region of the wii?
Same problem here.
I updated my wii to 4.2J and all my original japanese games work fine.
My import (PAL) games just get the stupid ? symbol on the disk channel. Kinda sucks really.
I only own original games not any burned/backed up ones so I am screwed.
I also don't have enough internet to download the .iso files so this problem really bugs me.
the drivekey team BETTER come up with a fix QUICK
How does one get updates from the DriveKey team ? Their website has posts dated back to March2009 and nothing ever since then. Has the DriveKey team ever dished out updates which were up-datable via their JTAG cable ? If they have then does anyone know the procedure to update via the JTAG cable..
wiicon - No updates have been publicly issued since the introduction of the chip.
Updates to the SPI Flash will be the most common sense approach as it can be done just by using the update burned to DVD. JTAG is supposed to be last resort as a d2prog JTAG programmer (approx $35) is required and the Wii must be reopened to attach a USB cable to make updates.
Has anyone heard from the folks at Drivekey.com if there is a fix in the works?
I have sent an inquiry to the folks at Drivekey.com about firmware updates. Hopefully they respond. Here's a copy of the message I sent.
Thank you for a wonderful product. It works well with imports and native backups as well as my original discs. However, as I'm sure you are well aware, update 4.2 has destroyed ability to run import discs (backups and originals). Are you currently working on an SPI update to counter this? Many of us in the community are curious and hopeful.
Thanks for the info annunaki.
Does anyone have a list of games(or came across any games) that required one to update to SysMenu 4.2x ?
How does the update through the Game CD work ? Is it forced upon or does it give you a choice to update to the latest firmware inorder to play the game?