That is the only way to mod a 4.3 wii. I posted the virgin link because you asked how to remove all of the mods "just in case". boot2 makes you practically bulletproof. bootmii as ios and priiloader are the best you are going to be able to get on your wii. As long as you follow instructions you will not get bricked. If you are going to experiment with unknown wads and such you are playing russian roulette with your wii. Follow the guide (go to a rental store and get the needed game to mod) and you will be all set. nand backup is a copy of your wii internal memory, if ever needed you can run bootmii from the homebrew (only after trying every other option that may be suggested!) channel and restore it.
okay cool, well i think i'll skip the virginising business, sounds too risky and just looking at the wii, it looks pretty unmodded, the previous owner didnt even clear his save games or anything. and yeah it's a shame i cant do boot2, i'd like to be bulletproof lol, but I dont have much intention for using random wads, maybe a few trusted homebrew apps in the future but for now i'll just get my backups on a HD and play all my games again, I can borrow lego indi off my brother soon so that's not a problem, just gotta save up for an SD card and usb hd. just for clarification, which sd card and hard drive would you reccommend for decent price:quality ratio in the UK, and then could you just remind me of the correct walkthrough for me and I'll be good to go. which is the best section to post in should i come accross problems, and also what is the best procedure should i have a problem, like should i leave it on until i get help from you guys, or is it safe to turn off the wii and come back to it when you reply?
thanks ever so much, and I'll be in touch if i have any more questions, you guys are great =D
edit: i'll need a card reader for my pc also, is a 2gb card enough? i remember reading so but am i mistaken? and yer remember im on a tight budget here lol
4.3 guide If you need help while using this guide post questions in the thread. Turning off the wii after a fail in not going to hurt anything.
usb compatibility list
usb drive compatibility list
You will have to do your own research on cost/value, I have no idea what stuff cost in UK
A 2gb sandisk sd card will be all you need, snadisk seems to be the most reliable brand for everyone. I have used some cheap offbrands myself (only because I already had them laying around) but if you are purchasing one specifically for this then buy one that has been proven reliable.
AND NOW TO REALLY BURST YOUR BUBBLE: The drive you have in your wii is not going to be able to read the backup games that you have which means that you will not be able to load them onto your usb drive to play them. I think we all have overlooked that little issue. There is a way to rip them to your computer but you need a specific dvd drive to do that as well (do some searching on here, I don't have the link handy). Your other option would be to find a friend with an older wii, mod that system and load your games to the usb hd through it, then hook HD up to your wii.
thanks skellinator, I'm looking into getting the things i'll need now, you've all been helpful, thanks.
why exactly would my backups not work? it shouldn't be an issue as i should be able to temporarily borrow them off of my brother or a friend, but I'm not sure what you mean by load it to the hd through the wii, I'd have thought that a ripped iso on a pc transferred to the hd would be just as effective, but what do i know eh? lol. perhaps a torrented file would work? I won't ask where to get them as I can do that myself but I feel entitled to (if it would work) as I have paid for the games so it's only for backup purposes. I presume that torrent would have to have been ripped through the wii then unless they had the specific drive like you mentioned?
either way, I'll go ahead with the modding so at least i know that i could use backups somehow in the future, but if you could help with the ripping process that'd be awesome, if not i'll check back under a new topic when i get around to it.
If you have the isos on your computer you are all set. I thought you only had backup discs. You can load the games to your usb hard drive from your computer.
oh brilliant! yeah, i actually only had them on my pc, then before posting on here, ripped them all to dvd in preperation but that's ideal anyway, thanks =D
edit: looking at the compatability, i believe this usb hard drive would be fine, am i correct? Seagate Expansions 500GB External Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
edit2: in fact this looks more reliable, is this the best in the price range do you reckon? Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Personally, I would go with the seagate because it has external power supply, and it's cheaper. I think some people have had issues with the ones powered from the usb.
what about Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories ?
reading the reviews on USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp it seems tried and tested, and is mains powered, and is a terabyte and cheaper than the other one. would you recommend? =]
Sure, why not? More storage and lower cost seems like a no brainer to me!