A Tale of Two Wii's
I'm reading your excellent site and getting a feel for softmodding and would like to do it tonight. I have a few questions however, the main one is something I don't think will be found anywhere on the site!
1) I have two wii's. One has surely been updated to the latest (US) firmware. But I have a really old one unopened in the box, at least a year if not 2 years old. Which one should I use?
2) If you're going to say use the unopened, non-updated one, I have a question. So that means the firmware is pretty old right. Do the modding steps update the firmware? if not, aren't there drawbacks to old firmware? New firmware usually fixes bugs and increases compatibility with newer games!
3) I'm pretty tech-savvy. Let's say I do this without a hitch. Is it really buggy? Would I be better off chipping it, or just leaving it be? I'm all for doing this but if lots of games are crashy or if I have to spend a day maintaining this thing every few weeks, I'd rather not.
4) I have the iPhone app. But I connect with Facebook on the website. How do I login on the iPhone app?
Thanks for reading!
You have plenty of options. You could Hardmod (the chip like you said), softmod (follow one of the guides here) or you could get a WODE (have a look also on this site about WODE discussion). All have their advantages and disadvantages, but with a little reading you will pick up on which one better suits your needs.
As far as which wii to soft mod, if you went down that path, I would suggest the older one. If you follow Mauifrog's guide, it will upgrade your system menu anyway in one of the steps. Most games work with soft modding - search for the thread titled problematic games, and it tells you how to get most of them working. There are very few that don't work at all. Most of the problems people experience here when they soft mod wii's is simply because they don't follow instructions properly.
LOL...drugs. :) Nice Dickens reference also.
1) If your open Wii is 4.3 then it will probably be easier to mod the unopened.
2) It depends...The preferred are 3.2 or 4.1. We won't know what it's on until you fire it up. If it's two years old it won't be 4.1. You can update to whatever system menu you want. You can manually update your IOS regardless of your system menu.
3) If you are USB loading it will play better than your original discs. Backup disc loading can sometimes be skippy and take longer to load because the play slower but not really buggy. You may want to occasionally update now and again but it's really not all that bad. There are a few problematic games but nothing that can't be conquered.
4) Don't know.
1. Use the older one. Reasons: Newer wiis can not read backups via discs, only usb hdd and might even be able to install bootmii as boot2 depending on the age
Originally Posted by Gregory Fleming
2. Firmware doesn't matter. You can be on a very old firmware and still play the latest games. Firmware above 4.1 is not recommended since all 4.2 and 4.3 do is kill soft/hardmods.
3. Softmods run like an unstoppable killing machine. Only thing buggy is softmods atm is GC loading from usb and that will more than likely be fixed before to long. Wii games work great.
4. Got me partner. If you don't get an answer here feel free to post in the iphone section or the thread about the iphone app. I think apple is sleeping with the devil and makes every attempt to kill my dog...
I usually don't respond to questions that can be answered by searching, but searching when you know nothing can be overwhelming and you had an awesome thread title, lol. Good luck.
Thank you, citizens! And yes, I know about the understandable emphasis on searching. I had been, just wanted a view from the top on a couple of judgment calls, iphone question being a last minute exception. Thanks again.
And FYI I broke out the unopened Wii and it's 3.1. I read about WODE it looks really cool, but I'm feeling impatient now and think I'll dive into soft-modding. Plus it's always fun to learn something new.
You should be able to get BootMii/boot2 install --- make sure you make a NAND backup as described in our guides --- as boot2 install, this pretty well means you can recover from almost any kind of brick (short of a hardware problem).
ha HA, it is I, the OP
MauiFrog's guide made sure it went off without a hitch. I like this place so much I decided to create an account and donate!
I now have about a million questions but I'll try to search first and post when appropriate. Thanks for the guidance, posters.
I'm sorry, so AtariBaby and Gregory Fleming = you, right? I don't get it, you had to create that account to post. Does one of the accounts need removed, and if so which?
nightstah, I would hope the quality of the post would warrant not removing it. I first came here and logged in via Facebook, which as far as I can tell doesn't afford you a lot of options and forces you to use your full name from your FB profile! So I created an account the old school way, planning to learn more here, and contribute both information and $.