Lost on how to modify my wii
Good morning, and thank you in advance for any direction and help.
I am new to this.
Stumbled upon this forum trying to decipher what or how to modify my child's wii to run image files from a USB Laptop HDD I have plugged into the back.
At one point a friend of mine was able to help me do some sort of software modification to the wii and for a few months I was able to play the image files (wbfs) from a usb laptop hard drive I have plugged into the back. Long story short, I had issues with the optical drive, Nintendo refused to work on it since I had 'Homebrew' installed on the machine, and I ended up going out and replacing the optical drive myself.
The unit has been working fine, but in that time I had also re-imaged(?) the firmware of the wii, and since then the HDD backups on my USB drive no longer work.
I am looking for a solution that will do the following:
1.) allow me to make backups of the disks we have (small children = damaged disks)
2.) play those images from a USB external drive plugged into the back of the console.
3.) load and play image files (.iso? .wbfs?) from that USB HDD
Am I crazy? Is this even possible?
I was hoping for a hardware piece I could plug into the unit, but am willing to do this via software programming if necessary.
Background: I run an IT computer company and have 20 years of computer hardware/software production/networking as a background. I am quite technical, but when it comes to these consoles, I am in the dark.
I know that the optical drive I replaced in the unit is much newer than the original (I replaced it about 9 months ago, using a current WII console off the shelf). So if I need to, I can certainly take it apart and get any numbers off the optical drive if they will be needed (again, the serial on the bottom of my unit represents the actual wii, but the optical drive inside is newer by at least a year+, if this makes any difference - I do not know).
I would appreciate any direction in how to approach this. There is a homebrew app still installed on the wii, I don't know what may be missing or what I may have screwed up when I went and re-loaded the firmware (4.3?), and if I have posted this in the wrong forum, my apologies, please move it to the more appropriate location.
Again, I would love to do this with something hardware, but not knowing much about this, I don't know if that is the best solution for this particular application. thank you all again for your time and any help, I look forward to doing this, just need to know where and how to start.