Can't get Wii Music to work. Please help.
OK, I know the title looks like I probably haven't done much searching. And as this is my first post, that doubly adds to that perception. But I really have searched and searched on here, and just can't find the kind of detailed info I need. So take this post as a question (which it is), and as feedback on the forums here. Thanks.
Here is what I have done so far. I followed the mauifrog guide to softmod my wii 4.3U. It was a while ago, but it worked completely successfully on the first try. I have cfgusb-loader running just fine. I have ripped all of my games to a fat32 HDD and they all seem to work just fine. Everything is great. Total success. Flawless. Thank you all so much! My Wii is awesome now.
Except for Wii Music. I get the black screen immediately. Remote disconnects. Have to restart the Wii.
So I searched and discovered that Wii Music needs IOS35-64-v1040 to solve the black screen problem. But it was really troublesome finding STEP BY STEP instructions for how to GET it, LOAD it, and INSTALL it. From what I can see, it seems to be a pretty common issue that some games need specific IOS files loaded in order to run, except there doesn't seem to be a steb by step guide on how to do that. All of the info seems to be posted all over the place. And it is hard to tell which info goes with what other info.
So I searched some more, figured out that I needed to download NUSD. Did that, searched for how to use it. Found that. Got the wad I needed. Even found a post that said that wii music works with both v1040 and the latest version of ios35. So I downloaded both versions. But then had to keep searching in order to discover that the wads have to be put in a folder called wad, on the root of the SD card. So got that done. Almost there?
But then how do I load the wads onto my wii? There is so much conflicting info on this. I know it is because there are a million different mods and versions that people are using, but it is very hard to figure out for a noob without a step by step guide. For example, it seems that MMM is a popular choice for loading wad files and lots of other stuff, and it comes as part of the mauifrog file downloads that I got while following that softmod guide. But for some reason it did not actually get installed on my wii as a part of that guide. I have read a lot about MMM, but can't seem to find any step by step guides for installing it on a wii (such as "download the file, unzip the file, copy the file to such and such directory on your sd card, put sd card back in wii, launch priiloader and blah blah blah"). Can't even find instructions on the mmm website, or in the readme files. That's the kind of info I need. But so much stuff seems buried in these forums under a thousand "oops I bricked my wii" posts that stuff is really hard to find. And the search options do not seem to allow me to search for phrases such as "how to install an ios using mmm". I keep getting the "word is too common" error. Even when using quotes. Maybe someone could help me use the search better?
So anyway, I downloaded MMM, put it in my apps folder (purely a guess, since it seemed to have the same directory structure as my existing apps). Then I launched homebrew channel, and sure enough, MMM showed up there. But when I launched it, it hung at the first "loading bootmii...". So it never loaded. So I gave up on that. Maybe that's why it didn't get installed as part of the softmod install guide? Maybe my wii doesn't have boot2 or bootmii or whatever? I can't remember exactly.
So I then turned to wadmanager. Again, there seems to be no step by step guide for installing and using wadmanager. And there seems to be a lot of differing info. Some posts say you have to load it into the SD root and rename it to boot.dol. Other posts you don't have to rename it. I tried it both ways. I even created a wadmanager folder under the apps folder and renamed the wadmanager.dol to boot.dol and copied it in there on a whim. Just wondering if it would work the same way as other apps do.
And it did. Found it in the homebrew channel and started right up. But then when it loaded up, it asked me what ios to use. I had no idea. So I picked 249, since that was the default. Then disabled nand (no idea why, just because it was default), chose my source and loaded the wad v1040 and installed it. It gave me a success, so I exited out and tried to run wii music. No change. Still a black screen.
So I tried the "latest version" wad, installed that, and tried again. Still no change. Then I thought, wii music is using ios 248, so maybe I need to select ios 248 in the wad manager before installing. Tried that. No change.
So anyway, I am stuck. I have tried everything I know how to do. And have done a fair amount of guessing along the way, even though that seems really foolish given the thousands of people who seem to have bricked their wiis by guessing! :-)
Could someone point me to a step by step guide that tells me how to install an ios to get a game to work? From the beginning. It should look something like this:
1. Go to xyz post and find your game and the listed ios you need.
2. Go to abc post and read the instructions for downloading and using NUSD
3. Using NUSD, select "pack wad", then the IOS you need, then download.
4. Create a folder on the root of your SD card called "wads" (if one does not exist) and copy the wad file there.
5. Check to see if your wii has MMM or wadmanager installed. Here's how to check...
6. If you have MMM, here is how to use MMM to install your new ios wad correctly.
7. If you have Wadmanager, here is how to use wadmanager to install your new ios.
8. If you have neither, here is how to determine which one will be best for you (what guide did you use to softmod, what version are you, what usb loader are you using, do you have bootmii or boot2, etc.)
9. Once you have decided which is best, here is how to correctly install it on your system.
10. Once it is installed, refer to either 6 or 7 above to see how to install your wad.
11. Once the wad is installed, here is how to check to see if it was installed correctly, how to verify, etc,
12. Now go to your usb loader and select the game, press 1 for options, and select the new ios you just downloaded, or change the ios to 247 or 266 or whatever, blah blah blah...
THAT is the kind of info a noob like me needs to get all his games working correctly. I guess I was spoiled by the mauiifrog guide, because it was totally step by step, almost impossible to mess up. Very clear. If this, then that, else that kind of logical directions. VERY VERY GOOD. In fact, the sheer volume of information on these forums is incredible. I am really impressed. There are a lot of smart people on here. So it was a little disappointing to get stuck on such a seemingly common issue. I thought for sure there would be some clear instructions on what to do from beginning to end. What I found was very fragmented and confusing. A little bit here. A little more there. Put two and two together. Make a few guesses. Hope it works. If not, try again...
Please don't see this as a diss, but more of thoughtful criticism. When a noob like me can find a post that tells them what ios they need for a game, that post should also at least point to a comprehensive guide of how to accomplish that.
If there is such a guide, I apologize for not being able to find it, and would appreciate being pointed to it. Or else, if someone could just help me to get Wii Music running, that would be fine for now. Thanks.