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    Question Should I update the firmware?

    Hello guys!

    Like some of you might know, I'm having some issues with playing some games on my Wii. A couple of games just don't work, giving space to the well known black screen.

    The thing is, my Wii has the 3.2E firmware version, and I have a Wasabi Zero solderless chip installed.

    What if I update the Wii firmware? Do you believe the black screens disappear? Or the new firmware will disable the Wasabi chip?

    I'm just too newbie to try to unlock the Wii by software. The software needed requires a Windows computer, and I only have Mac computers. Installing Windows is not an option. This way I have to search for a different approach to my problem.

    If I update the Wii firmware will it 'destroy' my current setup, making it impossible for me to play my backup games?

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    Hey modular, I know I replied earlier to another thread of yours but let me try to lay it out for you in a less confusing way.

    * If you update to the newest firmware online, it will get rid of the black screens but it will stop you from playing any games that are out of region - so for you if you try to play US or Japan games, they won't work even with the Zero's region free feature. Also, 3.2E supports scrubbed discs whereas the newest 4.2E does not without installing hacks, so again if you have scrubbed discs they won't work if you update unless you plan on using homebrew to mod your system anyhow.

    If you only have PAL discs that aren't scrubbed, there isn't much to worry about here. 4.2E is fine if that's the case. By the way, a scrubbed disc is a disc that has had some garbage data removed so it can be uploaded and take up less space. It's a bit complicated, but any site will advertise whether the discs are scrubbed or not. Sometimes scrubbed discs are referred to as Trucha discs.

    * Your second option is to install an update from a disc, but unless you look it up it's sort of a roulette cause it doesn't announce which version it's installing when you accept the update. The only game that has the 4.2 update is new super mario bros wii, so if you update from any other game you'll be installing 4.1 or a lower version. 4.1 and below all support region free playing, but do not support scrubbed discs after version 3.2 of the system menu. If you want to play discs from any region and only want to play discs that aren't scrubbed, then this is a good idea. The compatibility is fine for now with system menu 4.1 but keep in mind as the Wii continues to get updates it will drop in compatibility.

    * Unfortunately, if you want to have everything, you will have to softmod. This may sound contradictory, but you can upgrade your system files (called IOSes) with the homebrew channel to the newest versions (the ones included in the newest system menu 4.2 and still stay at 3.2E with all the benefits of both. This is probably the easiest method for you to follow (the least amount of steps and a big boost in compatibility. Keep in mind, you can softmod without touching a windows program, but some guides are written in a way that requires you to download and patch the wii system files on your pc which can also be done by a program in the homebrew channel. There are options that don't require this.

    What you're going to want to do is use the Bannerbomb to install the Homebrew channel (part of the hackmii installer) with the instructions and files at this page. Next, I recommend you follow my guide here using steps 3-9 (the other parts are specific to new super mario bros and to the US version, so just ignore them), making sure to change any reference to US and English to PAL-E and whatever your native language is. AnyRegionChanger installs system menu hacks and updates that allows your system to run almost all new games on 3.2 without needing to do anything on your PC end (other than put the program on the card, of coure.)

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by botulismo; 11-28-2009 at 09:27 PM.

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    Hey Botulismo, thank you for your reply.

    I'm going to do what you said. The instructions you just gave me on that website, look extremely easy. Nothing like I've read before.

    I wont be able to do this today since I don't have a SD card around, yet tomorrow I'm going to do this ASAP

    I'll let you know if I make it. Once again, thank you very much for your help! You're a great guy!


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    The reason for the black screen is because you dont have the specific ios installed thats needed for that game to run.
    If I have helped you in any way, please thank me by pressing the little thanks button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasons34 View Post
    The reason for the black screen is because you dont have the specific ios installed thats needed for that game to run.
    So I need to install the Homebrew Channel, and then inside the Homebrew Channel I must search for the lastest IOS, right? Or is there a specific IOS I should download?

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    modular, about jason's post, if you follow my instructions after installing the homebrew channel (from my other guide, it's part of my earlier post) and use anyregionchanger to install 3.2 with system menu hacks it will install the latest IOS files and you won't have to worry about finding which ones you need to update. This spares you a lot of confusion, I hate trying to do all that stuff manually. I hope it works for you.
    Last edited by botulismo; 11-29-2009 at 05:06 PM.

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    Hey Botulismo! Ok, I'm going to follow your guide step-by-step.

    I'll let you know later how it worked. Unfortunately I just have free time at night to try this. So in about.... ahmm.... 15 hours I'm going to try this


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    Hey Botulismo, this worked perfectly!

    Thank you very much! All the games I wasn't able to play, I can play them now!

    Thank so much for the help!


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    modular, I'm really glad everything worked out for you. Enjoy it and if you have any more questions I'll try to answer them (if I know the answers).

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    Will this work with Wasabi V1/V2/V3 modchip?

    Last edited by moosehead101; 12-07-2009 at 06:58 PM.

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