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    !DO NOT UPDATE THROUGH DISC OR ONLINE UPDATES. DO NOT USE PIMP MY Wii. DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUTUBE. DO NOT UNINSTALL IOS BELOW 200!



    >> Hack your 4.3 Wii with the LetterBox exploit!
    No game is needed! See our Softmod Any Wii Guide in the Guides section of the site! <<




    FAQ
    [SPOILER="FAQ / Hot Topics"]
    For all who can't wait. Here are some frequently asked questions.
    Try to narrow your problem down, keep your last modding steps in mind as those could be the key to the solution.
    You got a numerical error code? -> Error index



    [SPOILER="Basics: Apps - WADs - (c)IOSs"][SPOILER="Apps"]Apps are small applications/programs which are run via the homebrewchannel or other homebrew loading software (e.g. LoadMii). The standard folder structure for all apps is:
    device:\apps\AppName\
    Where device is the drive letter assigned for your SD card or USB drive by your PC.


    Each homebrew app has its own folder inside the apps folder. Inside the folder of the app you have to put the executable file of the programm, the boot.dol file. Normally all programs come with a meta.xml and an icon.png as well, these are optional but will help to keep the structure inside the homebrewchannel. So apps are located on your SD card or USB hdd (FAT32 partition), they are not installed on your wii.[/SPOILER][SPOILER="WADs"]WADs. or .wad files are files which will be installed to your Wii memory. The content of the .wad file can have many different origins. You can install: full channels, channel forwarders, IOS, cIOS, wii ware games and a new system menu via wad installlation. You really need to know how to do that, as this is the most common task in wii softmodding. See the guides below to get the programm and instructions how to use it, to install a .wad file.

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="(c)IOS"]IOS are the wii Internal Operating System files. They are arranged in a slot like manner. There exist IOS slots from 1 to 255. Each slot can be filled with an IOS file (original Nintendo IOS) or a custom IOS a cIOS. cIOS are modified IOS files with additional abbilities, they are the key to run game backups via a softmod and are located in the IOS slots above 200. For backup loading via a disc or usb loader only your cIOS is used. For loading your original games via the discchannel, for the functionalaty of channels and the wii itself it is important that you have a good set of IOS (revisions should not be too old, but if you get no problems/erros with your games or channels it is not needed to update any of them). Always have a recent SysCheck present to have a look at your wii's internals and know how your current setup looks like.
    How to post a SysCheck
    (check post #2 as well and browse the thread to get more hints)
    Complete list of IOS and their function
    Latest IOS and Channels as WADs
    Update All Your IOS's
    Wanin and Hermes cIOS as Wads
    (read the FAQ there and the recommended setup - install cIOS .wad files with MMM or Wad Manager


    [/SPOILER]




    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Updates / Shall I update? My Wii is asking for it / Got updated, and now?"]


    • Always re-check your system menu version (important when you share the Wii with friends and family. Happens quite often that they update the Wii without telling you and out of the sudden your beloved apps don't work anymore.
    • Updating kills softmods! Do NOT update. No, you do not need any specific version to run any game. It is asking you to update? DO NOT DO IT! Install Priiloader and block updates, maybe an IOS update is needed to play a game (explained below).
    • Wii Shop without updates.

    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="My Wii boots to MMM / Does BootMii has to show up each time I start the Wii?"]MMM or BootMii is not your new system menu you have to live with from now on. Maybe you didn't finish a guide or are right in the middle of one. This is caused by something very good: you were able to install BootMii at boot2, allowing code to be executed right before the Wii boots up. You can either just rename the bootmii folder on your sd card to bootmii_old for example and that should not occur anymore (Do not forget to backup your NAND and store it in a safe place) OR when already booting to MMM go to manage Priiloader Hacks as you are likely in a step where you setup Priiloader.[/SPOILER][SPOILER="My Game does not load / Why do I get a blackscreen? / Sometimes my screen flickers green / Playing out of region games"] Several reasons...
    ...Failure everywhere around!

    • Corrupt game file, bad rip/dump/burn -> redo it (only burn to -R Verbatim for example (not the life series :-P).
    • Out of date/corrupt cIOS -> get a new one (basic and very good setup in Kranks Blackscreen Guide, use the very first option to be up to date)
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops This Guide explains in every detail how you can get a new cIOS, how to install it and gives further hints for disc/usb hdd/and original game loading. This guide applies in most parts for all/all new games. You can use it to update parts of your softmod to get a game running (installing the mentioned IOS won't help with other games, when hardmodded/original discloading).
    • Wanin and Hermes cIOS as Wads be sure to read the FAQ there to find the password needed for the download. This guide will help you to update your cIOS one by one. Check out the recommended setup and do not blindly install stuff to your wii. good luck!
    • IOS update? when you use a usb/disc loader the game will be loaded using a cIOS and not a IOS. So updating the IOS the game uses when running the original disc or beeing hardmodded wouldn't help with your blackscreen -> update your cIOS.
    • Old loader revision -> get a new one (google: loadername project download) (recommended loaders: CFG USB-Loader, WiiFlow, uLoader, get rid of Usbloader GX if you are still using it).
    • Wrong settings in the loader -> look at: videomode (set/force it to your Wii's region signal: PAL/NTSC, wrong setting can cause a green screen, a black screen or the game loads but plays in black and white, that occurs when running out of region games, can be solved by the proper settings); IOS to load (most games run on 250 or 249 (if set up correctly, could be cIOS250rev20(base57) and cIOS249rev17(base38); Music Games, Moster Hunter Tri, Metroid other M run by changing the setting to 223 (which should be cIOS223rev4(base37+38)), play around with the settings, no, you won't brick your wii.
    • Try altering the game language to english
    • Error #002, use a loader which supports fixing/patching it, enable the patch in the loader's settings.
    • Disable all cheats. (never turn them on )
    • Unplug unused periphery (keyboard, gc controllers, etc.)
    • Check your harddrive, have you set it up correctly? Re-read the USB loading guide you've used.
    • Maybe your game needs special treatment:Problematic Games & solution

    Hardmods


    [/SPOILER][/SPOILER]
    For all modding beginners I tried to wrap up some informations about softmodding and give you a usefull starter overview and maybe a little insight into Wii hacking.

    The Forum Rules are an essential part for the integrity of the whole community. Read them and understand them: Questions/asking support for cheats or illegaly acquired game backups can't be answered. The thread will be moderated/closed due to rules violation. Keep that in mind when you post in the forum and the chat of the site or deal with the consequences.

    If you can't find something, try to use the search function.


    Sometimes the search results are ordered in an odd way..just browse the results pages.

    Join the chat to get hints how to mod your Wii or talk about whatever you want.
    Chat via IRC



    Sidenote:

    Keep in mind you can also search within the thread your are currently reading, top right corner, "search thread".
    Maybe you want to try out this too:


    Just place your query before or behind that site:wiihacks.com.

    When you are browsing the forum sections don't forget to look at the sticky threads, as these will be your main source for informations, guides and tutorials.

    (ERT/EMT)
    I am a lazy bugger and maybe you too.., so I will introduce a new measures to have a guess what you get into.
    The estimated reading time (ERT) and the estimated modding time (EMT) (e.g. backing up the NAND not included, takes 30-45 mins).
    I know pretty useless, but if you find something like (30min/15min) you will need about half an hour
    to read and comprehend the text and approx. 15 minutes to get the job done (very experience dependent).
    Where the EMT is not applicable there is an (5min/-), read it in 5 mins, memorize it and go on.
    You guess these values depend on your previous knowledge and experience, how fast you can
    get your sd card prepared and how much fear you have pressing the A button, so put them as the roughest values you know about


    Sidenote:

    Keep the fear of bricking as low as possible, or you will just run into it overlooking something and then you are bricked.
    Just stay calm, even when you see nothing else then a black screen and referr to the Bricked Issues section of the forum.
    The chance to brick your wii is not zero that is for sure.
    But there are several things you must not do to prevent it and a handful measures to recover from a brick. Stick to the guides (read them 10 or more times if needed) and do them step by step.
    If you run into trouble don't hesitate to ask your questions in the guide's thread.
    Again, do not rush through anything, take your time.






    Let's get started. You want to do something to your wii, good, maybe you want to get to know your wii in the first place.
    [SPOILER="Wii internals, Wii Abc, Basics, Who is that cIOS guy? "]


    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Wii specs in general (5min/-)
    • Processor
    • Memory
    • Video
    • Audio
    • Ports
    • Network
    • More general info
    • Legal issues

    [/SPOILER]

    You should really get to know all the expressions used during the modding process and of course
    the terminology in general. It is not that hard, just read your way through, even if you don't understand something instantly, you will at a later point.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Terms and expressions explained (30min/-), there is a lot more to read than listed here.
    • App/Application
    • Bannerbomb, Boot2, BootMii, Brick
    • Channel, cIOS, Code Dump
    • Dump, .dol
    • .elf, Emulator, Exploit
    • HackMii, Hardmod, Homebrew Channel (HBC)
    • IOS, ISO
    • Mios, Modchip
    • NAND, NTSC
    • PAL, PreoLoader (keep in mind you'll now use PriiLoader instead)
    • Region, ROM
    • SaveMii, SD Card, SDHC, Softmod, System Menu
    • Theme, Ticket, Title, Trucha/Fake Sign
    • USB Loader
    • Wad, Waninkoko, WBFS, WiiWare

    [/SPOILER]

    Ok, although you've read the dictionary, maybe you want to fully understand what a IOS and cIOS is.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Questiontime on cIOS/IOS (20min/-)
    • What is cIOS?
    • What's an IOS?
    • Why do i need a cIOS?
    • I am going to brick my wii?
    • cIOS249,IOS26,IOS38
    • uninstalling cIOS
    • cIOS222

    [/SPOILER]

    This is another well written FAQ on softmodding (you might want to increase the fontsize here, ctrl and +).
    Maybe a little bit redundant information if you have read something from above.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Questiontime on Softmodding (25min/-)
    • Where do i start?
    • Exploits for Homebrew
    • HackMii Installer
    • Trucha Bug
    • Everything Homebre Channel
    • Brick Protection
    • cIOSCORP
    • What causes a Brick?
    • System Menu
    • WADs
    • Returning your Wii to a "virgin" state
    • Terminology
    • Running backups

    [/SPOILER]

    For those who also want a good read on the history of Wii hacking look at this.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Wii Hacking History explained (35min/-)
    • What is Homebrew?
    • Who is Team Twiizers?
    • Twilight Hack
    • Trucha Bug
    • Custom Banners
    • The Homebrewchannel
    • PatchMii
    • DVDx
    • Waninkoko and cIOS 249
    • First Backup Launchers
    • Homebrew vs. Piracy Scene

    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]


    Just keep the basics in mind as everyone will talk and ask you about your system menu version (look in the top-right corner of your system menu settings, you really need to know that one), the cIOS you installed, is BootMii installed as boot2 or IOS, are you disc or usb loading, what loader are you using?!?

    Clearly you want to know what is inside your Wii. Track down the Wii's serial No. (sticker on the console's back) and just find it out!



    If you got a DVD drive with one of the newer D3-v2 or D4 chips you won't be able to play any burned dvd (game or movie), only retail Wii and GC games will run on your console (all black/red and recently bought Wiis will have one of those chips).
    You got one? Go for a softmodding USB loading route.





    Sidenote: Of course there are solderless modchips etc. but softmodding opens the door for such much more: Coverflow gameloaders, mediaplayers (.avi, .mp3, etc.), internet radio streams, youtube (... endless list) and gives you the full control of your Wii system. My opinion: If you want to invest, get a nice USB harddrive, which is already on this




    Ok! You are good to go now






    You really want to get it running?
    Make sure what system menu version you are on (top-right of system menu settings) and grab the appropriate guide. It really depends on you which one you want use.
    Go for the one you understand the most and keep in mind if you want to do online or offline softmodding,
    make sure you download everything needed and provided in the guide.
    Major requirement for all of these guides is a SD card, get a real SD card (no SDHC or micro-sd card with adapter), a 2GB SD card (brand: SanDisk for example) will do just fine (look in old digital cameras or navigation system (backup your data before usage..) or just buy one). To check your card for compatibility have a look here or here, but remember only SD cards will work for your first modding steps.
    Sidenote:
    To prevent bricking make sure you follow the instructions step by step (read everything + the WARNINGS!).
    Install BootMii and PriiLoader (sometimes marked optional, but highly recommended).
    Also: Playing ANY game is not system menu version dependent!! You don't need to be on a specific version to do anything! A good version to be on is 4.1. The versions 4.2 and 4.3 were only designed to make our modding life a bit harder and have no benefit for the user.


    [SPOILER="Softmod Guide Overview"]

    Systemmenu 3.1 to 4.1 of any region


    Good step by step guide, covering everything for a basic setup.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Doggegs' Guide on Softmodding 3.1-4.1 Wiis (45min/45min)
    • Introduction
    • Installation of BootMii and HBC
    • Backup your NAND
    • Get a cIOS
    • Update your System Menu Version
    • Installation of Priiloader (Brick protection, prevent Updates, enable Systemhacks)
    • Updates (cIOS)
    • Optional (Loaders, Channels etc.)
    • DVD-R/Games

    [/SPOILER]

    Systemmenu 4.2 of any region



    Good to read, but a little bit outdated (maybe you want to update your cIOS and priiloader afterwards).



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    messie's Guide on Softmodding 4.2 Wiis (60min/45min)
    • Introduction
    • Installation of BootMii and HBC
    • Backup your NAND
    • Remove stubbed IOS249
    • cIOS Installation (rev14)
    • Getting the backup launchers to work
    • Installation of Priiloader (Brick protection, prevent Updates, enable Systemhacks)

    [/SPOILER]

    Very nice step by step guide, covering everything you need.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    ShadowSonic2's Guide on Softmodding 4.2 Wiis (40min/35min)
    • Introduction
    • Installation of BootMii and HBC
    • Backup your NAND
    • Restoring the Bug into IOS36
    • Remove stubbed IOS222/223/249/250
    • cIOS Installation (rev17)
    • Install and patch some more IOSs
    • Installation of Priiloader (Brick protection, prevent Updates, enable Systemhacks)
    • Backup Launchers
    • Extra Stuff (Usb loading, Hermes cIOS, IOS56, cIOSCORP, Mediaplayer etc.)
    • DVD-R

    [/SPOILER]


    Systemmenu 4.3 of any region



    This ultimate 4.3 hacking guide gives everything you need to end up fully softmodded. Read it carefully and keep your region in mind. There are also some alternate routes if something fails to load or to install specific modifications. Make sure you read and understand everything written for the route you want to go for.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    mauifrog's Guide on Softmodding 4.3 Wiis (1hr20min/30min)
    • Introduction
    • Installation of BootMii and HBC (via Game Exploits)
    • Backup your NAND
    • Hack the Wii, Wad Installation
    • Optional Downgrade to 4.1
    • Installation of Priiloader (Brick protection, prevent Updates, enable Systemhacks)
    • Optional cIOSCORP Installation
    • Get apps (Homebrew Browser, WiiMC, CFG-USBLoader, and SaveGame Manager GX)
    • Loading Backups FAQ
    • Guide recommendation

    [/SPOILER]


    Systemmenu 1.0 to 4.3 of any region



    The even more ultimate hacking guide which gives you the possibility to softmod a Wii from any region and at any given system menu version. You will end up fully softmodded. Read carefully, many alternate routes and options to go for. Keep in mind what you are trying to acomplish and go for that specific route.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    mauifrog's Guide on Softmodding 4.3 Wiis (1hr40min/30min)
    • Introduction
    • Installation of BootMii and HBC (all available methods covered)
    • Backup your NAND
    • Hack the Wii, Wad Installation
    • Update to 4.1
    • Optional Downgrade to 4.1
    • Optional Regionchange your Wii
    • Installation of Priiloader (Brick protection, prevent Updates, enable Systemhacks)
    • Optional cIOSCORP Installation
    • Get apps (Homebrew Browser, WiiMC, CFG-USBLoader, and SaveGame Manager GX)
    • Loading Backups FAQ
    • Guide recommendation
    • Post #2 mauifrog's FAQ on his own guide

    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]


    Now you are softmodded and want to get your gamecollection running? Preparing a haeddrive is quite time consuming. You start with formatting, then will use a game-managing software to convert and copy .iso files to your drive. Copying loads of data is the time-killer here of course (depinding on your collection size this can take several hours/half a day, but it is obviously worth the trouble ). Have a look below at one of the USB loading guides:





    Don't forget to have a look at all the other amazing guides.









    Your Wii is softmodded and actually should be up to date with no need to improve something
    See for yourself if everything went correct during your modding procedure.

    [SPOILER="Syscheck, cIOS/IOS Versions"]


    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Stomp_442's Guide on posting a system check (5min/5min)
    • Get the app
    • copy to SD card
    • run the app through hbc
    • get the results
    • Part2: How would you post that information

    [/SPOILER]

    Ok, interpreting a syscheck is no easy task and needs experience and the ability to make good educated guesses.
    What you want to look at in the first place are the slots above 200, the residue of your softmod, the cIOS.


    [SPOILER="Syscheck Example"]
    sysCheck v2.0 by Double_A
    ...runs on IOS58 (rev 6175).
    Region: PAL
    System Menu 4.1 (v450)
    Hollywood v0x11
    Console ID: XXXXXXX
    Boot2 v4
    Found 85 titles.
    Found 29 IOS on this console. 0 of them are stub.

    IOS9 (rev 778): No Patches
    IOS12 (rev 269): No Patches
    IOS13 (rev 273): No Patches
    IOS14 (rev 520): No Patches
    IOS15 (rev 523): No Patches
    IOS17 (rev 775): No Patches
    IOS21 (rev 782): No Patches
    IOS22 (rev 1037): No Patches
    IOS28 (rev 1550): No Patches
    IOS31 (rev 3349): No Patches
    IOS33 (rev 3091): No Patches
    IOS34 (rev 3348): No Patches
    IOS35 (rev 3349): No Patches
    IOS36 (rev 3351): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access
    IOS37 (rev 3869): No Patches
    IOS38 (rev 3867): No Patches
    IOS53 (rev 5406): No Patches
    IOS55 (rev 5406): No Patches
    IOS56 (rev 5405): No Patches
    IOS58 (rev 6175): No Patches
    IOS60 (rev 6174): Trucha Bug
    IOS61 (rev 5405): No Patches
    IOS222 (rev 4): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS224 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS247 (rev 20): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS248 (rev 20): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access
    IOS249 (rev 20): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS250 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS254 (rev 65281): BootMii
    BC v5
    MIOS v9

    Interpretation:
    • cleaned up - stubs have been removed
    • IOS36 is fakesigned
    • IOSs are "old" revisions
    • Hermes' cIOS version 4 installed in slot 222 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • Hermes' cIOS version 5/5.1 installed in slot 224 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • Waninkoko's cIOS-X version 20 installed in slot 247/248/249 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • slot 250 holds a copy of cIOS249 as fallback
    • BootMii installed as IOS in slot 254

    [/SPOILER]

    [SPOILER="Syscheck Example - after running BrickMyWii uhm PimpMyWii"]
    sysCheck v2.0 by Double_A
    ...runs on IOS36 (rev 3351).
    Region: NTSC-U
    System Menu 4.1 (v449)
    Hollywood v0x11
    Console ID: XXXXXX
    Boot2 v2
    Found 86 titles.
    Found 38 IOS on this console. 8 of them are stub.

    IOS4 (rev 65280): Stub
    IOS9 (rev 778): Trucha Bug
    IOS10 (rev 768): Stub
    IOS11 (rev 256): Stub
    IOS12 (rev 269): Trucha Bug
    IOS13 (rev 273): Trucha Bug
    IOS14 (rev 520): Trucha Bug
    IOS15 (rev 523): Trucha Bug
    IOS16 (rev 512): Stub
    IOS17 (rev 775): Trucha Bug
    IOS20 (rev 256): Stub
    IOS21 (rev 782): Trucha Bug
    IOS22 (rev 1037): Trucha Bug
    IOS28 (rev 1550): Trucha Bug
    IOS30 (rev 2816): Stub
    IOS31 (rev 3349): Trucha Bug
    IOS33 (rev 3091): Trucha Bug
    IOS34 (rev 3348): No Patches
    IOS35 (rev 3349): Trucha Bug
    IOS36 (rev 3351): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access
    IOS37 (rev 3869): Trucha Bug
    IOS38 (rev 3867): Trucha Bug
    IOS50 (rev 5120): Stub
    IOS51 (rev 4633): No Patches
    IOS53 (rev 5406): Trucha Bug
    IOS55 (rev 5406): Trucha Bug
    IOS56 (rev 5405): Trucha Bug
    IOS57 (rev 5661): Trucha Bug
    IOS60 (rev 6400): Stub
    IOS61 (rev 5405): No Patches
    IOS70 (rev 6687): Trucha Bug
    IOS202 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS222 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS223 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS224 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS249 (rev 19): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS250 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS254 (rev 65281): BootMii
    BC v6
    MIOS v10

    Interpretation:
    • typical BrickMyWii syscheck with every IOS fakesigned
    • IOS36 is fakesigned
    • IOSs are "old" revisions
    • IOS58 is missing
    • Hermes' cIOS version 5/5.1 installed in slot 202/222/223/224 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • Waninkoko's cIOS-X version 19 installed in slot 249 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • slot 250 holds a copy of cIOS249 as fallback
    • BootMii installed as IOS in slot 254
    • noticed something strange? systemmenu is 4.1 (should run on IOS60), but this is a stub. Don't know how this user got his syscheck (have read somewhere PMW patches the rev No. of the system IOS to a higher revision, that causes syscheck or dopmii to recognize it as a stub)

    [/SPOILER]


    [SPOILER="Syscheck Example - cIOSCORP installed"]
    couldn't find a syscheck using version 2.0

    sysCheck v1.6.3 by Double_A (original by Erik Spyder)
    Region: NTSC-U
    The system menu v481 is running under IOS61 (rev 5405)
    Hollywood v0x11
    Console ID: xxxxxx
    Boot2 v4
    Found 151 titles
    Found 37 IOS on this console
    Found 6 IOS Stubs on this console

    IOS (revision),IOS Stub,Trucha Bug,ES Identify,Flash Access,NAND Access,Boot2 Access,USB 2.0
    IOS3 (rev 65280),Yes,?,?,?,?,?,?
    IOS4 (rev 65280),Yes,?,?,?,?,?,?
    IOS9 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS10 (rev 768),Yes,?,?,?,?,?,?
    IOS11 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS12 (rev 269),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabl ed,Disabled
    IOS13 (rev 273),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabl ed,Disabled
    IOS14 (rev 520),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabl ed,Disabled
    IOS15 (rev 257),No,Enabled,Enabled,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,D isabled
    IOS16 (rev 512),Yes,?,?,?,?,?,?
    IOS17 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS20 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS21 (rev 782),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabl ed,Disabled
    IOS22 (rev 1037),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS28 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS30 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS31 (rev 3349),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS33 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS34 (rev 3348),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS35 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disable d,Disabled
    IOS36 (rev 3351),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disabled ,Disabled
    IOS37 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disabl ed,Disabled
    IOS38 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disable d,Disabled
    IOS40 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS41 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS43 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS45 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS46 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS50 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS51 (rev 4864),Yes,?,?,?,?,?,?
    IOS52 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS53 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS55 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS56 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS57 (rev 5661),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS60 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS61 (rev 5405),No,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS70 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disabled,Disab led,Disabled
    IOS222 (rev 4),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disabled,En abled
    IOS223 (rev 4),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disabled,En abled
    IOS249 (rev 17),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disabled,E nabled
    IOS250 (rev 65535),No,Enabled,Enabled,Disabled,Enabled,Disable d,Enabled
    IOS254 (rev 65281),No,?,?,?,?,?,?

    Interpretation:
    • typical cIOSCORP/DarkCORP syscheck with a lot of modified IOS (all on version 65535)
    • IOS36 is fakesigned
    • IOS58 is missing
    • Hermes' cIOS version 4 installed in slot 222/223 (only the users knows which base IOS, should be 37 and 37+38)
    • Waninkoko's cIOS version 17 installed in slot 249 (only the users knows which base IOS)
    • slot 250 holds a copy of cIOS249 as fallback
    • BootMii installed as IOS in slot 254

    [/SPOILER]


    [SPOILER="Syscheck Example - Softmodded via mauifrog's 4.3 Guide"]
    sysCheck v2.0 by Double_A
    ...runs on IOS56 (rev 4890).
    Region: PAL
    System Menu 4.1 (v450)
    Hollywood v0x11
    Console ID: XXXXXXX
    Boot2 v4
    Found 95 titles.
    Found 41 IOS on this console. 6 of them are stub.

    IOS3 (rev 65280): Stub
    IOS4 (rev 65280): Stub
    IOS9 (rev 1034): No Patches
    IOS10 (rev 768): Stub
    IOS11 (rev 256): Stub
    IOS12 (rev 525): No Patches
    IOS13 (rev 1031): No Patches
    IOS14 (rev 1031): No Patches
    IOS15 (rev 1031): No Patches
    IOS16 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug ES Identify Flash Access NAND Access
    IOS17 (rev 1031): No Patches
    IOS20 (rev 256): Stub
    IOS21 (rev 1038): No Patches
    IOS22 (rev 1293): No Patches
    IOS28 (rev 1806): No Patches
    IOS30 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug
    IOS31 (rev 3607): No Patches
    IOS33 (rev 3607): No Patches
    IOS34 (rev 3607): No Patches
    IOS35 (rev 3607): No Patches
    IOS36 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access
    IOS37 (rev 5662): No Patches
    IOS38 (rev 3867): No Patches
    IOS50 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug
    IOS51 (rev 4864): Stub
    IOS53 (rev 5406): No Patches
    IOS55 (rev 5406): No Patches
    IOS56 (rev 5661): No Patches
    IOS57 (rev 5918): No Patches
    IOS58 (rev 6175): No Patches
    IOS60 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug
    IOS61 (rev 5661): No Patches
    IOS70 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug
    IOS80 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug
    IOS202 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS222 (rev 4): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS223 (rev 4): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS236 (rev 54321): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access
    IOS249 (rev 17): Trucha Bug ES Identify NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS250 (rev 65535): Trucha Bug NAND Access USB 2.0
    IOS254 (rev 65281): BootMii
    BC v6
    MIOS v10

    Interpretation:
    • typical syscheck after running a softmod guide of mauifrog, he introduced IOS revisions 54321 which can't be updated by Nintendo
    • Systemmenu 4.1 probably used the option to downgrade from 4.3 during modding
    • IOS 16/36 and systemmenu IOS are fakesigned
    • Hermes' cIOS version 5 installed in slot 202 (base: IOS60)
    • Hermes' cIOS version 4 installed in slot 222/223 (base: IOS38/IOS37&38)
    • Waninkoko's cIOS version 17 installed in slot 249 (base: IOS38)
    • slot 236 hold a copy of IOS36 as fallback
    • slot 250 holds a copy of cIOS249 as fallback
    • BootMii installed as IOS in slot 254

    [/SPOILER]

    Please also have a look at post #2 of the syscheck thread, as it has some examples of experienced users, also notice Krank's backup/testing setup, with a minimum set of (c)IOS installed without interfering with the wiis function: Link is here

    Pfff. Ok, that was that. Now, to do what?
    Note: If you don't experience any major problem with your Wii, games are running fine, no black screens/freezes, then just leave it like that!
    [/SPOILER]


    [SPOILER="IOS and cIOS you want to update something?"]
    You can cross-check your IOSs revisions with this list here:




    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Ithian's IOS & their function list (10min/-)
    • GameCube IOS
    • IOS
    • System Menu IOS
    • cIOS and BootMii

    [/SPOILER]

    WARNING: If you don't have proper brick recovery measures installed, this is a late point to notice that, but you should really get BootMii and PriiLoader installed on your console!!

    If you want to update anything for any reason (again: updating of IOS to newer revisions is most of the times not necessary, do it on your own risk, never ever uninstall your systemmenu IOS 30/40/50/60/70/80!!)
    you can get the latest available (go get em all narse! ) versions here:




    [SPOILER="Content"]
    narse1979's Latest IOS' & CHANNELS AS WADS list (10min/)
    • IOS 9-61 as Wads
    • Channels as Wads (News, Internet, Weather, Wii-Speak, Photo, Shopping, Mii) for all regions

    [/SPOILER]

    Most problems loading a game, like black screens or freezes, are related to a corrupted cIOS, bad installation, outdated/incompatible version of your loader or a bad dump of your game. However if you are on a hardmod route or want to play a retail game and feel like getting the IOS related to the game. Find out which IOS you should install to get that specific game running. Using a softmod loader will always load the game through your cIOS and is not depended on other IOS.



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Tealc's Which IOS Games Use To Run list (10min/-)
    • Introduction
    • Way too many games to be listed here, just have a look.
    • Don't forget to look at post #2 to get instructions how you can find the needed IOS yourself.

    [/SPOILER]

    As we are in the advanced section we do not blindly install stuff on our Wii. Make sure you understand everything mentioned in these threads. For the installation of cIOS there exist installers. You can also use the part of the softmod guides where the installation of your cIOS is described. When you know what you are doing and what you want to acomplish go ahead.

    You want to get a new pair of shoes? Go get em here:



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Cile's Wanin and Hermes cIOS Wads listing (20min/10min)
    • Warning
    • cIOS202 - Hermes v5/v5.1
    • cIOS222 - Hermes v4/v5
    • cIOS223 - Hermes v4/v5
    • cIOS224 - Hermes v5/v5.1
    • cIOS249 - Waninkoko v17/v19/v20
    • cIOS250 - Waninkoko v17/v19/v20
    • cIOS236 - Patched IOS36
    • cMIOS - Wiigator v4
    • Recommended Set Up/Best Choice
    • FAQ - Must Read!
    • Extra Info on cIOS slots

    [/SPOILER]

    Now that you got all those IOS/cIOS and channel Wads you want to install them. For this you can use Wad Manager. Download link and instructions can be found in this nice



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Krafter's Wad Manager Guide (5min/5min)
    • Warning
    • Get Wad Manager
    • Set it up
    • Run through HBC
    • Install Wads

    [/SPOILER]

    Updating your IOS, changing your systemmenu version and installing channels can also be done with Dop-Mii (Wii with internet access).



    [SPOILER="Content"]
    Ciles's Getting to know Dop-Mii Tutorial (15min/15min)
    • Warning
    • Loading Dop-Mii
    • Update your IOS/MIOS, apply patches
    • Update Channels
    • Update System Menu
    • Boot2

    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]






    - Be sure to read that and keep in mind what you should never ever do -

    Brick Prevention - Things you should never do




    When you get an Error Code on game startup or during installation of an App, try to find a solution in the site's Error index.

    You got a blackscreen when launching a game? As mentioned game loading is cIOS dependend if you use a loading software, but it is also possible that the game needs further treatment, please refer to the site's Problematic Games & Solution Index.

    If the shop channel ask you for an update: DO NOT UPDATE!
    Have a look here: Wii Shop without updates

    You get green screens on game startup, this happens due to incompatible regions of your Wii and the game you are trying to load. This can be fixed within the loader you are using. Find the option: Videomode and set it to console default or force it to your Wii's region (PAL/NTSC). Sometimes altering the game language to english helps too (also in the loaders settings).
    You can also find a small description on that issue here: Play out of region games (disc loading)



    Krank has made up two very good threads for troubleshooting.



    &






    mauifrog is working on everything, maybe you need one of these.




    If you got a major problem, black screening on wii startup, stop by in the BRICKED Wii Issues ONLY section of the forum.





    Maybe I will list some more useful apps here too, but the list is growing every day so it is easier for you and for me to have a look at sites hosting the actual Apps & Tools.





    Game Loaders:


    Mediaplayers:


    If you want to create your own channels have a look here: Custom Channels and Forwarders

    And finally for all who want to play GC Backups (note that there is NO usb loading for GC games yet when softmodded. Having a WODE would allow you that.).


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    Nice job. PM me when you're done and I'll move it.

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    Thanks for moving.
    Will try to add even more usefull stuff in the future.


    Guys stick to the guide you are using and follow it step by step

    Good luck to all

    edit: mini update. Hardmods IOS update / restore region free included to the FAQ

    edit2: minor changes, metioned red and black wiis
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    added more basics to the FAQ, feel free to link here. still questons around like: where to put an app, what is a .wad file etc ...
    [SPOILER="Basics: Apps - WADs - (c)IOSs"][SPOILER="Apps"]Apps are small applications/programs which are run via the homebrewchannel or other homebrew loading software (e.g. LoadMii). The standard folder structure for all apps is:
    device:\apps\AppName\
    Where device is the drive letter assigned for your SD card or USB drive by your PC.
    Each homebrew app has its own folder inside the apps folder. Inside the folder of the app you have to put the executable file of the programm, the boot.dol file. Normally all programs come with a meta.xml and an icon.png as well, these are optional but will help to keep the structure inside the homebrewchannel. So apps are located on your SD card or USB hdd (FAT32 partition), they are not installed on your wii.[/SPOILER][SPOILER="WADs"]WADs. or .wad files are files which will be installed to your Wii memory. The content of the .wad file can have many different origins. You can install: full channels, channel forwarders, IOS, cIOS, wii ware games and a new system menu via wad installlation. You really need to know how to do that, as this is the most common task in wii softmodding. See the guides below to get the programm and instructions how to use it, to install a .wad file.[/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="(c)IOS"]IOS are the wii Internal Operating System files. They are arranged in a slot like manner. There exist IOS slots from 1 to 255. Each slot can be filled with an IOS file (original Nintendo IOS) or a custom IOS a cIOS. cIOS are modified IOS files with additional abbilities, they are the key to run game backups via a softmod and are located in the IOS slots above 200. For backup loading via a disc or usb loader only your cIOS is used. For loading your original games via the discchannel, for the functionalaty of channels and the wii itself it is important that you have a good set of IOS (revisions should not be too old, but if you get no problems/erros with your games or channels it is not needed to update any of them). Always have a recent SysCheck present to have a look at your wii's internals and know how your current setup looks like.
    How to post a SysCheck
    (check post #2 as well and browse the thread to get more hints)
    Complete list of IOS and their function
    Latest IOS and Channels as WADs
    Update All Your IOS's
    Wanin and Hermes cIOS as Wads
    (read the FAQ there and the recommended setup - install cIOS .wad files with MMM or Wad Manager
    [/SPOILER]
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    I've got to update a softmodded wii, but i don't softmod it originally, tho i know that unlike my wii, some games such as new super mario bros don't work on it.

    Should i reset everything and start a fresh soft mod or should i just update the softmod using the guide on here, will new super mario bros work if i just do the update?

    thanks all!

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    yes, updating should help in terms of installing a new cIOS and getting an up to date loader version.
    Look in the FAQ, post #1 to get some hints what to do. If you want to roundhousekick your wii use the softmod any wii guide by mauifrog to get new cIOS and a nice loader set.
    if you intend to load nsmb from disc it may be nessecary to do some patching of the .iso, have a look in the problematic games thread, linked in the FAQ.

    edit: just install on top what you got, no need to delete anything specific before starting over.

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    I just took a look at this a couple of days ago, and I am amazed at how detailed it is. While I doubt my vote counts for anything (someone was going to point it out), I think this should be moved to the Recommended FAQ's section.
    "Macs are the Perfect Computers," said the Perfect Idiot.

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    Thanks. Actually we have an ongoing and never ending debate about some restructuring/moving some threads, this here would land in the Wii Learning Center as far as i can remember. Hopefully in the end a place where beginners have a first look at modding and other stuff, like the recommended guides section right now..

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