Need help modding my virgin 3.1, LU1054 Wii....and recommendations....
Hello Everyone and thanks for looking at my thread. I am looking to Softmod my Wii using Mauifrog's Softmod Any Wii Guide. I don't think I will have any problems as I have softmodded a friends 3.1 Wii(2years ago) using the same mauifrog guide. I am looking more for recommendations or maybe some useful links of things I should do after using the softmod guide that will unlock the full potential of the Wii. My previous stated mod was basically just barebones to play backups. My friend was happy with it just for that but I want my Wii to have everything I can get into it. Like I said I am just really open to suggestions to make it "complete". But here are some things I specifically want to know:
1. How can I change the health screen and system menu theme? Seems like I read on here where it wasn't recommended. But then again I also read on here today about MyMenuifyMOD 1.4.
2. How do I get/install all of the apps, emulators etc.? Homebrew Channel right? This is something that I really didn't do on my friends Wii and when I did look at Homebrew Channel there wasn't that much to add or install. What is the most current version of Homebrew Channel and how do I get it? I've thought Homebrew Channel version number may have played a part in that not really sure though. Like I said his was barebones.
3. Should I update system menu version from 3.1 to 4.3 after I soft mod for any reason? If so what is the proper way to update? I know I don't want to update from Nintendo EVER! But do I need a more current version for compatibility/mod feature reasons?
4. I like the aesthetics of WiiFlow, is Wii flow considered a "loader"? Is it the best loader? I guess in this area I would just like to be able to see the box cover and stuff. Be able to interact with it. If possible, be able to do it with both a usb hard drive or backup disc.
5. When I feel my Wii is "complete", what kind of methods are there to ensure everything stays current and up to date? How often is it recommended to update?
I guess this sums up the stuff I need help with. But if I missed anything you may consider essential to a soft modded Wii let me know. Any help or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
It's the Pizza dude
Cant go wrong with the ANY Wii guide....
1. Priiloader has a hack that allows you to skip the health screen. As far as themes, they can be dangerous, but as long as you install bootmii as boot2 and make a nand backup you are "almost" unbrickable.
2. Homebrew Channel allows you to run apps. The latest version will be installed with the ANY Wii guide. There are a ton of apps for the Wii. Check out THIS PAGE.
3. The ANY Wii guide will put you on the best system menu, that being 4.1.
4. Wiiflow is a USB loader. Whether it is the best or not is personal preference. The ANY Wii guide installs CFG as the usb loader and also gives you a backup disc loader.
5. Mauifrog keeps his guide up to date. You can always check the guide in the future, particularly the spoiler "Update your mauifrog softmod" to see if anything has been changed since you modded. Updating thru N is never recommended.
Thanks for the input cjizzle. I thought I was fairly on point but wanted to be certain. Just a few follow up questions.
Am I correct that MyMenuify 1.4 is the way to go on changing a theme?
Does Homebrew Channel install the apps to internal memory? Or will I need to save apps and extra stuff to SD card? 2gb sufficient?
I know it can be dangerous to change theme but since my Wii is 3.1 I am assuming I will be able to install bootmi as boot2. Like you suggested I am only going to change theme if boot2 is possible. Most of the time I play video games in the dark and the default white system menu theme is kind of hard on the eyes. My friend lost his Sandisk SD card so I'm paitently waiting, scouring the forms for info I think I will need until it arrives in the mail.
It's the Pizza dude
I personally cannot vouch for any theme changing program since my wii is not boot2 (my wii is way to much fun to take any chances..lol) Probably best to do your research and post questions about it in that thread.
As far as HBC apps are concerned, they are all stored on your sd card or hdd. The path would look something like this: SD/HDD:\apps\(app name here)\boot.dol From my experience 2gb is plenty. You can install some apps directly to your Wii. These apps install as "channels". Take a look at first link below in my sig for some more info.