Similarities with other consoles?
I'm thinking about picking up another older console like the PS2 to practice softmod, but I wasn't sure if the experience would carry over to the Wii much. I guess it's more that it costs less and in case something gets messed up I didn't spend much money on it and it's not worth as much as the Wii. I'd think about the Gamecube as it's both $30 used at Gamestop here in the states but I understand the Wii can play Gamecube games anyway so it's kind of redundant in terms of functionality.. Anyway do you guys who may also have the PS2 know if it would be helpful at all, does the process carry over to the Wii much? I noticed they both use .elf files but not sure if that necessarily means the OS and such is similar in any way.
I seriously doubt you'd get anything from the PS2; I'm not even sure how moddable those are. They're certainly nothing like a Wii, their OS is vastly different, none of the tools/techniques/guides are the same, and what happens in the end? You have a PS2 that what, can play PS2 games?
Originally Posted by HomebrewMiiWii
I can understand your concern and I feel that you'd probably get more viable experience from getting hands on and elbows deep into a computer, rather than a PS2. A Wii is a computer, through and through. The reason that people (at least I) have modded my Wii was not for the sake of doing it, but to have the benefits that come from modding a Wii, particularly, playing games from a hard drive. If the benefit doesn't outweigh the risk in your mind then I definitely wouldn't do it.
The best thing to do, is follow the guides on this website "to a tee". Before you do anything else, make sure you install BootMii and get a NAND backup. Those are vital. Then no matter what you do from that point on you can always revert back to that point. Of course, once you do that your Wii is no longer a virgin and there's no going back, so if you'd like to continue to have Nintendo's blessing and their updates and all the piece of mind that comes from popping in a game and knowing that you're not going to have to flub with it to get it to work, then I would seriously think twice about even loading the HBC and BootMii.
Actually I do have PC building experience, as well as installing Windows and other OS's. (looks like they had a Linux distro for the PS2 at one point but it's no longer supported) I guess what might help me is if a guide explicitly stated doing such and such on the Wii is like doing this on a PC. Anyway I'll keep looking into it, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before I do..
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The PS2 is nothing like the Wii. In order to "softmod" a ps2 you need to have someone who already has theirs modded to place the exploit on a memory card for you. At that point you can use a usb flash drive that has the hacks on it. Look at it like this, you dont learn how to use a mac as a prerequisite to learning how to use windows. You wouldnt learn how to use an IPhone as a prerequisite to learning how to use an Android phone. Entirely different software applications. Take a look at the first link in my sig below. It might help explain a few things for you.