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    k , wat i hav done with my 4.0J wii is along with de mod chip i'm using softchipR98 .. dis seems to run most of de games which de mod chip fails 2 run .. so give it a try b4 updating ur system ..
    u hav 2 enable de country string n de last 3 settions .. de 002 error , fake ios n de required ios or something .. good luk

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    Uh Oh. I have a problem. I thought I had the internet connection tied down, but it seems my Wii won't connect now. I'm on the stage where my settings are unacessible, so is there no way to change this back? The menus and everything are in English though (thank crikes, all those japanese wordings were giving me a headache), but like I said, the settings aren't working. Is there an offline method?

    Also, I downloaded a WiiKey config+update and burned the iso directly to a DVD, but the Wii won't even read that disc. HELP!!

    Thanks!
    Last edited by ITrocks; 06-14-2009 at 09:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossy View Post
    Guide to Changing your Wii's Region and System Menu

    Prerequisites:
    WiFi Internet Access on your Wii or a game disc with an update for the target (desired) region
    Zelda: Twilight Princess or other means of running homebrew applications.


    Install the Homebrew Channel. You can find instructions on how to do this and the files to do so here: Setting up your Wii for Homebrew - WiiBrew
    You could also do this directly with the Twilight Hack.
    Download Waninkoko's Wii Custom IOS 37 rev 03 or higher (wii.waninkoko.info). Create a folder called "apps" on your Homebrew Channel SD card and create another folder inside that and call it "cios". Copy the "cIOS37_rev3-Installer.dol" file into this "cios" folder (\apps\cios\) on your Homebrew Channel SD card. Rename the "cIOS37_rev3-Installer.dol" file to "boot.dol". Download the "IOS37-64-v2070.wad" file from somewhere. (Google.de for it). Put the "IOS37-64-v2070.wad" into the root (main folder) of the SD card.
    Download Waninkoko's Wii Region Changer from his site (wii.waninkoko.info). Extract the Region changer's files. Create a folder in the apps folder on the Homebrew SD card called "regionchanger" and move the "Wii-Region-Changer_v1.dol" file that you extracted into that folder. Rename the "Wii-Region-Changer_v1.dol" file to "boot.dol".
    Download Waninkoko's Wii Custom IOS Downgrader from his site (wii.waninkoko.info). Extract the Custom IOS downgrader's files. Create a folder in the apps folder on the Homebrew SD card called "cios_downgrader" and move the "cIOS_Downgrader_v1.1.dol" file that you extracted into that folder. Rename the "cIOS_Downgrader_v1.1.dol" file to "boot.dol".
    If you have a modchip set its region to the target region (i.e. the region you want to change to) In my case this would mean setting it to NTSC-U (North America).
    For WiiKey users this means downloading the WiiKey update 1.9s disc and WiiKey 1.9s config disc from wiikey.cn/resources for the target region. Again, in my case this would mean downloading the NTSC-U (North America) version of the update and config discs. Burn both discs using ImgBurn or Nero (etc.).

    You're now prepared to start the main opeation.
    If you havent already set the region for your modchip, do so NOW.
    For WiiKey users this means running the update disc and completing the update. Ignore any warnings about using the correct region. From this point onwards you wont be able to read any game discs anymore until you're done with the region change operation. Dont run the config disc yet.
    Start the Homebrew Channel. Find the Custom IOS 37 rev 03 installer item and run it. Complete the installation and it will reboot. You now have the Custom IOS required to do the operation.
    Start the Homebrew Channel. Find the Region changer item and run it. Select your desired (target) region by using the left-right buttons on the D-pad. In my case this would mean hitting right till I see NTSC-U (North America). Push the A button. This completes almost immediately so dont be surprised. At this point your Wii's region is now changed. It will reboot. After reboot your warning screen should have changed and the system menu will show up fine. The settings menu will not work yet. This will be fixed in the next step.
    Start the Homebrew Channel. At this point you need to have WiFi connectivity (through wireless router or Nintendo WiFi USB stick, etc). Find the Custom IOS Downgrader item and run it. You will get a list of the existing firmwares that you can install. You can scroll down to see the rest of the list by using the up-down buttons on the D-pad. Select the firmware you like and press A. In my example, since my Wii had firmware 3.1J before the change, I decided to keep it at 3.1 and so I selected 3.1U. Make sure you pick the firmware that corresponds with your new (target) region. 3.1U is for NTSC-U (North America), 3.1J is for NTSC-J (Japan), and 3.1E is for the PAL region ( 3.2 is now the recommended version ). Once you press the A button it will install the necessary files (this could take a few minutes depending on your connection speed, but you will see the progress) and will the reboot.
    Alternatively, if you dont have a WiFi connection, you can use an orignal game disc with an update on it for the target (new) region and let it do the update.
    If your modchip has a configuration disc run it. You WILL NOT be able to play any games or read any discs until you run the config disc and save the settings.
    For WiiKey users this means running the config disc that you burned earlier and choosing configure and choosing the settings you like there
    Go to the settings menu and select the Language of your preference. Make sure you do this step, otherwise you might have some leftover text using the old language. For example on Japanese Wii's if you dont go the Language menu and select English, you might have leftover Japanse writing in the Photo Channel, etc.

    Congratulations, If you followed the steps correctly you should now have a Wii with the region of your liking. I know a lot of NTSC-J (Japan) Wii owners will be really happy, like I was.

    Thanks for making this possible Team Twiizers, bushing, marcan and of course Waninkoko and AlexDP for bringing it all together

    NOTE: I hold no liability whatsoever for anything going wrong with your region change operation, whether you followed the directions or not. I do not take any responsiblity for any damage to your Wii console, hardware, software, etc.
    If you follow the directions correctly though you shouldnt have any problems.


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    Will the NTSC U backups patched with regionfree to read JAP work on the conervsion ?

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    Ok I managed to Change my jap wii to usa and using the System update v289 disk .
    Now the jap games (copies) I recieved in the bundle with the wii when it was Jap still work and show up in the game window .
    But the games I have burnt and patched with Region Frii and WBB only work thru home brew and do not show up in game window .
    Im fairly certain I have DC2key . Is it coz I have patched these with region frii to read as Jap why they not showing up being 3.2U firmware now ?

    Anyway Im very happy I can read the menus now
    Last edited by kakaboy; 08-02-2009 at 05:59 AM.

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    Cool Stuck on cios downgrader

    after setting d2cpro chip region to usa. i diid all things and now i can see the menu in english but cant access the settings. since my wifi is off i cannot use cios downgrader to update my system online. So can i use system update disk v289 from consoleinfo to un semibrick my wiii.. pls help as soon as possible?

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    Exclamation Will this process create a 'virgin' Wii?

    Quote Originally Posted by thejapanexperience View Post
    Hi everybody. I'm new here. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

    I have a Japanese Wii (4.0J) and have just installed a Wasabi DX chip. I also have access to the Homebrew Channel.

    I am having mixed results with my attempts to run burned isos.

    About half of the games work including some brand new ones (e.g. Virtua Tennis 2009) and half only show the title screen on the wii menu then just show a black screen after pushing start.

    If I change the system region using this method, will more games work?

    Thanks in advance.

    TJE
    Hi TJE,
    My gf's Wii is Japanese (4.0) and I had similar experiences as you RE: some games not working. May I ask, what method are you using to play the discs? I assume it is via Backup Loader, etc. Some games require a specific cIOS or IOS to be played, and some require a 'language' to be 'forced'. Backup Loader and Configurable USB Loader (for example) have runtime options for this that may allow you to play your games successfuly.

    @Question the original post

    I would like to follow this method to change my Region and System Menu to English, from a Japanese Wii but keep FW 4.0. Question: Will this process create a 'virgin' 4.0 Wii, and do the files provided allow you to update up to 4.0, or only 3.2?

    Thanks in advance!

    Majestic

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    thanks a lot!

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    Hi,

    Apologies... a relative noob... but pretty technically competant!

    Some time ago I successfully changed my WII (with wiikey 1) from J region to E. Everything works ok and I'm on 3.2.

    I'm finding that some games now need more recent release (3.4) and won't play on 3.2.

    What happens if I follow the tutorials to update to (lets say) 4.1?
    Should I revert to Virgin 3.2 J, update to 4.1, and then change region again?

    Any advice appreciated

    Nick

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    No game ever created 'requires' 3.4 or 4.1, they may however, require IOS 53 or IOS 55.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    hi Telac,
    am looking for u help to get IOS55-freethebug so that new games (e.g. sports-resort) could be playable on softmod. may u offer me the link to download it ? thx.

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