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    Hi All,

    I have just successfully finished the soft mod on my Wii and everything went smoothly, I am using USB loader GX but the only way I can get my drive recognised is if I start USB loader GX and wait until the countdown appears for detecting the drive, then I plug it ib and it is recognized OK

    The drive I am using is an old 2.5 "" IDE laptop drive in a usb enclosure

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    @Richard- while some folks can get a few internal HDDs with USB enclosures to work with the Wii, they really cause more problems than they are worth. The main issue is that internal HDDs have energy saving techniques programmed into them and the Wii, not being a PC, does not send the "In Use" signal back to the HDD. Most of the problems are more that the HDD powers down some time while playing the Wii. You procedure for HDD recognition is the correct one to use for the Wii and loader being unable to see that drive on powerup. If you are not seeing a game freeze sometime after playing and are willing to plug in the HDD in that manner then all is at the best it can be for that HDD/enclosure configuration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrlilley View Post
    i down loaded what u gave me ,,, so how do i install it ,,, step buy step plez ,,,, i mean where dose everything go .. i would really apprciate it
    It works just like the softmod you performed. That's why directions on installing wads and .dol files aren't given here routinely. It is expected that you will have gone through the softmod and learned from that experience.

    Wad files are installed using the Wad Manager. Wad files can either be placed in the root directory of the SD card and will show up when Wad Mgr is run. If placed in the Wad folder, one chooses the WAD directory from Wad Mgr and then sees the Wad folder contents.

    .dol files are run through HBC. To allow HBC to display the app as a menu item, one copies the folder into the Apps folder. If the .dol file is all by itself, then one creates a folder within the Apps folder for that application and copies the boot.dol fileinto the created folder. The .dol file must be named boot.dol in order for HBC to display it.

    Example: if directed to an application where the only file is named lilley.dol you would create a folder inside the Apps folder on your SD card and name it something related to the app-say Lilley. Copy lilley.dol to the Lilley folder and rename it as boot.dol. HBC will display the real application name and run the app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    @Richard- while some folks can get a few internal HDDs with USB enclosures to work with the Wii, they really cause more problems than they are worth. The main issue is that internal HDDs have energy saving techniques programmed into them and the Wii, not being a PC, does not send the "In Use" signal back to the HDD. Most of the problems are more that the HDD powers down some time while playing the Wii. You procedure for HDD recognition is the correct one to use for the Wii and loader being unable to see that drive on powerup. If you are not seeing a game freeze sometime after playing and are willing to plug in the HDD in that manner then all is at the best it can be for that HDD/enclosure configuration.
    Thank you for the quick reply, I read the install notes of USB Loader GX and it suggests loading the cIOS222 if you have any problems with USB devices. Is this OK to install? I have got so far without any hitches I am a bit nervous installing something I know nothing about.

    On the other hand I have a 500GB Seagate Expansion external drive which I am using for backup on my PC. This drive is brand new and has it's own power supply so I may try creating a small partition to use with the Wii.

    I appreciate your help, So far I am very excited about getting this far

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    hi there,
    really it's so helpful guide.my Wii is new so there's no way to burn disks not going to work so am going to buy new HDD and use USB loaders i was looking for which compatible HDD for me but i have question what i have to buy with the new HDD, and after we repair it by the PC we just plug it to the Wii usb and the Wii will give the HDD the correct power because it's only one usb caple for both data and power.
    thanks for help again

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    @Richard - there is no harm from giving the Hermes IOS222/223 a try-some games load easier and also you would need this installed to play musical instrument games. You can download Hermes IOS from HERE. To estimate the size of the WBFS partition on that Seagate-estimate that an average Wii game will take about 2GB of HDD space.

    @tamersaid - as I understand your question, you are asking about buying a compatible HDD for your Wii. You can look on the two lists that are linked in the guide. Overall, the Western Digital external USB drives have been the least troublesome: WD Passport drives 320GB and 500GB - powered through the USB port; WD 1TB Digital Elements and 1TB My Book Essentials -using external power supply. The USB HDD is to be plugged into the outermost USB port on the Wii-for the USB-powered HDDs this will supply the power and serve as the data port.

    EDIT-sorry Richard-...NO harm...
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    [QUOTE=gen3sf;253908]@Richard - there is harm from giving the Hermes IOS222/223 a try-some games load easier and also you would need this installed to play musical instrument games. You can download Hermes IOS from HERE. To estimate the size of the WBFS partition on that Seagate-estimate that an average Wii game will take about 2GB of HDD space.

    When you said there is harm from giving the Hermes IOS a try, is it potential bricking territory ?

    I have ripped a load of games to my portable drive and so far as long as it is not plugged in when the Wii is powered up this works and you can quit games and then return to the USB loader without any problems

    I will give my external Seagate a go tomorrow, I am very pleased at what I have achieved today so I am not too worried at this present moment.

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    @Richard - there is harm from giving the Hermes IOS222/223 a try-some games load easier and also you would need this installed to play musical instrument games. You can download Hermes IOS from HERE. To estimate the size of the WBFS partition on that Seagate-estimate that an average Wii game will take about 2GB of HDD space.

    When you said there is harm from giving the Hermes IOS a try, is it potential bricking territory ?

    I have ripped a load of games to my portable drive and so far as long as it is not plugged in when the Wii is powered up this works and you can quit games and then return to the USB loader without any problems

    I will give my external Seagate a go tomorrow, I am very pleased at what I have achieved today so I am not too worried at this present moment.

    Thanks again

    Richard
    I'm going to assume that he meant there is NO harm installing hermes 222/223

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post

    @tamersaid - as I understand your question, you are asking about buying a compatible HDD for your Wii. You can look on the two lists that are linked in the guide. Overall, the Western Digital external USB drives have been the least troublesome: WD Passport drives 320GB and 500GB - powered through the USB port; WD 1TB Digital Elements and 1TB My Book Essentials -using external power supply. The USB HDD is to be plugged into the outermost USB port on the Wii-for the USB-powered HDDs this will supply the power and serve as the data port.
    thanks man
    thats great so all i need is HDD and plug it directly to Wii usb.

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    So now I've got my USB loader all up and running, do I have to keep the SD card in (I assume yes)? Or is there a way I can run it from a fat32 partition on my HDD?

    If so, how? (Idiot proof style please, I've only had the wii a few days so am still getting to grips with everything)

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