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    A channel is what installs to your Wii menu, therefore a forwarder is a channel. A full channel with the .dol installed in it is suppose to be independent of a storage device (SD/USB), but now a days just about all apps, including emulators, require additional files on the storage device. That kind of makes a full channel redundant, since the storage device is required anyways.

    When using a forwarder, the application is easily updated, just replace the boot.dol that is on the SD card. When using a full channel, to update you need to remove the channel and find a new updated version of the channel, and with some of the emulators they want to do an automatic update thru Wifi, which can create problems if you are using the same outdated channel every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiNkZoR View Post
    You are wrong, when you install a .wad file, it installs it self to the consoles NAND, it restarts the system like said above you have a forwarder and it can't find the .dol. Heres the difference between a forwarder and a channel- a full channel has the boot.dol installed into it, therefore it takes up more NAND space. Its no biggie if you have a lot of free space, and you don't have to have the .dol on the SD card or HDD. A forwarder on the other hand, looks on the device for the boot.dol, using less NAND space.
    NOW we are getting somewhere.

    Ok, so I install a forwarder. How do I make it find my HDD?

    Because my current problem is the channel looks for the SD card, and when it does not find one...the Wii reboots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avisioncame

    NOW we are getting somewhere.

    Ok, so I install a forwarder. How do I make it find my HDD?

    Because my current problem is the channel looks for the SD card, and when it does not find one...the Wii reboots.
    The SD Card cannot be in the Wii until after it finds the .dol or .elf in your HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Binary Wave View Post
    The SD Card cannot be in the Wii until after it finds the .dol or .elf in your HDD.
    What are you talking about? You can leave the SD card in if you want. You just have to make sure you dont have the folder and file location that the forwarder is looking for on the SD. If you add a 1 or change the folder on the SD in any way it wont find it on there but you will still be able to open it in the HBC. If you have it in the right location on the hard drive you still need a forwarder that will look for it there. All of the forwarder channels I use look to the SD and if it can't find it then they will go to the USB. I have come across many that only look to the SD, mostly older ones. I have all the wads for these forwarders but i don't remember where i got them from anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Binary Wave View Post
    The SD Card cannot be in the Wii until after it finds the .dol or .elf in your HDD.
    That's not actually true. As long as it is not on the SD card, it will look in the HDD (if it is set to). The most likely cause is the OP doesn't have the drive formatted at FAT32 or has the dol in the wrong folder. Sometimes forwarders won't look anywhere but the SD card, but that is very rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoostinOnline View Post
    That's not actually true. As long as it is not on the SD card, it will look in the HDD (if it is set to). The most likely cause is the OP doesn't have the drive formatted at FAT32 or has the dol in the wrong folder. Sometimes forwarders won't look anywhere but the SD card, but that is very rare.
    As I have previously stated, I do have a partition formatted to FAT32.

    So, I should install the .wad first, then take out the SD card after reboot, and then run the channel? I think I have done this and it still gives me a black screen stating: Could not locate SD card or something along those lines, and restarts.

    Maybe I have one of these "rare" channels, the only thing is, it was the only one I could find for Genesis Plus.

    I am doing some work on the Wii tonight and will post my results. Thanks again everyone for sticking with me.

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