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    Question Confusion with Wii Channels

    Hello everybody! I am new to the wii hacking community, and I have been doing well on my own with using the guides from this site.

    But I have a question about something that after all the reading I have done still eludes me.

    Now, correct me if I am wrong, but there is a channel... and a something called a forwarder, two different things?

    Basically I have some confusion about channels. Say I want to install a channel on my startup screen which loads an emulator. Thus far if I have not been able to find a channel installer (something like the one for SNESGX 9X, which installs the channel from inside HC) for certain emulators, ie. Gen Plus GX, SL Mame, etc. I I have found are .wad files.

    The problem I am having is that you can only load .wad files from your SD card with bootmii (unless I am wrong), so that once the channel is installed via a .wad file, I have to have the SD card inserted into the wii, or else it crashes and restarts the system. I want to be able to solely run from my USB HDD.
    Is this possible, and if so, how?

    Also, is there any risks when installing a custom channel/forwarder (I ask this because I am a little confused why there are not more Channel Installers for emulators out there).

    Do I sound redundant yet? Anyway, Thanks in advance!


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    It is a newer model, only a few months old: White.
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    There is such a risk. Be sure to have proper brick protection.

    I assume you already installed the .wad files. The reason they're crashing is because they require the boot.dol or boot.elf. You can load them off your HDD if you FAT32 or NTFS Load, but there's no promise it'll work perfectly. Basically, it would be best to load that stuff from your SD.

    There are channel installers on the Homebrew Browser in the Emulators section, you just have to look for them.
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    Thanks, I will look for those.

    I realize that they need to find the boot file, the only problem is that they usually default to look in the SD card first, and never finds the HDD.

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    Not all of the forwarder channels look to the USB. You have to make sure that you get one that does. You also have to make sure that the files are in the correct path on your fat32 hard drive. Some things work with NTFS but not all. If you set it up right you can run everything from your hard drive and not even need your sd card in (with some exceptions ovcourse)

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    That is what I am trying to ultimatley do. The reason being is because, if I have my SD card inserted, Wiiflow looks to it first, but I would rather have it look in the HDD. Call me anal, but I don't want to have to pop in an SD card every time I want to open my Genesis or MAME emulator (moreover, I want it to be easy to use for all the layman's people who would theoretically turn my Wii on one day and say "Oh cool, Sega!". Having it then open easily for them.).

    That being said, unfortunately homebrew browser does not offer many channel installers. I looked and only saw SNES, NES and Gameboy.

    If anyone could point me towards a Genesis Plus GX channel installer that will look for my hardrive, that would be awesome! I am also on the hunt for MAME, as well as any others.

    BTW, Thanks for the tips and help everyone!

    EDIT: My HDD in case anyone was wondering is formatted to WBFS with a FAT partition.

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    There are a bunch of forwarders in this post - http://www.wiihacks.com/wii-custom-s...orwarders.html

    Did you know you can make an emulators ISO and install it to your usb hdd and play it from your usb loader? Look here

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    The only thing that I can see being a downfall of making the iso and installing it that way is it then becomes a pain if there is an update or if you want to add a game to it. Personally I like my forwarder channels right on my main screen. I think it looks cool LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornflake123
    The only thing that I can see being a downfall of making the iso and installing it that way is it then becomes a pain if there is an update or if you want to add a game to it. Personally I like my forwarder channels right on my main screen. I think it looks cool LOL
    PunEmu is 5 emulators in one that can be burned to a disc or loaded from USB, if you're willing to redo two steps to add games each time. Very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442 View Post
    There are a bunch of forwarders in this post - http://www.wiihacks.com/wii-custom-s...orwarders.html

    Did you know you can make an emulators ISO and install it to your usb hdd and play it from your usb loader? Look here
    That is a good suggestion. I have considered that, but like cornflake says, I like the aesthetics of the channels.

    Also, I will check out that PunEmu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avisioncame
    The problem I am having is that you can only load .wad files from your SD card with bootmii (unless I am wrong), so that once the channel is installed via a .wad file, I have to have the SD card inserted into the wii, or else it crashes and restarts the system. I want to be able to solely run from my USB HDD. Is this possible, and if so, how?
    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.
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