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    Question Too many games - how to sort (folders? partitions?) to limit kids?

    Hi, all... I've spent many hours trying to find an answer, and perhaps I'm not searching correctly.

    I soft-modded my Wii with 4.2 so I could put all our games on a 250GB drive (young kids aren't the most careful, Wii Playground was getting scratched). We kept the Netflix disc in the drive.

    When Netflix channel became available, we naively upgraded to 4.3 - lost access to my drive. Frustrating, but we played via the discs for a couple months (mom or dad were the only ones allowed to change discs). Finally researched, found I needed 1 of 3 games to mod 4.3... did not have one. I re-did my 4.2 instructions -- and it worked (ie, my wii was "still half-hacked"). Huge *phew*!!!! I only did the hack to protect my discs, so did not follow threads about not upgrading, etc.

    However, I've been slowly adding stuff - my wife's gone on a fitness fix, we're buying lots of games from garage sales, and my "dad" games....

    Now, the drive has about a hundred games. Too cluttered -- is there any way to create FOLDERS? I'm using CFG USB Loader, with a "forwarder" on the main screen so the kids don't have to Homebrew first, then choose the Loader. I also have it set so the Wii Home button returns to the drive

    My drive is FAT32, and I can follow instructions enough to do the changes/upgrades, but I am somewhat at a loss with much of the language thrown about here (all the references to different loaders, hacks, etc).

    What I'd like to do is separate out all the kid-friendly (3 & 7 year old girls) things into one folder, teen/mature into another (me & my teenage nephew when he visits), and my wife's fitness into a 3rd.

    Can that be done easily? I thought -- at the very least, could I repartition my drive into 3, and somehow install a forwarder from the main screen for each partition? My 7-year-old keeps wanting to play my nephew's games - but at "T" (and some of my "M"), they are more than we want her to access... I really don't want her trying Call of Duty.

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    Not sure about the folders issue, but have you considered the built in parental controls on the wii? they could all be in one spot then, but keep your kids out of the games you don't want them to play.

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    Better yet how about your loader's parental controls? I always use them. When you enable parental controls in your loader the games you choose don't show up in the loader when the code isn't entered. When you enter the code your entire library is available to you. You have control over individual games that they can and can't play or even see.
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    Parental controls?

    Wow - perhaps I'm just blind... but I do not recall seeing anything about parental controls in CFG USB Loader. I simply launch it, and everything is there. How does one use it?

    That said, imagine I was just one person - with 100 games, I'd like to start, and choose what mood I'm in (action, fitness, cartoon/animated, etc) and then carefully scroll through the 20-30 games in that genre. If I change my mind, I return to the main menu, and select a different group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaman View Post
    That said, imagine I was just one person - with 100 games, I'd like to start, and choose what mood I'm in (action, fitness, cartoon/animated, etc) and then carefully scroll through the 20-30 games in that genre. If I change my mind, I return to the main menu, and select a different group.
    I know you are using a different loader, but Wiiflow does this part. I am not sure if cfg loader does it or not, I have set up Wiiflow at one point to do what you are asking here though.

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    I don't use CFG that much so I've never used the parental control features but I took this from it's readme. It's not a bad idea to read the included documentation. You'll find out a lot of stuff about the software. As vyledust pointed out WiiFlow does categories but I believe it is the only USB loader that does.

    Parental Control and Unlocking Admin Functionality
    --------------------------------------------------

    If the loader is configured with restricted functionality it can be unlocked
    with a password - a "secret" wiimote button combination. Restricted functionality
    means any of the options: "simple" or "disable_*" or "hide_game" are set, which is
    usually used for "Parental Control".

    When admin mode is unlocked it will allow you to access all the previously
    locked functionality. In addition: when unlocked, any games that are hidden
    with the hide_game option will be displayed.

    To access the unlock screen, hold the 1 button down for 5 seconds and the screen
    will appear. After you see the text "Enter Code:", press the wiimote buttons
    in the correct order. If you were successful, the word SUCCESS will appear
    on the screen. Otherwise the word LOCKED! will appear. The unlock screen has a 30
    second timeout limit so if an incorrect (or no) password is entered, it will
    automatically lock. To set the lock back on with the original settings intact, hold
    the 1 button for 5 seconds and the lock will automatically turn on. When the loader
    is started, the lock will always be enabled.

    This functionality is controlled by the option: admin_unlock = [1], 0.
    By default it is enabled. To disable the ability to unlock admin mode set
    the option to: admin_unlock = 0

    The default admin unlock password is: BUDAH12
    To change it, use the config option: unlock_password = [BUDAH12]
    The password length is limited to 10 characters. Do NOT use quotes around the
    password - just type what you want it to be. E.g. unlock_password = 12UDAB
    The following are the button to letter mappings for the password:
    D-Pad Up: U
    D-Pad Down: D
    D-Pad Right: R
    D-Pad Left: L
    B button: B
    A Button: A
    Minus button: M
    Plus button: P
    Home button: H
    1 button: 1
    2 button: 2

    To hide certain games, use the the Game Options screen and toggle the "Hide Game"
    setting. This allows you to set which games are hidden when the admin mode is LOCKED.
    In order to see this option, admin_unlock must be enabled (which it is by default) AND
    the admin mode must be in an unlocked state!
    - NOTE: this functionality completely replaces the hide_game option in config.txt,
    but they CAN be used together. Any games currently listed in hide_game will be
    shown when unlocked, but will ALWAYS be marked as hidden by default in Game Options
    and cannot be changed to unhidden unless they are removed from config.txt
    - NOTE 2: An easy way to convert all your games in hide_game to this new functionality
    is to start the loader with your hide_game still in config.txt and then go into
    Game Options in any game (you may have to unlock admin lock first) and change
    something and save it. All your hide_game entries will automatically be saved.
    Then you can remove the hide_game entry completely from config.txt.
    Last edited by Darkcide666; 05-16-2011 at 07:28 AM.
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    Don't have a need for parental controls, But very informative, I use two or three hard drives, With different game types on each A Stick on label to ID, is enough. Mom, Dad, Whatever, Memory is cheap enough these days.

    People should read more!

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    I use wiiflow myself and it has a very straightforward parental lock function. you simply go into the settings menu and set a 4 digit pin number. Beside each game there is an icon that looks like a hand. Highlight the hand icon (it will turn red) to apply the parental lock to the desired game. Do this for each game that you want to lock. Power cycle the Wii and when you go back into wiiflow the locked games will be missing from the list. Enter the pin number to reveal them again. Works a treat.

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