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    Question New to Wii---need some help!

    Hello all,
    New to the world of Wii... I have bought one as birthday present for my 5 year old son and I need some help and advice...if there are links from previous threads, please share or if you can explain it in a few lines again appreciated. The wii is purchased July 2012 (don't know what the version would be yet).
    1- I have copied a game (iso. format) to a dvd, but the system can't read it. So I am assuming the system needs to be modchipped or jailbreaked?! if so, what is the safest and easiest procedure? software preferred? is this free or I need to pay for it?
    2- I do not want the system to play DVD movies or other stuff. I just want it to play the games I burn on dvd.

    If someone could provide me with a simple instruction, I would appreciate it.
    Thx
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    The newer Wiis can not play dvds. You will want to play your games from a usb hard-drive. You should start by taking a close look at the Softmod Any Wii guide. Read over it a few times before starting! I am sure one of the Mods will be by to give you some very good info. You can find the guide in my sig below!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toby1978 View Post
    The newer Wiis can not play dvds. You will want to play your games from a usb hard-drive. You should start by taking a close look at the Softmod Any Wii guide. Read over it a few times before starting! I am sure one of the Mods will be by to give you some very good info. You can find the guide in my sig below!

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    Thanks Toby,
    I don't mind if it is a hard drive that connects to the system...I will take a look at the links and let you know if I get it or not...
    So what is the format of the files that are copied on a hard-drive (.iso)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawF View Post
    Thanks Toby,
    I don't mind if it is a hard drive that connects to the system...I will take a look at the links and let you know if I get it or not...
    So what is the format of the files that are copied on a hard-drive (.iso)?
    The file format will be .wbfs. There are game managers (just search for "game manager" in the forum search) that will convert ISOs to wbfs files and vice versa. Most of the time though, it's just easier and quicker to rip the game directly from the Wii. I would highly recommend formatting your drive with the FAT32 filesystem, as that gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of being able to access the drive on your computer, not require a SD card, and so forth. I also ran into some real stability problems with the WBFS filesystem (not to be confused with .wbfs files) as opposed to FAT32. Haven't looked back since.

    We all understand the reasons behind soft-modding your Wii. I have 6 children living in the house and about half a dozen unplayable discs. However, one thing to consider is that Softmodding your Wii WILL cause you to void your warranty, can introduce random and errors and memory dumps (usually from corrupt data being read from the drive), and does require some maintenance on your part (I recently had to so a quite thorough scandisk of my 500 GB drive). Having some computer background, experience, and troubleshooting skills will surely make the experience much more enjoyable.

    While my Wii modding experience has been 99.9% positive (especially once I dumped the WBFS filesystem), there have been times when my kids have uttered the phrase "The Wii is broken..." If it's 100% "plug and play don't have to think about it console experience" that you're looking for (or requiring, since this is a 5 year old's gift), then softmodding may not be for you. However, if you want to squeeze the absolute most that you can from your Wii, give you child a good game choosing and loading experience, and protect your disks from scratches, chips, and peanut butter, then I highly recommend that you read on. You'll also be able to keep your Wii out of the reach of little hands as well, since he won't be loading his own games. That will cut down on the possibility of having to take your Wii apart and pull out forks, glow in the dark stars, toy car wheels, and gems. Those are all the items that came out of my Wii... took me two times to get them all....

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    You should look at the FAQ link in my signature. That link will enlighten you almost everything before you start modding.

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