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    ...been outta the "game" for a bit too long...

    Ok,

    A series of unfortunate events in my personal life lead to my Wii being in a box in a storage unit for the past two years. Well I'm finally able to get back to it but unfortunately my current setup is a little outdated.

    My Wii firmware is at 2.2u and I have a Wiikey V1 installed. I downloaded the 1.9s update and ran it. It said that it was successful. However when I put the 1.9s config disc in, the screen shows WiiKey Firmware 1.4. I don't know if this is an issue or not, just trying to give you guys as much info as possible.

    When I used to burn my Back-ups I would just run them through BrickBlocker and RegionFrii, burn and play.

    From what I've read in the past two days, things have progressed A LOT and I'm in need of some serious help.

    So what I'm looking to find out is...

    -What do I need to do to catch up and begin playing the new games? (i.e. update firmware?, download new programs?, etc)

    -Has anything changed in the way of going from Downloaded ISO files to Disc?

    Thanks -
    KayMorgue

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    I'm providing links to 2 guides- the first is just get you caught up with the process and terminology of modding. The second link is to a step-by-step tutorial to softmod your Wii. Wiis can be both soft- and chip-modded so there should be no problem for you there.

    Another development that might interest you is that backup games can be loaded and played from an external USB HDD-the process of ripping the ISO to the WBFS-formatted USB drive removes a lot of extraneous material, including the update partition-no brickblocker needed. The loaders, whether a backup loader such as NeoGamma or a USB loader such as USB Loader GX, all have the ability to play out-of-region games-so no need to treat the ISO with RegionFrii anymore.

    Hope your life is better and stable enough for you to enjoy playing again.

    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...g-wii-faq.html

    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

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    Thanks gen3sf!

    I've read through the links you posted and they have created a few more questions.

    -The guide states that it works for firmware 3.1 to 4.1. I'm currently at 2.2u. How should I go about upgrading and which firmware would be the best to upgrade to?

    -The guide also says to use a 2GB memory card. The only SD cards I have are 8GB's and a 128MB. Can I get away with using the 8GB?

    Thanks again,
    KayMorgue
    Last edited by KayMorgue; 10-11-2009 at 03:14 PM.

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    The 8GB might get you through most of the tutorial-there are two apps used in the softmodding process that have been fussy about the SD cards-bootmii and preloader. The latest versions of bootmii have improved SD card compatibility, but preloader remains a picky app. 128MB is too small-1GB will allow you to do the NAND backup-that is usually no larger than 540MB.

    As to your FW-depends on the features you want. The two choices available to you are 3.2 and 4.1, the FW versions in between offer nothing. 4.1 provides compatibility with SDHC cards-you can use up to 32GB, also online play compatibility, the ability to play Wiiware and VC from the SD card, and about 20 pages of channels in your sysmenu, and more efficient use of system memory. I stayed at 3.2 as I use an external HDD and have no problems with system memory, need for large SDHC card, and do not play online. Your needs may differ.

    If you want to get to 4.1, I believe you can just follow the tutorial steps. As your Wii is an older one, the Trucha Bug vulnerability is already there so at Step 3 you could opt to just run Step 3d as you would not have to restore the Trucha Bug.

    If you want to just get to 3.2U, I'll have to check on that process-let me know and I will look around-might have to ask a moderator for advice, too. I think I know how, but I don't operate that way. I'd rather tell you I don't know for certain, but will try and get that info or arrange for someone more expert to help. So it might take a few days, but I will check on that if that's what you want to do.

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    Thanks again gen3sf. Worse comes to worst I'll run out and grab a 2GB from Walmart.

    Unfortunately (and only because I want to mod this thing now) I want to go with the 3.2. I was thinking that using the SSBB to upgrade to 3.2 would work but I vaguely remember not doing it because (IIRC) it would have an adverse effect on the WiiKey in some way or another (semi-brick, playability issues, something like that).

    -KayMorgue

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    I agree that if it weren't for that WiiKey, I would normally have you update using a game disc and update or downgrade as needed. I have asked a moderator for assistance and either I will receive the needed information and continue to assist you or the moderator will assist you directly.

    In the meantime, I recommend you go grab that SD card from Walmart-should be about $10. I think you'll need it for the softmod. Best choice would be SanDisk or whatever is being marketed in the WalMart Wii section under the Wii label as 2GB SD.

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    I've been reading up as much as my brain can take and apparently updating to 3.1 via SSBB and SMG only had an adverse effect with the previous firmwares of the WiiKey. Apparently 1.9s cleared that all up.

    Here is where I am currently -

    a. I would have to upgrade to 3.1 via SSBB or SMG.
    b. Then I would have to install HBC. Which I have already burned out using the Beta 8 ISO installer.
    c. Update HBC.
    d. I could then Install Any Region Changer and I will be able to use that to upgrade to 3.2. (Although I have seen mixed statements about that)
    e. I could then download a softmod pack...follow the directions very carefully, and be on my merry way.

    ...at least that is how my brain is saying this should go. I'm going to ((try)) and hold off but I'm really getting antsy.

    -KayMorgue

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    Ok, then. It seems that you are telling me that your WiiKey will not block the game update, then. Good. While I am content to stay at 3.2, you have not had 2 years of playing with the Wii and now I am thinking it might be better for you to update to 4.1. Especially as you have those 8GB SD cards. I would just as soon give your Wii all the memory handling capacity and features for you as you re-enter the Wii gaming world. Let's go to 4.1, seems like you might actually want some of the features later anyway.

    So, the plan, as your WiiKey seems not to be the impediment it seemed earlier is for you to accept a game disc update-to whatever system it will be certainly it will be a 3.X. Then, let's follow the softmod guide: http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html.

    I know you've been reading a lot-any questions after your read the above tutorial? Good luck and I'll check in on your progress.

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    Ok,

    Just a little update.

    I downloaded WUM. Then I downloaded the 3.2U_b update.
    I took my Mario Kart Wii ISO and replaced the 3.1U_v3 update with the 3.2U_b. Burned the game out.
    I then googled 3.2U_b while the game was burning (Why exactly I don't know but I am happy I did.)
    I stumbled across THIS site. They have ISO files containing the 3.2 firmwares for each respective region. So I downloaded the NTSC-U version, burned it out, Popped it in my Wii, Opened up the Disc channel and a window popped up.
    It said "Initialise Wii Update?" and I said "Yes".

    It ran and said that it was successful. I went to the settings menu and low and behold, it said 3.2U. HOORAY!!

    So here I am, stuck.

    1. I purchased a 2GB sandisk SD card via WalMart.
    2. Bring it home, format it to Fat32.
    3. Copy the softmod files from the SoftMod tutorial.
    4. Insert it in my Wii go through all the menu's until I get to the SD Menu.

    5. I click on it - and NOTHING.

    It's just a bunch of white squares. It the corner it says Free Blocks - 15494.

    So I take it out of the Wii and put it back in my computer thinking maybe I didn't copy the files like I thought I did.

    I open the SD and there are ALL the files and folders.

    So i take it out of my computer and put it back in my Wii and repeat steps 4 and 5 - NOTHING again.

    So I Format the card again using the SDFormat program listed in the Tutorial. It Formats the card to FAT not FAT32. I checked and there was no way to choose between FAT and FAT32. So now I repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 - NOTHING!!

    So I'm stuck awaiting advice.

    And gen3sf - could you explain why (beside being able to use larger SDHC cards) 4.1 is a better fit for me. From everything I have read so far, once you go past 3.2 you lose something in one way or another. The only 4.1 pro's I have come across are -

    a. Use of larger Cards
    b. Use of SDHC Cards
    c. Addition of 20 extra spaces in the menu.

    If there is a guide with all the pro's and con's of the different firmwares please guide me to it. I searched for a bit and tried to find the one mentioned at WiiBrew but was not successful.

    -KayMorgue
    Last edited by KayMorgue; 10-12-2009 at 02:50 PM.

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    I thought 4.1 was a better fit for you upon the basis of the personality characteristics you displayed and continue to show. I think that once you get into the Wii again, you will want to use more of the memory, download more emulators, WiiWare, ROMs, and play from the SDHC cards if you don't get into an external HDD. It's not 20 extra channels, it's 20 extra pages.

    Now, try this for the bannerbomb problem: http://bannerbomb.qoid.us/ . I hope it's not the SD card. Reading from and using SD cards continues to be a weak point in the Wii softmod process. It doesn't sound like anything is amiss with your process. The first choice for format is the FAT 32 with the second try being the Panasonic SD industry standard process you tried formatting as FAT.

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