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    About to buy a Wii... are there any model differences?

    I ask because I had a PSP and it took some time for people to develop mods for the newer models. Is there anything I should avoid, or can I just order one off the internet?

    I want to be able to

    play DVD's
    play NES, SNES, and Genesis games
    play Wii ISO's of games
    Stream content off the net (Netflix, Hulu, etc)

    Is all of this possible? I'm still reading about mod chips and soft modding to figure out which direction I need to go.

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    Nope. No differences at all.

    I just ran to Best Buy, picked a Wii up off the shelf, added the homebrew channel and custom ISOs to it, uninstalled all that stuff and took it back.

    So any Wii will do.

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    There are definatly differences between console, certain ones you can't install BootMii to boot2, some have different chipsets for drives [this bit taken word for word from Dogeggs guide (hope he doesn't mind)]:

    "There is a new DVD drive chipset that is starting to emerge that will not play DVDR, if your Wii came with sys menu 4.0 on it then it could be one, the chipset is known as a D3-2 and the only way of telling if you have one is to open her up, but as this will invalidate your warranty you are better off trying to load DVDRs and if you just keep getting errors then it is a good indication that you have one. The USB loader will still work though so just follow the guide as normal."

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ur View Post
    There are definatly differences between console, certain ones you can't install BootMii to boot2, some have different chipsets for drives [this bit taken word for word from Dogeggs guide (hope he doesn't mind)]:

    "There is a new DVD drive chipset that is starting to emerge that will not play DVDR, if your Wii came with sys menu 4.0 on it then it could be one, the chipset is known as a D3-2 and the only way of telling if you have one is to open her up, but as this will invalidate your warranty you are better off trying to load DVDRs and if you just keep getting errors then it is a good indication that you have one. The USB loader will still work though so just follow the guide as normal."
    So not having bought one yet is there anything I can look for to make sure the one I buy will be the most "modable"?

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    Older Wiis are the best (at least a year old) but even then your not guarenteed 100% mod compatibility. I'll see if i can locate what model numbers to avoid, just give me a bit.

    EDIT: http://wiitracker.nintendo-scene.com/search.php
    Thats the best i could come up with, not sure how accurate or how up to date it is, but it's a start.
    Last edited by s0ur; 11-02-2009 at 12:19 PM. Reason: new information

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    I stand corrected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ur View Post
    Older Wiis are the best (at least a year old) but even then your not guarenteed 100% mod compatibility. I'll see if i can locate what model numbers to avoid, just give me a bit.

    EDIT: Nintendo-Scene Wii Serial Tracker
    Thats the best i could come up with, not sure how accurate or how up to date it is, but it's a start.
    So which model do I want?

    GC2-D2B
    GC2-DMS
    GC2-D2C
    GC2R-D2A

    and does it matter if the drive pins are cut or not? I don't know what that means.
    Last edited by Crossett; 11-02-2009 at 01:25 PM.

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    Also, should I check what version of software is on it before I buy? (3.1, 4.1, 4.2, etc) Or can I downgrade from 4.2 to an earlier version easily?

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    I believe there is a way to downgrade from 4.2, but i hear it can brick your Wii. That list i gave you is mostly for Hardware Mods, but it will at least give you an idea if there is a drive set in there that won't let you play burnt games. It's kinda a hit or miss thing when buying a wii buddy. Your just gonna have to take the plunge and find out. Thats the best answer i got for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ur View Post
    I believe there is a way to downgrade from 4.2, but i hear it can brick your Wii. That list i gave you is mostly for Hardware Mods, but it will at least give you an idea if there is a drive set in there that won't let you play burnt games. It's kinda a hit or miss thing when buying a wii buddy. Your just gonna have to take the plunge and find out. Thats the best answer i got for you.
    Thanks for the help man

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