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    sooo... do i go ahead and install preloader before trying to do step 4 (updating firmware to 4.1)?
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    i changed the color of the steps i've completed so far in dark red.. do i go install preloader now or do i try to update? when i try to update to 4.1.. it gives me an error "initializing network, please wait..... ERROR! (ret = -116)

    press any button to restart.. "

    1. INSTALL BOOTMII AND THE HOMEBREW CHANNEL

    a). Put all the files from ‘copy to sd card.rar’ onto the root of the SD Card. It should look like this when done.

    b). Insert the SD card into Wii.

    c). Go to Wii Options, then go to Data Management > Channels > SD Card, then you will get a message saying "Load boot.elf?" , select 'Yes' and the Hackmii installer will run.

    d). Install Bootmii as boot2 if you can, if not then install it as an IOS then go back and install the Homebrew Channel.

    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step1
    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step1

    If you are connected to the Internet the Homebrew Channel will ask to update - say no until you have completed this guide, then the choice is yours...


    2. BACK UP YOUR NAND (OPTIONAL)

    Making a NAND backup with Bootmii is highly recommended, it will recover your Wii from 99.9% of bricks.
    Use the same SD card you used to install Bootmii and make sure there is at least 530mb free on it.
    Bootmii is very fussy about what SD cards it uses, so avoid generic ones and try and use a Sandisk or similar.


    a) Put the SD card into the Wii, if you installed Bootmii as boot2 then it will load, if it is installed as an IOS go to the Homebrew Channel, press 'home' on your wiimote and select 'Launch Bootmii'.

    b) Use the power/reset/eject buttons to navigate the Bootmii menu and select the icon with the gears on it. If those buttons don't work then you will have to use a Gamecube controller.

    c) Now select the icon with a green arrow pointing from the chip to the SD card and follow the on screen instructions.

    D) In about 10 mins you will have a NAND backup, it is normal to have up to 80 bad blocks so don't worry if you get some.

    e) Put the SD card into PC and copy the NAND backup somewhere safe, you can now delete it from your card. If you installed Bootmii as boot2 then also copy the Bootmii folder to your PC and either delete or rename it, otherwise it will load every time you switch your Wii on.

    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step2
    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step2

    If ever you get bricked then copy the bootmii folder and NAND backup onto your card, do steps a) & b) again, using Preloader to get to HBC if necessary, then select the icon with the arrow going from the SD card to the chip. It is not recommended to restore your NAND if you have Bootmii installed as an IOS.


    3. GET A CIOS

    You may want to check this video before you do this stage. The only difference is that you can select 'load IOS from SD card' instead of download from NUS.

    a) Go to Homebrew channel and run Trucha Bug Restorer, load IOS36, press 1, read the warnings then select 'downgrade IOS15', select to load IOS from SD card then let it do its job, keep an eye on what it is doing and make sure you select 'load from sd card' when it asks & don't get any errors.

    b) Run Trucha Bug Restorer again, this time select to load IOS15 on first screen using dpad left/right, then select the IOS36 menu & install patched (select 'yes' on all 3 patches) IOS36 to slot 36, again using IOS from SD card.

    c) Run Trucha Bug Restorer again, load IOS36 and this time select restore IOS15.

    d) Run cIOS38 r14 installer, select IOS36 as the one it should use and then select wad install.

    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step3
    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step3


    4. UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM MENU VERSION (OPTIONAL)

    This step is optional unless you are on 3.3 or 3.4, you may upgrade now if you wish, boot2 v4 owners cannot downgrade! but can upgrade if you want. If you want to update to 4.1 then make sure you have at least 250 blocks free or you will brick, install IOS60-patched first (step 5a), then run Firmware Updater 4.1. If you are on 3.3 or 3.4 then you must update.


    5. THE FINAL STEP

    Preloader is also an optional install, if you don't want it just skip b & c, but you must do step d, system menu hacks can be taken care of by Starfall (3.2) or startpatch (4/4.1), if you want them click my sig and have a look through my mediafire. There are no system hacks for 3.3/3.4. There are now Preloader hacks for 4.1J Wiis.

    a) If you are on system menu 4/4.1 use Wad Manager with default settings (IOS249 & SD card) to install IOS60-patched.wad - make sure you do this before you install Preloader. If you installed it in step 4 then skip this part. Never uninstall IOS60! You will brick!!

    b). Open the Homebrew Channel and load Preloader, press 1 to install. After install, your Wii should reboot and load the Preloader menu. If it doesn't, turn your wii off and on again whilst holding down reset and it will load the Preloader menu.

    c) Select 'system hacks' in the Preloader menu, and enable the hacks that you want - 'skip disc update check' and the region free ones are all you need. Select 'save settings' and wait for confirmation message to display 'settings saved'. Press B to go back, and enter Settings. Set 'Autoboot: System Menu' using D-Pad, then select save settings. Press B to return to main Preloader menu.

    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step5b-c
    YouTube - Wii Soft-mod step5b-c

    d) In the Preloader menu select Homebrew Channel (if you didn't install Preloader then just open HBC as normal), run Wad Manager 1.4, use default settings (IOS249 & SD card) and install these wads from the 'wad' folder:

    IOS38-64-v3610
    IOS50-64-v4889
    IOS53-64-v5149
    IOS55-64-v5149
    NeoGammaR7

    Then restart your Wii.

    YouTube - Wii Softmod Step 5d
    YouTube - Wii Softmod Step 5d

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    would a video of the wii menus on television screen help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiinewbii View Post
    i did the

    "install IOS60-patched first (step 5a)"

    when i go to firmware update.. this is what i get

    initializing network, please wait..... ERROR! (ret = -116)

    press any button to restart..
    Is your Wii set up for Internet access? That's what the msg is telling you-can't connect to your internet access. Make sure to keep WiiConnect24 OFF, but turn your Internet ON.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    Is your Wii set up for Internet access? That's what the msg is telling you-can't connect to your internet access. Make sure to keep WiiConnect24 OFF, but turn your Internet ON.
    hello i can't access the normal wii screen.. only homebrew and system menu..

    how do i turn the internet on? and wiiconnect24 off?

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    when i turn it off and turn back on... it loads up bootmii. when i try to go the far left option of "wii" it goes to system menu instead of the regular wii menu.

    right now, i can see wii, homebrew channel, sd card, and something that looks like gears..

    can someone shed some light on how to fix this? i have a really frustrated and teary eyed nephew next to me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiinewbii View Post
    when i turn it off and turn back on... it loads up bootmii. when i try to go the far left option of "wii" it goes to system menu instead of the regular wii menu.

    right now, i can see wii, homebrew channel, sd card, and something that looks like gears..

    can someone shed some light on how to fix this? i have a really frustrated and teary eyed nephew next to me..
    OK-I imagine by now we all feel like crying...
    I hope you did not install preloader.
    1. If you did not install IOS60patched-do it now:go to HBC, use Wad Manager-use defaults IOS249 and SD card slot...click on WAD line choose and install IOS60patched.
    2. I do not want to go thru network/Internet stuff with you let's just do it offline I presume you have a 3.4U? Click on dogeggs signature graphic-go to sysmenu folder and download sysmenu NTSCU 449. Extract it to your PC HDD copy to SD use Wad Mgr just liske before to install sysmenu NTSCU449.wad
    If you have a 3.4E Wii you will chose sysmenuPAL450 instead.
    3. Resume tutorial at Step 5B.

    When you are done-to stop bootmii from showing up remove boot.elf and Private folder from SD card. If you made a NAND bakup-keep it safe.
    Last edited by Gen3SF; 11-08-2009 at 10:20 PM.

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    i'm in the US.. so i'm assuming its 3.4u? e is for europe?

    thanks for the tips g3n.

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    Yes, I presumed you were US because of your speech patterns, but in case I was mistaken added the PAL version for you, Use NTSC449wad.

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    is there anyway to sync the wiimote to the console in sysmenu or homebrew? or do you need to be on the main wii screen to do so? i brought home my nephews console and didn't bring his controller since i have my own..

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