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    Exclamation 4.2J Softmod Nightmare...

    Greetings from Japan.

    I picked up a brand new black Wii 4.2J from Yamada (Japan's Best Buy) last week. My Nihongo knowledge is pretty basic, so I wanted to turn to softmodding as a way to enjoy games in English. You can't rent games in Japan, and they are insanely overpriced, so I was also intent on learning how to DL games versus shelling out the equivalent of $60-70 bucks (the yen is crushing the dollar lately).

    I turned to this guide for help:
    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...y-4-2-wii.html

    It all started out well. I had Homebrew and Bootmii (as an IOS was my only option). I backed up the NAND. However, at

    Step 3 - Restoring The Bug Into IOS36


    I started to get a little lost. I didn't see an option of "downgrade to IOS15." It only said that I could install fakesign. Is there a more detailed explanation of this step for a noob like myself? I installed the patches and downloaded from NUS with no problem, but I was confused about the "downgrade."

    Step C threw me for a loop. How do I restore IOS15? There was no "restore" option available on my screen...

    I then went to the next step and removed the stubbed IOSes. No problem. Step 4 and 5 went smoothly. Even step 6 went without a hitch.

    Then came step 7. Priiloader would not load. It just kept returning to the Homebrew screen over and over again. When I reset, it magically opened with Priiloader. So I went through step 7.

    Step 8 was also no problem.

    Then, it came time to test some DVDs that my friend brought along that worked on his softmodded Wii.

    No dice. "DVD read error (1053).''

    So we tried an actual American Wii game.

    Same read error.

    When I finally gave up and decided to just play my Japanese Mario Bros game that always worked without a hitch, I clicked the standard top-right channel to play the game, which popped up with a blue screen, in English, saying that there was an error and I needed to eject the disc and consult my instruction manual... This horrified me.

    I restarted and put the game into NeoGamma and it worked fine. Phew.

    However... I didn't achieve any of my goals. And I need to press 3 extra buttons just to play a REAL Japanese game on my Wii...

    Any suggestions? Fixes? Can I completely un-softmod and start over?

    I'm in the middle of nowhere in northern Japan with only a small handful of gaijin, so I am on my own here. Please help a brother out!

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    Did you install any japanese ios`s or english ones? I don`t know if that would be any problems for you but does the guide say what wii is it for? (ie NSTC-J, NSTC-U or PAL)

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    I followed the guide for *ANY* 4.2 Wii exactly as it is written in the link I shared. I imagine that anything I added would be in English (hence wanting to softmod in the first place). Maybe that is where I went wrong. But I did some Googling, and it seemed that this guide was good for any Wii regardless of being U or J... Perhaps I was mistaken?

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    Just read that guide and OMG is that guide confussing lol I`ll try and help as much as i can!

    I think DVD read error (1053) pops up because you did not install dvdx but i could be wrong, have a check

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    I have heard that even ios`s have region lock on them so you might be installing NSTC-U ios`s on a NSTC-J. Just thinking, soory but have a look into that as well
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    Is there a better guide you recommend? Maybe I should re-virginize and start fresh

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    I'm not sure why you are having problems playing normal retail games. It usually points to a failed cioscorp install, but who knows. The fact is you cannot play disk backups on a black wii. There is a d2-3 drivechip installed in them that prevents it. You can play games from usb devices or even sd cards and there are guides to do this in the guides section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddgriffin View Post
    I'm not sure why you are having problems playing normal retail games. It usually points to a failed cioscorp install, but who knows.
    What would lead to a cioscorp fail, and what step of the process does this take place? Can I start over and fix this?

    I guess this is the price I pay for wanting the black one

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    If you tried to install cioscorp and you were not familiar with what it does. It is supposed to allow you to play backups from the disk channel, and since you cannot play disk backups, it wouldn't do you any good anyway. Did you try to install it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddgriffin View Post
    I'm not sure why you are having problems playing normal retail games. It usually points to a failed cioscorp install, but who knows. The fact is you cannot play disk backups on a black wii. There is a d2-3 drivechip installed in them that prevents it. You can play games from usb devices or even sd cards and there are guides to do this in the guides section.
    This bloke is totally right lol I completely forgot about the new drivechip (Stupid me as its the reason i got 2 wii`s as my first one is a black wii and unmodded) Sorry I should have read your question better! There should be a - rep button in my name lol
    Try and find a guilde that explains how to install USB LOADER GX on a 4.2 wii as thats the only way you can play your backups or find a guide on TRIFORCE so you can play backup wiiware and VC games via usb

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