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    Question Yet another setup/configuration questons from newbie

    First of all thank you for this wonderful forums and tons of information

    I'm new wii owner (4.2U) and I'm planning to soft modded. I haven't been in the console business since original xbox (softmoded) and sega dreamcast, so I might be a little bit rusty.
    I've tried to get some basic knowledge before posting my first post to avoid being a total idiot. (at least I hope so :-)) So there you go:

    My goal is to use Wii to play backup games off a supported USB device (hdd or usb stick) and if possible play my dvd rips (divx/xvid) and mp3s off my media server (win 7) via 100mb wired network. I'm already using this setup to play movies in the basement using HTPC.

    From my RTFMing I'll most likely I'll use Shadow Sonic2's tutorial, as like the idea of preloader (since most likely I won't be able to install bootmii as boot2). This should give me a little bit of protection. So at the end (if successful) I should have HBC installed with USB loader to lunch my backup games off usb port.

    To get networking going I'll order off fleabuy a usb network adapter (for wired connection), which will go to my router. For media center I believe I should install MPlayer CE which should work with smb shares off my win7 file server. I saw here a good tutorial on how to setup smb/network files.
    Please let me know so far this seems like a good approach?

    Also I have few questions:
    For Mplayer CE I will need to install Hermes cIOS v4 IOS202? Since I believe v5 is not compatible with USB loaders yet?

    For my setup which one would be better Configurable USB loader or USB Loader GX?, or even better can I install both?

    Is it possible to run games off win7 file server via smb shares? I guess I would have to setup somehow WTBS partition on my fileserver and it would have to be sharable...

    Are there any other essential things that I should take into consideration?....

    Big TIA

    p.s. I love the looks of wiiflow and other customizations, but from what I understand it is very easy to brick Wii, so at least for now I'll stick to the basics (minimal setup)...

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    I used Ithian's excellent guide to Wiiflow with no fear of bricking >http://www.wiihacks.com/submit-artic...-settings.html. From what I understand Config. usb loader will allow for the HDD to be formatted to fat32 with just a wbfs folder for the games. This may be your best set up as you plan on using it for media and such. As far as I know at this time Hermes V4 is still the recommended application as far as usb loading compatability. You can have multiple usb loaders installed. I use GX and Wiiflow some games work from one and not the other. ShadowSonic2's guide was very easy to follow and worked great for me. There are newer versions of priiloader available http://www.wiihacks.com/other-faq-gu...-0-3b-r48.html as well as ciosX . http://www.wiihacks.com/member-submi...waninkoko.html Good Luck As far as the file sharing someone else will have to field that one, I am not familiar with that, sorry.
    Last edited by thatfloorguy; 03-14-2010 at 07:57 AM.
    4.2U / Priiloader / CiosX d2x v6/1TB WD fat32/Wiiflow r415
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Softmod any 4.2 Wii

    Playing Games from USB

    NSMB level editor (Reggie)

    WiiFlow

    Problematic Games?

    Custom Game Channels


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    thank you :-)

    Do you think it is safe to udpate ShadowSonic2's guide/package to include ciosX rev19 and latest priiloader when initially modding wii for the first time?

    I'll go with Hermes V4...

    As for USB for now I'll go with 16gb usb stick (usb sdhc card reader) if it will work. If not I'll buy some 2.5" supported usb drive.

    I'll look into smb once I get initial/basic setup going... Wiiflow looks and sounds very interesting.

    Sorry for asking but were do I get latest usb loader GX?

    Thanks...

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    I am not sure how it would affect the mod as far as installing the newer releases, better be safe and just update them after completion. If your Wii is online you can update GX through the settings menu once installed, if not, I'll look for the wad. Be sure to use a 2GB SAN DISK for the original mod for best results, as it is the most compatible. I am assuming you have access to a Walmart as you are on 4.2U. In the Wii acc. area, you will find a true San Disk with a Wii sticker on it for $10, or the same card with no Wii sticker for 20 near the cameras, no brainer there. LOL
    Also be sure to format the sd to fat32 before starting and extract the files to the sd, simply copying them to it may result in the Wii not being able to read them.

    Here>http://www.wiihacks.com/software-bac...-channels.html you will find the latest release for Neogamma if you play from disc. The usb link in my sig has anything you will need for playing from usb, from loaders to preparing the Usb device.
    Last edited by thatfloorguy; 03-14-2010 at 03:51 PM.
    4.2U / Priiloader / CiosX d2x v6/1TB WD fat32/Wiiflow r415
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Softmod any 4.2 Wii

    Playing Games from USB

    NSMB level editor (Reggie)

    WiiFlow

    Problematic Games?

    Custom Game Channels


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    Yes, Actually I got last unit at the local walmart last Friday. It looks like wii is very hard item to find this days
    In Canada (do not quote me, but I think the same wii SD card sells for $25.....). I already have 8GB Sanddisk SDHC to try, if it won't work I'll go to the local store to buy Sandisk 2GB SD card (to be safe).

    I guess to be online I have to buy wii usb network adapter for wired network.... Do you know if the $10 fleabay knock-offs work?

    Ok, so I'll use the default programs and I'll update later once I get everything under control....

    Thanks for all your help

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    I got the cheap Fleabay knockoff myself before we got our wireless router. If you are in a hotspot your Wii can pick that up. settings/internet/wireless/access point. It will search for and show you any available connections. Mine shows 2 others along with our own, of course mine is PW protected but the other 2 are not. If you find one and connect DO NOT update, not that you can update 4.2 but still.... LOL. That will be disabled later on in the mod anyway.

    Yes anything Wii is hard to come by anymore. I think it is a marketing strategy, keeping the supply lower than demand makes for great sales huh? That little Asian guy is pretty smart. LOL
    Last edited by thatfloorguy; 03-14-2010 at 04:06 PM.
    4.2U / Priiloader / CiosX d2x v6/1TB WD fat32/Wiiflow r415
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Softmod any 4.2 Wii

    Playing Games from USB

    NSMB level editor (Reggie)

    WiiFlow

    Problematic Games?

    Custom Game Channels


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    Thank you...

    I'll order wired as all my room have cat5e

    I do agree with you, low supply = high demand

    BTW...what are the benefits to be on the network/internet with wii? Myself I would love to get smb shares going on my local network so I can play some movies off my file server (aka my HTPC box)...

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    Other than online play it is so much easier/quicker to update software. The newest realease of said software will be listed as an option. Also during the primary modding process I find when you can do network installs for certain things it seems to go smoother. If you plan on using the Wii for media also, When/if you get a HDD, either create a fat32 partition or format the drive itself to fat32, you can create a wbfs folder for games. You have more "head room" or options with fat 32. I use mine solely for games so I have just a small fat32 partition for backing up my programs and also do not have to clutter my sd with loader configurations, boxart, etc.
    4.2U / Priiloader / CiosX d2x v6/1TB WD fat32/Wiiflow r415
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    Softmod any 4.2 Wii

    Playing Games from USB

    NSMB level editor (Reggie)

    WiiFlow

    Problematic Games?

    Custom Game Channels


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    Thank you so much, I think I have enough info to digest and get going... I'll order wired network adapter tonight, along with some component cables... I've quickly tried my SDHC card (actually it is a Transcend SDHC 8GB) and it seems to be working just fine because I was able to view some jpgs from it

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    The sdhc will not work for the softmod I am pretty sure, 90% sure at the least. There have been many post about the sdhc not working for the mod "but it is the same one I used for the photo channel!" "Why?" It just isn't compatible.
    4.2U / Priiloader / CiosX d2x v6/1TB WD fat32/Wiiflow r415
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Softmod any 4.2 Wii

    Playing Games from USB

    NSMB level editor (Reggie)

    WiiFlow

    Problematic Games?

    Custom Game Channels


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