Hello jspanky54 and welcome to Wiihacks.com, the world’s largest Wii modding and forum community.
We have the most comprehensive collection of useful Wii-related guides, tutorials, and articles on the net. You can find links to our most popular guides at the Wiihacks Ultimate Index. Another incredibly useful guide for new members is HERE.
Please familiarize yourself with the Forum Rules as we do take them seriously here.
Many of our newest members have questions which can be answered in the Tutorials Section. To get started with softmodding, please find the firmware for your console (Wii Options->Settings->Top Right-Hand Corner) and head to one of the following guides: Any 3.1-4.1 Wii, Any 4.2 Wii, or Full Hacking Guide for 4.2 Wiis.
If you run into an error, please refer to the Error Index.
There are two methods for running your backups: Disc or USB. If you purchased your console after late Summer-ish '09, you could have a D3-2 drive which prevents backup discs of any kind from playing.
The moderators, staff, and member base here at Wiihacks are helpful and knowledgeable. However we do expect members to show a minimal amount of effort in researching, so make sure to use the Search function before asking questions. We also encourage you to post in the appropriate forum to get the quickest and most accurate response. If you aren't sure where to post your question, or have a very simple one to ask, post in the Newbie Discussion Forum.
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Again, welcome to the community and we look forward to seeing you around!