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    Softmod v Chip

    Hi guys

    new to the forum and already have loads of questions

    So far I've worked out that you can soft mod the Wii or install a chip, but haven't seen anywhere there gives the advantages of each. Given the choice is one method preferable to the other or should I be looking to doing both ? I've got a 4.2e version if that makes a difference.

    Either way am I right in thinking that I'll only be able to play same region games?

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    i dont know which is best but i do know that you can play multi region games

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    softmod = free hard mod as ive seen it put before

    You can play outer region games with a soft mod

    System menu 4.2 is the latest menu and there are a couple of guide for them on here


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    Seems pretty obvious that hardmods require you to open up the wii and physically install something that will cost money. For alot of ppl that are more mechanically inclined and don't mind it is the way to go.
    The software modification is free but requires one to learn a bit more and have alot more patience. This is fine for me since I don't have a job, but am good at figuring out things, especially computer type things.
    Then there are alot of ppl that end up with both modifications, this is especially good if you like playing backups from disk since they can usually run at full speed with hardware modifications. then you can always use the software modification to load from usb devices. Or get a wode and have the usb device actually emulate the dvd drive, this allows for gamecube backups to be run from the usb device as well.

    Alot of things can be done, it's best to read alot before making a choice, if the decision isn't obvious to you from the get go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddgriffin View Post
    Seems pretty obvious that hardmods require you to open up the wii and physically install something that will cost money. For alot of ppl that are more mechanically inclined and don't mind it is the way to go.
    The software modification is free but requires one to learn a bit more and have alot more patience. This is fine for me since I don't have a job, but am good at figuring out things, especially computer type things.
    Then there are alot of ppl that end up with both modifications, this is especially good if you like playing backups from disk since they can usually run at full speed with hardware modifications. then you can always use the software modification to load from usb devices. Or get a wode and have the usb device actually emulate the dvd drive, this allows for gamecube backups to be run from the usb device as well.

    Alot of things can be done, it's best to read alot before making a choice, if the decision isn't obvious to you from the get go.
    In regards to the bolded part, The WODE chip inside the Wii is what emulates the DVD drive not the HDD as the WODE can operate fine without a DVD installed.

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    Hardmods have always been the simpler method, just open the wii, plug it in, and play. In the history of hardmods, updating, and ios files have never been an issue, just put the game in and update- simple. Unfortunatly, this is no longer the case. Every new update from Nintendo has attacked hardmods and softmods alike. Currently on system menu 4.2, hardmods have lost all possible region free ability- which is a hugh feature. Also so older chips (wiikey) sometimes appear to stop working after the 4.2 update (coinicdence?). The next system update will likely have most suprises in store for hard and softmods alike, but they won't be good and should be avoided.

    Softmods have equally been effected by the 4.2 update, but they have fully curcomvented the issues without any lose in functionality. And in throught softmods offers a world of features which will never be seen by hardmoders. The only this hardmods have over softmodes is wodes current support of usb gc game loading, but there is already progress on this using sneek and in time I am sure it will be fully developed. Consider that all softmodes are free, free developed by voluntiers who have a passion for the wii hacking scene, this providedes advantages over the costs of delevoping a chip- things progress faster.

    The one thing the consider, regardless of weather you softmod or hardmod, you will need to learn about your wii. You will need to unstand ios, and system menu, and all the rest. The days of blindly updating your wii with a hardmod are over and will never return. Regarless of the chosen method, to maintian full functionality of your mode you will have to update and maintian your ios files by hand.

    Also consider that if your fork your hardmod your can trash it. If you fork your softmod, there is a very good chance that Nintendo will cover it under waranty.
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    For Nintendo to block the WODE they'd have to stop the DVD drive from operating which in that sense breaks the Wii and softmodding voids the warranty just any other mod and if you manage to get away with lieing about the mod to the customer service rep that dosn't mean the person conducting the repairs won't be able to check for signs of modding.

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    Softmod is safer,
    because the 003# brick is caused when there is EEPROM on a PAL/US/JAP wii
    So maybe they can check for a WODE or,... Wasabi or..,,.. NewbKey,.....Sundrive..,.. Whatever
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    i used any title deleter and now my wii doesnt boot....

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    #003 brick is by far the most common for region changed Korean Wii units if they get updated to 4.2

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    I don't think people should lie to get their wii fixed. But the wii does have a few hardware issues from time to time. Noisy drive, bad bluetooth module, whatever. If you needed to have this fixed, you could virginize your wii and send it back to Nintendo, if it was under warranty. And since a 4y warranty cost about 20 bucks at walmart, there is not much reason for it not to be under warranty.

    Now if your wii black screens, and you call nintendo and tell them its broke, please help, and leave it at that- well that is not really lieing. Now if you go to the store and swap your wii for a new one, well you should probably be linched in the parking lot. Don't steel, it is bad.
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