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    Newbie question.

    I am going to start this post by saying I have done my research, I'm just looking for a 100% thumbs up before I kick off the softmod.

    I have a Wii from Christmas '09 and I'm pretty sure I looked over and saw my family tossing a Firmware update on it. I haven't got a clear answer on if the console is still a candidate for a softmod. The current firmware version is 4.2u which has plenty of threads started on how to softmod/HBC, so it should be okay right?

    I also deduced that the 4gb SDHC card that I set aside isn't going to cut it for this procedure. Am I correct in thinking that I need to go purchase a 2gb SD(only) card? Certainly not a big deal as cheap as they are.

    Last question, just to affirm my last suspicion. Should I invest in some more Verbatim dual layer dvds? (I also use these for backing up my Xbox360 games.) Is there a program I should use to check and/or patch game files? Finally, I'm under the impression that I should stick with NTSF and stray from PAL for the softmod. All confirmation or lecturing in the right direction is greatly appreciated.

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    Your wii should be fine. Check out the links in your introduction post for softmodding your 4.2 wii. Face it, at least your are not on 4.3. Also, disc loading is not an option for you, with how new your wii is. Your only option for backups is USB loading, also linked in your intro post. Personally, I recommend recommend fat32, but either will get the job done. So the investment would be in the 2gb SD card and the USB HDD or large flash drive.
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    Any Wii can be softmodded... regardless of System Menu version, not firmware. And you should purchase a Sandisk 2GB SD Card for the Wii, they make a specific one for it, costs about $10, it is white, you can not miss it when looking for it. Being such a newer Wii, possible that it will not be able to read burned media.


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    Quote Originally Posted by warheed View Post
    The current firmware version is 4.2u which has plenty of threads started on how to softmod/HBC, so it should be okay right?
    Yes, just use the Softmod ANY Wii guide.

    I also deduced that the 4gb SDHC card that I set aside isn't going to cut it for this procedure. Am I correct in thinking that I need to go purchase a 2gb SD(only) card? Certainly not a big deal as cheap as they are.
    It can't be over 2GB, SDHC, or a micro SD card. Go buy a Nintendo 2GB one for $10.

    Last question, just to affirm my last suspicion. Should I invest in some more Verbatim dual layer dvds? (I also use these for backing up my Xbox360 games.)
    Verbatrim is the recommended brand, although you shouldn't need Dual Layer DVD's for most games (can someone confirm that please?). Depending on when your Wii was made, you may or may not be able to play burned backups. Playing off your HDD will work on all Wii's though.

    Edit: Lol, double beaten. At least my post has style though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summersyn View Post
    Also, disc loading is not an option for you, with how new your wii is. Your only option for backups is USB loading, also linked in your intro post. Personally, I recommend recommend fat32, but either will get the job done. So the investment would be in the 2gb SD card and the USB HDD or large flash drive.
    I'm assuming I should still go ahead with the soft modding procedure using the FAT32 partitioned 2gb SD card? After that, the card will be completely dedicated in the Wii for storing the NAND and such
    That's unfortunate that burnable media is not a probable option, I was trying to avoid the external drive.

    Thanks for the input all

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    There is a chance that you can play DVD backups. It wasn't until Fall 2009 that D3-2 drives were out. If your Wii was made in early 2009, it might work. Check your drive here:
    Wii Drive Chip Database
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    The console has model number RVL-001(USA), produced for the North American market.
    • There is a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-D4 on a smaller drive board.
    • And there is also a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-D2E.
    • And a 25% chance the chipset is Combined GC2-D3 with no drive chip.
    • Lastly, a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-D3-2 (v2) with no drive chip.

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