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    Struggling to Mod and have some questions after searching and reading.

    After spending the last 2 hours on this site reading I remain confused as to proceed. Not half as confused as I was but still, confused and somewhat worried I will "Brick my Wii". Love that term too lol.

    I live in the UK, which is relevant to the region my Wii belongs to.

    I will simply list my questions for some definitive (hopefully) answers

    1 - After recently buying Wii Party, I noticed the system update. This seems to suggest I am on a pretty new Wii Version (4.3e searching suggests?) and as such finding posts about that is harder. This appears to be a very new update to the Wii.

    2 - If I get my Wii Hard modded, does it remain modded after updates such as the one Wii party gave me ? Or do I then have to get another chip added or perform an pdate to my chip ?

    3 - My Wii is some 2 years old. I have read that later Wiis have chipsets that block the use of DVDR on them. Is this only the very latest hardware or do the updates such as 4.3e put this block on my older model Wii ?

    4 - If I wanted to Softmod a Wii, that has just had the Wii Party update on it, where should I start my reading to do this ? There is so much information re softmodding that to a new user, it is overwhelming even after several hours of reading.

    5 - Realistically, I am a working dad who can afford to spend a few £ getting my local computer shop to pop a Hardmod in the Wii for me or I can continue reading up and softmodding the Wii. I cannot spend every day keeping up to speed on the updates though so if my preference was to get a Mod for the Wii and then not touch it again until I buy a game that tries to update my Wii, what would be the recommendation ? Hardmod or Softmod ? Based on the info given.

    Sincere thanks for answers to these things. I have tried to look for the answers to them in specific terms on the site and also Google with no real luck, or at least wihout being able to unmuddy the waters. Hence any advice is appreciated. If there are answers out there already then I am more than happy to have links thrown at me and will nt be offended although, a post is appreciated and preffered

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    use this guide to softmod your wii just read it carefully and do it step by step and you will be fine http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...mod-guide.html if you still have problems then just pop over to the irc chat and ppl can help you. if you stick to this guide you will be fine good luck
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    That is a great help, thank you. I will pour over the thread and see what I need to do, formulate a plan and the post it here for some confirmations before actually trying it. It would be great if someone with the appropriate knowledge could answer qusestions 2 and 5 above as this will help a great deal to move this forward for me.

    One of the requirements I note is to have the game "Indiana Jones Original Adventures(ntsc-u/pal)" or "Yu-Gi-Oh." and I have neither. I notice this guide also states that there is no way round this so much I first buy a copy of one of these 2 games ? Again this suggests that a Hard Mod may be the way to go as the expense of one of those games may make the purchase of a Hard Mod, a more suitable buy ?


    I notice the guide suggests a downgrade also to 4.1 which is optional. I would assume (dangerous I know!!) that this will render Wii Party unusable and that it will then attempt to upgrade me to 4.3e (confirmed my Wii on on this version now). What would be the advice at this point ?

    Thanks once more....
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    i have also read m8 that if u indeed updated then stay on 4.3 but if it was a console that was already on 4.3 then i wouldnt downgrade as it will be bricked i wud just keep the 4.3 as is it will still be modded

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    if you havent got the game to save money is to borrow a game off somebody you know or rent a game or buy a preowned game then take it back after you have moded your wii and just tell them it was the wrong game not sure about the hard moding but i am on 4.3e and i have used the 4.3 guide and set the security to stop the updates for the futer from games and online
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    So the soft modding is definately the recommended way to go ? I would still be interested in understanding if the hard modding later requires updating or if historically in the last 2-3 years, it has been a reliable mod method or if softmodding is the best way to go. Of course this is preference but I am looking for a method that works and will not require constandt supervision from me, expecially as the machine will be used by a 6 and 10 yr old 99.9999999% of the time !!

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    I'd choose a hardmod in your case, and then preferably a WODE (loading games from a USB device). A softmod needs maintenance, and a hardmod by far not as much as a softmod. After installing a hardmod, the children just insert the disk, or click on a game from an LCD screen in WODE's case, and play the game through the Disc Channel. You almost never have to look at it again. All you need to do, is update an IOS once one becomes outdated, and that process only takes about 5 minutes. With a softmodded Wii, some newer games need various patches and fixes, and that can all get on your nerves if you do not have the time.

    But, a hardmod is NOT free, and a softmod IS free. It is just a matter of preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBandicootAddict View Post
    A softmod needs maintenance, and a hardmod by far not as much as a softmod. But, a hardmod is NOT free, and a softmod IS free. It is just a matter of preference.
    Relatively minor maintenance. Other than following the 3.1-4.1 softmod from last November, I've only updated the cIOS to Rev 17 and installed Hermes (which was an option even at that time).

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    I know, but if you do not have the time to get games to work, and then I am talking about alt.dol, and you don't understand it quite well, a hardmod can be a great solution.
    But like I said, a hardmod is not free, and a softmod is free. If you have more than enough money, I would go with a hardmod.

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    Thanks guys this is indeed a real help. I have done more reading too and while I think I could manage to softmod without a problem, the draw of dropping it off one day and picking it up the next is pretty great for me, even though it might cost £50?? as it would take me weeks to find the time to sit and do it anyway with a busy work and family life so this is perhaps a good method.I can see though from reading on here that I will make any updates to that myself, with the help of this community who have been massively helpful for this question.Oh... is there a recommended chip to get over the others or will the phrase "Chip this please" be enough to my local guy ?Thanks.....

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