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    soft mod vs mod chips

    I have been searching the forums for a while but couldnt find what the actual difference between soft mod and hard modding. I am thinking about doing one of these and have a few questions

    im also just generally thinking i want to play backups of discs if this comes to any use, no need for anything else

    -Which one is easier to do i guess considering im a noob
    -What advantages/disadvantages for the two options


    thanks in advance for the help

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    Well, if you have a newer Wii then a hardmod is not an option for you. You can put one in but it won't play backup disks no matter what. There is a chipset in the newer Wii's (a year or newer) that blocks that. If that's your case then your only option is to softmod and use a hard drive for your backup games.

    Softmod is much easier then a hardmod to install. Everything is done from an SD card with a softmod. If you go the hardmod route then you have to open up your Wii and solder the chip in (if you get the solder type). I highly recommend a softmod. You will have a lot more options that way including many, many cool Homebrew apps.

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    I had a modchip and removed it after I softmodded, playing games off hdd is much faster and saves discs getting scratched.
    the homebrew apps are cool too.

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    alright thank you very much, 1 more question with a softmod can you still play backup discs or only through hdd?

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    also i just looked up my wii console and i have a RVL-001(USA)

    it says that its copyright is 2006, so does this mean i could technically use a modchip?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trav137 View Post
    also i just looked up my wii console and i have a RVL-001(USA)

    it says that its copyright is 2006, so does this mean i could technically use a modchip?

    Yes. And the same rule Krafter pointed out about newer drives not playing backups via disc applies to softmodding also to answer your other question. If you softmod you can use NeoGamma to launch disc backups if your drive is capable...Which yours is.
    Last edited by Darkcide666; 12-07-2010 at 05:19 PM.
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    alright thank you guys for all the help, I appreciate it a lot

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