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    Limited Access of USB Drive

    Hello Community!

    I normally spend hours searching forums and Google to answer my question, but I have reached the end of my patience, and am generously asking you for some help.

    Problem:
    The attached USB drive can only be accessed through certain programs and not others. I can see it when I run FCE Ultra GX (a super nintendo emulator). I can load roms from the USB drive, and can save/load states to it. In fact, for all my other emulators, I note similar behavior. Note that the programs themselves are stored on the SD card and loaded through the typical Homebrew Channel.

    However, (and this is where I've lost my mind) USB loaders cannot see the drive. I've tried USB Loader GX and Configurable USB Loader, neither of which could see the USB drive. Both display a similar error upon startup.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Specs/Set-Up:
    - Wii, running 4.3U
    - Homebrew Channel (IOS58 v24.32)

    I'm new, so let me know if there is more information that you need.

    thanks a million in advance!

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    Your USB drive is FAT32, right?
    And I think your cIOS249 is version 17 (or lower) and this cIOS can't read FAT32 (or NTFS)
    You must install cIOS249 version 19 (or later)
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    Correct,

    - USB drive is formatted with the FAT32 filesystem
    - Using IOS249[38] (rev 21007, Info: d2x-v7final), which has a file mod date of Dec 8, 2011, so I assume that it's a new version.

    Any other thoughts?

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    Yes, you must use ios56 or ios57 as Base when you install cios249.
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    3.2E, Wiikey1 1.99, SD:1gb/HD:320gb, BootMii@Boot2, HBC 1.1.2, PriiLoader 0.8beta4, cIOSx r21 d2x-v10beta53, CFG USB Loader Mod v70r65, WiiMC 1.3.4
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    Guide: Softmod ANY Wii

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    Quote Originally Posted by riger View Post
    Yes, you must use ios56 or ios57 as Base when you install cios249.
    Incorrect. It doesnt matter what base you put in 249, it is personal preference. Is that the only FAT32 partition on your drive? Could there be an OEM partition that sits before it? Use a program such as EaseUs or windows data management to verify that the fat32 partition you are using is set to primary and active and is the only partition on the drive.

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    Yes, that is the only FAT32 partition on the drive and is active. I've formatted it on a mac and on windows machine, both times using system disk management software, and have even used the "formatting apps" that I've found in the wii hacking community.

    I've also discovered that in addition to the console emulators, I can access the USB drive through WiiMC---even when none of the USB loaders can see the drive. Because of this behavior, I was trying to uncover what settings the emulators and WiiMC use to access the drive but have been unsuccessful.

    Other thoughts?

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    What is the specific error given in GX or CFG?

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    USB Loader GX 2.3 r1123: After reading the SD card, it tries to read the USB Drive ("Loading... Waiting for HDD"). After the 20 second countdown, it switches to a screen that says "Error! USB Device not found", and quits after pressing any button on the Wii Remote.

    Configurable USB Loader output isn't any more helpful:

    Mounting device, please wait...
    (90 seconds timeout)

    Device is not responding!
    Make sure USB port 0 is used!
    (The one nearest to the edge)
    You can also try unplugging and
    plugging back the device,
    or just wait some more.


    Is there a way to run these programs in debug mode? Or someway to see verbose output?

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    Has the drive ever worked before for wii games? If so, what got changed between when it worked and when it stopped?

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    No, I've never been able to play a wii game from it. Note that I've never had the opportunity to store one on it either. How do you suggest I try this?

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