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    Newbie questions - time limits and disable/hide features

    I have installed the homebrew and I am now able to play from the HDD.

    Is there any way I can set a time limit for kids when the Wii can auto power down and not be booted for x number of hours.
    This is since kids often tend to play for hours..

    Is there a way I can disable/hide the options like settings,style, delete games from the main screen, so that the kids do not mess up the wii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmurali70 View Post
    I have installed the homebrew and I am now able to play from the HDD.

    Is there any way I can set a time limit for kids when the Wii can auto power down and not be booted for x number of hours.
    This is since kids often tend to play for hours..
    I'm pretty sure that's not possible. You could always set a time limit and then look at how long they played. If they go over, dicipline them accordingly.

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    Is there a way I can disable/hide the options like settings,style, delete games from the main screen, so that the kids do not mess up the wii.
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    Are you talking about a USB loader? You might find what you're looking for in the loader's parental settings.
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    The time limit thing is more about the power cord. I found one A/C power outlet thing once that you could set a timer on. Once the timer had finished, it would stop giving power to the device (so your wii would be turned off). It also had a password lock or something like that so people couldn't hack it. I will try to find the name of it, so check back for any edits to this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isoguy View Post
    The time limit thing is more about the power cord. I found one A/C power outlet thing once that you could set a timer on. Once the timer had finished, it would stop giving power to the device (so your wii would be turned off). It also had a password lock or something like that so people couldn't hack it. I will try to find the name of it, so check back for any edits to this post.
    That might work, but wouldn't the be able to just plug the Wii into a different outlet?
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    I can't find it atm...it was in a magazine. I'll keep looking and keep you posted.

    And I think it also "locked" the cable into place so it couldn't be taken out.

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    First off, you should set up arental controls on the actual wii settings, therefore they will not mess up the important stuff like formatting the harddrive of the wii, then get USB Loader GX, and add a password and lock the settings so that they do not mess with the games... that should solve your parental control issue... Not sure about the auto shut down, but would be a project worth starting...

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    I think an auto shut-down timer is very implausible because the app would have to be running while the game is being played. As far as I know, that isn't possible. Your best bet would probably be to use an outlet timer (whatever isoguy is looking for or just a regular timer) and locking your Wii with a password. That way once it turns off via the timer, it will turn on again but it won't be functional unless someone, presumably you, puts the password in. The password can be set through Priiloader.

    EDIT: If you have BootMii installed as boot2, I think they would be able to get past the password because boot2 would load first and they could go straight to the HBC or System Menu. Someone correct me if I'm wrong about this, I can't test it as I don't have BootMii as boot2. You also have to hope your kids don't know the back door to get past the password.
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    I dont think the Outlet Timer would be actually the best thing because it may corrupt the game save which probably would do more harm then you would want. Also, wouldent it have a possible effect on the actual Hardware? I know unplugging a Computer isint good, why should it be acceptable on the wii?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Hack
    I dont think the Outlet Timer would be actually the best thing because it may corrupt the game save which probably would do more harm then you would want. Also, wouldent it have a possible effect on the actual Hardware? I know unplugging a Computer isint good, why should it be acceptable on the wii?
    But there are no alternatives to this for the wii (as of now). Either he has to deal with some save files becoming corrupt or just let the kids make their own decisions.

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    Make the rules clear and hang a belt next to the TV as a reminder. You may need to show them what it's for in the beginning just so they know.

    On a more serious note, couldn't there be a timer implemented in an IOS? (not that anyone has any interest in doing it) I could be wrong but i'd expect your game to not work much longer after your IOS quits on you.. From what I understand it wouldn't have access to the screen so it couldn't warn/prompt, it'd have to shut down.

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