Discussion in 'Wii' started by G a f f e r, Jan 21, 2009.
Have now posted in Gbatemp, hopfully might get some help.
Well it turned out it was my Iomega hard drive that was causing me problems re the USB loader. The Iomega was just acting as an enclosure and when I opened it up, I found a Seagate Barracuda hard drive inside. I then checked on the drive compatability list for USB loaders and found that it wasn't listed as working and upon visiting lots of forums, I also found that lots of other people had been having problems with Seagate drives. Anyway, I went out and bought a Western Digital Elements hard drive - it has 640GB (even though when plugged into my PC it was only showing it as having 596GB for some reason, what happened to the other 44gigs??) and was only £50! Now it's working perfectly with the Wii and the loader and I have finally been able to backup a load of games and just play them from the hard drive.
Thanks for the help guys and I'd advise anyway else wanting to get into USB loaders not to use a Seagate hard drive.
I use a 1TB external seagate drive and its faultless, more than pleased with it!
I also use a 320gb Iomega 2.5 USB drive and it works with no probs!
In that case I retract my last statement and urge people to completely ignore my factually innacurate rantings, I am clearly suffering the effects of swine flu!
Hi..ive got a question that may well have been asked but i've probably missed it trying to skim through all these posts.
Basically..I have a Wii. I have the Wii version of Zelda Twilight Princess..im not sure of the firmware but i'll have to check that at some point. I have an SD card..I have an SC card reader.
So..with that and the stuff that needs to be downloaded(twighlight hack, and homebrew channel) I would be good to go to start using homebrew stuff, games, emulators etc etc and I would be able to play games bought from outside the UK?
I only ask as it all seems a bit too easy and good to be true!
Does it also include the ability to play backup games?(sorry if thats one of the things we're not meant to talk about, wasnt sure..)
Bascially yes, you can do all that the things you talked about no problems. I suggest you head over to Gbatemp.com and have a look at the Wii forums or google the Wiibrew wiki.
Also the Twilight hack is old news now and there is a new hack that everyone uses.
Ah yes! So I see..bannerbomb seems to be getting a lot of mentions so I guess thats the one you mean.
Right then, I think i'll be giving this a go in the near future
Something you MUST download.......incredibly geeky though :
Works brilliantly and in all three axis as well.
I used it yesterday to check how level the concrete base (for a shed) we'd made at the back of the garden was. I was about 40ft away and outside and it still picked up the signal and measured how many degrees off I was (it's remarkably flat btw ).
Stick it into apps in the HBC and away you go.
Now that's cool!
Guys, Just updated my Wii to version 4.0 and after a quick google search to find out what the improvements were, I stumbled across many pages discussing Homebrew via a soft mod. I knew the homebrew scene existed on the Wii but never really gave it a second thought until now.
I am actually quite intrigued by what Homebrew adds to the Wii although very confused by all the techno speak in the guides I have read
Can someone kindly explain what the benefits are of using homebrew? I take it the first step is to purchase a SD card. Will this 2gb card from play.com suffice or should i be getting a larger capacity SDHC card?
Spaceman, homebrew allows you to do many things on your Wii such as play DVD's, play import games, adjust settings on your Wii and loads more. The 2gig SD card you linked to would be fine but obviously if you go for a higher capacity card then you will have more space to fit more things on. I would advise you to go this site: WiiBrew which goes into detail about what homebrew can do and how to get it set up. It's a fairly simple process just requiring you to download some software onto your SD card and then installing that on the Wii. There are loads of applications that you will then be able to use on your Wii as well as 3rd party games that people have made for the Wii. There are more technical things you can do but that would require a little more investigation by you as it can get a little complicated (I have recently just started using a USB Backup Loader which allows me to connect an external hard drive to my Wii's USB so I can backup my games onto it and play them direct rather than using the discs which I am constantly losing/damaging). I'm sure other people here will be able to give you more in-depth help but for now I'd highly recommend you read through that Wiki site I linked to.
Thanks AfxTwn, the idea of using the USB drive is very tempting. I have a four year old daughter and nephew who have a habit of throwing game discs around. On my last wii, it was as if someone had sandpapered the Wii Sports disc. Plus i take it I would not have to keep getting up and changing discs, which I tend to do alot as my daughter gets bored easily!!
Sounds like it would be worth looking into this. I've ordered the SD card so fingers crossed all goes well.
A 2gb should be fine. I have a 16gb card which I am using and have a lot of software on it but have only used 1.4gb so far.
It takes a lot of reading to be comfortable in getting your Wii into the right settings to be able to use the USB Loader GX software for running backups. I spent 2 or 3 days reading forum posts on GBAtemp.com first before I was comfortable enough to alter my Wii. Now I have done it I haven't looked back. The software these people have designed is tremendous and I thoughougly recommned it to anyone wanting more out of their Wii.
Any restrictions to what USB External HDD can be used to with USB Loader GX?
I updated my Wii to the latest one: 4.0 I believe... The one which lets you run games off an SD card... Is it still possible to run homebrew?
Can someone please help me, I am really stuck. I had homebrew and the twilight hack working fine on my Wii. I then couldnt get a new game that I d/l to work, so I downloaded the new Wii 4.0.
After that I deleted everything off my SD card and installed Wii 4.0 softmod hack (NO ZELDA NEEDED) at Vertor) this set of files, following instructions from here:
it says its all done.
However when I load homebrew channel, the only options I have are CIOSCORP Installer
/apps Ios dowgrader/boo
Did I miss something or go wrong somewhere? How do I get my backup game that I just burned to play?
Please help. Thanks so much in advance.
USB Loader GX is homebrew so i'll stick this in the existing homebrew thread
Can someone give me a quick rundown of what I need to do for a 4.0 Wii? Never hacked it before and don't know where to start.
Jeffrey your post was a little confusing, you mentioned that you couldn't get a new game you downloaded to work with your Wii but then further down in your post you also say that you're not sure how to get your backup game that you just burned to work. I just wanted to clarify whether or not you are downloading games or making backup copies of games you already own for the purposes of not having to use the disc all the time. If it's a case of you downloading games then we can't really discuss that here as that would fall under the piracy banner, however if you are just using backups from your current crop of games then that's fine. Sorry to sound bossy (mod's feel free to let me know if I'm overstepping my bounds) but there has recently been discussion over on the DS forum in a similar thread to this concerning DS flashcarts, where someone was asking whether we should be talking about homebrew at all as it may encourage piracy.
Anyway, to answer your question I would suggest that you use the bannerbomb hack instead of the Twilight Hack (this saves you having to use the Zelda disc in order to install the homebrew channel). Details on how to do this can be found here: WiiBrew
I would generally advise everyone wanting to get into the homebrew scene to have a read through this site as it provides the basics of how to set up the homebrew channel (even for the latest 4.0 systems). There are many sites (GBATemp, WiiHacks etc) that have tonnes of tutorials on how to get your chosen USB loader/forwarder to work on your Wii. This usually involves you getting the correct cIOS verison and general IOS' (not to be confused with ISO) to work on your Wii. There are a few USB loaders such as Waninoko's, USB Loader GX and the new Coverfloader (which I personally use as it can download the game covers for your games rather than having to install them manually from the SD card and it's very stable).
The reason I am suggesting people have a look at those specific sites is because I fear this thread is going to become bloated with requests for detailed instructions on how to set up the various homebrew applications and I'm sure most people won't want to sift through 30 odd pages in order to find an answer to their specific problem. Getting homebrew/usb loaders to work on your Wii will require a significant amount of reasearch on your behalf as BigMonty has already pointed out but it is worth it in the end. There are many different tutorials and the process is very trial and error so I don't think it's worth posting links to any here as for every one person who manages to get it working with said tutorial, there will be someone else who doesn't and requires a different one and we'll end up in "How Do I Get This To Work?" hell! Sorry if people think I'm not being very helpful, I'm just trying to save people going through loads of pages on here and being redirected multiple times to other sites.
What does everyone else think?
AfxTwn, after your mention of coverfloader, I've looked at it and it looks excellent. But can you answer this for me, where can I download it from or get instructions for it? The official website doesn't seem to work, so I've been looking elsewhere. At the moment I've installed the homebrew channel which just allows me to download homebrew games like lander, etc, but I believe I need to flash the system memory to be able to install certain applications like coverfloader. There's plenty of instructions about doing this but I'd need to know what coverfloader and other apps require before going ahead with it.
Read this thread. the first post is generally updated with the revisions etc..
Cover Flow USB ISO Loader by Beardface - GBAtemp.net
Excellent, thanks a lot for that, plenty of info on there to get me going.
I had avoided all the wii homebrew stuff because 1) I didnt want to chip my wii and 2) I didnt like the look of the twilight hack. But then I found the bannerbomb mod and it's opened up a whole new world. I've been running a SNES emulator and playing all my old games again. Also I found it very handy to allow me to run all region wii and gamecube games because I have a big collection of jap and american GC games that I couldnt use on my wii. The homebrew channel has revitalised my wii. God bless Waninkoko
All done no problems, however I've upgraded to version 13a of cios put coverfloader in the apps folder and it doesn't seem to work. Basically it detects the hard drive, then when I try to add a game, it bombs out with an exception and a stack trace. I read someones comment that they went back to v10 of cios, but I cant seem to find the zip file for that anywhere, only 7, 12 and 13. I've tried a couple of games too, Wii Fit, Wii Sports and Wii Play, but same error with all 3.
Does anyone know if there is an issue with this app and v13a and if so, where I can get v10 from to install that.
EDIT: ok I managed to get v10, but still having the same error with that. Very odd.
2nd EDIT: I've gone back to v13a and I've now installed "USB Loader GX + Forwarder Channel (For CIOSrev13 (a+b) )" from the yafaze site and it works like a charm, very impressed! Not sure why coverfloader won't work though, I'll post if I find out.
I wouldn't worry about it. Imo USBLoader GX is by far the better loader. It is usually updated a few times a day with tweaks etc... You can also now change the view to look something like coverflow loader except youj can't turn the case images around to see the back of them yet.
Yeah, since using it, I've been very impressed with USBL GX. Only thing though, it seems quite tempremental with downloading covers and cd covers, not sure if there's a problem with the remote images.
Once the hack is done..should you avoid ever doing a nintendo system update?
Just wondering since im reading that in order for motion plus to work you need to do a system update..
You can download the covers from the following site and manually add to your sd card.
Well I bought my Wii last week and I updated to the latest version (4.0E) and softmodded it from there, so I guess motion plus would be fine if you update before the mod. Someone correct me if I'm wrong though.
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