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Posted by Nathan on Thu, January 27th, 2011 at 19:58 - 2 Comments
Nathan Slovenia

This is outdated, please check out the Ultimate Wii Hacking Guide for N00bs here.

  • A Wii on System Menu 4.2 U, E or J
  • An SD card

Download the HackMii installer, extract it, and inside the folder you extracted, you should see a boot.elf file. Copy this to the root of your SD card.

Next, download bannerbomb. Download the file abd6a.zip, as that's the one we'll be needing. You can ignore the information on the site. Extract the file and copy the contents to your SD card. (There should now be a folder on the root of your card called 'private'.)

Now, turn on your Wii and insert the SD card. Then, go to the SD Card Menu (the button at the bottom left, right next to the Wii Settings Menu). A small menu should pop up asking you if you wish to 'Load boot.dol/elf?'. Click Yes. If nothing happens, or if your Wii freezes, try a different version of the bannerbomb file (i.e. abd69_v200.zip or abd6b_v200.zip).

If all goes well (and it damn well should!), you should now see a screen with some anti-scam stuff on it. Read it if you wish, it's not really long, but it's unnecessary. When finished reading, simply press the 1 button to continue.

You will see a screen with lots of colourful text. Pay close attention here. If, next to BootMii, you see 'Can be installed', in green text, you're a lucky person, because that means BootMii can be installed as boot2, which means you will get the best brick protection there is (and that can be extremely useful sometimes). Most likely, however, you will see 'Can only be installed as an IOS'. That means you can only install BootMii as an IOS, which means you will get zero brick protection from it. Either way, continue by pressing the A button.

First of all, move up to the 'Install The Homebrew Channel' option. Install it. Next, select 'BootMii...' and choose 'Prepare SD Card'. After that, select either 'Install BootMii as boot2' (if you're one of the lucky few that get the 'Can be installed' message') or 'Install BootMii as IOS' (if you're anyone else). Note that, even if you're one of the few that can install BootMii as boot2, you can always use the 'Install BootMii as IOS' option, as that will always work without failure. Wait until the installation is finished, then choose 'Return to the main menu' and finally, 'Exit'. Your Wii will reboot.

Congratulations, your Wii is now hacked! However, you are only able to play homebrew games as of yet, and I'm sure you'll want to be able to play back-ups as well. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest way is, at least for me, with USB Loader GX. More info on how to get that working will be posted later on, but for now, just get that Homebrew Channel on your Wii already.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post in this topic or drop me a PM, I will gladly answer anything I can! :)

This post has been edited by Nathan, Mon, August 29th, 2011 at 16:05

Reason: Outdated.

 » Comment on: Tutorial: how to hack your Wii (4.2 U, E, J)
Foxi4 Poland

  Tue, February 1st, 2011 at 21:22
Just a suggestion about cIOS'es and HDD's.

If you're going to use a USB Loader to load your backup copies (nobody likes to get up to swap discs ALL THE TIME, so it's worth it.), there are 3 ways to do it. You can use a:

1. WBFS Partition on your hard drive, for which I recommend Hermes v.4 joint 38+37 cIOS on slot 223 plus cIOSX rev 14-16 on slot 249 for some incompatible games. While this is by far the most compatible solution, it is also prone to data corruption, since WBFS partitions are un-scandiskabble.

2. FAT32 partition. Some say it's the "best method", but it limits your .wbfs files to a certain size (4 gigs), so not all games will be accessible for you. On the other hand, you can use scan disk if your files get corrupt. For this setup I recommend: latest Hermes cIOS, base IOS 38 on slot 222, base IOS 37 on slot 223, plus latest cIOSX standard base (56 i think...) on slot 249 and base 57 or 37 on slot 250.

3. NTFS partition. I personally think it's the "way to go". You're not limited by file size, you can scan the partition... but sometimes it's "quirky" since the loaders only recently became compatible with it. I recommend the same cIOS setup as for the FAT32 setup.

Why the difference in cIOS'es between WBFS and FAT32/NTFS? Simple. v.4 and rev. 14-16 are much more "compatible" with games, but they simply don't support these file systems. v.5.1 and rev.21 are less compatible for some "unknown reason" (at least from what I noticed), but they generally work "faster" and have NTFS/FAT32 support.

Happy Trails!

This post has been edited by Foxi4, Wed, February 2nd, 2011 at 15:20
 » Comment on: Tutorial: how to hack your Wii (4.2 U, E, J)
Nathan Slovenia

  Wed, February 2nd, 2011 at 09:04
Thanks for that, mate! Much appreciated! :)

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