NEW: How to softmod your wii the simple way
Learning how to softmod your wii can be a tough thing especially since Nintendo is constantly putting out updates which negate the process. So the thing is if you're going to softmod your wii, you need to stop updating your wii from nintendo from now on. You're basically making the Nintendo updates void if you choose to manually softmod.
That said here are the manual steps to softmod your Wii:
1: Copy files to SD card, all IOS go on the root, the 3 apps in the 'apps' folder. It should look like this when done.
2: Go to Homebrew channel and run Trucha Bug Restorer, load IOS36, press 1, read the warnings then select 'downgrade IOS15', select to load IOS from SD card then let it do its job.
3: Run Trucha Bug Restorer again, this time using d-pad left/right to change the IOS, load IOS15 on first screen, select the IOS36 menu & install patched (select 'yes' on all 3 patches) IOS36 to slot 36, again using IOS from SD card.
4: Run Trucha Bug Restorer again, load IOS36 and this time select restore IOS15.
5: Run cIOS38r17 installer select IOS36 as the one it should use and then select wad install.
Done! If you want a backup launcher and preloader then have a look at this thread.
Never Ever Ever Update Your Wii From Nintendo
Part 1- Launch Hackmii Installer
As of hackmii 0.8, ios58 will be install prior to hbc install for all wiis 4.2 and less.
Below you will find many methods for loading the hackmii installer. Bannerbomb is best and is supported on 3.0-4.2 wiis. Choose the method compatible with your wii.
Softmods with HOMEBREW CHANNEL installed
3.0-4.2u/e/j/k wiis- BannerBomb
4.3-LetterBomb- No Game Disc Required
Part 2- Install The HomeBrew Channel and Bootmii
Read the Scam warning and press 1
It may take a minute or two for the "press 1" to appear- be patient
Install the HomeBrew Channel
Install Bootmii as Boot2(boot2 may not be available, IOS installs automatically)
Prepare the SD-card
If Step1 fails with error "no vulnerable ios", DO THIS
Part 3- Make A NAND Backup (NOT Optional, do this,)
Load HBC, press -HOME-, launch Bootmii
Make a nand backup
Press Power, Power, Power, Reset, Reset (or use gc-controller)
Power = Right, Eject = Left, Reset = Select
Once the backup is complete, exit bootmii to HBC
Backup your Bootmii files to your PC
*DO NOT LOSE THESE FILES*
If you want to load bootmii again at a later date, copy the bootmii folder back to sd:\
Okay so if this seems extremely complicated and you just want a basic way to softmod your Wii, you can simply grab the Wii homebrew software which I think costs about $30 or $40. The company has done all these steps for you and the software is a lot easier to install. But you can also do it manually if you want.
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How to softmod your wii the simple way