Homebrew Channel

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The Homebrew Channel is a homebrew application loader by Team Twiizers which allows users to load homebrew applications without having to run the Twilight Hack every time. Once installed, users can access the channel from the Wii Menu just like any other Wii channel. It is currently capable of running homebrew applications from an SD card, a USB Gecko, or via TCP. It is also capable of downloading online updates for itself.

It is available for download here: http://hbc.hackmii.com

Installation

Assuming the Twilight Hack is already installed on your Wii;

  1. Download the installer from the link above.
  2. Place the installer file on the root of your SD card.
  3. Rename the file to boot.elf
  4. Run the Twilight Hack, and allow the installer to load.
  5. READ THE DISCLAIMER! In the very unlikely case your Wii should be bricked by the installer, this will let you know where you stand in regards to Team Twiizers.
  6. Press the RESET button on your Wii.

The installation should be automatic from this point on, and your Wii will reboot.

Configuring Applications

In order to make an application appear in the Homebrew Channel, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Make a folder on the root of your SD card called "apps."
  2. In the folder "apps," create a folder for the application (for this example, ScummVM will be used).
  3. Copy the files for the application into its folder (e.g. apps/scummvm/).
  4. Find the executable file (either .elf or .dol) and rename it to boot.elf (or boot.dol if it was a .dol file) if it is not already named that (e.g. apps/scummvm/boot.dol).

Now the application will appear in the Homebrew Channel. However, its appearance on the menu is sloppy, and it's therefore difficult to distinguish it from other applications. To fix this, text and an image can be added.

Adding Text

To add text to an application in the Homebrew Channel, do the following:

  1. Make a file in the folder of the application (e.g. apps/scummvm/) called "meta.xml" (e.g. apps/scummvm/meta.xml).
  2. Open "meta.xml" in Notepad and add the following text as a template:

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
 <app version="1">
   <name></name>
   <coder></coder>
   <version></version>
   <release_date></release_date>
   <short_description></short_description>
   <long_description></long_description>
 </app>

  1. Add the appropriate information in between the relevant indicators. For example, the name of the application goes between <name> and </name>. The purpose of each field is as follows:
 *Name: The name of the application
 *Coder: The name of the person or group that wrote the code for the program.
 *Version: The version of the application.
 *Release_date: The data the application was released. It has to be a timestamp using this format: YYYYmmddHHMMSS
 *Short_description: This is displayed on the main menu of the Homebrew Channel (before you select an application) and is used as a space to add a few words to describe the program.
 *Long_description: This is displayed once the application is chosen. It describes the program and its function in great detail and can be used to elaborate on a program's controls.

An example of a completed "meta.xml" for ScummVM is provided below:

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
 <app version="1">
   <name>ScummVM</name>
   <coder>dhewg</coder>
   <version>rev32231</version>
   <release_date>200805230000</release_date>
   <short_description>Point & Click Adventures</short_description>
   <long_description>ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!
   Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins; Westwood Studios' The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more.</long_description>
 </app>

Adding an Icon

To add an icon for an application to be seen on the Homebrew Channel. It has to be a .png file which a dimension of 128x48 pixels, and the full alpha channel can be used. Then copy it into the folder of the application under the name "icon.png" (e.g. apps/scummvm/icon.png).

Removal

  1. Removing the channel can be done with the channel management in the Wii system software.

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