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This '''frequently asked questions''' page lists the most common problems associated with using Wii homebrew and does its best to provide solutions for you the reader. If you are having problems, chances are the solution to your problem(s) is present in this guide. Please at least skim through this guide before you ask your question to other people. Because, like I said before, the answers to your problems are most likely in here.
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These are some currently popular questions in the #wiibrew channel. Remember to read the [[Channel FAQ]] before you jump in.
 
  
==General==
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== Before Installing Homebrew ==
  
===Are we using the SDK? Is there an SDK from Nintendo for Wii development? Is it leaked?===
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=== What does this word mean? ===
[http://warioworld.com/apply No,] we are using the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source open-source], freely available [[devkitPro]] and [[libogc]].
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We have a glossary of terms here: [[Glossary]]
  
===Are there any homebrew applications available for the Wii?===
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=== Does Homebrew cost money? ===
Many applications are available at the [[Homebrew apps]] page.
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No. Everything is absolutely free. If you have paid for homebrew, you have been '''scammed'''.
  
===Will a Wii System Update brick my hacked Wii?===
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=== Will installing the Homebrew Channel hurt (brick) my Wii? ===
Probably not, however, you must be careful what hacked programs you run on your Wii as the programs themselves are capable of bricking your Wii.
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I have never seen it happen. Having said that, in the extremely unlikely event that it does happen, Team Twiizers may not be held responsible.
  
===How do I turn off my Wii if the application does not have an option to turn off, or hangs?===
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=== Is it illegal to install the Homebrew Channel? ===
Hold the power button for 5 seconds until the Wii powers down.
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No. But it will void your Wii's warranty, and Nintendo may refuse to do in and out of warranty repairs on it, such as disc drive replacements.
  
===What if the next Wii update patches the Twilight Hack?===
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=== Will Homebrew work on System Menu 3.4? ===
The [[System Menu 3.3]] Update has patched this bug by deleting the corrupt savegames on startup, but the latest release of the Twilight Hack works around it.
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Yes. [[Bannerbomb]] works, as does a 3.4-specific version of [[Twilight Hack]].
  
The only way to patch [[Twilight Hack]] would be to press new discs or have the system patch the game upon loading it.  The likelihood of the former depends on whether or not they  intend to keep fixing bugs anyway -- this hack is probably not enough reason for them to restart production of the discs. (That having been said, there are already two different NTSC/US versions of that game, so a third could be released.)
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=== Can I install homebrew on System Menu 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3? ===
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Yes, you can run and install homebrew on System Menu 4.0 - 4.2 with the [[Bannerbomb]], [[Indiana Pwns]], [[Smash Stack]], [[Yu-Gi-OWNED!]], or [[Yu-Gi-Vah]] exploits. You then use your exploit to run the [http://bootmii.org/download Hackmii Installer], which can install the [[Homebrew Channel]] and [[Bootmii]].
  
Patching the game while loading is unlikely for a number of boring reasons.  It's a lot of work with very little benefit -- until homebrew activities threaten Nintendo's revenue, don't expect them to expend serious effort to stop it.
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If you are running 4.3, the only difference is [[Bannerbomb]] will not work, you can use [[LetterBomb]], [[Indiana Pwns]], [[Smash Stack]], [[Yu-Gi-OWNED!]], or [[Yu-Gi-Vah]].
  
===What if the next Wii update patches the trucha bug?===
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=== Will you help me install my modchip? ===
The [[System Menu 3.3]] Update has already patched this bug.
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No. Modchips are not supported here.
  
The only way to stop it would be to make sure the Wii menu doesn't update itself. This would require a custom firmware update. A custom firmware update is risky at best to develop, as one mistake could brick your Wii.
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=== What kind of an SD card should I use? ===
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As long as they're formatted to FAT 16 (FAT) or FAT 32, most SD cards should work for you. All SD cards smaller than 256mb will not work for you because they are too small to be formatted properly. If you are still unsure which type of card to use, this page may help you: [[SD/SDHC Card Compatibility Tests]].
  
===How do I program games for Wii Brew?===
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=== What is the root of my SD card? ===
I have some basic skills in C++ program but everything here is too advance for me and I don't know where to start. --[[User:Chosen One 41|Chosen One 41]] 18:31, 6 August 2008 (CEST)
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A place on your SD card that is not inside any folders.
: Well obviously you start by downloading devkitPPC and libOGC.  The template is very good for understanding how to do the basics.  There are some good lessons on GX too.  Maybe you could say specifically what you are having trouble with. --[[User:Vader347|vader347]] 20:19, 6 August 2008 (CEST)
 
  
==Wii Hacking==
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=== In general, how do I install homebrew? ===
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First, you run an exploit. The exploit crashes the Wii and runs unsigned code in the form of a .dol/.elf file on the root of your SD Card. If that unsigned code is the [http://hackmii.com/2009/08/hackmii-installer-v0-3/ hackmii installer], you can then install the Homebrew Channel or BootMii.
  
===What's happening now?===
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== Twilight Hack Questions ==
A lot of people are working on fancy Wii homebrew. Lots of work remains to be done.
 
  
For example:
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=== Can I use a backup of Twilight Princess? ===
* Building a working toolchain environment
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You should be using a legitimate copy of the game. We do not support backups/piracy here.
* Making a working low-level library to access hardware (CPU/GPU/controllers/USB/Framebuffers and debugging)
 
* Documenting memory maps
 
* Discovering usage of registers for (Audio Interface, Serial Interface, Memory Interface, Video Interface)
 
* Triggering and setting up interrupt handling
 
* Working on a stable Initial Program Loader
 
* Reverse engineering [[IOS]] and other binary files
 
  
===The Fish Disc looks really promising===
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=== Can I use the GameCube version of Twilight Princess? ===
The [[Wii Backup Disc|Fish Disc]] is able to transfer the bare essentials (savegames, preferences) of one Wii to another. It also allows all personal data to be erased, much like the "Format System Memory" option.
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No. You need the Wii version of the game.
  
===How can I boot homebrew on my Wii?===
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=== I cannot copy the Twilight Hack from my SD card to my Wii ===
See the [[Twilight Hack]].
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Make sure you have a normal Twilight Princess save file in your Wii before you copy over the Twilight Hack. Also, it cannot be be copied if you are on firmware 4.0 or higher.
  
===What new features are you planning for the next release?===
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=== It's not working ===
Hopefully, source code.
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Make sure you are using beta 2 of the Twilight Hack if you are on 3.4 firmware and beta 1 if you are on firmware below 3.4. Make sure you have the correct region of the Twilight Hack on your Wii.
  
===How did this happen?===
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== Bannerbomb Questions ==
The "tweezer" attack was originally used to access the restricted parts of the RAM. This allowed them to access/discover an exploit (as used in the original video)
 
  
This [[Signing bug]] exploit can be patched "easily" by Nintendo and has as of [[IOS37]]. More information on the signing exploit can be found in [http://debugmo.de/?p=61 this blog post] by tmbinc.
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=== Why should I use Bannerbomb instead of the Twilight Hack? ===
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System Menu 4.0 and its successors have rendered the Twilight Hack useless. Bannerbomb is capable of working on every system menu up to 4.2. 4.3 fixed the exploit BannerBomb used. Also, some people feel that it is easier to use than the Twilight Hack. Finally, it does not require you to purchase a specific game.
  
There are a lot of keys, encryption methods, protection and systems in place. Most of these are not public.
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=== Bannerbomb is freezing on me, what do I do? ===
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Below are some typical scenarios and options in case Bannerbomb freezes on you:
  
===Can I use the Wii Remote in the homebrew applications?===
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* If you are on System Menu 4.1 or lower, do not use the SD Menu; instead go to Options -> Data Management -> Wii Channels -> SD Card. For 4.2 use SD Menu.
A large number of [[homebrew]] support the [[Wii Remote]]. See [[Wiiuse]] for more information. You need to use a GameCube controller for some homebrew.
 
  
===When will I be able to use the Wii's built-in front loading SD slot?===
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* If Bannerbomb freezes before the prompt "Load boot.dol/elf?" try a different version.
As of alpha3a of the [[Twilight Hack]] you can use a FAT16 formatted SD card in the front SD slot. ''Experimental'' FAT32 support is added in alpha3b.
 
  
This, however, does not mean all applications support it. Nowadays, however, almost all apps allow you to access the Wii's front SD slot.
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* If you run Bannerbomb and get the prompt "Load boot.dol/elf?" and it then freezes, confirm that you have a boot.dol or boot.elf in the root of your SD card (same as with the Twilight Hack). If it is there, try another homebrew application, but most likely Bannerbomb will not work for you.
  
===Can I use GameCube homebrew on the Wii with a loader?===
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* If you are on any 3.x System Menu and you're having trouble running Bannerbomb, you could give up on Bannerbomb and try the Twilight Hack.
No, you can't.
 
  
==Twilight Hack==
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== Indiana Pwns Questions ==
  
===How does the Twilight Hack work?===
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=== Can I use a backup of LEGO Indiana Jones? ===
An exploit has been found in the Wii game "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess". Once used it launches custom code. It is similar to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Theft_Auto:_Liberty_City_Stories#PSP_exploit GTA PSP Exploit].
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No, you should be using the original copy. Backups are not supported or condoned by WiiBrew.
  
===How do I use the Twilight Hack?===
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=== I have some problems... ===
The [[Twilight Hack]] page has everything you need to know on how to use the exploit.
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*Make sure you are using the correct region of the hack
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*Make sure you are looking at the ''second'' character in the art room
  
===Is the Twilight Hack affected by the latest update?===
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== Smash Stack Questions ==
Although the hack itself may not be, the [[June16 update | June 16th update]] will check for and, if found,  delete the Twilight Hack save game and refuse to recopy it onto the Wii. A newer version of the Twilight Hack was made to defeat this check.
 
  
==Homebrew channel==
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=== I have some problems... ===
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*You need to remember that this exploit only works if you are using a US NTSC version of the game and Wii.
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*Make sure you have renamed your entire original "private" directory on the SD card to "privateold" or something similar.
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*Make sure the Smash Stack "private" folder has been copied to the root of your SD card and you have a valid .elf file in the root directory.
  
===Where can I get the homebrew channel?===
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== Homebrew Channel Questions ==  
[[Homebrew Channel|Right here]].
 
  
===Does the homebrew channel do "X"?===
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=== When installing the Homebrew Channel it fails to find boot.elf or boot.dol ===
Check on the page.
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Make sure the Homebrew Channels boot.dol file is in the root of your SD card. If that still does not solve your problem, try a different SD card. Some SD cards are simply not compatible with exploits. SD Cards smaller than 256MB will not work. Note: SDHC cards cannot be used to install the Homebrew Channel from an exploit if the Wii itself does not support them.
  
===Can I request a feature for the homebrew channel?===
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=== Where are my apps? The Homebrew Channel is only a screen with bubbles. ===
Sure, but the devs may not like your idea. Requests can be made on the [[Homebrew Channel/Ideas]] page.
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Make sure that you have these three basic things set up for apps on your SD card:
Besides, they might already have decided if and when to implement "X".
 
  
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* There is a folder in the root of your SD card named apps. NOTE: apps is case sensitive. It can not be named APPS, aPpS or anything else other than apps in all lower case letters.
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* Make sure that no more and no less than one folder is between the apps folder and the boot.dol or boot.elf file of an application.
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* Make sure that each of your applications have a path that looks like: /apps/afolder/boot.dol or /apps/afolder/boot.elf
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Also, make sure you are using a correctly formatted SD or SDHC card or USB device. (The card you used to install the Homebrew Channel will also work to run apps from).
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=== Invalid Wii App ===
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Convert the .elf file of the application to a .dol file with the [[ELF to DOL Converter]].
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=== I have another question... ===
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Read the official [http://hbc.hackmii.com/faq/ HBC FAQ] to find your answer.
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== BootMii Questions ==
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=== What is BootMii? ===
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Reading the [[BootMii|BootMii page on WiiBrew]] is the best thing you can do to learn what BootMii is.
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=== Do I need to install BootMii? ===
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No. Installing BootMii is completely optional. However, it is highly recommended that you do install it. It has many benefits and there isn't really any reason not to.
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=== I have another question... ===
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Read the official [http://bootmii.org/faq/ BootMii FAQ] to find your answer.
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== After Homebrew Installation ==
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=== Is it safe to update my Wii? ===
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Yes. The current updates will not ruin (brick) or hurt your Wii in any way on account of homebrew being installed on your Wii.
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=== Is it safe to leave Wii Connect 24 on? ===
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The answer to that is really up to you. If you're afraid of Nintendo updating you, leave it off. If you think Nintendo is all bark and no bite, then feel free to leave Wii Connect 24 on. Just to be on the safe side though, it is recommended that you leave Wii Connect 24 off.
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=== I am looking for an app that... ===
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Please refer to the complete list of Wii Homebrew Applications here: [[Homebrew applications|Homebrew Applications List]] If you can not find an application that does what you are looking for it is either 1) Not supported by WiiBrew or 2) It doesn't exist. NOTE: New applications are being created just about every week so check back often.
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=== Downgrading? ===
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Downgrading is '''not''' recommended. Every Wii system menu version will work equally well with homebrew at the moment and the risk of downgrading is not worth the reward.
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== For Even More Help ==
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=== This FAQ stinks! It didn't solve my problems! ===
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Please refer to all of these WiiBrew pages for further assistance:
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[[Twilight Hack]]
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[[Indiana Pwns‎]]
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[[Bannerbomb]]
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[[Smash Stack]]
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[[LetterBomb]]
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[[Homebrew Channel]]
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[[DVDX]]
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[[BootMii]]
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[[Homebrew setup]]
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=== I still have problems/questions/concerns ===
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Please post a topic in our [http://forum.wiibrew.org WiiBrew Forums] and you will be assisted shortly after.
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=== I don't have time to read! I need help NOW!!! Like, this-instant NOW!!! ===
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Please go to the IRC. The server is EFNET (irc.efnet.org) The channel is #wiihelp. If you do not have an IRC client you may use mibbit to access the IRC with this link: [http://www.mibbit.com/chat/?url=irc://irc.efnet.org/wiihelp Mibbit WebIRC]. When you get to the channel, please remember to read the rules by typing "!rules" without quotes in the channel.
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[[Category:FAQs]]

Latest revision as of 18:09, 7 March 2021

This frequently asked questions page lists the most common problems associated with using Wii homebrew and does its best to provide solutions for you the reader. If you are having problems, chances are the solution to your problem(s) is present in this guide. Please at least skim through this guide before you ask your question to other people. Because, like I said before, the answers to your problems are most likely in here.

Contents

Before Installing Homebrew

What does this word mean?

We have a glossary of terms here: Glossary

Does Homebrew cost money?

No. Everything is absolutely free. If you have paid for homebrew, you have been scammed.

Will installing the Homebrew Channel hurt (brick) my Wii?

I have never seen it happen. Having said that, in the extremely unlikely event that it does happen, Team Twiizers may not be held responsible.

Is it illegal to install the Homebrew Channel?

No. But it will void your Wii's warranty, and Nintendo may refuse to do in and out of warranty repairs on it, such as disc drive replacements.

Will Homebrew work on System Menu 3.4?

Yes. Bannerbomb works, as does a 3.4-specific version of Twilight Hack.

Can I install homebrew on System Menu 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3?

Yes, you can run and install homebrew on System Menu 4.0 - 4.2 with the Bannerbomb, Indiana Pwns, Smash Stack, Yu-Gi-OWNED!, or Yu-Gi-Vah exploits. You then use your exploit to run the Hackmii Installer, which can install the Homebrew Channel and Bootmii.

If you are running 4.3, the only difference is Bannerbomb will not work, you can use LetterBomb, Indiana Pwns, Smash Stack, Yu-Gi-OWNED!, or Yu-Gi-Vah.

Will you help me install my modchip?

No. Modchips are not supported here.

What kind of an SD card should I use?

As long as they're formatted to FAT 16 (FAT) or FAT 32, most SD cards should work for you. All SD cards smaller than 256mb will not work for you because they are too small to be formatted properly. If you are still unsure which type of card to use, this page may help you: SD/SDHC Card Compatibility Tests.

What is the root of my SD card?

A place on your SD card that is not inside any folders.

In general, how do I install homebrew?

First, you run an exploit. The exploit crashes the Wii and runs unsigned code in the form of a .dol/.elf file on the root of your SD Card. If that unsigned code is the hackmii installer, you can then install the Homebrew Channel or BootMii.

Twilight Hack Questions

Can I use a backup of Twilight Princess?

You should be using a legitimate copy of the game. We do not support backups/piracy here.

Can I use the GameCube version of Twilight Princess?

No. You need the Wii version of the game.

I cannot copy the Twilight Hack from my SD card to my Wii

Make sure you have a normal Twilight Princess save file in your Wii before you copy over the Twilight Hack. Also, it cannot be be copied if you are on firmware 4.0 or higher.

It's not working

Make sure you are using beta 2 of the Twilight Hack if you are on 3.4 firmware and beta 1 if you are on firmware below 3.4. Make sure you have the correct region of the Twilight Hack on your Wii.

Bannerbomb Questions

Why should I use Bannerbomb instead of the Twilight Hack?

System Menu 4.0 and its successors have rendered the Twilight Hack useless. Bannerbomb is capable of working on every system menu up to 4.2. 4.3 fixed the exploit BannerBomb used. Also, some people feel that it is easier to use than the Twilight Hack. Finally, it does not require you to purchase a specific game.

Bannerbomb is freezing on me, what do I do?

Below are some typical scenarios and options in case Bannerbomb freezes on you:

  • If you are on System Menu 4.1 or lower, do not use the SD Menu; instead go to Options -> Data Management -> Wii Channels -> SD Card. For 4.2 use SD Menu.
  • If Bannerbomb freezes before the prompt "Load boot.dol/elf?" try a different version.
  • If you run Bannerbomb and get the prompt "Load boot.dol/elf?" and it then freezes, confirm that you have a boot.dol or boot.elf in the root of your SD card (same as with the Twilight Hack). If it is there, try another homebrew application, but most likely Bannerbomb will not work for you.
  • If you are on any 3.x System Menu and you're having trouble running Bannerbomb, you could give up on Bannerbomb and try the Twilight Hack.

Indiana Pwns Questions

Can I use a backup of LEGO Indiana Jones?

No, you should be using the original copy. Backups are not supported or condoned by WiiBrew.

I have some problems...

  • Make sure you are using the correct region of the hack
  • Make sure you are looking at the second character in the art room

Smash Stack Questions

I have some problems...

  • You need to remember that this exploit only works if you are using a US NTSC version of the game and Wii.
  • Make sure you have renamed your entire original "private" directory on the SD card to "privateold" or something similar.
  • Make sure the Smash Stack "private" folder has been copied to the root of your SD card and you have a valid .elf file in the root directory.

Homebrew Channel Questions

When installing the Homebrew Channel it fails to find boot.elf or boot.dol

Make sure the Homebrew Channels boot.dol file is in the root of your SD card. If that still does not solve your problem, try a different SD card. Some SD cards are simply not compatible with exploits. SD Cards smaller than 256MB will not work. Note: SDHC cards cannot be used to install the Homebrew Channel from an exploit if the Wii itself does not support them.

Where are my apps? The Homebrew Channel is only a screen with bubbles.

Make sure that you have these three basic things set up for apps on your SD card:

  • There is a folder in the root of your SD card named apps. NOTE: apps is case sensitive. It can not be named APPS, aPpS or anything else other than apps in all lower case letters.
  • Make sure that no more and no less than one folder is between the apps folder and the boot.dol or boot.elf file of an application.
  • Make sure that each of your applications have a path that looks like: /apps/afolder/boot.dol or /apps/afolder/boot.elf

Also, make sure you are using a correctly formatted SD or SDHC card or USB device. (The card you used to install the Homebrew Channel will also work to run apps from).

Invalid Wii App

Convert the .elf file of the application to a .dol file with the ELF to DOL Converter.

I have another question...

Read the official HBC FAQ to find your answer.

BootMii Questions

What is BootMii?

Reading the BootMii page on WiiBrew is the best thing you can do to learn what BootMii is.

Do I need to install BootMii?

No. Installing BootMii is completely optional. However, it is highly recommended that you do install it. It has many benefits and there isn't really any reason not to.

I have another question...

Read the official BootMii FAQ to find your answer.

After Homebrew Installation

Is it safe to update my Wii?

Yes. The current updates will not ruin (brick) or hurt your Wii in any way on account of homebrew being installed on your Wii.

Is it safe to leave Wii Connect 24 on?

The answer to that is really up to you. If you're afraid of Nintendo updating you, leave it off. If you think Nintendo is all bark and no bite, then feel free to leave Wii Connect 24 on. Just to be on the safe side though, it is recommended that you leave Wii Connect 24 off.

I am looking for an app that...

Please refer to the complete list of Wii Homebrew Applications here: Homebrew Applications List If you can not find an application that does what you are looking for it is either 1) Not supported by WiiBrew or 2) It doesn't exist. NOTE: New applications are being created just about every week so check back often.

Downgrading?

Downgrading is not recommended. Every Wii system menu version will work equally well with homebrew at the moment and the risk of downgrading is not worth the reward.

For Even More Help

This FAQ stinks! It didn't solve my problems!

Please refer to all of these WiiBrew pages for further assistance:

Twilight Hack

Indiana Pwns‎

Bannerbomb

Smash Stack

LetterBomb

Homebrew Channel

DVDX

BootMii

Homebrew setup

I still have problems/questions/concerns

Please post a topic in our WiiBrew Forums and you will be assisted shortly after.

I don't have time to read! I need help NOW!!! Like, this-instant NOW!!!

Please go to the IRC. The server is EFNET (irc.efnet.org) The channel is #wiihelp. If you do not have an IRC client you may use mibbit to access the IRC with this link: Mibbit WebIRC. When you get to the channel, please remember to read the rules by typing "!rules" without quotes in the channel.