Welcome to the second part of my softmodding guide for the Nintendo Wii. If you have not completely read the first part, please do so before continuing on. In this part of the guide, we’re going to get all of our files together and prepare the Wii for a proper softmod.
If you have already attempted to hack your Wii to some degree, you will need to do everything you can to put it back to a virgin state. I can only provide a few suggestions to doing that, as it’s impossible to completely remove all of your hacks once you’ve done something to it. If you haven’t hacked anything on your Wii before, you can skip all of the following steps. I attribute credit on this part of the guide to Dogeggs, Tona, bsmalley23, and Davi92 of http://www.wiihacks.com.
- Download the cleanup tools here and extract them to the root of your SD card. Don’t use an SDHC card.
- If you are running system menu 4.0 or earlier, do an official Nintendo update to 4.1. This will delete a lot of your hacks. You can also skip step three.
- If you are running system menu 4.1, downgrade to 3.2 using cIOS Downgrader 1.2 and then do an official Nintendo update.
- If you have preloader or DVDx on your Wii, run NAND Clean (part of the cleanup tools). Say yes to everything it asks you to delete. Do NOT run this until you have done an official update from Nintendo.
- Now, load AnyTitle Deleter (also part of the cleanup tools) and delete any IOS you have installed with a number higher than 200. Do not delete any others along with those or you will most likely brick your Wii.
- If you have Bootmii, run the installer and uninstall it.
- Again in AnyTitle Deleter, go to Installed Channels and delete any channels that you have custom installed (backup launchers, pirated virtual console/wiiware, injected wads, etc.)
As an alternative, if you don’t have Bootmii and are not on 4.1, just delete all of your installed non-default channels (including the Homebrew channel) and then update to 4.1. The update should overwrite any preloader you have installed (including preloader 0.28 and 0.29) and you should theoretically be clean.
Your previously hacked Wii should now be clean and running System Menu 4.1, but I’m not responsible for any unlikely damage that may result from trying to undo your hacks. Most likely, everything will still work, as I’ve done this myself.
If you haven’t already hacked your Wii and read over that, don’t be intimidated or overwhelmed. There’s a lot of material to cover, and that’s why this guide is split into different parts.
The next thing we’re going to do is check the serial number on your Wii to ensure that we can softmod it. You can find your serial number on the side (or bottom) of your Wii… you’ll know it once you see it. It’ll look something like this:
The model number in this picture is an LU10. There are many many different model numbers floating around out there. My personal Wii, for example, is an LU37, and I’ve seen members on various forums who have had numbers all the way up to LU90. Nintendo released the LU64 line around the middle of March 2009, and since that batch was released, there have been protections in place to stop a hacker from installing a cIOS. These protections have since been circumvented, but only with about a 50% or less success rate. The other 50% end up with a bricked Wii, and because of that, this guide will not support LU64+ models.
If you have an LU64+, however, there is still hope. Your safest route would be to install a no-solder modchip. As the name implies, these chips do not require any type of soldering and are designed with ease-of-installation in mind. Plus, you will still be able to do everything that any softmodded Wii can do… you’ll just have to spend money on the chip. The most popular Wii modchip by far is the WiiKey, but as you can see for yourself in the picture below, they are hardly simple to install and can be rather intimidating to a beginner. The chip that I would recommend for LU64+ users is the DriveKey, which you can find here for 50$. Also on this page is an illustration of how easy they are to set up.
Okay, now for those of you doing a clean install who have never tweaked your Wii, let’s get prepared:
- Back up everything on your SD card to your computer.
- Format your SD card to FAT32.
- Make sure your network access to your Wii is working.
- Disconnect any Gamecube controller or memory card you have connected to your system.
- Download the SD Pack I put together by clicking here.
- Extract the SD Pack to your empty SD card.
- Free up as much memory on your Wii as possible. I’d recommend having at least 400-500 blocks free.
You can now continue to part three by clicking here, where we’ll finally get our feet wet and start doing some hacking.