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v3.3 and The Homebrew Channel

June 22nd, 2008 by marcan · 70 Comments

If you try to install The Homebrew Channel beta8 with version 3.3 of the system menu, you’ll get a message that looks like this:

You have Wii System Menu version 353 (v22 USA) installed.
The Homebrew Channel has only been tested with
Wii System Menu version 290 (v18) and below.
Press ACCEPT to continue at your own risk or CANCEL to abort.

As we have tested The Homebrew Channel with this new system menu, continuing installation at this point is safe. Please make sure you check with the usual sites to make sure any future updates are still compatible with The Homebrew Channel. This only applies to the System Menu 3.3, shown in the message as v22 <region>.

Tags: Wii

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mason // Jun 22, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I saw this message and went through with the update, and I can confirm everything is fine with my Wii.

  • 2 Santiago404 // Jun 22, 2008 at 9:40 am

    The real nightmare for me will start the day they make a update that looks inside my NTSC Wii and seek PAL save games…

  • 3 bitflusher // Jun 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    download it here: http://hbc.hackmii.com/ but be shure to do some reading about wii homebrew and the HBC before you rush in…

  • 4 Mason // Jun 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    You can download WiiWare games through the Nintendo Store Channel. 😉

  • 5 Arm the Homeless // Jun 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm


    Stealing = Bad

  • 6 theotherguy // Jun 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Yea, get a job ya lazy bum 😛

    I’ve been following this ‘scene’ for a while, thanks Bushing and team for everything so far!

  • 7 dave // Jun 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    just tried this on my updated wii, and the hombrew installer fails. here’s a snippet:

    Adding title…
    Adding content ID 00000000 (cfd 0):
    …………………….Done (0x9bdb0 bytes)
    Adding content ID 00000001 (cfd 0):
    …………………………Done (0xb4b80 bytes)
    ES_AddContentFinish failed: -1022

    Installation Failed!
    Press ACCEPT or CANCEL to exit to the Wii System Menu.

    Any ideas why this is failing?

  • 8 Azeazezar // Jun 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    The only reason i can think of is that your nand is full.
    But i’m no epert on this so i might be completely wrong…

  • 9 Me // Jun 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for letting us know. I didn’t get the update, so later on if I do I probably wouldn’t have known if that message was normal and would have freaked out. Now I know…and knowing is half the battle!

  • 10 B.Lair // Jun 23, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I would just like to take the opportunity now to say I love the alternate colour choices for the writing in the warnings. Reminds me of the Spectrum

  • 11 Xandecs // Jun 23, 2008 at 9:06 am

    The update and new instalation of the HBC is OK on my PAL Wii

  • 12 fangthorn // Jun 23, 2008 at 9:42 am

    PAL Wii. menu 3.3
    TP hack installed successfully.
    Homebrew channel installed successfully,
    but channel is empty
    As a newby I have probably done something wrong but I have checked the following:-
    – removed GC memory cards
    – checked the apps folder in on the root of the SD
    any suggestions?

  • 13 fangthorn // Jun 23, 2008 at 10:07 am

    P.S. also checked the following:
    – SD formatted as FAT (not FAT32)
    – Subfolders of apps contain boot.dol (or boot.elf) files (as well as the meta.xml & icon.png files)
    – have reset and powercycled the Wii

  • 14 z3r0 // Jun 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

    @ fangthorn
    try redownloading the apps package. Maybe you only got a partial download?

  • 15 jamal // Jun 23, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    i have a problem

    – i run the legent of zelda

    – i chose the first save file

    – then i have this error ( Failed to read boot.elf (-1)! )

    * i have done every thing as well

    – format SD card to ( FAT )

    – copy ( praivate ) file in SD card

    – copy ( boot.elf ) in ( F: ) directory

    – create ( apps) file in ( F: ) dirctory

    but i have this error ( Failed to read boot.elf (-1)! )

    hope you help me

    thank you

  • 16 fangthorn // Jun 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for your suggestion Z3ro, sadly it has not resolved the problem.
    I have re downloaded the applications package.
    Deleted the Homebrew channel and recreated it
    Reformatted the SD card and copied the new apps folder to it, but still get an empty homebrew channel with just the bubbles rising.
    If I press the Home button on the remote then I get “Back”, “About” & “Exit” options and my ip address in the top left corner, and beta 8 in the top right. Selecting “About” gives me the credits , “Return” returns me t0 the empty channel and Exit restarts the Wii.
    I am reasonably confident that I have done everything correctly – so sadly conclude that this is a bug.

  • 17 Azeazezar // Jun 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Did you try a different sd card?
    Some sd-cards just don’t work…

  • 18 fangthorn // Jun 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    @ Azeazezar
    I’ll get one tomorrow and try again, thanks

  • 19 Homebrew Review » Blog Archive » Twilight Hack updated to defeat system v3.3, HBC still OK // Jun 23, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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  • 20 skawo96 // Jun 24, 2008 at 1:08 am


    I had this problem. I had apps foler in forder called hbc_apps. Ithe apps folder must be in root. If yo have in the root, well….:(

  • 21 fangthorn // Jun 24, 2008 at 6:47 am

    OK, I have found the problem and it’s a bugger!
    My SD card slot is faulty. The spring mechanism that holds the card in and ejects the card is not lining the card up correctly.
    My 128MB card has worked fine for pictures and obviously for setting the TP hack up and instaling the HBC. But today I bought a genuine Wii 2gb card and the Wii wouldn’t recognise it at all!
    It was only by accident that I discovered that if I keep it pressed firmly in, then it works, but if I take the pressure off the card, then it it comes out a tiny bit (half a mm) but this seems to be enough to stop HBC from working!
    Now my problem is how to fix this!

  • 22 jamar // Jun 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Seems like people are talking about a “phantom” comment. Yeah, stealing= bad, but I’d like a way to buy US WiiWare games. I bought a JP Wii for the JP games (yay for Mojipittan) but it’d be nice to be able to buy some games in a language I understand.

  • 23 9th Sage // Jun 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Well…a low tech solution, but perhaps it could be held in while in use with tape?

  • 24 9th Sage // Jun 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Erm, tape on the outside of the system, obviously. 😛 I was thinking the tension of the tape stretched over it might hold the SD card in enough.

  • 25 icefire // Jun 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Acutally, it will work. Done it on my palm pilot with a faulty spring!

  • 26 fangthorn // Jun 25, 2008 at 12:02 am

    After much messing about with all manner of things to hold it in place, the simplest solution was to put a double layer of cellotape, on either side of the SD chip, projecting slightly beyond the end. This makes it just thick enough to wedge all the way into the drive and overpower the spring that is trying to push it back. The little bit of extra tape allows me to pull it out aswell. Sometimes the simple solutions are the best!
    Thanks for your suggestions.

  • 27 Barricade823 // Jun 25, 2008 at 7:38 am

    hey im trying to put in the hack on the wii and i start twilight princess open the right hack (twilight hack 0) talk to the guy and the hack starts. Now it says:

    Found boot.elf!
    done, filesize is 1510337
    ## No elf image at address 9010o000
    DOL image detected?
    relocating 1f8b0800 to 93c24175 (-516844657 bytes

    Exception 0300 occured!

    and then it wont work so i have no idea please help

  • 28 jtman347 // Jun 25, 2008 at 7:55 am

    This is in the readme:
    “Take your Zelda disc, flip it
    over so that the data side is facing you, and look for
    a small line of text next to the inner edge of the disc,
    between the raised circle of plastic and the data area. If
    the text reads “RVL-RZDE-0A-0″, you have a v0 game and
    you should select the TwilightHack0 savegame. If the text
    reads “RVL-RZDE-0A-2″, you have a v2 game and you should
    select the TwiilghtHack2 savegame. If you do not select
    the correct version of the save, the game will freeze and
    the hack will not work.”

    Did you make sure you did the right one?

  • 29 jtman347 // Jun 25, 2008 at 8:00 am

    If anyone has problems that anybody here can’t answer, head over to Wii Brew on this link:
    and there is an automatic installer, and a step by step guide, but make sure to format your SD Card first.

  • 30 Barricade823 // Jun 25, 2008 at 8:19 am

    yea i made sure and i tried the other one too just to make sure and it still didnt work

  • 31 Barricade823 // Jun 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

    hey i tried the same thing again only i changed the file name from boot.elf to boot.dol and it still says the same thing

  • 32 a // Jun 25, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Barricade823, what brand of SD card are you using?

  • 33 Sparksterz // Jun 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Also having this same issue, Tried a SanDisk 2gb and it couldn’t find the saves at all now I’m running the twilight hack off of a PNY 2GB and running into the same problem as Barricade

  • 34 Sparksterz // Jun 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Seems I had a different MD5 using a checking program, and this file had come from the official site!


  • 35 Sparksterz // Jun 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Yeah just pulled a copy of homebrew channel from this site and it ran first time.


  • 36 Barricade823 // Jun 26, 2008 at 6:55 am

    hey a
    im using a Kodak 512 mb sd card

  • 37 cityhunter07 // Jun 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Hi all, I need help with my Japanese modded Wii.

    For some reason it has upgraded to 3.2U instead of 3.2J and now it is semi-bricked.

    Can someone post the 3.3J system menu so I can upgrade and unlock my semi-bricked Wii.

    Thankyou in advance.

  • 38 a // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:54 am


    Try to use it with a Sandisk card, if you have one. Certain SD cards won’t work properly with the Twilight Hack.

  • 39 Machine // Jun 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hey, I have a wiikey in my wii, and it works too, but when i try the homebrewchannel iso installer beta 8 (dvd), my wii doesnt load the channel on the wii channel, instead it makes the wii go to a black screen with something about system files being corrupted, what might be the problem?

  • 40 Barricade823 // Jun 26, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    alright i thought about that after u asked me what kind i had
    i’ll try a new one and get back to ya if it works
    thanks a lot tho man =]

  • 41 Ewie // Jun 27, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Barricade823, dont bother getting a new card unless you’ve tried what Sparksterz said to do
    “Yeah just pulled a copy of homebrew channel from this site and it ran first time.


    i got acopy from the official site and had the same prob as you then tried this version and it worked a treat! try that first.

  • 42 Bjorker // Jun 27, 2008 at 9:14 am

    cityhunter07, try this:

  • 43 crwys // Jun 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I know this is kind of “off the topic” question but… I am pretty sure you know about wii maitence mode? Press + and – And hold it then press A at the start screen. Has anyone found anything “good” to do with this mode? I have only found that it disables personal stuff like, message board and a couple things on the wii settings. Also something about a ftp server?

  • 44 arc // Jun 28, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Mh, when I inserted the EU-version of Brawl first, I had to run a system update from the disc, although I updated to 3.3E before. It still says 3.3E in the system menu, and I doubt that nintendo could react on new hacks so fast, but are there maybe any differences now? Or are system updates on game discs run without checking if the version is the latest?

  • 45 Michael Kitchen // Jun 28, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Hi. This has nothing to do with this blog post. I need Bushing gmail adress as I need to send him an image of my sd card. Please could someone email me his gmail adress?

  • 46 Michael Kitchen // Jun 28, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Whoops! My email adress is: Kitchen.Michael@yahoo.com

  • 47 marcan // Jun 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    A system update includes several components, most of which are independent from the system menu. In particular, Brawl uses IOS36, which isn’t part of the normal online update. Therefore, any user with a fully updated Wii will still get IOS36 when they run Brawl for the first time. It’s perfectly normal.

    @Sparksterz, Ewie
    DO NOT download The Homebrew Channel from a secondary source. If you’re having trouble with the official download, you should drop us a line. Don’t go looking around for ‘alternative’ versions.
    That said, the elf contained in the archive on that site is exactly identical to the official one on my hard drive and to the one on the official download, so there is absolutely no reason why it would work any better or worse. The MD5 of the official download also matches (this is the MD5 of the tar.gz archive, not the boot.elf!). Chances are you copied it incorrectly to your SD card, and it worked fine the second time around. The MD5 of boot.elf alone is 80dd6b7c096dcba88b7996a4cd8a5935.

    You probably have the 3.3 update. Use the Twilight Hack, the ISOs don’t work any more after you have 3.3.

  • 48 kphbus // Jun 28, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I have a Japanese Wii with D2CKEY installed, just recently updated to the latest version through the hackmii jap console disk. I have heard of using Gecko Free Loader will make truncha altered wglp laguage patched games to enable them to work work again, is it really? what exactly does Gecko Free Loader do besides let you play other region games?

    Thanks so much!

  • 49 Zim // Jun 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm


    Nothing, really. All it does is let you play games from other regions safely, and without a drive/modchip.

  • 50 Comedy // Jun 30, 2008 at 9:31 am


    Gecko Region free is made for playing imported games but as it uses a different version of IOS to the 3.3 system menu you can still play signed discs (it’s a side-effect rather than by design).

  • 51 Wilson // Jul 1, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Mario Kart Wii has a lot of glitches. You might be able to make a save hack for it.

  • 52 Anonymous // Jul 2, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    If you have wads that you installed, and then moved as channels to an sd card, you will no longer be able to copy them back over to the wii after you delete them if you update to 3.3.

    I foolishly updated today after reading multiple sites that said the only thing that was affected was the signing bug and the twilight hack.

    If you have stolen vc games – DONT UPDATE.

  • 53 Anonymous coward // Jul 3, 2008 at 4:20 am

    It’s fairly obvious, stolen VC games use the signing bug.

  • 54 Anon // Jul 7, 2008 at 1:58 am

    HBC was working fine until it suddenly didn’t. Now all it does is sort of freeze at 0% when I try to load a program. I haven’t done anything before that.

  • 55 Anon // Jul 7, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Actually, you know what… I fixed it by pulling out the GC memory cards. Is this a bug?

  • 56 seth // Jul 8, 2008 at 11:56 am

    umm… i have a question.. when i go to install the channel on 3.3,it goes to console and says boot.elf found read 406 err=c10000002 reply somthing like that can u help me?

  • 57 Ytram // Jul 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I can save to the sd card from the wii, but cannot transfer back to the wii from the sd card… Any ideas?

  • 58 Dan // Jul 9, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Been trying to get this awesome piece of homebrew working for hours now, no luck though. I think it’s because I’m running with the latest Wii systems update. I hope someone here can help me get a bit further in my troubleshooting?

    Here’s some info:
    Have a WiiKey installed. If I use the boot iso from hbc website, I get a black screen saying something about corrupted files. The black screen only shows when the dvd is read, e.g. when I insert it and it tries to load the channel “thumbnail” or whatever it’s called. It happens instantly.

    I tried with the Zelda hack, but I get the 0300 exception error. I can boot other homebrew just fine though via Zelda hack, so that’s not the issue. I’ve tried reformatting the card and making sure the files were copied correctly several times, so that’s not an issue either (again, other homebrew works fine (physics, ftpii)).

    Now, what other options do I have currently? I fear that if I did get hbc installed on my Wii, it would give me the black screen with corruption error, permanently.

    I took a quick shot of the error messages when loading from Zelda hack, maybe it will help? Sorry for the poor quality: http://satme.dk/blip.png

  • 59 loggie // Jul 10, 2008 at 4:06 am


    i’ve got the same err=c10000002, trying install HBC via zelda hack (
    I’m using the latest firmware to – 3.3 and my wii is japanese.

  • 60 bushing // Jul 10, 2008 at 5:00 am

    @Dan: Make sure you expand the .tar.gz file from the download site — you should end up with a boot.elf file, a README, and a wiiload directory.

    Do NOT simply rename the .tar.gz to boot.elf, as the Wiibrew wiki erroneously advised.

  • 61 Dan // Jul 12, 2008 at 10:09 am

    @bushing: I have indeed extracted it correctly, several times. Still getting 0300 error :/

  • 62 Problem mit Homebrewchannel-Iso-Version - Wiihack.de // Jul 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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  • 63 osaka // Jul 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    same err=300 for me as well. update prior to latest firmware, but still no go. uncompressed, formated in fat 16, smaller sd card, instructions were followed.

    i wonder what it is exactly that’s different. my wii was one that was purchased the day it was released. haven’t tried any other options besides the homebrew channel. it seems many people have this problem and there aren’t too many solutions besides correcting something that isn’t being done right. guess i’ll have to wait for something to happen first.

    i ramble.

  • 64 Zinge // Jul 18, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Not sure if anyone will read this at the bottom of this post, but maybe it will help people who google-search for the error codes…

    I was also getting err=c10000002 and tried everything to fix it: the sd formatter program, checked the md5 of the archive and the elf, formatted multiple times, used a couple different brands of sd card, etc. What finally fixed it for me was formatting the sd card with Windows. Right click on the card and goto format, then select FAT and don’t put in a name and make sure ‘Quick Format’ is NOT checked. Copy whatever elf/dol you are trying to load back onto the card, and everything worked perfectly for me from there. I have HBC and a whole bunch of apps on, and am laoding a couple divx’s through ftpii now to try and see if I can play them.

  • 65 niohubala // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:42 pm


    Thank you for the great homebrew channel. I have a PAL Wii with system menu 3.3 installed (most recent update). I succeed in installing the HBC beta 7, and I can then update to beta 8 using internet. But when I format my wii, and then try to directly install beta 8, the installer says that my wii system software is too new. I’m convinced that this check is either unnecessary or not well programmed.

    Could either this be checked, or the beta 7 kept online? I don’t know what causes this error as I have a perfectly working Wii, and enough free memory blocks. (400+).

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  • 66 bushing // Jul 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    There were some bad directions on WiiBrew.org that told you to rename the .tar.gz to boot.elf — if you did this, that would cause it to fail. Instead, you need to expand the .tar.gz archive to get the boot.elf file.

    The “your system menu is too new” message is just a warning. The fact that beta 7 did not give that message doesn’t make it somehow more compatible; we just added in some more safety checks.

  • 67 Butzel // Jul 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Hello. It would be nice if someone could help me with my problem. When i try to install the homebrew channel i have the same problem like jamal (15). It shows:

    Failed to read boot.elf (-1)

    Thanks for help

  • 68 ipoop4everybody // Oct 24, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I am getting an error when I attempt to load the homebrew channel. It attempts to install a ticket, but then states…

    “ES_AddTicket failed: -2011″

    I have the elf file loaded into the root directory and the apps file in the same area.

    Any clue???

  • 69 DKSMARTY // Jan 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Can anyone tell me what “exception 300 occurred!” means and how to fix it please. I tried formatting my SD card which is 256MB, I have the put the boot.dol on my SD card. I have the private folder containing the twighlighthack beta 2 as well. My wii has the 3.4 update! When i run Zelda and talk to the guy, it goes to the black screen, goes through the codes(…..found boot.dol……## no elf image found at….relocating…..) and then it gets “Exception 300 occurred!” with a lot of number in matrix groups. Can someone please tell me what to do!! Why wont it go to the accept screen? Please someone help! I noticed that others are having the same problem!

  • 70 jlph86 // Jan 11, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Hi i just need some help here. I have a modded japanese wii with 3.3j. I want to install the homebrew channel but i don’t have a japanese copy of zelda twilight princess. I do however have a USA copy. Can i just install the homebrew channel via the USA copy? This would mean using the US version of the hack. Will it damage my jap wii? Thanks in advance

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