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libdi and the DVDX installer.

August 12th, 2008 by Erant · 292 Comments

To all newcomers to Wii Homebrew:

Welcome! We hope you enjoy the wonderful world of homebrew software. Since this post is primarily about the DVD player in particular, and assumes that you are at least familiar with the usage of homebrew software on the Wii, we would appreciate it if you avoid asking general questions like “How do I run this on my Wii?” in the comments – replying to these questions is very hard and clutters up the already long comment list. Instead, you’ll find lots of information at Wiibrew. Short version: You will normally use The Homebrew Channel to boot Wii Homebrew. Modchip users with firmware version under 3.2 can just download the installer ISO and boot it. Users of firmware 3.3 or without a modchip will need a (legit) copy of Twilight Princess and a special hacked savegame that will let you boot the Homebrew Channel installer from your SD card. More detailed guide here. Thanks, and enjoy!

As you all know, I’ve been working on libdi (or the DVD Access library) for a while now. We had some problems getting it out to release because of the difficulties we encountered while writing the second part of this topic. The DVDX installer instead will install a small, hidden, channel on your Wii that allows you to read DVDs on an unmodified system. It is not an installer for a patched IOS. You may however need one, depending on your system.

Usage of this package is fairly simple. Run the installer.dol found in the package, follow the onscreen instructions, and you’re done.

Once you’ve done that, you can enjoy the splendor of mplayer. That what started out as a simple proof of concept has rapidly turned into a full-featured media player, under the nourishing hands of dhewg. The main aim of the mplayer project was to get DVDVideo going, but it also supports reading video files off the SD card. (Experimental).

A patch for Wii64, the N64 emulator for the Wii, will also be available shortly. This patch will allow you to read games off a DVD.

Download links:

DVDX installer (end users)
libdi (developers)

If you have a modchip, you also need patchmii, in addition to the DVDX stub installer.

Note that libdi itself is meant for developers, as it is embedded into applications that use it. libdi requires the DVDX stub. End-users will only need the installer, which can be downloaded separately here.

Please note that DVD+R (as opposed to DVD-R) discs will need to have their BookType set to DVD-ROM to work properly in Normal mode (if you have no modchip). PatchMii mode does not have this requirement, but requires a modchip.

Tags: Wii

292 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SquidMan // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    First comment!

    Awesome dude! I can’t wait to see lots of apps use this! I’m sure everyone appreciates your work 😉

  • 2 mousey // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the release and your continued efforts to push the Wii homebrew scene forward


  • 3 bottmint // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    sweeeet! great work guys im going to love this particular bit of homebrew for a looooong time. keep up the kik ass work hackmii crew and others

  • 4 TheDuck // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Nice! Team Twiizers and co, you never fail to COMPLETELY AMAZE me!

  • 5 Ibrahim Awwal // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Nice, so the included mplayer will play DVD videos? That’s one less reason to have to switch between my Wii and dvd player on my TV’s inputs, and between this and Geexbox/Wii Miidia when it’s released my media playing duties will all be handled by the Wii.

  • 6 Daverball // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Nice work Team Twiizers!
    I think I’m going to try this one out soon.

  • 7 Zim // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    W00tness!! I can’t wait to try this out!

    Thanks for the release, Erant!

  • 8 linkinworm-c98 // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    advanced install?? why would one want to sellect the IOS version for this app?

  • 9 XanLoves // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I really appreciate all the work you guys have done over the past few months, the progress has been staggering.
    I cannot wait to try this out ^_^

  • 10 thinkoutsidetheb0x // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Excellent job! I can’t wait for further progress with libdi.

    OT: have you guys played into the Wii’s usb for going over the size limit (2GB)?

  • 11 w11h4x0r // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    awesome, I love the work that you guys do, and the fact that you included the source!
    keep it up!
    i’m looking forward to seeing the patched boot2 / further menu hacks.

  • 12 christenm123 // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Excellent! Works like a charm. Now I don’t have to switch between my 360 and Wii when I want to watch a DVD. Thanks for making things a little bit easier for me. :)

  • 13 Unicron // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve gotta say, you guys really impress me(yet again). Tested this out now, and i works near flawless. Why near? Well, DVDs are a bit choppy sometimes. Other than that, it’s great!

    The scene really owes you a great deal!

  • 14 chungy // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Which are the specific cases where I’ll need a patched IOS?

    It doesn’t seem to play DVDs on my Wii (which has System Menu 3.3), neither commercial DVDs with CSS (tested A Knight’s Tale) nor a non-commercial DVD without CSS (tested Star Trek: New Voyages pilot on a DVD+R). I don’t know how to long to wait, but I’ve waited at least 2 minutes for it to load either disc.

  • 15 youvegotiviail // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you


  • 16 Arm the Homeless // Aug 12, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my god.
    You’re awesome!

  • 17 Whibo // Aug 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Fully functional on my NTSC-U Wii with no modchip and with system menu version 3.3 but is it dangerous to break the DVD drive by reading a DVD continuously instead of running a wii game sometimes to run the data?

  • 18 darksoul // Aug 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Wow it actually kinda works. Playback speed on the DVD’s is ass right now (READ: Slow and choppy at best), but at least it works. Nice looking interface and most files CAN be read of the sd card so good job and thanks….

  • 19 linkinworm-c98 // Aug 12, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    oo, sorry about this(you really should get an edit button lol) there seems to be many bugs getting Mplayer to work, for me its crashing on 34% loading through HBC, my mate it crashed on the loop video. ill have a vid up soon on my youtube tho of it workingm jus thought u should know


  • 20 Navarr // Aug 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Very nice. Already using it to play どうぶつの森. I am curious, I remember hearing about deteriation of the laser in the Wii, is this true, and how long is the laser estimated to last if using the Wii as a DVD player?

  • 21 bushing // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I’ll leave to Erant to explain why, but as far as I know the idea that playing a DVD is harmful in any way to a drive is a myth.

  • 22 uberushaximus // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    It’s working excellently right now, watching “Hackers (1995)” right now ;D

  • 23 Navarr // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Oh, thanks for that @bushing.

    As for quality. It seemed to not work properly when trying to use the menu (but who needs menus?) and it crashed when trying to load a big video (as expected). But keep up the good work, and please don’t stop improving!

    (It’d be awesome if we could read from USBs and read files off of the DVD drive instead of just Discs ;))

  • 24 HobGoblin // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    You Guy’s Are Friggin Greattt!!!!!!!!

  • 25 windwaker // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    There is no way Nintendo would purposefully use gimped DVD drives, which aren’t really commercially available anywhere right now.

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  • 29 goofster1020 // Aug 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    omg, fricken sweet! ive been waiting for this =] you guyz are da bomb! (lol, me with my lingo….)

  • 30 Ibrahim Awwal // Aug 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Hi, I’ve gotten it to play a DVD but it took some time before the DVD started playing. I didn’t actually watch the DVD for very long because I was just testing, but it seemed like it doesn’t use the DVD menus and just goes straight to the first title. Is that what libdvdnav is for? I tried that and it seemed to take even longer to start up. It’s a nice start, but I hope the speeds improve over time. I’m hoping eventually there will be a nice homebrew media center with a good UI that my family will be able to use, because currently I think they would be a bit lost trying to use mplayer to play a DVD (despite how easy it is, somehow non-techies require a lot of instruction).

  • 31 chungy // Aug 12, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Well, you have to give some time for libdvdcss (which I assume is being used) to crack the CSS key used on almost all commercial DVDs… though I can’t really imagine that taking longer than a minute on the Wii’s CPU.

  • 32 kedest // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I’ve already installed the dvd-enabling ios249 on my wii. Is running Patchmii then still required to get this working?

  • 33 crisdo98 // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

    yes very freakin nice indeed! Having troubles downloading the files.. guess the news has put a lot of stress on the server.. will be back to try out later on!! Thanks again!

  • 34 bell // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:51 am

    “If you have a modchip, you also need patchmii, in addition to the DVDX stub installer.”

    Wasn’t there talk about how only some modchips needed a patched IOS? Do all modchips really need a patched IOS?

  • 35 Erant // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:53 am

    The myth of you being able to ‘burn out’ a DVD laser is pretty much what it says on the tin, a myth. This drive was designed specifically for two things. reading Wii games, and reading DVD-Videos. There are special commands in the drive for doing so. (We use these commands to read these discs without a modchip). So, these drives were designed with reading DVD-Videos in mind. (And even if they wern’t, you’re running the entire drive in spec. I’ve been told these myths came about when people were pot-tuning their PS2s, running them out of spec. Running any piece of hardware beyond the limits that were set for it will break it in the long run)

    “Wasn’t there talk about how only some modchips needed a patched IOS? Do all modchips really need a patched IOS?”

    That’s a ‘no’ to the second question. Unfortunatly, detecting these modchips isn’t an easy job. We’ll probably incorporate an auto-detect option into the DVDX installer at some point, but we were already kinda late, so we left it like this for now. (It’s also a small percentage of all modchips, think around 5-10%)

  • 36 marcan // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Using advanced mode and selecting IOS249 may work.

    Apparently most modchips need it. Every modchip will also work with it (whether they actually require it or not), so it’s the easiest option for modchip users. Feel free to try normal mode without PatchMii and report if it works with your modchip.

  • 37 bell // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:20 am

    @marcan & erant:
    I’m referring to this post: http://wiinewz.com/forums/544109-post1.html which claims that yaosm doesn’t need the patched IOS while OpenWii does.

    yaosm and OpenWii basicly works the same way so I’m just curious about why OpenWii fails when yaosm works. I guess I can do a little source code comparing and see if I can come with some ideas for the OpenWii folks to experiment with. I think I have a clue where to start looking.

  • 38 NoOne // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Great work everybody who worked on it! It works flawlessly on my NTSC-U Wii (version 3.3). No choppiness at all in normal playback. The only problem I’ve seen is switching chapters screws up the audio sync, but I’m sure that is an easy fix whenever you guys get around to it. It doesn’t even happen all the time.

    Just one question though, could the DVD stub be disabled and/or cause problems with a future Wii Update?

  • 39 sanderevers // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:43 am

    It seems to work, but I can’t go past the DVD menu of most commercial DVDs and the subtitle setting is forgotten after every chapter.

  • 40 marcan // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:00 am

    I have a yaosm and it doesn’t seem to work. I think it might work with older versions.

    From what I hear (read: double check with Erant), if the modchip clears the DVD flag in the mediaflags, it won’t work.

    They could try to disable it, but really, why bother. Either way, if that happens, PatchMii could be extended to include the DVD patch and then we could just use it for everyone and get rid of the stub.

  • 41 Jespertje // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Marcan, are you planning to incorperate the dvd-video function in the wii-system menu? So that when you insert a dvd-video and you go to the disk channel that the dvd-video logo appears at the screen an when you click begin, Mplayer loads and plays the movie. Or isn’t that possible?

  • 42 HCK // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:30 am

    OK I’ m really stupid I guess…I installed DVDX the normal way using HBC.

    Then executed MPlayer and loop.mov played

    What do I need to do now? the controller doesn’ t seem to work and inserting a DVD doesn’ t change anything and the menu doesn’ t pop up…What’ s up? (I’ m using a PAL 3.2 unmodded Wii)

  • 43 HCK // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:57 am

    sorry for double post…I get the Menu Init failed error, how can I solve this?

  • 44 TwilightWii // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Congratulations on the release of dvdlib the new mplayer for it to work!
    Tried a few movies and they work great!
    Best one is Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within. No lag or anything!
    Just amazing how it is done!

    Thanks Team Twiizers

  • 45 i_speel_good // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Does mplayer read the videos in AVI format or does VOB format work? (even if it does, I guess I’d have to DVDShrink the movie and remove the menus, I guess?)

  • 46 Midda // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Just tried this out, amazing work! Easy to get up and running too.

    The Mplayer app still needs a little work though, I think. Playback was a bit choppy for me, and the colours looked a little washed out. I only tried one DVD, though. Still, impressive!

  • 47 bell // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:58 am

    @Marcan & Erant:

    Erant wrote “Ironically, the ones that do a better job of emulating a real Wii disc are the ones that need the modified IOS. Modchip vendors can easily identify compatibility by checking wether or not they set the 0×10 flag in the 0×8576 (D2A/DMS) memory location. Yaosm has been tested as working. D2CKey is most likely not supported, and OpenWii has been tested as not supported.”

    For example, with DVD-R the low byte of 0x8576 is 0x18 and the modchip temporarily changes it to 0x28 during the disclogin process. Once the disclogin is finished it is changed to 0x38. I believe all “old” modchips does this (WiiKey, wiinja, OpenWii, WiiFree, yaosm) and yaosm has always been working like that. However later versions of most modchips does indeed clear the 0x10 (changing 0x38 back to 0x28) in case of an 0xA4 DI command (the SMG check). Are you using 0xA4 commands with libdi?

  • 48 pkgingo // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:03 am


    When you put the mplayer folder for the homebrew channel in the apps folder you renamed it. The app paths are hard coded. Rename your other mplayer folders and leave this one as mplayer.

  • 49 Erant // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:05 am

    The reason for some modchips working, and others not, is the presence or absence of the DVDVideo flag in the so-called mediaflag. Some modchips clear it, some don’t. Some modchips never even set it.

    Simply put, if your modchip fails the Error 001 it will not need a patchmii-d IOS. If it doesn’t fail it, it might not need it, depending on how your specific modchip worked around the issue. (Turning off the DVDVideo flag just for 0xA4 means no patchmii, working around the issue completely and not ever setting the DVDVideo flag means patchmii). I’ll whip up a test-program for you guys to test which modchip is supported or not soon-ish.

  • 50 Smalls // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Good work Team Twiizers.

    Can’t wait for GeeXbox to implement this, since GeeXbox allows you to go into the folders inside a USB device.

    I might even try to implement this into GeeXbox myself. They’ll probably release one quicker than me, since there is no source.

  • 51 Zeldafanzero // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Hello, this is my first post here. :)

    Firstly, I want to say thanks for the DVD player, I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced and it’s great!

    One problem I’ve noticed however is that it takes about two minutes to load the DVD once I’ve selected it from the menu. Is this normal?

    Another issue is that none of the DVD commands like skipping chapters or fast-forwarding seem to work and instead just crash the program (With the exception of Pause).

    It should be noted that I use an unmodded PAL Wii.

    Is there ever going to be the possibility of playing other video files off a DVD in the future? Is the team still going to work on their version of mplayer, or is it just going to be left to the public now?


  • 52 kevind23 // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I haven’t really been following any of this, but is the “mplayer” you speak of the actual mplayer?

  • 53 bell // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:24 am

    “Turning off the DVDVideo flag just for 0xA4 means no patchmii”

    That’s exactly what yaosm do. If DI-buffer contains 0xa4 then 0x38 is changed to 0x28 and afterwards it restores it to 0x38. However marcan says yaosm needs patchmii. Doesn’t make sense.

    This is how yaosm does it (removed code that doesn’t have to do with this exact issue so it looks a bit different than the real code):
    movbu (_addr_8308),d0 #Read DI to d0
    cmp 0xA4,d0 #A4 command?
    bne no_smg_fix #No?, then we’re done
    bclr16 (_addr_8576),4 #0x38->0x28
    jsr sub_851F1 #DI handler is called
    movbu (_addr_8576),d0 #Read Mediabyte
    cmp 0x28,d0 #Does it need patching?
    bne _label1b #No?
    bset16 (_addr_8576),4 #0x28->0x38
    bra _label1b #loop

  • 54 mighti // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:37 am

    ehm… i’m new at this and i guess a little stupide ^^ how do you install something on your wii? do you simply put the files on sd, cd or dvd, insert the media and wait for something to happen?

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  • 58 udsan // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:50 am

    It is wonderful. Thank you really.
    I was able to confirm operation with Wii not remodeled.

  • 59 comex // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

    @kevind23: yes.

  • 60 damien // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I am with you mighti.. It sounds good hearing that this is working for many people, but how on earth can us n00bs get it done? 😛

    I downloaded both the files you said to download, unzipped them and put the folders on an sd card which i then placed in the wii… Am I doing this right or…?

    HELP!!! =S

  • 61 Erant // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:05 am


    It could be because I issue no readdiscid command when I detect no modchip. The next version will issue a readdiscid regardless of modchip/non-modchip. That should restore compatibility.

  • 62 HCK // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:23 am


    Thank you 😉

  • 63 HCK // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Tested Pirates of Caribbean 1 and Spiderman 2, both original DVD-Videos.

    The only issue is the random frameskip but it’ s absolutely outstanding as first relase.

    Congratulations Team Twiizers! You are the best console hackers ever 😀

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    Do you will add a function to read Audio CDs to mplayer or create a new homebrew for this so the Wii will be able to replace a DVD Player ?

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  • 69 basky727 // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:25 am

    hate to admit it but I’m with mighti… I’d love to take advantage of this hack. is there a “dummies” guide on doing the install. sorry – total newb

  • 70 marcan // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Reading any kind of CDs is totally impossible with the Wii’s optical drive. It does not have the required hardware components.

  • 71 tom35 // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I was able to do a normal install without the Patchmii_Core installed with my D2Pro 9 Wire modchip installed.
    The D2Pro is an original which I had purchased the SPI seperately and installed.
    My D2Pro is flashed with the firmware from the 1.5 Utility Disk.

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  • 73 gorevash // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

    First log here!

    Cannot thank you enough for all you guys have done over the past few months. It is amazing how far you have come!
    I used to read magazines when i was a kid and i remember reading about Shigeru Miyamoto. I longed to be able to speak with that guy, but alas he is very busy and so on.
    Technology has brought us up to meeting people in an easier way, and let me tell you that i feel honored to be able to communicate and read posts directly from you. I think you are as creative and great as Shigeru. Goog job!

    So far I have noticed a LOT of people having problems, are the ones who own PAL systems. I know nothing of dvd coding, but there seems to be a pattern here. Do you guys work first on NTSC issues and then move on to PAL?

    PS: I own a NTSC

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    how do u put all of this on the wii through sd card or dvd

  • 76 Navarr // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:42 am

    @Erant: Thanks for clearing that up. Thought, it still doesn’t make any sense why Nintendo said that they’d have to change the hardware for playing DVDs, and why a DVD channel hasn’t become available yet from Nintendo.

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    Hi there, sorry to bother. I am really new to all of this but I would be really grateful if someone could please explain to me (step by step) what I need to do to install the applications in order to play DVDs on my Wii? I have a unit that is not modded. I do not have a internet browser on my unit as well. Thanks a million!

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  • 86 stevey // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:28 am

    @ basky727, damien, and mighti

    To run homebrew software you will need to used a hacked Zelda: TP game save, called the Twilight Hack, that allows you to boot code off the SD card. Since needing to run Zelda every time is a pain, Team Twiizers made the Homebrew Channel to boot code off the SD with a home made channel, but to install it first you need to run the Twilight Hack at lease once. After that, all you need to do is put all the Homebrew software you want on the SD card in the directory SD:\apps\*homebrew software name*\boot.elf (or boot.dol). For a more detailed step by step and info please see

    A few warnings before you start….
    *You will have to (temporally) delete your old Zelda off the wii and sd card so make sure you have it backed up on you PC
    *This will void the wii warranty
    *Running bad code could possibly and can brick your Wii

  • 87 Dingchow // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Is their a uninstaller for the patchmii?

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  • 89 putifreak // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Is there a way to uninstall patchmii core?

  • 90 Matando // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    There’s an error with the build of libdi.

    When building the library I get a “c:/devkitPro/Projects/di/stubload.c: In function ‘__DI_StubLaunch':
    c:/devkitPro/Projects/di/stubload.c:127: warning: implicit declaration of functi
    on ‘ES_LaunchTitleBackground'”
    and it builds. Of cource I figured nothing of it and typed “make install” to install the library.

    My Next Step was to build the example. The only problem was it came up with the same error it came up with whem building the library.

    “linking … example.elf
    c:/devkitPro/libogc/lib/wii\libdi.a(stubload.o): In function `__DI_StubLaunch':
    c:/devkitPro/Projects/di/stubload.c:127: undefined reference to `ES_LaunchTitleB
    c:/devkitPro/Projects/di/stubload.c:151: undefined reference to `__IPC_Reinitial
    collect2: ld returned 1 exit status”

    So A Little Help Please

  • 91 dt_ // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Can anyone please help me with this?

    I have Mplayer installed and it plays videos on the SD card just fine. However, when I go to DVD-Video and click “Play DVD” it just freezes. You can hear the DVD spinning at first and then it just stops. What’s going on? What do I need to do with that “DI” folder?


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  • 93 predatorian // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Works great here but only with non protected dvds. All commercial ones doesn’t load after pressing play DVD. Using NTSC-U with Wii-IC modchip with latest wii updates

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  • 95 Blue-K // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    So, first: I own a PAL Wii with Current System 3.3 and a WiiKey on 1.9s.

    1) I installed the Mplayer
    2) I installed PatchMii
    3) I installed DVDX with PatchMii-Option

    And…IT WORKS!!!Awsome!

    But I have one question: Now I have a modified IOS on my Wii (due PatchMii). If I upgrade my Wii System, have I to run PatchMii again? Or will it brick my Wii? Sorry If I’m talking Bull****, but I’m a little noob…

  • 96 DAud_IcI // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Hay, thanks guys! I love what you are doing.
    I own a PAL Wii and I tested it on a Region 2 DVD and worked perfectly. Thanks ^^

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    I can not access the links. I keep getting a not authorized error. Have these been pulled or something?

  • 99 Cuber // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm


    It’s true… I have a PAL Wii and my DVDs don’t play back to well, the programme crashes a lot… sucks to be PAL.

    Anyway, great work! Looking forward to future releases.

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  • 106 joreag // Aug 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Seems to be working now, thank you, whomever fixed it.

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  • 113 Oaphs // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Great, great, GREAT!
    It’s a fantastic new!
    So, if I had a non-compatible modchip, what would happen if I selected normal installation?

  • 114 chungy // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I should note that I’m using a United States Wii (NTSC of course), and I still haven’t been able to play DVDs (tried Star Wars IV both original and re-edited, Superman III (yeah seriously), Spaceballs, Star Trek VI)… waiting about two minutes for any of them. MPlayer stops responding to any input from the Wii remote or GCN controller, although the Power button shuts off the Wii immediately (leads me to believe it’s not entirely frozen, otherwise I’d have to old it down longer).

  • 115 Syliss // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Everytime i try to install this, my wii freezes, what should i do?

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  • 117 yellowstar // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    mighti & basky727:
    You need to install the Homebrew Channel. Also, you’ll need The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess. If you don’t have it already, you can either rent, borrow, or buy it. See http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Setting_up_your_Wii_for_Homebrew

  • 118 marcan // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, this is going to be a long one.

    To everyone who is new to Wii Homebrew: I’ve updated the post above, please read over the beginning to get a grasp on the basics and links to more information

    To uninstall PatchMii, use AnyTitle Deleter and remove title 0000001-000000fe. We’ll include a proper uninstaller in a future release – we didn’t want to have to make you wait longer, since we’re already kind of late with the library.

    To build libdi, you need the Git branch of libogc that we maintain. Fetch the repository from git://hackmii.com/home/ogcgit/libogc and run make and make install. If you’re under Windows, you can use msysgit.

    To everone having problems: remember, this is nowhere near a final release and some troubles are expected.

    Regarding protected DVDs: mplayer needs a few seconds (sometimes minutes) to crack the CSS keys for protected titles. Give it some time and see if it starts working. We’ll try to optimize this in the future, especially if we figure out the CSS commands for the drive.

    Regarding PAL: quite a few of the people who made this are on PAL. We do care about PAL, it’s just that I think it turns out that at least two of us PALers are on 480p anyway, and sometimes we forget to extensively test the normal PAL modes.

    Server’s being glitchly lately. If the links don’t work, please try again in a few minutes or an hour or two.

    Both the DVDX channel-stub and PatchMii are only used by homebrew and have no effect on the normal Wii software. They are also not affected by firmware updates (although they could presumably be rendered useless if Nintendo wanted, but they won’t conflict with the updates themselves).

    You can uninstall DVDX from the DVDX installer. If you have it installed, an Uninstall option will pop up next time you run it.

    If you pick the wrong installation type (normal with incompatible modchip, or patchmii with no modchip) then DVD playback just won’t work – no harm done. You can reinstall with the right type to fix it.

  • 119 yellowstar // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Note that my previous comment applies to those of you whom need help with installing this. That is, for those of you that don’t have HBC,(Homebrew Channel) installed.(Several more people commented by the time I pressed submit)

  • 120 blackprince97 // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    which play do we press? ‘Play DVD’ or ‘Play DVD (libdvdnav)’?

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  • 124 blackprince97 // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I’m getting nothing. No matter what the DVD, commercial or otherwise, I’m not getting any DVD playback. When I click it, the disc drive spins a little and then nothing. The program just freezes. I’ve left it on for half an hour now and still nothing.
    Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Does the DVDX install itself the first time you run the program? And what is this installer.dol thing? I don’t have that in the folder. All I’ve got is a boot.dol, do i need to rename it?

  • 125 blackprince97 // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Okay never mind. I figured out the problem. Sorry but I don’t know how to edit comments

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  • 127 blackprince97 // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Okay, never mind the never mind. I still don’t get it. I cant get this to work at all. I tried using that installer.dol thing but i never get any onscreen instructions. Couldn’t you guys just post some detailed instructions on how this is supposed to work for the n00bs and for those of us having problems?

  • 128 blackprince97 // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    what do we do with the installer.dol file? Do we need some extra program to install it? I’ve tried opening it from within MPlayer but it always crashes the program and it doesn’t appear in the homebrew channel menu.

  • 129 jitters333 // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I have a Wiikey With a 3,2U, I’ve run the patch with Patchmii and without it, no matter what i do it just wont play the dvds =/

  • 130 jitters333 // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Huh ran the patch once more just for kicks, and it said the same thing.. but now the dvds run… hmm

  • 131 acid06 // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Unfortunately, I can’t seem to make this work.
    I tried both with and without PatchMii but MPlayer just freezes when I select “Play DVD”.

    I actually left it there for 4 hours and was still frozen, so it’s definitely not an issue with the key cracking.

    I have a modchip installed. I don’t know exactly which one it is, but I suspect it’s a D2CKey clone called D2CPro (*not* D2Pro).

    Any help would be appreciated.

    And thanks to the Hackmii crew for providing such nice tools for us. 😉

  • 132 bottmint // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    i have a quick question. if we start up a dvd and decide that we dont want to watch it how do we start a new one without having to return to the HBC? also ive tried spiderman 3 and bruce almighty (both commercial on a d2c wii with a d2ckey NTSC-U) and they work like they were popped into a dvd player with minimal stutters

  • 133 Big Bang Theory // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I put the DVDX files into an app folder with the meta, icon and the .dol files and included it in an update to my Wiibrew SD Installer. In other words for people new to Wiibrew go here and download this.

  • 134 Unicron // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I’m seeing that PAL people hva some troubles with reading DVDs, and that downloading later worked. Are you sure your DL wasn’t borked?

    Anyways, I’m a PAL user(Norway, Europe) and I havent experienced any problems other than a bit choppy video every now and then. Tested with retail/protected(Transformers, SWIII, Kill Buljo(Norwegian movie, really good if you understand norwegian language and north-norwegian humor. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0913401/plotsummary )), and copy/unprotected(only Kill Buljo for now…)

    It’s a good, genuine release which makes the Wii scene go forward. Thanks, Twiizer&friends

  • 135 LionHeart // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    @ chungy:

    Did you run “installer.dol” in the “libdi” folder? You need to run that first, then you can play DVDs in mplayer.

  • 136 vgmoose // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome! It’s working perfectly for me!

    My only concern is with the volume of the DVDs. It’s not your fault, DVDs just tend to be quieter, but it’s a real pain for me because we don’t happen to have a remote on the TV the Wii is attached to.

    I noticed that there is a volume control in the menu, but it only goes to 100.00 which isn’t enough… Is it possible to make it go louder?

    Another thing is about .mp3 files. I understand that they were loaded from an SD card, but it seemed really buggy when I tried to play them. Will there be full support for mp3?


    >_> How did that get in there?

  • 137 Buchan // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t usually post, as a lot of this stuff is well over my head at the moment (I’m quietly learning though 😉 ). But I’ve just got to say….. YOU GUYS ARE F’ING AMAZING!!!

    This works like a charm for me. I’ve watched a couple of films on dvd (one legit, one copy), and a few off SD card in different formats (avi, wmv, divx), and I have not had a single problem. No “choppiness” or anything, immediate playback, and the navigation etc works perfectly. I’m using system v3.3 on an un-modded PAL console btw.

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for this, and everything else I’ve made use of …. oh, and for everything I’m learning from the site. It’s all greatly appreciated. 😀

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    Was in the news….kinda

  • 143 MANICX100 // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I want to install this but I have a wii-key modded wii.

    Do I have to download the patchmii_core.dol or is there an option for patchmii in the installer.dol for the libary. Because I’m getting different responses from different people.

  • 144 blackprince97 // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I finally got it up and running. It works great. I’ve had perfect playback with a majority of my commercial DVDs with the exception of the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’ve tried Batman Begins, Transformers, Rush Hour 2 and no problems. But I also can’t play any homemade DVDs.

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  • 147 chungy // Aug 14, 2008 at 1:19 am


    Yes, I did. No results.

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  • 149 bAiLLi // Aug 14, 2008 at 1:58 am

    First things first: This is a great piece of software! Thanks to all involved.

    I can confirm that there seems to be problem open some DVDs.
    For example I have made some tests with the Lord of the Rings Triology (Extended Edtion):
    – The Two Towers Disc 1 will not play. MPlayer freezes after pressing “Play DVD” as have already discribed others. (I tried both 576i and 480i)
    – The Two Towers Disc 2 will play, but if I try to switch audio streams the the audio is completely garbled and if I keep switching audio will completely disappear (even the audio only cotains “Back”)
    – The Return of the King Disc 1 plays fine. I watched the whole disc. Sometimes you notices that the framerate drops. Usually in places with global motion.
    – The Return of the King Disc 2 starts fine too. I only watched the first five minutes.

  • 150 bAiLLi // Aug 14, 2008 at 2:01 am

    (This place really needs an editing function:) All discs are of course pressed originals (German R2) and in really good shape (meaning almost no scratches). The console is of course PAL, too.

  • 151 HCK // Aug 14, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Lil bug report:

    1.Audio playback disables the menu, so I need to shut down my wii when I want to listen to music (AAC+, .aac format)

    2.Menu does change layout depending on video resolution (a mobile phone resolution videos brings up a huge menu)

    3.Audio sync screws up if menu is enabled during DVD playback

    I don’ t want to annoy you, it’ s an awesome relase, this is just meant to help you in further bugfixes.

    Keep it up!

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  • 155 Matteh // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Ok first of all let me congratulate on all the great work that everyone has done! The HBC is truly fantastic now.

    Ok, so I am having a little difficulty with this. I have a chipped wii(wiikey 1.9s) and running 3.2PAL. I am unsure on what to do with the patchmii_core.dol thing. Where does it go and do I have to make ot start?

    Thxn in advance if you can help me out.

  • 156 bugger // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:13 am

    i waited so long for this release..
    me and my friend watch alot of dvds and hes always pissed cuz we have to wtach it on the pc, cuz i dont have a dvd player. BUT it doesnt work for me either…just freezes and thats it.

  • 157 HCK // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:02 am


    If you could provide a detailed description of what you have done and tell something ’bout your Wii (are you using a modified IOS, a modchip?)

    When does your wii freeze?

  • 158 Daverball // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:18 am

    For everybody who doesn’t get this thing to work:

    You have to run the installer.dol first, otherwise it won’t be possible to play DVDs, to run the installer.dol I’d rename it to boot.dol and just simply replace the boot.dol of any given application on the SD Card with boot.dol of the DVD installation and then run the application with the Homebrew Channel, since you only need to run it once, you can put the normal boot.dol of the application back there afterwards.

    Hope i could provide an easy to understand way of installing the dvd feature, since it might have been a bit naïve to think, that everybody would get, how to easily run the installer.dol with their Homebrew Channels.

  • 159 MANICX100 // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:15 am

    What I meant by my previous comment was:

    I have a wii-key modded wii.

    Do I first have to download and run the patchmii_core.dol

    or do I just have to load up the libdi installer and choose the patchmii option???

    I’ve been getting different responses from different sites.

    Also if I do have to run the patchmii_core.dol do I use the hb channel or twilight hack or either???

    So what do I do??

  • 160 Oaphs // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:19 am

    It doesn’t work. I’ve a modded PAL Wii, with IOS36 and System Menu 3.3E. The normal installation go fine, but when i try to play a dvd the device stop after a few of seconds. Then, pressing the power button the wii shut down immediately.
    Proof ripped dvds and original dvixs.

  • 161 schmidex // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Will your team continue to develop the mplayer port. Or is this just a small poc?
    I really like the player and would really appreciate further development.

  • 162 marcan // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:38 am

    @oaphs, MANICX
    If you have a modchip, download and run patchmii_core, then download and run the installer and pick the patchmii option.

    Oaphs, read. It tells you right there on the screen that if you have a modchip (unless it’s DVD-compatible, and yours probably isn’t) you need to use PatchMii.

    To run files using the homebrew channel, rename them to boot.dol and just place them on the SD card in their own directory under apps

    e.g.: \apps\dvdins\boot.dol

    You do not need to use an existing application. meta.xml and icon.png are optional. If they aren’t they, it’ll just default to showing the file path as a name and no icon.

  • 163 blackprince97 // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Okay I just noticed that the Wii’s cooling fan isn’t on when you use this. This could cause potential overheating problems. Is it possible to enable the fan during playback? I watched a two hour movie and it didn’t get too hot but it could if it was a warmer day or something.

  • 164 DrFred // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Is there any chance in the future this will support playing DVD-Video from other regions?

    I have a region 2 console and could not get a region 1 DVD to load.

    Great app all the same.

  • 165 acid06 // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Sorry for reposting this but no one answered my previous comment and I really wanted to play DVDs on my Wii.

    I tried both with and without PatchMii but MPlayer just freezes when I select “Play DVD” (of course, I ran PatchMii and it indicated everything was patched successfully).

    I actually left the DVD in there for 4 hours and was still frozen, so it’s definitely not an issue with the key cracking.

    I tried with one pressed DVD and one DVD I recorded myself and both didn’t work (the same media works fine for game backups).

    I have a modchip installed. I don’t know exactly which one it is, but I suspect it’s a D2CKey clone called D2CPro (*not* D2Pro).

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • 166 jonjosh // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    So you have to have the Twilight Princess hack and use the libdi through homebrew channel?

    Can you just use it without a homebrew channel?

  • 167 whodares // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Just out of curiosity, why does there need to be a hidden channel? what does it do differently that couldn’t be supported in a standard library?

  • 168 Nash79 // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I guess that this software doesnt really work with the pal version. I’ve been trying since yesterday with no luck. I have a D2CPro (D2CKEY clone) and 3.2E. But Im happy that some were able to use it :). (Ive been trying DVD backups).
    Anyone with the same problem ?

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  • 170 Steve32 // Aug 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Download links:


    If you have a modchip, you also need patchmii, in addition to the DVDX stub installer.

    Note that libdi is meant for developers, as it is embedded into applications that use it. End-users only need to run installer.dol.

    Just something that causes confusion with me: what’s the difference between libdi and DVDX?

    As that text reads, “End-users should NOT be interested in libdi and only need to run installer.dol”. However, which installer.dol is referred to here? The one in the libdi download link that End-users shouldn’t be interested in? 😛

    So, is the install.dol from the libdi package called the ‘DVDX stub installer’? Or am I missing a download link to the DVDX installer?

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  • 172 kedest // Aug 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    do libdi and dvdx refer to the same thing?

  • 173 marcan // Aug 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    WTF. Are you sure? The fan doesn’t move much air. There’s zero reason for it to be off. Please double check.

    You could use the Twilight Hack to boot the installer and then use it again to boot mplayer every time you want to watch a movie… but that’s a pain in the ass, and you still need to install the hidden DVDX channel which is just about as harmful (that is, harmless) as The Homebrew Channel.

    The only way of enabling DVD mode without hacking IOS is by turning on a specific flag in the channel that marks it as “the DVD player channel”. There is no other way of invoking this functionality – for example, it can’t be done via discs, because it only enables DVD mode if it’s an actual installed channel with the flag.

    Hope it’s clearer now :)
    DVDX is included in libdi and is the only part of the libdi download that end-users care about. I added a separate download for DVDX alone.

    libdi is the programming library that developers use to access the DVD mode. This is built into any program that uses it (like mplayer) so you only need it if you’re compiling a program that uses it. DVDX is a small hidden stub channel that libdi needs to function. It is a separate install and you need to run it to be able to use libdi.

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  • 175 Matteh // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Ok I am having a few problems with a few things.

    Firstly, I try to run the patchmii_core and it says initializing network…..then it goes back to the homebrew menu, is that right?

    Also, I try to run the installer with the patchmii_core but it says it isnt found, so I am like ‘wtf it must be wrong how I did it’. So yer, I am unsure what I am doing wrong.

    Help would be greatly appreciated! Thnx in advance!

  • 176 ColorblindMonk // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm


    I, to this day, am still wondering why Nintendo put DVD playback in their console to begin with. Heard news around the launch that Japan’ll get DVD playable Wiis, but that never happened. Everything nowadays has DVD playback. Don’t think anything would be different if it did.

    Good homebrew. Good homebrew.

  • 177 blackprince97 // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Yep no fan. Watched all of rush hour 2 and Advent Children with zero fan movement. It doesn’t seem like playback makes the Wii too hot but it could become an issue.

  • 178 Rocketomy // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hey guys! GREAT WORK, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I just hope my laser drive doesn’t burn out because of that myth. Anyways, I have a problem: Is there any way to access the menus on a dvd to set the subtitles and video preferences? I really need to find out how to do this so I can set the subtitles and see the bonus features!

    Thanks for reading and I hope to get some answers! ;D

  • 179 Daverball // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Is your Wii connected to the Internet? It has to be, since it downloads a IOS from the Internet and installs it as an unreserved IOS Number. This is required to install the customized IOS for DVD Playback.

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  • 182 raptik // Aug 14, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I’m having issues with getting this to work. I’ve tried three different DVD’s and the furthest I’ve gotten to watching any of them was selecting the play movie button for Hot Fuzz and going to a black screen that requires me to do a hard shut down of the console.

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  • 185 Kaiman // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    This is great!

    I’m running it as we speak; it works well for me.

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  • 187 Smalls // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    One more problem to add:

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to tha Galaxy lags a lot.

    My theory:
    1. It’s tha disc, it’s a bit scratched
    2. Too perplex that Mplayer can’t keep at one framerate.

    I’ll ask tha guide

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  • 190 Knocks // Aug 15, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I can’t believe that of all the wonderful hacks and homebrew on the Wii (including some by Team Twiizers), THIS gets the most appreciation and publicity. It turns the Wii into a third-rate DVD player. Whooptee flippin doo. Am I old-fashioned or does anyone else just wish for a simple video player with SMB support?

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  • 192 stitch // Aug 15, 2008 at 2:39 am


    I’ve tested some original german PAL DVD’s:
    1: Speed 1 – Works fine
    2: Speed 2 – lags a little bit
    3: 007 – Dr. No – After cracking the key it hangs
    4: 007 – Casino Royale – Same.
    5: Wallace & Gromit – hangs.
    6: Dragon Heart – A New Beginning – laggs…

  • 193 KnightBaron // Aug 15, 2008 at 2:48 am

    This doesn’t work at all on my 3.2U D2CKey US Wii

    1. I’ve installed PatchMii Successfully.
    2. I’ve install DVDX Successfully
    3. When I try to play any of my DVDs (Both licensed and backup) it just freeze.

    I’ve also take a picture of errors log I got when I hit home button to exit (yes, It doesn’t actually freeze)


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  • 196 Maazio64 // Aug 15, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I think what uv created is a true step forward for the wii, and an amazing development advancement, which has brought smiles to thousands of wii owners already, and god knows how many more to come… I am most impressed with the software, and look forward to any further updates with great interest.

    Now to move onto the wii PAL problem.. Im gettin an error, which i believe, is the error most PAL users seem to be getting here.. i’ll give u an explanation as detailed as if noticed..

    I ran the “installer.dol” file instructed from the “dvdx” folder, which was to be used by the end-user. Once installation was complete, i exited the program, and reset the wii (hoping that would make a difference).

    Inserted my original PAL DVD, and re-ran the HBC. go into mplayer, which loads fine. go to run the DVD video as normal.

    The menu shrinks in size, but this is where the program crashes.

    when i press the home channel on my wii remote, it exits the program, but shows this error on the bottom line of the black data log screen: “no stream found to handle url dvd://”

    I feel this is the problem most PAL users are experiencing. i’ve also uploaded a picture of the full data screen error message (PS – the pic was taken from my mobi, so plz dnt mind the quality).

    Heres the link to the picture: http://www.freewebs.com/maaz_talha/IMAGE%5F326.jpg

    hope this helps in answering some of the vague questions posted here.

    Many thanks in advance for addressing the problem! :)

  • 197 Wraggster // Aug 15, 2008 at 7:51 am

    congrats on another excellent release for the Wii Scene :)

  • 198 hindu // Aug 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

    this is probably the best thing out for the wii now. it can be finally used as a dvd player.
    all i have to say is that the fan for me does work while playing dvds. but the only problem i have is that mplayer freezes if i play a dual layer dvd and only the old single layer ones work. another is that if the program does freeze then i press home and the screen that Maazio64 appears and then i have to hard power down my wii. my wii is under 3.2 firmare in the US.

  • 199 DiWolfe // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I downloaded it and I install the DVDX thing and it doesn’t show a channel up anywhere in my main Wii Menu, I uninstalled and reinstalled and nothing

  • 200 buffstrix // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Just chiming in to say that I’m a PAL user and it works perfectly for me. Now all we need is USB drive and data DVD support!

  • 201 MrMann // Aug 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Ok, a couple of questions.

    As brought up by someone else elsewhere, I noticed that the fan is idle when it is playing a movie. Will this cause a heating issue? I’d hate to brick my Wii overheating it watching a DVD.

    Secondly, the volume seems to be a really low output without any way of turning it up without getting a lot of white noise along with it. Is there a way to fix this in system?

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  • 203 caitsith2 // Aug 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    @DiWolfe: That is the point of a hidden channel. It is not supposed to show up on your system menu. Technically all of the IOS versions are hidden channels as well. Although they don’t show up to the system menu, those with the right code libraries can access the functions that these hidden channels provide in their programs. This means you also need to get mplayer, in order to play the DVD, once this hidden channel is installed.

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  • 205 Erant // Aug 16, 2008 at 2:49 am


    Even though I agree with you (it’s only a DVD player), I think you’re missing the point. libdi can be used to read any data off of a DVD. This includes regular ISO9660 filesystems. So most GameCube software that has been ported to the Wii and is capable of reading data off a DVD can be converted to read data off discs in Wii mode.

    I still agree with you that this is kinda overhyped though 😉

  • 206 Erant // Aug 16, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Ok, a lot of you people have been experiencing problems with the 0x4 error showing up. 0x4 means DVD_UNKNOWN, and only happens when libdi fails to initialize the disc. We know it happens when mplayer re-mounts the disc (when you try to insert another disc), but it can also happen as a result of an incorrect booktype. If you have no modchip and are suffering from the 0x4 error, make sure your disc has the correct booktype (DVD-ROM)!

    We cannot fix the booktype issue, and we’re working on the other problems.

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    I need help! I installed the dvdx correctly, just as explained from wiibrew and hackmii. BUT when I start mplayer it doesn’t give me the option to play my dvds. What’s wrong? My wii is not modded and I already have the homebrew channel and when I isntalled the dvdx it said it installed correctly but it obviously didn’t. What should I do?

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  • 214 makrellen // Aug 18, 2008 at 3:23 am


    I have a PAL Wii – I just installed Homebrew (specifically to get this excellent application) together with Mplayer.

    I am experiencing a few difficulties:

    – Some DVD´s won´t read. After the initial loading on the DVD they never actually start to play. I need to press the reset button on the Wii to get it to exit Mplayer.

    – On the ones that will play there seems to be frame issues (seen as shadows in the image when there is action on screen).

    Is this to be expected?


  • 215 Sunrise // Aug 18, 2008 at 6:45 am

    If I remember correctly, weren’t Nintendo claiming they needed to upgrade the hardware in order to play DVDs.
    Anyone know why this was?

  • 216 Daverball // Aug 18, 2008 at 9:12 am

    i guess you don’t have the correct mplayer version, take that one from the link on this news. The DVD Option is also there if you didn’t install dvdx, it just won’t be able to read the dvds.

  • 217 Aaron // Aug 18, 2008 at 9:25 am

    This is fantastic, I can’t wait to try it out; I plan to make good use of libdi in my upcoming project.

    I have two questions though…
    1) Does it work with rewritable DVDs at all? I’ve read that some modchips support them, so does libdi?

    Second: Is it at all possible to enable to library (or get DVD access) without requiring the hidden channel? Asking users to install dependencies for a game isn’t all that appealing to me (although if it has to be done it’s a small price to pay for DVD access). I guess you wouldn’t have created this hidden channel if it weren’t needed, but I had to ask. Is it just a limitation due to the method you’ve found to exploit the bug?

    Anyway, great job. As “overhyped” as it may be, DVD access provides a new, portable and cheap medium to use for homebrew data access.

  • 218 marcan // Aug 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Either patchmii or the DVDX stub are absolutely required to read DVDs. There is no other humanly possible way, because it’s controlled by IOS and you either have to patch IOS (currently we do that for modchip mode only, where it’s required, but it could be done for both) or use a stub channel with DVD mode enabled (only works with no modchip or cheap compatible modchips). There has to be a channel because a DVD-mode channel is the only way of normally enabling DVD mode without hacking IOS. ES_Identify won’t do it, it has to be a channel boot, as the DVD mode is only checked when LaunchTitle is called.

    The hidden channel isn’t even exploiting a bug (well, other than the signature thing) – it’s the normal way of enabling DVD mode, clearly intended for a possible Nintendo “DVD Channel”. It’s the cleanest way of doing it. Any other way of doing it requires even more hacking.

    Rewritable DVDs should work as long as the drive doesn’t have trouble reading them, most likely.

    Definitely marketing or contractual reasons. In other words, they lied – the Wii hardware is perfectly capable of playing DVDs and in fact the drive is designed to be able to play them, and so is IOS. They could conceivably need hardware changes to be able to legally sell an official DVD channel though, due to licensing reasons.

  • 219 Ibrahim Awwal // Aug 18, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Just a thought I had- could the DVDX stub be included as part of the HBC in future updates, so we don’t need a separate installer? This might be more relevant for people who have yet to install the HBC and might install it in the future.

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  • 221 mrk44 // Aug 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Can I just install the patchmii even if I don’t have a modchip? Because I am planning on installing one a little later, and I don’t want to mess up the hidden channel after I do so I’ll still have DVD playback without having to re-do everything?

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  • 223 marcan // Aug 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    You can install patchmii, but you still need to do the normal (non-patchmii) install in DVDX if you don’t have a modchip. DVDX doesn’t care whether you have patchmii or not if you use the normal install.

  • 224 mrk44 // Aug 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    marcan: So after I install the modchip, all I have to do is reinstall DVDx with the patchmii option?

  • 225 marcan // Aug 19, 2008 at 12:01 am


  • 226 mrk44 // Aug 19, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for your help and the release! It’s GREAT! The program works like a charm! No DVD menu, but I want to watch movies, not menus lol. BTW, is there any way to enable or use the dvd menu anyway?
    Thanks again!

  • 227 NakedFaerie // Aug 19, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Cant seem to get it working.
    PAL 3.2e with WiiKey

    I installed PatchMii then DVDx.
    I then run Mplayer and it doesnt load any DVDs.

    Will remove all then reinstall from fresh downloads and try again.

    I guess I will have to wait for the next release as it looks like a lot of people are having the same problems.

  • 228 NakedFaerie // Aug 19, 2008 at 1:26 am

    MY BAD!!!

    I noticed mplayer was in a dir spelt differently so I renamed it to the correct dir and it all works. :)

    Great work. I wonder why Nintendo left this out? It’s got a DVD drive so why leave out the ability to play DVDs??? All other consoles can.

  • 229 Aaron // Aug 19, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for clearing that up. I’d assumed it was exploiting some bug because that’s what you guys made it sound like in the beginning. I’m fine with a DVD library even if the user must install it as a dependency first.

    Well, fantastic work as always; mplayer worked out great with the DVDs I watched today 😀

  • 230 cr08 // Aug 19, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Love the work as always. This dvd edition of mplayer is near flawless right now.

    Only things that would be nice to be worked on are this:

    ~Better interface possibly using grrlib (the opera channel hideable navbar comes to mind)
    ~Performance optimization
    ~audio/video sync improvement
    ~dvd menu bugfixes (audio and video are out of sync by as much as 15 seconds or more depending on the menu, white boxes around selections..)
    ~grrlib pointer integration in menus

    I know this probably isn’t high on priority for the team, but the source code is out there. If anyone wants to improve on this, go right ahead.

    Take care of these bits, possibly make it a standalone channel, and you’d have a winner.

  • 231 Link // Aug 19, 2008 at 3:23 am

    For the “overhyped” thing… all I hear is people personally waiting for “woohoo, maybe copies in my unmodded Wii soon” – using “copies” as a friendly word.. or other words.. try before buy.. others might also say: piracy.. and that’s why all of them are asking.. I highly doubt it is because everybody wanted to watch DVDs on his/her Wii (in my eyes the Wii is a not so good player anyway: lacking any digital audio outputs makes it kinda non-worthy for me having a 5.1 setup here) – sure navigating DVD menus with a Wii pointer would be awesome but I guess we’re still kinda away from that (though libdvdnav has always improved – I like using it on xine)

    and I am getting MSNed all day “Is it possible”… I would be kinda thankful if you could clear up that running copies is not possible as far as I can see.. basically from what I understand there is a DVD_READ command which reads AES encrypted Wii disc partitions, DVD_READ_UNENCRYPTED which is able to read the unencrypted headers of Wii discs, Gamecube discs or together with modified IOS files this command can be used to backup Wii/Gamecube discs in Wii mode. And then there is DVD_READ_VIDEO which reads unencrypted DVD-Rom data?

    If I understood things correctly, may I say that my MSN answers are kinda correct: without major modifications piracy is not possible because the DVD_READ_VIDEO command would only be able to read unencrypted data.. so even if DVD_READ_VIDEO and DVD_READ are kinda swapped, Wii games couldn’t use it because they’d expect AES encrypted data. And for Gamecube games – they do not use an IOS anyway.

    Seriously, I for myself have a modchip but some of my guesses are that many many people just hope for “piracy on non-mod Wii, wheeeee!” especially after bushing made a post like this some weeks ago.

    Other than that.. I hope libdi gets used for the purpose it is intended for.. homebrew being able to access DVDs.. that’s really one of the big features Wii Linux is missing for example! Good work there!

  • 232 L.A.A // Aug 19, 2008 at 3:39 am

    @ NakedFaerie

    Well, Nintendo didnt put DVD playing Support in because:
    1. They’re planning to make a new wii later on with DVD support (More Money)
    2. I’m not sure about this, but it could be to make it harder to play backups, but I’m not sure, just guessing for this.
    I hoped Nintendo would have made a DVD channel, like Marcan suggested, but Money changes that.
    Unfortunately, I didnt really think watching DVD’s is good for the wii, since I have like 4/5 DVD players already and I have DVD player next to the wii, so it would be awesome if there was a homebrew for playing Wiiware Games of a DVD, or Accessing saves of a DVD, that way, the wii has MUCH MORE SPACE!

  • 233 marcan // Aug 19, 2008 at 4:32 am

    That is mostly correct, and one of the reasons why it’s not easy to pirate games using this lib. But it’s definitely not the only one – there are quite a few other obstacles.

    Neither WiiWare nor saves from DVD are practically doable right now. Also, DVD support was in the Wii already (just disabled) so 2. doesn’t really apply. I think it has more to do with licensing issues, and maybe deadlines.

    There’s no way we’re using GRRLIB. If we do write a better GUI for it, it will be native GX like the homebrew channel. GRRLIB is a bunch of ugly hacks (no offense), and it would be a terrible choice for mplayer because mplayer requires way better optimization and performance. Right now, to render the video, we’re using a 12-stage TEV pipeline that converts YUV to RGB in realtime on the GPU. That kind of stuff is impossible with GRRLIB. Sync and performance are being improved though.

  • 234 bootlegger // Aug 19, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Hope this helps others. After much trying last night I got mine kinda working.
    Wii Pal System 3.3 with 480p video and with aWiikey 1.9s installed.
    Installed dvdx stub and patchmii.
    Installed mplayer and tried a few DVD’s.
    An original protected DVD would not play(even after waiting over 2 mins for CSS descryption).
    A copy of unprotected DVD would not play .
    The same original unprotected disc started to play but crashed the wii after lots of blocky video output but at least it did try!
    Using the libdvdnav (dvd menu front end) option however did bring the dvd menu up successfully and cleanly on the original unprotected disc.
    Have noticed that I can exit the mplayer app when trying to play the video that wont play by pressing the triggger button on wiimote and a debug screen comes up and returns to HBC – never had to reboot the wii manually to exit/restart the wii yet. The debug screen I get is the same as others already posted in this blog.

    Thanks guys for a great product – it can only get better from this point forward 😎

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  • 236 cr08 // Aug 19, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    @marcan: I can understand the whole grrlib thing as I am in complete agreement. I was merely using it as a general reference to a ‘cursor’ system for navigation in mplayerDVD rather than being permanently locked to obscure d-pad/modifier button controls.

    In my eyes I’d love to use this as a permanent set-top dvd player replacement as it consolidates it to one box AND has progressive/widescreen support.

  • 237 Sunrise // Aug 20, 2008 at 4:22 am

    I value my audio as much as video and it won’t replace my player as theres no digital audio out :( plus no full hd

  • 238 Moojuiceman // Aug 20, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Hi i’m new to this whole thing but i just wanted to say it works for me, no lag that i can see. I’m watching dodgeball on it right now, but as some other people have said the fan isnt working i just thought ‘d ask. Which bit are you looking at? Because i looked at it and thought it wsnt working, but its not the black bit with fins, that just seems to be screwed in, the actual fan is a spinning grey bit just behind it. see if that clears up any confusion.

    By the way, nice going 😉

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  • 240 Kamek // Aug 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Excellent job! You’ve truly outdone yourselves on this.

    Weird glitch: After watching some Aqua Teen in mplayer, I went to go play Mario Kart Wii, and noticed the sound was slightly different, as if it was forced to play at the wrong frequency. Everything sounded kinda scratchy.

    Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

  • 241 nintendork32 // Aug 21, 2008 at 4:28 am

    You guys are friggen amazing. I haven’t tried it because my stupid SD card slot built in to my computer. Now I’m gonna have to find my USB reader. Any way gotta get to school. :-(

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  • 243 Frankula // Aug 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Did the patch for Wii64 come out? Cause if it did I completely missed it. Can somebody provide a link or something? I’ve been anxious to start playing my legal roms on my wii through dvd :O

  • 244 Blue-K // Aug 23, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Maybe the Wii64 Patch isn’t out yet, because they’re making a whole new Version of Wii64 (better speed, better sound, including this Patch, etc.) and it takes long to do that. But yeah, I’m also waiting for that ;-).

  • 245 Erant // Aug 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    The patch has been submitted to mupen64gc at google code, and has recently been added to the SVN tree. So, if you compile the source from the latest SVN revision, it’ll build with libdi support. (Please don’t spread these binaries, just build ‘m for yourself, the fine people over there would rather not have a build they know might contain bugs spread all over the web, wait for a public release before spreading binaries)

  • 246 wii420 // Aug 25, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I’m running into a very strange problem. I have had my wii since a few months after it was released, so it’s one of the originals, or close to it. I have modded it with DVDx but am only able to get burned DVD’s to play back, no commercial discs will play….the drive will spin up for a second, and then nothing. If I exit the program, I can see an error message about not being about to access the DVD drive. In testing I’ve tried running without DVDx installed, and it displays the exact same error message with the same behavior. What is interesting is my friend brought over his newer wii that he bought recently, for me to hack. I did the exact same installation method for DVDx and Mplayer on his machine (through the homebrew browser) so I know all the files are the same. But his wii is able to play every commercial DVD I throw at it, even with CSS, in about 5 seconds. Are there perhaps different DVD drive versions that could be causing this? I’ve tried every which way to match the config on my wii to his to no avail. This has to be a hardware issue. We have the same system version 3.3u.

  • 247 azeazezar // Aug 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I have the exact same problem. I concluded that it’s becouse my wii doesn’t like dual layer disks. (test with brawl)
    It is a launch day PAL wii

  • 248 wii420 // Aug 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah… I was thinking it was probably a dual-layer issue. My first google came up with the brawl issue. Which I don’t have to test. So do I snag my mom’s wii for a while, while my wii is in getting “cleaned”? After I strip it of homebrew of course. Or do I open it up and give the lens an alcohol swab ala PS2? See I wonder if the big N actually cleans it, or actually replaces some hardware. How accessible is the lens once you have it open?

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  • 250 pts5 // Aug 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    When testing this I tried “Jackass the Movie” however when people and things moved on the film it created like lines and distortion in the video. I thought I would post this in to help as you have done an excellent job!

  • 251 Fennec // Aug 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Great work guys. Can’t wait to see other homebrew integrate this.

    Are you guys still working on HBC beta 9? I heard about it a while back and have since heard nothing about it.

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  • 253 claudio // Aug 29, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Guys, you are so cool!!! thanks after a good time trying to figure out how it works i finally made it work, so i have a WII with old firmware/os version i did not update my wii and consequently i cannot log in on Shop Channel, anyway, i also have a mod chip a wiikey with old firmware/software version too, somepeople was thinking on update the system or in tweaking the media flag at wiikey if possible but i think this is not a need, well sounds silly but what did help me was: 1) install patch mii 2) install dvd stub choosing patch mii option 3) opening mplayer, everything was ok until i choose PLAY DVD and the screen freezed until i press home key and return to HBC, not a big deal, but i realise that if i open mplayer, select DVD MENU and THEN insert the DVD at pressing play dvd, EUREKA it works after 20~30 seconds, success!!!! hope this can help others… regarding to the great job HBC and TT are doing i was wondering if was not possible to control a pc over nintendo wii, for instance would be just like a VNC you put a bluetooth adpter at the pc (just like we use wiiguitar with glovepie), port some VNC linux to WiiLi and then we would be able to manage our pc, navegate at any videos, etc) would be nice to do this over Wireless connection but it could start with a VGA output to the TV directly from the pc without using the wii just using the wiimote at least until the screen image could be driven to the wii , can you think about that how nice watch videos from any format and origin, well thanks again for your “brain” job

  • 254 WiiCrazy // Aug 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Same problem with KnightBaron,
    just to emphasize here is his screenshot,


    I throw at least 5 dvds all single layer and none of them works… Previously I installed nitrotux’s IOS5 and it was working to dump original wii dvds.

    First I run patchmii, then dvdx stub installer (to use IOS254) and mplayer into the hbc.

    Could it be that patchmii installs modified IOS as something else but not as 254?

    This is indeed a bug in the chain of tools to install this thing either in the mplayer or in the dvdx stub…

  • 255 Arm the Homeless // Aug 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    The new version of VBA Wii (or as I remember) will have DVD support. Because when compiling the beta source, it builds dvd.cpp and needs di/di.h

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  • 257 bottmint // Aug 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    im not sure if i did this or if the installation did this but i think after i installed this it turned off my wii connect 24. i dont remember it saying anywhere in the readme and i was just wondering why this installation would turn off wiiconnect 24 (if it did) and again thanks for this great peice of homebrew. lol as soon as i get an analog connector for my wii im moving it to my room and i will have movies and music and internet and games all in one

  • 258 marcan // Sep 2, 2008 at 12:36 am

    There’s no way this could turn WC24 off for no reason at all. Libogc doesn’t even have the code to write system settings.

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  • 262 OniCr0w // Sep 12, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I am VERY impressed. Though, it makes me a bit ticked that Nintendo hasn’t already added DVD support through a simple firmware or even a freaking new channel that you have to at most pay for. I mean, COME ON!!! The menus could use a little tweaking for the DVD menus and you could add Wiimote IR pointingness, but really nothing to complain about. VERY GREAT WORK!

  • 263 icecoolwas // Sep 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Will this ever support DVD+R? How hard is it to implement?

  • 264 Erant // Sep 22, 2008 at 2:54 am

    This will never support DVD+R out the box. It does however support DVD+R with a booktype of DVD-ROM. The difference between DVD-R and DVD+R (in this respect), is that DVD-R already has this DVD-ROM booktype. The drive will only slip into the special mode when it detects this booktype.

    You can set the booktype with quite a few burners, check out IMGBurn or similar, or just Google ‘bitsetting’.

  • 265 ghost_zero // Sep 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    @Erant and marcan:
    From what I can tell after going through the comments fast – so therefore I am not completely sure but nearly – this questions have not been asked yet:
    Is it possible to easily remove the DVDX stub again? Like it is with the Homebrew channel? If it is not yet, I think this should be made possible in future releases.

    Furthermore, I would like to know if it is possible to view DVDs with different Region-Codes than your console has (meaning: is the DVD playback region-free or not) – and if so if there are any limits like maximum region-changes or so?

    Thanks for your answers in advance.
    Also: Great work…

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  • 267 Erant // Sep 23, 2008 at 5:47 am


    It is completly region free. The drive doesn’t even posses the necessary commands to make it non-regionfree.

    About removing the DVDX stub, it is completly possible, though you may have to resort to using tona’s channel remover.

  • 268 ghost_zero // Sep 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Would it be possible to change this in future versions, so that it can be as easily removed as the Homebrew-Channel (just using the delete channel function)?

  • 269 ghost_zero // Sep 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Also: What channel remover are you talking about?
    You mean the one for duplicate channels?
    That one works for removing DVDX stub too?

  • 270 gameguy500 // Oct 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I have:
    1. Installed the Homebrew Channel
    2. Ran the default dvdx file inside “DVDx Installer: Allows DVDs to be played”

    How do I actually use it once it has been installed?
    PS: I didn’t forget to put in the dvd, lol

  • 271 gameguy500 // Oct 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Oh, and my wii is completely un-modded, physically and with software, EXCEPT the Homebrew Channel.

  • 272 gameguy500 // Oct 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    nvm, I didn’t know you needed mplayer. Thanks for the software though!!!!!

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  • 275 Quake3b // Nov 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Call me an idiot but I’m getting an error -2011 when I try to install the dvdx(I do not have a mod chip)….can anyone help me?

  • 276 marcan // Nov 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    DVDX won’t install if you have the newest wii update.

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  • 279 poketehpenguin // Dec 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    yeah, I was about to ask, do you think they might come out with an updated DVDx and mplayer? because I wanna really play DVD’s on my wii, I just got the new update like, a month ago….

  • 280 dch14 // Dec 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    problem: when i go to install it says … installing DVD stub ticket….
    Error -2011 installing DVD stub ticket
    Error -2011 installing stub

    any suggestions? thanks ahead of time :)

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  • 282 me.yahoo.com/a/rbZEw3wt0 // Dec 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    i get this :”fatinitdefault failed” when i boot it up from the hbc ive installed dvdx and i havent modded my wii. im using 3.3E system menu and im in the PAL region. im also using a sd card which is formatted in fat32 could this be the problem?

  • 283 keiichi // Jan 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I had the same issue with fatinitdefault failed.

    I realized it’s because I was using an 8GB SDHC card. I switched back to my lame 256MB SD Card and it worked!

  • 284 blackartpart // Jan 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I’m also getting the error -2011 problem. Using system menu 3.2E, HBC 1.0.1. Any ideas?

  • 285 Youri op 't Roodt // Jan 3, 2009 at 2:33 am

    I’m also getting the -2011 error. I have system menu 3.4E, HBC 1.0.1. Tried to run the installer using the Twilight Princess. I’m using a FAT16 formatted 2GB SD card btw.

  • 286 boomheadshot // Jan 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Same thing here 2011 error.
    from Marcan’s comment above, it seems it doesn’t work on updated wiis.
    Can anybody please tell us if this is something we can work around or if somebody is working on a “fix” ?
    Thanks a lot.

  • 287 harrybuttox // Jan 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’m having problems playing my back-up DVD’s both DVD+R and DVD-R. My commerical DVD’s work fine. Everytime I put in a back-up it freezes and when I press Home it gives me a code dump, but I can’t read it because it goes away so fast. What should I do, and where is the errors logged?

  • 288 mozmac // Jan 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t believe DVDX is working yet with the latest Wii update.

  • 289 blackartpart // Jan 13, 2009 at 6:13 am

    But I’m using 3.2 and it doesn’t work anyhow…

  • 290 doronbc.myopenid.com/ // Jan 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m hoping the developers of GuitarFun embed libdi at some point (sooner the better). I’ve downloaded a huge Frets on Fire song pack and wanna burn and play it.

  • 291 sbridge86 // Jan 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hey Guys,

    Sorry to be a pain, if I’m in the wrong place, would appreciate a gentle nudge in the right direction :)

    Installed Homebrew Channel via EUR-Twilight Hack yesterday with the intention of playing DVDs on wii… but as I have 3.4 system menu the DVDX installation doesn’t complete, saying with a 2011 error that the stub couldn’t install.

    Any ideas when a new DVDX for 3.4 will become available? I have seen one around on console-scene.info but its not official and involves changing the ISO of the machine and installing unnecessary PatchMii software… which I’m unwilling to do…

    Thanks :)

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