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The Homebrew Channel, beta9

October 25th, 2008 by marcan · 116 Comments

Beta9 would have been out a few days ago, but then Nintendo came up with the new October 23 update with perfect timing, so we had to make sure the beta9 installer was compatible (read: exploited a new bug nobody knew about until then). So here it is.

Warning: We’ve updated the ELF loader to be compliant with the specs. Unfortunately, DevkitPPC ELFs currently are not (they will be in the next release), so they’ll break. App authors should distribute DOL versions. If they don’t, tell them to. If they don’t, convert it yourself:

powerpc-gekko-objcopy -O binary boot.elf boot.dol

Newer ELFs produced by the new toolchain (when it comes out, hopefully soon) will be compatible both with the new loaders (HBC beta9) and all the old loaders. All DOL files work as usual. The new linkerscript will also be more flexible (we’re using it for all the binaries involved in HBC, instead of a mixture of custom linker scripts). Authors of other loaders will like this.


  • Installer / updater now works with the October 23 update
  • SDHC support
  • REALLY fixed the memcard bug
  • Installer now picks newest sane IOS, fixes some beta8 regressions
  • Added a reload button (for SD card changes)
  • Return to system menu skips warning
  • Fixed some graphical glitches
  • Saner XML load code
  • Many fixes to underlying stuff in the newer libogc

We’re keeping the new bug under wraps for now to increase the chances of us being able to use it for the BootMii-Core installer too 😉

Even with beta9, I don’t recommend that you update unless you need to. You can use Muzer’s or tona’s installer to install IOS51 and the new Wii Shop only, which will keep all the old vulnerable IOSes too.

Tags: Wii

116 responses so far ↓

  • 1 schizoduckie.myopenid.com // Oct 25, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Wut! You guys fixed sdhc support?! D*mn! i just ordered a 2gb sdcard 😛 Now i can just use the 4gb one from my camera 😀 U guys rock!

  • 2 Dr.Mario // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the update!
    So any elf file I use as of now will not work with this or will some still work?
    If I launch an old elf file that doesn’t work using beta 9 will it crash, block it, etc?

  • 3 marcan // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    You’ll still need the 2GB one for homebrew that loads files from SD that hasn’t been updated for SDHC support 😉

    Some ELF files with special linker scripts are proper ELFs and do work. Most homebrew doesn’t fall into that category, but I hear that Geexbox and probably WiiLinux both work.

    If you feed it an invalid ELF file, HBC will just give you an error message saying so.

  • 4 GoldenAlchemist // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Quick question, how do I update the Homebrew Channel beta8 that I have on my Wii without a wifi connection and without uninstalling the homebrew channel and re-installing with the Twilight Hack again?

  • 5 DanielHueho // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    It’s really cool to see how you are fast to get over Nintendo rules… :P. I have a few questions, so:

    1.It’s not SDHC support hardware dependant? Looks odd that Wii doesn’t have native support to it…
    2.It’s this version avaiable using HBC update feature?
    3.After BootMii, are you really going to tell something about this exploit?

    (sorry for possible bad spelling)

  • 6 MisterMooth // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Any chance of a downgrader with these exploits?

  • 7 buttercam // Oct 25, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    yeah, I’m experiencing a lot of “This is not a valid Wii application” errors with apps like chess, mahjongg wii, and Homebrew Launcher (which is a major bummer but I’ll try to fix).

    Something else I have noticed is that now FCEU and SNES9x don’t register the correct controls even though the setup is right. Now when I rotate the wiimote sideways the controls are wrong. Standard directional up should be left…that sort of thing. They were working fine before the update.

  • 8 Kamek // Oct 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    “We’re keeping the new bug under wraps for now to increase the chances of us being able to use it for the BootMii-Core installer too ;)”

    Smart move. I always enjoy reading about the various holes and such in Nintendo’s coding, but at this point I agree that it would be a good idea to keep this stuff as secret as possible, to make it harder for Nintendo to seal them up. Excellent work as always — can’t wait for BootMii-core!

  • 9 HyperHacker // Oct 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Nice! Maybe I’m crazy but I like your strict enforcement of standard ELF format. It’s one thing when certain big corporations enforce their own wacky formats this way *coughhtmlcough*, but using the existing standards is another story.

    Will you eventually reveal the bug you used for the installer? I love reading about how these exploits work.

  • 10 a // Oct 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the update! Just wondering, but are you also planning on releasing an updated version of the DVDX installer?

  • 11 http://maikelsteneker.blogspot.com/ // Oct 26, 2008 at 1:29 am

    That’s awesome! I actually thought that you guys had stopped supporting this great application, but this updated has succeeded all of my expectations! It’s really incredible that you managed to make the Homebrew Channel work again with the new update, with SDHC support no less! I didn’t even know that that was possible…

    Thanks for your awesome work again!

  • 12 Lucario // Oct 26, 2008 at 1:29 am

    so i update my wii to 3.4 now and my homebrew applications will still work, can i still use boot mii cause u know u have to update your wii to play newer games or use wii speak.

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  • 14 marcan // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Just run the installer from the old channel

    SDHC is compatible with old SDv1 host controllers, which is what the Wii uses, by changing only the software. It’s not officially supported in IOS but the interface is flexible enough that we can work around it.

    beta9 is available via update. We’ll probably explain the exploit at some point (we need to figure out when).

    Not really. BootMii is the priority now.

    Replace your ELFs with DOLs. The FCEU and Snes9x thing is weird, sounds like a bug in those apps…

    At some point which we need to figure out we’ll explain the new hack 😉

    If time permits. Parts of the BootMii platform (which supersede DVDX) are the top priority now.

    You can update if you need to. There is no 3.4. I’m sure you mean the october 23 update (which has nothing to do with 3.4).

  • 15 HCK // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:17 am

    You are the best!

    If Nintendo fixes this last bug, is the HBC dead?

  • 16 marcan // Oct 26, 2008 at 4:05 am

    It’s not the last bug.

  • 17 m0r // Oct 26, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I had a strange bug (?) here. Just startet the HBC (beta8) waited for it to connect and it just got stuck. (See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiCd220MHvk )
    It’s a 3.2E Wii with OpenWii installed. There was a DVD/Game (deBlob) in the drive.

    After rebooting it all worked like a charm.

    Yeah and hackmii wordpress doesn’t seem to accept my wordpress.com OpenID xD

  • 18 0bvious // Oct 26, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I also stupidly ran the new nintendo update. Now I am stuck with the American shop channel (I’m in the UK), but the Wii won’t let me play USA Wiiware titles!

    Is there a chance the new update will be worked around anytime soon? I reckon a lot of people are stuck right now.

  • 19 theorbtwo // Oct 26, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Does wanting to keep this bug private mean that we aren’t going to see a source code release now, despite the existence of savemii, and the beginnings of bootmii? Would it be possible to release the nonsensitive code, preferably with a .o file of the sensitive bits?
    You’ve done lots of great work on this, and it’d be wonderful to have it as an example to work from, even if it cannot be used as a place to build enhanced versions of itself from.

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  • 21 marcan // Oct 26, 2008 at 7:34 am

    You’re the second person to report that. Weird. We can’t really do much about it though, since it’s probably a beta8 glitch.

    I think you’re confusing releasing the banner tools (which I said would happen sometime after bootmii-core is out), and the HBC source. Also, HBC technically doesn’t have anything to do with the exploit (only the installer does), so it doesn’t really apply. We’ll see what we do about releasing source. The details of the exploit will come out at some point, just not right now.

  • 22 HCK // Oct 26, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Will BootMii put an end to this patching fight between you and Nintendo?

  • 23 sjeps // Oct 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

    thanks A LOT for mem card bug fix. i was tired of pulling in and out memcards.

    i’ll download it asap

  • 24 https://flyne.myopenid.com/ // Oct 26, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Is there a way to continue using the old Homebrew channel while still having the new one installed?

    Why? Well, there are some DOLs (mainly emulators) I’d prefer to run off of my 8 gig SDHC card, but I’d still like to be able to run older applications without installing devKit PPC.

  • 25 https://flyne.myopenid.com/ // Oct 26, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Er, scratch that – I realized I could just use another launcher from the HBC. You might want to include such a launcher, though I suppose that would slow down the adoption of the correct standard.

  • 26 Dr.Mario // Oct 26, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I’d like to be able to run some of the older stuff also, in about a week most of the stuff will probably be updated to dols by it’s creator and as for the even older stuff where the creators seemed to have disappeared, hopefully someone with devkitpro will convert them and upload them for us.

  • 27 TwilightWii // Oct 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Congratulations on the release of HBC Beta 9
    And believe it or not, I was just going to ask you guys when you would be making a new HBC update 😛

    Anyone with the freezing on their Wii when updating to beta 9: download the offline version and boot it from beta 8, worked with me lovely 😀

    Thanks again Team Twiizers!

  • 28 ssj4android // Oct 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Ah, finally I can log in. Logging in here is very messed up.
    Have you released the library to use SDHC in homebrew?

  • 29 ssj4android // Oct 26, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    And couldn’t Nintendo just disassemble the installer and look what IOS calls you used to determine which bug you exploited?

  • 30 christian.remboldt // Oct 26, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I know this is off topic, but you Ive wondering for a while if there was going to be an update to the DVDX mplayer?

  • 31 sdbinwiiexe // Oct 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    You guys should release an app (PC or preferably Wii) That could tell you which of your apps will work and which ones won’t. It will be way easier than going througl ALL of my apps one by one and making a list of which ones don’t work. And for the ones that DO work, having to go back to the HBC and waiting for it to load all of my apps again. It could get really fustrating cuz some apps don’t even have a return-to-loader function. Releasing an app to detect ‘non-valid’ apps and possibly convert them on the spot, would make it a lot easier on everyone. I understand that you’re trying to have people ‘adopt the new standard’ and most apps will this app will probably just be a temporary thing and it will mostly be used for converting apps that have been discontinued.

  • 32 phrasius // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I’m getting an “Error Checking System Menu Version” message while trying to install from 2.0U.

  • 33 Deozaan // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the update! You guys are awesome!

    So if you can enabled SDHC support simply through software, it makes me wonder why Nintendo doesn’t do that as a “solution” to the storage problem. Weird.

    But more SDHC questions:

    This update only makes the HBC compatible with SDHC, correct? Does that mean I still won’t be able to copy save data or channels back and forth from Wii to SDHC using the Wii Menu?

  • 34 Deozaan // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Sorry, one more question:

    If you don’t already have homebrew installed, how can you install this? Does the Twilight Hack still work with the Oct 23 update?

  • 35 Lucario // Oct 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    @ marcan
    ok i updated my homebrew channel to beta 9 and now i cant update wii :( was that update the new wii shop patch etc.. cause my points are still called wii p;oints and not nintendo points, and for the homebrew are u makeing .DOL files myself but i dont know how to can u please explain. thx

  • 36 GoldenAlchemist // Oct 26, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks a lot. 😀

  • 37 HyperHacker // Oct 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    HCK: They’ll still need to find new exploits for new Wii owners to install BootMii with, as Nintendo patches the existing ones.

  • 38 Slowking // Oct 27, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Really nice. It’s a major timesaver not to have to take out the GC memcards every time and skipping the health and safety screen is a thing I desired for a long time.

    Imho you shouldn’t release or talk about the bug that allowed you to work around the fixed IOSs until Nintendo fixes it. I love it like the next person to read about how you find another hole in the system Nintendo thought to be secure, but I think it’s more important, that users are able to install the homebrew channel and later bootmii as long as possible.
    As I understand it, once bootmii is out this bug is not really needed for any homebrew, since IOSs can be patched on the fly. So releasing the bug would just serve educational and entertainment purposes and I think that this is not worth possibly shorting the time it can be used by a few months.

  • 39 marcan // Oct 27, 2008 at 4:52 am

    The SDHC patch is in libogc git and cvs.

    As for the installer, nintendo can try… we haven’t made it particularly easy for them.

    BootMii is the priority now.

    It is not my job to worry about developers who don’t read recommendations and keep using ELF when we’ve said for months now that you should use DOL.

    2.0 is ancient. Update using a game or something (SMG or SSBB for example). HBC beta9 requires at least IOS21 (or any higher IOS).

    SDHC support is only for HBC. It obviously won’t do anything for Nintendo stuff, and it won’t work for homebrew apps that load stuff from SD until they’re updated to use the new libs.

    The Twilight Hack still works.

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  • 50 DRayX // Oct 27, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Would it be possible for you guys to release a version of patchmii that uses the new exploit? This would go a long way to enabling people who have already updated to being able to use a lot of the homebrew that requires the installation of unsigned code (like Starfall or DVDX). Anyway, beta 9 works great, so thanks for all your hard work guys.

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  • 57 Seth Merkley // Oct 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, I had no idea developers were recommended to use DOL instead of ELF, I thought DOL was old – for gamecube homebrew.

    Also, the installers you mentioned to get IOS51, where might I locate them? Do they download the correct files from nintendo, or do I have to get them somewhere else on the internet?

  • 58 marcan // Oct 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Slashdotted / heavy load.

    DOL is a simple and stupid format, but at least DOLs produced by devkitpro are legal. The ELFs are not (currently).

    The priority is BootMii right now, which will supersede all of PatchMii, DVDX, and Starfall.
    Once the new devkitPRO is out, ELF will be just as good as DOL – though really, DOLs are simpler (and slightly smaller than a stripped ELF), so we might as well still use them. Or use ELFs – it won’t matter as much then. For debugging, ELFs are obviously the right choice.

  • 59 leonardo2204 // Oct 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Hello guys,
    As far as I know there is a lot o Brazilian people (including me) that use the HBC.
    I’d like to know if you are interested in a HBC translated to Portuguese – BR.
    I’d be pleased :)


  • 60 marcan // Oct 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Is Portuguese an option in the Settings menu of Brazilian Wiis? If so, can you run this program (on a Wii set to portuguese) and tell me the value after “Language:”?

  • 61 Som_Gye // Oct 27, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I’ll admit, I’m essentially new to this whole Homebrew thing, but SDHC support raises a few questions:

    1) Does installing the HBC inhibit you from buying WiiWare/VC software?

    2) Can the HBC migrate saved VC titles to the SDHC card?

    3) Can the HBC run VC titles from the SDHC card, without having to migrate them back to internal storage? (And, if not, is it possible such a feature would show up in a later release?)

    Essentially, I’ve run out of storage, and swapping the files back and forth has become a pain. Can the HBC help with that, or will I need to wait for Nintendo’s official “storage solution”?

    Thanks in advance.

  • 62 Lucario // Oct 27, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    one last question, are u makeing a downgrader for the new update?or is there one out because i cant install my dvdx or my wad-36 thing(to play wii backups)

  • 63 DanielHueho // Oct 28, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Wow, a BR translation? That sounds cool :)
    But I when updated my Wii (not the new update, the 3.3), I didn’t found Portuguese options for the system. Just the EULA is translated :(

  • 64 leiperik@gmail.com // Oct 28, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Is it possible to divide the homebrew applications into categories? At this moment I have a lot if apps on my SD card. Dividing them into categories makes searching for it easier.

  • 65 marcan // Oct 28, 2008 at 3:44 am

    The answer is no to everything. HBC neither helps nor hinders normal VC/WiiWare activities. I guess an application to transfer files to an SDHC card (similar to the wii menu system, but with SDHC support) could be developed, but so far the only tools available for VC/WiiWare are for piracy (which we don’t support or condone). And even the pirates don’t have it much easier – they still have to install stuff to get it to run.

    We’re not going to make a downgrader.

    This on a Brazilian wii? So do they even have portuguese support at all (e.g. games)?

    HBC currently doesn’t have support for categories. We’re working on other stuff right now.

  • 66 pnut78 // Oct 28, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I was wondering if I can get some help and clarification.

    I have HBC installed using the TP hack which I installed early last week. Everything was working great until the update which I didn’t realize was teh newest one (since I was on 3.2U, I thought it was the first 3.3U, not this new one).

    So can I update the HBC with beta9 even though I have the update installed?

    I do not have cIOS installed, so I was wondering if not having this will prevent me from installing the HBC beta9. If I acn install beta9, will this allow me to use WAD MANAGER and successfully install wads?


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  • 68 M1rthful // Oct 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Minor questions:

    – I know you’re not kicking out a downgrader. In the alternative will there be a way to install a cIOS or something similar through BootMii? I got screwed when my kid brother “updated” my Wii this weekend (he thought he was doing me a favor).

    I’ve been stuck by the same “out of space” problem (Big N fucked me royally there… I’ve been using Wad Manager to avoid having to wait 20 minutes every time I want to swap out what’s in my memory). You claim that the only tools available for VC/Wiiware are “piracy”… dude, when I’m backing up shit I legally paid for in case I run out of space or get hosed (already did once with their defective video cards too), I’m not pirating!

  • 69 DanielHueho // Oct 28, 2008 at 1:09 pm


    It’s not really “Brazillian Wii”, it’s just USA Wii with a cool sticker on it saying “OFFICIALLY DISTRIBUTED” (and costing about 700 dollars…)
    The only game localized for Brazil, as far I know, it’s Speed Racer. Anyway, the console has “official customer support” or something like that, why asking?

  • 70 leonardo2204 // Oct 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hello marcan,

    no, there isn’t such option.
    Portuguese is not avaiable on wii’s.

    Is it possible to translate without the wii’s language option ??


  • 71 sanguine // Oct 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I was having problems booting beta 9 after installing, I think the problem was seated a little deeper than the hbc though since I was also unable to actually run anything that required sd access(ScummVM,Quake etc), I think I must have had some corruption somewhere. Ive since updated my wii to the new 3.3E version, and luckily enough this fixed my problems. Its a shame to be stuck with 3.3 but I had no choice.
    will this firmware affect any particular wii homebrew or installing of bootmii?

  • 72 marcan // Oct 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    HBC currently uses the Wii menu setting to determine language, so it’s kind of hard to add a language to it if it’s not in the menu.

    bootmii will work.

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  • 74 Lucario // Oct 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    will boot mii work with the new update (october 23)?

  • 75 marcan // Oct 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm


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  • 77 jojit_cruz2003@yahoo.com // Oct 29, 2008 at 1:23 am

    still new with WII i just bought last week.. but i havent put the HBC yet.. i was waiting for BOOTMII..

    just want to ask When it will be released?

    thanks team Twiizer… thanks master Marcan.

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  • 80 thehuey // Oct 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm


    Here’s my problem…

    1. I deleted HBC beta 8 from my Wii
    2. Grabbed HBC beta 9 and tried to do the Twilight Hack using the HBC .dol file… failed. Came back with a ton of exceptions.
    3. Tried to reinstall HBC beta 8 and it failed. I’m guessing the new firmware prevented it.

    How am I supposed to install HBC beta 9 on my Wii? Twilight Hack isn’t working.


  • 81 thehuey // Oct 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    If it helps, it’s “Exception 0300 occurred!” and the top half of the screen turns a fuzzy green color.


  • 82 chungy // Oct 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    When it’s ready. Replacing the bootloader of the Wii is risky business, and the Team is making sure that the failure rate is as low as possible before releasing it. Sure they have tools to reflash their Wii chips to earlier versions, but most people don’t.

    If boot2 is broken, not even SaveMii will help it.

  • 83 JEBSCC // Oct 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Had the same problem. This problem is due to the software you used to unzip it. If you use 7-Zip to unzip the file then the installation of HBC Beta 9 will work. If you unzip the file using winrar there will be 0.3 KB difference. HBC Beta 9 was compressed using Linux software and must be uncompressed using Linux based software. 7-Zip is made for Windows and Linux
    I hope this helps.

  • 84 Croc // Oct 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

    About that question regarding a brasilian portuguese language option inside HBC… couldn’t it be done by reading the Wii menu setting for the country you live in, instead of the selected language?

    Of course, I know that this can lead to some problems, like, for example, canadian people being forced to hava a HBC in english while they might prefer to have it in french.

    So, as a workaround, if it would be done, I’d think that the HBC could read both the country and the menu language from the Wii menu, and then present the user with the choice to use the HBC in the language specified at the Wii settings, or to use it in the local language of the country specified at the Wii menu.

    Or maybe I’m just dreaming too much here. But it could work.

    And, of course, if the HBC were to be translated to brazilian portuguese some day, I’d like to help as well. ^^

  • 85 thehuey // Oct 30, 2008 at 3:27 pm


    Hmm, I use 7-Zip to extract all my archives. I’ll download it again and go thru the whole process once more.

    I’m half way tempted to just format my Wii and start all over, but I’ll try snagging HBC beta 9 one more time and make absolute sure I use 7-Zip.

    Thanks for responding JEBSCC.

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  • 87 harak // Oct 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    @marcan, Great job. Got a question. Brought a Kingtson 8 Go SDHC and it doesn’t seems to work with the HBC. Do I need to format it to a specific format ? (FAT 16, FAT 32) ? When I try my 2Go SD Card with the same file, I see all the home brew on the HBC. What do I do wrong ? Thanks.

  • 88 pigeon // Oct 31, 2008 at 3:50 am

    This might not be the right place to ask for this, but speaking of new ELF/binaries format, is there any chance someone could get the gcube emulator to work with the latest devkit toolchain again? The emulator has been extremely useful when I’m not around my Wii (which has become more and more often).
    Thank you.

  • 89 monkeyninja // Oct 31, 2008 at 9:56 am

    will someone tell me how to update myhomebrew channel to 9. im pretty dumb so i need to be told exactly what to do. i would really apreciate it

  • 90 DanielHueho // Oct 31, 2008 at 2:02 pm


    The problem with gcube it’s not really the ELF format, but the libogc functions. The gcube source is avaiable, though, but maybe it’s a better option to use Dolphin. So far it’s faster and the more recents versions have some little, but promissing compatibility with Wii.


  • 91 HCK // Nov 1, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Will BootMii be able to unpatch the IOSes from the latest Wii Update someway?

  • 92 wowfunhappy // Nov 1, 2008 at 8:55 am


    In order for the Twilight Hack to load a file, the file must:

    1. Be on the root of the SD card
    2. Be named “Boot.elf” (without the quotes.)

    It doesn’t matter if the file is an elf file or a dol file: in order for the Twilight hack to load it, it must be named “Boot.elf”.

    So… have you changed the file name extension?

  • 93 A Z // Nov 1, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I’m a new user to Homebrew, and so far it is AWESOME!
    My only problem is the network never initializes. The icon blinks, then it stops. When I click it, it starts blinking again, then it stops. In WiiEarth, it returns an initialization error code -116 but still gets online content.
    However, the Homebrew Browser does not load, stopping after saying “network failed to initialize.”

  • 94 chungy // Nov 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    If your Wii can connect to the Internet, boot the Homebrew Channel and just wait a minute or two for it to detect a new version available. Otherwise, boot the Homebrew Channel Installer using any method available to boot homebrew (for example, put an apps/hbcinstaller directory on the SD card containing the boot.dol).

    BootMii would allow booting software compiled to run without *any* IOS, so you could hypothetically write a program that can delete all the currently installed IOSes and the System Menu, and use update files to re-install older versions (either from Nintendo’s Update servers or (more preferably, as they can never be removed) from a game disc). It’s a pretty dangerous operation, and it’s mostly unnecessary since the latest Wii update is pretty harmless to homebrew (HBC already has a workaround, BootMii when released will also use that workaround, normal applications don’t need to be patched again (except for things like AnyRegion Changer that really shouldn’t be used by normal users anyway)).

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

    Actually, beta1 Twilight Hack should work with boot.dol and boot.elf (though it still doesn’t care if it’s actually a DOL or an ELF – you can have boot.dol be an ELF, but it does try both filenames)

    @A Z:
    What’s your wii’s system version? if it’s too old you might have networking issues.

  • 96 pintamicerca // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:47 am

    keep the good work!

    what’s the limit for sd size?
    i just update to beta9 and start using my 4gb sd?

  • 97 Lucario // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:13 am

    so are u gunna make homebrew channel beta 10?

  • 98 Ramono // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:55 am

    @ A Z:
    Same Problem here, homebrew fail to initialize network.

    @ marcan:
    System version 3.2E
    D2C wii.

    I noticed this is linked to my routers security’s settings.
    Right now the security is WPA (tkip) according to my wii. and normal wii games can connect to the internet no problem, same for the internet channel.

    The problems lies with homebrew, it doesnt seem to work with WPA (tkip) whenever I change it to WEP or no security it connects fine.

  • 99 HCK // Nov 2, 2008 at 7:30 am

    thanks chungy, I had to confirm that XD

    @Lucario: That’ s…likely. They will if it’ s needed, I suppose.

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  • 101 A Z // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I have the 3.3 English version.
    The Homebrew Channel now sometimes can connect to the network, but Homebrew Browser still won’t load.
    Other Internet-enabled Wii Channels work.

  • 102 marcan // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    WPA/TKIP works perfectly fine with HBC here.

    Go into HBC’s main menu (home button) and look for your IOS version on the top right corner. If it’s smaller than IOS30, then it’s probably because your system is too old. Update with a game, then reinstall HBC (this is important – you can do it just by loading the normal installer from HBC itself) and try again. Either way, post whatever IOS you’re using to see if we can correlate it to the problems.

  • 103 falcozx // Nov 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Nice! Everything works fine for me except Menu Loader, which doesn’t work because I was idiotic enough to update my Wii. Will you and Team Twizzer be working on a fix or patch? Thanks again for the HBC :)

  • 104 midnite // Nov 3, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I know you guys are not responsible for it – but do you have any idea when a new DevKitPro will be released?

  • 105 Ramono // Nov 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Homebrew channel says its using IOS36.

    For now I will be using wep security, allowing my DS to connect too.


  • 106 Isaac356 // Nov 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Another nice release. Thanks for the reload button :)

    My question for you is, why not implement “USB Mode”(D2XX) for the USB Gecko (to load apps from the PC)? It’s faster and it means that Windows users will be able to use Geckoload or another GUI to transmit their dols.

    Maybe next version, eh?

  • 107 HenshinMijin // Nov 4, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Auto-detection of SD Card (For Reload)

    fo shizzle
    ~K Dizzle™

  • 108 popboomer // Nov 4, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I think the network problem with the Homebrew Browser might be caused by having USB devices plugged into the Wii

  • 109 wekii // Nov 9, 2008 at 6:33 am


    I have problem with new HBC beta 9. Sometimes it not wants to properly load applications. After loading bar I just get black screen and my Wii Remote turns off. This not happen always, but very often with any type of applications (emulators, games, utilities). After I downgrade my HBC back to beta 8 version I don’t have anymore that that problem. My Wii is PAL version with 3.1 FW. I don’t have mod-chip installed.

    Is that already known bug?

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  • 111 CurlySue // Nov 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Can’t get network initialized with HBC beta 9. Have tried static IPs, dhcp, no security, wep, wpa, wpa2. Just won’t work. Running IOS36 on US 3.3 FW. Any advise?

  • 112 tata // Nov 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Anyone have problems with HBC beta 9 just not showing anything but a black screen after a succesfull install?

    System Menu: 3.1u

    Ran the twilight hack, install said was good. Button for homebrew shows on the Main menu, click it and you get the Homebrew Channel greet screen, but once you click on Start.. Just black.. Nothing more.

    Someone mentioned gamecube memory cards before, but I have none.

    Just basic 512mb SD, with ScummVM.

    The worst thing is it ‘was’ running one time! The first time I tried, hit Start on the HBC, got the menu. Loaded ScummVM and one of the free ScummVM games, then shut it off for the week. Came back tried to go to the HBC, but black. Reinstalled, black.. Had the Wii clear all channels/save data, reinstalled, still black when you click on Start on the HBC..

    Any clues??

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  • 114 luigimario77 // Nov 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    since i updated into v.3.3, i had to use beta 9. but when i started the installation, it says im still using beta 8 and it needed to be v.3.2.
    please help me!

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