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HackMii Installer v0.7

July 26th, 2010 by dhewg · 130 Comments

Update: I’ve just uploaded v0.7b of the installer. The only change is a small bugfix in the installer itself, and only very few people ran into this. If you could successfully install either The Homebrew Channel or BootMii, there is no need to reinstall again, both are unchanged compared to v0.7. If you had problems before, please try again with this version. The download links and the integrated update feature in HBC itself have been updated for this bugfix.

After more than four weeks we believe we’ve finally reached the point for the next public release of the HackMii Installer: v0.7.

A lot of changes and improvements went into this release. After quite some headaches and a few puzzles (thanks Erant!) we stockpiled over 250 commits since v0.6, increasing the compatibility with even more Wiis.

The installer now works completely differently, The Homebrew Channel got a few new features and a new look, and BootMii received a fair amount of minor improvements too.

Next to the usual minor fixes, these are the changes worth mentioning:

HackMii Installer (v0.7)

  • New exploit to enable (un-) installation of all components on fully updated Wiis (up to, and including System Menu v4.3).
  • Proper support for all regions, including KOR.
  • General overhaul: the installer now requires BootMii/IOS to function. It will automatically be installed upon startup – either if BootMii/IOS is not installed or if it is older than the version this release comes with.
  • DVDX died a horrible death. Rumor has it that someone dropped a snapple bottle on its head.
  • Additional installer binary bootmini.elf, see the included README.txt for more infos.

BootMii beta 5 (v1.2):

  • Compatible with more SD cards.
  • New font, borrowed from the deceased Twilight Hack.
  • The button combination when restoring a NAND backup with only BootMii/IOS was impossible to perform with some pads. It has been changed to the Konami Code.

The Homebrew Channel (v1.0.7):

  • New title id to circumvent its deletion by System Menu v4.3.
  • New look from our favorite pixel artist drmr.
  • Both views now show five rows of application entries.
  • On-NAND settings.
    The selected device, sort order, view and application are saved. Settings are restored when reentering HBC.
    The settings can be deleted via the System Menu’s Data Management.
  • HBC now has the HW_AHBPROT flags set for direct hardware access, thus replacing DVDX.
  • Ability to not reload IOS when launching an application.
    This effectively means that loaded applications inherit the title id, gaining direct hardware access via HW_AHBPROT.
    To use this feature, add  <no_ios_reload/> to the <app> node in your meta.xml file.
    wiiloaded binaries automatically gain direct hardware access.
    libogc SVN (starting with r4166) has been extended for this feature. DI_Init() will detect if an application has been launched this way, and DVD access should just work without any changes to your code.
  • USB access is more stable, thanks to tueidj
  • Fixed the retry mechanism for the network initialization.
  • Fixed some rare hangs upon launch and exit (Hopefully all of them).
  • A little surprise, to be announced soon. Refrain from bugging us about it, you’ll know soon enough 😉

If you have installed HBC v1.0.7, it is safe to update your Wii to System Menu v4.3.

Please note that HBC’s update check now contains data in the referrer string unique to each Wii. Its sole purpose is for anonymous usage statistics.

Before asking questions, please read the included README files. You will also find information about how to report problems and encountered bugs.

Thanks to all the beta testers, it’s been a long ride.

Either grab the new installer here, or use the HBC online update (a confirmation dialog should pop up when launching an older version of HBC).

As always: Please link to this post instead of mirroring the binary, thanks.


Tags: Wii

130 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steffen // Jul 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    awesome! thank you :)

  • 2 DCX2 // Jul 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks TT! You guys rock my socks.

    You mention “proper support for KOR region”…I’ve noticed that the KOR Wii’s tend to be much more troublesome. Is there a reason why?

  • 3 SifJar // Jul 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Nice work. That “suprise” has me very interested…I hope its a nice one 😉

    DCX2: KOR wiis are more troublesome because there is less support, because they use a different set of IOS, which could potentially require a bit of extra hacking to make everything work, and TT all have real lives.

  • 4 the_hotness // Jul 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    It seems as though while the new HackMii installer will work, if you’ve never done this before you still need BannerBomb to install it, which is not yet up to date with system v4.3, hopefully that will come soon!

  • 5 Abkarino // Jul 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you so much TT you are a legend of Wii console world 😉

  • 6 Pajarillo // Jul 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome!!!!! 😀

  • 7 Ian // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    thank you soo much!
    i’m gonna test it right now.
    but i’m sure it will work!

  • 8 SifJar // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    the_hotness: bannerbomb won’t be updated for 4.3. It has been fixed properly. You need to use Indiana Pwns or Smash Stack to run it on a “virgin” 4.3 system.

  • 9 YABBA DABBA DOO // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks guys

  • 10 seppalot // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I’m on 4.3e PAL virgin. I can’t find a rental shop that has the game Indiana Lego and I don’t want to buy it. Are there any chances that something similar like bannerbomb will be released in the near future?

  • 11 res2216firestar.blogspot.com/ // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Nice work guys. Love the new dark look for HBC, the old one was a bit cheesy.

  • 12 Woodyirish // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Ok so, if I understand it well, we will never have a bannerbomb 4.3

    So there will be no way to install HBC without the original Indiana Jones on a PAL wii.
    Am I correct ?

  • 13 picano // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    My God… it is beautiful. Great update guys. Really love the new sleeker layout, I’m a sucker for dark themes. Only complaint being that some of the icons aren’t ready for the darker bg yet.. but that’ll be fixed with time.

    Thank you for providing updates the likes of which Nintendo would be envious. *Offers 3D services*

  • 14 Ian // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    oh. that’s awesome for who still has the homebrew channel working on previous systems
    like 4.2 or 4.1
    but no bannerbomb exploit or something for people who updated to 4.3 or bought a virgin wii with 4.3 system
    i guess we’ll all have to buy lego indiana jones

  • 15 dhewg // Jul 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    As a reminder:
    If you updated to 4.3 (which removed any older version of HBC), but you still have BootMii/boot2 installed, you can always launch the additional installer binary (bootmini.elf) from the BootMii SD browser. See README.txt
    Of course this doesn’t solve the situation for KOR Wiis, since they all have a fixed boot1 and BootMii/boot2 just can’t be installed on those.

  • 16 the_hotness // Jul 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    @ SifJar – Thanks for the reply about Bannerbomb not working in the future. Indiana Pwns it is.

  • 17 SolidMario7 // Jul 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Great job TT! I was thinking it would be released around this Friday. TT was much faster than I thought. To bad DVDX died…well there are better way to play dvds now. I’m so happy some bugs were fixed, aswell other things were improved.

  • 18 DRayX // Jul 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the update TT, sounds great!
    “… has been changed to the Konami Code” > Everything

  • 19 YABBA DABBA DOO // Jul 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Would be there any fix or the Indiana Jones method will be permanent?

  • 20 Kolma // Jul 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Still no support to launch BootMii from my sd card… but atleast now i can access bootmii from HBC 😀
    thanks for the great update guys

  • 21 thomas83lin // Jul 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Absolutely love the New GUI, and saving my preferences was a great touch, Nice Work Guys!!!

  • 22 Wiill // Jul 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I’m not sure if im the only one having this problem (i think its a problem) but when i try and uninstall BootMii IOS it says success but i still see its on the HBC and under BootMii Boot2 it says nothing is Installed. Is that Normal Now?

  • 23 Hypershell // Jul 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Whoo-hoo! New update with a future surprise in store. Sounds awesome.

  • 24 htduy89 // Jul 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    thank you
    thank you so much TT
    u’re no1 ♥

  • 25 Krytical // Jul 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Nice release! I like the new skin.

  • 26 OzzyOzrock // Jul 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Hmm, I’m a newfag to this kind of stuff so..

    Say I updated my virgin Wii to 4.3U, and want to mod it. I read through these comments, yet I am still not sure, is Smash Stack an option for me?

  • 27 Slowking // Jul 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    The new features sound really fun. Will try it out right now.

    Btw. any exploits for our japanese friends on the way? (smash stack only works on NTSCU and lego indiana jones doesn’t exist in japan…)

  • 28 twin_desert // Jul 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Pardon my ignorance. I”ve never mod my wii before. I updated to 4.3.

    Can I use this V0.7 to Hombrew and bootmii?


  • 29 talkalion // Jul 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Neat release as always. MINI installer worked flawlessy.

    Wild guess: looks like theming is coming.

  • 30 Yarta // Jul 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I buy the lego indiana jones, and my question is this, it wors if i paste in the file virgin 4.3

  • 31 gnsukumar // Jul 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Hello guys, I need some help in installing HBC on my Wii, which I recently updated to 4.3u. I need help in knowing what kinda of files I need and how to install. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • 32 ketufe // Jul 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    thank you, good work once again,

  • 33 norbyte // Jul 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for the new exploit, TT, and thanks for taking the time to test the new installer on many many different wiis.

    I earlier read about the new exploit, that its code will be obfuscated a lot. I hope, this was done, so that this exploit will survive at least one year. But Nintendo will play its “silly games” again and block the title with the next update. This game never ends.

    @talkalion: I also think so. There will be some guys, who don’t like the new theme, so it will end in theming.

  • 34 zoomx // Jul 27, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thank you from me too!!!

    Excellent work.

  • 35 tech3475 // Jul 27, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Thanks for the work TT.

    Quick question though, what is contained in the usage statistics and how do they work? i.e. do we just give you a log on the SD card when it crashes or does it automatically connect.

    If it’s the latter, can it be disabled?

    Also, to any UK virgin Wii hackers, try Lovefilm to rent Lego Indiana Jones. You can get a trial period so you can basically rent it for free.

  • 36 elcasko // Jul 27, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hello TT,

    First i would like to congratulate you for your work on the Wii Hack ! You spend your free time on doing this which is fuckin great !

    but i have one question : I would like to know if you are working on a hack who which doesn’t need any game to install. I don’t need any due date or any deadline ! i just want to know if you are working on it or if you are just thinking about creating one or even if it will never happen because it is just impossible !
    I submit you this question for those like me who have a virgin 4.3e wii and don’t want to buy any game !!

    Thanks a lot in advance for your answer :)

    Congratulations again !

  • 37 elcasko // Jul 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

    When i say “don’t want to buy any game” i mean don’t want to buy indiana jones or smash brawl ! actually i buy games regularly !!

  • 38 mmilky // Jul 27, 2010 at 6:47 am

    hi men

    I’m korean so I have 4.1k wii

    Region : korea !!

    I installed homebrew 1.0.7 <== oh ~black thema !! Good!!

    But!!! Name of homebrew channel is blank

    I wnat to make korea name of homeberw channel! Please ~

    Korea name is 'homebrew 채널'

  • 39 Wack0 // Jul 27, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Nice new HBC titleID.
    Why did nobody think of it before ? 😀

  • 40 Wack0 // Jul 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

    (I’m talking about the titleID here).

    Also, love the new interface. 😀

  • 41 htduy89 // Jul 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Do i need to wait for new BannerBomb ver for 4.3?
    Because i updated my J Wii to 4.3U
    it softmodded before
    thanks guys

  • 42 tech3475 // Jul 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

    bannerbomb is no more since Nintendo actually looked at the code for once.

    The only three methods are:
    1. If bootmii as boot2 is installed and working
    2. Indiana pwns (lego indiana jones)
    3. Smash stack (SSBB NTSC v.)

  • 43 windows7025 // Jul 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    So can i just use the new installer like how i did in 4.2E? Or does it have to be through Smash Stack or Indiana Pwns?? [PLEASE LET ME DO IT THRU SD CARD MENU??!!]

  • 44 mizzzz // Jul 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I have a Wii that has HBC 1.0.6. If we Update to the 1.0.7 will we have to get any thing to keep it working?

  • 45 werewolferx // Jul 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Found a strange thing with BOOTMII, seems that with some Wii and boot2 version installed there is an error with the SD card installed. Whenever you install the new version or the last one, you need to remove the SD in order to turn the Wii on, if not, your Wii will stay at a black screen. Don’t know if this has something to do with the settings or the SD, but if I just leave IOS version, everything looks normal. Seems to happen in some Wii only, in mine everything was normal until I updated bootmii in boot2 and IOS, then the error came up, I got back to old version of bootmii and seems normal again. Hope this helps or by far help out on a solution.

  • 46 KingLewy // Jul 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Yay! What excitng news! I look forward to updating when I get home and trying it out. That surprise also sounds neat :) Thanks again TT. So many new features!

    Btw, I love stupid people who continue to ask questions they wouldn’t need to if they would just read the post or comments in the first place.

  • 47 eleventy4 // Jul 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much guys!!! The new look is incredible, and I’m really REALLY loving the settings save feature, as well as the improved USB functionality.

    Also, to the guy wondering about having icons match the new GUI you can always just edit the PNG image on your computer. I already changed the “WII” in WiiMC to white and it looks awesome.

  • 48 SifJar // Jul 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Wack0: I assume then you understand it? Care to explain by any chance?

  • 49 Yepc // Jul 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Hey guys! Thanks for this wonderfull piece of art!

    I upgraded my HBC v1.0.6 that used to recognize my pen-drive (where i used to play some brew games) and now i’m having the following problem: Everything works fine during the installation; now i do have the latest HBC and also the latest bootmii as IOS and as boot2 (my wii was bought in 2006); I’ve also made a backup of my NAND and i can execute almost everything – except the DIRECT option in priiloader to run HBC (as mentioned above because the changed TITLE ID) – but we can load the bootmii via priiloader and the load the HBC…

    My problem is the following: When I try to ‘see’ my USB device the HBC appears to try reading it but then it refresh the apps into the SD Card. I also noticed that the solution for this problem is to press the exit to system menu after the refresh – because the HBC doesn’t exit and shows the USB-device. Also if i exit viewing the usb apps and then reenter the HBC it shows correctly my usb apps. Thks for all your effort making this a great plus into our wii’s lifes!
    Sorry for my bad english.

  • 50 dhewg // Jul 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    HBC has always been downloading update.xml from our server when it checks for updates. Now we added some infos to the referrer string – like a browser. Those requests get logged like any other page you visit on the tubes. What’s new is the additional info in there, like the HBC version or the Wii’s region. We never knew how many HBCs are out there or e.g. on how many korean Wiis HBC is installed. If this yields interesting results, maybe we will post about it.
    So no, you don’t have to do anything for these usage statistics. It’s added automatically and there’s currently no option to disable it.
    And before anyone asks: There is no info in there what titles you have installed, whats fakesigned or whats not – or anything like that.

  • 51 Girts Niedra // Jul 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I have HBC and bootme installed on boot2. When running the updater for HBC 1.0.7, it kindly announces that “This installer will NOT continue – there is no usable or vulnerable IOS installed on this Wii.”

  • 52 SifJar // Jul 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Girts Niedra: Run the “bootmini.elf” from BootMii/boot2. It doesn’t rely on IOS exploits, so should work regardless.

  • 53 Girts Niedra // Jul 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    tried the bootmini.elf from boot2 (the mini browser) – that one just made my screen green, dvd drive flashing constantly

  • 54 asemitruck // Jul 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    can u install homebrew without smashstack or indiana pwns?

  • 55 leejunfan777 // Jul 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    ok im gonna sound retarded but wheres the download link ??

  • 56 Wiill // Jul 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Note To Self: Always Read a README.

  • 57 kokokranch // Jul 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    No more bannerbomb?? they’re not going to release v3?? is that for real??

  • 58 Chunghop // Jul 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I am installing on a virgin 4.3 Wii. Have HBC installed but Bootmii(/IOS)hangs 30% through my nand backup to SD…
    “ECC failure (uncorrectable) for page 89
    ECC failure (uncorrectable) for page 89″

    I have re-tried many times with two different (1GB Sandisk) SDs, formatted FAT and FAT32. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks

  • 59 tech3475 // Jul 28, 2010 at 12:29 am


    thanks for the response. I knew it wouldnt be anything sinister, but I just always like to know what they are used for and what they contained.

  • 60 Girts Niedra // Jul 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Reported a bug with my installer.log. After 2 hours – problem solved. For some reason, all my IOSes were fake-signed. Downloading original IOSes solved the issue. My sd card seems better supported – now bootmii on boot2 is able to load everytime, not every 5th or so. Thanks!

  • 61 albatorAtAtlantis // Jul 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Hi guys !
    First of all, sorry for my english, i am french !

    I have a huge problem and maybe, some experts could come to the rescue :
    No hack works on my 3.4E SM wii (original, no hack yet). neither the TW hack nor the bannerbomb works ! Believe it or not, i face a real problem : my wii seems to be a”non-hackable” one ! I’m not a newbie in wii-hacking but this very one gives me headaches, the problem seems to be in the DOL loading into memory or DOL execution !!! If someone is interested in having more explanations, give me a word by mail (i don’t want to spoil this page too much !)
    in advance, thanks a lot !

  • 62 jphelps@levelselect.co.uk // Jul 28, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work on the Wii. To say thanks I recently wrote a article about your update on my site. Cheers.

  • 63 Brandon // Jul 28, 2010 at 11:42 am


    “But Nintendo will play its ‘silly games’ again and block the title with the next update. This game never ends.”

    -If this was true, then there exists a title ID they can block or check to delete upon start up. If there exists a title ID, then with enough knowledge (which can be gained) you can find it.

    I challenge you to find the title ID. Once you found the title ID, turn off your wii and wait an hour or so. Re-test your knowledge to find the title ID. Report the title ID’s you have found :)

  • 64 Jamstruth // Jul 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

    @Brandon That’s exactly what they’ve been doing. Its how they “blocked” the HBC with 4.2 and now 4.3. They tell the Wii to check for and delete the 2 titles on loadup.

  • 65 SifJar // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    @Brandon: Huh? Plenty of people have reported the same title ID, and I’m sure at least some of them have had their Wii off for a while between updating HBC and checking the title ID.

  • 66 gukid // Jul 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Looks good! Some homebrew icons are going to have to be updated to deal with black backgrounds though.

    I’m also experiencing the same bug as werewolferx, where if the sd card is in, just boots to a black screen. I’m running US Wii, version 4.1u, model RVL-001. Ran the setup from Homebrew channel 1.0.6 auto update, did the bootmii/boot2 install, and the homebrew channel install. Boots with the card out. Did the bootmii config file change? I noticed in the update it didn’t create a new one.

  • 67 Sam_Loomis // Jul 29, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Got big problems! What to do? My hbc v1.0.6 tells me there`s an update (= v1.0.7). When starting hackmii it takes some time and then notifies me that there is NO vulnerable IOS although I already installed some homebrew so that there should be. Lately, I`ve installed waninkokos newest cIOS. How is it possible to (safely) install the update anyway?!?!? When using a SD card (8GB) with bootmii on it and browsing the hackmii boot.elf it always returns me to the main menu after a short time without having installed anything apparently. Please help! ;-(

  • 68 dhewg // Jul 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

    There’s a workaround for the blackscreen problem when powering on:

    The “Return to System Menu” bug only happens when using USB devices. Bug has been fixed in libogc, fix will be part of the next release.

    To the ppl whose comments did not get approved:
    If you get the message “No usable or vulnerable IOS found”, and you mention the usage of a failpack in the same sentence, read that error message over and over again. If you still don’t get it after a few hours, we’re afraid there’s nothing we can do to help you.

  • 69 Cortezz // Jul 29, 2010 at 5:28 am

    The most important soft that I use is Gecko, to play original disk PAL in my NTSC console.

    With this new version of HBC – v1.0.7 – if I update to 4.3 by Nitendo WI-FI Connection I can keep my Gecko 1.9.3 working normally?

    Thank´s by now.

  • 70 tech3475 // Jul 29, 2010 at 5:37 am


    What is the TT recommended way of reinstalling a vulnerable ios? Is it to use something like Dop-Mii to install an older vulnerable ios (assuming they’re not mothballed) or to use wad manager, etc.

  • 71 dhewg // Jul 29, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Well, vulnerable in that sense just means that one of our exploits is known to work on one specific IOS version.

    What’s more important is that an IOS is vanilla, which means it has not been modified in any way. No patches, no invalid signature, nothing – just 100% original. Anything else will be refused by our installer.

    Now comes the sad part:
    We do not publish tools to install nonsense like that. While one can argue that BootMii/IOS and/or HBC technically fall into same category, we do offer a clean uninstall option for those in our installer. There is no application we can recommend to reinstall a vanilla IOS. We’ve been looking at a few for exactly this situation, but its either warez-laden or sloppy code. Sorry, but we can’t help there – we didn’t install it.

  • 72 Cortezz // Jul 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Never mind… I´m already updated my Wii console to 4.3U on Nintedno WI-FI Connection and everything work´s fine.

    Thank´s guys!!!

  • 73 wiibo // Jul 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Please, I need your help. I have installed homebrew channel 1.0.7 and now my keyboard and my usb stick aren’t working in dosbox and scummvm. both worked before the update. keyboard works in the regular internet channel so i think the hareware should be ok. any idea? can i reinstall the old homebrew channel?

  • 74 Kage52124 // Jul 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Ceiling Cat scares me…I can find him anywhere and what’s worse…I’m ALLERGIC!!

  • 75 Brandon // Jul 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ SifJar
    My post was implying the possibility of the title ID was randomly generated based on a date. As I have not seen evidence against the idea, I didn’t want to necessarily negate the possibility.

    However, I have seen evidence that the title ID was a series of symbols. While my post hinted the possibility of random ID’s based on time, it was even more implying the fact that the Title ID was not straight forward letters. Didn’t mean to start too much speculation based on my speculation ^_^

  • 76 dhewg // Jul 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    title id is the same for everyone, since a few apps hardcode it to launch hbc. we’re not that mean 😛

  • 77 dhewg // Jul 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    wiibo: that’s because of a few changes in the libraries common to HBC and the apps you mentioned. I didn’t have time to add the necessary code to ScummVM yet, give me a couple of days

  • 78 SifJar // Jul 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    dhewg: Will the title ID be explained at some point, or will it be left that only a few know about it? And also, is the surprise actually going to be announced, or will it reveal itself, or will you just wait till someone finds it?

  • 79 dhewg // Jul 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    the title id will explain itself at some point. it might just take a while.
    we will make a post about the surprise. this is so exciting! :p

  • 80 eleventy4 // Jul 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hey, quick questions for you guys after searching Wiihacks and other trusted sites for over an hour. I want to do the simple IOS202 install to gain DVD playback on WiiMC, and maybe a couple other IOS’s, but I updated to 4.3 after updating my HBC. Does anyone know if having 4.3u will alter my ability to install IOS202 and/or 222, 223, or 224? Thanks in advance if anyone has any advice

  • 81 winmaster // Jul 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm


    First you tell us there’s a surprise, then you tell us its exciting, but you still won’t tell us what it is!

    DAMN YOU! :-)

    On a more serious note, if I have BootMii as boot2, should I use bootmini.elf through that, or is it desirable to use the regular installer if possible? Also, can BootMii boot2 be updated by bootmini.elf, and is BootMii IOS still installed in this case?

    Finally, is it possible to retain DVDX for support for apps that have not been updated for use without it?

    Thanks guys. You’re awesome.

  • 82 wiia2z // Jul 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    O.k , this goes out to anyone who knows. I am a newbee and need some advice from you wise and learned people. I have a lu34 wii that has been updated to 4.3u i’m going to use indiana pwns for hbc (found download) but this bootmii thing, do I need it ? All I want is to play older games and brews . Will I brick my wii? (that would make me have to go on a bender, three days of hang over no one wants that.) Help!

  • 83 dhewg // Jul 30, 2010 at 12:51 am

    bootmini.elf will work exactly as the boot.elf binary from a users perspective. you can installer or update everything as you wish. it still relies on BootMii/IOS because we need to reload starlet a few times. the only difference is that it doesn’t rely on an initial exploit, therefor it should work with future IOS version that fix the holes we are currently exploiting (which would break boot.elf if you don’t have BootMii/IOS installed)

  • 84 Henkka // Jul 30, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Kind of dissapointed with the new interface.. The old one was fresh and new, original. The new one is just the black buttons and gradients we’ve seen everywhere a gazillion times. It’s uninteresting and nowhere near as professional as it used to be.

    Though I truely appreaciate the nand saveable preferences. I kind of wondered with the last update what was the point of the new things if it didn’t remember them. Everythings fixed now though.

    PS. The regular updater froze on the warning screen, so I used the mini installer. Why could that be? Never happened before with HBC updates. I don’t have any failpacks, and don’t recall messing with IOS downgrading or trucha restoring or anything.

    PPS. I hope the surprise is skins.. :/


  • 85 hebeallrusty // Jul 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Is the title id perhaps a reference to a phone number, say 9795177250?

  • 86 dhewg // Jul 30, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Thats like the 3rd report about hangs when the installer reloads IOS. This version of the installer may have choosen another IOS compared to our past releases. I’m unsure what that is about. Maybe that IOS is damaged on NAND, you just didn’t notice because no other title is using it.
    In every case a reinstall of that problematic IOS fixed the issue.
    You could work around that, because the bootmini.elf binary does things a little differently in that regard (it may use another IOS version than the other binary, it depends on your wii).

  • 87 YuriCPS // Jul 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I got a little question… (it’s not related at all with this)
    If I restore my nand via BootMii (boot2), I will lose the savefiles that I created after the creation of the backup?

  • 88 wiibo // Jul 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    @ dhewg: thanks for your reply. havn’t read anything about it elsewhere, so i gave posting here a try. maybe noone is using the keyboard anymore 😉
    knowing that it can / will be fixed is a big relieve.
    thanks for your hard work guys!

  • 89 YABBA DABBA DOO // Jul 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    @dhewg: are you guys planning to release a new exploit for those that are already in 4.3 and have no chance to use the smash stack/indiana jones workaround?

  • 90 Sonicdude41 // Jul 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    It’s seriously killing me not knowing the surprise. But eh, I must wait as everyone else.

    Love the new HBC and BootMii. Great job, guys! 😀

  • 91 winmaster // Jul 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the response dhewg. I can’t wait to run the update.

  • 92 Digdug // Jul 31, 2010 at 6:07 am

    The new HBC is great. Much faster than the previous one.
    Minor bug: Bootmii still tells me I’ve boot2v4 not boot2v5.
    Tried installing several times. No errors though.
    I’m sure its boot2v5 now because it has the black screen bug. (workaround by renaming the bootmii directory on sd)

  • 93 your-name-here // Jul 31, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Great work guys! I’ve got a quick question however. It’s been a while since I have updated and I’m still on System Menu 3.3.

    The post states “You are safe to update to 4.3 if you’ve installed HBC 1.07.”

    Just to be clear, I’m safe in updating from 3.3 to 4.3 after updating to HBC 1.07 correct? Or should I not even bother to update the System Menu?

    Thanks again for the great work!

  • 94 dhewg // Aug 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

    a couple of bootmii bugs have been squashed, get the bugfix here:

  • 95 diogomota // Aug 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Hi dhewg congrats on the hackmii 0.7

    I got a question.. i got my wii 2 days ago and it asked me to update, i did it, i didn’t know the problems this update would bring me.. :( now i’m with version 4.3E on a virgin wii with none of the exploitable games like indiana or SS and i would like to know if it will ever be a way to use this hackmii installer whitout the indiana game.

    Congrats ons hackmii 0.7

    hope to ear from you

  • 96 opalosis // Aug 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    ty but i just want to make sure when i get hbc 0.7 can i update to 4.3 safley? i got 4.2 i dont wana mess up my wii q_q

  • 97 Destroyer360 // Aug 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “General overhaul: the installer now requires BootMii/IOS to function. It will automatically be installed upon startup – either if BootMii/IOS is not installed or if it is older than the version this release comes with.”
    Does this mean that even if I just want the Homebrew Channel, I have to install BootMii too? I don’t want BootMii, I just want the Hombrew Channel. If this installs BootMii, then I’m not installing this.

  • 98 Kage52124 // Aug 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

    @ opalosis: Yes you are safe to update as far as the Homebrew Channel & Bootmii are concerned.

    @ Destroyer360: It will install the Bootmii IOS automatically; however you can choose to uninstall it in the same session as installing the Homebrew Channel. So first install HBC, then uninstall Bootmii/IOS, then exit the installer.

  • 99 suloku // Aug 3, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I hope the surprise are categories, there’s so many homebrews… and homebrew filter isn’t the same as hbc.

  • 100 marcan // Aug 3, 2010 at 7:10 am

    BootMii/IOS is just another IOS overwriting a useless stub by Nintendo. From a system perspective it’s “safer” than HBC. There’s no reason to be concerned about it. It isn’t BootMii/boot2.

  • 101 TRaDeMaRKeD // Aug 3, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Maybe some confussion arose because of the first statement in the post announcing the Hackmii Installer v0.7
    There is clearly written: “New exploit to enable (un-) installation of all components on fully updated Wiis (up to, and including System Menu v4.3).”
    So What can all of us w/4.3 installed do? I’m seriously looking for an original of LEGO Indiana Jones but in my country that’s like finding a Needle in a Haystack.

  • 102 Destroyer360 // Aug 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

    So, if I uninstall BootMii, it will go back to the regular Boot 2 with no traces from BootMii? Like, if I sent it back to Ninty for repair, they won’t know that it was ever installed?

  • 103 dhewg // Aug 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    This is not related to boot2 at all. the installer relies on BootMii as IOS. The boot process of your Wii won’t be altered in any way if you run the installer. Which is exactly what marcan said.

  • 104 winmaster // Aug 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    @Destroyer360: It automatically installs BootMii as IOS. It never touches boot2 unless you ask it to. If you send your Wii to Nintendo for repair, you could easily use the installer to remove the Homebrew Channel and then BootMii IOS. BTW BootMii as boot2 can be uninstalled if needed too.

  • 105 YABBA DABBA DOO // Aug 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    @TRaDeMaRKeD hell yeah my friend we and many others are on the same boat

  • 106 martin8768 // Aug 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    where is the appropriate place to submit a problem with the HBC 1.0.7?

  • 107 tronic307 // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    @Destroyer360: Nintendo won’t repair your Wii if the HBC has EVER been installed. They used to just charge $89 for out of warranty repair if they found the HBC installed but they really didn’t check for traces. More recently they started charging like over $200 to fix a hacked Wii, but that lead to too much drama. Now they simply wont repair it if it’s ever been hardware or software modded, period, even if you bought it used from somewhere like GameStop and the Homebrew Channel had already been uninstalled. We need a way of removing every trace of Wii homebrew, including uid.sys entries.

  • 108 opalosis // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    ok but just to be safe do i need bootmii to update my wii? or am i all good because i just got hbc 1.0.7 and was wondering if i needed it to update o_o

  • 109 norbyte // Aug 4, 2010 at 2:28 am

    updating your wii does not require bootmii. bootmii installed as boot2 is a brick protection for your wii. if you want to install hbc 1.0.7, you’ll have to update bootmii (because of the changed channel id). with hbc 1.0.7 you can update without losing homebrew using, but updating via “system update” is not recommended!

  • 110 Leanny // Aug 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Installing BootMii/IOS…
    FAILED (-1040001029).
    > Continue

    Maybe some help?

  • 111 opalosis // Aug 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    then how do i update it? just click update wii on the settings of the wii console or something else?

  • 112 winmaster // Aug 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    It is still recommended that you do not update to 4.3 There is nothing in 4.3 that adds any new features. The update is only a waste of bandwidth, and some homebrew apps haven’t been updated to work properly with 4.3 yet. Yes, you could update via the system menu and still have the Homebrew Channel now, but there is no point in doing so.

  • 113 opalosis // Aug 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    @winmaster ok but will geckos work when i have 4.3 because i need that for unban code >:D
    also i need to update to 4.3 to get wii shop channel cuz when i go in it it says must update wii

  • 114 norbyte // Aug 5, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Please read the manual for any homebrew you use. You also may have a look at wiibrew.org, a wiki for almost every app. This page also explains, how to update the shopping channel on any wii lower than 4.3. Two keywords: Dop-SHOP or WiiSCU.

  • 115 dhewg // Aug 5, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Leanny: that’s weird. can you paste the full installer.log on pastie.org? But let’s move this to our bugtracker please.

  • 116 atmax // Aug 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

    When i ran the installer today everything went good, upgraded HBC and bootmii (boot2). Then when i started HBC i pressed 1 to open up options and make it load apps from USB (I keep all my apps on a fat32 partition on my external hard drive). Pressed 1 again to get out of the options but it was still loading from the SD. I went to options again and see that the “load apps from USB” button is unpresssable and no longer lit up.

    So I restart my wii but go directly to HBC from boootmii this time and open options. The “load apps from USB” button is lit up for about 2 secs then blackens out. To test if something was wrong with the HDD I put configurable USB loader on my SD to see if I could still play from it, and the games ran perfectly.

    Loading the appos from USB worked perfect in 1.0.6. My HDD is a HP Personal Media Drive 320GB. The only solution i see is to “downgrade” my HBC to 1.0.6 but ofcourse, I would like to use 1.0.7. Can someone please help me with this issue, btw sorry for the wall of text but i really wanted to make it detailed so it would be easy to help.

  • 117 DCX2 // Aug 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Ah, so opalosis likes to cheat in online games, hence wanting to use the unban code. Just FYI to anyone who wants to help opalosis…you are helping a griefer ruin other people’s games. >.<

  • 118 winmaster // Aug 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm


    Use Dop-Mii to install the latest version of IOS 61 and v19 of the Shop Channel to bypass a full 4.3 update.

    I am not familiar with Gecko OS.

  • 119 wolf69 // Aug 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    hi i just updated the bootmii on my friends wii and when i first installed it wouldnt let me install bootmii as boot2 and now it did so is it safe for me to make a backup copy of the namb being that the wii is already softmodded?

  • 120 Toyoke // Aug 9, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Hey , am new here and verry excited to hack my wii , but am already on 4.3 , can anyone tell me the exact way to get it done now?
    Am just getting started , so please try to explain good. THX in advance!

  • 121 Pajarillo // Aug 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    @Toyoke : I guess I can… open your web browser, go to google.com and type “how can i hack my wii”. I hope I’ve explained it good :)

  • 122 wolf69 // Aug 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    hi i ran the updated hackmii and im on system 4.1u im trying to figure out why when i have the sd card in the wii will not boot but works fine when its out

  • 123 sarkwalvein // Aug 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    @wolf69: SD card brand/model not compatible with BootMii probably. Try with a different one.

  • 124 Toyoke // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Thx pajarillo… helped me out good… al the pages i viewed before… i know for now the only way is indiana or smash if am wright , just finding games like that is the same problem..; as finding the solution for 3.4 menu…. i realy need help here….. pls someone

  • 125 wolf69 // Aug 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    the sd card is a sandisk 2 gig from what i read sandisk is one of the best ones to use with the softmod

  • 126 rickwii // Aug 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Just one question…
    Will the bannerbomb be repaired? I mean will there be an sd exploit without games soon?
    thanks forward

  • 127 thomasz28 // Aug 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Hello to all ! I too, am new to this. I have been trying to enter the homebrew channel to my sons wii. We are getting the 004 corrupt file screen. I have formatted the system. I made the update months ago, not realizing the ramifications. We did not know about the homebrew channel at the time. Could you please help us ? I have followed the sd card procedure to the letter ! Thank You ! Looking forward to being a part of the greatest channel on the wii.


  • 128 rickwii // Aug 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Let me gess you have firmware 4.3 and you use bannerbomb?

  • 129 Toyoke // Aug 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

    @thomasz i guess for us who have updated to 4.3 , the only way is with indiana pns , it uses the lego in diana jones game to install homebrew , the game is not easy to find , but i purchased it online , now still waiting to arive with post. If am wrong , please let anybody say it to me , but i guess the only way is indiana or smash stack , one tip , read a lot , here on this site and search google for “how can i hack my wii 4.3″ there is allthe info you need.

  • 130 hendrikhey // Dec 4, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I got a big problem:
    Virgin 4.3E, tried Yu-Gi-Owned to install the HBC.

    But there is no way to install, the Installer always gives me a fault, that there is no usable IOS found.

    I tried to load 0.7b, 0.7, 0.8, temporarly 0.6, no way.

    Then I´ve updated with an online-update and with Dop-Mii Wiibrew Edition, too.
    Tried Hackmii:
    No way.

    Tried to load the hbc as dol, but I always get an non-gui-installer and the installation canceled.

    Any ideas?

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