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PostSubject: Mod a Nintendo Wii in 1minute for FREEEE!!   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:03 am

by Jason Fitzpatrick

Bummed because you've got a new Wii and theTwilight Princess hack won't work on it? Have an older Wii but you don'twant to buy Twilight Princess just to install Homebrew? Try the free and easybannerbomb exploit.



Last year we [lifehacker] showed you howto use the Twilight Princess hack to install the Homebrew Channel andvarious goodies like DVD playback. The bannerbomb exploit is the newest way toinstall the Homebrew Channel and works on the newest systems, unlike TwilightPrincess—which has been a defunct hack since menu 4.0 was introduced.

How does it work? The hack exploits the Wii menu itself, loading a fakebanner which causes a system crash and allows the exploit to load unsignedcode. During our field testing it took—not counting time to carefully read theinstructions and take photographs—less than ten minutes to complete theprocess.

For this hack you'll need a Wii, an SD card formatted to FAT, a copy of the bannerbomb file (I'velinked to the banner bomb exploit file that works for the most number of Wiiunits right out of the gate; if it doesn't work for you, visit the main page and try some of the otherversions), and the HackMii installer.The following instructions are an expanded photo-pictorial version of theinstructions found on the bannerbombexploit author's site.





You'll need to copy the files from your computer to the SD card. If you'reusing an SD card you already use for the Wii, you'll need to rename the"private" directory to "privateold" for the duration of thehack.

First, unzip the contents of the banner bomb exploit ontothe card. This should create a "private" directory with thecontents of the zip file.

Next, copy the installer.elffile from the HackMiiinstaller onto the root of the SD card and rename it to boot.elf—as seen above.

Once you have the files on the SD card, it's time to toss it in the Wii andboot up.



Here we are at the initial main menu of the Wii. Nothing special to see hereexcept for the fact that it's been over a week since we've hopped on the WiiFit.



Click on the circular Wii icon in the lower left corner. DO NOTclick on the SD card icon if you've got a newer or updated Wii with the 4.0menu. You won't hurt your Wii, but the exploit won't work.



Once you've clicked on the Wii icon, you'll be in the sub-menu seen above.Click on Data Management to access the next menu.



Click on Channels to get to the SD card. You won't be able to access it viathe Save Data tab.



Click on the SD card tab to load the exploit.



The Wii will ask you "Load boot.dol/elf?", click Yes.



Not turning your Wii-hacking skills into a profit engine for globaldomination is a very altruistic thing to do. Take a moment to be thankful forall the awesome people in the world that create and distribute the free andopen-source software that makes our lives better. Press 1 to continue loadingthe exploit.





At this point the exploit has been executed and the HackMii installer is thetemporary operating system—think LiveCD—of the Wii. From this menu you canselect whether or not you want to install The Homebrew Channel, DVDx, and/orBootMii—BootMii is a more advanced tool which you may or may not care to load,it's essentially a boot loader for the Wii that provides a more extensive"takeover" of the Wii than The Homebrew Channel. You can read moreabout it here and here, if you'recurious.



On this menu you install or uninstall the respective tools. If this is yourfirst time running the HackMii Installer you won't see the Uninstall optionunder any of the entries. During testing we forgot to photograph this screenand hopped back into the installer to snap it.



Install The Homebrew Channel? Yes, Ma'am.



After you agree to install the The Homebrew Channel it usually installs in amatter of seconds. Far faster than we were able to raise the camera to snap apicture. You'll see the SUCCESS in cash-money-green when it is done installing.You can repeat the installation process for DVDx and BootMii if you desire.



After The Homebrew Channel finishes installing you'll be taken to thechannel itself. The Homebrew Channel runs applications out of the/YourSDCard/Apps/ folder. During this screenshot our SD card was empty, thusthe expansive bubbly-goodness of the default Homebrew screen. As you addapplications they will appear here.



Now we're back to the main menu. 12:46pm to 1:15pm and we're done! Under 30minutes, including stopping to take pictures.

Wondering what you can do with it once you have the Homebrew Channel installed?Well, for example, you can backupyour Wii games to a hard drive for safe keeping and faster load times, playold-school games in emulation, and playDVD-backups without a modchip.

Have a favorite homebrew application for the Wii? We'd love to hear about itin the comments.



Send an email to Jason Fitzpatrick, the author of thispost, at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].





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