There are currently two methods of installing the Homebrew Channel on your Wii console: The easiest method is by using Bannerbomb together with the HackMii installer; this method works for all currently available versions of the Wii System Menu. Alternatively, you can use the Twilight Hack, however this method does not work for Wii System Menu 4.0 or newer, and it requires that you own a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii.
Because of this, this page will only cover documentation on how to install the Homebrew Channel through Bannerbomb, as this is the recommended method to use. If however you would like to use the second method, please see the page Twilight Hack.
- 1 General information
- 2 Homebrew setup
- 3 See also
- 4 External links
Bannerbomb is an exploit capable of loading .dol files. It is currently the only known method of loading .dol files in Wii System Menu 4.0 and newer. This hack was developed by Comex and it is currently in its alpha stage.
The Homebrew Channel is a self-updating application created by Team Twiizers, which allows users to easily load and use homebrew applications, without having to use exploits such as Bannerbomb or Twilight Hack every time they run a new application. After installation, the channel is accessible from the Wii Menu just like any other Wii channel. The channel can be deleted at any time through the Wii's "Data Management" menu. The Homebrew Channel does not show up in the console's play logs, however this does not affect the Wii in any way whatsoever.
What you need
- A Wii (Does not matter what system menu version)
- An SD card formatted in Fat16 or Fat32 (Don't worry this will be explained in further detail)
- Hackmii installer
- Bannerbomb Exploit Download the first one in the list *See Notes
SD card setup 1 (Windows)
First off, if you have used your card before please make sure you have backed up the data that's on it. Because this process
WILL ERASE THE DATA ON THE CARD!!!
- Place your SD card into your reader
- Open up "My Computer"
- Right click on the drive that contains the SD card and select "Format..."
- Make sure that you selected your drive that contains your SD card and then click "Start". (In the picture to the right, I have selected my 2 gig card)
- Once it's done open it in explorer, we're ready for the next step.
SD card setup 1 (Mac)
This will erase all data on the SD card, so back up that data onto your computer.
- Open up Disk Utility
- Find your SD card in the navigation
- Go to the "Erase" tab
- Change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT)
- Press Erase
- When it is done, proceed to the next step.
SD card setup 2
On the bottom of this section you will see pictures of the process as I'm describing to you. Please click them if you do not understand.
- Extract both the Bannerbomb and Hackmii installer files to an easy to access folder. (In the example mine is on my Desktop\Wiistuff\HBCinstall folder. See first Picture "extracted.jpg")
- Navigate to the hackmii folder (in this case the folder name is hackmii_installer_beta2 See Picture 2 "insidehackmii.jpg")
- Copy only the "installer.elf" file to the root of your SD card **see notes (See Picture 3 "copyinstaller.jpg")
- Go to your SD card window and rename "installer.elf" to "boot.elf" (See Picture 4 "renameinstaller.jpg")
- Go back to where you extracted your files at (should still be open) and copy over the "private" folder to the root of your SD card.
Congratulations! You now have your SD card ready to insert into your Wii!
Setting up your Wii
- We start out by placing the SD card into the Wii but not clicking it in.
- Power on your Wii and enter the Wii settings
- Click on "Data Management"
- Click on "Channels"
- Click on "SD Card"
- Click in your SD card
- A window should appear "Load Boot.dol/elf?" Click "Yes"
- Your Screen will go black and a window will show up, read the screen and press 1 when prompted.
If all of this has happened as described. Congrats! You made it to the next section.
Installing The Homebrew Channel
In this section you won't see any GUI, just a blue bordered screen with words in the middle. On the first screen what sticks out is the Green/Red print. If you have a new Wii it will say something like this:
The Homebrew Channel: Can be installed
DVDx: Can be installed
BootMii: Can only be installed as IOS
The installed boot1 version prevents a boot2 install (-2)
If you have an older Wii then all three will be in green and say Can be installed
- Press the A button on your Wiimote
- Here you will be presented with a menu of options for now select "Homebrew Channel"
- Select "Install the Homebrew Channel"
- A new selection will come up asking to "Install the Homebrew Channel now?" Select "yes, continue"
- After installation it should say "finished" and return you to the main menu
- Select "Install DVDx" "install DVDx now?" will show up. Select "Yes, Continue"
- Select "BootMii" select the option that suits your Wii (If you can install as boot2 DO SO. If not install as IOS)
Running Bootmii Through HBC
If you're one of the late-comers to the Wii party you may have had to install BootMii via IOS. In that case you have to run BootMii by going into The HBC and hit the "Home" button on your Wiimote. Place your cursor onto the "Launch BootMii" selection and press A ***See Notes
- If aad20_v108.zip does not work when you try the Bannerbomb, try the next one in line from here.
- The other 3 files contain information that made the creation of this tutorial possible but are not needed in the actual installation and use of the hackmii installer.
- Once you press A on your Wiimote it will power off and be unusable. You have to use a Gamecube controller plugged into slot 1 or the 3 buttons on the front of the console.
When I insert my SD card to start the process nothing happens!
- One of 4 things has happened:
- You didn't place the data on the SD card right.
- You went into the savegame data menu instead of the channel menu.
- You need to set the archive bit of the private\wii\title\aktn\content.bin.
- You need the next bannerbomb zip. Download the next one and start over.
OMG!! One of the selections is purple and says I can't install BootMii!!
- You havn't read this page in detail, this is explained further up with a picture of the screen.
My Wiimote quit working when i loaded up BootMii! Why? and Can this be fixed?
- You didn't read BootMii's FAQ or the README file located in the Hackmii installer archive.
Both State that you have to use a Gamecube controller or the Power/Reset/Eject buttons on the console. In order for this to be fixed a lot of coding will have to be done to make a custom Bluetooth stack and drivers for BootMii. This isn't on the top of the priority list.
Will my Wavebird wireless controller work?
- Yes, but you must hold any (unused) button when you start up your Wii.
- (Wavebird wireless controller now supported in beta3)
Any other questions whould be directed to the WiiBrew:FAQ. I'm human after all and can't remember every question that is asked but will update as necessary
If everything went as planned you should have everything installed and should select "exit" and your Wii will load into The Homebrew Channel, Or into the system menu with The Homebrew Channel on the menu.