Talk:AnyRegion Changer

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It's possible to trap yourself in another region setting

A user on DCEMU used the Twilight Hack to directly load this tool with no HBC installed. He assumed that the changes were volatile and would revert after a power cycle. He then changed his region to Japan and is now stuck with a "Japanese" Wii. At last report he was purchasing a Japanese copy of Zelda:TP to reverse the change. I laughed a little at his misfortune but thought some mention should be made that the changes are "permanent"

This is a wiki, please add any precautionary statements you think are necessary. That said, I actually went through and added some because of this :/ --tona 13:26, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

GameCube Memory Manager region flag?

Do we know yet which flag controls the region of GameCube memory cards that the Wii can read? It's a real pain in the ass having to change the system region just to copy/delete a couple of saves. Still hoping we can find a universal setting that will read cards from all regions.

error getting settings! 0,0,0,0, -24578


i'm having error when running Any region changer on japan set as follow:

error getting settings! 0,0,0,0, -24578

is there any step doing wrong?

That error means the Region changer didn't find the "IPL.EULA" setting in your SYSCONF file. This probably means you haven't ever looked at the EULA on that Wii. Currently, the sysconf lib only supports editing existing settings, because there's adding settings is kind of risky in my opinion. To get around that, you'll have to go into the System Menu, Settings, Internet, User Agreements, and accept the EULA. Actually, the region changer will probably work if you hit "I do not accept," too. --tona 21:50, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

-24578 errors, pre 1.1

[Alexkuo] Hi,

I got anothe error message: error getting settings! 0, 0, -24578, -24578, 1

How can I fix this?

I am using Janpanese set with Homebrew beta 8.

Please use version 1.1, it should fix this issue --tona 22:18, 24 August 2008 (UTC)


Yes, it has been fixed.

the 1.1 version can run. But, the fist time, the install US version was failed and my set was semi-brick. And then, I use this tool to change to Jap version and it works well. Then, I change to US version and install again. Finally, my set was changed to US version.

Anyway, it works well now.

thank you, Tona!

Jap Wii English Language?

Is it possible to use this to get my Japanese Modded wii to display the system menu in English? I realy want to keep the region as Japanese due to my mod chip...

Thanks Dave

As long as you keep "Game Region" on Japan, you should have no problems with your modchip. --tona 22:19, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

AnyRegion Changer vs. Duplicate Channel Remover

I used v1.1 to change my system menu to 3.2U from 3.2J, and set all settings to USA (except Game Region). After reboot I updated my Wii to 3.3U then downgrade it to 3.2U. Now I got a pair of extra News / Weather Channel that don't work (when I click it, it says "Can't use this channel"). Can I use Duplicate Channel Remover to get rid of those two? If I can, what region of Duplicate Channel Remover should I use? JAP (since the newly-added channels are from US update) or US (since the system menu is US now)? Thanks! Jim.Liu 07:42, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

I have no idea what setting the "Duplicate channel remover" uses to decide which titles to delete. However, if your Game Region is still JPN, you can use the AnyTitle Deleter to remove titles 10002-HAGE and 10002-HAFE (Which should be the ones which do not boot--US titles). --tona 12:04, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the speedy reply (and thanks for the great programe!) I figured out that the English Forecast / News Channel (those two installed with an official update) and the Wii Fit Channel (which is installed by NTSC-U Wii Fit) can only be used when Game Region Setting is set to USA, while the Japanese Forecast / News Channel (which is exact the same thing as the English one, except for the title) can only be used when Game Region is set to Japan. However, with Game Region set to USA, none of my games (NTSC-U and NTSC-J, originals and backups) work. Perhaps this is due to the modchip (D2CPro) not supporting USA Game Region? If so, is there any way (settings or other applications) that can make the games and channels both work? Thanks!
Jim.Liu 16:37, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Nintendo Channel

What do I have to do to access to the Japanese Nintendo Channel. I set the GAME setting to Japan, the IPL.SADR country setting to Japan and the EULA to read. I downloaded the Japanese Nintendo Channel and when I start it, it says that Wiiconnect24 is unavalaible after trying to connecting. I reset all my setting to USA and used the American Nintendo Channel and it worked. By the way, someone found a way to make the tv channel to work with the tv in america (not the guide but just the tv control)? --Whibo 14:00, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

You probably need to turn on both WiiConnect24 options. --tona 15:26, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
That isn't a problem reliated to my WiiConnect24 options. Maybe have I to change my firmware to the Japanese firmware. My NTSC-U firmware access easily to my NTSC-U Nintendo Channel but my NTSC-U firmware with all the settings to Japan except AREA Setting cannot access to The NTSC-J Nintendo Channel but can access to the Japanese wii shop channel and tv channel so I think I have to set my AREA setting to Japan (And my firmware to don't brick my Wii) to access to the Nintendo Channel. I tried to to the same with the European Nintendo channel and it worked but it don't works with the Japanese one. --Whibo 9:00, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
The Wii Shop Channel is actually the same across all copies of the Wii Firmware, so it works regardless of the region you use. As you've mentioned, the News Channel and Forecast Channel won't. And just as well, the Nintendo Channel (and most other channels) will only work depending on which region you downloaded it from - the Minna no Nintendo Channel in Japan will only work in Japan, where the European Nintendo Channel will work only in European regions and Australia. I believe this is actually dependent on the numerical country setting in the AnyRegion Changer. - Sotomura 09:51, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

News channel mess up

So I think I messed up my news channel, while it's unimportant really. I'd love to know if I can get it back to normal.. I had set my Wii shop to Japan and decided to see what would happen if I went to the weather or news channel, it went like this.. weather wouldn't work at all, it told me "English is unsupported" and the news channel worked.. but made me select Japanese for langwhich. When I changed the shop back to UK, the news channel no longer works, I just get wiiconnect 24 errors. So.. oops? What do you think has made this happen.. is there a way to reinstall those channels?

Error is 117404. Other connect 24 things work okay. My guess is that it's stuck in some kind of JP mode.

Edit: After testing putting it back to JP, I'm sure that's exactally what happened, as it now connects fine. Now I think the shop, news channel and weather are part of the system menu yes? So if I was to install EU 3.2.. it might fix it? Does doing this affect my wii's mail code or anything like that? I know it likely doesn't.. but just to be sure.

The Wii Number isn't affected by region switching. - Sotomura 09:48, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Uninstall everything???

How do i uninstall everything...

Please be more specific, and sign your comments --Niceguy1012 05:42, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Channel Problems - Region Specific?

Compliments on this application, it has helped me a lot. But I have an issue which I could use some clarification.

Current System: Japanese Wii, D2CPro Chip (I don't condone piracy, but I live in Thailand and these are standard in Wii's here) Any Region Modification: Area = US, Game = Jap, System Menu=US

I used AnyRegion to make my Jap Wii operate using the English Language. Under the advice already given I kept my Game Region as Japanese due to my Mod Chip. The wii functions now in English language, and all games are working.

My problem is this: I have used the Shop (US) to download free channels like NINTENDO CHANNEL, but when I try to run them, it says "THIS CHANNEL CAN"T BE USED." The original channels like News, Forecast and Mii Channel work fine (although the forecast channel in the Wii menu displays Japanese text, but once run is in English). Is this because my game region is still Japanese? I don't want to change it in case if breaks my Mod Chip, and I won't be able to load discs.)

Is there a simple solution to my problem? What I want is my Japanese Wii to basically be a US Wii, with downloaded channels from the shop, but still have a functioning mod chip.

Download PAL Virtual Console Games with US-Dollar

Hello. Am I able to change the shop channel to US, then buy Wii Points cheap for dollars, then change the shop channel back to german, and then download the games which will always work with my console, even if I don't use this tool?--Woku 11:55, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, you can make any purchases in other regions and they will stay. So, you can theoretically buy wii points from another region, then switch back and use them to buy games from your region--which will work without using my tool. By the way, Japanese Wii points are cheaper if you can figure out how to navigate the shop :P --tona 17:04, 21 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I have used this trick many a time to buy Japanese points (just a bit cheaper than US points), and it keeps the points even if you switch back to another regions shop. Also, the Japanese store is probably the best (Its got LOTS of stuff that EUR and US don't) and I have had my shop set to JP for as long as this tool has been out XD --SquidMan 18:42, 21 September 2008 (UTC)
Wow, this tool is awesome then. But I think I will prefer to download the games from PAL-Channel, because I don't want to switch all the time. By the way, can't I set japanese shop channel with german language? --Woku 16:44, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
You should be able to. Some text may not display correctly, but the shop will load and function. --tona 18:32, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
Is the trick legal? --Woku 16:17, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Performing System Update after using AnyRegion Changer

Is it safe to perform a System Update after using AnyRegion Changer? What system menu will the update bring? The same as the current System Menu or according to the GAME setting?

For example, I have a Jap Wii and I use AnyRegion Changer to change the AREA to US and the System Menu to 3.2U, but leave the GAME region as Japanse. Later I perform a System Update (via the regular Wii Settings). Will I be updated to 3.3U or to 3.3J?

As long as your AREA setting is correct, you should get the correct update. You should get 3.3U. --tona 16:48, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

NTSC N64 games

I'm on a PAL console, and N64 games, to be frank, ran like crap. Apparently they're built in such a way that using FreeTheWads on an NTSC .wad or playing an NTSC game via the region free option on Menu Loader will still load it like a 50hz PAL game. Would I be able to play them at 60hz with just a simple change of the VIDEO setting, or would the AREA setting need tampered with as well? --JeffreyGoldfish 13:16, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, you are just going to have to buy the game from your region (instead of piracy). You can't change the refresh rate without modifying the emulators code. --SquidMan 06:56, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Downgrade Error & Brick Warning

I got AnyRegion Changer today, and attempted to downgrade the Wii to 3.2U (from 3.3U) so I could use Starfall. However, when the process was done, I got an error as follows:

Error! ES_OpenTitleContent (ret = -1026)

Now, the program is telling me that I have the "." region of the System Menu installed, and it's giving me the brick warning. I'm rather worried about this, and obviously don't want to go back to the System Menu without knowing if it'll work or not. >.<

I am using version 1.1 of the program. KewlioMZX 09:24, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Stuck in foreign Shop Channel

Just to make that sure, the threat is real. I changed my region to Japan on October 23 about an hour before the Shop Channel went offline and then Nintendo put up the new update. Now I'm stuck with Japanese Channel, can't switch back to my native region (PAL) chrisis 15:45, 25 October 2008 (UTC)