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Support for GameCube Controllers

I do not know if it has already been thought of, but I would love if the BootMii menu would support Gamecube controllers. I play most of my games and run most homebrew with Gamecube controllers, since I don't like having to change batteries in my Wiimotes all the time, and I hate having to use Wiimotes to start my Wii. If the BootMii menu had support for Gamecube Controllers, this would not be an issue. Mekuso —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mekuso (talkcontribs) 07:34, 19 April 2009

Your wish is our command. (Actually, it's almost technically impossible to use the WIimotes at such a low level, so we are supporting GC pads out of necessity.) --Bushing 12:23, 19 April 2009 (UTC)
Does this mean that people that don't have a gamecube controller can't control the bootmii menu? If so, would it be possible to use the reset button on the wii to scroll through the menu and the power button to select something?Boredom 16:58, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
We also support navigation using the reset / power / eject buttons on the front of the Wii. -- Bushing 20:47, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
How the reset / power / eject buttons work ? Can you navigate without GameCube Controller ? -- 12:51, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

BootMii and System Menu 4.0

This is probably a stupid question, but I'll ask it anyway. Will BootMii work on a Wii running System Menu 4.0 (With or without fakesigning bug)? SherlockHolmeboy 09:55, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

I think we can all apreciate the irony of me posting this, but have according to this page at the hackmii site where all that kind of information is normally disclosed, yes it will most likely work.--Recklessness 10:05, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
I appreciate learning. :) Yes, it will work on a Wii running System Menu 4.0. We've taken some time to consolidate installers for BootMii, HBC and DVDX, so we can reuse the same exploits for all three. -- Bushing 12:22, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

Preloader on Steroids?

Sorry to criticize, well not exactly criticize because I think you guys make great stuff but call it what you will, but isn't BootMii (aside from it replacing boot2 instead of the SystemMenu which I understand is safer and more efficient) redundantly similar to preloader? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ienjoytaffy (talkcontribs) 20:04, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

read this from hackmii: —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tech3475 (talkcontribs) 10:37, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
We started working on BootMii before Preloader was written. -- Bushing 20:49, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
The gist of it is BootMii takes control at the first possible opportunity, giving you (among other things) maximum brick protection. The only way you could be bricked, AFAIK, is a deliberate attempt or hardware failure, as it doesn't rely on anything stored in NAND. Preloader and other homebrew apps start a lot further into the boot process, so they offer less protection. .Hyper//Hacker 21:06, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

BootMii beta 1 ReadMe

What "P.S. ios cat iz in ur wiiz watchin ur isoz" (the end line of the readme) means ? -- 17:48, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Refer to Elisherer 11:07, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
So it's just a joke, isn't it ? -- 12:32, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
I suppose there's some anti-ISO-loader code in it or something. I'd love to know just what, as I hate the idea of some unknown code "watching" what I do, even if it's something that shouldn't (not necessarily won't - nobody's perfect) affect me. .Hyper//Hacker 21:10, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
... or it could just be a joke.--Bushing 07:01, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
Could be. With all the pirates vs anti-pirates wars, you never know. .Hyper//Hacker 09:00, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
No, actually I do know. -- Bushing 11:57, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Feature request: Way to start BootMii with boot2-install version

If BootMii is installed as boot2, it can't be started from the HBC, only at bootup. I haven't tested this mayself, please correct me if i'm wrong. Is there a way to make it possible to launch it the same way as the IOS installation(from HBC)? --WiiPower 18:39, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Just install bootmii as boot2 and ios. Link33 19:17, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, not a solution to me. This blocks the use of PatchMii that is installed as IOS254. Or imagine, nintendo releases a IOS254 blocker in the form of something that requires that IOS or it refuses to work. --WiiPower 19:35, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
Why don't you just restart your Wii to run the boot2-version? -- Bushing 07:03, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

BootMii IOS installation and DVDx

Since the BootMii IOS installs as IOS254, it kills the DVDx PatchMii installation. Is there a way to use BootMii IOS and the new DVDx in combination with drivechips? It's possible to do a workaround with a PatchMii that installs somewhere else and then install the old DVDx to that IOS, but that's not a nice solution. --WiiPower 18:39, 14 May 2009 (UTC)


Wy MINI and not Linux ? -- 11:58, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

What do you mean? I don't understand what you mean.
If I understand correctly, MINI is aminimal OS launched in place of the official WII OS. Maybe I did not understand ... As I understand it, why not have used a minimal distribution of Linux? -- 14:18, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

See this: Mini. Mini is alot more lightweight than linux and requires far fewer resources, it is designed for its job whereas linux would be alot harder to implement into this role, the linux kernal itself (before anything else) is larger than mini alone. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tech3475 (talkcontribs) 18:33, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Stupid question: Will BootMii be able to use a sd card as nand?

Is it possible for BootMii to trick the Wii to think that the inserted sd card(or a special partition on it) is the nand? Where are the drivers for nand access? —Preceding unsigned comment added by WiiPower (talkcontribs) 13:37, 15 May 2009

I think it would be possible but not an easy task, the nand drivers are in every version of IOS , so a new NAND driver would have to be written for every version of IOS to replace the nand driver with a custom SD driver. BootMii may also need editing in order to allow it to boot into a modified version of boot2, which also would need its nand driver replacing, to load the system menu, and the initial IOS directly from SD. So it could be possible, just with a large amount of work. --Lukeusher123 06:23, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

SD Card Compatibility List

See BootMii SD Card Compatibility List. -- 12:51, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

Is HBC Needed?

do I need to install the HBC on my wii to run HBC through Bootmii boot2? --Gjb999 01:21, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Maybe you can extract the executable from the HBC with wadunpacker and run it from the BootMii menu. One of the .app files should be the boot.dol/elf. It's possible you are able to run the HBC without installation this way, but autoboot is not possible for that for now. --WiiPower 17:41, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes, you do. -- Bushing 07:00, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Updating question

If I have saved a NAND backup with 3.2 Installed, is it possible to update to 4.0 and then later restore the backup to downgrade to 3.2? Would there be any difference to my current install? JP 13:42, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

Yes you can. I can confirm this as I did this myself (I even got bored and deleted half of my IOS-es and it still restored fine). But I personally didn't see a point with 4.0, SDHC doesn't apply to me and I find most of the WiiWare games boring (SD menu) --Murkantor 06:48, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

NAND file sizes

I want to know if the size is always the same...

512MB PAL WII, SysMenu 4.0, BootMii, HomebrewChannel 1.0.3 = 528MB (553,649,152 Bytes) --Elisherer 13:56, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

512MB NTSC-U WII, sysmenu 3.4, BootMii (beta1 at dump), HBC 1.0.2 = 528 MB (553 649 152 bytes) -- SyPE 00:55, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Question about Recovery tool

After the release of beta 2, and the apparent modification to the restore/backup features I was wondering if the nand.bin that I made in beta 1 will continue to work with beta 2. I went ahead and made a backup with beta 2 again just in case, but in the future is it necessary?

"backupmii accepts fragmented SD cards now, reformatting is not performed anymore. Old NAND dumps are still compatible." (hackmii blog), I think it sais it all. --Elisherer 12:00, 29 May 2009 (UTC)


okay, so i updated my HBC to 1.03 which also downloaded the Hackmii installer. I updated the homebrew channel, installed DVDX and hackmii as an IOS. Everything runs great, but now I can't seem to get the hackmii installer that I downloaded from the BootMii website working at all. I wish to uninstall bootmii as an IOS and reinstall it as boot2 but I can't even get the installer to work correctly. I tried renaming the file to boot.elf and boot.dol and neither showed up on the homebrew channel menu. Blackprince97 11:15, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

If you don't know how to install it, it's best you don't try because this is meant for experienced wii users. Did you try putting the boot.elf into a folder (any name would be fine) inside the apps folder at the root of your SD card? -- Boredom 19:37, 29 May 2009 (UTC)