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| title = BootMii
| image = [[File:BootMii Logo.png|128px]]
| author = [[Team Twiizers]]
| version = Beta 3
| download =
| source =
| peripherals = {{Wii}} {{GCNController}} {{FrontSD}} {{FrontSDHC}}
{{Modifies NAND}}
'''BootMii''' is a system designed by [[Team Twiizers]] to enable complete low-level control of the Wii. It allows the Wii to be controlled mere moments after the On button has been pressed, before any [[IOS ]] has been loaded and before the [[NAND ]] filesystem has been read.
== Architecture ==
BootMii is comprised by four pieces of software:
* Installer -- this is a simple ELF file which may be run using your favorite method (HBC, [[Twilight Hack]], or any other exploit which can load standard executables). It checks your Wii to make sure it can safely be modified, saves some vital data for disaster recovery, and installs the rest of the components.
* Loader stub -- this is a small bit of ARM code which is injected into [[boot2]], replacing Nintendo's internal ELF loader. When run, it looks to see if an SD card is inserted. If so, it tries to load and execute /bootmii/armboot.bin instead of boot2. Otherwise, it will fall back to loading boot2.
* [[mini]] -- this is a rudimentary replacement for IOS that is best suited for low-level recovery functions. Source code is available under GPLv2 [ here].
* BootMii (or bootmii-ppc) -- when mini runs, it looks for a file named /bootmii/ppcboot.elf on the SD card. If it exists, mini loads this executable into memory, boots up the Broadway (ppc) and executes that binary in parallel with mini. Source code is available under GPLv2 at (tbd).
Both mini and bootmii-ppc must be present in order to draw a user interface, because the [[Starlet ]] cannot directly access the Video Interface.
== Benefits ==
BootMii allows anything from Recovery modes (creating a practically unbrickable Wii), to lazy access of the [[Homebrew Channel]]. For example, if you have corrupted the [[System Menu]], you can use the [[AnyRegion Changer]] to install a [[System Menu]] 3.2]]. Unfortunately, all homebrew currently require an [[IOS]], because [[libogc]] requires one. However, there is mini(a homebrew IOS-like software), which can be modified specifically for the program, ie, for better communication to the Linux kernel.
== How it works ==
The BootMii Platform is a [[boot2]] hack, which is loaded by [[boot1]], which is loaded by [[boot0]]. [[boot0]] is part of [[Hollywood ]] and read-only. [[boot1]], although stored on the [[NAND]], is signed by a value in write-once memory and therefore cannot be changed. [[boot2]], however, can be modified. This means it can be hacked, updated, and corrupted. BootMii hacks [[boot2]], and allows running code directly from SD Card, before anything else is loaded. This has many advantages, such as making it very difficult to [[brick]], and slowing Nintendo from blocking homebrew. Unfortunately, the only way we could completely stop Nintendo from blocking homebrew is by patching updates on-the-fly, or somehow preventing overwriting [[boot2]].
== Compatibility ==
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| Video source: [[User: Marcan|Marcan]]'s early BootMii demo. The hardware mod in the video is unrelated to BootMii.
* Fix GPIO input for all Wiis
* Wavebird support
* Fixed a silly bug where [[NAND ]] backups were left as 0 byte files
* Keys are now saved to SD as /bootmii/keys.bin too


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