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post answer,because I google it today for long...hope will save time soneome
--[[User:Quadomatic|Quadomatic]] 18:12, 28 April 2008 (CDT)
:It's definitely possible, but it'd be a lot of work. As a start, check out [[Homebrew apps/Wii MFE Port|Wii MFE]]. -- [[User:Karaken12|Karaken12]] 02:37, 9 May 2008 (PDT)
::Perhaps I should elaborate. The Wii MFE port shows that it's possible to play video through the Wii. It is also possible to use an external hard-drive with the Wii (see [[Current events#News|News]]), and get network support working (see [[Homebrew apps/PCtoWii|PCtoWii]]). Playing DVDs on it seems further off -- as far as I know no-one has yet accessed the DVD drive without a mod-chip (but I might well be wrong about that). So a MythTV Frontend (or something like it) seems possible. What the Wii lacks, however, is a video-in port, so without additional hardware you won't be able to record TV on it. That said, there are USB tuners out there, so if the Wii has sufficient power (i.e. RAM and processing capacity) even this is possible. The downside is all of these idea require significant programing. Perhaps when Wii Linux is more that just a proof-of-concept this will become easier, but for now the Wii Homebrew scene is just getting going. -- [[User:Karaken12|Karaken12]] 06:33, 9 May 2008 (PDT):::"[[Geexbox]] for Wii" (and maybe MPlayer CE) are good options for basic video playback. They have decent interfaces and plays heaps of formats. For a network video playback (via SMB, Windows Share) through wifi Mplayer Wii is probably best. Also with MIKEp5, DVD is supported <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
== Status ==
== Status ==
Does this have things like BusyBox in it and such? Or is it just completely just strictly to make proof? This should be something easy to port stuff to since PPClinux for macs is full of software. [[User:Pinball wizard|Pinball wizard]] 12:17, 28 May 2008 (PDT)
:Answered my own question...It has busybox and all. It is more than a complete nothingness of linux. [[User:Pinball wizard|Pinball wizard]] 10:33, 1 June 2008 (PDT)
I did not test any other distribution, maybe some already have that. Another alternative would be davfs2 and fuse but I think that's way more effort. -s33k
== Some Questions ==
I agree with this, but for the reason that storage on the Wii is incredibly limited without an external hard drive. We can already run an FTP or Samba server on the Wii, and these servers are much more configurable for security and ease of access than most commercial NAS boxes. So we hook up a few existing NAS boxses with Samba shares to the Wii over a network, then connect to all of them through the Wii. Also, the source for the 2.6.xx-isobel-wii kernel should be available so we can compile modules like this on our own. Would make things so much easier. ~pneumono <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Pneumono|Pneumono]] ([[User talk:Pneumono|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Pneumono|contribs]]) 03:40, 14 June 2010 (UTC)</small> == Rarely Asked Questions == Why is Iceweasel/Firefox not running?: Wii can't handle it at decent speeds. Use a text-based webbrowser such as "links". (apt-get install links) <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small> Is there a version of the "Adobe Flash Player" for xwhiite?<br small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>Why : Flash is a resource-hog and slow - running it through wii linux is Iceweasela bad idea. Use the Opera Browser for flash. <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Firefox not running?Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)<br /small> Is it possible to add the sudo command?:You are logged in as a root user already <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)<br /small>
Sry for spelling errors, but i'm not good in english. --[[User:Plinfa|Plinfa]] 17:51, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
:Your spelling is fine, Plinfa. Sorry for the delay answering your questions - one whole year :P <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
== Console goes off screen ==
The subject kind of wraps it all up... Whenever I load any console homebrew (or XWhiite), the console always goes off the screen. it seems to do so up and down vertically, but not horizontally.
:That's called Overscan. I had the same problem with CRTs and composite cables. I have had no problems after getting a new TV (for other reasons) and using component cables. <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
== TV Overscan? ==
Does anyone know how to account for TV overscan when using whiite linux for the wii? I can't see the bottom command line on my screen! <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Bmax|Bmax]] ([[User talk:Bmax|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Bmax|contribs]]) 16:32, 1 May 2009 (UTC)</small>
:Try all the ELF files for every TV spec until it works. Or just pick the correct one straight up :P <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
== Mounting USB Drives: Stale NFS file handle error ==
:I answer myself : [[MIKE|MIni(-based) KErnel Preview One (aka MIKE p1)]]. It can be found on [ gc-linux]. --[[|]] 16:51, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
:And now, [[MIKE|MIni(-based) KErnel Preview Two (aka MIKE p2)]]. It can be found on [ gc-linux]. --[[|]] 20:50, 29 June 2009 (UTC)
:When BootMii is installed in boot2 it loads a file called ppcboot.elf from your /bootmii on your SD card. Backup the original ppcboot.elf somewhere and place your linux binary in that folder and rename it ppcboot.elf. Whenever you turn on your Wii it will automatically boot into linux (or whatever ELF file you wish) <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
== Loading entirely from USB? ==
:The hexedit part might be tricky but I'll write a better tutorial for it somewhere in the near future.
:--[[User:Wiibrewfan4|Wiibrewfan4]] 07:01, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
:: Hello Wiibrewfan4,
:: Have you tried making the whole formatting and extracting process of the filesystem on a USB memory stick instead of rsync? I always seem to get the black screen issue which I had solved when I used my SD card to boot. It's a 1GB memory stick, running via bootmii. --[[User:MadCatMk2|MadCatMk2]] 15:36, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
== what does it do? ==
Its a wii port of the linux operating system. [[User:Link33|Link33]] 21:09, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
== Unsupported Hardware Memory tester?==GC Linux says ( The following hardware/peripherals are NOT yet supported:
"Classic" hardware
- Nintendo GameCube memory cards
"Native" hardware
- Internal DVD drive
WiiBrew says all hardware supported. GC Linux is correct? [[User:Someguy|Someguy]] 10:23, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
==Memory tester?==
Is it possible to get a copy of Memtest+ running on the wii? I think my wii may be failing and want to test it out before I mess around with the chips
--[[user:TheMoogle|The Moogle]] <span style="font-size: smaller;" class="autosigned">—Preceding undated comment added 20:26, 5 October 2009 (UTC).</span><!--Template:Undated-->
== GC Memorycard Unsupported ==
It's my understanding that SD cards via a GC Memory card adapter are accessible on Wii Linux. Therefore we must have access to the hardware (and since SD cards/gc memcards are pretty much the same anyway) Why are GC memory cards unsupported? ('scuse my ignorance) <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Someguy 12345|Someguy 12345]] ([[User talk:Someguy 12345|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Someguy 12345|contribs]]) 22:42, 28 November 2009 (UTC)</small>
* WiFi is now supported by the kernel, as long as you have the right files in the root FS (specifically, the openfwwf firmware and the wifi management tools) -- I don't know which of the distributions support this, but we should highlight this fact. It makes this useful for a considerably larger audience.
-- [[User:Bushing|Bushing]] 12:29, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
:Yeah, the article sucks. Splitting the article is a good first step I think. <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Sge|Sge]] ([[User talk:Sge|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Sge|contribs]]) 07:01, 29 January 2010 (UTC)</small>
::OK. I'm doing a complete overhall of this article. Huge amounts of information is repeated, irrelavent (ie. needs separate article) or just needs to be moved. [[User:Sge|Sge]] 04:58, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
::I split it up, wrote a proper intro etc. [[User:Sge|Sge]] 06:24, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
::Oh, and I added a bit on MINI vs IOS at the start. Very useful info IMO. I'm no expert in that, so if anything is completely wrong please fix it... [[User:Sge|Sge]] 07:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
::: Did some more work on the article. It's pretty much the best it can be with the current state of things. [[User:Sge|Sge]] 07:04, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
== Kernel panic when booting ==
Using Linux I managed to unpack/untar all the appropriate files to their respective partitions, and load through HBC. However, when I go to boot, it crashes saying it was unable to mount anything on root, and gives me the good ol' kernel panic message. What is causing this? [[User:Stewie|Stewie]] 17:51, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
:Did you install it to the correct partition (by default, primary partition 2 of the SD card)?
:Did you extract directly into the partition via tar, rather than unpacking and then cp'ing? (If you did the latter, you should have used cp -a) [[User:Muzer|Muzer]] 19:15, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
I did yes to both of these. I used tar -C /media/boot -xvjf (long tarball filename) to extract the kernel image to the FAT16 partition, and likewise used tar -C /media/whiite -xvjf to extract the Debian Lenny bundle to the Ext3 partition.
I used df -T before umounting the SD card to make sure that the partitioning / filesystem creation had been successful and it seemed so, seeing as how the kernel would at least boot before giving me the panic error I figured something was going right.
However, after doing a more thorough sweep of the sd card using df -T and fdisk -L I noticed that, don't ask how, an 'other' type partition (unused) had mysteriously superimposed itself over the Linux one! It had the same start and end blocks, size, et cetera. And of course trying to use Wiiload to install from a USB medium always ended in nothing but a lost+found folder being placed on the ext3 partition, so, I think the SD card is probably just toast. I have always had this problem trying to boot Wii-Linux and it has always been that same card. Can I just do the same partitioning / filesystem processes on a USB hard drive and boot it that way? [[User:Stewie|Stewie]] 16:58, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
== Support for Google Chrome OS? ==
I was just browsing the interwebs, and I noticed that Google Chrome OS is a linux-based distro which has support for ARM architectures. Would it be a stretch to say that ChromeOS could be ported to the Wii? Cheers![[User:Kevinevans|Kevinevans]] 02:02, 27 May 2010 (UTC)
== Archii presumably dead ==
Hi, I am dropping a note, that the tarballs have been removed from the location it is linked to in the article. The server is up though. Unlike the repos, which according to [|the forum] are down for some time. If somewone can confirm, that the project is dead, not just moved without a proper notice, than please remove it! Thanks. [[User:DAud|DAud]]
: Yeah I'll investigate. [[User:Randomdude|Randomdude]] 14:58, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
:: Yeah for now its dead until they fix their servers. [[User:Randomdude|Randomdude]] 15:04, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
== Miight presumably dead ==
Links broken; had to use Wayback machine to find out last word from Muzer was over two years ago. Any reason why we should keep it listed and with inaccurate statements like "seems likely Miight will be released early 2010"? [[User:Sshock|Sshock]] 08:21, 4 June 2011 (CEST)
== Installing Wii-Linux ==
Can someone help me installing it? I have a 2GB SD card (FAT) with homebrew and the wii-linux boot.dol on it and a 8GB USB-drive. The USB-drive has an ext3 filesystem and I extracted the whiite-files on it. But when I try to start wii-linux through the HBC it says that it can't mount the root filesystem and when I load it through bannerbomb I only get a black screen. What can I do to get it running? --[[User:Jannis234|Jannis234]] 15:10, 9 July 2011 (CEST)
:I found the problem: Wii-Linux is searching for the root filesystem on sda2 (sd-card) but I installed it on the usb drive (sdb2?). How can I get Wii-Linux to mount the root filesystem form the usb drive and not from the sd-card? --[[User:Jannis234|Jannis234]] 23:01, 9 July 2011 (CEST)
== Debian 6 (squeeze) on the Wii? ==
Is it possible to upgrade whiite to debian 6? I tried updating with apt-get but it showed me a lot of errors while booting and most of the wii's hardware didn't work. --[[User:Jannis234|Jannis234]] 16:43, 13 September 2011 (CEST)
I had a look at this, but to be honest it doesn't seem quite feasible. My guess would be that components of whiite are replaced upon update. Guess we have to wait for the team to release a new version of whiite, but they'll probably wait for the next kernel update if they do decide to.
Whats wrong with lenny? Everything seems fine to me, although the default repositories in sources.list don't have all packages so I end up using <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Rothux|Rothux]] ([[User talk:Rothux|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Rothux|contribs]]) 19:42, 6 November 2011 (CEST)</small>
I did try upgrading to Squeeze, and it worked. [[User:Tux|Tux]] 10:29, 2 January 2012 (CET)
== Direct Boot on Bootmii IOS ==
In case anyone hasn't figured this out, you can usually install priiloader on a bootmii ios wii. In priiloader, you select to boot to bootmii, and then put the mike kernel on your SD card in the bootmii directory, replacing the ppcboot.elf. This allows for direct booting. Using the new kernel through bootmii ios, you can have wifi and dvd support too.
<small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Rothux|Rothux]] ([[User talk:Rothux|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Rothux|contribs]]) 15:55, 5 November 2011 (CEST)</small>
== BootMii ==
Everything says "Boot with bootmii" but I can't figure out how. There is only one wii linux app on my SD card and it boots fine. I'm not using mini or anything. But when I try to boot the wii-linux elf file with bootmii, it fails to boot the file. Then, I downloaded mini and tried booting it with bootmii and my TV went crazy for a bit, then displayed a nice console and I saw that it couldn't find the WiFi card. I really want the Wi-Fi thing. DOes anyone know whats wrong with this? [[User:Misson20000|Misson20000]] 16:14, 14 December 2011 (CET)
:The answer above mine doesn't make sense to me <small>—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:Misson20000|Misson20000]] ([[User talk:Misson20000|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Misson20000|contribs]]) 16:17, 14 December 2011 (CET)</small>
:The answer is [ reddit] and you can boot Mini only from boot2,and if you BootMii(latest version) IOS user then you can use wifi and DVD without boot2 or mini preload proof is [ Libiso9660] also [ Hextwelve]. You problem is you tried boot mini kernel from boot1(BootMii IOS) loader without "old" IOS(and you can not install them because BootMii is IOS and on boot1,you can try downgrade System menu version with DVDx patches etc but I sure it will break your Wii) with hardware support. --[[User:DanilS|DanilS]] ([[User talk:DanilS|talk]]) 14:55, 6 March 2015 (CET)
== Port Request ==
I know this may seem like a lot to ask but if it's possible would someone please
port an ubuntu version over to the wii.
I have all these links
which should help you know more about ubuntu
on this page[]
it says that ubuntu's desktop os used to use GNOME Panel
as a gui in their previous releases and that after a few different releases went on to use unity
as it's new gui,it also states that in order
to run unity the system needs a more capable graphics adapter
it also needs more ram but
you could leave that out since
i'm not asking to port the desktop version but the
powerpc version []
which i'm guessing uses some of the same stuff as the desktop version but with less
hardware requirements and less ram usage,
like i said though all i'm asking is for ubuntu to be ported over
and i'm sure everyone else would like that ported over as well
because of all the stuff you could do with it.
thanks in advance to someone who ports ubuntu over.--[[User:Umashi|Umashi]] 14:38, 20 March 2012 (CET)


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