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Installing WiiFlow on your Wii

Having been tired of playing just Guitar Hero, Wii Sports and Mario 64 on our Wii, we decided to softmod our wii to install the Homebrew Channel and a USB loader. The very first loader that I found was Waninkoko’s USB loader 1.5. It worked fine for a few games but eventually failed to load several of our titles. After a bit of searching and asking around (thanks to zetagear :D), I found Wiiflow.

What is WiiFlow?

WiiFlow is a GUI-based USB Loader that allows play images via games on an external hard drive. WiiFlow, in it’s current form is fully open source after Hibernatus (Wiiflow‘s creator), left the project after completing version 1.1, and released the source code to the community.

Important Note: Wiiflow 2.1 is now available for download. Head on to the guide on installing Wiiflow 2.1 on your Wii for the updated version of this guide :).


Here’s the WiiFlow USB loader in action

Changelog since 1.0:

  • Fixed the black screen bug
  • Fixed the bugs with IOS 222 rev4, updated to 3.0C version of ehcmodule/dip_plugin
  • Improved memory management :
  • Bigger themes are supported, about 150 HQ covers can be displayed simultaneously
  • Secured game loading, wiiflow now guarantees there isn’t any conflict between itself and the apploader
  • Faster music volume adjustment
  • Improved external ehcmodule management : now it should be in sd:/wiiflow/ehcmodule#.elf where # is the IOS revision number (not tested)
  • You can change data paths in wiiflow.ini
  • Removed the short lag when you select an alt dol
  • Opened the source code

WiiFlow 1.1 Features:

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Stable (according to testers)
  • Doesn’t flicker on old TV
  • Compatibility close (if not equal) to Configurable USB Loader (= best compatibility)
  • Properly supports the 3 latest versions of IOS 222
  • Comes in two flavors : running under IOS 249 or IOS 222
  • Parental control
  • Themes
  • Installed on HDD if you have a FAT partition
  • Sounds and music
  • Cover downloading, HQ (1024×680) and localized
  • Ability to display more than 100 covers on screen (HQ covers)
  • And other little things…

Are you sold on the features yet? If you are, here’s what you need to install WiiFlow. If you’re not versed with the jargon that this post uses, stop before installing anything and post a question first. Unlike a PSP Phat which can be easily revived once bricked, it’s quite hard to do the same for a Wii so BE VERY CAREFUL.

WiiFlow Requirements:

  • A softmodded Wii
  • Working Homebrew Channel
  • A working cIOS (cIOS38Rev14 or cIOS38Rev17 recommended)
  • SD Card with at least 100MB free (or a FAT partition on your USB HDD)
  • WBFS formatted USB HDD
  • WAD Manager on your SD Card

WiiFlow Installation

WiiFlow can be installed either on your SD Card or on your Hard Disk, both have advantages and disadvantages so I’ll give you a run down of both.

If you want to install WiiFlow on your SD Card, you can have your Hard Disk fully formatted to a single WBFS partition. However, the SD Card needs to ALWAYS be inside of your wii if you need to play. You can launch WiiFlow via HBC or a Forwarding Channel.

If you want to install WiiFlow on your Hard Disk, you need to have two partitions on your Hard Disk. The first partition should be formatted n WBFS while the second partition should be in FAT or FAT32. Take note that you need to make the WBFS partition ACTIVE or else WiiFlow won’t be able to detect it. If you’re wondering about the size of the partitions, make sure that the FAT/FAT32 partition is greater than 1 GB. This is because you’ll be playing your themes, game covers, music, etc on this partition so you wouldn’t want to run out of space :).

Now on with the installation.

How to Install WiiFlow on your SD Card

This is the most basic installation of WiiFlow:

    • Copy all the contents of the installer package into the root of your SD Card. To check if you did it right, you should get the following path
      SD:\wiiflow\language.ini
    • Place your SD Card inside your Wii, boot it up, run the Homebrew channel and Run the WAD Manager.

hen load WAD Manager from the list of applications. When asked what IOS version to use select IOS249. Install ‘WiiFlow Static Channel IOS249-WFHW.wad’ and restart the Wii when done

  • On the WAD Manager select IOS249 and install ‘WiiFlow Static Channel IOS249-WFHW.wad.’
  • Wait for the Installation to Finish and you’re done.

Now to on how to install WiiFlow on your Hard Drive

How to Install WiiFlow on your Hard Drive

  • Copy all the contents of the installer package into the root of your FAT/FAT32 partition. To check if you did it right, you should get the following path
    USB:\wiiflow\language.ini
    
  • Copy the boot.dol file from the apps\WiiflowR25_249 directory and place it on the root of your hard drive.
  • Place your SD Card inside your Wii, boot it up, run the Homebrew channel and Run the WAD Manager.
  • On the WAD Manager select IOS249 and install ‘WiiFlow Static Channel IOS249-WFHW.wad.’
  • Wait for the Installation to Finish and you’re done.

Installing Game Covers for WiiFlow

This one is pretty easy as a community site, WiiTDB (that stands for Nintendo Wii games database… not sure how that happened though). All you need to do is search for your game, download the cover that you want (full, 3d or the plain 2d) and copy it to the appropriate folder.

Full Covers go to:

  • USB:\wiiflow\boxcovers
  • SD:\wiiflow\boxcovers

2D Covers/3D Covers

  • USB:\wiiflow\covers
  • SD:\wiiflow\covers

The problem for this method is that a single game can have multiple covers, (e.g. Super Mario Bros. Wii has a PAL edition, and multiple NTSC editions). Unless you’re sure of the version of the game that you have, you have to download multiple covers which can be taxing :(. The alternative? Use this useful software: WBFSSync.

WBFSSync allows you to manage the WBFS partition of your Hard Drive, detects the appropriate 6-digit id code of your game (which you can use to download the cover from WiiTDB) and most importantly, download covers for you :).
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That’s all there is to it. If you have any questions, post them in the comments :

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