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    Hi, complete newbie here and may well be utterly out of my depth on this forum...

    I don't have an SD card but have managed to install homebrew on my wii via the internet channel as per a link I found via google.

    What would I have to do now to be able to play some backup discs I've been given? Can I again do it via internet or a USB stick/ external hard drive rather than buy an SD card?

    thank you - and I'm really new to this so apologies if I sound dense!

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    You don't need an SD card. You will need either an external HDD or USB stick.

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    Thanks- what do I do next though? I’ve got homebrew channel on the wii but no apps. Which app do I need to play a backup disc? Sorry if this is basic stuff. I’ve spent hours on google and am still none the wiser what I do if I have the channel, but no disc loader.

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    Download USBLoaderGX. Link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/usbloadergx/ Make sure you get the Wii version if you're using a Wii, the vWii is for the Wii U.

    Extract it to the root of your HDD or USB. It should look like HDD/apps/usbloader_gx. You can now browse through your Homebrew channel to start USBLoaderGX.

    To copy Wii games to your HDD/USB, download WiiBackupManager. This allows you to copy your ISO to your HDD/USB.

    It also depends on your Wii if it will play backups from disc. Usually the old white versions will, the black or coloured version wont. They should all play from HDD/USB though. It's better to play from HDD as the games run better than they do from backup discs.

    This is only a very basic way of doing it, you can add forwarder channels to start your USB loader, but best to start with the basics.
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    Thanks so much for your help. I’ve now managed to install homebrew browser and the USBloader, but it won’t play the backup discs I’ve been given. It’s a white wii from about 2009 so I’m not sure if that means it can’t play backup discs at all?

    Where is a good source of games?
    Or is there a way of transferring my existing backup discs onto a HDD?

    Thanks so much for your help so far and apologies for all the questions!

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    There's a disc loader called NeoGamma for playing backup discs.



    I think USBLoaderGX can play them as well, not sure. Try by starting USBLoaderGX, then insert your disc, you should get a pop up offering to install the disc. If not, try ripping the discs to a PC using a program like ImgBurn. Next on your PC, use WiiBackupManager to transfer to your Wii HDD.

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    You can get Wii games from this forum in the uploads section.

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    Thanks so much for your help! I managed to get it working by installing cIOS and can now play the discs. I don’t really understand any of this, so thanks very much for your help

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    Also, if you use a DVD+R disc, make sure you set the Bookmark type to DVD-ROM, because the Wii can't read discs with a bookmark of DVD+R.
    Any other disc you use should work.
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