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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Easiest Way to Mod A Wii for Ripping Backup's (Wii)

THE GUIDE:
RED: MOD YOUR WII USING LETTERBOMB
ORANGE: USING SYSCHECK
BLUE: USING MODMII

Well people get the easy part done and that is making the homebrew channel on the Wii.  After that yes you can run homebrew sort of apps, games, media etc...  Some people not only want to do that but they want to be able to backup of there physical games.   Now for a person like me over the years I've had nothing but issues using USB Loader GX to rip games.  I eventually got it working but some thing I did broke and I had to figure out what was causing the problem. 

Well I spent over 15 hours trying to figure out the problem.  I thought at first the issue was a hardware problem cause when ripping you can here the lens moving having a hard time to get the data to make the backup.  Well I took apart the system and cleaned the lens.  Put it back together again and for some reason a disk would not be able to go in the system something was blocking it.  So again took it apart moved a mechanism out of the way thought that was the problem.  Put together same issue but I decided screw it I'll push it in and see if that solves the problem.  Low and behold it worked and didn't do anything to the disk or drive.  So it was probably something that needed to be maneuvered by doing this method and perhaps others have had the issue as well. 

So back to the system and still USB Loader GX would not backup any game not even Gamecube.  So I was looking over Google with "USB Loader GX freezes while installing".  Well for some reason Google found little to no information with an exact way to solve this problem.  You'd see things like CIOS or Syscheck but not a complete solution to solve the problem. So I decided to look over https://www.gbatemp.net for syscheck information which eventually leading me to more information about a software called ModMii.  Now before reading on and doing this there is warnings out there that say doing this could brick your system and it might be possible if you don't know what your're doing.  So if you don't know what you're doing don't read on and don't do this and don't blame me if something doesn't work.

So here is how it works: Once you have a modded Wii using whatever method and I recommend using the letterbomb method watching the video below.  Just install the mod and bootmii to boot and as cios and prepare your SD card if I didn't mention that in the video.



Now you can use ModMii which can check your SysCheck file once you ran it on your Wii. Installing SysCheck to your Wii is quite simple. Download syscheck from the link below
https://wiibrew.org/wiki/SysCheck ModMii.  Once downloaded move all the files to a new folder called SySCheck in the APPS folder of your SD Card.  Next boot up your Wii go to the Homebrew Channel and run SysCheck and follow the instructions on the screen for it to complete a full scan of the current CIOS's you have installed. The software should ask you if you want to make a file to your SD Card and you should do this in order for this to work correctly. 

Next go and download ModMii from https://sourceforge.net/projects/modmii/.  Next install it and do not launch it cause it'll give you a GUI version which won't give you all the advanced features including information regarding your SysCheck.  If you did its fine I believe in the GUI version you can open a more Advanced version which will open what you need.  If you didn't just press the start button look for ModMii and open ModMii not ModMii (Skin).  It will open like a command prompt and type in "I Agree". 

Next up you'll be given a bunch of commands and what you need is the Syscheck so just type in SU and press enter.  Next all you gotta do just drop and drag the file from your SD Card usually called syscheck.csv into ModMii press enter and it'll do its work.  After that is done it will show you all the files required to make a proper modded Wii to get USB Loader GX and possibly other loaders to work.  So all you gotta do is select "Make Guide and Download Files".  First off the guide will instantly open DO NOT CLOSE THE PAGE! if you do just reopen ModMii do the Syscheck again and redownload the files and Merge it will open the guide again. 

Now that the page is open leave it open go back to ModMii and Open File Location.  A new window will open just drop and drag these files to the root of your SD Card.  So when you got all the files on the SD Card turn on your Wii you can go back and look at the guide that you left open to fully complete your mod setup to use USB Loader GX and other loaders.  If you do this method correctly you should now have a perfectly setup Wii for backing up your library. 


Here is a few things that I don't quite understand but I will let you know in case there is a need for it.  ModMii will give you files for D2X CIOS v8 Final for IOS Slots 249 and 250 that you can install with the Multi Mod Manager.  For me so far its worked and given me no problems and usually when it works you keep what isn't broke.  However other people mention using cIOS: v10 beta52 d2x-v10-beta52 with D2X IOS Installer and you can get information with the following site for that if you need it https://wii.guide/cios.html and they also include installation for CIOS slot 251 which is not mentioned at all for ModMii. 

Another thing is that not all hard drives, flash drives etc... are compatible with USB Loader GX or possibly CIOS's so you'll probably need to look up more information for that and to have things properly work make sure they're in FAT32 cause most homebrew apps use that and it is recommended for GameCube games to work properly.  Just remember if ModMii worked you don't have to use the Wii Guide for CIOS.  Now have fun getting your games on the Wii without having to run back and forth to use your physical disks. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Fast Start-Up and Hybrid Sleep Lock Ups or BSOD Fix (Win 10)



Well when I first got this PC a few years ago it doesn't come out of the box with support for Windows 10.  Lots of drivers etc... are a tad old.  But you can still get the machine to run better with disabling two features that caused problems at least for me and maybe you.  My board is the Gigabyte z77x-ud5h which had support to Windows 8.  There has been a few bios updates which are in beta and I believe at this point you won't see anymore support for this board.  At least from what I know is the beta updates have caused a few issues for me.  One being that my PCI-E x1 slots when used would bug up one of my sata ports. 

I have since used the last stable bios update which was made before the release of Windows 10.  Well so far it works and others might experience different issues or success.  Since this I have I tried one of the PCI-E x1 ports and it so far has been working well for over a month.  I haven't tested the other port and that could either be a bugged port or once again maybe do to the beta bios update.

Anyways once you get your machine booted in Windows 10 get those drivers all installed and ready so the machine can properly operate with great success.  Next there is two features that don't run well for me at least on this board and it could be any board that has minimum support for Windows 10 that including mine. 

As far as I know fast startup causes issues for me with either lock ups or bsod's.  Considering the bios already has the feature built-in it could be causing conflicts so if you want you can disable fast startup with in Windows 10 and use your bios for that feature.  To me its some what pointless cause for mechanical drives you might see a small increase for start-up which will probably not be noticeable at all.

For SSD's you'll get a faster start-up which may or may not be noticeable do to the already given ability to be much faster then a mechanical drive.  So at least for me I have seen a small increase but at the same time its given me lock ups and BSOD's so its probably good to just keep it disabled.

To disable Fast Startup

Press and hold the Windows key and press "R"

A new window will open and in there type "control panel"

Press enter and control panel will open in that window click "view by" and choose small icons and after select "Power Options"

Select either "Balanced" or "High Performance".  High Performance I recommend for anyone who has a good gaming PC. 

Next to the left you'll see "change what the power buttons do" click on that and then a new window will open.

Click on "change settings that are currently unavailable" and after that you'll be given the option to uncheck the settings below.  Just uncheck "fast startup"then click "save changes" and things should be good to go.

Next is another feature for at least me has caused problems and that is hybrid sleep.  With this feature it allows your current state to save to memory.  The need for this is that if your computer loses power at any point in sleep it will save to memory so that you can power on your pc and it will boot up where you left off.  Its a great feature however at least for me and maybe others it could cause a bsod or lock up.

To disable hybrid sleep:

Press and hold the Windows key and press "R"

A new window will open and in there type "control panel"

Press enter and control panel will open in there click "view by" and choose small icons and after select "Power Options"

Power Options will open again and to the right of "balanced" and "high performance" there is a "change plan settings" click on that.

Next up click on "change advanced power settings" and scroll until you find "sleep" and click on it.  Under it you should find the hybrid sleep feature.  Click on that and click off and you should be good to go.

Now as far as it has gone for me I haven't had any bsod's or lock ups since.  I did once with the hybrid sleep disabled but it hasn't happened since and I guess I'll have to wait it out but hopefully this will help you out and prevents anymore issues in the future.



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How to Backup Wiiware and Virtual Console Games with Modded Wii



A lot of you have a Wii and a lot of you enjoy your Wiiware and Virtual Console games.  The main issue is the servers for those downloads may come to an end.  But for those of you who can mod your Wii or use the Dolphin Emulator you may want to be able to back up your games.  Doing so will allow you to use them on a new console if your system ever dies or to use it on the awesome Dolphin emulator which allows you to play your purchased games in higher resolutions.

Of course the reason why I decided to do this blog was cause there is literally no information that I could find which told me how to back up my games.  I did find ones for apps like Netflix or other free apps but of course you don't want that and Netflix won't work at all anymore anyways.  So what you'll need is a Modded Wii.  Modding a Wii is super simple and doing so will allow you to do many things like play homebrew games, emulation etc... 

To mod your Wii just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrRy_fpWWqk

After your done watching that video you'll need to get the Yet Another Bluedump Mod from the main GIThub page https://github.com/DarkMatterCore/bluedump-mod.  The files you'll want are in the HBC folder.  Put them in the APPS folder in the root of the SD Card in a folder called YADBM. If you don't have a APPS folder just created one. Next put that SD Card back in your Wii go to the Homebrew Channel and load Yet Another Bluedump Mod.  If you done so correctly you should see the following screenshot.


If you see that then just press "A" to use full hardware access if this doesn't work for you then install the correct IOS using D2X. I selected either IOS 249 or IOS 250 both worked for me however this part can be often tricky and may lead to a bricked system if you don't know what you are doing.  But if you insist in doing this then continue.

A guide for installing IOS 249 and 250 can be seen here: 

At this point it will allow you to either select your SD card or USB for USB Flash or External Hard drive.  I'm not sure how to use the USB and it shows that it has failed.  Not sure why it failed could be that I need yet again another IOS to work with it or its a bug.  For this however we will use the SD Card.  So it should default to SD Card automatically if the USB failed if it hasn't you should be given the option to select either or.  

So after it selects the SD Card you should see the following options.


Now hold your Wii Mote like an NES Controller and pressing "Right" on the D-Pad select Installed Channels by Pressing "A".  If done you should see all of your WiiWare, Virtual Console games and homebrew related apps.  We will of course be ignoring the Homebrew Apps.


Next up your going to want to begin the backup process.  So on the Wii Mote press the "+" button which will then go to the "Content.bin Conversion"  allowing you to start the WAD Backup.  It should almost look identical to the above photo however you'll see the options above change to what you see in the photo below and you must have it look like that in order for this to work.


Now press "A" on any selected game.  You'll have options for "FakeSign" and "FakeSign TMD".  Now I believe you'd want to select these options if you plan on backing them up to another Wii unsigning would make the app not work on another Wii as far as I know.  You'll also be asked if you want to select the region unless you're moving just press "B" but if you are then just select the region you prefer to rip it to. 

If you plan on moving your WAD's to Dolphin just press "B" for all options or you'll be prompted with a error message "This was not signed by Nintendo".  You may still be able to play the game but I know that it can bug up if you use your Wii Menu which is backed up by BootMii.  It may not break anything as far as I know you just need to restart the emulator to play again but yes just make sure all WAD's are unsigned for Dolphin.

The image below shows a successful backup of a Virtual Console game.


Now you should be prompted with "WAD dump complete!".  It should show where your files have been backed up.  It should be in a folder called YABDM folder in the root of your SD Card also remember that its not the one in the APPS folder.  From there you move those WADS to your Dolphin roms folder or put on another SD Card for a new modded Wii.  For installing WADS on a new Wii I recommend using a program called Multi-Mod-Manager.  Remember for a new Wii use Fake Signed WADS mentioned above. 

Now you have your WAD files backed up and they should successfully run.  If they don't try both methods for Signing your WAD's and see what works.  For this tutorial I used my WADS for the Dolphin emulator and all my WAD's worked perfectly.  As for using on a new Wii I have not tested.  I hope you enjoyed this guide but please use this as a guide for your pleasure and not to use on somebody else's console for illegal use. 





Sunday, October 20, 2019

Rename Multiple Files With Bulk Rename Utility (Windows)





















Okay well this is guide for anyone who has had issues with the Windows 8 to 10 back up utility.  When you turn on the back up utility for Windows 8 to 10 you have to turn on File History first.  To restore your files from a current back up on a drive you must first turn on file history from there go back to back up click more options and click restore files from back up.  This I did not know and I ended up messing up my current back up.  So what was left were all my files with an ugly UTC stamp.  Example being at the end of the file before the extension ends with something like this "(09_07 05_13_23 UTC)". 

So what ends up happening is if some of your files are save files for games or applications in general or anything it will not open properly do to the stupid UTC stamp.  So in this tutorial I show you how to rename all your files easily.  Now notice I did not say quickly and that is cause yes it will help speed up the process but depending on all your backed up files in millions of backed up folders you will need to do this for *****EVERYTHING!!!!!*****.   Now yes I had to say this loudly cause its a pain in the butt but it also saved me some space getting a rid of stuff I did not need but you may lose some important stuff if you hate having to do this process. 

There maybe an easier way of having the software find all the files with the UTC stamps.  I found however that some of the files had a different date for the UTC stamp and yes I forgot to mention that the date is what's in the UTC stamp if you did not yet notice that.  Well doing this is quite simple first download Bulk Rename Utility from https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php.  Next install and open the program.  Once opened select everything you see in the screenshot below in Remove which is highlighted in RED in the software.  Uncheck Add, Auto Date, and Numbering.   Where it says words put the UTC stamp in its place for example (2019_09_07 05_13_23 UTC) don't forget your UTC stamp is obviously different.

(CLICK TO ENLARGE)


Next select all the files you want to rename by pressing and holding CTRL followed by A.  To rename all the files you selected press and hold CTRL followed by R.  You may get prompts to continue if you think you're doing something right just press "OK" to continue.  If you want to not see the prompts just click the disable button the moment a prompt comes up.  Well if you've done everything correctly your files should now be renamed to their original format without that crummy UTC stamp. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

MoHo (GAME).... Somewhat Fix for Windows 10


Well I've wanted this game forever.  I do own the PSone version which was the only one released here in North America as "Ball Breakers".  Apparently the PSone version didn't fare to well with the audience.  I hadn't played that version but I know that the graphics would be low res do to the PSone being a 32bit system.  The game did get released for Dreamcast and PC as MoHo and were only released in PAL (Europe) regions.  There was going to be a release in North America for Dreamcast once again as Ball Breakers but it got cancelled.

The Dreamcast version had better textures and looked great it supported 480p as to the PSone version being 240i.  The PC version on the other hand can support higher resolutions and I have tried 1920x1080p with success.  The only issue here is that the game runs at 16bit instead of 32bit but don't let that be misleading as the game still looks fantastic.

In this game you're a robot of sorts thrown into arena's where you must complete different tasks to beat the arena.  The very first one has you collecting these gold statues and once collected you beat that arena.  The next arena has you battling through AI controlled competitors to get to a finishing line and you must get there before they beat you to death.  Anyways now you know that this a game all about competition.

As you can tell this game is great including when you can play against a friend for local play.  But this game does come without a hitch and that means a glitch... oh I rhymed.  Anyways yeah this game has trouble running but it doesn't mean its not playable it just means it takes time to get this game to load.  By this I mean you must do many different things to get this game up and running.

So I recommend getting the Borderless Gaming tool from: https://westechsolutions.net/sites/WindowedBorderlessGaming/

Now lets put the CD-Rom for MoHo in the DVD Drive and run setup.  Of course running install from the Autoload software may not run.  Well this is an easy fix just open the PC explorer go to the MoHO disk drive and click setup.  From here I would either recommend installing on the default C: as C:\MoHo and you might have a better chance of this game running.

I have it installed in the Program Files (x86) which I do not recommend considering how old this game is.  Yes it worked for me but it could lead to more glitches.

Next step lets open Borderless Gaming and get this game running.  Once Borderless Gaming is opened lets open MoHo as well.  Once you have go back to Borderless Gaming and you should see the executable in the left side of the screen as seen here:



As you can see on the right side MoHo is under favorites where you should add it so the game runs indefinitely fullscreen without issues... well don't forget there is glitches still.  Anyways on the left side where MoHo is just right click it and add to favorites.  Now the game is in your favorites and from here we'll add some fixes to get this game running in fullscreen this also includes the FMV videos that could possibly have issues.

So here were going to right click on MoHo under favorites and click on everything that you see check marked in the image below.  The *Always On Top feature may not have to be selected but I thought that if anything interferes the game may not load.


Okay well now we have completed the fix for this game... well somewhat glitchy fix.  So the problem for this game now is that for some reason the game may crash or not load properly.  So a few things I recommend is to go to video setup with in the games menu settings before the game launches and select the resolution you want then press okay.  I'd recommend doing this each and every time you plan on running the game.

Next up I wouldn't recommend using a controller at least not the Xbox One controller.  I was able to play at least one level with the controller and upon beating the level it crashed to the desktop.  If you must use a controller try using one of those controller emulators like JoyToKey which may or may not solve the problem.  Also using the controller settings within the game is bugged any how so you have to use the default settings to use the Xbox One or other controllers anyways.  If you want to use the JoyToKey feature do not have the controller on before running the game or the game will auto enable the controller.  Turn on the controller only after you have the game running.


Do not run overlays or you just might not get the game to launch past the FMV videos.  If you plan on video capturing I'd recommend doing it while playing the level at start and end of the level.  This game has issues with resolutions do to age.  The menu runs at 480p while game itself runs at the resolution selected which may cause an issue with capturing and leading to the game crashing and possibly causing video encoding issues.

You may have better chances using a No CD patch but I don't know if that is recommended either.

If at all none of these solutions fix the crashes you can restart both Borderless Gaming and MoHo and if it still crashes try restarting the computer.  If you're still having issues try changing the resolution to a lower resolution and then going back to 1080p or higher after.

As far as I know this game may crash at anytime.  It sucks however the game does save but if it crashes after a certain level you may have to do it again :/.

Well here is some screens of the gaming running to show that it does run even though its a buggy mess.





Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ninja Blade Black Screen Fix (PC)


Not that I would totally recommend playing this cause its a broken mess however there is one issue that a few people have had while playing this on Windows 8 and higher.  As far as I know there has been no solution to this issue until I just found out today clumsily by pressing 3 buttons I usually don't press unless a game is totally locked up.

Okay so some of you or maybe most of you have had that black screen issue while playing this.  I would pretty much just alt-tab out of the game and close it and probably never start up again if I couldn't fix the situation.  Well instead of that I pressed ctrl+shift+esc which usually in combination opens taskmanager. Well it did but for some strange reason the game starts and the FMV plays.  However all you really need to do is press the "esc" button and the video starts.  If it pauses alt+tab out and click back in and press "esc" again and it will play.

I did notice however you miss the very beginning intro.  I've tried other fixes as well which includes using Riva Tuner to cap the Framerate to 60fps.  You can disable vertical sync and 30fps max.  That may work I just found out after doing this and disabling Riva Tuner the game actually didn't depend on the framerate cap after and the very beginning intro actually starts... Odd but give each method a try until it works for you.

Now you'll probably notice the game has a horrible issue with stuttering which as far as I know can't be fixed.  This is the reason why I'd say pass on this game and if the console version has no issue play that instead.  But if you really want to enjoy this game with steady framerate and less stuttering play at 30fps even cap it with Rivatuner if the FMV problem hasn't been fixed yet.  However if you can put up with this messy game have fun.

When you first start the game you might have an issue alt-tab out close the game and start it up again.  Also you want other fixes please visit https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Ninja_Blade.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Avermedia Extremecap U3 Audio Capture Fix with Recentral



A little while ago I went to go and try to capture some game play using my Extremecap U3 by Avermedia using their capture software Recentral.  It seems as of the new 1903 update Windows blocks the driver.  It will capture video but it won't capture audio.  Sure you can hear the audio just fine while using the software but again no audio capture.

I went to contact Avermedia customer support and they had said for whatever reason Windows is blocking the driver.  Of course I have the email here for you guys to see it also has a direct link to the driver which will solve the issue.  However this may or may not work for you so don't blame me if it doesn't.

Hello Mr./Ms. Eric D Frendo-Cumbo,
Thank you for choosing AVerMedia.
Hi, 1.Please install new software for solving audio issues. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BV4b_3GtoS147bM3VZ3FUs69ArIj7No
2.During the install process, you may refer to Code 52 issues, code 52*: The driver error code 52 refers to that Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. Probably the driver installed on your computer is signed incorrectly.  
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_qO4sueMVs9zHftHKA1lJxX9fTUqaeWU 
https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/solved-driver-error-code-52
 3.After installing the driver, please follow this FAQ process way to disable signature on   your computer setting. 
Best regards, AVerMedia Service Support

For me this driver works and it should for you.  As I'm aware I've seen people have similar issues so I'm kind of baffled why Avermedia has not included this driver on their site yet.