d2xl cIOS for Wii mini (experimental)

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Technical Details (optional)

cIOS (Custom IOS) are IOS that are patched to allow custom functionality. While cIOS has largely been supplanted by AHBPROT, which gives complete hardware access, it still has useful applications. For example, this enables the functionality of USB loaders like USB Loader GX and WiiFlow, alongside other pieces of homebrew like SaveGame Manager GX. You can skip this process if you want, but generally it extends your Wii with little to no downsides.

This d2x cIOS installer was originally developed for the Wii U’s vWii by DaveBaol and custom cIOS was created by Leseratte for the Wii mini. The original download page can be found here. Leseratte’s GitHub page can be found here. Please note that this cIOS is still experimental, though no problem with functionality has been reported.

This guide is only intended for Wii mini users. If you have a Wii, follow this guide instead. If you have a Wii U (vWii), follow this guide instead.

Do not attempt to install a Wii/vWii IOS or System Menu on the Wii mini. Doing so will likely brick your console.



Section I - Downloading

  1. Power off your console.
  2. Insert your USB drive into your computer.
  3. Create a folder named apps on the root of your USB drive if it does not already exist.
  4. Copy the d2x-cios-installer folder from the d2xl cIOS Installer .zip to the apps folder on your USB drive.
  5. Reinsert your USB drive into your console.
  6. Power on your console.
  7. Launch the Homebrew Channel.
  8. Launch d2xl cIOS Installer from the list of homebrew.

Section II - Installing

  1. Select Continue.
  2. Set the options to the following:
     Select cIOS <d2xl-v1-beta2>
     Select cIOS base <57>
     Select cIOS slot <249>
    • Take a note of the version number under notes (IOS57-64- ending in either v31776 or v31775)
  3. Press A to install.
    • If the install fails with a TMD version mismatch error, press left or right on the +Control Pad over the Select cIOS base option until the version number is different than the one you tried before. The number 57 will not change.
  4. When the process is complete, exit the installer.

Continue to making a NAND Backup using RealWnd

Enabling Ethernet

If you wish to use Wiimmfi with Ethernet on a Wii mini, you have to run the Ethernet Enabler Homebrew app made by Fullmetal5. To run it, just unzip it in the apps folder of your USB drive and run it from the Homebrew Channel.

The Wii and Wii mini consoles are only known to work with Ethernet adapters using the AX88772 chip. Please check that the product is compatible before you buy. This one from UGREEN is known to be compatible: Amazon Europe, Amazon US

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