The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Open Source Wii Mod Chip

Posted by Xavier Ashe on February 21, 2007

Wiip is a hardware
mod for the Wii system that allows you to boot backup discs. This mod works
by utilizing a cheap and simple microcontroller that communicates with the
serial port of the Wii's hybrid DVD drive and overrides certain parts of the
media's data stream. Allowing you to do all sorts of wonderful things (like
boot backup discs).

 

The
most important part of this project, is that it is open source! In
addition to releasing the Wiip chip, on this page you will soon be able
to download the PCB schematics, Wiip firmware and documentation! We
hope by creating this project, other users will make modifications to
our code for newer updates in the future (if needed).

 

The current
features of Wiip are:

  • Actually
    upgradeable! Device is bundled with an easy to use programming cable.

  • 20 MHz AVR
    microcontroller with 2KB of EEPROM (SMD type)

  • Customizable
    (via open source code)

  • Boots Wii games
    (DVD+R / DVD-R media)

  • Boots GC games
    and homebrew

  • AudioFix
    (naturally)

  • On board DIP
    switch (enable/disable mod, enable/disable stealth)

  • Works on DMS /
    D2A chipsets (sorry, we haven't worked on D2B yet)

The Wiip is going to
be available for a mere $20 retail (and that includes shipping!) and will appear shortly in our
online shop. Or the schematics,
code, and software will be available so you can make one for less than $10!
How is that for freedom?

From TCNISO.

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