Over the past week few weeks we have been watching the WAB team make attempts at figuring out what makes the Wii tick. After many attempts and long nights dumping data on several chips they have found out that the bios is in fact encrypted along with most other chips. With everything being encrypted the data that was dumped is not very useful at all. This isnt too much of a surprise to us considering where past modchips came from. The thing that is catching our attention is their dedication to open up the wii to homebrew even after many failed attempts.
They have now shifted gears to try to work around the encryptions and access the Wii NAND RAM chips in order to perhaps find something useful in there.
The procedure goes something like this:
- Wire up the RAM
- Start up the Wii
- Do something interesting
- Turn off the power but keep an external power supply to the RAM
- Read the RAM
- Find something useful
Sounds pretty simple right? Until you actually consider some of the complexities. We hope they can dig something up and perhaps in a few months we will finally be able to write some true Wii homebrew.
Pictures of their soldering work
edit: the WAB website seems to be down at the moment.
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