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HOW TO: Play DVDs on your Wii

This isn’t normally something I would blog about since it isn’t computer related, but I figure enough people would want to do this that I would post it and I’m a tech geek in general so it fits.

I do have to warn you that there is a possibility that you can brick your Wii (making it an expensive paper weight), so be aware of that before messing around with this.

This is the way to make DVDs playable on your Wii, system 4.0 or above (mine is 4.1 right now and it works fine), without having to do the Zelda hack that I’m sure you’ve come across if you have found your way here.

I found this video on youtube explaining how to do it, but I had to do it a bit differently to get it to work. You can go there and watch it if you want and come back to see what I had to do differently. I’ll type out a few things here to get you started, but I won’t type everything out since he has a readme file in the download that has it all step by step.

  1. The first thing you want to do is download this zip file that the guy who did the video on youtube put together and save it to your Desktop, or somewhere else easy to get to.
      a) If you don’t have an extracting/unzipping program you can go here to download 7zip.
  2. Put your SD card in your computer and go to My Computer or Computer in Vista and open your SD card.
  3. Open the zip file that you downloaded and open the readme.txt file. You may need to tell the zip file to open with 7zip if you just downloaded that program. Minimize the readme file for now.
  4. Double-click the HackMii Installer folder to open it.
  5. Highlight all of those folders and the boot.elf file and extract them to your SD card.
      a) If you already have a folder called private, you can rename it to privateold. That you way won’t delete anything if it’s important. I didn’t have any issues though.
      b) For version 4.2, if you chose the 2nd option, you need to copy the contents of the hackmii installer zip file onto the SD card as well as the entire apps folder from the mplayer-ce zip file you downloaded.
  6. Go back to the readme file from before and start from step 3.
  7. After you’ve done everything in the readme file open the homebrew channel and go to the homebrew browser.
      a) You now need to download the program that will play the DVDs and not all of them work. It took me a couple hours to figure that out. Go ahead and update the browser if it prompts you.
  8. Go to the Media section and find MPlayer CE (Christmas Edition) and click download.
  9. Once that is done you can either look around and see what else there is to download (there is tons of stuff). Or you can press the home button on your wiimote and either reboot the wii to get back to the wii menu, or return to loader to go back to the homebrew channel. To get to the menu from the homebrew channel, hit the home button again and then exit.

Wii firmware version 4.2
The directions are nearly identical to what is up above, you just need to download different files. If they don’t seem to make sense let me know and I’ll clarify.

  • Here is the youtube video with directions and the link to the package he put together. He has the media player included in the package.
  • I did not use his package, I went straight to so I know for certain that this one works. This one did not include the media player, but I just went to the mplayer-ce website and clicked the link on the right to download it.
  • From here you can go to step 2 up above and those directions should apply to this.

Playing a DVD on your Wii:

  1. Go to the homebrew channel you just installed and click MPlayer CE -> Load.
  2. At the black and white menu arrow down to open and press the right arrow button to select it.
  3. Go down to DVD Video and press the right arrow again to select it.
  4. Use the same controls to go to Play DVD and select it to start the video or go to chapter if you want to select a specific chapter.
      a) If you go down and select Play DVD (libdvdnav) instead of the top option to Play DVD, it will send you to the DVD menu so you can get to any extra stuff on the DVD (gag reel, etc.).

The only annoying thing is that there is a volume control on the wii itself that you need to turn up because it’s pretty quiet and you will probably have to turn the volume up on the TV pretty loud after that. Besides that it works perfectly. To increase/decrease the volume on the wii press the plus or minus buttons during the movie.

For controls on how to work the menu during the movie and skip forward or backward, etc you can go here and look at the little table thing. Press the B button during the movie to bring the menu up and press it multiple times to make it go away.

The SD card must be in your Wii for this to work since the programs are not installed on the Wii.

Enjoy your movie 🙂

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