Wii and PowerPc

Discussion in 'Games' started by matd, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. matd macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    Hello !

    I have a little question concerning Wii and the PowerPc processor. Is it true/false that we can install another OS on the Wii?
    I read so many articles claiming that this "might be possible", but never read someone actually did it. Can we but a normal bootable CD/DVD into the Wii ?

    Does this mean that the Wii would be able to run Mac Os X 10.3 or Linux and if yes, what becomes of the Wii preinstalled OS ? Can we save it somewhere ( e.g. on a SD Card ?) or will this OS completely be erased ?
    Thx a lot for your answers
  2. zero2dash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2006
    Fenton, MO
    It hasn't been done yet and considering the nonstandard/custom hardware (specifically similar to the Gamecube albeit slightly better) - I don't think you'll ever see it. AFAIK this was never accomplished on the Gamecube so its a safe bet that they'll never do it on the Wii.

    As for PowerPC - the Wii doesn't contain a PPC processor. It's a custom processor codeveloped between Nintendo and IBM. Not just a standard run of the mill PPC cpu.
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    People did Linux running on the gamecube but it never really took off.
  4. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004

    Nintendo does not allow you to install another OS, but eventually someone will hack it. Just the same way as I have hacked my Nintendo DS to run Linux, I expect eventually I'll be able to run Linux on my Wii. Maybe someday even OS X, but I doubt it.

    In the case of my DS, I have Linux installed on a CF card that goes into the DS with an adapter, and a firmware crack that has it boot from that CF card *if* it is inserted. Otherwise, it just boots with the regular OS. I'm sure it would work the same way.
  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Only because it took a bunch of extra hardware and didn't have a lot of uses (because the GC didn't have a DVD drive or USB ports like the XBox and no hard drive, and the extra hardware annulled the cost advantage, so everyone went with XBox Linux).

    The Wii has USB ports and an SD card slot. Once the initial crack is done, loading software on there shouldn't be too hard.
  6. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    It's still based on the G3 and still PowerPC architecture, however.

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