- Chiip was the first DIY (do-it-yourself) modchip. Chiip is designed by Cadex (chiip(at)trashmail(dot)net) at chiip.dl.am and is
NOT open-source. It is however considered "delayed source" and the source will be released sometime after the binary releasegoing to be released as open source under GPL. Chiip was originally based on the Cyclowiz modchip. It has since become a completely independent modchip.
- 4/3/07 Beta 7 Released
- 3/31/07 Beta 6 Re-released
- 3/18/07 Beta 6 Released and Pulled
- 3/8/07 Beta 5 Released
- 3/6/07 Beta 4 Released
- 3/5/07 Beta 3 Released to testers
- 2/25/07 Beta 2 Released
- Works with Wii and Gamecube Originals
- Works with Wii and Gamecube Backups from the same region
- Probably works with Gamecube homebrew too, but never tested
- Probably works with different region software using swap trick
- Works with DVR+R / DVD-R / DVD+RW (and probably DVD-RW too)
- Works with DMS / D2A / D2B chipsets
- Works with ATmega8L-8 and ATmega8-16 on 3.3V supply
- DVD Speed fix (Can be changed from 6x to 2x to reduce noise)
- Probably no Gamecube audiofix (no feedback on that yet)
Not implemented yet:
- Auto-region patching for Wii / Gamecube
- Update via DVD
You can download the latest firmware (Beta 7) from the official Chiip wiki here
AHHH My Chiip doesn't Work! (a.k.a "Troubleshooting")
If your Chiip doesn't work, it could be due to several issues. Note: This guide is using AVRdude to program the Chiip.
Errors During Flashing
avrdude: can't open device "giveio" avrdude: failed to open parallel port "lpt1"
giveio.sys hasn't been installed yet. Run giveio.bat from the AVRDude Batch files & Chiip Beta 4 here
avrdude: AVR device not responding avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1 Double check connections and try again, or use -F to override this check.
This can mean several different problems.
Problem: The programmer isn't plugged into the parallel port.
Solution: Plug it in...
Problem: The programmer isn't plugged into the parallel port all the way.
Solution: See above
Problem: The Chiip isn't plugged into the programmer all the way.
Solution: See above
Problem: The Chiip is plugged into the programmer backwards (If installed correctly, the notches on the socket and chip should align.)
Solution: Put the chip in the socket so the notches align.
Problem: The programmer / chip is short circuiting somewhere
Solution: Look over the programmer / chip for any bridged connections or crossed wires.
Problem: You soldered the connections backwards
Solution: Go back to here and rebuild the programmer. REMEMBER the picture of the D-SUB connector is looking at the back of it and the socket is being looked at from the part you plug the chip into (the top)
Problem: A wire is disconnected in the programmer
Solution: Fix the soldering on that point.
Problem: The parallel port isn't giving out the correct voltage
Solution: You can grab the 5V that you need for the programmer from a usb port.
Errors After Wii Install
Problem: It reads original games but not backups.
Problem: The Wii no longer reads games
Problem: MY WII IS ON FIRE?!?!?!
Solution: I dont even want to go near this question. Next.