Disc Channel

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Disc Channel
Wii-Disc Channel.png
Type Pre-installed
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Release date(s) NA November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
AUS December 7, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
Genre(s) Utility
Input methods Wii Remote
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Disc Channel
Perfect
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This channel allows the user to launch Wii or GameCube games from the disc drive of the Wii.

Emulation Information

"Insert" a Disc with ISO

You can "insert" (or change) a disc with File > Change Disc or by right-clicking a game in the game list and change to it. For disc to be inserted on startup, right-click a game in the game list and select Set as default ISO (or set it in Config > Paths > Default ISO).

Problems

Cheats, Savestates Not Working

Dolphin only recognizes the first thing loaded as the game that is being played. For example, if Super Smash Bros. Brawl is loaded from the Game List, and use the home menu to go to the Wii Menu, then change disc and load Xenoblade Chronicles, the game cheats, and even any savestates made will be for Brawl and not Xenoblade.

Fixed in 5.0-2712, which introduces proper title tracking. Savestates, screenshots, cheats, custom textures, etc. should all work.

GameCube Games Do Not Load

Disc Channel can recognize GameCube games but launching them with the Disc Channel is not possible at this time due to the complexities of the Starlet coprocessor and the Wii's GameCube Mode (MIOS). Fixed in 5.0-2449.

Persistent Game Settings (GameINI) on Next Game Load

Because of the state of Dolphin's current config system, GameINI will not reload on next game load. This will be solved in the future with the new config system. Fixed in 5.0-4896.

Configuration

This channel does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Disc Channel since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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5.0-9208 (current)
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2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This channel has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7598 Windows 7 Intel Quad Core Xeon @ 2.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Launching any game results in the following error: IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload ios or a title that is not available in your nand dump TitleID xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Dolphin will likely hang now. SephirothFanatic
3.0 Windows 7 Intel Quad Core Xeon @ 2.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Launching any game results in the following error: IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload ios or a title that is not available in your nand dump TitleID xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Dolphin will likely hang now. SephirothFanatic
3.0-376 Windows 7 Intel Quad Core Xeon @ 2.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Launching any game results in the following error: IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload ios or a title that is not available in your nand dump TitleID xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Dolphin will likely hang now. SephirothFanatic
3.5-268 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 ES_Launch merger. Thanks to the fixing of ES_Launch and other improvements, the disc channel no longer has any errors even with panic handlers. But it is still unable to load games. MayImilae
4.0.2 Windows 7 AMD A4-5300B @ 3.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 7480D All games, even Wii games, refuse to load. It just freezes on a black screen 71.229.35.236
4.0-1977 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1GHz AMD Radeon HD 5450 The Disc Channel can now launch Wii games without problems, but it cannot load GameCube games yet. Lukeee123

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