Disc Channel

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Disc Channel
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Type Pre-installed
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Disc Channel
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This channel allows the user to launch Wii or Gamecube games from the disk drive of the Wii. Ideally, the functionality of this channel, inside Dolphin, would include: The launching of any Wii or Gamecube game without the "Unknown Pointer" or "Unable to read the disc" errors appearing. Currently (r7598) functionality is reduced to viewing the currently "inserted" disc by setting the Default ISO path: Options => Configure... => Paths, and changing the currently "inserted" disc by using the "Change Disc..." option: File => Change Disc....


Unable To Read Disc

Opening an ISO: File => Open..., pressing the Home button, selecting "Wii Menu" and selecting "Yes" to the "Return to Wii Menu?" dialog works correctly; provided a Wii System Menu is currently installed. Although, some revisions may give the following error if the "Use Panic Handlers" are on: "Unknown pointer 0xffffffff Continue?". However, Dolphin doesn't fully emulate the Device_ES functions, so the Disc Channel will show the message below if a GameCube ISO is set as the default ISO in Dolphin settings, or if you start the Wii Menu and use the "Change Disc" option under the File menu in Dolphin to select a Wii ISO whose region does not match the installed Wii System Menu.

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In some situations ISO files are unknown on Disc Channel


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.

5.0-11050 (current)
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.


This channel has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7598 Windows 7 x64 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

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