Alternative .dol Method

The alternative .dol method used to be needed to make a few games work.

This method is only needed in very rare cases now. d2x and the block_ios_reload option will make most of these games work without needing to select an alternative .dol

Some Wii games reload a different executable file at some point throughout the game. This eliminates the hook to the hard drive and the game will crash. To get these games working, you can load the file needed by the game directly instead of loading the normal game. Some of the games that require this are Fate of Atlantis included in Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, compilation packs like Metroid Prime Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Armageddon and the MotionPlus tutorial videos found in MotionPlus games (e.g., Wii Sports Resort). The newest method, Alt Dol Disc Plus, allows you to use external files to specify better names for the .dols and also gets some other games working, such as the Sam and Max seasons.

A list of games that might work with this method can be found in Problem Category 1 of this list.

Please check the FAQ if you want to start the game using a different .dol each time you launch (useful for discs that have several games accessible via different methods, like Metroid Prime Trilogy and Sam and Max).

What you should install first

What you need

  • USB Drive

What to download

  • For Alt Dol Disc Plus, download the most recent set of .wdm files.

Loading Alternative .dols with Configurable USB Loader v56 and later using the Disc Plus enhancement

  1. Unzip wdms.zip and copy all the .wdm files into your base directory
    • This is usually sd:/usb-loader
    • Cfg will tell you the base directory it is using if you go to the Global Options page (push 1 twice)
  2. Also copy the .wdm files from the "optional" subdirectory of wdms.zip into the base directory
  3. In Cfg, select your game and push 1 to enter the options screen
  4. Go to the "Alt Dol" option and push right on the D-pad
  5. A new menu will appear with selections for SD, Disc and possibly Disc Plus (if the game has a .wdm file)
  6. Select, with A, the text description under Disc Plus that describes how you want to launch the game
  7. Press 2 to save your selection, or start the game with A

Loading Alternative .dols with Configurable USB Loader v56 and later without Disc Plus

  1. In Cfg, select your game and push 1 to enter the options screen
  2. Go to the "Alt Dol" option and push right on the D-pad
  3. A new menu will appear with selections for SD, Disc and possible filenames ending in .dol
  4. Select, with A, the alternate .dol file you want to load
  5. Press 2 to save your selection, or start the game with A

Loading Alternative .dols with Configurable USB Loader v43 and later

  1. Select your game and push 1 to enter the options screen
  2. Go to the "Alt dol [X found]" option
    • X will be a number indicating how many alternative .dols exist for the game
  3. Select an alternate .dol using D-pad left/right
  4. Save the option with 2, or just start the game with A

Loading Alternative .dols with Configurable USB Loader v42 and earlier

  1. Select your game and push 1 to enter the options screen
  2. Go to the "Alternative dol" and select Disc with the D-pad
  3. Press 2 to save options if you like
  4. Press A to start game
  5. Configurable will ask you to "Select alternative .dol"
  6. You need to select a .dol that is not main.dol with the D-pad
  7. Push A when done to play the game

What does this do?

  • .dol files are executables for the Wii. They are essentially the way to start the game.
  • Some games, like Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, only display a startup screen and then load another executable, but this breaks the USB hack.
  • By choosing an alternative .dol, we are starting the game up immediately from the desired point so that it works as long as it never tries to load another .dol file again (most games don't).

FAQ

  • Can I get Cfg to ask me how I want to start the game each time I start?
    • Yes. This is very useful for games like Sam and Max so you can choose your episode whenever you start the game. On the Alt Dol menu, choose the "Disc" option and save with 2. With this selection, Cfg will bring up the Alt Dol Menu whenever you choose to start the game, allowing you to choose which episode to run.
  • What is the Alternative dol "SD" option in Configurable USB Loader for?
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