Tutorial: Project M 3.5 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mod) on the Dolphin Wii Emulator v4.0.2

Project M

UPDATED on November 23, 2014 for both guide simplification and the recent release of Project M version 3.5!

Project M is an incredible mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii which changes the gameplay to more closely resemble its more competitive, more skill-based, and faster predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Even though Project M is designed to be played on a genuine Wii console, it is possible to run Project M on the Dolphin Wii emulator on your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux computer!

Downloads

To begin, you will need to download the following files (Note that some of these programs are Windows-only):

Installing and Configuring Project M

  1. Begin by unzipping Dolphin somewhere on your hard drive, i.e. “C:\Games\Dolphin”
  2. Move your Super Smash Bros. Brawl NTSC ISO to a directory such as “C:\Games\Dolphin\ISOs”
  3. Run Dolphin.exe and set up the emulator to your liking.

These next steps assume you have run and set up your personal preferences within Dolphin, including settings such as controller mapping (I use an Xbox 360 controller), video options, and sound options.

  1. Extract the contents of “Dolphin-SDCard-Maker.zip” somewhere on your hard drive, i.e. “C:\Games\Dolphin\Tools\Dolphin SD Card Maker”
  2. Run EasyDolphinSDCard Maker.exe.
    1. Under “SD Card Size,” select a size of at least “512 MB.” I selected 2GB here.
    2. Click “Make virtual SDcard.”SD Card Maker
    3. Click OK on the dialog box that appears after a few seconds.
    4. A file called “sd.raw” will appear in your SD Card Maker directory.
  3. Extract the contents of Project M (likely “homebrew.zip”) somewhere on your hard drive, i.e. “C:\Games\Dolphin\Tools\Project M”
  4. InstallandrunWinImage.
    1. Click “File,” then “Open.”
    2. Navigate to your SD Card Maker directory.
    3. Double click “sd.raw.”
    4. Click “Image,” then “Inject a Folder.”
    5. Navigate to the folder where you extracted homebrew.zip. The correct folder likely contains the folders “apps,” “codes,” and “projectm,” depending on the version of Project: M you have downloaded. Press OK.
    6. Click “File,” then “Save.”
    7. Close WinImage
    8. Copy “sd.raw” to “<Your My Documents Folder>/Dolphin Emulator/Wii/”.
    9. For OS X users: The sd.raw file goes into “/Users/<Your User Folder>/Library/Application Support/Dolphin/Wii”. The library folder is hidden. If you can’t find it, you’ll need to go into terminal and type: “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE” without quotes. To hide the folders again, simply type FALSE at the end instead.
  5. Extract the contents of the Gecko ZIP (likely “gecko1931.zip”) somewhere on your hard drive, i.e. “C:\Games\Dolphin\Tools\Gecko1931″
  6. Open Dolphin.
    1. Right-click “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” in your ISO list and select “Set as default ISO.” (If you don’t have Super Smash Bros. Brawl in your ISO list, make sure you have your ISO directory configured correctly within Dolphin.)
    2. Click “Config” at the top of the Dolphin window.
    3. Click the “Wii” tab at the top of this window.
    4. Check the box to the left of “Insert SD Card.”
    5. Press OK.
    6. Click the “Open” button at the top left of the Dolphin window.
    7. Navigate to your Gecko1931 directory.
    8. Double click the “Gecko1931″ folder, then the “HBC” folder, then the “Gecko1931″ folder.
    9. Double click “boot.elf.”boot.elf
    10. Press “OK” on the dialog box that likely appears.
  7. If you’ve done everything correctly so far, you’ll be inside Gecko OS. Note that you will not see the Project M logo inside Gecko, as recent versions of Project M have removed this background image.
  8. You will only have to do the following step once (Every other time you’ll be able to open the Gecko .ELF and press Start Game). Note that you must configure GCPad controls within Dolphin to be able to navigate within Gecko:
    1. Press Down on your D-Pad and press A when you have selected “Config Options.”
    2. Scroll down to “Gecko Hook Type” and press Right on your D-Pad until you see “VBI.” You shouldn’t have to touch any of the other options.
    3. Scroll down to “Save Config” and press A. Press B to return to the main Gecko OS screen.
  9. Scroll to “Start Game” and press A.

That’s it! If you’ve done everything correctly, you should be playing Project M. Enjoy!

Note that if you see a screen that tells you that you don’t have enough space left in the Wii System Memory, you can do one of two things: 1. Continue playing without saving, or 2. Download an NTSC Brawl save without custom stages from the Internet (or just download one from me by clicking here – make sure you unpack it first), open Dolphin –> “Tools” menu –> “Import Wii Save” –> Browse to the downloaded save and open it.

A friendly Reddit user by the name of beefforyou has posted a great tip on /r/SSBPM: After you have entered the “Versus” menu and changed the match options to suit your needs, save the emulator’s state by invoking the “Emulation” –> “Save State” –> “Slot One” menu option within Dolphin, or by pressing Shift + F1. Later, you can simply press F1 after starting emulation, and your game will be ready to play. Thanks, Beef!

Please leave a comment below if this tutorial helped you out or if you require assistance. I have verified these instructions multiple times – if you’re still having trouble getting Project: M working using Dolphin, please verify you have properly completed all of the above steps!

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963 comments on “Tutorial: Project M 3.5 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mod) on the Dolphin Wii Emulator v4.0.2
  1. Omar Kamal says:

    Hello, i followed the steps correctly, but i got the ios 36 error, so i looked at the comments and fixed it with NUS downloader, and then started Gecko i got an error saying dolphin may hang,but in the main menu there was only 4 options:launch,config,about,exit, when i launched the game, it asked for a new save, and when i got the character selection screen, the game hangs after seconds, thank you.

    • Omar Kamal says:

      Just a note, am using Dolphin 3.5-1124 because all newer versions have extreme choppiness in sound and is a bit laggier.

      • Zach says:

        Sorry, I can’t help you if you’re using other versions of Dolphin. You should be able to improve performance in Dolphin 4.0.2 by tweaking the settings.

  2. Gekke D says:

    Hi guys! I had a heap of trouble getting P:M to work. Followed every instruction to the letter, got multiple versions of Dolphin, P:M and SSBB. Turns out my CPU Emulator Engine was set to JITIL Recompiler instead of just JIT. I set it to JIT Recompiler and voila, it worked! Perhaps a few of you can check their settings to see if they have the same problem and fix it :D!

  3. Christopher says:

    Hello,

    I’ve done every step accordingly, and everything goes perfect just until i’m about to go to the tittle screen. It says something about a warning with

    “IOCTL_ES LAUNCH: Game tried to reload a tittle that is not available in your NAND dunp
    TittleID 0000000100000002.
    Dolphin will likely hang now.”

    I’ve made sure every step was done right, i’ve tried reccommendations from the other comments posted in the past that were related, but I still can’t find the reason why the message shows up, mainly after the loading screen of the game already started. Please help. Thanks in advance.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • Christopher says:

        You could see all of those things here. Please take a look and see if anything there is what’s wrong! http://1drv.ms/1Gg9EzV

        • Zach says:

          You’re not using the correct version of Dolphin. Please re-read the guide and follow every step exactly. You need to be using Version 4.0.2 of Dolphin. When you switch versions, your Wii directory will also change locations.

          Also, your computer may not be fast enough to run Dolphin at full speed.

  4. Datlisk says:

    Hi, whenever I download a new version of Dolphin, I don’t know what it does exactly, but every time I try to play PM on the older version it no longer boots to the gecko screen, and has a PM launcher instead, after coming up with some error about HLE emulation, and trying LLE emulation if it’s homebrew. Continuing with either emulation option and pressing play on the menu leads me to a message saying “Dolphin will now hang” then I get a black screen.
    It definitely only happens after I download a new dolphin version, as it’s happened twice now.
    The only current solution I have is deleting everything and reinstalling which sucks.
    Any help?

    • Zach says:

      My solution is simple: Use a version of Dolphin that you know works. Don’t update Dolphin unless you have a reason to do so.

  5. asadasdasd says:

    when the gecko os screen loads up i cannot move up or down, so i can only select launch game…

    • Zach says:

      Please send me a screenshot of your input settings within Dolphin.

      • Jomi says:

        I did all the steps corrently but then when i launch the game it just loads up brawl normaly

        • Zach says:

          I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

          What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

          • Lyle Drake says:

            Game ID: RSBE01
            Codes Error: Too Many Codes
            7180 Lines Found, 424 Lines Allowed

            This happens whenever i have ‘insert SD card’ ticked.I have the same problem; brawl works, not a hint of projectM.

          • Lyle Drake says:

            OH OH OH make sure you include the gameconfig.txt file in the sd card! That increases the codes limit. i did not know that five minutes ago.

  6. Conner O'Donnell says:

    Hey, I completed all of the steps in this tutorial, and have one problem. Gecko works fine, and it said I saved my config options, and when i go to start the game, it says: “Setting Up Drive..
    “Reading DVD Stats..” I don’t know if it is supposed to take a long time or not, but it seems like it should get right to PM. Any help? Thanks!

    • Zach says:

      That means you must have done something wrong. Did you set Brawl as your default ISO? If not, I’ll just copy and paste my boilerplate reply, because I need more information to help you out.

  7. Booce says:

    Whenever Gecko finishes loading up project M and the Project M load screen comes up, it says “DVDLowRead: _BufferOut == 0″ Help?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • B says:

        Hey there,

        I’ve followed your guide completely accurately, made sure I did every step, and every time I try to load Project M up it is stuck on the Gecko OS screen. No keyboard keys work, and I’ve tried plugging in my Xbox PC controller, just can’t get past the screen. If I press enter it shuts the whole thing down with an error.

        Really appreciate the help!

  8. David Montoya says:

    Whenever I open up the game it either shows the original Wii strap screen, or crashes whenever it goes by.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • James says:

        I also have been having this issue. After reading through a couples other comments, I can assure you that the sd file is in the correct location and I did download the NTSC Brawl. So far the only difference I have noticed was my sd file is named “sd” not “sd.raw”. Other than that, I’m lost. Any other tips?

    • This does not work for me!

  9. r says:

    did all the steps but after launching from gecko its just normal brawl no project m

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  10. Matt says:

    Hey – so I followed all of your steps and everything seems to have been installed, created, copied, etc. properly. However, I’m having issues once the game actually starts up. The first thing I notice is in the character selection screen. I am unable to see the alternate costumes for any of the characters. All I can see is their name and a blank space where the character portrait should be. Apart from that, once I get to the map selection screen and select a map the game will just stop running. The FPS meter drops to 0 and nothing happens.

    Specs:

    Windows 7 Home
    Dell XPS L502X
    Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
    RAM: 4GB (3.90 GB usable)
    Graphics Card: GeForce GT 525M (Total available graphics: 2763MB and 1GB of DDR3 Dedicated VRAM)
    64-bit OS

    Dolphin: 4.0.2
    Gecko: 1.9.3.1

    I tried running Brawl on its own and it works great so I’m quite confident it’s not the ISO. I’m also using PM version 3.5.

    If I’m missing any information, please let me know.

    • Zach says:

      Thanks for your detailed info. That is extremely strange. Your laptop isn’t the most powerful, so your problems may be due to your laptop’s low system specs. Are you sure your Project: M download is complete and not corrupt?

      • Matt says:

        As far as I know it downloaded fully and unzipped completely. Is there any method of checking or should I just re-download it and make a new sd card? I could always download an older version of M to see if that makes a difference I guess.

  11. stonebrood says:

    I follow the steps and when I try launching the game from Gecko OS I get “Error: No DVD found”. Any suggestions?

  12. raintusk says:

    if new version of Project M got released , on which step should i beggin with ??

    • Zach says:

      Great question. If a new version of Project: M is released, start with step 6. You will just have to create a new sd.raw file with the new version.

  13. Adisa says:

    What happens is that my emulated GC controller doesn’t work on the Gecko screen.

  14. josh says:

    Are there any free alternatives to winimage to use when inserting the contents of the folder/zip into the virtual sd card? I’m not really willing to pay $30 for winimage and I’ve already used the free trial before.

    • Zach says:

      Sorry, not that I’m aware of!

    • Kye of the Sea says:

      My understanding is that WinImage is just a simple disk image editor. There are a number of free image editors out there, the most popular I believe is Daemon Tools. zi personally have used PowerISO many times in the past. The nice thing about WinImage is it’s super lightweight, but the other two should do the job, and then some.

      Note that I haven’t tried to use them for the purposes of this tutorial, but they should work. Should.

      • Kye of the Sea says:

        Update: PowerISO does work. I don’t plan on testing with Daemon Tools. All you have to consider is that when in the open file dialog box, you must select “All Files” under file types. After all, .raw is a rather unusual file extension.

        Also, ignore the message that opens when you run the unpaid version. There is no time limit, and no restrictions, only a five second delay to close the dialog. It is, for all intents and purposes, the full program.

  15. Harrison says:

    Awesome guide, thanks! Everything works great but I was wondering if there is a shorter way of opening PM without going through the whole “open” process. I read through some comments but it seems that the WAD file you uploaded doesn’t open PM. When I click the WAD file, it shows the gecko menu but says it’s missing ISO 36 or something. Any way to fix it?

    • Zach says:

      To download and install IOS 36, you’ll need NUS Downloader. Use NUS downloader to download the latest version of IOS36, pack it into a WAD, then use Dolphin’s “Tools” –> “Install WAD” menu option to install that WAD file.

      If you need more help or clarification than that, you’re likely better off just using the regular “open” process. Just do something like put a shortcut to the Gecko file on your desktop for easy access.

  16. Ronald says:

    Hi , i did everything right in this tutorial , but when i press load game it’ll load but not project M , it’ll just load up the original game . Please help

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • Try disabling the Enable Cheats option in Config if it’s enabled.

      • Kye of the Sea says:

        Might have the same issue I had. Make SURE that the “Wii NAND root” path set in Dolphin is actually pointing to where it should. Mine was pointing to a directory dolphin had created on the C drive, not the documents folder.

  17. Hermes says:

    On step 7.5, it says that the Project M folder should most likely have the folders “apps”, “codes” and “projectm”. However, the one I downloaded (yes, I downloaded the Full Set version) has the folders “launch” and “pf”. Will that change anything I have to do to install Project M?

    • Zach says:

      Yes, you extracted the wrong folder to your sd.raw file.

      Inside Project: M’s homebrew.zip file, there are three folders and one file: an “apps” folder, a “codes” folder, a “projectm” folder, and a “gameconfig.txt” file. You extracted the CONTENTS of the “projectm” folder, when you should have extracted the entire contents of the homebrew.zip file.

  18. Ben says:

    Hi, I’m having trouble installing Project M. I followed each of your steps one by one but when I launched the game, it says “No SD codes found.” I looked online and found someone saying to rename the GCT file in the codes folder from RSBE01.GCT to RSBP01.GCT. I did that, and the game says “SD Codes Found. Applying.” However, it is now stuck on this screen and will not “apply.” Do you happen to know what is my problem? Thanks in advance.

  19. JazawaToad says:

    I’m having an issue. I followed the guide exactly, but when I get to Gecko and change the hook type to VBI, the game will not start. It just shows this: http://gyazo.com/5fe94bffedad354fcc61c6eb78535bd3 And it stays like that, no changes. But when I set the hook type to Default, it runs, but with major audio issues and lag. Any suggestions?

  20. Oliver says:

    Don’t know if its me, but i only have alternative skins of characters? On youtube people have Ronald Mcdonald and stuff, if that is a different hack would someone point me in the right direction please? :)

    • Zach says:

      It’s not just you. You don’t get any very special costumes on the default installation of Project: M. Someone else might be able to point you in the right direction for custom skins.

  21. Kebabman13 says:

    Hey i’ve got the exact same problem so if you have the solution please tell me !

  22. Lucas says:

    Hello, I followed every step in this tutorial multiple times, and I’ve had many errors. I finally got close to getting it to work, when I got this error: http://i.gyazo.com/8ba77e112102ce3064bab54a7213b3e5.png
    Which after I clicked that, it popped up again, and when I finally got rid of it, this happened: http://i.gyazo.com/b0038b08540038f5e88111c4f5611ec8.png
    I don’t know whats wrong.
    Here’s my Documents/Dolphin Emulator/Wii folder: http://i.gyazo.com/ef6c8d1a125c4130b43c9c6461ccebaf.png
    Here’s my games I have on the emulator: http://i.gyazo.com/ca860e4425679662d763a6211b4915ca.png
    and here’s what’s inside sd.raw: http://i.gyazo.com/c6546c743cb0092a07c4deaee6c8c655.png
    I’d appreciate some help, thanks.

  23. Max says:

    Hey Zach, I am also getting the “No SD Codes Found” error. I have redone the steps 3 times now and made sure very carefully that everything is correct. Here are some imgur links with how things are set up. I have tried everything, please help :)

    Album link: http://imgur.com/a/J9Phv

    I have downloaded every resource from your guide and downloaded the exact same versions as you recommended. My brawl is NTSC and I have followed the steps carefully over and over again. I’m very frustrated and I hope you can see what I’ve done wrong. Thanks.

  24. Illuminati says:

    Project M works just fine, but is there a way for me to use my real wiimote and nunchuck with it? At this point it only accepts input from the GC emulated controller.

  25. Space Bacon says:

    Hey I followed everything to the T and it worked! so thank you for that! But one of my friends started up smash and not boot.elf and now project m will not run even if i open it with Gecko. Any idea how to fix this?

    • Zach says:

      Yay, I’m glad to hear that! But that’s really strange. I’ve never heard of that problem before. What happens when you run Gecko’s boot.elf and try to start P:M?

  26. Kye of the Sea says:

    This may have been answered already, but I didn’t think too fondly of the idea of browsing through 2 years of comments.

    So, I followed the setup exactly, step by step, but I still cannot get PM to launch at all via this method. Whenever I run the game, I only end up getting Brawl, unmodified. The thing that I think is interesting is that when launching in Gecko, it lists the game’s code (RBSE01), and immediately after says “No codes found”. I gather that it can’t find the rbse01.gct file on the SD image. Or perhaps it’s not reading the image at all?

    Any help would be appreciated, as I did follow the setup exactly. I tried this once before, too, a long time ago (it was still 3.02 at the time), and I had the same results: vanilla brawl, nothing else.

    • Kye of the Sea says:

      Note: I can run PM as an .iso for Netplay, but I would like to be able to run the mod without having to build an .iso for a couple of reasons: one, there are problems and limitations with the .iso version, namely with new game modes like the modified stamina mode and the All Star mode. Also, I would like to try out playing with other mods, like the various character mods you can find, and feel I’d be more successful at doing so running PM from a virtual SD card than modifying an .iso itself.

      I say all this to point out the fact that my computer is highly capable of running P:M, and it is not an issue with my configuration or specs. And I’ve gone over the instructions multiple times, and I did NOT miss or skip anything. The only thing I’m not sure as to whether or not is correct is really the SD card’s file structure.

      So please, no cookie cutter “I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin…” comment.

      • Zach says:

        Thanks for your comment. It’s very ironic that you ask me to give you a response that isn’t the copy-and-pasted cookie-cutter reply, but you don’t give me all of the information I ask for in that reply for me to help you. I do read and reply to all of the comments people leave here, but I can’t help everyone individually unless they give me some information I need. Could you please give me the following information?

      • Which version of Dolphin are you using?
      • Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB?
      • For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar?
      • A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.
  • Grant says:

    Great guide. Most of it works like a charm. I have two small issues:

    First, I get no sound whatsoever in Brawl or PM. Also, under config->audio, all of the options are greyed out i.e. I can’t change the backend or emulator engine. Any idea what could cause this? Could the problem be with the ISO? I ripped it myself via CleanRip.

    Second, I know my computer isn’t exactly top-notch, but I thought I could get by on low resolution. However, even with the lowest and fastest settings (as per online help), I get 10-15 fps at the lowest resolution (sometimes even lower with several players), which is pretty much unplayable. Is my hardware just not enough? The specs are:

    CPU (fairly sure this isn’t the issue):
    Core i7-2620M (dual core)

    Graphics:
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    NVIDIA NVS™ 4200M

    Thanks for the help. I just want to figure out whether my laptop is too crappy or I messed something up while setting up. Thanks again for the guide!

    • Grant says:

      Ah…I mostly solved the problem. I was using the most recent dolphin build, because I wanted to use the new gamecube usb adapter, which wasn’t supported as of 4.0.2. Using 4.0.2, the sound seems fine, and I get a consistent 60 fps. Do you know a build which supports it, but doesn’t have lag or sound issues? Thanks again.

  • Patrick says:

    Are my specs too low to run dolphin/ssbpm?
    http://imgur.com/dpvsYJN

    • Zach says:

      Probably, yes. But it’s always worth a shot!

      • Patrick says:

        Ok well it seems whether I run in regular brawl through dolphin or pm through gecko right when I get to choose my character the audio begins to lag and fps drops to around 30-40. It returns to 60 during map selection but then drops again when a match begins. Is this a result of low specs or bad setup?

        • Zach says:

          It’s probably a result of low specs. When you’re on the menus, your hardware doesn’t have to work as hard, so you’ll achieve a higher framerate. When a match begins, your hardware has to work much harder, resulting in a lower framerate.

  • bruh says:

    Dolphin crashes whenever I open boot.elf? Please help.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Jordan says:

    I am stuck on a screen in Gecko that says “Setting up drive”. Idk what to do.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • SomeGuy says:

      Don’t forget to set SSBB as your default ISO. I had the same problem where Dolphin was stuck on “Setting up drive”, this fixed it.
      Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/VUr17lz.png

  • Baldr says:

    I’m not completely sure if this is an issue with the install but for some reason the game lags like hell. I mean, I can run crysis 2 on high res without lags so any clues as to why it might lag? (even during menu and startup of the game it lags)

  • Henry says:

    Hola, yo de nuevo. ><

    Hice todo exactamente como dice el tutorial, pero al pasar la pantalla de carga de Project M, se congela en una pantalla negra y no puedo hacer nada.

    Puedo asegurarte que he hecho todo bien y que todo está en su lugar. Estoy usando la versión 4.0.2 y ya he instalado Project M antes en esta computadora y sí funcionaba.

    ¡Espero que no te moleste el Español!

  • Jack says:

    I have a BIG issue, whenever I try to launch “boot.elf” I get a black screen, but when I press A at this black screen I get brawl to launch.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • Kayne says:

      Hi, I did all those things but when i click on “Launch game” on gecko it says “No SD codes” and it runs SSBBrawl, can you help me?

      • Zach says:

        I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

        What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • noah says:

    mine says disc error when i load it

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • This guide is fantastic. The problem is for some reason my dash analog isnt working so all I am doing is walking normally =/

  • Patrick says:

    Hi, Everything seems to be installed, the NTSC Brawl ISO works perfectly and i’ve redone the installation of Project M three times with the same results. Opening up boot.elf via dolphin brings up an array of warnings.
    five saying “Unable to resolve write address (Series of numbers and letters)”
    five more saying the same thing with “Read” instead of “Write”, two saying “IntCPU: Uknown intruction (Numbers) at PC = (Numbers) Last_PC = 00000000 LR = 00000000″
    and one last one at the end saying “HLE system tried to call an undefined HLE function 0.”
    After clicking OK on all of these pop-ups my dolphin stops working and prceeds to crash.
    Some people have recommended me to run main.dol instead but when i do this it opens up a gecko menu and when i switch the Gecko Hook Type to “VBI” and Launch the game it stays on a screen that says “Setting up drive” forever. Id’ve tried running this window overnight and it still stays stuck on that moment.
    As i’ve said before i’ve restarted the full intall of Project M three times and I have followed every single direction attentively and have made sure that i’ve made no mistake.
    I am running my pc on Windows 8 and am using the 64bit version of Dolphin 4.0.

    If someone could help me with my predicament that would be awesome.

    • Zach says:

      What are your PC’s specs?

      • Patrick says:

        Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
        Manufacturer Intel
        Speed 3.9 GHz
        Number of Cores 8
        Video Card AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
        Manufacturer ATI
        Chipset AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
        Dedicated Memory 1.0 GB
        Total Memory 4.0 GB
        Memory 8.1 GB
        Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit
        Service Pack 0
        Size 64 Bit
        Edition Basic
        Display Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080

  • John says:

    Is there a way to prevent Dolphin from freezing up whenever I exit Project M?

    • Zach says:

      I’ve had that happen to me in the past, but that problem has gone away with the latest version of Dolphin. Which version of Dolphin are you using?

  • where does one get a brawl iso that is not spilt into 85 million parts

  • Kevin says:

    Specs: http://i.imgur.com/GErZaWM.png
    Dolphin: http://i.imgur.com/ReKDIDb.png
    sd.raw: http://i.imgur.com/B4hn0Pm.png
    Gecko Location: http://i.imgur.com/b0csfgO.png

    So I’ve followed the steps carefully through twice now, and Gecko just gets to this state where it just loads forever ( http://i.imgur.com/K3NIPbb.png ). I’m using Dolphin 4.0.2, Project M ver. 3.5, with a NTSC copy of Brawl. Any ideas? :S

    • Zach says:

      Thank you SO much for all of those screenshots and detailed info. This is exactly the kind of information I need when someone has an issue with Project: M on Dolphin.

      Nothing looks incorrect from those screenshots you sent me, except maybe the fact that SSBB doesn’t have a thumbnail icon… Does normal SSBB work perfectly on Dolphin for you?

      Since you’re great at taking screenshots, could you please supply me with one more? Please take a screenshot of sd.raw open in WinImage.

      • Kevin says:

        I really appreciate the help, thanks :)

        sd.raw contents: http://i.imgur.com/STWCmVP.png

        SSBB runs fine, I’ve even run Brawl Minus on it using the steps above with its files in the sd.raw. However, Project M doesn’t seem to run for some reason, despite double checking every step.

        • Zach says:

          That is incredibly weird. That looks right. Is your “Hook Type” within Gecko set to “VBI”?

          The one thing that looks sketchy to me from that screenshot is the title bar of WinImage. It looks like you’re opening an sd.raw file located in your Downloads folder. Did you forget to copy that sd.raw file over to your Documents/Dolphin Emulator/Wii folder?

          The fact that Brawl Minus works is the strangest part. You obviously know how to get this kinda stuff working, so I’m not sure why PM wouldn’t work for you.

          • Kevin says:

            Yes, I set the Hook Type to VBI through the emulated GCpad, then saved config before trying to launch the game.

            I have different sd.raw files put in separate folders in my downloads (one for Brawl Minus, one for Project M), so when I decide which one I want to play, I can simply overwrite the one that’s currently in Documents/Dolphin Emulator/Wii.

            Yeah, I’m kinda confused as to why Project M wasn’t working, but if you’re unable to figure out why it doesn’t work, that’s fine. I appreciate the support regardless. :)

          • Zach says:

            Man, I’m sorry – without sitting in front of your computer, I don’t know why it wouldn’t be working. Would you like to set up a TeamViewer session some time this week so I can poke around and fix your issue? If so, can I email you at the address you gave in your comment?

          • Kevin says:

            (I don’t know why it won’t let me reply to most recent comment)

            Yeah, that sounds great! Go right ahead with emailing.

    • Evan says:

      did you figure out this problem? I have the same problem, when i hit “start game” in gecko it brings me to ssbb rather than PM.

  • Mike says:

    I have everything running smoothly and been playing a Project M version so far. However where I am running into trouble is the other updates like Brawl 4 All and Project M Frozen Edition. I follow similar steps in the process and run the boot.elf and the only version of Brawl I keep getting is the Project M version that is, while good, not fully loaded with the over 100 characters I want. Soooooo…what am I doing incorrectly?

    • Zach says:

      There are so many variables here that it’s really hard to diagnose your issue.

      What, exactly, are you doing to try to get Brawl 4 All and Frozen Edition working?

      • Mike says:

        Well Zach what I’m going to try to do is do another SD card with all the specs of the Frozen and Brawl 4 all editions to see if possibly plugging that in will change the load screen from standard M to the other editions. It seems no matter what I have done up to this point however that it could be possible the the gecko is locked in on one type?

        • Zach says:

          Okay, good luck! Gecko is not locked in to one “type” of Project: M. I have successfully gotten P:M mods (such as the HD texture pack) working on Dolphin.

  • Quinn says:

    Alright, so I made sure to follow every step to the T, however I keep running into an error after trying to startup boot.elf for the first time, on step 9 part 9. It keeps saying “Unable to resolve write address” multiple times, with a bunch of numbers and letters, such as “8007e2bc PC 800040e8″. I’ve tried following a different tutorial on getting PM set up, however I ran into the same error back then. After the error sign pops up (multiple times), Dolphin just crashes. Brawl works perfectly fine whenever I try to run it, I’m using the latest build of Dolphin, and I’m using the NTSC brawl iso. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    • Zach says:

      Unfortunately, there are so many variables when it comes to troubleshooting P:M, and it usually comes down to someone missing a step or not performing a step correctly. With that said, I’m going to copy and paste a reply that’s helped multiple people through their issues:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • JayAndre says:

    Keeps saying “Setting Up Drive..
    Reading DVD stats..” been like the for an hr now

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Cj says:

    I did every step, but it says i need IOS 36. Any help?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Anthony Blake says:

    i followed all the directions and when I was loading the game using gecko, it said that there is no SD card even though it’s in there. what happened?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Ben says:

    Because Dolphin 4.0.2 isn’t available for mac download, what would you suggest doing instead?

    • Zach says:

      The latest version (4.0.5662) is probably fine.

      • Kenny says:

        Help!II did everything perfectly!So don’t tell me to go look back at the steps.But once I press launch game on gecko,it says
        “Setting Up Drive…
        Reading DVDS Stats…” Forever.

        • Zach says:

          If you don’t me to give you that copy/paste reply, you have to give me all of the information I need to help you out. You’re missing some of that key information. So here comes the copy/paste reply:

          I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

          What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

          • Kenny says:

            Well,I’m not too good with computers,so I have no idea how to find out my PC’s specs.As for the other stuff,I do believe I am using a NTSC Version of the game due to the fact on Dolphin,to the right of the game it displays an American flag.I am currently using Dolphin 4.0.2.Like I said I’m not too good with computers,so I don’t know how to screenshot anything.

          • Zach says:

            OK, where is your sd.raw file located? We’ll start with that.

          • Kenny says:

            Right In Documents/Dolphin Emulator/Wii.

          • Zach says:

            OK, can you take a screenshot of the sd.raw file open in WinImage? You can take a screenshot using Windows’ built-in Snipping Tool. Use Start Search to search for “Snipping Tool,” then host your image on a site like imgur.com.

          • Kenny says:

            Sorry about the super late reply,I just remembered about this.So a friend who already has PM on his PC did pretty much the exact same thing,yet it worked,haha.Though after that it was a bit easy to work with it,I added a couple character skins,stage skins,and even character mods to the games data then put it in the SD card and it works,same goes for Brawl Minus.

          • Zach says:

            No worries, Kenny! I’m glad you got it to work.

      • gary oak says:

        Thank you for making this guide. why is it that I need a GCpad setup to navigate or even launch gecko? how come the keyboard doesnt suffice?

        • Zach says:

          The keyboard does suffice. You just need to set up a virtual GameCube controller in the Dolphin settings. You can map the virtual GC controller to your keyboard’s keys.

  • richard says:

    I just get error no DVD when loading gecko, checked brawl as default iso but still doesn’t work, stumped

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • bassian10 says:

    Hey, i seem to have a weird problem, at first I had the thing where gecko just booted brawl, then I figured it was because I got the iso before the guide. So i got the ntsc iso followed the steps 100%, and now im here http://i.imgur.com/712hRB0.png. forever. I assume it just crashed, but im not sure why, consistency is 10/10.

    pls dont give me that copypaste reply (sorry).

    Nvidia Geforce 610m
    8gb ram
    intel core i7-3630QM 2.4ghz

    • Zach says:

      If you don’t want that copy/paste reply, you have to give me all of the information I need to help you out. You’re missing some of that information.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • NikDarkstorm says:

    “11. You will only have to do the following step once (Every other time you’ll be able to open the Gecko .ELF and press Start Game).”
    Where is there a Gecko .ELF?? And i really wish you’d do a tutorial for 3.5
    as i much prefer Dolphin 3.5 over 4.0+. Great tutorial for 4.0+ users though.

    • Zach says:

      Please read the entire guide. Step 9.9 clearly states the location of the Gecko .elf file.

      Why do you prefer Dolphin 3.5?

      • Nik Darkstorm says:

        No, please read your entire guide. You mean step 9?
        There is no “Gecko .elf” file, there’s the boot.elf file within that’s screencapped on step 9, which is why I’m asking.

        • Nik Darkstorm says:

          Oh & i prefer 3.5 over 4.0+ for a handful of different reasons,
          but after experimenting with certain build versions,
          i find those best.

        • Zach says:

          Haha, no, I mean Step 9.9. Step 9, substep 9.
          When I say “Gecko .elf” file, I don’t mean a file named “Gecko .elf”. I mean the .elf file associated with Gecko, which is the “boot.elf” file you’re seeing.

  • Sam says:

    I’ve done everything in the guide, but dolphin just runs brawl after I click on the boot.elf file change to VBI and click launch game. I’ve done every step numerous times. I’ve double checked every step. I’m using a Toshiba running Windows 8. I don’t know a ton about computers etc. What should I check?

  • Adorabunny says:

    This guide is a great help. Recently, I kinda tweaked my settings too much so I had to start from scratch just to get to play SSB PM again.

    I just wonder why you removed the part where we’re supposed to download a packed IOS36 WAD from the NUS Downloader and have them go directly to the Gecko part.

    • Zach says:

      Glad to hear that!

      That’s a great question. Fortunately, that step is unnecessary in Dolphin 4.0.2, so I removed it from the guide. Yay for simplicity!

  • Ryan says:

    7. Navigate to your Gecko1931 directory.
    8. Double click the “Gecko1931″ folder, then the “HBC” folder, then the “Gecko1931″ folder.
    9. Double click “boot.elf.”

    Everything seems perfect until around here. When I double click the Gecko1931 folder there is an HBC folder. But when I open that up there isnt anything in there. The boot.elf is there already once I open the Gecko1931 folder. I even tried using this instead and everything seems to work until I launch the game. -Normal Brawl loads and not PM.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Henry says:

    Hola, ¡soy yo de nuevo!

    Parece que ha salido una nueva versión, ¿cómo puedo actualizarla?

    Perdón por volver a escribir en español.

    ¡Gracias!

  • Ec3459 says:

    I set my Gamepad and when I try to scroll down to the settings on the Gecko menu, it doesn’t work…help
    .-.

  • Hiereth says:

    I’ve followed all the steps, but upon “launching game” in gecko it puts me on the first wii-mote safety screen and freezes.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Grugson says:

    I have been though and done everything %100 correct, Tried a few different copies of SSBB but still don’t work, i have no errors and it all looks as though it will work right but when i click launch game it just launches the normal game without Project M installed… Please help!

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Colin Ulin says:

    Alright everything seems to be running correctly except after I click “Launch Game” I get the “Warning – DVDLowRead : _BufferOut == 0″ error. I noticed a few other people in this comments thread have had the same issue and I was wondering if anyone had solved it. I am running Dolphin (4.0-4758) and have definitely followed the directions exactly. I even recreated the sd.raw file just in case I did it wrong the first time. Here is a picture of Gecko: http://oi58.tinypic.com/x4oeol.jpg

  • Askingcarpet says:

    Is it possible to play any of the “masterpieces” demos?

  • luuk says:

    When I click launch in gecko it says “Erroe: No DVD Found” what do I do now?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • Estefan says:

      I have this same error. I don’t know my exact specs but it is more than enough to max out revious versions of project m and other wii games like xenoblade chronicles. I have verified that SSBB is a working NTSC version. Also, I am using Dolphin 4.0.2 and the homebrew full set of project m 3.5.

  • Fantasos says:

    I think I installed it correctly but I am not able to wavedash or L-cancel for some reason. Is there a way to find out if it’s installed correctly in-game or in the Dolphin/GeckoOS launcher?

  • Travis says:

    I followed the tutorial all the way through, but it didn’t load project M when I started through gecko; it just loaded regular Brawl. Repeated it one more time and the same thing still happened.

  • Nick Noneya says:

    Oi, this worked fantastic! Thanks a lot, man!

  • Chris Lang says:

    Hey, so I followed all the steps, yet when i click Launch game in the from the gecko screen, reuglar brawl boots up. Any ideas as to why? Thanks in advance!

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Tramponion says:

    it works fine but after like 10 mins dolphin stops working…

  • Worked perfectly! Thanks!

  • Colin Ulin says:

    So I’ve gone through all of the steps and imported am using a NAND dump from my wii to get around the IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH error. Now I’m stuck on the first Gecko screen and every time I click the options button, I get the following error: http://pastebin.com/Qxpw6WLf Do you have any ideas of what to do next?

    • Zach says:

      You shouldn’t need a NAND dump from your Wii at all. Why are you using that?

      • Colin Ulin says:

        Because I was receiving the “IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH” error whenever I clicked on any of the options in Gecko and I read that that error had to do with dolphin searching for wii os files and I could dump those from my personal wii. Is that not the correct way to fix this error?

      • Colin Ulin says:

        More specifically, the error says:

        IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload a title that is not available in your NAND dump
        TitleID 0000000100000002.
        Dolphin will likely hang now.

  • z00rado says:

    I Have made All Exactly as you say, but when I Start the Game in Gecko, It Open the Normal Brawl. I Have Paused the game In Gecko, and It say: No SD Code Found. I Have Enabled SD In Config. The Project M is Patt Edition.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • Askingcarpet says:

      Check if you injected the right files on the sd.raw, it happened to me and i fixed it, look for one of my previous comments if you want.

  • Thomas says:

    Could you please upload your SD RAW file for 3.5? When I make one myself the file doesn’t seem to be seen by Dolphin at all. Normally when I open it up via default programs it’s either pictures or WinRaR.

    • Zach says:

      Please read the guide in its entirety. You shouldn’t need to open up the file in any default program.

      The last time I uploaded my own SD.raw file, it didn’t work for many users. It’s far better for users to take the time to do it themselves, although I will consider uploading another SD.raw file in the future.

  • Emmet says:

    Gecko freezes when I click Launch Game, with and without an SD card inserted. The Brawl ISO works fine.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • ari says:

    So i did everything verbatim, but when i get into gecko and turn on vbi and save, the came wont load when i press start game. It says no dvd found. What did i do wrong and how can i fix this???

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Shafath999 says:

    I did everything but it keeps saying no dvd found after i press launch game.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Askingcarpet says:

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial! without it it would’ve been impossible for me to play it on pc!

    • Zach says:

      Awesome! Have fun! =D

      • CW says:

        Hi! I followed the steps and I have no errors. But when I turn on my rom and clicks start game. Everything works fine, just project M doesen’t seem to be installed :/

        • Zach says:

          I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

          What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

          • CW says:

            My pc specs are

            CPU: I5 4200m
            GPU: gt 755m sli
            RAM: 8 gb
            1TB Harddrive

            Also how can I check if my SSBB is NTSC or PAL. I don’t have access to my dolphin atm. I can probably get the screenshot by tomorrow. Same with sd.ra

          • Zach says:

            Dolphin will display an American flag next to the game in the list if it is NTSC. It will display an EU flag if the game is PAL.

          • CW says:

            Thanks :) It’s PAL that’s the problem :)

  • Cagan says:

    I got into the game through the Gecko loader but its taking forever to create a new save file. The red wheel is just going extremely slow and its been 5 minutes and the game still hasn’t started. I downloaded the save you provided and imported it but it did not work. Any ideas?

  • Zidgof says:

    My real wii controller doesnt work on project m but works on the normal brawl.

  • This works if use the español language game?

  • Hi! Thanks for the tutorial and the files.
    I have just one issue: Using the sd.raw file you provided, Gecko says that “SD not found” so it can save the config changes. I tried with a new SD and then it saves changes to the config file. What can I do?

    • Zach says:

      Don’t use the SD.raw file I provided – apparently there were some issues with it. Try making your own Project: M SD card. I don’t quite understand your final sentence.

  • Victor Koot says:

    Hey Zach, everything works fine and well, only I’ve got one big issue. Once I’ve selected a stage I’ve to wait for like a minute before the stage opens (stage selection screen kind of freezes into a long load period).

    • Zach says:

      Interesting. What are the specs of your computer?

      • Victor Koot says:

        OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
        Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
        Other OS Description Not Available
        OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
        System Model HP EliteBook 8570w
        System Type x64-based PC
        Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2301 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
        BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 68IAV Ver. F.42, 15/07/2013
        SMBIOS Version 2.7
        Windows Directory C:\Windows
        Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
        Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = “6.1.7601.17514”
        Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
        Total Physical Memory 7.93 GB
        Available Physical Memory 4.71 GB
        Total Virtual Memory 15.9 GB
        Available Virtual Memory 12.1 GB
        Page File Space 7.93 GB
        Page File C:\pagefile.sys

  • WinDoe says:

    I did everything as stated with the sd.raw that was provided (to skip the winimage part). No problem.

    All of the steps were followed to the letter with the sd.raw in my Wii subfolder under Dolphin Emulator, yet the Gecko OS persists that there is “No SD Card found” when I try to save config. It’s the last step required and I’ve no idea why it is not detecting the SD card.

    I’ve checked the “Insert SD Card” Checkbox as well, and I’ve made sure I’m using SSBB in NTSC. I’ve no idea what to do next.

  • Matt says:

    I keep getting a code error within gecko below where it says game ID. It reads as “Code Error: too many codes” and then boots up brawl instead. How do i fix this?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Demy says:

    Zach can u please upload your sd.raw file from project M 3.5? 3.0 only worked because i copied someone elses sd.raw file

    • Zach says:

      Yes, I will do that at some point this weekend. However, making your own sd.raw is a pretty easy process. If you’re dying to play P:M 3.5, simply make your own in the meantime.

  • Shagi says:

    Can’t you make a ISO merged with the project M 3.5 to be played on the WII?

  • Budsy says:

    Nevermind, stupid mistake. accidentally mapped the “A” button to the wrong key.

  • Budsy says:

    I keep getting the following warning when I am selecting the “Config Options” (and every other button) in Gecko’s main menu screen.

    IOCTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload a title that is not available in
    your NAND dump
    TitleID 0000000100000002.
    Dolphin will likely hang on.

    The warning window has an “OK” button when selected does nothing. I am not sure what I am doing wrong? Can anyone help me?

  • jack says:

    3.5 update?

  • Askingcarpet says:

    I followed every step perfectly but it just runs Brawl, what can i do?

    • Askingcarpet says:

      Nevermind, i fixed it, it was because i injected the projectm folder in sd.raw instead of all the contents in the homebrew.zip

      • Askingcarpet says:

        Still i found out i can’t play subspace emisary, if i try to play it the game puts me in training mode

        • Zach says:

          Glad you solved your issue. I’m not really sure why Subspace Emissary isn’t working, but it might be a known issue. Try playing on other levels for now.

          • Askingcarpet says:

            It was on 3.2, now with 3.5 it works perfectly, except turbo item gives me curry effect, but it works perfectly.

  • Spicy Dennis says:

    Whenever I click start in Gecko it says, “No Disc Found”? Please Help.

    • Spicy Dennis says:

      Actually I fixed that but now it just won’t load project m, it just does normal brawl. It says “No SD codes found” if that helps.

      • Zach says:

        Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

        What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • Askingcarpet says:

        I had the issue too, i solved it by extracting project m in a created folder and then injected that folder, because i only injected projectm in sd.raw, check if that works. Hope i helped!

  • AmBozz says:

    Great Tutorial, everything clear, but I followed everything and I only get to run the normal Brawl. Is the Homebrew Version necessary? That COULD be the problem.

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Captain Sheepy says:

    Alright, so I’ve actually done this plenty times before and worked flawlessly every time, and then the new dolphin 4.0.2 stable comes out and messes everything up.

    I follow your tutorial exactly per-step reading everything out to myself and etc. Doesn’t work. BUT! then I read on a forum somewhere that I had to put the SD Card in a folder that was added by the new dolphin (Dolphin>System>Wii ::: Used to use Dolphin>User>Wii)
    Then suddenly it worked! BAM! WORKING PERFECTLY YES! (What I didn’t realize was that my NAND Root was going to the older folder I used to use, Dolphin>User>Wii

    So I go to play Project M again just to make sure it actually was working right. Make sure everything is all good and dandy and I start up again.
    All the sudden it doesn’t work.

    So trust me, I followed all your steps and made one little change and it worked.
    But now all the sudden the second time it doesn’t work.

    I tried changing the NAND root to the new folder it’s supposed to be in…no dice
    I changed it back to the old one where it did work once (and on previous versions of dolphin) and no dice.

    Why the heck did it literally stop working after working once!? That’s…really weird.

    I redid your steps 10 times now and no joke, I mean a full 10 times. I used to play project M a lot on dolphin, and then the new dolphin screws up everything, it works once, and now it’s not working at all.
    It just keeps opening up brawl rather than project m

    • Zach says:

      You need to put the SD card in your My Documents folder, then “Dolphin Emulator”, then the “Wii” folder. Look at step 7.8. It sounds to me like you’re putting sd.raw in the wrong place.

  • Lord_MUTO says:

    Hey great tutorial, but i have a problem, so i follow your steps and then i open the gecko file, i can’t move with my controller (xbox) in the menu, i mapped my controller before.
    What should i do ( it’s a ntsc version) ? And my controller works on SSB

  • Kris says:

    I’m on Mac and I’ve done everything right and I’m on NTSC but the NTSC doesn’t have a picture on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and everything, I opened boot.elf on Dolphin, it shows a blue dark screen and goes to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • Kris says:

        I have a Macbook Pro, I really don’t know the specs, and I only know it is a 5 intel core. Can you make a tutorial for the mac?

        • Zach says:

          Since I don’t have access to an OS X system, I can’t make a tutorial with 100% confidence. That being said, the only difference is going to be creating the correct sd.raw file. Everything else will be very similar.

  • Neil says:

    My computer won’t open the .elf file for booting gecko os. Is there a program for that?

  • jrlito1 says:

    everytime i start it up it says dvdlowread ==0

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • kohl says:

    data error in projectm/pf/fighter/mario/fitmariomotionetc.pac file is broken

  • BlackZero796 says:

    When I get gecko to run the game, it just opens up Brawl. What do I do?

  • Joe Cabrera says:

    Una pregunta : si me correria el project M en mi dolphin version 2.0

  • john says:

    thanks man it worked for me!! :) cheers!

  • k5martdom says:

    mine shows a green screen

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Octavio says:

    I don’t play project m, the emulator dolphin crash. You have a solution?
    http://imgur.com/bvNYJ85&nr80cpj&LNrLZfy#0

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • james says:

    I can’t get Gecko OS to load like shown in the pics. I boot up and all I see is a really dark blue screen. What did I do wrong? I can still play Brawl like this, but I can’t get the OS to show up, that’s the only problem I seem to be having.

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • tbax1 says:

    Seems like the Winimage site is not working, would any other disk burner work?

    • tbax1 says:

      Alright got it to work with PowerISO, but you should probably clarify that you have to put the apps, codes, and project m folders just on the SD card, not the folder you found them in.
      But now I have a different problem, since Gecko uses the gamecube controller, when I start the game it recognizes it and switches to it’s configuration. How do I make it use the Wiimote config instead?

  • alkosh says:

    i’m here to fix something,I didn’t do anything of the fallowing,i did it in another guide, but when i play the game as project m,the game freezes mid-gameplay and when i start the game it starts fine i looked at my frame rate it’s fine till it freezes it becomes 0
    help

  • andreiBaietel says:

    I have done everything corectly and when i open boot.elf it opens gecko not gecko os with project m help me

    • Zach says:

      First of all, the latest version of Project M does not change the background, so it’s possible everything is actually working correctly. Have you tried continuing?

      • Michael says:

        im having the above issue but it goes straight to the regular game any help?

        • Zach says:

          Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

          What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • clome030696 says:

    When I the menu window first pops up when I run boot.elf, for some reason I can’t go up and down, so I can’t go to config options. Any ideas?

  • JimmyTheCaterpillar says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

    I did everything step by step, and at the very last moment, this popped up. (http://gyazo.com/018af49ebb67d7f5c0568c814246aba0)

    Is it my video card, or the version of Dolphin? Thanks a lot!

  • Hey there! I am trying to load Project M onto Dolphin. I did all the steps and it seems when I go on Gecko OS my Wiimote stops working. It happens to be an old one that is NOT Wiimotion or Wiimotion+. It happens on both Project M’s boot.elf and Gecko OS’s boot.elf. Help?

  • Flamebeast says:

    My PM keeps crashing everytime i press launch game in Gecko which you can see here: http://gyazo.com/73120eee992f15c9eb9fec6ef2f71126
    Then I get this: http://gyazo.com/b9188fbe95369e89d28c61b76160b661

    Here’s my Dolphin window: http://gyazo.com/1c1a593ca745db3f48c67d198659de6a
    My Gecko options: http://gyazo.com/bf49c93695ed77c0435ed76ed9b44eeb

    Any ideas?

  • Skylord_Guthix says:

    Just wanted to say these steps worked like a charm and now I’m playing Project M on my PC, with X360 controllers! 😀 Thank you so much!

  • Zilldy says:

    I’m not entirely sure on the specs of the computer, as it’s my brothers.. All i can remember is it’s 8GB of ram, and has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 and the rest I can’t remember.

    Anyways, this is where I get stuck here..
    http://imgur.com/vkLw7fM

    My Dolphin window
    http://imgur.com/NgxGvTd

    And sd.raw and folder location
    http://imgur.com/AUc4P29

    Hope this helps with solving the issue.

    • Zach says:

      First of all, you’re using the incorrect version of Dolphin. As the guide states, you should be using Dolphin stable v4.0.2. Please try following the guide again with that version of Dolphin. Let me know if you run into more issues.

  • Edwin Guenther says:

    Hello Im having difficulty getting the game running. Once i click Launch Game it says this game requires IOS 36 IOS not found on disc. Though i definitely installed the .wad file. Im so close and i really want to play some Project M would appreciate some help

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

      • Edwin G says:

        Here is a picture of my sd.raw’s contents http://imgur.com/p87CO8W.
        Here is a picture of my main dolphin window http://imgur.com/Apl8HZq
        My PC has 16 GB of ram, AMD Phenom II 6 core 3.2 GHz processor, and a Radeon 6870 graphics card. It is a NTSC version. Also For the SD.Raw’s location i accidentally changed the folder name from Dolphin to GBC emulator and never changed it back.

  • Jose says:

    Now How Do I Get The Online Working?

  • Zilldy says:

    Hey there! followed this to a Tee, up until I have to go into the Gecko menu and do the Config menu… When i go into the menu, it just goes black screen and freezes.. Any idea what i’ve done wrong?

    • Zach says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • kohl says:

    my game freezes

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Faraaz says:

    i think mine is just regular brawl, what did i do wrong…

  • kohl says:

    i got mine to work now but it crashes

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Zac says:

    Not sure if you’ve experienced this or not but I noticed that with certain content added by Project M (i.e. Mewtwo, Marth, some of the alternate skins for some characters, etc.) the game slows down pretty bad when they enter into the fight. I’m not really sure what I should do to correct this, or if there even is something I can do to correct it. All other aspects work perfectly. If you can off any advice i would appreciate it. Thank you :)

  • Jawno says:

    hey me again, so I am still having trouble in one particular area. The game itself is working fine until I start a match and it freezes up right at the moment the “Ready!” is about to scroll off the screen and the audio just loops as well: http://puu.sh/awVls.jpg

    These are what the Gecko options look like and notice the lack of PM logo because the most recent version I DL’d didn’t come with it, which is stated to be normal but if there is anything wrong here let me know: http://puu.sh/awVg4.jpg

    These are my Dolphin video/audio settings: http://puu.sh/awVFl.png
    http://puu.sh/awVDw.png

    Location of my sd file (the ProjectM folder is simply all the downloads I needed to set this up): http://puu.sh/awVPz.png

    And just to clarify a few things, the versions I have of both PM and Dolphin are the most recent (although for some reason I didn’t see Mewtwo or Roy on the roster…) and yes Brawl is set as my default ISO.

    Please tell me what I might have done wrong thank you.

    • Zach says:

      Thank you so much for your very detailed comment!

      I have one question for you: You say you’re using the most recent version of Dolphin. Which version, exactly, is that? It should say in the main Dolphin title bar.

      • Jawno says:

        I was hoping it was showing in my pictures. It says 4.0.2 and just to clarify, my personal download source was from this link under Stable Versions: https://dolphin-emu.org/download/

        • Zach says:

          Ah, my mistake – it was in your first picture.

          My most important question: When you say “one particular area,” do you mean “stage,” or “aspect of the game?” If it’s the former, it’s very possible that that particular stage just won’t work with P:M on Dolphin. If it’s the latter, please keep reading.

          Does this happen on every level with all characters, or does it only happen in certain situations on certain levels? Do you have any custom stages installed? Have you tried D3D11 as your renderer instead of OpenGL?

          • Jawno says:

            Ah yes, when I say “one particular area” I mean just the startup of any match I try to play on ANY stage and ANY character. It doesn’t matter if it is training mode, home run, classic, Subspace, VS mode, etc. The game just freezes RIGHT when the announcer says “GO!” while background music plays and starts looping after a couple seconds.

            I tried with D3D11 but it isn’t doing anything differently. Also no, I have no Custom Stages.

            I hope this narrows things down for you even further.

          • Zach says:

            Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that. It sounds like you’ve done everything right. I wish I could be of more help, but, without actually sitting at your computer, that’s really tough.

            Perhaps try the method outlined in this Reddit thread and see if that method works better for you and eliminates the problem. Let me know if it helps, please.

  • Jordan Tadeo says:

    Test… I don’t see my last comment on the list, maybe it takes a while.

  • Jordan Tadeo says:

    Alright so I was hoping that you could help me. I have followed all of your instructions above and still right after I choose a map to play on, “dolphin.exe has stopped working” So if you could maybe help me out via TeamViewer or whatever, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

    • Jordan Tadeo says:

      Ok so I just redid EVERYTHING. Starting by redownloading brawl and project M and everything. Same result. Also, when I go into the GeckoOS, I don’t see the UI. It’s just a green screen, but if I press “A” on my controller It launches project M. Everything runs fine until I pick a map and start a game, then dolphin stops working. Also: The unmodified brawl iso plays fine on dolphin. Please help me :c

      • Zach says:

        I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

        What are your PC’s specs? Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar? A screenshot of your sd.raw’s contents and location would be helpful as well.

  • Aaron Howard says:

    So, I’m also having controller connection issues. I’m trying to use a Classic Pro controller connected to a wiimote linked to my computer via Bluetooth. The controller works normally in vanilla Brawl, but when Gecko is launched I can only control via the emulated GC controller with inputs configured to my keyboard. I’ve tried several options, including the fix involving switching out the wiimote configuration type. I have noticed that when I try to connect the wiimote during play by the Alt+F5 hotkey command, the console brief shows

    Wiimote 1 Connected
    Wiimote 1 Disconnected

    The “disconnected” line shows immediately after the the “connected” line. It seems like something is actively preventing connection of the controller. Anyone know what’s going on here?

    • Zach says:

      It has seemed to me like Gecko ONLY supports Gamecube controller navigation (even on the Wii itself). I’m not sure if that’s right, but that’s what I’ve found. You will have to assign your Wiimote’s buttons to an emulated Gamecube controller, or continue using your keyboard to navigate Gecko.

  • Hunter says:

    I could have sworn I did everything correctly but after I click launch game on Gecko it just boots regular brawl.

    • Hunter says:

      It says this “http://imgur.com/HdiRUfy” and then goes to regular brawl.

      • Zach says:

        I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

        Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

  • Jawno says:

    The mod DOES work but the game freezes on me after a few seconds I boot it up. What do? :(

  • NIck says:

    I can’t seem to get my controller working on the Gecko OS menu… I’m using an Xbox 360 controller

  • Aeirah says:

    I followed all of the steps and it will only run the regular Brawl.

    I’ve tried with Dolphin 3.5, 4.0, and 4.0-2178.

    How can I fix this?

  • nate says:

    i followed all the steps and whenever i try to boot the boot.elf it brings up “look for an app in the store”. I’m using windows 8.1.

  • SongSing says:

    Hey, just wanted to say thanks, this was really helpful! :)

  • AssassinDXZ says:

    Great job mate!

    Works perfect.

  • Kaz Harper says:

    I get a black screen every time I try to load it.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

  • Wei says:

    So I got it to work the first time, but when i rerun the boot.elf file after ending the first emulation it just runs brawl after. What did i do wrong?

  • YoungBacon says:

    Hi
    I seem to have what seems to be a recurring problem with this,
    I have Dolphin 4.0.2, I have the NTSC version of SSBB. I cant really get screenshots but I checked, double checked and triple checked everything and it seems to be in order. Yet I enter the boot.elf, press start game, and I get “No SD codes found”, and the SSBB game starts normally. I would love to know what I can do.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Danny says:

    Hey, thanks! I’ve always wanted to do this and it worked! But i don’t know how to install mods, like texture hacks. Could you do a tutorial on that? Thanks again.

  • Michael says:

    I did everything right, I’m sure of it, but when I hit launch game from the gecko os, it just starts up brawl. It says No SD Codes found right before it opens up the game. What did I do wrong or what can I do from here? I followed your steps

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

  • Owen says:

    http://gyazo.com/efa9a89bcca602f1500afe81d1abd2b7 I get this error when i open boot.elf, i followed the guide, do you know what i might have did wrong?

  • james says:

    Hey I fully installed everything and project M loads up, however when I’m playing moving left and right out of shield does not roll (I tried in Brawl and it worked fine same with melee)

    So now I cannot roll out of shield nor can I dash or charge a forward smash!

    Anyone facing the same issue??

  • Matt J. says:

    Ok so one last thing lol. I got the stages to work just fine now, and I’m using the mod managers to make my own custom music and stages. What should be my last question is would you happen to know what site or who would have information on how to change the stage name in the rules? I mean when you access the rules then the additional rules, the random stage select is there, but I haven’t found any files or folders that would suggest being able to change the appearance of the stage names. As an example, I changed the Halberd stage to Bowser’s Castle from the 78 stage pack. I can change the banners and icons and the stage name when i pick a stage to immediately fight or train, and also in the my music menu, but when selecting which stages to randomly turn on or off in the rules, it’s a no go? You have an ideas on who to turn to for this?

    • Zach says:

      That’s a great question. You have delved into SSBB and P:M modding more than I have, at this point! I don’t know the answer to your question. If you figure it out, please post your comment here – it would be a great help for others looking for that information!

  • Maso says:

    When I open up boot.elf and hit launch game (pretty sure I have the right settings), I get a green emulator screen telling me that an error has occurred. This happens after I get two warning messages. What have I done wrong?
    Error Message:
    http://gyazo.com/2fad713be5eb9f6ea37237bacbc1c9b5
    Emulator Screen:
    http://gyazo.com/2fad713be5eb9f6ea37237bacbc1c9b5

  • JayWillyMF says:

    Hi Zach! I installed everything as stated, and I can’t get it to boot Project M. Brawl is loading fine, but that’s it. It seems like the SD card may not be working. What are your suggestions?

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

  • Brian says:

    Hey! Having trouble on step 11. When I start up the emulator with boot elf, all I get is a black screen.

    I’ve got the NTSC ISO Brawl, Dolphin 4.0-652, and I set my Brawl ISO to default.

    • Brian says:

      Alright … I didn’t have the right Dolphin version. Gonna retry.

      • Brian says:

        Everything is working! Follow up in-game question: How do I set it up so that I can use my gamecube controller’s c-stick? I think the system thinks I’m using a wii mote?

        • Brian says:

          Change dead zones of controller set up. got it. P:M just froze mid play. I was on skyloft.

          • Zach says:

            Haha, I’m glad you were able to figure out all of your issues.

            Yeah, sometimes P:M just freezes on Dolphin and there’s nothing you can do about it. It shouldn’t happen too often (maybe once in 8-10 games for me?), so just reset and try again.

            I’ve set up a save state at the character select screen to quickly get back into the game. You may consider doing the same.

  • victor ferri says:

    have u ever thot of making a video tutorial or know of one

    • Zach says:

      I don’t think a video tutorial is necessary. I believe these steps are very clear, and you don’t have to pause a video to perform steps.

      What would a video tutorial add?

  • Shiny says:

    I have photoshop cc installed and its kinda of making the sd.raw card unreadable in winimage.

    Screenshots Bellow:
    http://prntscr.com/3wrqty
    http://prntscr.com/3wrr28

    I would appreciate your help.

    • Zach says:

      You accidentally named the file “sd.raw.raw.” You have file extensions turned off for known file types in your Windows Explorer settings. Enable file extensions for known file types, re-create the virtual SD card, then make sure the file is named “sd.raw”. It’ll then open in WinImage.

      • Shiny says:

        Yeah looks like i acidentally named it “sd.raw.raw”, i enabled file extensions for known file types, i re-created the virtual sd card and its named “sd.raw” and it still doesnt open and gives the same error.

        • Zach says:

          Try putting the SD card in a directory without special characters, such as on your Desktop.

          Also, be careful with sharing a screenshot containing a folder name that’s obviously from a torrent.

  • HispanicNinjaz says:

    Does anyone know a good rom file i can use for Brawl on pc i dont want to download a brawl file and it come with a virus.

  • Dynamix_Shadow says:

    Absolutely perfect ! Your tutorial, step by step is amazing :) Emulated at 99,9% perfectly with : AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Ed. , Radeon HD5770 & 8Go ram. Good work 😉

  • Henry says:

    WinImage doesn’t recognize the .raw file :/

    • Zach says:

      Could you send me a screenshot of what happens when you try to open it?

      • Henry says:

        No sé hablar inglés, pero sí puedo entenderlo. Voy a escribir el comentario en español, de todas formas:

        Lo que pasaba era que cuando ponía en “Open”, no se veía el archivo. No aparecía. Pero yo sí lo había puesto allí. Me fijé qué pasaba y era que estaba para que reconozca solo un tipo de archivo que no era de extensión .raw, entonces yo puse para que pueda ver todos los tipos de archivo, y ahí me apareció.

        Ya lo pude instalar, y me anda perfecto, gracias. 😀

  • Notye says:

    As far as I can tell, everything is in the right spit/set up correctly, but when I launch the game, it appears to be regular brawl, not Project M.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

      • Notye says:

        Fixed the problem! For some reason, in the last step, SD Cheats was set to “No” instead of “Yes”. I must’ve hit it by accident the first time through.
        Thanks for the awesome guide!

    • Sean Magras says:

      Whenever I get to the click “Launch Game”, it says DVD not found. What did I do wrong?

  • It works perfectly! Thank you so much!

    • Zach says:

      Yay! I’m so glad it works for you. Enjoy! =D

      • Just one thing tough. Sometimes at any given moment the game crashes just like that, without any flickering or previous warning. My pc is pretty strong so I’m sure is not a graphic issue as it only happens with PM3 but not with regular SBB. I’m trying different things to see what’s going on and I will let you guys know. Thanks again!

        • Zach says:

          That still happens to me, too. I’m not sure if it’s a solvable issue. I generally just restart the game, and continue on with my play.

  • SATwo Modder says:

    Hey there! For some reason, the controller is disabled on the Gecko Menu and I can’t find a fix for it.

  • mastertoeman says:

    When i click Launch game it says No SD codes found. I have the latest version of dolphin and followed the steps and it starts up normal brawl.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that Project: M on Dolphin isn’t working for you, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You should start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? For a bit more confirmation that you’ve done everything correctly, could you please send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window including the title bar, please?

  • Toby says:

    Hi! I think i’ve done everything properly, triple checked that my sd card in the right place, forcing ntsc, version 4.0.2, and i only get regular brawl booting! it looks like maybe gecko cant find the sd card and i dont know why. please help, and thank you!

    • Zach says:

      It’s not about forcing NTSC, it’s about having an NTSC Brawl ISO. Could you send me a screenshot of your main Dolphin window, please?

  • Joshlink says:

    Thank you for the guide, it works on my laptop!!, some times it crashes i dont know if that happen to you too. And do you know if there is a way to play it online on my Pc.

    • Zach says:

      Glad to hear that! Your laptop needs to be relatively powerful in order to run P:M at full speed without crashing. What are the specs of your laptop.

      With Dolphin’s Netplay capability, you can play P:M online with Dolphin! That’s not covered in this guide – but you should know that is definitely possible. I hope you can figure it out!

  • Felipe says:

    I did all what the post said but normal Brawl is launched instead. My Dolphin folder is different for some reason, Probably Dolphin or Gecko isn’t reading the sd card. What should I do? I have dolphin 4.0-1577

    • Zach says:

      Your first problem is that you’re using the wrong version of Dolphin. Please re-read the very first steps of the guide, and download Dolphin 4.0.2. Let me know if you have any other issues.

  • Boby says:

    Hello thx for this tuto
    I did everything ok but just my geckos said “error DVD not found” when i want to lunch the game, can u help me please?

    • Zach says:

      Sorry, but you must have missed a step or done something incorrectly. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You need to start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB?

  • Matt J. says:

    Hey man, excellent tutorial good job! Worked like a charm for me right away. I was meaning to ask some questions about this mod and was wondering who I could talk to about them?

    • Zach says:

      Thanks! What kinds of questions do you have?

    • Matt J. says:

      My main question is how to get pm hd textures to work. I’ve looked at so many guides and pages and nothing really answers that question. You have any tips on what would work?

      • Zach says:

        Check out this page: Brawl HD Retexture Project

        The four steps on that page are very clear and work perfectly. I’m using this pack myself.

        • Matt J. says:

          That was the first guide I read through about 7 times yesterday and still couldn’t figure it out..until I noticed the gecko link she was talking about lol. Works like a charm and modding M is as much fun as playing it. Thanks for all the help man excellent work and have a beer on me!

          • Zach says:

            Thanks so much! Enjoy! =D

          • Matt J. says:

            Got another question for ya dude. Recently I’ve been encountering M crashing on two different stages: Shadow Moses and Flat Zone 2. I’ve played all the other stages in every mode I can, and it’s only those 2 stages that crash. I haven’t done anything different to M or the sd or any other settings. M will either hang when selecting either stage or I get some back patch error code thing. For insurance, the rest of the game works just fine with no issues at all regarding your guide or anything else. Would you have any idea what these are or have I found a bug that needs to be fixed?

          • Zach says:

            Interesting. I just tried playing on Shadow Moses and had no issues, so I’m not sure what the problem is with your installation. At the same time, if you want to be playing Project: M competitively, you shouldn’t be playing on either of those two levels anyway!

          • Matt J. says:

            What bothers me with these crashes is that they worked just fine the first time I installed this. I have at least 2 customs songs on every stage, including shadow moses and flat zone, but these ones are the only stages that crash. I do have intentions to play in tourneys with this someday, but I like to fight on random stages for fun and I do like these stages. You think custom music would be throwing a wrench in the system for these stages?

          • Zach says:

            That’s a definite possibility. You should try playing on those stages with a stock version of Project: M and see if the problems persist.

          • Matt J. says:

            I erased the songs from both stages and even ran the stock version and still no dice. I don’t see a clean install fixing this issue since everything else is in order. I’ll keep tabs on it and let you and others know if the problems persists, or it’s an operator error. Thanks for your time man!

  • Death Stare says:

    Why does my sd.raw file sometimes get replaced by a 128 MB one with nothing? This is the reason I’m getting the No SD Codes Found error. Do you know how to fix this?

  • Matt says:

    where is the SD raw supposed to be located?

  • acer15 says:

    Worked perfectly, thanks! Very easy instructions! 😀

    • Zach says:

      You’re welcome! Enjoy!

      • Jake says:

        Hi, i’ve gone through this a billion times. i went through a youtube video that had almost the exact same steps, and then tried yours (yours was easier) but i’m still having trouble. when i open up gecko, its telling me that it no DVD is inserted. the only thing i can think of is if i have some issue with where my SD card is, or if i did something with installing the WAD file incorrectly. but i’ve followed your steps carefully and i can’t figure it out. any help would be very much appreciated :)

        • Jake says:

          I just want to clarify that I have just removed every file associated with project m, uninstalled dolphin, and then redownloaded everything again to start fresh. I followed your directions 100% perfectly, yet when i try to “launch game” from gecko, it just says no DVD found. i’ve read through every detail of the tutorial, and many of the comments, and i have not seen anyone with a similar problem. any ideas? Thank you

  • Anders says:

    I’ve done everything you’ve said and then I launch the game. as soon as something comes up I get an error: DVDLowRead : _BufferOut == 0
    This is driving me insane, I’ve been trying to figure this out for 2 hours. I’ve tried everything I can think of, I really need help.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that the guide isn’t working for you. There must be something that you missed, because I know the guide works perfectly if you follow all of the steps exactly. Are there any steps you skipped or didn’t understand?

      If you are still having trouble, I can fix your problem using TeamViewer. I have fixed others’ problems using TeamViewer in the past, and have a 100% success rate.

  • justein says:

    Hi, I tried doing all the steps above, and I get into gecko OS, with the gecko logo and v1.9 in top right corner, and I cannot use Wii remote to navigate.

  • Hans says:

    I followed the directions, and I was able to get into Gecko v1.9, but the D-pad doesn’t work. The D-pad works fine in SSBB, but when I open Gecko, the inputs do nothing. My bindings for A and B, however, seem to work. Do you know any reason why this would be the case?

    • Zach says:

      Can you post a screenshot of your “inputs” configuration?

      • Mark says:

        I’m actually having a problem getting it to go through on my Desktop, followed everything correctly, but I get a black screen from entering Gecko, and gets a warning for DOlphin will likely hang now. and I can’t get any further.

        I see you helped someone through teamviewer if you don’t mind doing that sometime with mine.

    • tim says:

      I have a same problem. It’s like controller doesn’t work in gecko. I tried different control setups, nothing helps.

  • Krishna says:

    So I’m trying to play this on my Mac, and load up the boot.elf and everything else is done right (i hope) but when I click play on the in-game menu, it black-screens on me. Do you know what’s up with this?

  • Gene says:

    Hello, I followed these steps the best I could. I’m using Linux, so I had to fill in a few of my own blanks, but the only thing I had too much trouble with was finding the folder in homebrew.zip (ProjectM 3.02) that contained apps, etc. I went ahead and used the root directory of what homebrew.zip extracted to (projectm/) unfortunately SSBB is loaded instead of PM. Which directory did you find apps, etc in?

    • Zach says:

      What files and folders did the root of your SD.raw file contain after you wrote the files to it?

      • Gene says:

        It contained “full info.xml launcher pf wifi” like I said it was just what was extracted from running unzip homebrew.zip. These files were inside a folder called ‘projectm.’ Are there any more hints as to which directory is “likely” correct, or how to determine the correct directory?

        • Zach says:

          Aha, there’s your problem. The root of that SD card should contain, among a couple other files, the “apps,” “codes,” and “projectm” folders. It sounds to me like you moved the contents of the “projectm” folder to the root of SD.RAW, which is incorrect.

  • Helix says:

    Complete nub to dolphin pm: so if you run this on a computer, what do you play with? mouse and keyboard? is there an adapter from gamecube controller?

    • Zach says:

      You can use any controller you want. You can buy an adapter for plugging your Gamecube controller into your PC, like this one. I use a PS4 controller for playing P:M on my PC.

    • Krishna says:

      Generally, you can download a driver for PS3 or Xbox controllers and use those to emulate controllers. Macbooks have the PS3 controller driver installed by default, but i’m not sure about PCs

  • Richard says:

    works perfecttly TY so much :)

  • jodi850Jodi says:

    A bit offtopic. But i cant find an answer on the internet. I just started modding ssbb. Adding 1 or 2 caracters. I havent even modded my wii(long story). So i have 3 questions:
    1: can i use the ntsc version of ssbb on a PAL wii?

    2: can i brick my wii by only modding ssbb?(if i accedantly installed something wrong)

    3: is it possible to load wii games on an sdcard/usb storage. I assume its safer to mod that way?(by inserting the mods in the game itself)

  • Austin says:

    I followed every step using all of the same versions, but when I run boot.elf and select launch game, gecko loads Brawl instead of Project M.

    • Zach says:

      I’m sorry that the guide isn’t working for you. There must be something that you missed, because I know the guide works perfectly. Are there any steps you skipped or didn’t understand?

      • Bret says:

        I’m having the same issue. I followed every single step exactly as you stated. Gecko loads, I configure the hook type to VBI, save, then Dolphin launches into Brawl. NTSC Brawl, default iso. IOS36 installed. Not sure what could be the issue.

        • Bret says:

          Nevermind, got it to work! I had to enable “Force NTSC” in Gecko. You may want to add that information in the tutorial, or just remove the “you shouldn’t have to touch any of the other options” part. That kinda threw me off.

          • Zach says:

            You definitely don’t have to do that in order to get P:M running properly, so I won’t be adding that to the guide. But I’m glad it’s working for you now!

  • Ant says:

    I keep getting the message DVDlow read :buffer out, whenever I click start game on gecko os. Please tell me how to fix it.

    • Zach says:

      Sorry to hear that. You must be missing something. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You need to start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

  • Zach Handing says:

    I was having a hell of a time getting this to work on my Mac, and I discovered it was because I didn’t know where to put the sd.raw file. Found this in a YouTube video and it solved my issue, so hopefully it can help others:

    “the sd.raw file goes into “users/(your user)/library/application support/Dolphin/Wii”. The library file is hidden, so if you can’t find it you’ll need to go into terminal and type “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE”. To hide the folders again, simply type FALSE at the end instead.”

    • Zach says:

      Perfect, thank you so much for your comment! I’ve updated the guide to help Mac users.

      • Zach Handing says:

        Anticipating a future question, it should be noted that after running the AppleShowAllFiles command, you should then type “killall Finder”. Finder needs to be restarted for the hidden files to be shown, and that will do it.

  • Ninjaznclome says:

    Hey for some reason I end up playing Brawl instead of PM. Ideas?

    • Ninjaznclome says:

      Also when I try to play normal Brawl, the screen freezes right when a match begins

      • Zach says:

        Sorry to hear that. You must be missing something. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You need to start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

  • Derk says:

    Works perfectly. Cheers, mate!

    Protip: Make sure all the versions match what he’s using. I had a different dolphin version and was freaking out when it was crashing. Used the one he has and works great.

  • shane says:

    I got throught it all the way until the gecko os part. i get to it’s window but i cant scroll at all on the menu for it.

  • Orthofort says:

    This tutorial is really useful, this is a confusing process and you certainly made it a lot easier. The one thing that confused me is that the files in the zip from the Project M download itself only contain folders called “apps”, “codes”, and “projectm”, not “apps”, “codes”, and “private”. This made me think I had the wrong download or something, but continuing the process with these files worked perfectly.

    Not sure if it’s from some new version of Project M or whatever, but just thought I’d let you know, and thank you for the great guide!

  • Trey says:

    When i start it up, project m isn’t on, instead i have the regular SSBB. I found the diagnostic and it said “USB gecko not found”

    • Zach says:

      Sorry, I’m not sure what to tell you. As other commenters and readers have noted, if you follow the tutorial exactly, it will work. Please re-read the entire tutorial and do not skip any steps. If you are confused about a step, post another comment.

  • Kwoks says:

    Why does the following message load when I launch the game on the Gecko Screen:
    DVDLowRead:_BufferOut==0

  • Dirigible37 says:

    Hey! Great tutorial, everything works. However, is there a way to add a shortcut in dolphin to Project M? Or is the only way to access it to say open -> boot.elf every single time?
    Thanks!

    • Zach says:

      Thank you! I don’t know of a much faster way to get to Project: M. You can add the boot.elf to your ISO directory, and then it’ll show up in your ISO list, but I don’t think there’s a way to boot directly into P:M.

      • Cheese says:

        Excellent work on this tutorial! Everything is working perfectly for me right off the bat. I was also hoping to be able to add this to the ISO list as well so I wouldn’t have to go to “open” every single time. I copied the boot.elf file to the directory where my other games are and used browse to have dolphin scan the directory, but it won’t add the boot.elf file to the ISO list. I don’t know if this is what you were talking about or not, but if you can give me any insight into this it would be much appreciated. Thanks again for the fantastic guide!

  • Red says:

    Any chance you know where to go to learn how to make the iso directly from a disc correctly? I own a copy of Brawl and would rather download .rar files or use utorrent. 😐

    Thanks.

  • lolgan says:

    I followed this guide, It WORKED perfectly. The guide DOES work , you people just can’t follow it lol. Thanks for the PERFECT guide…

  • psyiix says:

    Any idea why hyrule wont load (N64 version)
    Game freezes when I pick it.
    Dolphin version 3.5 rev 2468
    Thanks!

  • Kolin says:

    Hi. Maybe I’m just not seeing it but, how can I put project M on my mac if the SD card maker download is only for windows? Is there an OS X alternative I can use?

  • hi again. I finally downloaded a ntsc iso as you said and it loads up but it’s still just regular brawl. Am I missing something?

    • also, there isnt a private folder in the homebrew folder..

      • Zach says:

        Yes, you must be missing something. This guide works if you follow every step exactly. You need to start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

  • Michael says:

    SD.raw is in C:\Users\Gigabyte\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\Wii but when i open up Gecko and start the game it says “no sd codes found” and then it just starts normal brawl.

    • Zach says:

      You have probably forgotten to either write the Project: M files to the SD card image correctly, or perhaps you have forgotten to set NTSC Brawl as your default ISO.

  • viki says:

    ok I have done these instructions over and over again to make sure Ive done it correctly. Im trying to get it going for my 8 yr old boy. Been trying for about a week now. I got all my files in the directories they are supposed to be in. I have the gecko config on VBI…my sd.raw is where is supposed to be…etc. When I launch the game I get NO SD CODES FOUND and regular brawl loads. I had at one point even gotten the error that Jame and a couple of other people got. That goes away tho and just the NO SD CODES FOUND error remains and like I said regular brawl loads

  • Félix says:

    I am getting 2 errors:(well 3 actualy)

    1: I can’t save settings when I select vbi, it just freezes

    Then I tried to launch the game without setting it to vbi

    2: When I create a new save file, it says that I dont have enough space.

    3: When I select a stage, It just won’t start. It says ready for fight I can still move my right stick but nothing happens.

    What did I do wrong?

    • Zach says:

      You’ve done something incorrectly that’s causing Gecko to freeze when you change the hook type. If you didn’t change the hook type, Project: M won’t run. That takes care of problems 1 and 3.

      As for Problem 2, please read the end of the guide. There are potential solutions for you there.

      • Félix says:

        So I tried without changing the hook type, the classic mode works but not regular fight.

        I tried changing the hook type without hitting save change, It was normal smash but without roy there was wario and some other weird stuff( still freezes at stage)

        So do you have any suggestion on how to fix problem 1?

        • Félix says:

          Edit: It freezes whenever I press save config, not only when i Change the hooktype

          • Zach says:

            Did you remember to virtually insert the SD card after writing the Project: M files to sd.raw using WinImage?

          • Félix says:

            Yes i placed the sd.raw un user>wii>there

          • Zach says:

            Ah, there is your problem. You misread the directions – sd.raw needs to go in “My Documents,” then “Dolphin Emulator, then “Wii,” NOT in the location you have put it. Please reread the guide.

  • frank says:

    hey, man first of all, thanks for the tutorial, is the only decent one in the whole freaking internet. although i still havent managed, when i start gecko, and then start the game, it just loads the normal smash, also you dont see any banner on gecko.
    I have cheked the other coments and dont seem to find the answer
    * You’re using an old version of Dolphin.,”” nope, it is 3.5
    * You forgot to virtually insert the SD card””. yes i have
    * Your virtual SD card (sd.raw) is in the wrong folder. Put it in your My Documents folder, then Dolphin, then Wii.”” its done
    * You forgot to set Brawl as your default ISO.”” done
    * You’re using the PAL version of Brawl, when you need to be using the NTSC version.””nope, it is NTSC
    * You forgot to set your hook type within Gecko to VBI or AXNextFrame.”” tried both
    * You didn’t extract your Brawl ISO from a RAR.”” yes i did.
    Do you have any clue of waht might be hapening.

    • frank says:

      Also when i open gecko, before it starts, i get a warning message says: IOTL_ES_LAUNCH: Game tried to reload iso or a title that is not available in your nand dump
      TitleID 0000000100000024.
      Dolphin will likely hang now.”

      i dont know if that might give you a better clue, or if this is normal.

      • Zach says:

        Thanks for your thorough investigation before commenting. I’d be happy to try to help you out.

        Since I know this tutorial works if you follow all of the steps perfectly, there must be one step somewhere that you’re missing.

        Did you install the correct WAD into Dolphin from NUS downloader? Can you double check for me that SSBB is your default ISO? You’ve made sure that your sd.raw is in “My Documents,” then “Dolphin Emulator,” then “Wii,” correct? This is all very important.

        • Thomas says:

          awesome guide man! but it doesn’t work, just like frank his problem,
          I did the same things frank did, but my project M homebrew zip didn’t contain the map private, now it had the map project M, with all the smash textures and so on. I put this map also in winimage because i think that is the new private map, but it won’t work….

          • Thomas says:

            and I had ios36 latest version with pack wad

          • Thomas says:

            the gecko says he can’t find sd codes while I put everything from project m in the sd.raw and I copied it to my documents blablabla.

          • Zach says:

            The guide definitely works if you follow all of the steps exactly. You need to start over, go back through the guide once more, read it very carefully, and follow every step exactly. Please let me know if there is a step you don’t understand. Do not skip any steps.

  • hcamacho03 says:

    i tried opening the boot elf for gecko but all that appears is a black screen

    • Zach says:

      I can’t help you with that amount of information. I recommend you fully run through the guide again and ask any specific questions you have.

  • Stefen M says:

    I’ve read this guide about a hundred times now, tried to fix and trouble shoot everything i could. Re-installed every aspect of each part of this individually and i still cant figure out why it isn’t loading :\
    I can load Gecko and try and launch M, but it just gives me an error and goes back to Gecko.
    http://puu.sh/7GAOC.jpg This is the error im getting. I’ve tried all the fixes that have already been recommended in this comment section but nothing i do seems to fix it.

    • Zach says:

      Did you install the proper WAD?

      • Stefen M says:

        Yeah i think so, i installed the WAD downloaded from NUS downloader, i clicked pack WAD, and IOS 36 Latest version, (IOS36-64-3608.wad) Is the one i installed .

        • Zach says:

          The only thing I can suggest is starting with a completely clean installation of Dolphin, including removing your Dolphin folder inside My Documents.

          Just yesterday, a friend walked through this guide and had P:M on Dolphin running within 15 minutes without my help, so I know it works.

  • Shahpour Ismail says:

    Hi, I’m having a few problems:
    When I use WinImage to “inject a folder” I inject it to the correct folder (the one that contains “apps”, “codes”, “projectm” , but the only thing that is added is “gameconfig.txt”…. nothing else.

    Second, I ignored this, kept doing every step (step by step) and I finally reached the gecko screen. The options are: “Launch Game”, “Launch Channel”, “Launch Rebooter”, “Config Options”…etc. But whatever I do I can’t click on anything to proceed (at the moment I’m using a mouse and keyboard as my controller) but still, left clicking and hitting enter does nothing. I am simply stuck on this.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Zach says:

      First of all, you need to make sure that you’re injecting the entire Project: M folder to the SD card. Are you sure you’re not just injecting one file? Are you sure you’re not actually injecting everything?

      Secondly, make sure your controls are set up properly. You must use the D-Pad and the A button to navigate Gecko.

  • UsableObject says:

    http://gyazo.com/049b6ff5ec4cc35368992bc48d3d8d93

    Hey, I’m not sure what problem I’m having but when I start up Gecko OS I just get the normal Gecko screen, and when I click Launch I get this error for a split second before it just starts up normal Brawl. I looked through all the comments but wasn’t sure if anyone else was having similar issues. Anything helps, thanks.

    • Zach says:

      Woah, I’ve never seen that error before. The fact that you get the “normal” Gecko screen is fine – recent versions of Project M got rid of that background image – but I don’t know what to do with that error. The only thing I can recommend is starting from scratch again and letting me know if you still have issues.

  • yaylimoonyay says:

    Zach Everything worked but on gecko os there is no picture of project m but the project m runs
    and why we select vbi?

    • Zach says:

      Yeah, I mention in Step 12: “Note that version 3.01 of Project M seems to have removed this background image.” The fact that the background image is gone doesn’t affect the Project: M loading or gameplay.

      And I don’t know the technical reason why we select VBI as the Hook Type, but I just know that it seems to make the mod run the smoothest.

  • Aj says:

    Hey! Great tutorial man much appreciated but I have a question that I don’t see the answer too anywhere on here :p how do I go about adding additional content? Like more slots and what not if you could do you mind making a tutorial or pointing me in the direction of one? Thanks

  • Sus says:

    I’ve got a problem. The tutorial has been working flawlessly for a while, then one day it just decided to stop working. I had just been playing a few hours earlier, launched it, and it gave me this error.

    http://i.imgur.com/sAacTXi.jpg

    No matter what I did it kept doing this. So I re-installed Dolphin, redid the whole tutorial to the letter, and the game launched fine. It had some lag and audio stuttering, which happened the very first time I played. I stopped the emulation and changed some audio settings, which fixed it before. Then I go to open, double click on boot.elf like I always did, and the error is back. I changed the settings back to default as well and the issue persisted. Help?

    • Zach says:

      In step 11.12, I mention: “Press “OK” on the dialog box that likely appears.” This error should not affect the way Project: M loads or plays on Dolphin. Does the error completely prevent you from playing? You should just be able to press OK and continue.

      • Sus says:

        It’s not letting me play at all. When I initially open the Boot.elf file a thing pops up saying something about this being a ROM made by the Dolphin team blah blah blah. That happened when project M was running fine as well. From there the Gecko menu opens up. When I select Launch Game the error pops up. I press OK and am still on the Gecko menu. I select Launch Game again and the error pops up again. I close it and am back on the Gecko menu. It won’t actually take me into project M. The same error pops up no matter what option I select on Gecko, even Exit.

        • Zach says:

          “When I initially open the Boot.elf file a thing pops up saying something about this being a ROM made by the Dolphin team blah blah blah.”

          Could you take a screenshot of this? I’ve never seen this before. In which directory is the boot.elf you’re running?

          • Sus says:

            Here’s a screenshot.

            http://i.imgur.com/n3zGrn8.jpg

            This message pops up whenever I open any game for some reason, but after I click OK it runs fine. The boot.elf is located at:

            C:\Users\Sus\Desktop\Emulation\gecko1931\Gecko1931\Gecko1931\HBC\Gecko1931

          • Zach says:

            What version of Dolphin are you using?

          • Sus says:

            I had been using one of the beta versions when the problem began and when I re-installed Dolphin I used the latest safe build on the site, 4.0.2. Problem is still there.

          • Zach says:

            I have never seen that error message before. What that message indicates to me is that you have changed some configuration setting from the default. It is probable that when you reinstalled Dolphin you did not clear your old settings.

            Try uninstalling Dolphin, completely removing the (My Documents)/Dolphin Emulator folder from your hard drive, reinstalling, and trying the tutorial from the start.

          • Sus says:

            My god am I stupid. I’ve been pressing the START button rather than A when trying to select stuff on the Gecko menu.

          • Zach says:

            That would be a problem. I’m glad you figured it out.

  • I’m having trouble getting this to work. FIrst off all, I’m another one of the people who tediously and carefully followed these instructions to the teeth, and it still didn’t work. My major problems:
    A. installing the folders in step 7.5. I installed them correctly, but there is no private folder, there’s a project M folder.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/thtmdwru0i1uvmk/Screenshot%202014-03-13%2021.31.02.png
    B. Once I got through all the steps, I launch the game and it tells me NO SD codes even after I inserted the SD card and installed the WAD file. Please help.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9jf6krk5690tzo5/Screenshot%202014-03-13%2021.28.53.png

  • lucas says:

    hi I cant move when I get to the gecko screen I step 13!

    • Zach says:

      Play with your input configuration. If I remember correctly, the analog stick cannot be used to control Gecko. Try mapping the d-pad to some inputs.

  • JFMD says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. it worked. I really appreciate the time and effort it took to make.

    Just to let you know, in 3.02 (for me at least) I got the non project m looking background for gecko, but it didn’t matter in terms of having a functioning project m game.

    Thanks again.

    • Zach says:

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad this tutorial worked for you. Have fun!

      Yeah, I mention that in Step 12: “Note that version 3.01 of Project M seems to have removed this background image.” Thank you for bringing it up, though – it might help others who read the comments.

  • Falco Lombardi says:

    Hi!

    I was having the same problem as most of the people here, and despite following every instruction perfectly, I was being taken to the gecko screen instead of the Project M one.

    What solved it for me was renaming my brawl iso to “RSBE01″. Project M won’t start unless that’s the name of the file.

    Thanks for your help 😀

    • Zach says:

      That’s very strange. The name of the ISO shouldn’t have any effect on whether or not this works. But I’m glad it’s working for you! Have fun!

  • Jose says:

    Also, the Gecko OS 1.9 screen is the only thing that runs. I launch the game and Brawl comes up. When I downloaded the homebrew project M files, all it had was apps, codes, projectm and gameconfig.txt. I don’t know what to do at this point. Everything is done according to the guide and thats they only thing that messes with me.

  • Jose Viera says:

    So get to the Gecko OS screen and it doesn’t have any sort of project M icon. I still followed the following steps but I didn’t get anything to work. All it does is launch Brawl in normal form and nothing else. Please help

    • Zach says:

      Read through the rest of the comments. Many others have had your issue. If you follow the guide exactly, you will not have any issues. There are only a few possibilities for your problem, including:
      * You’re using an old version of Dolphin.
      * You forgot to virtually insert the SD card.
      * Your virtual SD card (sd.raw) is in the wrong folder. Put it in your My Documents folder, then Dolphin, then Wii.
      * You forgot to set Brawl as your default ISO.
      * You’re using the PAL version of Brawl, when you need to be using the NTSC version.
      * You forgot to set your hook type within Gecko to VBI or AXNextFrame.
      * You didn’t extract your Brawl ISO from a RAR.

      • Chrozon says:

        I’d like to point out something that really confused me you could keep in mind. Whenever I tried to run the gecko .elf file, dolphin crashed. I tried redoing the steps like 4 times but to no avail. Finally I found out dolphin was using my intergrated Intel HD Graphics to run (by looking at which module caused the crash). I switched it to run on my GeForce GTX760M, and it ran perfectly!

        I still have audio issues though, anyone got any fixes for that? I keeps stuttering. I’ve tried default hook or axnextframe, I’ve tried different modes, HLE, LLE, increasing frame limit, nothing helps.

        • Zach says:

          Thanks for sharing your findings! It makes sense that using integrated graphics would cause Dolphin to not run very well.

          Have you tried changing your hook type to VBI?

          • Mystic says:

            Hello! I recently wanted to install Project M on my old Wii, but my sensor broke, so I decided to install it on my PC. However, the Dolphin SDCard Maker program isn’t making a file. Did I do something wrong?

          • Zach says:

            How are you using SDCard Maker?

  • Brandon says:

    I have tried this using Dolphin 4.0, 4.06, and 4.09. When using 4.0 and 4.09 I get the Gecko v1.9 boot screen instead of Project M and when using 4.06 I was given the black screen with no text as shown in previous posts.

    In 4.0 and 4.09 I can change the hook settings like shown in the pictures however when trying to start the game I get “Error: No DVD Found” I do have the SSBB set as my default ISO, I have put the SD.raw in the “Insert SD Card” option is check under the Wii tab in config, and I have also installed the WAD file.

    • Zach says:

      That is very strange. There isn’t enough of a difference between those versions of Dolphin for one version to work and the others to not, all things held the same. Are you installing those three versions on the same computer simultaneously?

  • Blootiful says:

    Kinda stumped here, done everything as per the instructions yet when i go to install the wad file it’ll flash as though it’s done something but the icon won’t show up, and i’m also getting the temple-ey gecko os screen, any help would be much appreciated!

  • BandAidSmell says:

    “Sd Patch File Not Found”
    I made sure in the wii>Device Settings the “Insert SD Card” checkbox was checked.
    I made Sure brawl was my default iso by right clicking on it and making sure it had a check on it.
    I have rewritten the sd card about 8 times (And knowing that one works on my friends laptop)

    Does anyone know if I missed something or messed something up?.

    • BandAidSmell says:

      Additional information:
      Using brawl NTSC ver, (Normal Brawl works fine)
      The most recent updated version of Dolphine as of (Feb 10th, 2014)
      Nothing is plugged in my PC(Cd, usb, hard drive ect (At one point installing THIS WAS AN ISSUE)
      The Hook type is “AXNextFrame”
      Sd cheats are on,
      Installed the wad

      • Zach says:

        The only thing that stands out to me is that you have SD Cheats on. Have you tried turning that off?

        Otherwise, this is a difficult issue to diagnose without controlling your computer. This guide has worked for many others in the past, so I know that if you follow it to a tee, you will get P:M working on Dolphin.

  • Lyonize says:

    I’m getting an error when I run NUS Downloader. When I hit “Start NUS Download!” I get this message:

    Starting NUS Download. Please be patient!
    Downloading Title 0000000100000024 v[Latest]…
    [=] Storing WAD…
    [=] Storing Encrypted Content…
    Download failed: “Access to the path ‘C:\Program Files\Dolphin 4.0\Tools\NUS Downloader\titles000000100000024′ is denied. ):”
    NUS Download Finished.

  • indi says:

    Hi ive followed every step acordingly except from one:
    “8.Copy “sd.raw” to “/Dolphin Emulator/Wii/” and create the necessary folders if they don’t exist already.”

    My dolphin folder dosent contain /Dolphin Emulator/Wii/, it only contains a “Language” folder and a “Sys” folder, theres a “Wii” folder in Sys but it didnt work when i copied sd.raw in there. Brawl started but PM didnt. Thnx for everything!

    • indi says:

      Ok ive found the /Dolphin Emulator/Wii/ folder it was in My documents the whole time. Still i cant run PM, everytime it loads vanilla Brawl. What i’m doing wrong?

      • Zach says:

        Re-read Step 8 – it says that those folders are inside your My Documents folder.

        As for your issue, the comments on this post may be helpful for you. Others have had similar issues as you. You can fully solve your issue by re-reading the guide carefully and going through it again, as these exact steps have worked for me and many others.

      • William Gooch says:

        You have to have a North American copy.

  • Felix says:

    These directions are simply amazing! thanks a lot! I looked at several youtube videos for installing project M but none of them worked. Your directions were such a save!

  • Hunter says:

    Alright, I’m getting an arror, “No SD codes found” and then the base game launches, what is the issue?

  • Nicknich says:

    “No SD code found”

    • Zach says:

      You probably either forgot to virtually insert the SD card in Dolphin’s settings, you forgot to set NTSC Brawl as your default ISO, or you didn’t correctly write the Project: M files to the virtual SD card.

  • Anonymous says:

    Audio kept skipping, changed the hook type to VBI and it fixed it

  • Adrian Nieto says:

    Ok another question about this on Mac, I’m trying to find the directory where to insert the Virtual SD Card and I can not seem to locate it because it is different on Mac. I tried going in the application contents and I found a similar folder to put it in but when I load up the gecko boot it says “No SD Codes Found.” I know it cant be the sd card file because I have used multiple ones like the one posted in the comments. If you can find a solution the would be much appreciated :)

    • Zach says:

      The Dolphin user folder for OS X is located in the “dolphin-emu” folder inside the folder from which you’re running Dolphin.

      • Adrian Nieto says:

        I can’t seem to locate such a folder, as of right now my dolphin application is in a folder I named “games” and it is just the application. I am able to go into the packaged contents and go through some subfolders but beyond that I am lost. Would this be a problem with dolphin or my ISO file?

        • Adrian Nieto says:

          Ok scratch that I found a way to make it work, the last thing though is I noticed there is a bunch of lag when I play, is there anything I can do to help with this or is this strictly due to my MacBooks limitations?

          • Adrian Nieto says:

            Also last thing Im pretty sure I’ve resolved most of the video lag but it seems to still be the audio that is lagging.

          • Zach says:

            Firstly: How did you make it work? Others may have the same problem you did, and I’m curious about your solution.

            Secondly: Read other comments for issues with audio. It’s really tough to get audio working 100%. Try using VXI as your hook type within Gecko, too.

          • Adrian Nieto says:

            Thanks that actually fixed it, and as for the video, I just messed with the settings under hacks and as of right now My settings look like this: http://imgur.com/gallery/ZEwRIGP/new

  • mike says:

    “no sd card found” from gecko… Its in the right folder.

    “C:\Users\MD\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\Wii\sd.raw”

    what’s going wrong? =/

    • Zach says:

      Did you remember to virtually insert the SD card in Dolphin’s settings? Are you sure the message isn’t “No SD Codes Found,” which is an entirely different error?

  • Jake says:

    I got the game running great. Easy to follow guide! I do have a problem with in game sound. The original ISO has crystal clear sound and when I play Project M the sound is terrible, Lags behind, skips ect.
    Anyone run into sound issue like I’m getting, I’m looking for a fix.

    • Zach says:

      Getting perfect sound with Project M is difficult. It might be useful for you to look into integrating the Project M files into the ISO, which may solve the issue. Otherwise, search around the comments here – others have had your problem as well.

  • Tyler says:

    I did everything in the guide and the default gecko background comes up, which you said it would for later versions of Project M. I changed the hook and started the game and it was regular brawl. I’ve been reading the comments and don’t know where I went wrong. I’d like you to maybe TeamViewer with me to try and fix it if you can, or maybe skype?

    • Zach says:

      You should check the following possibilities:

      * You’re using an old version of Dolphin.
      * You forgot to virtually insert the SD card.
      * Your virtual SD card (sd.raw) is in the wrong folder. Put it in your My Documents folder, then Dolphin, then Wii.
      * You forgot to set Brawl as your default ISO.
      * You’re using the PAL version of Brawl, when you need to be using the NTSC version.
      * You forgot to set your hook type within Gecko to VBI or AXNextFrame.
      * You didn’t extract your Brawl ISO from a RAR.