Tutorial: Project M 3.6 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mod) on the Dolphin Wii Emulator v4.0.2

Project M

UPDATED download links on December 8, 2015 after Project M officially ceased development. 

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 “1 GB.” 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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1,220 comments on “Tutorial: Project M 3.6 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mod) on the Dolphin Wii Emulator v4.0.2
  1. Chris says:

    Mine says I need IOS 36 when I go to launch the game. Help!

  2. Smash Boy says:

    Help. After Gecko and launching the game, I get an annoying “Unable to access write address and a bunch of numbers and letters then Dolphin crashes (using 5.0 here). Any idea why the Hell this happens? I’m using Brawl to load PM. Help.

    • Zach says:

      Please use the version of Dolphin specified in the guide — I haven’t tested any future versions, and, unfortunately, I cannot provide any support for versions not specified in the guide.

  3. Caqwand says:

    My Gecko just says “Setting Up Drive…” for endless amounts of time and then never does anything

  4. Zeska says:

    Hi!
    I have a problem on step 7.2
    After i navigated to the sd maker folder, sd.raw doesn’t show up in the winimage programm. Do you know how to fix that?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. jose says:

    When i play the game, it just read 1 control
    ¿How can i solve it ?

  6. help? win image isnt making folders. when injecting. but putting all files on the image as whole. not into their respected folders. what causes this?? modding is useless now.

  7. Mystletaynn says:

    Hi, was just havng a couple of issues starting the game.

    Most everything loaded fine, up until the save file steps. I am getting prompted to create a new save, where it tells me I don’t have enough space to create one. However, I did download your save file from your listed link. I unpacked the .zip file, Import Wii Save, and opened the data.bin file, and it seemed to work, but it ended up not changing anything, so I’m currently stuck there. Any tips? Do I need to somehow unpack the .bin file (and if so, please let me know how)? Declining everything and not creating a save file gives me an unmodified empty save file of Brawl, and not Project M (which I assume has to do with not saving the game whatsoever and therefore having custom stages).

    Also, if I want to modify the contents of the Project M data in the SD card, I assume I would have to create a new SD.raw file, correct? I have no intentions of using this for netplay, and I’ve modded it on console before.

    Thanks!

    • Zach says:

      Hi, Mystletaynn. It sounds like something bigger is wrong with the way you installed Project: M. Even if you tell the game not to create a new save, it should still boot into Project: M. Did you have any specific issues following the steps in the guide?

  8. Desmond Hui says:

    When I Launch once it goes to the intro, 1st frame I get a error message of disc cannot be read (I got the iso by cleanrip)

  9. m1nn3n1m4r says:

    Project m freezes upon entering the css. How do I fix this?

  10. CJ Stewart says:

    Hi! I hope this is still active. When I run my copy, it opens to a black screen. What do?

    My PC’s specs are fine. I’m running v4.0.2 NTSC version of SSBB.

    Dolphin Screen – https://postimg.org/image/62godni9z/
    Raw contents of sd – https://postimg.org/image/dwf2l4kch/
    Path for SD card – https://postimg.org/image/4ka4ymkxt/

  11. BiLLeh says:

    Whenever the character selection screen is meant to open, the game crashes. How do I fix this?

    • Zach says:

      Do you get the Project: M splash screen, or the regular Brawl one?

      • Anthony says:

        Hey I had the same problem and now when I try to launch it through gecko it just loads up the regular version of brawl

        • Zach says:

          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.

  12. dean says:

    I did everything in the video and my pc’s specs are fine, but all that loads is a black screen… help?

  13. Tian says:

    Dolphin keeps crashing whenever I’m playing, any reason? On Win. 8 – Not overheating at all or anything like that.

  14. Abtin says:

    Small problem: I did everything in the guide, but when I clicked “Launch Game”, Gecko just loaded Brawl. I’m using Dolphin 4.0-7840 and the NSTC version of Brawl.
    Oh, and there already was a sd.raw file in /Dolphin Emulator/Wii/, do I need to replace it?

    • Zach says:

      Please use Dolphin 4.0.2, as stated in the guide. Make a backup of the existing sd.raw in case it’s needed; I don’t think it should be necessary.

  15. Ayush Garg says:

    Thanks Zach, it works great on the development builds

  16. Goodude says:

    I did all the steps properly, but just sent me to regular brawl! Keep in mind I have already played Brawl and had a save on the computer :/

    • Zach says:

      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.

  17. SupahSanik says:

    It says it is going over the amount of lines of code for me.

  18. Okay a video of this would help because I’m dumb and cannot get this stuff to work. If there is a video out there of this method please let me know.

  19. Buddercraft85 says:

    PLEASE HELP!!!! when i go into winimage and i go to file and open i go to my dolphin sdcard maker folder but there’s nothing in there!!

  20. if it doesnt play project m: dont forget to copy the sd.raw to the dolphin document!!!

  21. sky says:

    Whenever I run the game it plays as brawl, I think I did all the steps properly. Can you help?

  22. Luke says:

    Everything works fine but only shows bomberman??

  23. Ampharos 2.0 says:

    help, i did everything and it still doesnt work 4 me!

    • Zach says:

      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.

  24. Animedude5555 says:

    I got all the way through that, and got everything set up as you said, and when I click the Launch Game button, the Gecko loader displays this error:
    This Game Requires IOS 36
    IOS Not Found on Disk

    I know the ISO is not corrupt, as SSBB launches correctly when just running the game directly. Therefore the SSBB ISO obviously DOES contain IOS 36. Or does this error mean that Project M (but not the normal SSBB) requires IOS 36? If this is the case, it could be that I have the too-small ISO. I have the ISO that’s about 4GB in size. The full ISO is closer to 8GB in size. The 4GB ISO has had all of the virtual console demo games removed. Do I need the full 8GB ISO for this Project M to work?

  25. Animedude5555 says:

    I see what was wrong with it now. There’s 3 links to the hackless version (2 standard links, and 1 torrent link). There’s 2 links to the homebrew version (1 standard link, and 1 torrent link). It appears that the homebrew version (as required by your tutorial) is corrupt on the standard link. The Zip file from the standard link is only 405 megabytes. The Zip file from the torrent however, is 595 megabytes.The larger one is the correct one.

    This also changes another part of your tutorial. When creating an SD card file, 512 megabytes as a minimum is no longer sufficient. You now need at least 1 gigabyte for the SD card file.

    Hopefully you can mirror the working version of the Zip file from the torrent, on a site like Mediafire or Mega, and then post the working download link to the file sharing site here in an updated version of your tutorial. Also you’ll need to change your tutorial to state that a gigabyte is the minimum size needed for the SD card file. Please fix your tutorial as soon as possible, so that others don’t go wasting their time trying to figure out why the Zip file was corrupt like I did, before I finally gave up on the standard download link and decided to download it from the torrent.

  26. Animedude5555 says:

    The HomeBrew version of Project M comes in a CORRUPT Zip file. I’ve downloaded it TWICE, and I’ve tried opening it with both the built in Windows Zip file opener, and also 7Zip. NEITHER will open it. It is BROKEN. However the one that does NOT require a hacked Wii, comes in a perfectly working Zip file.

    Maybe you can provide instructions on how to use the non-hack version of Project M in the Dolphin Emulator. I’m giving up on ever being able to get actual working copy of the HomeBrew version of the Zip file from the link you used.

  27. Collin9476 says:

    PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO SET BRAWL ISO AS DEFAULT ON DOLPHIN.

    You could have the NTSC Brawl ISO. You could have deleted and reinstalled graphics card drivers, Project M files, the Dolphin Emulator, and Gecko like I did and waste a couple of hours on it.

    But Gecko will still be stuck on “Setting up drive…”

    Gecko will only load PM if Brawl is set as default ISO. Simple setting, but 1 is not equal to 0.

    Please don’t forget like I did.

  28. Zoned says:

    Probably me just be stupid, but I can’t open/extract the Project M .zip file (error: Windows cannot open the folder. The Compressed (zipped) Folder ‘[file destination].zip’ is invalid.

    I’m currently running Windows 10 Home, 64bit. Thanks in advance!

  29. Parker says:

    I did everything but when I go into the game Brawl is seen and not Project M. Yes, I tried going to stage builder but it’s just the same. Please someone help.

    • Parker says:

      Also just played Brawl and it is laggy.

      • Parker says:

        Nevermind. Looked up different ways and stuff so now I got PM.

        • MegaBigb says:

          What exactly did you do to fix it? Because that’s the exact problem I’m having and I can’t seem to fix it! Thanks in advance!

          • Zach says:

            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.

  30. Gear says:

    it keeps saying in Gecko that there is no codes to be found

    • Zach says:

      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.

  31. Adnan Zaben says:

    I followed your instructions but it opens brawl when i click on launch game. Please help

    • Zach says:

      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.

    • V.S says:

      1. Make sure that in Dolphin > Options > Configure > Wii [Insert SD Card] is enabled before setting up Gecko OS.

      2. Once in Gecko OS make sure that it saves your configuration once you enable the VBI hook. When you press Start game is sound say the following ‘Codes Found’.

      If you do not receive that message when starting the game then it is not injecting any codes to turn Brawl into Project M. – SLJR.

      • Davis says:

        insert sd card is active, gecko hook type is vbi, config is saved, and it still says sd codes are not to be found;
        dolphin 4.0.2
        project m 3.6 homebrew downloaded from torrent link
        brawl iso set as defult iso
        windows 10 64-bit amd a6-4400m apu with radeon
        do i need to “enable cheats” in config>general?

        • Zach says:

          Thanks for all the info. No, I don’t think you don’t need to enable cheats. 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.

  32. Elliot says:

    I followed all the instructions and i got this error, cant find a fix anywhere. Anyone know how to fix it?

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

  33. AvidFan says:

    I’m running the Netplay version of PM-3.6 on my Mac, and it works fine except for just one thing – Netplay is designed specifically NOT to allow the use of Wiimotes, Motion+ or otherwise. Does this method provide a workaround for that?

    • Zach says:

      I’m not sure, sorry. Let us know if you find out.

      • TechReviewZ says:

        Using a modded dolphin because other dolphins are too laggy like 4.0.2 i followed your instructions but still not helpful also i want a legit answer not 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.

        the only thing i can say about that is i use NTSC version

        • Zach says:

          If you want a legit answer, you have to answer all of those questions first. You aren’t providing me with enough information to help you.

    • Lurker says:

      Resync your wii remotes once project m loads, gecko.elf desyncs them

  34. Dude says:

    I crash every time I do a match. I installed it correctly (I think) and whenever I complete a match a “challenger approaches” and it crashes at that screen or after the match. Using Dolphin 4.0 (Problem?) on Windows 8.1 x64

  35. leonpopo says:

    I’m having issues with dolphin i guess, when i run Gecko and select to launch the game after all the setups Dolphin sends some messages like this one:
    -BackPatch: currently only supporting reads / attempted to write to 52534249
    What should i do?

  36. ryder says:

    i followed everything but when loading the game through gecko it says no sd was found

    • Zach says:

      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.

  37. InstaREKT says:

    Yo, this guide really helped. I actually had a modded Wii with E4.3, but unfortunately, it’s…well, *E*4.3, which meant I couldn’t play the game. Thanks to this guide my beefy computer can run it! Uhh, but there’s two problems I’m having.

    The first is that setting Brawl to the standard ISO does nothing. I have to click File and then Change Disc… each time I load up Gecko. Why is that a burden, you may be wondering. Well, that’s because I have crashed for no reason. I figured out through several crashes that it’s Dual Core that causes it, but I can’t seem to find a way to disable Dual Core without Gecko crashing on startup. Any clues on how to fix that?

    • Zach says:

      Super glad to hear this!

      Which version of Dolphin are you using?

    • jon johnson says:

      Hey, thanks so much for the guide. Unfortunately I can’t get it to work, as soon as I boot the game from the launch screen in Gecko, my game freezes on the screen that says, “Online Interactions not rated by ESRB”, but occasionally it will freeze before or after that. I’ve gone through the tutorial twice now and I can’t get it going. Any help is appreciated

      • Zach says:

        Which version of Dolphin are you using?

        • jon johnson says:

          Dolphin 4.0.2

          • Zach says:

            Are you using an NTSC or PAL version of SSBB? This sounds like it could be an ISO issue.

            Also, what are your PC’s specs?

          • jon johnson says:

            Its an NTSC, and I have a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, and onboard Intel HD Graphics 5500.

          • Zach says:

            Your computer might be fast enough. At this point, I’m not sure what to tell you. I encourage you to comb through the comments on this post and look at what’s solved issues for others. I assure you that going through the guide exactly will make things work.

  38. legowego says:

    I seem to be having an issue with setting this up. Up until now, my mods have been working just fine, and they loaded up every time. However, something weird has been occurring: All the codes have been functioning properly, but for some reason, none of my custom Brawl files are loading. For example, the code to reorder the character and stage select screens function correctly, but the replaced stages and their icons appear as the vanilla Brawl defaults. This goes for custom movesets, music, etc. I checked the Dolphin log, and it does seem to be looking for the files, but it comes up with something like “File Read (SD): Open failed (/private/wii/app/RSBE/pf/system/common2.pac)”, and loads from the DVD instead. Any ideas?

  39. Daniel Brown says:

    Great tutorial! It was really clear and noob-friendly, too. I’m from New Zealand(part of the PAL region) so I haven’t been able to play this game. But now I can, in part because of you! So thank you! I’m having so much fun with this game and I’ve barely even started!

  40. malistaticy says:

    Hello, good guide! I found someone on youtube who did all of this and said he is pulling his info from an article, I assume its this one.

    Anyway, I have an issue that seems to have yet to been resolved, doing this only launches vanilla brawl. It’s not too important should I have to deal with netplay, but to install new custom characters and stages means having to COMPLETELY build the iso over again everytime, and I want to try the virtual sd card method. I am using dolphin 4.0-8256, and the latest gecko, sdcard maker, and winimage as of 12/1/2015.

    My sd card is located at C:\Users\Me\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\Wii, however, I have reason to believe it is not related to the virtual sd card as gecko states that the codes were found and applied, and I can confirm this because vanilla brawl has all characters unlocked and freecam is enabled.

    If it helps, not even the launcher that comes with project m launches itself, only vanilla as well
    Best wishes, Malistaticy

    • Zach says:

      Thanks, Malistaticy! Do you have a link to the video you’re talking about?

      As the guide states, please use Dolphin v4.0.2. I believe switching to that version of Dolphin will solve your problem. If not, please let me know.

  41. Fernando says:

    It worked perfect for me except for i cant run, though it was a controller configuration problem but in ssbb (no PM) my controller works perfectly

  42. allurisk maxwell says:

    where can you find the ssbb iso?

  43. zk says:

    Hi, I’m very new to this and I had a few questions. I apologize in advance if it’s stupid but I’ve been reading for days now and still don’t understand.
    1. I have noticed a version which offers Netplay where the installation is much cleaner, not requiring Gecko nor an SD card. What is the difference between the Netplay version and this one other than online functionality? Is the game exactly the same, and can I use the Netplay version offline?
    2. Is there a method to make a Project M ISO? What I mean by this is to take the original NTSC ROM and use an ISO builder or something to make a Project M ISO which has click and play functionality in Dolphin. Something that doesn’t require SD cards or Gecko.

    • Zach says:

      No problem! I wish I could answer your questions. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to Question 1. I know that such a method of installation exists, but the method I outline in this guide is so simple that I’ve never tried using it. As for your second question, yes, there is a way to do that. Again, because this guide’s method is so straightforward, I haven’t had the need to use an ISO builder, but I know it’s possible.

    • Alex Jones says:

      It’s probably late af but nonethaless, heres a response!
      1: The netplay version is used only on dolphin and you basically lose not much. You lose alternate Stages, and more music. that’s about it and i dont reccomend using netplay offline.
      2:Yes, I reccomend going too http://smashladder.com and if you go into there PM chat it shows you the link too a guide similar too this one.

  44. PM player says:

    super helpful. I spent probably 2 hours trying to find out how to do this watching youtube videos and reading other articles, and they never worked even after I tried many times. I was left frustrated with a sore head, but this one is super baller and worked the first try, and is super simple. Thanks for this!

    • Zach says:

      YAY! Super glad to hear this. Thanks so much for your comment. I made this guide due to similar personal frustrations. Have fun!!!

  45. tkhilk says:

    I followed everything as layed out and it still boots vanilla brawl after selecting launch game in the gecko menu. Not sure whats wrong.

    • Zach says:

      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.

    • Alex Jones says:

      Make sure you if you go into Config > Wii > SD Card insert make sure that’s on. Also, right click the brawl ISO and make that the default ISO

  46. Ashton says:

    I did everything correctly and PM was working well in all, but I opened regular Brawl one day and PM won’t load anymore

  47. lyralovesc4 says:

    Hello, when I start up brawl through geko I’m getting “no SD code” and it loads up regular brawl. Is my sd.raw in the wrong spot? or is it something else?

    http://imgur.com/JzLhPrC

  48. Tyler O'Neill says:

    I have the SD card in My Documents>Dolphin Emulator>Wii, I have brawl set as my default iso, I checked “import SD card” I did all the configuration settings in Gecko OS, but every time I try to boot it up it still boots up vanilla Brawl. I’ve tried everything and so far no luck. It keeps saying “No SD codes found”

    • Zach says:

      Which version of Dolphin are you using? Please send me a screenshot of your sd.raw location as well as your sd.raw contents within WinImage.

  49. Tom says:

    Hey man just followed the guide and got to the Gecko step and realized v4.0.2 apparently doesn’t recognize my gamecube controller. I know the Brawl version is correct because I have PM netplay and that works as well as my controller in v4.0-7161. I’m using the mayflash gamecube controller to usb adapter. I tried changing the device from the default to the various mayflash’s which didnt work. Im also using one of nintendo’s new gc controllers for smash so I’m no sure if that has something to do with it. I also made sure in the options that only one controller was turned on and the wiimotes were disabled. Good guide otherwise thanks for the help

    • Zach says:

      What do you mean by 4.0.2 “doesn’t recognize my gamecube controller”? Do you mean that it doesn’t show up in the dropdown list of input devices? Could you please send a screenshot of that?

      • Tom says:

        No when I start the emulator it doesn’t recognize any of my inputs. And when I use my mayflash adapter and gamecube controller on v4.0-7161 it works fine so I don’t think it’s the equipment. I’ve tried plugging it to player 1-4 and selecting different device inputs but nothing seems to work on that end. Here’s a screenshot of what my gc config looks like. Thanks for the help and no biggie if this doesn’t work I can always just use the netplay build.

        https://gyazo.com/14cfcf2f809f78706838a877856fc720

        • Zach says:

          And that’s the case even when you properly map the controls in that menu? I noticed that they’re currently unmapped.

          If that doesn’t work, I’m sorry, I don’t know how to help 🙁

        • Alex Jones says:

          I had a similar problem but with a 3rd party controller. What i did too fix it is look up a program called Zadig and get that. Follow the guide on http://smashladder.com and that fixed it for me.

  50. Erik says:

    Hi, I believe I have done every step correctly; however, when I try to launch the game from Gecko, I am told “This game requires IOS 36. 36 not found on disc”. I am using Dolphin 4.0.2 and P:M 3.6

    • Zach says:

      Are you sure you’re using Dolphin v4.0.2? The “IOS” is not required with more recent versions of Dolphin. If you’re sure, 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.

  51. cvl25 says:

    I’m using OS X, but since we I need to use 4.0.2. to load the iso, which there isn’t a mac download for, what version of dolphin should I use?

  52. 1qaz2wsx says:

    It’s unpractical because a lot of people play where I install this, and I’d like to avoid a sudden change.

    After searching a bit I see that there’s and option for Gecko codes in the game properties, I’ll try messing with that when I have the time.

  53. Ash10 says:

    So i been having an issue trying to load the game after doing step 11 i get an error that displays “Cant Read from DVD plugin – DVD interface: Fatal Error” im using Dolphin 5.0 Currently-rc-27 …Please help

  54. 1qaz2wsx says:

    Ok, just to be sure, this is the only method that allows alternate stages, correct? And it requires opening the game via Gecko every time?

    If that’s the case then it’s really a shame, as I find Gecko very unpractical. Even worse now that the iso builder replaces the music with questionable ones. Oh man, this is going to be annoying.

    • Zach says:

      What about Gecko do you find impractical?

      With a little searching, you can find out how to add Gecko to Dolphin’s game list, making launching P:M a single button press away.

  55. Sean McMuffin says:

    I did everything correctly. I downloaded the right version of dolphin, put the SD card in the right place, everything. And it only ends up loading Brawl in the end.

    • Zach says:

      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.

      • Sean McMuffin says:

        It was the “gameconfig.txt” which I needed. Which you didn’t state was needed. I suggest you update the post for this, because I saw this issue in the comment section already.

        • Zach says:

          In Step 6, the guide very clearly states that you need to extract the entire contents of the Project M zip file to somewhere on your hard drive. In Step 7.5, the guide states that you must then inject that entire folder into your SD.raw file. Additionally, the screenshot of WinImage in step 7.5 very clearly displays the existence of “gameconfig.txt” inside SD.raw.

          In any case, I’m glad you got it working. Enjoy!

  56. George says:

    Im sure i did everything exactly like you said and when i launch game with gecko os it almost starts i see the pm screen but i get this error: Unable to resolve write address 41524310 PC 510

    • Zach says:

      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.

  57. nelson calderon says:

    hey um ok so i am in the project menu but it doesnt load up it just turns into a black screen and nothing happens

    • Zach says:

      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.

  58. Zeen says:

    so I tried following your instructions but when i open boot.elf it says
    Game Id: RSBE01
    Codes error: Too many codes
    8041 Lines Found, 424 Lines allowed
    Im not sure what this means so if you can reply then that would be amazing, thanks.

    • Zeen says:

      also, I have tried this on dolphin 4.02 as well as 4.0-5821 and they both do not work in this reply I will post the pictures of the steps i followed
      1.) I have everything extracted here
      2.)here I have made the sd.raw
      3.) I did the whole winima90 thing here
      4.)I dont believe i Put this in the wrong directory
      5.) It is a brawl iso
      6.) I got the correct boot.elf I assume
      7.) uh…. huh I took a bunch of fraps pictures as I was re doing the whole process but its working now. So you can ignore all of this, thanks anyways

  59. Wee12314 says:

    For some reason it doesn’t work. I followed all the steps properly, but I still get Brawl instead of Project M

  60. stonebrood says:

    So the game was working perfectly fine and now for some reason when I try booting Project M it just causes Dolphin to crash
    I was playing it without a problem 5 days ago and it was working fine this morning but now it causes Dolphin to not respond. Any ideas? Should I just re install it?

  61. Fainean says:

    It says “no sd codes found” when i start the game.. i have already double checked if i have the data on the virtual sd.. what could be the problem?

    • Zach says:

      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.

  62. Ray says:

    So everything works fine, but my music does seem to have static in it. Do you know what could be wrong? It’s not the copy of smash I know that for sure.

    • Zach says:

      Try playing around with Dolphin’s Audio settings. Unfortunately, that’s the only suggestion I have for you right now. Audio in Project: M on Dolphin has had some issues over the years.

    • Alex Jones says:

      That happens if dolphin’s load is too heavy since PM is a very graphic heavy game. I reccomend going into the Gecko settings and changing the hooktype. If its set on AXNetFrame then idk but if its not, then put it on that.

  63. A Guy says:

    what do you use to open the boot.elf?

  64. Devin Stevens says:

    I have done what the guide has said but when I got to launch the game it says no DVD found even with Brawl as my default iso. Any ideas on how to fix that?

    • Zach says:

      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.

  65. Colin says:

    Hey I’m having an issue where whenever I run the iso in dolphin it shows the title screen then the screen with the url but crashes after that displaying this:
    https://gyazo.com/f5aff0dbbdec009bbe97e0b9188e9cff
    What should I do?

    • Zach says:

      You are using the incorrect version of Dolphin. You need to use version 4.0.2. Please re-read the guide and follow all steps exactly.

      • Clos says:

        if you get a message when startingthe game with gecko for 1st time that says “Setting up driver…” but then even if you wait nothing happens what could be the problem? the version of Dolphin is 4.0 I think

  66. griddori says:

    I seem to have done something wrong, I guess.
    Whenever I run the boot.elf and click “Launch Game” It just starts normal SSBB
    and nothing has broken or given me an error, and I check the guide at least 4 times now just reading through where I might have messed up, But nothing seems wrong.
    So I need help…

    • Zach says:

      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.

      • griddori says:

        https://imageshack.com/i/exLcxfbbp
        That’s Dolphin Main window and sd.raw location

        And my Copy of the Brawl ISO is NTSC
        Dolphin is 4.02

        PC Specs:
        Windows 7 Ultimate
        4 Processors: Intel Core i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00 GHz
        RAM: 8.00 GB
        64-bit Operating System

        • Zach says:

          Your sd.raw file is in the incorrect spot. Please re-read the entire guide, following every step exactly. Let me know if you have any questions about any step. Specifically, look at step 7.8 for the location of sd.raw.

  67. Gus Glasheen says:

    I followed every step and I have done this right once before but I tried to install the netplay version of PM so I uninstalled this one and the netplay one didn’t work so I tried to install this again and it just loads brawl P.S. my sd.raw is in the right directory

    • Zach says:

      If you’ve done this right once before, what did you do differently this time? Which directory is your sd.raw in?

  68. Greg says:

    Hi Zach, I’m wondering if you could help me out with this. I’ve followed the guide to precise measures, I believe, and I get up to launching the game when I get thrown an error. “Error: No DVD Found” This displays in Gecko, I’m using 3.6 Full, and the specified Dolphin version.

  69. cillianflood says:

    Everything’s good until I’m using winimage. Eventually it says a bunch of pcs cannot be injected because the image is full. Do I need to use a bigger SD card? I used 512 one like advised.

    • Zach says:

      Have you tried a bigger virtual SD card, like 2GB? If that doesn’t work, something else is wrong, and we can try other things.

  70. DatOneGuy says:

    What do I set my dvd root on?

  71. Rob Ge says:

    I’ve followed every step here so many times but when I run the boot.elf and the launch the game, it says “No SD codes found”. I downloaded everything from the links you posted, my Brawl ISO is from the USA version, but it seems to not work for me.

  72. cheez says:

    i cant find an iso of brawl. pls halp?

  73. SED HEP says:

    So i when i was using winimage, the SD.raw file wasnt showing up, so i made the sd file open by default in winimage, then when i was done (not knowing what type of file it was) made it open defaultly wiht java platform SE binary. I think this is why my game isnt working. Brawl runs fine, but i am unable to launch Project m… Please help

  74. fiddles says:

    It works pretty well but it keeps on crashing as I go in the smash screen.

  75. dirteedees says:

    dolphin 4.0.2
    winimg 9.0

    um how do post img

  76. This worked for me. Thank you very much!

  77. dirteedees says:

    Hello I have a problem as well I have followed the setup to a t but when I open the boot.elf file it just starts up brawl. I have the virtural sd card in the wii folder tha’ts in the sys folder of dolphin and I have injected the pm file into the vsd. I have a good iso and brawl iso is set a default. Soo idk where the problem could be coming from.

  78. AaronEA says:

    Hello, I got this working the first time but when I open the boot.elf from Gecko and select launch it choose to run brawl and not project M. Is there a different way to rerun this?

  79. john smith says:

    TL:DR Just successfully set this up on Windows 10 64bit for anyone concerned.

    used 64bit dolphin and winimage, same versions in article, 4.0.2 dolphin and 9.0 winimage – gecko1931 and sdcard maker both also worked.

  80. Shane says:

    So, Project M 3.6 now has its own “boot.elf” folder and I use that instead of Gecko since it works. But, after I launch the game, the launcher does not go to Brawl like Gecko does. And, speaking of Gecko, all that does is go to Brawl. Followed the steps exactly as you said, though had to create a “Wii” folder to put the “sd.raw” file into. Aside from that, all of it was pretty much as you explained, but Project M launcher will not launch Project M nor does Gecko do so.

    • Shane says:

      Alright, never mind. I found the actual “Wii” folder in the “Sys” folder. However, now it just stays on “Setting up drive..” for Gecko and still has no response on the Project M launcher.

      This was also after I put Dolphin into the “My Documents” folder as that was believed to be the correct folder for newer versions of the emulator. If it says “Setting up drive..” then that means that it must be working now, though.

      But, is there a way to just do this with the Project M launcher instead?

      • Shane says:

        Never mind…again. Forgot to check “Set as default ISO” after relocating it. Turns out, I got the “No SD Codes Found” error now and Gecko, once again, boots to Brawl with no modification whatsoever.

        • Zach says:

          It sounds like you’ve slapped a ton of bandaids on your installation of Dolphin and configuration of P: M. I’d recommend completely starting over and following the guide from the beginning.

          First of all, don’t install Dolphin to your My Documents folder. Once you run Dolphin for the first time, it’ll create a folder in My Documents called “Dolphin”.

  81. Wavekid says:

    Hello.
    I already know my issue. I didn’t make Brawl the default ISO. I’m new to this emulator stuff so please bear with me.
    I did download Brawl (from an unfamiliar source) and it works fine. I’m actually playing it right now. It runs great. I downloaded everything required from the links you provided, I did the steps perfect; but as I said, Brawl is not my default ISO.

    My issue is, I CAN’T make it the default ISO. If you wouldn’t mind clicking the Gyazo link to see my picture example, I think this would help explain. http://gyazo.com/ddedde2919298b3c6fb686d0d3e95ed4
    I can’t get Brawl to show up here in Dolphin, so I can’t get the option to right click to make it my default ISO.

    This is what my Brawl “ISO” file looks like. Again, I’m able to play it fine, it runs great; but it doesn’t show up in Dolphin.
    http://gyazo.com/8e8a8f062bfd0b28317250ade9a60306

    Would you happen to know a fix to this? Is there a place you suggest I download Brawl from?
    Thank you.

    • Zach says:

      Your ISO is probably totally fine. It looks like you don’t have the ISO in the correct directory.

      Open Dolphin, go to Options, then Configure, then the Paths directory. Move your Brawl ISO to the directory listed there. If there isn’t one, add one. Then it’ll show up in the list.

      Have fun!

  82. 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.

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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?

        • James says:

          Scratch that comment, I figured it out.

          Btw you are a saint for helping people on this for so long.

          • Zach says:

            Glad you figured it out. Have fun!

            Thank you so much for that comment – it means a lot to me :).

      • AT says:

        I got Project M to load, but the audio for some songs is completely messed up. What did I do wrong?

        • Zach says:

          Probably nothing. What are the specs of your computer? I encourage you to play around with the Audio tab in Dolphin’s settings.

    • This does not work for me!

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. stonebrood says:

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

  93. 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.

  94. Adisa says:

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

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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?

    • Zach says:

      What are your computer’s specs? Where did you get your ISO of Brawl? This sounds like an issue with the ISO itself…

  101. 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.

  102. Kebabman13 says:

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

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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?

  107. 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)

    • Zach says:

      What are your computer’s specs? What have you set Dolphin’s graphics settings to?

      • Baldr says:

        intel(R) Core(TM) 2 quad cpu 2,40 GHz
        6GB RAM
        64-bit windows 7
        Amd radeon hd 6800 series
        Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250 GB ATA device
        (not very good at specs and such but hope this is enough)

  • 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.

        • Zach says:

          No, you don’t need to dump any files from your Wii to get this tutorial working.

          Which version of Dolphin are you using?

  • 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.

    • WinDoe says:

      I redid the entire thing all over again, using SD Card Maker, and everything works .-.

      Oh well, if anyone has the same issue, try again.

  • 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.

      • Demy says:

        I know i know, but it doesnt work when i create one myself. So I hope you can upload yours so I can use that one!

  • 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?

    • BlackZero796 says:

      Nevermind. It was as I thought. I only had the 4.3 GB version of Brawl instead of the full 7.9 GB version. When I redownloaded the larger version, it worked perfectly! 😛 Thank you very much for this simple and concise tutorial!

  • 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!

    • Zach says:

      What video card do you have?

      Another thing I’m noticing is that you’re using the wrong version of Dolphin. Please use v4.0.2 stable.

  • 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?

    • Zach says:

      Yep, you’ll have to configure a virtual Gamecube controller for Gecko navigation.

    • RaxorBangss says:

      My gecko says(i am dutch, sorry for my english) ”4090 codes found, 424 codes allowed.” i did everything like VBI and i set it to default ISO. my Gecko launcher is V 1.9.
      can you help me pls?

      • RaxorBangss says:

        Here are some screenshots

        file:///C:/Users/gevaarlijke/Pictures/gecko%202.png

        file:///C:/Users/gevaarlijke/Pictures/gecko.png

  • 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.

        • 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.

  • 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?

    • Aeirah says:

      Aaaaaaand I got it. Nevermind. Great tutorial!

      I found the need to use the gameconfig.txt file to get the SD card to work properly though.

  • 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