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Replacing your Wii's Internal Parts!

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by , 06-25-2010 at 10:14 AM (8650 Views)
WARNING: This tutorial is written for a user with average on up mechanical aptitude and an ability to follow directions. If you have no mechanical aptitude, nor can follow amply described and illustrated directions --- then this tutorial is not for you. As parts can bust/die/tear/get lost and no longer work and I don't know where you can get a replacement.


This tutorial tries to cover replacing as much of the internal parts of possible. I took my Wii apart several times in the process of trying to make a repair and was left with several pictures for this guide. Sorry if the pictures aren't perfect. Anyway Let's get started. First, I'd expect you to have already disassembled your Wii to a certain extent already. If you haven't, This Guide (Click Here) is what you'll need to follow before you come back here.


Things Needed
- Common Sense
- A Triwing Screwdriver
- A Philips Screwdriver
- Tweezers
- Electrical Tape (Optional)
- Clean, Dry Hands


Tips
- If a screw isn't coming out, don't spin your screw driver into it until the head strips.
- If you see cables, don't put anything sharp close to it.
- Don't leave your console plugged into a wall outlet.
- Don't leave your console attached to your TV.
- Don't leave the sensor bar attached to the Wii.
- Don't force anything open. Somethings are fragile.
- Be organized with your screws. They're tiny. I have no idea where you can get more if you lose them.
- Don't work on a carpeted surface. Static shock can travel and damage the components.



DVD Drive Replacement
This is probably the easiest one to do. Continuing where you left off from the Disassembly guide. From the picture below you'll notice a ribbon cable connected to the DVD Drive by a clip. Gently lift this clip and remove the ribbon cable. Next, you'll notice a bundle of white wires connected to the DVD Drive wire as well. To remove these, gently unplug them by softly pulling from the head (Do NOT Pull the Plugs themselves!)







Next re-insert the new DVD Drive, insert the ribbon cable under the same head as the old one and gently push the clip in (It tends to falloff easily). Then take the head of the white bundle of wires and plug it back in firmly but gently. Again, do not 'jerk' any wires. Put your Wii back together and try out the new DVD Drive.






Front Plate Replacement
You might have released the Front Plate while disassembling your Wii. Replacing it should be pretty obvious but here's how anyway. When its faced down, you'll notice two little wires in the faceplate connected to a head. Gently pull the plug from that head. Again, do not pull by the strings. Gently use your fingers or tweezers to pull out this head. These wires are extremely easy to burst!







Once removed, take your new face-plate and plug in the wire head running from it to the same plug where the old one was. Again, being gentle. Once its firm, begin re-assembling the console, later on is where you'll screw the face-plate back on. If you don't know how to re-assemble, do This Guide (Click Here) backwards.




Fan Replacement
On the backside of the console, you'll notice a couple things including the fan. This again, is a fairly easy part to remove. You'll notice the fan is attached by two screws side by side. These are Philip Head Screws. So take your screwdriver and unscrew and keep the screws safe. You'll notice the fan very loose but not out. The fan's pug is still attached.







Using the Tweezers or your fingers, gently remove the plug from the slot. Once again, do not pull from the wires but from the head itself. Now you can remove the old fan.







Now you can put the new fan, plug in the plug connected to the new fan into the same slot the old one was. Again, careful with the wires! Then place the new fan into its place and beginning screwing it back using the same screwdriver and set of screws as before. Try to make sure its tight.




Bluetooth Module Replacement
This will probably be the hardest part to get to in this tutorial. Bluetooth Module problems are sometimes mistaken for full bricks. The Bluetooth Module may have blown or got loose.


First of all, you'll need to remove the DVD Drive. You'll notice a ribbon cable connected to the DVD Drive by a clip. Gently lift this clip and remove the ribbon cable. Next, you'll notice a bundle of white wires connected to the DVD Drive wire as well. To remove these, gently unplug them by softly pulling from the head (Do NOT Pull the Plugs themselves!). The DVD Drive can now be put aside.

Secondly, You should remove the front-plate to make it easier. You might have released the Front Plate while disassembling your Wii. Replacing it should be pretty obvious but here's how anyway. When its faced down, you'll notice two little wires in the faceplate connected to a head. Gently pull the plug from that head. Again, do not pull by the strings. Gently use your fingers or tweezers to pull out this head. These wires are extremely easy to burst!

Thirdly, On the backside of the console, you'll notice a couple things including the fan. This again, is a fairly easy part to remove. You'll notice the fan is attached by two screws side by side. These are Philip Head Screws. So take your screwdriver and unscrew and keep the screws safe. You'll notice the fan very loose but not out. The fan's pug is still attached. Using the Tweezers or your fingers, gently remove the plug from the slot. Once again, do not pull from the wires but from the head itself. Now you can remove the old fan.

In the Picture below, you'll notice an 'overview' of the 'protecters' or whatever name you want to call them (Your DVD Drive should already be off but I left mine) These are attached by many Philip Head Screws. Take your screwdriver and unscrew ever last one you can find, there are many around the silver plating, five in the depressions or holes of the silver plating and many around the black area so make sure you find them all since they may be hard to see if you don't have a good light source.







Once you unscrew everything, you should be able to move the black pieces on the black. Notice, you can't remove these, you have to move them aside as they are connected to the MotherBoard. Then the front black casing can also be removed. Finally, the Silver plating can be rotated and lifted.


On the Motherboard, you'll notice a small green chip on the front-side of the Wii. That is, the Bluetooth Module, it is stuck by a magnet and can easily be removed with your hands.







Once removed, you can place your new one in the same area. Make sure it is alligned and the head on the Module 'clicks' onto the Motherboard. You'll know when the BlueTooth is on when you here a click. Also make sure the module is fitted firmly. Your module might have came with a tape blocking the magnetic part. You may need to remove it before replacing the module.







Finally, this last picture below is for anyone who would ever want a see a Wii stripped down to the bone:






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  1. h4ck3rj4x's Avatar
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    Great guide I and probably others as we would love to see a good video of assembly and disassembly guides let alone a video guide is hard to come by. But a good assembly video guide would be more needed every guide I ran into on line is a disassembly guide maybe you could point me to a ling if there is one in the forums thank you
  2. Favs's Avatar
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    I've taken my Wii apart a few times to install and test modchips and the reassembly is just a matter of retracing your steps which is quite easy if you make note of what you did while you do it insdtead of just blindly rushing into it.
  3. billyhome's Avatar
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    nice article !
    removing the CPU/GPU heatsink is the most difficult part, comparatively. would be nice to show pic about the process for newbeeees...
  4. emuhack's Avatar
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    Very Nice!!!!
  5. xploding's Avatar
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    Hi, Do you think it will be possible to take the bluetooth module without a full tear down? from the images It seems possible, but i have not opened the wii yet, maybe its packed down tight.