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    Bricked Wii DVD drive

    Hello.
    My Wii is unfortunately bricked, after a botched 4.2 downgrade. Black screen, no a/v, can insert and eject discs. I've tried pretty much everything there is to try, but nothing. I'll get a new one in a couple of days, but I'll probably end up with a D3-2 drive, I believe they are standard now right? Not being able to play DVD-R backups really kills it for me, so I was wondering, would I be able to switch the DVD drives? My Wii has a D2C drive (Or was it a D2B? Can't really remember right now.) with a D2Pro9 modchip installed. Does a full brick like mine affects the DVD drive, or just the motherboard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whysleep View Post
    Hello.
    My Wii is unfortunately bricked, after a botched 4.2 downgrade. Black screen, no a/v, can insert and eject discs. I've tried pretty much everything there is to try, but nothing. I'll get a new one in a couple of days, but I'll probably end up with a D3-2 drive, I believe they are standard now right? Not being able to play DVD-R backups really kills it for me, so I was wondering, would I be able to switch the DVD drives? My Wii has a D2C drive (Or was it a D2B? Can't really remember right now.) with a D2Pro9 modchip installed. Does a full brick like mine affects the DVD drive, or just the motherboard?
    Thanks in avance.
    Just the Wii's motherboard. You could pull the drive and buy another unit and do a drive swapout if really necessary. Of course you can't pull it and send to N for warranty or out of warranty replacement sans drive.

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    So, if I switch the DVD drives my new, presumably d3-2 Wii would be able to read DVD-R backups. But I wouldn't be able to use the modchip as it's installed on the motherboard, not the DVD drive, am I right?
    Last edited by whysleep; 12-25-2009 at 11:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whysleep View Post
    So, if I switch the DVD drives my new, presumably d3-2 Wii would be able to read DVD-R backups. But I wouldn't be able to use the modchip as it's installed on the motherboard, not the DVD drive, am I right?
    You could do the softmod and it'd read backups, yes. If it's soldered to the motherboard and not a solderless solution, then that'd be correct. It could be removed and moved over, provided you have the necessary skills (or the person that did your mod is still available and is willing to).

    Edit: you don't happen to have BootMii installed as boot2, do ya --- there'd be a recovery option for your bricked Wii if so...

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    Last edited by nightstah; 12-26-2009 at 08:25 AM.

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    The D2Pro9 is soldered to a Wii clip. It's just that I installed it about a year and a half ago, so I don't really remember if it was on the DVD drive or the motherboard itself. Had it been on the motherboard I wouldn't be able to use it since the new D3-2s won't accept modchips, or so I heard. No, I don't have boot2, I alreay thought about that. Live and learn...

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    The chip is attached to the drive. You can swap the old drive and chip with the new wii if you like. It should not be an issue.
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