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    Exclamation Overheated Wii with sentimental value

    Back in 2007 My parents bought me a wii when I was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkins lymphoma) During my treatment and recovery I used my wii almost every day and accumulated a plethora of game saves high scores and classic games bought from online store.

    Time passed and I am now 3 years free of that nightmare. My poor Wii though is not doing too well. About a year or two ago I started to see strange artifacts with the graphics on my wii, being out of warranty I took it apart to examine it. Wii Heatsink Fix « WTFMoogle.com I had to replace the heat pads and add my own thermal paste to stop the overheating. Around this time I started looking at developing my own home brew games.

    A month or two ago during the heat of summer the artifacting started to get worse and very simple homebrew aps were crashing with the fun kernel panic and memory dump display. I took this as a note that the wii might be on its last few boots and did a full nand dump.

    less then a month ago my Wii got very very hot. It sounded like the fan stopped working. I quickly unplugged it and let it cool down. finding cat hair had plugged the fan.

    The Wii now only powers very minimally on. Fan spins and the red led lights up. nothing else happens No sound or video.

    I have a nice hot air reflow station and I am very good at soldering nand chips. I have this feeling that if i do send my wii to nintendo to be fixed they wont spend the time to recover my data as most likely the gpu or cpu is cooked.

    Is there any thing I should try before I give up on my data?

    Would it be possible to take my nand dump and flash it to a new wii?

    Could a full re-balling of the chips fix my wii?

    if the wii is a lost cause, Is there a way to have nintendo transfer my data?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Don't scrap it just yet. I'm no expert on the hardware of the wii, but we do have a few people who know the parts inside and out. I realy hope someone can come along and give you an option. Do you by any chance have bootmii installed as boot2? And also, can you power on with your wiimote? Good luck, partner!

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    I have some very early boards with similar problems. You are correct that it sounds like you would need a reball/reflow, however for the price of a replacement board its quite honestly not worth the effort (and you can believe me when I say this, as I have a proper BGA rework station and still dont bother repairing these boards).


    If you have a nand backup with your keys.bin, you can extract your saves from the nand... they are not in normal format (like when you move them to SD card in the wii system menu), but they should work with the homebrew save managers and let you copy them over to your new motherboard.
    Last edited by Bad_Ad84; 10-04-2010 at 11:39 PM.

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    WC24 thing is rubbish in my experience.

    But the earlier boards do seem to suffer from the chip coming away from the board slightly, also the Wii boards do not warp easily like the 360 ones.

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