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    Black screen bricked Wii - think it's the wireless module

    System menu 4.2u. My friend's Wii bricked the other day, went to load a game, went to black and never came back. Had to hard power off, then when turned back on, nothing but a black screen. Priiloader is/was installed on the unit, but that won't even come up. SaveMiiFrii doesn't work either. Screen has a quick flash when the Wii powers on, and that's it, no video, no audio. The unit had Wiiconnect24/Standby turned on. Wii CAN be turned on from the Wiimote, but does not sync, so I don't think it's the bluetooth module considering the Wii turns on with the Wiimote. The Wii does NOT show up on the router as a DHCP client, which is what is leading me to think it's the Wi-Fi module.

    2 things, 1) does anyone think differently? and 2) is there a tutorial or video or whatever as far as tearing apart the Wii to get down to the Wi-Fi module? I saw a youtube video of a guy taking out the optical drive and then saying "there you go, your wii is completely disassembled" ... uh, no, it's not. Not even close. It seems like you need to remove a LOT more to get to the Wi-Fi module and it's going to be a PITA job.

    Thanks in advance.

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    You have one of two issues.

    1. You have a full brick from a disc update (usually happens when SM is downgraded from a higher version and then upgraded via disc update, etc.)

    2. You have a bad Wi-Fi module.

    Regarding disassembly, it's self explanatory once you remove the disc drive. Just remove the screws necessary to lift up part of the metal shield so you can get to the Wi-Fi card.
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    Definitely NOT a disc update, priiloader had disc and online updates both blocked, and the game in question doesn't even have any sort of update on it. Plus, it was the same game that was played the day before the Wii died, so if it was going to brick the system it could/would have done so already. So, it must be the wi-fi module then. Thanks for the input, hopefully it's not too difficult to get out.

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    No problem. Its not hard to remove if you have the right tools.

    Also a tip, make sure the wi-fi module didn't just come loose from the socket. This happens sometimes and you may luck out and not have to replace it.
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    I've got a triwing screwdriver and precision Phillips screwdrivers so getting into it and getting the drive out is the easy part, it just seems like you need to remove about 80 screws to get the metal shield off to get to the wi-fi module.

    I'm surprised nobody's made a tutorial/video yet about doing so, considering this is one of the 2 most common Wii hardware failures (wi-fi module and BT module)

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    You don't have to completely remove the metal shield to get to it just the front and both sides. It's maybe a total of about 10 screws. I may make a tutorial on this at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streamlinehd View Post
    I may make a tutorial on this at some point.
    That would be awsome....


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    I dont think anyones made one as its not difficult...

    open the case is the hard part (knowing which screws) for taking the motherboard out, its a case of unscrewing everything thats a screw and remove.

    Maybe a picture at each level showing which screws should be in for helping to put it back together would be helpful, but other than that its common sense.

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    LOL yeah when i get my new wii in the mail (bricked) i will take pics and post if no body has....

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    That would be good. I know there are different lengths and colors of screws once you get into it.

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