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    Dead drive?? D2pro/clip on d2e

    Hi there, first post and lookin for help.

    Have a d2pro9/v4 clip on a d2e. The "J" wire is soldered as per the instructions on the wiiclip site.

    Was working fine, would play everything but a backup of MarioKart. GF was on her wiifit, ejected the disc to play something else, and the drive would not accept any discs, burnt or not. I took the wii apart again to find the clip had come loose. Put it back on and still nothing, red light comes on, then the blue flashes, then nothing. Tried it with the clip off also, still nothing, drive makes no noises and will not accept a disc at all.

    The pins on the chip are all good, nothing bent or mashed inside the wiiclip, all looks just like new.

    Would I need to unsolder the "J" wire to know for sure if the wii will work at all now? I would think it should work just like unmodded if the clip was removed???

    Any ideas???

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    One more thing to ad, just tried it again, the motor?? in the corner furthest from the drive chip the clip goes on gets hot, as if it's trying to work, but something is jammed.

    I'm thinkin it may be a physical problem with the drive???
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    sounds like it might be it, does it work with the chip off ?
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    No, chip is totally off now, including the soldered wire. Drive still does nothing.

    Does it sound like the modchip is acting like it should, with the red light, then a flash of the blue, then nothing??? When it was still installed, it would occasionally flash red/blue a few times, but usually just once.

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    modchip sounds like its acting ok, the drive not working with it off though is a concern. You're going to need to focus on getting that up and running first. check for any bent pins on the wii drive chipset where you installed the clip. Most commonly the 'x/j' resistor on the back of the wii drive board gives out , its 10 cent part, some are just cheaper than others. Ive fixed quite a few drives this way.
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    When it first stopped working, and I took it back apart to find the clip had come loose, I did bend a pin in the plug for the bundle of white wires that needs to be unplugged to lay the drive next to the wii. It was the one closest to the wii itself when the drive is lying next to it. It got bent over right to the side of the plug and pushed into the alignment groove there. When this happened, it squished the hole for the pin in the removable part of the plug. I straightened the pin, and fixed the hole in the plug it goes into. Only thing I can see being an issue there is if it's not fully making a connection inside the plug.

    Is there any way to test this? What do the connections from that plug supply? I believe the ribbon cable powers some drive functions?

    Is there a turorial anywhere, or any guide on how to test these connections?

    All that said, I do think the drive is getting power, as the motor that runs the eject/load mechanism heats up when powered up. I'm also assuming there is a sensor of some sort that "sees" when a disc is being inserted? Is there a chance it is fried?

    Thing that bugs me is that this wii is hardly used, been sitting for months actually, then we used it for an hour or so just before the drive froze up.

    Oh yeah, the pins/legs on the d2e chip are all good, checked with a mag. glass. How would I check this x/j resistor?

    Hope at least some of this makes sense, and thanks again.

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    im having the same problem where is the 'x/j' resistor and where can i find a new one

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    Just an update, replaced the drive with an ebay d2e, reinstalled the d2pro9, and all is good, works perfect again.

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