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    Should I get a Drive Key?

    Hello everyone,

    since it's my first post, I guess you can figure out I'm completely new to modding. My question is this:

    Should I get the Drive Key or should I get a D29Pro v2 chip with a clip? In the opinion of those who have had either or both.

    According to this site: Wii Drive Chip Database - Serial Number Estimation There is a 100% chance I have GC2-D2E drive covered in black glue (LU630650262). I can't open it up to really look without the proper screwdriver.

    I fiddle around with computers, so I don't have any problem doing delicate work installing pins without bending them, though I don't want to do any soldering myself. The Drive Key seems the easiest, fool-proof one to install, but how many problems are people having? I've gone through several posts and saw some people having lots of trouble with burned games and some not. I admit I am also nervous about removing the glue. I've read the how-to's but would you recommend someone who has never done any modding (ever) attempt to do this? As far as I know, there are no wii modders near me.

    Thanks for any advice and opinions.

    -Jennifer

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    Hi Jennifer,
    I admit I had the same thoughts.....I DIY a lot around computers, furniture, plumbing etc but I didnt fancy the idea of messing with the epoxy, paint stripper or heating the board....
    decided to go with Drivekey...actually bought 2 for 2 systems (one with and one without epoxy). Then heard problems with backups and experienced them myself....however turned out to be the media I was using. Changed my DVD media and no problems now.
    A next thing to consider is warranty with Nintendo. If your wii is supposed to have epoxy according to serial and anything goes wrong and you have to send it in then they may not honour the warranty as you removed epoxy. Hope this helps...

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    Thanks. I hadn't even considered anything about the warranty.

    So if I use a DriveKey, and thus don't have to remove the epoxy, they won't know I opened it up? That's a big plus in my book. I knew that I could be voiding my warranty, definitely if I soldered a chip in there myself, but if using a Drive Key would actually keep them from knowing I opened it up, then that's a big plus for me.

    I don't know how many Wiis actually have problems and need to be sent in, but I know my dad has needed to use the warranty on his Xbox more than once. But maybe Nintendo makes their stuff better than Microsoft.

    My only concern has to due with a silver ribbon cable. I can't get into it right now with the tools I have to see if I have a silver cable. But I'm thinking maybe they have fixed this issue already.

    Thanks again!

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    I am picking up mine today. I will let you know how easy (or not) it was.
    Thanks to all for the information I have learned on this site.

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    i got one ordered should be sent today

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    If you are very careful in opening the Wii they won't even know you were in it...the most they might see would be some scratches on the screws etc if not that careful...who's to say that cant happen with normal usage.....so No, they wont know you've been in it. Just remember to remove the drivekey before returning for any repairs if required. And, I think the Xbox has some major issues.
    As for installing the drivekey, it takes 10 mins (opening it carefully as not to leave any visible damage) to close to an hour (if you test etc before putting it back together) I just modded 2...took me close to an hour for the first and about 40 mins for the second (including time looking for the right tools halfway through and through testing before putting everything back and then finding out it doesnt work).
    First one is brand new with epoxy and has the silver ribbon and second is about a year old with blue ribbon cable. Both work fine now....had some initial issues due to media (the whole story of DVD+R vs -R etc...actually running well on DVD+R)
    The site I got my stuff from www.modsupplier.com actually has 2 videos on their drivekey page which shows how to install the drivekey really neat.

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    personally i wouldn't get a drivekey it only loads as fast as a softmod, save your money and borrow zelda and do the "softmii" softmod. while the drivekey will work, if you want free VC games and homebrew options you need the homebrew channel anyway. while yes you will be able to update your firmware with a drive key, you won't be able to use scrubbed games on 3.3 and over. so with or without chip your still better off with 3.2 the extra ios's and updates blocked.
    other than that bite the bullet and get a wiikey2 for full 6x loading speed and solder it or totaly remove the dreaded black goo for clip install

    just my opinion


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    Picked up and installed my drivekey today. All seems good. Burnt a downloaded ISO on a Phillips -R and it works perfectly. I have, however, taken apart and put together automobile engines that were easier. If you attempt this, and really it is easy, just make note which screws go back where.
    It took only about 45 minutes plus 15 minutes looking for the last screw I lost in the carpet. It is easy. really, if you know how to use a screwdriver.
    Last edited by Paradox; 03-16-2009 at 04:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erb247 View Post
    personally i wouldn't get a drivekey it only loads as fast as a softmod, save your money and borrow zelda and do the "softmii" softmod. while the drivekey will work, if you want free VC games and homebrew options you need the homebrew channel anyway. while yes you will be able to update your firmware with a drive key, you won't be able to use scrubbed games on 3.3 and over. so with or without chip your still better off with 3.2 the extra ios's and updates blocked.
    other than that bite the bullet and get a wiikey2 for full 6x loading speed and solder it or totaly remove the dreaded black goo for clip install

    just my opinion

    OK I've only done this with 3 games, but I can tell you that retail and backed up copies of shaun white, we ski and snowboard and madden 09 load exactly at that same speed using drivekey, there was no difference in load times between backup and retail disc. I have 0 load issues with my drivekey. Softmods never excel above a modchip and as far as not using scrubbed on firmware over 3.3...BS i'm running 3.4u and using a few dozen scrubbed backups and they work perfectly...your informating is totally bogus

    Jennifer I'd say go Drivekey and don't look back, I've had excellent success with mine

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    Zemiq:

    From what I've read the silver cable problem is fixed, I ordered from modchip-depot, their only selling the new chips that work with the silver cable. At least I hope, I just ordered mine yesterday, but from what I've read here I'm confident.
    Last edited by Prarieboy; 03-16-2009 at 08:06 PM. Reason: hit quick reply instead of quote post

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