I think your friend should look into the wode modchip if interested in a chip. Loading from disk is outdated and the wode looks to offer the best of all options. Only trouble is it is almost the cost of a wii. The serial number of the wii is on the box, if it is new it would most likly require a 4th gen chip like the drive key. Only trouble is it may have one of the new d3-2 drives that refuse to read dvd's, only usb works with those.