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    Question Help figuring out which replacement drive I need

    It's looking like my Wii's laser or disc drive are one the way out so I did some looking around and found Wii Drive Chip Database which tells me this about my Wii:

    DVD drive and chipset features

    Your drive most likely has the following chipset:

    • There is a 75% chance the chipset is GC2-D2C (v1).
    • And there is also a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-DMS.



    The following data is used to calculate and estimate the drive chip:

    • LU3192XXXX GC2-D2C (v1) (1 entries)
    • LU3190XXXX GC2-D2C (v1) (1 entries) Derv: 84735
    • LU3188XXXX GC2-D2C (v1) (1 entries) Derv: 192627
    • LU3187XXXX GC2-DMS (1 entries)



    This leads me to my questions, as it appears I'll have to replace the drive myself cause no places nearby do it.

    1) Is it safe to, and would it be simpler to replace just the laser or the whole drive?
    2) It appears I should go with the GC2-D2C (v1) as its a 75% chance that's what I already have, but what if on that unlikely 25% chance I end up having a GC2-DMS? I guess what I'm trying to ask is will either of those 2 choices work in my Wii or do I need to open it up to be certain what I should get?
    3) My Wii is one of the older ones that is GameCube compatible, should that bear any effect on which drive I need or do both the choices recommended play GC discs?

    I'm trying to learn what I can about all this stuff and I'd rather salvage this Wii than have to buy another one if it's at all possible. The assistance is greatly appreciated and I think this will be a good learning experience

    p.s. I think my laser got screwed up from using a burned backup I made of my Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 disc...Nowhere on the "Softmod ANY Wii" guide did I see "just cause you can use burned games, doesn't mean you should". I guess that's what I get for trying to preserve my favorite game lol.

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    This laser lens is compatible with all Wiis, I believe.

    A lot cheaper than getting a whole drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playerkp420
    This laser lens is compatible with all Wiis, I believe.

    A lot cheaper than getting a whole drive.
    Thank you for the reply, now if I were to go with just replacing the entire drive do I need a certain one to play wii and GC games or would any drive work?

    Just want to get all the info I can before deciding which way to go. I've heard that replacing the whole drive is less complicated since it doesn't require soldering.

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    Any drive should play original Wii and GC discs. You might have to find a used one, if you wanted to play backup discs.

    That is why I would suggest just changing out the laser lens.

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    I think I'm put off backup discs from now on lol, I'm pretty sure that's why my laser is having this problem. So for the laser, just how much soldering is involved? I've never soldered anything before so I'm not sure if I'd be able to handle anything too advanced.

    Edit: Also I'm being told that if I replace just the laser I need to calibrate it. None of the guides and videos I saw online said anything about having to adjust the laser...if that's the case I have to wonder if my laser just lost/is losing its calibration from its old age. Is that possible? Do you know of any way I can check my laser to see if it's dying or not? I just want to do the most practical thing, if a simple readjustment of the laser is all I need then I'd be happy.

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