I bought a new one a couple days after Christmas (LU70xx serial). It does have the old drive in it so I can play back-ups on DVD-R. So you can still get them with the old drives. No BootMii/Boot2 only as an IOS though.
It is thought that the entire range of Black Wii Consoles have the newer chipset so that DVD-R reading is disabled.
It is thought that the majority of the new White Wii's will also have this chipset in, but ut us deopendant on Stock Levels too.
Now that Christmas has been and the January Sales are on, I would expect that all Wiis for sale Feb onwwards will have the new chipset.
Funnily enough though, the use of a HDD is more economical anyway, and much easier. I prefer the HDD to the Disks any day of the week.
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I got a new Wii for Christmas and I cannot get it to play DVD Video Discs (factory pressed DVD, not a DVD-R). None of the media players will recognise the DVD video disc. Does newer Wii's also dont play DVD movies? Any idea?
Sorry, I forgot to mention that mine is already softmodded following the exact procedure as mentioned in 3.1 - 4.1 softmod tutorial and it can play other media files from HDD and SD.
Last edited by rakeshchn; 01-04-2010 at 10:53 PM.
Reason: Forgot to mention about softmod
you need DVDX and MPlayer CE installed to play a DVD.
The guide does not mention DVDX. That is one piece of software you need to play DVD's. DVDX basically creates a hidden channel to enable other applications to access the DVD drive.
You said that you installed "media players." Which one?