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    Advice regarding faulty Wii GPU in UK

    I'm in UK.

    Hi guys, I have some questuions regarding my Wii. The GPU is dying and I need to get the Wii repaired. The Wii I bought second hand and I DO NOT have original proof of purchase. It is over 1 year old. But not much over I don't think. It was manufactured before August 2009 which is when I gather the Drives were changed to ones where modchips can no longer be installed. Can someone confirm this?

    I want to know the following:

    1: Where is the GPU located on the Wii? Is it on a motherboard? I take it it is seperate to the Wii optical drive?

    2: How much would it be to repair myself and are parts obtainable and easy to install myself? Or how much to send to a company to repair if at all possible?

    3: Will Nintendo be likely to repair my Wii for free?

    4: If I send it in for repair I will remove my modchip, but will they be able to tell I have opened the Wii and refuse repair? I have heard of others having no problem with this if it has been opened. Can I not just say I opened it to try cleaning it out?

    5: Will they repair my Wii and ship it back with a new GPU keeping my older style optical drive? i.e. I would be able to run a modchip again. Or would they simply send me a replacement Wii which would be a new style one with newer unmoddable drive?

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    1. It's on the mainboard. It's the one with ATI written on it. Yes separate.
    2. It will need a motherboard replacement as the chips are not designed to be removed.
    3. They know which Wiis are under warranty from the serial number, it should not matter if you didn't buy it from new as the warranty is not person specific.
    4. They'll know. Opening the case invalidates your warranty no matter what it's for. Nintendo are not dumn idiots, they know an opened for modification Wii when they see one.
    5. They will swap it for a refurb more than likely. As I said swapping out IC like this is something that would be very costly and would be cheaper just to bin it, possibly after some fault finding.

    But do consider that this is all just my opinion and is solely based on my own experience and knowledge gained.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Ok thanks for that info . Nice pic of the mainboard, I can see the hollywood in all its glory right there. Cheers.
    So...I got everything you say except "IC". What does IC stand for? I think you are saying basically that they will swap mine for refurb as the borked mobo writes off the cost to repair.
    Is it 2 year or 1 year warranty then? This would have been bought new around December 2008.
    As for me opening it up and Nintendo seeing this...suppose I replace all of the white pads with new ones, how are they going to know it's been opened unless they open it up them self? Surely they will just confirm the fault and bin it as you say? Or would they open it up to retrieve the drive for parts? I hope the refurbed ones prove to be as reliable...I take it it would be re-guaranteed for atleast a few months or would it be a year?

    I run/ran a drivekey with no issues what so ever and have since googled a bit and found that if I do get shipped a new one I can replace the drive PCB with a non D2-3 one and get up and running again.

    I have an RMA with Nintendo setup and they state repair will be between 25 to 75 and is normally no more than 28.

    Anyway mate, thanks for your help, appreciate it.

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    IC - Integrated Component. It's like a laptop motherboard, if something goes pop then the whole thing has to be replaced.

    I'd imagine it'd be a 1 year warranty, everything else in the UK seems to have the same warranty these days. Could be larger, you might get lucky.

    The little white pads are about the only real way they'll be able to tell, unless they pull out their magnifying glass and look for other clues. We hear that Nintendo are pretty swamped with broken Wiis caused by 4.2 so now is a good time.

    I just mention things so that you don't get too upset if they make you an example.

    If you do get a D3-2 then just plug in a USB HDD and go softmod, it's total WIN. I'm hardmodded and I enjoy loading from USB fsar more than Disc, in fact I only use disc now for GC games which I seldom play.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    IC - Integrated Component. It's like a laptop motherboard, if something goes pop then the whole thing has to be replaced.

    I'd imagine it'd be a 1 year warranty, everything else in the UK seems to have the same warranty these days. Could be larger, you might get lucky.

    The little white pads are about the only real way they'll be able to tell, unless they pull out their magnifying glass and look for other clues. We hear that Nintendo are pretty swamped with broken Wiis caused by 4.2 so now is a good time.

    I just mention things so that you don't get too upset if they make you an example.

    If you do get a D3-2 then just plug in a USB HDD and go softmod, it's total WIN. I'm hardmodded and I enjoy loading from USB fsar more than Disc, in fact I only use disc now for GC games which I seldom play.
    Thanks again for your help. Yeah to be honest I want to get the RMA procedure rolling so I am not sure if I can be bothered with waiting for the white pads in the post to make it like new. Know anywhere where I can just buy them in the UK at a shop? I'm in surrey/hants/berks.
    Regarding USB and softmod, I've personally tended to avoid soft mods on the Wii mainly since I have kids and want to minimize any issues and maximize simplicity, aka they whack a DVD disc in and it plays. I also don't really have the time to keep up to date with the scene/firmwares/updates and self teach all of the softmod stuff. I know all the info is generally out there, but I'm a hardware modder kinda guy I guess
    Thanks for your help again, and I will post back how I get on with RMA. Here's to a long evening ahead taking the Wii apart for the third time to remove my drivekey
    Ta mate.

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