So a brief break down of the story before the question.
I turned my wii on one morning to discover it totally unresponsive (apart from a small clicking sound when the eject button was pressed) the power light stayed red and they system was basically dead.
The Wii was powered using a 3rd party PSU (as i have a US region Wii in the EU) Assuming the PSU was the issue i tested and purchased a new Nintendo EU PSU. This made the unit turn on (green light) but when i plugged it into the TV, just a black screen :-(
After looking at a few non viable options of sending to Nintendo USA, or the regional office. I took it into a local electronics store for repairs (in Cyprus)
They call me to inform me that i need a replacement motherboard (which cost me a fair bit!) I also had the Wii chipped whilst it was open and in the shop.
The problem and question i have, is that when i turned the Wii on all my settings still exist.
Its basically as if either one of the two things have happened.
They have backed up the entire internal memory and reflashed this to the new motherboard or simply not replaced the board at all.
So the questions are:
Is it possible to backup the and reflash the internal memory? (i don't believe Nintendo do this?)
Is the internal memory stored on the board (soldered on) or off the board.
I've looked at a fair few diagrams and pictures of the board and the diagram infers that it is off the board, although the pictures do not appear to match this.
If anyone has any answers, preferably with a reliable source then i can TRY and get some of my money back :-(
As a note for anyone taking their Wii to a 3rd party repair shop out of warrenty... Open the box first and mark your components!
they probably found a quick fix for your problem and said your motherboard died just to milk you for money. I dont believe their is a way to save the internal memory other than reconnecting to nintendo and redowning the virual consoles you bought prior.
actually n1tro there are ways to save all of your data using the reprogrammable chip called the infectus chip. Although infectus didn't make any software to backup wii nand, but they did it for the 20gb and 60gb ps3 team infectus design the chip in such a way for any programmer to build a software platform for them to do whatever they hearts desire, my colleague who also modifies almost everything in electronics have the desired software to do it but he refuse to give me a copy of the software.
Originally Posted by n1tro