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    broken usb port for external drive

    Broke the wii usb port for the connection to the external harddrive can it be fixed ?

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    Yes. Obtain a USB extension, remove the male end and solder the wires directly to the broken socket in the Wii. You'll need a steady hand and a circuit tester to verify you are soldering the correct wires.

    If you've only broken the tracks in the Wii then a simple touch up or patch with wire might fix it for you.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Further help,please?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    Yes. Obtain a USB extension, remove the male end and solder the wires directly to the broken socket in the Wii. You'll need a steady hand and a circuit tester to verify you are soldering the correct wires.

    If you've only broken the tracks in the Wii then a simple touch up or patch with wire might fix it for you.
    Glad to finally find some help with this issue as my daughter tripped over the wii balance board cable and yanked it out breaking the USB ports, crushing them. I'm not that technologically minded but what is a USB extension and could you provide a link to a suggested site selling them. Are there any step by step directions to take the wii apart and removing/replacing the USB ports? I haven't been able to find any wii replacement port parts on the web and repair sites want £80 to do it! Any help really appreciated. Diolch (thanks) from a fellow Welshman!

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    You can pick up a male to female USB extension lead for a couple of quid off ebay quite easily. The mod I suggested above basically involves cracking open the case of the Wii with a small screwdriver and a tri-wing screwdriver, and soldering of the USB leads wires to the broken USB port on the back of the Wii. A job such as this doesn't scare me but then I'm into electronics and understand how these thing work.

    USB Extension Cable Only 99p Free P&P Cheapest on Ebay on eBay (end time 30-Dec-10 17:07:20 GMT)

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    Good luck though getting this stuff to your house in time for Christmas.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Thanks for the reply tealc, I'll keep your help and links for future reference as I've since had it repaired at my local computer shop. One of the guys there fixes consoles in his spare time and took the USB component off an old computer and soldered it on, cost me £40 though, but with my complete lack of experience knowledge of electronics I can't complain. He said he could only find web sites selling the exact USB component in their thousands so to find one was great. Good luck to all you other guys with broken usb's. Cheers tealc!

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    My apologies for highjacking bouchienet's thread.

    I have the same issue, however port 1 seems to be working fine, however, port 0 is not supplying power/working for that matter. Assuming port 0 is dead, is the only option for Hard Drive connectibility to the wii through ports 0? (from what i've researched so far, only port 0 provides the HD support)
    Is the USB port replacement/ or repair mentioned above my only option at this point?
    No way to enable port 1 for HD/usb loader capability?

    Appreciate the help!!

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    Here is a pic of what it should look like when you solder on a cable straight to the motherboard. These 4 ports are for USB 0.

    PLEASE NOTE: I am not 100% positive which order the middle two wires go, nor do I know if it matters. I WAS able to read my external drive with them either way.
    Also, you want to tape everything up so no wires hit any other solder points, I took this pic before taping it all up so you could see more detail. Lastly, for full disclosure, this did not fix my wii. I WAS able to plug in a drive to that port and the wii recognized it and displayed the games etc, but then errored out and would end up giving me the "error, push eject, remove disk, power off, and read the manual". So something got messed up in this process, but I still wanted to show an image of what ports were for port 0 etc. Hope this helps someone out!

    imgur: the simple image sharer

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