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    Wii DVD Drive question

    I bought a wii from eBay and I am trying to repair the DVD drive. Before anyone asks yes I know it's bad and yes I know the easiest way to fix it is to buy a new drive but that would defeat my purpose of try to make a little profit in repairing it. There is not much to a DVD drive and I am positive I can replace anything one it. I have years of disassembly, repairing, soldering, etc experience. I only tell you all this because I have seen users advise replacing the entire drive several times when it could be a simple and cheap fix for someone like me...

    Now here is what I am finding with it and I would love some advice in trouble shooting.

    When I first got it and put a disk in the drive it made a sorta clicking noise but it did show up in the disk channel. When I tried to launch the game it only got as far as the intro credits and then went black and came up with the dreaded DVD could not be read error but that did not surprise me. I took the case apart and pulled out the drive but now all it will do is beep for about 5 to 8 seconds and nothing else. It is no longer showing up in the disk channel. It does spin so I don't believe it is the drive motor so I have narrowed it down to the laser or the DVD mother board. Has any one of you fixed an error like this? I know there are some people around here the do hardware repair so this question is directed more to them. Any advise would be great.

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    The only thing I can offer right off is if you find a D3-2 drive, simply desolder the 4 points and swap it out with the PCB/logic board from your bad drive. It's highly unlikely the culprit is the board, but rather an optical-mechanical issue with the drive. Yes, this really isn't what you're seeking --- but a viable solution if it comes down to it. I kept my D3-2 drive just for this purpose when I bought a regular drive off Flea Bay (even though 99.9% of the time I USB HD things).

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    Thank you for the reply Nightstah. Unfortunately I don't have a spare drive laying around or I would have already been swapping out parts until I found the problem but I think I will take your word that it isn't likely the board and order a replacement optical assembly and give that a try. They don't cost must so if it doesn't work then I'm not out much.

    One more question. If the board was bad, would a USB loader still work? I know a semi-working drive is required for a loader so I'm assuming that if the board was bad it wouldn't work with a loader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krafter View Post
    One more question. If the board was bad, would a USB loader still work? I know a semi-working drive is required for a loader so I'm assuming that if the board was bad it wouldn't work with a loader.
    Based upon your description, I'd say 90% USB HD method would work with this drive as-is. It has to be electrically alive and "seen" by the system. Your drive seems to meet the criteria. On the first issue, I figured you didn't have one around --- but craigslist or someone local who killed their Wii, well those are always options.

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    Thanks again. I have all ready softmoded it and it does work with a USB drive. I was just trying to eliminate the board totally by asking the above question. I will start with the laser and go from there. At worst case I will break even in the hardware cost and make a buck from softmoding and maybe swapping out the case.

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