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Thread: Wasabi DX Hardwired (Soldered) Installation Instructions

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    Wasabi DX Hardwired (Soldered) Installation Instructions

    ....Before I start lets get the standard disclaimer out of the way...

    Hi all,

    First time posting... I'm a noob... Sorry if this is the wrong forum... Sorry if this has been discussed already... please don't flame me... etc, etc.

    Ok, now on to my issue.

    I was under the impression when I bought my DX that to get it to work as Zero I could either;

    a. Install it with a solderless clip, or
    b. solder the wasbabi to the board

    I'm a decent solderer so I figured I'd skip on purchasing the chip clip and just solder it in later if I wanted it as a Zero.

    Well later is here and I've decided I want it as a Zero since my Wii can handle it and I want the GC audio fix and 6x read speeds. I've tried searching everywhere but I can't find instructions on what to solder where.

    By looking at the Zero installation instructions on the Wasabi site I can see the solder points on the Wii board. The DX board seems to have some solder points on the same edge as the clip ribbon connector too but their not marked or labeled.

    Was I just dreaming about the solder option? Is the clip a requirement?


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    For anyone else looking for this info, I found the answer to my question in the Wasbi DX 2.0 beta firmware readme.txt. And I quote;

    Wasabi Zero mode :
    Since firmware 2.0 it's possible to use your Wasabi DX as a Wasabi Zero, either
    by soldering 5 or 6 wires, or by using the Wasabi Solderless Adapter.
    You must flash firmware 2.0 in DX mode, then you can install the chip following
    Wasabi Zero instructions. Make sure you set the DIP switches as specified in
    Wasabi Zero installation manual. You can use Wasabi Configuration Disc 1.4B to
    change your settings, and any future Wasabi Zero upgrade will be compatible too.
    It's possible to go back to Wasabi DX mode by re-installing the chip.

    Solder points from left to right: GND, 3V3, A, B, F, solderless adapter, H, I, CLK

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    Here's my setup, i haven't any boot/eject issues.
    I hope that this can be useful for someone...

    Last edited by Miggio; 01-05-2010 at 04:27 AM.

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    are those 5 wires the only thing you have to hook up?
    I know the 2 wider ribbon connectors are for the dx install, but what are the other 2 for o_O?

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    yes only 5 wires for dms,d2a,d2b.
    6 wires (cause of the clk, the last wire) for d2c,d2c2,d2e (my version is d2c).
    The other ribbon connectors are for JTAG programmer(the left one) and Wii-clip adaptor (the right one).
    Last edited by Miggio; 01-03-2010 at 02:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggio View Post
    Here's my setup, i haven't any boot/eject issues.
    I hope that this can be useful for someone...


    Thanks for posting your setup, it's very helpful.

    What do you use to manage the chip settings and perform upgrades now that your wasabi is installed as a zero?

    Do you still use the wasabi DX disc

    or the the zero disc?

    I've been busy and haven't had a chance to reinstall my chip in zero mode yet but I want to try and get at it this weekend. Right now it's at 2.0 beta, would you recommend upgrading to 3.0 with the DX disc first, or upgrade after the solder installation and if so with which disc? DX or Zero?


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    In Zero mode you've to use the second link to manage the configuration of the chip.

    Before soldering the chip I've tried the dx mode and I've updated it to 3.0 version with the DX disc upgrade, then I've switched to zero mode without any problem(was already to version 3.0).

    I'm sorry if my English is not perfect, I'm Italian.


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