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    I bought a wii on ebay that has trouble reading discs. Should I try to fix the drive myself,just replace the entire drive with a refurbed unit, or change the motor and board? I can get a refurbed drive for $60 on ebay. Would it be worth it?

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    I got mine for around $50 off Fleabay as a swapout for the D3-2 that came with it. Make your decision based upon your skill set, time you're willing to put into it, and budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    I got mine for around $50 off Fleabay as a swapout for the D3-2 that came with it. Make your decision based upon your skill set, time you're willing to put into it, and budget.
    I'm planning on swapping out the drive for a new one. Its alot cheaper and less time comsuming then to try to fix the issue

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    That's why I responded as such --- to put things in perspective. It's certainly painless by comparison.

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    If you plan on opening the Wii anyway, you could try compressed air on the area around the laser. I don't know if it's safe to use compressed air on the laser. I've heard of people using Q-tips to wipe off the dust on the laser. If the laser looks completely worn down, they are about $15 on eBay for replacements. I've noticed the custom black Wiis attract much more dust, so this probably becomes a more frequent issue with those. I've had two that broke down again after replacing the lasers, but maybe I did a poor job of holding it in place.

    If the drive doesn't spin up, then you could need a new motor or something could be jammed on the drive. I always assume "laser" when people talk about "read" problems, but I know almost nothing about Wii repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duffjr View Post
    If you plan on opening the Wii anyway, you could try compressed air on the area around the laser. I don't know if it's safe to use compressed air on the laser. I've heard of people using Q-tips to wipe off the dust on the laser. If the laser looks completely worn down, they are about $15 on eBay for replacements. I've noticed the custom black Wiis attract much more dust, so this probably becomes a more frequent issue with those. I've had two that broke down again after replacing the lasers, but maybe I did a poor job of holding it in place.

    If the drive doesn't spin up, then you could need a new motor or something could be jammed on the drive. I always assume "laser" when people talk about "read" problems, but I know almost nothing about Wii repairs.
    need to replace my drive which is the best drive to get to play backups on mate

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    Save the attached PCB from your drive... this can be reused in case you end up with a D3-2 drive.

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    Actually got the wii and found out the drive in the unit still works. Unfortunately I ordered a new drive and have no use for it now. I think I might just keep the drive in case this unit needs replacing

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