OK, so here is my review! by TheForce81
This arrived today!
All in perfect order, looks very good, but I am used to nothing else from D2Sun to be honest. After this obvious part, here are some more interesting details, the way the drive gets placed and connected it perfect! No room for it to move around, there is a little opening so you can push the drive in gently.
Installing it into the Wii is very easy, the spot where you would find the DVD-ROM drive is now used to place this piece of equipment. Though this means you loose the drive altogether, it makes up for one tidy and solid installation! It is one with the Wii and to be honest, who needs the dvd drive if you can use a harddrive with all games on it anyway? I know I am done with that!
Now I tested the Sundriver before screwing it back together, when using a no name brand adaptor the Wii didn't start when trying to power it up, but when I used a Nintendo original adaptor it powered up perfectly fine! This shows how big differences in quality of adaptors can be, bad power supplies can hurt the equipemnt you power it with, so it is wise to always use Nintendo original power supplies with your Wii's, modded or unmodded! OK, back to business, when powered up and connected to the PC, the Sundriver application finds it and uploads games like advertised. Takes about 4 minutes per full Wii game and about 1.5 minute per GameCube game.
Now I connected it to the TV and tested some Wii games: Mario Party 8, Super Paper Mario, New Super Mario Bros. and Zelda Twilight Princess, all worked flawlessl, quiet and FAST! Wow, loading has never been this fast and quiet! I like that about this way of modding.
Next I tested a few GameCube games: Super Mario Sunshine, Zelda the Windwaker, Wario World, Star Wars Rogue Leader and Zelda Collector's edition. All played flawlessly, but for Zelda Collector's edition, when trying to start any of the games, it goes in some kind of debug mode. I am sure this will be possible to solve with a firmware upgrade, knowing D2Sun though!
After all the testing I closed up the Wii and this is the result!
Using the eject button to power up the Wii, using the reset button to select a game and using the eject button again to confirm the game selection works very easy and intuitive.
Some minor critical notes:
- when programming games you have to program them one for one, it would be VERY helpful if you could make a list and program that list, saves a lot of time and would be very convenient.
- when programming a game into a slot where there is already a game programmed to by accident, you do not get a confirmation button and the former game is gone. A confirmation button would be very welcome for slots that already contain a game.
- sorting games is only done by slot number, it would be very convenient if this could be user selectable through the Sundriver application.
- I believe all of the former points can be solved by updating the menu/firmware, the next one can't: the USB port is fitted a bit too low and because of that it lightly pushes on the front lid of the Wii, not a big deal, but it should be possible to solve in the next batch of production I think.
My personal conclusion about this product is the following: SUPER product! I will not use DVD discs anymore now! This way is so much more convenient, no more sifting through discs which take a lot of space or become scratched, very quiet and fast operation! Thanks for this very nice product again D2Sun!
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what is that thing connected to the ribbon cable with the 2 or split ribbon cable comming out of it?it looks like a usb thumb drive,and it says,or i think it says nero dual programmer on it,does it have a usb connector on it?.and what is it for?i was hoping it was if you wanted to have a ribbon cable comeout of the back of your wii and plug it into it and have it plug into one of the wiis usb ports,so if you have a softmodded wii you can access the same hdd thats installed internaly with the sundriver through the wiis usb port so that you could use the drive 2 ways ,1 as a regular usb hdd for homebrew and 2 for only the sundriver