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    Lightbulb Black Ops Wii Broke My DVD Drive - What To Do?

    Let me first say that I did a quick search and I hope I'm posting this in the right section (if not please move it to the correct place).

    I've heard this rumor that Black Ops has been breaking Wii DVD drives but I really didn't believe it. I know this isn't a coincidence... my DVD drive broke while playing Black Ops.

    I'm looking for suggestions, because I'm not sure what to do and I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up here (perhaps my search term was bad). I disassembled my Wii and cleaned the Wii's laser lens with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. This seemed to fix it at first (because the Wii refused to read any discs) because the DVD drive now reads game discs, but now Black Ops constantly freezes (the drive makes a lot of noise and takes a long time to load now too). So now I'm thinking about replacing the whole entire DVD drive, but I know you guys are more knowledgable and perhaps there is a specific part that needs to be replaced instead of the whole drive (making it a cheaper solution).

    I also hear Nintendo is aware of this Black Ops problem and will actually fix your Wii for free... the only problem is that I have BootMii installed and the HomeBrew channel. Is it possible to revert my Wii so it "looks" like a virgin to the repairmen? Is it too much of a hassle? I have Wii NAND Backups from BootMii, so I was thinking if I could revert it back to when I had no Apps installed and Nintendo repairs the drive, I could install BootMii again and restore my NAND backup.

    Any suggestions? I really appreciate it. This website is such a great resource!
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    If you have bootmii installed as boot2 and a nand backup from right after you installed HBC and bootmii then that's what I would do. Restore it, uninstall bootmii and HBC then send it to N. Get a fixed wii and a year warranty.

    If you don't have it installed as boot2 then don't do that. Other option would be replace the drive or remove everything manually and send it in for repairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krank View Post
    If you have bootmii installed as boot2 and a nand backup from right after you installed HBC and bootmii then that's what I would do.
    Good idea. I did install it as a boot2 and I did back it up right after I installed HBC and BootMii. Is it easy to uninstall HBC and BootMii without leaving a trace? That's what I'm afraid of... Nintendo holding my Wii system hostage for homebrew being discovered.
    Oh and I think I voided my Nintendo warranty (not that I had one though... since my Wii is a day 1 Wii) when I opened up the Wii and cleaned the laser lens... now that I think about it.
    Other option would be replace the drive or remove everything manually and send it in for repairs.
    I think this is my best option right now. If only I could find out if the game broke the drive or is it breaking the laser. I can get a Wii replacement laser for really cheap. My intuition says the laser is shot, but I wish I knew more about hardware.

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    Its A Common Thing For Old Wiis To Play Black Ops, Just talked to Customer Service for NIntendo tell them Black ops broke, and they will do it for free.

    If they try to get money out of it, be assertive but not rude. Bc its suppose to be free, but dont mention that.

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