Hello. I am considering buying a used Wii from craigslist and attempting to install the "easiest" mod chip available. I have no experience installing chips (or even know how to solder for that matter).
Can anyone reccomend what chip to look at (if any)?
Is it really this simple - install the chip and then start playing backed-up wii iso's?
If you have no soldering experience you could cause problems for yourself. If you want to solder then you could always practise on an old video recorder or something.
There are versions of almost every chip that you can buy pre soldered into WiiClips that assemble over the security chip inside your Wii. Do be aware that sometimes they do not work 100% as would a soldered chip due to misalignments and such things. I use a Wiiclip and Wiikey2 and it worked from the first time.
The other chips, such as the Wasabi, Flatmod and Drivekey as pointed out by Ben require no solder as they simple need attachment of the Wii drive ribbon cables.
In any case you will require to open your Wii to carry out the mod but it's simple to do and there are plenty of videos on Youtube showing you how it's done. You'll probably find videos showing you how to do the solder mod as well.
WasabiDX great chip
The Wasabi DX is definitely the easiest solution, but the 3x read speed can be annoying at times. I got the DX and bought the WiiClip V16 for it to use the other core, making it a Wasabi Zero with 6x read speed.
The reason why I didn't go straight to the Zero was because I liked the idea of being able to take it out and put it into any Wii I got my hands on, but that's just me
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