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    Question A few semi newbish questions

    Hi peeps,

    I'm going to pick up my Wii real real soon so I went investigating what backup options exist.
    Apparently, software boot loaders are far from stable enough, and are still somewhat buggy. Leaves the option for a chip, which I will not solder myself, but I will make an informed choice nonetheless.

    It is coming down to these 2 contenders D2Pro9 V3 vs. Wasabi V3

    1. I can only see one major (or critical advantage) in favour of the D2Pro 9 V3 being that is has a FPGA for updates. Would you agree with this?
      Could someone kindly point out why this is such a big advantage, because both devices support DVD firmware upgrades. What is the major difference between FPGA and 'normal' firmware upgrades?
    2. Is the installation still possible (for pro's as I will not be attempting this myself) with Wii's who have that epoxy stuff covering the chip?


    That's about it I suppose:-).

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    1. its mostly that it can handel any forseeable issues, but the wasabi has onchip memory, and other such perks, in the end i dont see that feature ever being needed

    2. it is, but if you want to make it easier, just buy a new drive, presoldered from a great site like Candamods (i dont know if they sell them -,_-,), or Modchipcentral (great site got mine from there), but in the end nothing cant be modded

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral victorinox View Post
    1. its mostly that it can handel any forseeable issues, but the wasabi has onchip memory, and other such perks, in the end i dont see that feature ever being needed

    2. it is, but if you want to make it easier, just buy a new drive, presoldered from a great site like Candamods (i dont know if they sell them -,_-,), or Modchipcentral (great site got mine from there), but in the end nothing cant be modded
    Hey admiral victorinox,

    Thanks for replying
    I'm trying to grasp the bigger picture here.

    Regarding 2: buying a new drive; With this you mean the DVD drive only? I do not actually know where the chip is soldered, but I guessed on Wii's mainbord.
    But judging from what you say, the modchip is soldered inside the DVD drive, which can simply be replaced? This would add the obvious benefit that the old one can be reinserted for warranty purposes?

    It is a difficult choice indeed. The FPGA chip (the D2pro 9) cannot be programmed without a special device anyway. I'll do an extensive feature comparison to make up my mind even further.

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    new ones can be done Via, DVD but big updates are via Jtag which is like 10 - 20 bucks

    for #2 since i think it would help heres what a Modded Wasabi looks like, the others will look the same with just more or less solders, in simular places


    which is a picutre of a removed Disc drive

    all of them are modded there, and the only perk to buying a new one pre modded is, you pay a bit more than modding the one you currently have, you dont have to do anything yourself, and it will 100% work

    you can also go the Wii Clip route, which is just put on that chip, but if its installed wrong, it can break the chip or the drive, and or, if the chip is bad, the drive will be fried, and if you get a Wasabi you need to solder on 1 point if you have the clip...

    the only perk to either method is...
    A: you dont need to find anyone to solder for you
    B: you dont need to worry about Ifs, and paying them, unless you find someone you trust in your area, shipping + paying them + chip are about 120 or so USD right there

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    This clears up a lot of stuff. I am starting to prefer the Wasabi chip but either one would be a good choice. It's a matter of confidence really. The clipping looks the way 2 go for me. I'm not totally left handed and will be able to solder one wire safely. Moreover, the clip can be removed so I don't need a spare drive anymore in case of warranty claims. I'm picking up my wii this afternoon (whooohooo:d) and I really, really hope Nintendo has not applied epoxy. Would really ruin my day

    I'll have to wait a moment now and screw open my wii to check my options. Every time I look around it seems new questions arise.

    In summary:

    Epoxy would ruins the clipping
    but would uncut pins? (I'm have just a vague idea what uncut pins are:-))




    Must admit the clipping is really really ingenious.

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    its good and its bad at the same time

    if anything is covering that chip that being the one with 2 red wires on it you must remove it perfectly to add the clip

    on the clips good/bad
    you have a limited number of install tries
    if you mess up you could wreck the pins
    its a weaker connection so its not as reliable as the soldered on chip
    easier for everyone
    lose, so there is a chance of deconnection without electerical tape, and other such tools

    and wasabi or D2pro are both good choices, cant really pick wrong XD

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