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    Wiikey 2, Wasabi V3, D2pro9 V3 = same features or is it just me

    I was starting to prefer the Wasabi V3 (wiikey 2 wasn't available yet) because of the issues I read about regarding the D2pro9 V3. Now, it seems that the Wasabi is suffering from disk drives not spinning up with the D2E chipset.

    So well, I decided to compare it to the wiikey 2. However, feature wise (please note I am not talking about 1) upgrading the chip logic (FPGA) and 2) the presence of a config disc or not. Moreover, all three of them seem to have a config disk.) they look all the same to me.

    The wiikey 2 has no reported issues, probably because it isn't widespread yet.
    But I don't see any of these three differing in features. Are there any differences at all as I'm really having trouble making up my mind. I know the are all good chips but just picking one is too much of a lottery feeling to me.

    Oh yes, one time I saw someone mention the wii key is less stealth. I know what this means, but there isn't any clue on what evidence this is based. Perhaps someone has more info on this.

    Thanks!
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    We stock all 3, we find the least problematic is the d2pro9 v3 2.3/1.6 (has to be that firmware, the older ones had probs that you read about, unless it was an incorrect install). The wiikey2 9 wire has some reports where it has had some issues, where the 6 wire one does not have the issues, but I did read a report from someone I know that had a drive not work proper (this I will be collecting for testing if he still has it).
    The wasabi v3 is a great chip and solid when it works, we havent had one not work that wasn't due to user error but there are some drives that were reported lock up etc on the d2e.

    My recommendation would be the d2pro9 v3 2.3/1.6 followed by wasabi v3 or wiikey2 as a secondary choice.
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    Thanks spyman,

    One thing in particular bothered me about the D2pro9 v 3 and that was that one had to turn the wii off before being able to load another game. Is that one of the issues solved as well?

    However, the main thing for me now is to compare them feature wise (leaving the D2pro9 V3's (re)programmable logic capabilities aside).

    If they are the same feature wise, I can solely concentrate on their problems and bugs.

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    The problem was solved with the 2.3/1.6 firmware which is why its important to know that that is the firmware you're getting.

    Featurewise they are very similar, component wise and spec wise they are a bit different.

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    their all about the same, and once one gets a bonus, the others slowly gain those too

    like wasabi 1.4 has update blocker Domestic and import, disc read speed, etc

    i dont know about D2pro but it has that stupid Jtag, which i never see being used

    when it comes to a end, either choice is fine, the odds of you having a error is almost null

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    the jtag has been used a few times, for those with a v1 d2pro9 or v2 d2pro9 they can update to 2.3/1.6 firmware.
    wiikey2 and d2pro9 also have the same config disc, those released later I know the tests for it were being done before.
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    I've taken the effort to compare their specs on the website. Not mentioned features that some chips DO have but are not mentioned on the spec sheet are marked with a *. Some spec sheets are probably out of sync with firmware releases. Only things that appear to be missing are mentioned!

    Wasabi V3:

    • I see no mention of factory made silvers with incorrect header data. Of course I do not know what they are :-)
    • It has less onboard flash than the D2pro 9 V3 (128KB vs 1024KB (8Mbit))
    • Region override and advanced region detection???
    • Drive speed reconfigurable but not per media type. So same speed for all media
    • multifrequency ringpiece oscillators(MRO)?


    D2pro9 V3:


    • Update blocker*
    • multifrequency ringpiece oscillators(MRO)?



    Wiikey V2:





    Quote Originally Posted by Spyman View Post
    the jtag has been used a few times, for those with a v1 d2pro9 or v2 d2pro9 they can update to 2.3/1.6 firmware.
    wiikey2 and d2pro9 also have the same config disc, those released later I know the tests for it were being done before.
    Oh, why is this? Same company?
    You said to use 2.3/1.6 but this is not allowed on D2E chipsets? Looks like a potential problem if their chips have all been updated to this firmware.
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    The v3 is d2e compatible with 2.3/1.6 firmware. The d2e compatible firmware was never released as any d2e v3 chips were supposed to be sent back to factory for reflashing by the distributors.

    Wiikey2 and d2pro9 can be chalked up as the same company. Wasabi is a different company.
    D2pro9 and wiikey2 also have region free. but by stating they have the same config disc, i did not mean literally the same config disc, but a config disc that does the same things as the wasabi config disc. each config disc is made to work for only the specific chip.

    As for the osc, being MRO etc makes no difference to you, but d2pro9/wasabi use a crystal osc, vs wiikey2 is mro (cheaper yet smarter/efficient way of doing things, end result is the same).

    As for speed reduction, wiibrickblocker and region, they all are capable of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyman View Post
    The v3 is d2e compatible with 2.3/1.6 firmware. The d2e compatible firmware was never released as any d2e v3 chips were supposed to be sent back to factory for reflashing by the distributors.

    Wiikey2 and d2pro9 can be chalked up as the same company. Wasabi is a different company.
    Sorry I'm such a pain in the but question machine
    I wonder why they would make two chips. Is the pro's only reason for existance the FPGA? I do understand your recommendation as the Wii key 2 has yet to be evaulated properly 'in the wild'

    As for the firmware thing they state on the website :

    "Downloads for firmware v2.3 and Utility Disc v1.6 have been made available in the resources section. This update is designed ONLY for d2c and d2c-2 users experiencing either inching or eject issues. Do not use this firmware if you want to use a d2e compliant (blue sticker) d2pro on a drive with a d2e chipset!"


    Bit confused on that one

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