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    Newb with no Wii yet - New Wii's okay?

    Okay so Im about to pick up one of the brand new Wii's going in and out of stock this hoilday season. Ive lurked around a bit here and the gobs of info about chips, installment etc is awesome....

    My Q is - Has Nintendo done anything to the newest Wiis to hinder hacking? Are something like cut pins the most one has to worry about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardware_failure View Post
    Okay so Im about to pick up one of the brand new Wii's going in and out of stock this hoilday season. Ive lurked around a bit here and the gobs of info about chips, installment etc is awesome....

    My Q is - Has Nintendo done anything to the newest Wiis to hinder hacking? Are something like cut pins the most one has to worry about?

    Thanks.
    When you hardware modify the Wii, you go after the drive controller / chip. In this picture, it's the one located to the right of the black center cog. It has a "Panasonic" on it.


    The units on the shelf now might be epoxy'ed ...


    The newest drives have the controller ripped out.


    These units surfaced about a week ago. Currently, there are no modchip solutions to these. Previously, all versions of the drive were WiiClip-able ... thus simplifying the installation process for all.
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    I think that would be to the right of the cog not left, but I know wutcha mean.

    Ive read about the epoxied drives but I would feel perfectly comfy removing it.

    No controller chip, yikes that is NOT cool! I doubt any units I find for sale are going to be anything but newly manufactured. Now I wish I bought a unit last month

    Thanks for the heads up. Anyone know what models are known to have no chip?

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    I bought another Wii myself a week ago today here in California and it has a D2E drive but no epoxy. Apparently Nintendo is not shipping the epoxy drives everywhere, and actually it seems to be only a very small percentage of shipments. You should still be fine to buy one this holiday season. Since the drives with no drive chip are just barely surfacing, it's safe to say a vast majority of Wiis out on store shelves are still chip-able.
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    if you purchase a wii with no drive chip and money isnot a problem you could buy a old drive on ebay for £40 then you have a spare if anything goes wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Good_Ash View Post
    I bought another Wii myself a week ago today here in California and it has a D2E drive but no epoxy. Apparently Nintendo is not shipping the epoxy drives everywhere, and actually it seems to be only a very small percentage of shipments. You should still be fine to buy one this holiday season. Since the drives with no drive chip are just barely surfacing, it's safe to say a vast majority of Wiis out on store shelves are still chip-able.
    Hey guys. Okay, so I live in CA too and just pre-ordered a Wii off of the gamestop/EBgames website. They're supposed to ship out the 19th. I'm also VERY scared of having a Wii that is unhackable (especially after reading THIS article Engadget Wii Article). So, is there a chance I'll end up with one? Cause then I'll be shit out of luck as most games I wanna play are from overseas.

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    you'll still be ok, worst case you get the epoxy but seems all the very new ones here dont have the epoxy anymore :S confusing that its mixed like this, some have it some dont. still not hard to do the install on them.
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