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Thread: No Guts, No Glory: Wii Disassembly and the Optic Blues

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    Wii DVD drive scratches discs in pattern

    Sorry for creating another thread. I wouldn't have if I could edit thread titles.

    I recently replaced my Wii's disc drive to fix the noise and disc reading problems. My new drive plays games fine, but every time I put in a disc, it leaves four evenly spaced, arrow-shaped scratches in a specific pattern on the outer edge. They do not rub off and are pointing inward. I sometimes got one of these arrows from my old drive, but now I get four and they appear every time. Strangely enough, this only happens on single-layer discs; dual-layers like Brawl and Xenoblade are unscathed.

    Any way to fix this beyond trying another replacement drive? Could it be loose screws or parts? Drive need cleaning? Would resting the system vertically instead of horizontally help? Thanks.

    I don't want to hear any "just hack your Wii and play your games off a hard drive, man" replies. That's more trouble than it's worth and I don't want to risk bricking the system. I will be getting a Wii U sometime anyway.

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    The dual layer games have a thicker coating from what I understand so that explains them not being scratched. Can you upload a picture of one of the scratched discs so we can see for ourselves how it looks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNES_Master View Post
    The dual layer games have a thicker coating from what I understand so that explains them not being scratched. Can you upload a picture of one of the scratched discs so we can see for ourselves how it looks?
    My camera is lent to a relative right now, so here's a drawing of roughly where the scratches appear (click to enlarge):

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    There are no circular scratches, so this must be happening when the drive clamps down on the disc. Also I tested resting the Wii vertically; I still got the arrow scratches.
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    Strange, it's probably the arm that puts the disc in place. Perhaps it's grabbing too tightly, unfortunately I don't know too much about the inner workings of the Wii so I'm afraid I can't be of much help. I leave it for someone more qualified, but it definitely sounds like its something inside the drive.

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    Strange development...I tested a blank CD-R in the drive, and got a different scratch pattern:

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    For the record, the replacement drive has a completely differently shaped logic board and some different parts on the top than the original. It may have been modified by the previous owner.
    Last edited by dnfargen; 01-26-2013 at 07:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnfargen View Post
    Sorry for creating another thread. I wouldn't have if I could edit thread titles.
    Perfectly fine, your threads have been merged and... aptly renamed.

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    Alright, I talked to the seller about the problem. He says he's going to replace it with a drive that won't scratch discs after I send it back. Hope he follows through on that.

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