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    How to tell if my Wii can read back up DVDs or movie DVDs in general?

    I've been searching like crazy with no luck. I tried analyzing the drive chip database but I don't understand a thing. Please help.

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    • There is a 50% chance the chipset is GC2-D4 on a smaller drive board.
    • And there is also a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-D2B (no cut pins or missing pad).
    • Lastly, a 25% chance the chipset is GC2-D3-2 (v2) with no drive chip.

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    75% chance it will not. D3 and higher do not support backup loading.

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    Dang. Ok. Just curious, would an app (like WiiPlayer or whatever media player) be enough to suffice that the wii can't play DVDs? I tried to do so, and the media player told me that the wii doesn't read 3rd party DVDs.

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    If you are talking about WiiMC the Homebrew app, then yes. Post a syscheck here in this thread (guide is below in my sig). It will tell the drive date. Mid 2009 and later will not read backup media.

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    the wii reads normal dvds? i guess the red wii's wont, they are from after 09 right?

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    No. Yes.

    Elaborating: the Wii can't read normal (you mean video, right?) DVDs on its own. Japanese Wiis used to have a DVD channel, but for the rest of us the only way to read video DVDs is to use some sort of homebrew.

    Red Wiis won't read normal DVDs because of what has been stated above about the Wii in general. What is different about non-white Wiis is that there's an 100% chance they won't read disc backups, since the first black Wii (the first non-white one) already had one of the new drives.

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