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    My Wii's Disk Drive Is Dead! - Is there a way to play games from a USB hard drive?

    I have a softmodded wii that will not play games on a harddrive. i believe the problem is caused by the fact that my Disk Drive is dead (by that I mean it makes no noises and doesn't "suck" in any disks) The light does work however

    I would love to hear of a way I can get this working again, whether it be using more software or maybe a mod chip.

    Can anyone help?

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    First off, don't double-post. I will delete your other one as a dupe.

    And to answer your question, if it is power-dead, then no. The system cannot boot without detecting a DVD drive in the system. If it still powered up and spun but had a dead laser, that would be enough for you to boot the system to run the games off of USB.

    But in your case, the system wouldn't be able to boot up, if I understand how the Wii works, correctly.

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    Sorry about the multi posts, I wasn't sure where my question was best placed.

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    Simplest way to verify: any real channel will refuse to load if the drive's electrically dead. If a channel won't load, then it's time to replace the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Simplest way to verify: any real channel will refuse to load if the drive's electrically dead. If a channel won't load, then it's time to replace the drive.
    Not sure what you mean, but I can open Wiiflow and the like, view all the files on my USB Hard Drive, but when I try to play a game I get an error and returned back to the System Menu.

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    WiiFlow is a pseudo-channel (fowarder in conjunction with a boot.dol). That's not a dead drive issue then, but rather likely incomplete or corrupt softmod. Post a SysCheck, please --- both the directions and the program to do so can be found HERE.

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    I will aim to do that in the morning when I finish work. Thanks very much for your help.

    I did follow the Softmod guide to the letter and got no errors on any of the install parts or the MD5 checks.

    The drive seems dead as it doesn't suck in the discs, or make any noises, however the light is working. I therefore cannot get a disk into the drive and I thought that a disk needed to be present for the USB loaders to work.

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    If the actual retail game channel loads (that's a real channel) and doesn't black screen or barf on you, then it's not an electrically dead drive issue.

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    I don't think I have any of those. Can I get one without physically putting a game into the Wii?

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    It would help if your post made sense. Any of "what"? The FRAKKIN' disc channel man --- every Wii's got that.

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