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    Wii DVD drive

    I have a Wii with a faulty DVD drive, one of the gears is broken so it can't suck in or spit out discs anymore and I'm thinking of just taking the drive out of it entirely and making it USB only. Just wondering if anyone's had any prior experience with removing the drive? Does the Wii behave abnormally or does it even behave at all? Lol. Thanks for you time : D

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    What what I've read over time, a partially functioning drive is required to be physically present and to a degree, electrically "alive" for USB HD to work. It doesn't have to be fully functional, but the Wii system must be able to "see it."

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    I'm gonna try booting it without the drive, then if it actually boots I'll try using a USB loader and post back my results. Also, just had a thought. If none of that works I'll try taking the PCB from the drive and installing just it to see if it works lol. Wish me luck >:

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    Yeah, don't get me wrong, it won't "hurt" anything... no harm, no foul --- give 'er a whirl.

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    Got it booted and hit and almost immediate roadblock; this Wii has Preloader installed and I can't get my Wiimote to sync... I completely forget how to navigate the Preloader without a Wiimote lol. Tried a Gamecube pad, gonna try the Metal Gear Solid trick and plug it into a different port : P

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    GC pad should've worked...

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    It only worked in the 4th port haha, It's a really old Preloader, from the 3.2 firmware days.

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    i like the idea to swap the dvd-rom with a 2.5" usbHDD. let's know ur venture and result.
    if Wii mobo has to 'view" the presence of dvd-rom at startup, mount the dvd-control-module and the usbHDD on a carrier (plastic sheet) would optimize both.

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    Sadly I had no luck with it, the DVD drive has to be present otherwise the USB loader just hangs. I tried deconstructing the drive down to the most basic components, but some of those screws are just impossible to remove so I just took out the peice that was causing the horrid noise and am ready to re-test the Wii... However I'm afraid to try powering it on in case I've done something wrong and the Wii bursts into flame... Can you tell I don't trust technology a lot? haha

    EDIT: Okay, so it may have potentially worked, as I just realized I was using the wrong HDD. However chances are slim to none since it hung when I ran it with the harddrive connected.
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    i noted that the Wii blue-flash once when USB-Loader starts to read/load iso.... that sounds the dvd-rom-module may hv been visited during the transition.
    the dvd-rom-module should be easily detached fm the mechanics. wasn't it? wrap the electronic module with plastic sheet will prevent a "fire" ! --- LOL

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