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    Disc Read Error - Any chance of fixing it myself?

    Hi y'all,

    My Wii isn't modded or anything. I've just started getting disc read errors on it for all my games. I've tried the dust cleaner disc from nintendo, but it didn't help at all.

    Anyone know if there's a chance I can fix this myself? The box is out of warranty, and I'm trying to avoid the $75 fee for having nintendo fix it, but will pay it if there's no other choice.

    Any tips are very welcome!

    Thanks!

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    Well, you can obviously replace the disk drive, but if messing with things like that are not your thing, better to send it to the manufacturer.
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    SLB: Nintendo Wii Tear Down Guide

    That is a guide to disassembling your wii, if you don't think you are up for it then you will have to pay someone to do it or get a friend to.

    I'm not sure where you could get a drive from, which means sending it to nintendo might have to be an option, I'm sure you could buy a broken wii off ebay for cheap enough, and use the drive in it.

    Or hack your wii and play games with usbloader You will have to download the games you own instead of ripping them though.
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    @oddgriffin, @fruitfly: thanks for the replies. i don't mind taking things apart, but only really want to do it if there's a decent chance i'll be able to fix it, and that the chances of me rendering the wii completely trashed are low. I tend to be pretty good with these things, but haven't ever opened up the wii.

    any chance it might just be the laser or something, instead of the entire drive? i really have no idea how to go about troubleshooting it. It seems to be moving the laser around a fair amount trying to read the tracks, but then isn't able to. Anyway, sounds like getting it repaired might be the safest option. thanks a bunch for your replies.

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    Yea, we mainly deal with hacking the wii and the issues that occur when doing it. There are hardware sections of the forum as well as some breakdown guides, but removing and installing drives is not our area of expertise, Just hacking.
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    You can buy so-called DVD optical cleaners (often appearing as a disc) but be aware: they're abrasive and often not in the best interests of your Wii's laser assembly with regard to long term. You don't want to send it in to Nintendo, as likely it'll come back as a D3-2 drive (if your drive isn't already) which means it'll be inoperable for backup purposes. I did buy a second-hand optical drive off Flea Bay, that's always an option --- you'll need a tri-wing screwdriver (also sourced off Flea Bay).

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    @nightstah - thanks, already tried the optical cleaner, and no dice. I just bought a couple of the triwing screwdrivers (really cheap). I'm hoping to open the thing first, see if it might not just be a matter of futzing around with things. If that doesn't fix it, then perhaps i'll shell out for a drive. but damn, they ain't cheap.

    anything in particular i should look for in a replacement drive?

    thanks again.

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    Shadow Sonic has a Wii teardown guide here if it helps. If your old drive isn't a D3-2 drive, really any drive you find will do. Simply desolder four points around the motor on the PCB and swap it out. What I'm saying is, the D3-2 part relates to the PCB and not the optical drive itself. I believe the serial database also shows you visible comparisons of the various drive incarnations to have something to compare against.

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    Great teardown guides - thanks. Looks like I have a GC2-D2C (v1) drive chip based on the wiidrives serial database. Is there a different serial database I should be looking at? So, that gives me the chip, but not sure if it tells me exactly what kind of drive i need to buy...

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    Like I said, you can do a PCB swapout from your old to your new; in that way, it doesn't matter what you buy. For graphical layout as to board differences, look here.

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