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    Wii Stopped Reading Burnt Media

    Hi. This is my first post, but I've had my Wii softmodded without issue since July of 2009. Before I begin, I'll say that I have used the search function and I have googled the problem (I've been looking for the solution for a few days now) a lot, and I've either all suggestions that I've found either didn't work or were irrelevant to my situation.

    So, like I said, July of 2009 I softmodded my Wii, backed up some games, and NeoGamma and everything else has been working fine ever since. Around Christmas of 2009, I got New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and to get it to work I had to change a few things (I don't remember exactly what I updated, it's been nearly a year, but I do remember that I at least installed a new version of NeoGamma. Nothing major, though). Everything was working fine.

    Just this past week, I figured I'd play some Mario Kart, because it's a pretty fun game. I had the DVD handy, and when I popped it in, the Wii couldn't read it (I usually use the actual Wii Disc Channel to see if it recognizes the game before I bother launching NeoGamma). Surprisingly, the DVD I've been using for months wasn't loading. Just to make sure, I launched NeoGamma, and it gave me the 721 error. I had a newer version in the homebrew channel (NeoGamma R8, I believe), which gave me the 1048 error. "No problem, the disc is probably ruined," I thought. So I burned another. Same problem. "Ok, so the disc got ruined and the .iso somehow got corrupted on my computer. Again, not a problem." Got a new .iso, burnt it again (4x speed, I do believe - Memorex DVD-R's, what I've always used for my Wii), same problem. So I went through my pile of games, and all of the games I've been playing (without problems) that were burnt weren't working. Here's the kicker, though: Original discs were working fine.

    So, the first thing I did was reinstalled IOS's, updated anything that needed updated, and all of that kinda stuff. Still no go. My final resort, I backed up all the save data I could and did a NAND restore. Nothing.

    I'm assuming that there's something wrong with my drive, and that I'm going to have to get an HDD, but before I spend the money I thought I'd may as well post here to see if there's something blatantly obvious that I'm missing. Again, between November-December 2009 to now (11/9/2010), I've changed absolutely nothing. No system menu updates, no IOS updates, no NeoGamma updates, nothing.

    I bought the Wii in April 2007, so it doesn't have any fancy anti-piracy features. And, again, Memorex DVD-R's; I've had no problems with them until now.

    Thanks in advance.

    TL;DR: Bought a Wii in April, 2007. Softmodded it July '09. Everything worked great. All of a sudden all my burnt games (Memorex DVD-R) weren't working, and no newly burnt games (4x speed) worked either. Original discs worked fine. Updated IOS's and Homebrew Channel, didn't fix the issue. Restored NAND, still no go. Am I missing something or should I buy an HDD and load the games from there?

    -Joe

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    hard to say what you did when you say updated here and there and this and that.
    please do a syscheck.
    How to post a syscheck: Instructions here
    Also a brand switch can do wonders, get verbatim -R discs to burn your games.
    memorex migth have changed discs quality, every stock differs and sometimes they even bring out like a discount sub-brand which is rubbish. (do not get the life series of the verbatim discs, good example).
    do the syscheck and get proper media and we go from there.
    good luck

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    DVD-R -Taiyo Yuden are pretty much the best you can buy
    DVD+R DL - Verbatim without a doubt

    Cdfreaks is a good resource for this type of thing. The dvd writer you use also has a enormous effect on disk quality.

    I have 3 different DVD writers in my machine various media at the best quality.

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    Here's my SysCheck. Mind you, all the IOS's and software that I installed, seeing as I just restored my Wii's NAND, is from around June and July of 2009.

    Spoiler



    As for DVD's, I have been looking to buy Verbatim discs for quite some time, the only reason I haven't is because I had such a large stack of Memorex DVD's, which were working fine. I don't think that the quality of the DVD's is the issue, because, like I said, they were all working fine and all stopped working at the same time, though I am willing to buy new DVD's for the sake of getting things up and running again.

    As for the DVD writer, most of my DVDs were burnt on my Mac's super drive, but the lens got dirtied up, so I bought an LG GE24LU20 external DVD writer which seems to be working pretty well (everything besides Wii games have worked fantastically).

    So I'm going to go buy Verbatim DVD's pretty soon here, if there's something blatantly wrong with the information from the SysCheck, please let me know.

    Thanks to each of you

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    indeed not a very good syscheck in terms of, outdated stuff, some newer stuff is missing.
    to make it short basic stuff would be: get newer cIOS along with newer version of neogamma or uLoader.
    check this very well writen guide on Call of Duty: Black Ops, it applys to most of all new games/aka gives good instructions how to update cIOS and in your case disc load a game and more links to useful stuff.

    OR:did you hear of priiloader or a hbc running on IOS58?. i can recommend the softmod any wii guide linked below to update/get new cIOS, take care of other stuff. would start from the very beginning and do it till the end (there is an option what to do with a hbc already present) (just install the new on top of the old stuff, further questions on that guide would go in its thread),

    good luck for whatever you decide

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    From what I can tell, I'll likely end up using the guide in your signature. If my Wii still doesn't load DVD-R's, I'll likely just buy an external hard drive for my Wii. Thanks for the help!

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    Hi Cup of Joe. It sounds like a disc drive problem...perhaps the lens failing or something like that. You can buy replacement drives and get someone to fit it for you if you don't want to tackle it yourself. However, I think going down the USB drive route will not only save your new drive, if you get one, but also a heap of other disc reading problems. I also think doing the upates is a good idea too regardless, if you want to run the newer games. Good luck.

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    If it indeed is a disc drive issue, I agree, and it's likely what I'll end up doing. I like the idea of having all of my games in one HDD anyway, and WiiFlow looks pretty nice.

    Thanks to all of you!

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