I have a Wii which is a few years old (LU50). Over the past year it's been making that loud vibrating sound when it spins a disc, so I finally got motivated enough to research it and attempt to fix it. After "fixing" it, it started acting back up maybe a week later. Months pass, and last week I get around to attempt the same fix. I must've bent something that wasn't meant to be bent, because now it will not read discs unless I press down the "spindle" on top of the disc. At this point, the vibrating is louder than ever before. I gave up, and decided to just send it to Nintendo, so they could fix it and turn it back to normal. Now, I'm a bit worried of the consequences with doing so. I realize that all my homebrew and softmods will more than likely be erased and the Wii will be updated to 4.2 (I'm on 4.1U). I've done some searching on the forums, and no real solid answers have been provided. Should I go on with sending it in? If they replace the DVD drive, is it going to be able to read DVD-Rs? Should I delete all of my homebrew channels before hand? Another solution, would be to buy a USB drive and use that for gaming, but I would still be without a working DVD drive if and when I would ever need use from it again. But on the bright side, all of my softmods would still be in place. Thoughts?