Hardware Can the D-4 drive and PCB be swapped?

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Hello guys.

Ok so I have a D-4 drive and I wanted to know if I could completely replace the DVD drive and PCB for an older model like the D-2b. I know the D-4 PCB is smaller but would replacing it fix the problem? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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For what purpose would you like to make the swap? If it's for reading backup disks and DVD's then you can just as well just swap the drive as far as I know.
 

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For what purpose would you like to make the swap? If it's for reading backup disks and DVD's then you can just as well just swap the drive as far as I know.

Yea I want to play burned wii and gamecube games but I know an old dvd drive won't fit on the new pcb because it's smaller. I think I have to buy another one. Or even if I do, will this work?
 

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For what purpose would you like to make the swap? If it's for reading backup disks and DVD's then you can just as well just swap the drive as far as I know.

Yea I want to play burned wii and gamecube games but I know an old dvd drive won't fit on the new pcb because it's smaller. I think I have to buy another one. Or even if I do, will this work?
Why not just use ISO's? Both GameCube and Wii ones are playable either via a USB loader or via DMLite/SWISS. Requires no hardware modifications and is WAY, WAY less problematic.
 

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As far as Im aware, you can swap the whole drive, cage and all, to an older model.
Replacing parts such as the PCB however, does not work.
 

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For what purpose would you like to make the swap? If it's for reading backup disks and DVD's then you can just as well just swap the drive as far as I know.

Yea I want to play burned wii and gamecube games but I know an old dvd drive won't fit on the new pcb because it's smaller. I think I have to buy another one. Or even if I do, will this work?
Why not just use ISO's? Both GameCube and Wii ones are playable either via a USB loader or via DMLite/SWISS. Requires no hardware modifications and is WAY, WAY less problematic.

I've been looking methods of playing gamecube backups from sd's and usb's for hours and I couldn't find anything good. Doesn't SWISS require an sd Gecko? I really want to find a free way of playing gamecube games and I also read that USB Loader doesn't support gamecube. Even if it did, how would I add it to my usb or sd, because WBFS manager 3.0 doesn't support gamecube iso's either.
 

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I've been looking methods of playing gamecube backups from sd's and usb's for hours and I couldn't find anything good. Doesn't SWISS require an sd Gecko? I really want to find a free way of playing gamecube games and I also read that USB Loader doesn't support gamecube. Even if it did, how would I add it to my usb or sd, because WBFS manager 3.0 doesn't support gamecube iso's either.
Dios Mios Lite allows converting and loading GameCube games from the SD card, the only "issues" it suffers from are related to music streaming - it's the currently recommended method.

SD Gecko indeed is required to use SWISS, but it's relatively cheap. It's also quite easy to make, actually.
 

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