Couple of Questions about Modding your Wii

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Feb 20, 2008
  1. SavageWaffle
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    Well im not really into theses things but i finally decided to Mod my Wii. I only have 2 games for it anyway(Wii Sports+Mario Party 8) and im getting real tired of playing only those two. I spend most of my money on Xbox 360 games+accesories, but now its Wii's Chance.

    Alright first i don't want to mod my Wii. Im going to send it to a person who is experienced. I was thinking of Modchipman:
    http://www.modchipman.com/have-modchipman-...wii-p-1557.html

    Did anyone send there Wii to them? Does it work fine? Are they reliable? How is there costumer service? Is it safe?

    What kind of Wii Mod chips are there? If possible, please give name+link of there resellers or Official Website.

    Whats a D2C. Its on the previous link i gave you. It says "Yes(+$30), No". I dont know what it is, i have no experience of hacking or modding anything. Except for dragging and dropping a ROM into a R4 and put the Micro SD card back in the insert section, and play.

    About 2 months ago, i read a thread on this website i think, anyway they were asking about like a number or something. I dont remember. Like only certain mod chips work with certain Wii Models. How do i know what mine is? I dont want to buy a screwdriver to open my Wii up since im afraid il either lose the screws, mess up the Wii inside.

    Thanks for helping.
    And dont flame cause i know NOTTING about Modding the Wii.
    And can you give me another Mod Chip Installer if Modchipman sucks?

    E/D/I/T
    I have been googleing and i found out well kinda that the CycloWiz V2, can be installed by just putting it on? Is that true?
    http://www.maxconsole.net/?mode=news&newsid=13974
    If thats the case il just solder myself.
     
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    People have said that the quicksolder pads are just fast; they're not necessarily easy to solder with.
     
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    Oh. But they are fast? Is CycloWiz reliable?
     
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    By fast I meant fast soldering btw, wasn't sure if I was clear, but yeah.

    Not sure about reliability. Also, not sure about updates for it either.

    I think YAOSM may be the best option. That's what I'm going with. If Cyclowiz decides to stop releasing updates or w/e at some point, I assume Cyclowiz owners would be in some trouble since its not open source. With YAOSM, if whoever makes it decides to stop, since its open source, someone could just pick up the source and keep working on it. Since updates for a mod chip on Wii would be almost vital because of firmware updates and new games and such, open source seems to be the best option.
     
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    What is YAOSM?
     
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    It stands for Yet Another Open Source Mod Chip.

    http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/yaosm/

    That's the official forums. I suggest you find out what model your Wii's drive is first though.

    The different models are DMS, D2A, D2B and D2C. Most mod chips only work on DMS, D2A and D2B. Some newer, generally more expensive, mod chips support D2C. Also, there are 2 different kinds of D2B chips. One has the metal legs on the chip cut, and one doesn't. If the legs on the chip are cut, you will need to take a dremel saw and grind down the chip to expose the metal legs that you would solder to.

    Just open up your Wii and you can look at the chip on the drive to identify the version. You'll need a triwing screwdrive though. You could also identify it by serial number:

    http://wiitracker.nintendo-scene.com/search.php
     
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    Your Drive Chip is most likely GC2-D2B.

    Your Drive Pins are most likely cut.


    Is this good?
     
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    You'll be able to use the YAOSM, but you'll have to take a dremel saw and grind away at the chip to show the legs that you need to solder to.

    I'm not entirely sure how this method works, so you'll have to look up some information.
     
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    Thanks, where can i get YAOSM? Is it quick solder? Is it hard? I never soldered something. Im goin to have to buy new equipments.
     
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    I've never soldered anything before either. It's not quick solder. People say that it is easy to install. I've never soldered anything either, so I'm kind of in the same boat as you.

    You don't really buy the YAOSM. It's an open source mod chip. You buy the actual chip from a electronics component store online (I'm buying from mouser.com) for about $2. Then you need to buy parts to build the programmer with which you put the YAOSM code onto the chip. Here's links to all the parts I'm going to buy from mouser.com for the YAOSM:

    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...PIC12F683-I%2fP
    -PIC12F683-I/P (Actual chip you will install into Wii)

    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...0-CFS1%2f4C103J
    -10K Ohm resistor
    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...S1%2f4CT52R222J
    -2.2K Ohm resistor
    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...y571-1-390261-2
    -2x DIP-8 Sockets (1 for the programmer, one you will put the chip in, and the socket will be soldered to the Wii
    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...y737-DE09-SD-SL
    -D-Sub connector
    http://www.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail...alkey863-BS170G
    -MOFSET

    Here's the schematic for the programmer:
    http://psx-scene.com/forums/406714-post5.html

    Good Luck! You'll find that it's considerably cheaper than a CycloWiz, of course its probably just a bit more difficult since you have to build the programmer. But, its more rewarding, and you could be better off with the YAOSM than the CycloWiz.
     
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    Read through. You'll find that Wlip is pretty badly made, and very overpriced. I'm not sure that it works since your drive pins are cut. But, even if it is supposed to work, most people, especially people who need Model B (that's you) don't get it to work properly.
     
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    They say they got 2 models. And yea i need Model B. I dont really care about prices, but the lesser it is, the more money left over to buy something else. Im not sure i want to make my own chip. I suck at those kind of things. Either i just give up, or i mess up and need to restart. Which is really frustrating. Is the Wiininja ok? I mean really. If the Wlip is so overpriced, i would rather just rather buy the chip and find a real good solder on Craigslist and i can watch him do it.
     

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