Crap with soldering but want to mod my wii - whats my best option?

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  1. loz_the_guru
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    Ive got a launch wii which ive wanted to get modded for some time now, but have always been scared because ive really never soldered before. Ive been having a dig around the forums of late and stumbled across the wilp (?) and the wii-clip, and have a few questions.

    1. Ive been having a look at the wii clip site and noticed that alongside the 5 different versions theres also pin clip, key clip, open clip and free clip. what are these and are they easy to use?

    2. Which would I be better going for, the wilp or the wii clip? Can anyone recommend an order site for either (im in the uk, cheap as possible).

    3. Which chip would i be best using? I bought my wii january 2007 so im 99% sure it wont be D2C.

    4. is now a good time to mod, or are there developments around the corner which mean id be better off waiting?

    Thanks

    Loz
     
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    I think that if you have no experience, don't start practicing on your Wii.

    Get someone else to do it -- Since you have a launch console, getting it modded will be inexpensive.

    I've got modding experience yet I got someone else to do my Wii (when I had it) because it was simply too hard to come across to risk destroying it.
     
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    1. They clip over a chip inside the wii instead of soldering
    2. Wii Clip IMO.
    3. Key Clip it can use Wiikey's firmware
    4. Good time.
     
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    normally i would agree with you hack chill but i was surprised with just how easy it was to install a chip.I do have a bit of a experience in soldering though. I bought a yoasm v3 with wires presoldered for a massive £5. Just tap tap tap tap tap with the iron and all was done. Id say now was a good time for modding as custom firmware is still a long shot and is very unlickly to enable dvd readability from 'backed' up discs.
     
  5. loz_the_guru
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    cheers guys, the key clip does seem like a pretty safe option, does anyone know if the wiikey is playing SS:BB yet?

    Also, cant seem to find one for sale anywhere. Anyone?
     
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    Yes, I have a key clip and it is very easy to use. Just get the Wiikey autoprogrammer from WesTek and it just clip it on the board. I got mine from IC2005.com and it was only $40.00 for the key clip and the programmer. They had free shipping and it came very fast. Wiikeys can play Brawl now too.
     
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    yep definitely going for one of these now, ic2005.com doesnt seem to have it so i guess theyre out of stock [​IMG]. Anyone even the slightest clue as to when theyll get it back in?
     
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    Soldering isn't as hard as people make it out to be. Just practice a little first. I went from zero experience to successfully modding 2 systems on the first try with a mere 20 minutes of practice.

    Tips:
    (1) Practice on an old piece of electronics that have components of about the same size (I had some old CD-ROM drives)
    (2) Tin the tips of the wires
    (3) Use a magnifying glass station - I can't even begin to tell you how much this will help!
    (4) Keep some solder wick handy in case you mess up.
    (5) Get a low-power soldering iron (15W is best)

    Soldering small electronics is actually easier in some ways as it only requires the briefest touch of the soldering iron.
     

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