Damaged lens by bad media?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by Frankdj, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Frankdj

    Frankdj Advanced Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Hey guys, I want to get some explanation about the issue mentioned in the topic title. I read on all those wii-modchip forums and topicboards that bad burned media (cheapass dvd-r for example) will reduce the life of the lens within the Wii. But can somebody explain me how this is possible,

    I read that bad media have a low quality reflection from the laser inside the dvd player, which makes it harder for the lens to read the reflection (so that's the reason Nintendo pressed their dual layer disks by using gold with reflects more than the usual silver).To in that sense, I understand that the lens had a harder time reading the signals, but how in earth can this affect the lifetime?
  2. Viictoriio

    Viictoriio Advanced Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    It's all about effort and stress. Compare it with people... people that live with a whole lot of stress live less longer than people that can relax. [​IMG]

    The reason for this is that the laser has to work harder with bad media in a very short time and hence the noise and the shortened life as it puts more stress on the laser and motor assembly.

    In other words, it's a fact that in general you laser will not live as long as it would when using better media... however, is a Verbatim as good as the original Nintendo disk? Probably not, so an intersting question is:

    How many reading hours can a Wii laser make on average when using Verbatim DVD-R discs only, before it completely dies?
  3. coolbho3000

    coolbho3000 GBATemp Kikkoman Naturally Brewed SoySauce Fanatic

    Apr 29, 2007
    Kikkoman Factory
    If your lens dies, you can always buy another one online. They are relatively cheap and easy to install.
  4. pepo_murdoc

    pepo_murdoc Member

    Mar 31, 2008
    i have this same problem. my lens died, i tried all my 93 games and nothing. i bought the wii lens but i don´t now how to change it. i saw a good tutorial telling how to fix the POT, but don´t say how to change the lens. i´m posting here so i don´t have to create another topic. i need this because here where i lived don´t have any tecnician that changes the lens.
  5. mark187

    mark187 GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Lasers dying quicker due to backup disks is just an urban legend. There's already a huge thread about this.
  6. noisound

    noisound GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 23, 2008
    link please =]
  7. superrob

    superrob H4X H4X H4X!

    Apr 4, 2007
    GBATemp factory.
    Use search please we are not your servants [​IMG]
  8. mattlouf

    mattlouf GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    United States
    Geeez ! Which one(s) are you REALLY playing ?