Dead Wii-drive

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Oct 13, 2008

Dead Wii-drive by emirof at 4:09 AM (1,599 Views / 0 Likes) 8 replies

  1. emirof
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    Ok fellow tempers, I need your help! Long story short - I messed up while trying to install a Wasabi chip on a D2C drive.

    I've searched all over the net for different solutions, like this with bridging the fuse. But my fuses aren't blown. I've also found this page witch had some suggestions about usual places for bridges. And according to my many hours of checking with my multimeter - I don't seem to have any bridges anywhere either.

    It said at one place

    "Check 330ohm resistor for Z point.

    Check 330ohm resistor at X point on Alternate method. This resistor is on the back side of the drive board. Test the resistor from each side of chip, best practice. Also check to make sure it is still soldered correctly to the board by checking the resistance between the two foil eyelets, via’s, that connect to the resistor, through foil traces. One is very close and the other you have to follow the trace to the next via (eyelet). Re-solder if necessary. Unless you seriously over heat the resistor it should not be bad so always verify the resistor directly first, it’s not like a diode where you can ruin the barrier easily destroying the component.
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    Where X points to the X on this image [​IMG]

    and the Z to the Z on this image

    I can find the resistor at the X-point and confirm that it's 330 ohm but the one at Z I can't see any resistor. Do you know which one they mean?

    If the resistor thing ain't the problem either do you have suggestions to what it could be? I could describe the symptoms and maybe that could help to pinpoint where the problem lies:
    I installer the wasabi-chip and booted a game successfully. After turning on and off however, the game would not work. After another reboot it worked again and then it didn't and after a while it worked again. Then it worked less and less and when it didn't work the drive would not even spin at all. When I try to feed a disk to it nothing happens. And even after removing the chip the drive stayed the same. I got it running some once after and then the drive would just go on spinning without ever stopping. Eventually it slowly died, making less and less sound and then nothing. When I turned the Wii off and on again it was back to completely dead [​IMG]
    So to me it seems like there's a glitch somewhere somehow.. What do you guys think? Are there any other usual causes of dead drives? The fact that it works one moment and then, without me soldering or touching anything, it doesn't work could be a clue.. I should say that I have tried the drive in two different Wiis so it's not the ribbon cable on the Wii or something that's the problem.

    Last but not least - I have applyed a LOT of heat to it while desoldering the cables on it. I know it's bad (or at least now I know)... So a lot of the ic legs lifted from the main board but I have soldered them back now and I think it looks good now. But could the chip on the board be damaged? I hope not [​IMG]

    Thanks for any thoughts, suggestions or tips on how I can pinpoint this problem more.

    Oh and another thing xD. Might as well take it here, rather than a new thread [​IMG]

    Take a look:

    [​IMG]

    That crappy thing fell off xD. Now my question is: what is or, or does it matter which way I put it back? Cause I can't see how it was originally or if I have flipped it now that I soldered it back.
     
  2. Richy Freeway

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    Take some closeup photos of your drive, it sounds like you've made a complete mess of it. Without seeing it though we can't tell what you've done wrong.

    It sounds as though your soldering skills are less than good so I doubt if you'd be able to fix it anyway.

    Sorry :\
     
  3. emirof
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    yeah I'll upload some photos later today.. hmm well can't argue that after seeing how the drive is dead but I think I could fix it if I just found the error. I've done many D2C installs and fixed dead drives but it's never gone this bad xD.

    EDIT:
    Ok here are some pictures. Better quality ones will come. Also the chip and pins looks a lot cleaner now that picture was from last week.
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    A better photo:
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Please give any ideas or thoughts of what could be wrong.
     
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    Looking at that I'd say you've broken some tracks, shorted some pins and all manner of other offences.

    Bin the drive, it's probably not worth trying to salvage it now.

    In my opinion anyway.
     
  6. emirof
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    Hmm.. well I'll still try to save it.. Do you know any good guide to repairing a Wii-drive. Of all the ones fixing screwed chip-installs someone should be able to share some tips.

    Also about the resistor or whatever it is in my first post- anyone knows if it matters what direction I put it back in?
     
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    If it's a resistor, it doesn't matter.

    If it's a capacitor or diode then it does matter.

    I dunno how you'll tell the difference though!
     
  8. emirof
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    Not good... It measures 0 ohm so it's not a resistor, right? Meaning it's some of those that did matter xD I have a working Wii-drive that I look at to see if I can figure it out but it looks the same in both directions xD
     
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    You've made a real mess of the one you've got there.
    It will be almost impossible to repair that one.
    I'd say trash the drive and buy a DMS/D2A/D2B drive which are much easier to modify.

    It is almost impossible to solder right on the chip without a good magnifier and soldering iron.
     

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