Help required. Gamepad region locked?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by theincredableyes, May 25, 2016.

  1. theincredableyes
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    hey all i had a problem when replacing the lcd on a friends wii u gamepad one of the tiny clips snapped off( they are held in to tight) so i thought i would just replace the motherboard of the gamepad ...long story short i found one on ebay ...from canada didnt think nothing off it got it home replaced it..turned it on and it light up and that i thought perfect so i gave it back to the kids dad 3 weeks later i get a message saying he tried syncing the game pad but its saying its not in the right region etc/ i have scanned forums and figured out i cant use it like that cos the pad being nstc now because the board is from canada..so the question im trying to ask is i have another wii u and gamepad my own one if i use my pal gamepad to change the region of his wii u to ntsc would his gamepad work then??
     
  2. ThatNintendoNerd

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    You can't change the region of your Wii U.
     
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    not even by reseting it and choosing usa?
     
  4. rw-r-r_0644

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    No. Unfortunately, it would just change the system language
     
  5. mitroux

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    you need to buy another gamepad board or just replace the clip from one board to another
     
  6. RepeatingDigits

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    Gamepads are region locked. You're out of luck.
     
  7. Bug_Checker_

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    No. Currently, there is no public way to change a region of a console from JPN,EUR,USA
    The GamePad connects via WiFi and as you might know there are different ranges available. This could be part of the conflict.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels

    Now, not having any idea what firmware:
    the original Wii U had
    the original GamePad had
    the replacement motherboard of the Gamepad had.

    It would be very difficult to recommend the best choice.

    For others reading this thread later:
    Not only are Wifi formats different in different regions but so are video formats.
    In addition, changes to the GamePad LCD and i2c controller have been made since the first version.
    So you have to mix and match correctly.

    Since you seem to have above average skills, If you still have the original GamePad motherboard I would try to make that fit.
    But without good pictures I cannot make a good recommendation.
    If you cannot make it work by reinstalling the original motherboard but still have access to it. You could try dumping the firmware off the original PAL region motherboard.
    Your dump should be nearly if not identical to drc_fw.bin file from the NUS.

    The first 4 bytes should tell you the version
    Title ID
    00050010-10043200
    0005001010043200
    DRC firmware EUR

    v5126, 14 06 01 13
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    v5382, 15 06 01 13
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    v5406, 15 1E 01 13
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    v5896, 17 08 01 14
    (version NOT listed on http://wiiubrew.org/wiki/Title_database )
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    v6164, 18 14 01 16
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    v6412, 19 0C 01 17
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Wii+U+GamePad+Motherboard+Replacement/57150
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Wii+U+GamePad+LCD+Display+Replacement/57152
    All GamePad Guides
    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Wii_U_GamePad

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    U10 Micron 25Q256A 256 Mb Serial Flash
     
  8. GizmoTheGreen

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    sorry if I might be necro-posting

    I've gotten myself a EU console, and I'm in japan so I bought my wii u gamepad here, and ofcourse after setup it wants to update the gamepad which it refuses to do resulting in a loop of sorts I can't get out of.

    I have a raspberry pi and I will try to read the pads SPI flash with flashrom.

    now should I
    1. try to replace the firmware with EU fw
    2. just update to latest JP fw

    I will ofcourse make a backup first of all.

    edit: no luck with flashrom, it couldn't read the chip :/
     
    Last edited by GizmoTheGreen, Dec 6, 2016