How does the D3-2 Drive work?

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Mar 7, 2010
  1. fgghjjkll
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    I've heard that it doesn't read proper DVDs properly but that's all the sites on google tell me. Can somebody give me alot more detail?
     
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    The D3 drive and earlier had a built-in DVD mode for a potential DVD player channel. This mode was exploited for softmods and "flat" modchips to load burned discs, as they look similar to DVD-ROMs. The D3-2 drive removed this mode, breaking backup loading from disc.
     
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    Just use uLoader with an USB DVD drive [​IMG]
     
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    Or just use a hard drive...
     
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    Are Wii Disks, DVDs? What's the difference between them?
     
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    Yes, Wii and GameCube discs are regular DVDs. Hence why Wii games can be burned to DVD-Rs. [​IMG]

    Nintendo's discs (and rips of said discs) will not be recognized by Linux/Mac/Windows. If you ripped them, you would not get a standard ISO. The discs have a proprietary format, garbage data (to fill up unused space, this is why rips can be big), and a burst cutting area.
     
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    ah. ic now... thanks for answering my questions. I will try find a cheap D3(or under) drive board. i wonder if dealextreme have any [​IMG]

    EDIT: Well i found a D2A and D2B. Can i replace a D3-2 with them? If so can someone link me to a very detailed guide?
     
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    Yes, all Wii drives can be swapped for each other, regardless of chipset revision. In other words, swapping the D3-2 drive out in favor of a D2A drive will work.

    If you know how to install a modchip, you can easily swap the drive... Seriously. Just disconnect the drive and plug in the new one.
     
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    It's harder to replace the drive board. OP, don't try replacing just the drive board unless you know what you're doing.
     
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    resoldering a board is easy. there is only 6 solder points.... you don't need to know what you are doing either. they are big solder points and a monkey could do it.
    any board works in any wii.
     
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    I was referring to swapping the actual drive with the chipset still attached. I've edited my post to be more clear.
     
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    well the drive boards are hell cheaper [​IMG]
    I'll get a drive board instead. Thanks for all your help [​IMG]
     

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