info needed on wii drive

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  1. steveroo
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    my red, version 4.3 wii has been soft modded using a wiihacks.com guide and works perfectly.
    i want to trade my red wii for a white wii, for its dvd drive which load dvds, and backed up gamecube games.

    Do all white wiis play dvds and dvdr gamecubes? Is there a model that I should watch out for?
    does the older white wiis function as well as the new 4.3 wiis? i.e. loading my hard drive that is filled with backed up games that have been used on the 4.3 model
     
  2. Burton

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    I'm going to be a little more specific. In terms of softmodding a white Wii might work the same as the red one however if your motivation for acquiring a white Wii is for the drive then you should know that not all White wiis play dvd-r backups. Since mid 2008 newer wiis came with a drive called d3-2 that prevented playing from dvd-r backups. To know if maybe(a big maybe) the white Wii might play the dvd-r you should look into that Wii serial number. This link might help http://www.wiidrives.com/list
    If there is any chance for you to test the White Wii before making the trade will be better!
     
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    your best off buyin a older drive off ebay like a dms d2c etc and swapping it with the one you have now.

    im sure it will work but correct me if im wrong
     
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    i god my wii on december 3 2010 from game stop and it CAN play backups. get it from there and hope it has a old drive
     
  5. DeadlyFoez

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    Not all white wii's have drives that can read burned discs, only the older wiis. So you would be gambling on it if you traded your wii in for another one. You are best off just to change the logic board on the drive.
     
  6. steveroo
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    Correct me if i'm wrong.
    All that is needed to to know if the drive is playable of dvdrs is the version number and serial/model number found under the wii?

    Thanks everyone for your quick responses.
     
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    Not true because if the wii was ever sent back to nintendo then they could have swapped out the drive for one that can't read burned discs.
     
  8. steveroo
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    I love my red wii and I'm now thinking about changing drives. A video on youtube made swapping drives look extremely easy to do.

    Is the dms d2c drive all that is required for my wii to play dvdrs?

    would this drive work on my wii?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DVD-ROM-Drive-Wii-NEW-D2A-/160592478813?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item25640ec25d
    my serial is LU92251564
     
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    It is extremely easy to do. It shouldn't take any longer than 5 minutes. Yes, that drive will work, but it is cheaper to buy just the logic board instead of the whole drive.As long as you can solder 3 simple wires then you can swap the logic board easily.
     
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    I'm confused. I thought the red 4.3 wiis cannot play any dvdrs.


    If I decided to go ahead with a change of logic boards, I can play dvdrs on my red wii?
     
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    Yes.
    The only difference between a Wii that can play backup discs and a Wii that cant, is the dvd logic board.

    Also, theres 4 wires that needs to be soldered. They are relatively big and sit by themselves, so its hard to mess it up.
     
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    The 2nd. A chip doesnt help, you need the old PCB (d2whatever).
     
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    Go with the second one, the one that actually says "plays copies", and you'll be happy.
     
  16. Lucif3r

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    D3-2 is probably the one you already have so, you dont want that :)

    D2 is what you want (2nd link).
     
  17. steveroo
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    when changing the wii drive replacement board, will i lose all my save data and homebrew?
     
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    thanks, i'm doing the mechanical work now.
     
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    The new board I bought is larger than the original board on my wii, and looks different. My connecting wires fit in to the new slots but the large brown connecting slot is wider than the original.

    is this normal? do I need to change my optical drive laser as well?