Is the Wii DVD laser pretty durable?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by Blasingame, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Blasingame

    Blasingame Advanced Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    United States
    I want to try out one of my home movie on a DVD I burned. It's a Ridata DVD-R 4.7 GB was wondering if the Wii laser wouldn't stress out oo much because of the disc medium. I remember the PS2 lasers would burn out from using discs of the wrong dye. Is this the same with the Wii's laser?
  2. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

    Jan 7, 2009
    This planet
    Nope it won't hurt your lasers

    But if you're really concerned about it, you can use USB loaders
  3. Blasingame

    Blasingame Advanced Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    United States
    Yeah, need to get a USB drive for those loaders. But thanks for the reply.
  4. mrdavie

    mrdavie Advanced Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I had to bite my tongue there from asking the obvious [​IMG]
  5. Slimmmmmm

    Slimmmmmm GBAtemp MoNkEeE

    Nov 1, 2007
    the land of lol
    The laser is NOT that long lasting, as many replacements have been sold already(ask anyone that sells them, they sell lots), some seem lower quality than others. If your Wii can't play original DL games for example, your laser will die after a couple of years (1-2) heavy use.

    The weak link in the chain though is the dvd drive motor, some of these have been know to break within a few weeks of people getting a new wii, but Nintendo seems to have fixed that problem in newer Wiis.
    You get some people asking about noise from the drive, soon enough it dies, so if your drives making a lot of noise start using HDD for games imho.

    I had a launch day Wii and the motor died really quickly, but like I said N has fixed it in newer Wiis.

    For movies etc you should consider using HDD, SMB or SD over DVDs.

    I'm not trying to scare just being honest. This is all easily checkable by seeing how many replacement parts are sold.
  6. metroid4life14

    metroid4life14 GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    Yeah, I've switched over to HD as well, backing up all of my legit games to save my laser. Now I just have to hope that my HD lasts!
  7. vegemikee

    vegemikee GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 17, 2008
    my wiis laser started working up when i discovered that usb loaders could dump my games. then i realised it wasnt very healthy [​IMG] so now i use other peoples wiis to do that job heh
  8. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Just use USB Loaders, games work better anyway. Even retail discs.