Proper steps to clean out the console

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by epicboy, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. epicboy

    epicboy GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    United States
    Hello Tempers. So I checked the fan vent and found a lot of dust. I couldn't find anything small enough to fit and clean out the console, and I imagine inside will be very dirty as well. So I want to know the full procedure before diving into opening it without prior knowledge of the internals of this system. Any and all help will be appreciated.
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Same as most electronics really

    At the least just blow out the dust with some canned air or an oil free compressor from the outside. Best to do it when off and also best to jam a toothpick or something in the fan to stop it spinning -- spin a motor around and you get voltage out of it, proper electronics will handle it (usually by means of a flyback diode) but I so rarely see laptops or consoles with such things.
    Do not use a household vacuum cleaner -- you know when you get static shocks from them... now imagine what that does to sensitive electronics.

    Disassemble it to get at the air flow/heat path if you want, personally for the Wii in most cases if you clean the fan from the outside it is probably 95% as good as you will get so no great need to go too much further. Disassembly will vary with item but with the wii it is not so bad, for a lot of Nintendo stuff it will tend to be a mix of triwing and philips/cross head screws. You can look up disassembly/repair/mod videos for whatever you might need, most Nintendo gear comes apart pretty easily.
    When handling PCBs it is best if you are have a nice static strap but at the very least touch an earthed point before you handle the PCB. Again either jam the fans or disconnect them from the PCB if you are going to see them spin thanks to compressed air or something.
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  3. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 2, 2015
    United States
    Tip for cleaning the fan: stick a pin/needle through the grille and block the blades from moving before you blow it out. Canned air can over-rev the fan and cause the bearings to fail prematurely. :)

    As FAST said there are plenty of take-apart tutorials, just be very careful when doing it as there are some thin wires and ribbon connectors that can get damaged if you inadvertently yank them too hard.
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