Really loud Wii drive - FIXED!

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by taiguy, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. taiguy

    taiguy Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    So I've added chips to 4-5 Wii's and feel relatively comfortable with the entire process; so of course I volunteer to help a friend out with his. I installed a new WiiKey2 and then booted up Wii Sports to make sure everything still worked. Well shit, it sounded like weed wacker. I freaked out thinking I had inadvertently broken something. How silly I was to not have tested it before installing the chip.

    Here's a video of the drive making noise

    I've never heard any disc drive this loud, something mechanical is obviously wrong here.

    Re-opening the drive and doing some detective work I deduced that the disc itself wasn't physically scratching anything, but rather something else was touching. It turns out it is the metal arm that clamps the disc. The metal clamp is fixed, and it sits inside a white piece of plastic which actually touches the disc, and therefore spins with the disc. Apparently the tolerances between the two were just off enough to cause scraping inside. Loosening the two screws that affix the metal piece gave it just enough play to quiet down the entire system. When I say "loosen" i mean 1/8 of a turn at a time, barely anything.


    You don't need to remove the metal cage on top of the drive to access these screws. I removed it while I was investigating the source of the noise. If however you do decide to take it off, remember to push the spring loaded pins back in place before placing it down.


    If you don't have them set back, they will come down on top of the disc, jamming it, and keeping it from spinning.

    Here's a video of the drive, now adjusted, and spinning quietly

    Hope this helps someone!
  2. Edgedancer

    Edgedancer Director of Moon based operations

    Oct 2, 2006
    Nice guide. Never have had the problem myself but i know people that have.
  3. powerpuff

    powerpuff Advanced Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    United States
    I fixed mine in a very similar fashion - I shimmed the cage (about 1/32" cardboard shim) just ABOVE those screws. I think I will try your method tonight, I like loosening screws better than shimming!
  4. djtaz

    djtaz PM's Full - Wadder Me

    Sep 21, 2008
    I bought a second hand wii for 100 euro with a problem just like this - took me about 2 days to figure it out - its my main wii now [​IMG]

    Thanks for the guide
  5. maxdaling

    maxdaling Advanced Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    You're a life saver! I've been dealing with a Wii making this sound for about a year and a half now.... going to try this out tonight!
  6. Dingler

    Dingler GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 19, 2007
    Excellent guide with a through explanation. Nice with so picture as well!
  7. nikigo

    nikigo Newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
    I had the same loud drive, but with disc error messages. Loosening the two screws fixed the disc error messages.
  8. Bethaniie'Bl

    Bethaniie'Bl Newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    OMG! I love you!! Thank you so so so so much [​IMG] [​IMG]
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