[REQUESTION] Remarry Wii U DVD drive

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by simon66, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. simon66
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    simon66 Advanced Member

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    Hi everyone,

    So I bought a lot of broken Wii Us and I managed to get them working except one. Looks like the person swapped the DVD drive and now the console doesn't want to boot (Power light flashes red and the console shuts down).

    I know the motherboard is not damaged since once you remove the DVD drive, the system boots up with a error message stating that the drive is not present (Or that is damaged).

    I'm assuming the DVD drive has its own set of keys and that its tied to the system (Much like how the PS3 does it). Does anyone know of a way to remarry this new drive to the system? I'm not sure if someone is working on a way to do this.

    Any help would be appreciated :)

    Error code:
    160-1400

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    === UPDATE ===

    Got it to work! Looks like the ribbon cable has put on backwards!
    Here's how they need to go in (2 side notches on the ribbon cable needs to be on the DVD side):
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    This is the wrong way:
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  2. RCJayce

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    Can you upload a picture of the message that states that the DVD Drive is not present? thanks!
     
  3. naddel81

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    nintendo having sophisticated hardware connection/dependency???? I don't think so. Never heard of the DVD drive being married to the board on the Wii U.
    I guess it is just a faulty drive.
     
  4. simon66
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    I haven't seen one neither but no one has talked about it haha. I ended up figuring out that the original owner connected the ribbon cable backwards lol. Fail on his part and win for me :)
    I've updated the first post with images on how it needs to be connected.
     
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    great, thanks for sharing!
     
  6. PurPPle

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    Hello. I'am new here, sorry for my rough english.
    I don't know nothing about electronic or programming ( i have some basic understanding), i bought on ebay a Wii U with disc drive error (160-1402), but they changed the dvd drive without swapping the pcb...and they dont have it anymore.
    The weird thing is that sometimes, the console boot, but 1 on 50 try...
    So, i wanted to know if one day it would be possible to do the remarrying ?
    Cordialy, thank you.
     
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  7. simon66
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    Hi,
    Looks like these drives are not tied to the system. You can swap them and don't need to remarry them. As for your console not booting, that could be a bad ribbon connector.
     
  8. GerbilSoft

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    According to http://wiiubrew.org/wiki/Hardware/SEEPROM , there *is* a drive key. I'm pretty sure this is related to the optical drive, since there's also separate USB and SHDD keys.

    I'm not sure if SEEPROM is writable from homebrew, but if it is, it may be possible to pair the system with a new drive, assuming the key can be extracted from the drive.
     
  9. simon66
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    I swapped the drive on 2 units that I have and they all worked fine.
     
  10. PurPPle

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    Thx for reply guys.
    Hope one day, someone make it possible.
    Cheers.
     
  11. GerbilSoft

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    It's possible that the drive key is identical for drives made in a given month/year or facility, or that they simply disabled the pairing requirement due to issues. (Or that the SEEPROM field is for something completely different; I'm not too sure of the specifics.)
     
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  12. PurPPle

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    You know what : i'am going to receive a brand new dvd drive for testing, so i let you know if it works.
     
  13. PurPPle

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    Nope, it does not work.
     
  14. PokeAcer

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    Perhaps it'd make sense to take a look and see if we can find error logs (i.e. with SCT) to see if we can get the drive key to update.