I wonder if this is a common problem: I've been using homebrew for about 6 years now (Wii disc drive had broken) via an external disc drive (Western Digital). I have noticed a strange stuttering, most notably when using the pointer. The game stutters for a fraction of a second. It occurs a few times per minutes in most games. In Red Steel it happens much more frequently (almost unplayable). These hick-ups are no problem in story-based games but are indeed annoying when playing for high-scores or in multiplayer. Not sure how long it's been like this. Maybe a year or more (just guessing). I'm pretty sure the external disc drive is to blame as it does not occur in the Wii menu (or channels like the photo channel). Also, the external disc drive makes a quiet beating sound from time to time (also when the stuttering occurs). I have back-ups, so I'm not worried about losing data. Just wondering if this problem is known.