Why buy modchips over Chiip?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by quadomatic, May 17, 2007.

  1. quadomatic
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    quadomatic GBAtemp Regular

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    This may seem like a strange question, but why does anyone bother buying a Wiikey, or any other mod chip when building a Chiip seems so easy?
     
  2. zosh

    zosh Advanced Member

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    For the same reason as any other DIY project, electronics or otherwise: Many people prefer to pay for manufactured goods instead of investing time, energy, and money into building them themselves with uncertain results.

    It's a valid decision. I built a Chiip and a programmer and tought myself to solder for it, it was great fun and a very satisfying experience when it all worked. Even though economically it was a bad decision since I could've made much more money in the time I invested in it than a commercial modchip and its installation would've cost. No regrets though.
     
  3. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I wonder the same thing. I install chips locally and so far out of around 20 installs only two have wanted WiiKey, all the rest went with WiiFree since I provided it for them for a nominal fee. I make a couple bucks more and they don't have to pay $30+ and shipping.

    Heck, even if you don't want to go through building and programming your own WiiFree or Chiip, you can purchase pre-programmed chips for around $3.
     
  4. Louse76

    Louse76 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Who's selling pre-programmed chips for $3? Right.

    Anyhow, clones are cheap. And when you get over a certain age, your time is actually worth money.

    I work 55+ hrs per week, plus modding and other side projects, etc. That just wouldn't be worth my time at this point. However it's something I want to look toward in the future.
     
  5. icewarp

    icewarp Advanced Member

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    ArenĀ“t there technical differences between them?
     
  6. iamwhoiam

    iamwhoiam Honorary R4 Fanboy

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    I'd rather get a wiifree than a chiip.... only 8 pin PIC required
     
  7. shtonkalot

    shtonkalot Can't hold on much longer, But I'll never let go!

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    I believe Hooya may be refering to this place: ATVGC
     
  8. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    That's not actually the site I saw, but I can't remember what I saw, so that works! You can also get a programmer package with some PICs from some Ebay sellers for about the cost of a clone modchip anyway, so you can even program your own and you still haven't bothered actually building anything provided you have a serial port on your desktop computer.
     
  9. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    by the way, I'm older than you. [​IMG]
     
  10. jaxxster

    jaxxster The Heretic

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    Because some people dont have the means to make these free chips.
     
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