Wii KEm series replace drive with wiikey 2 will work

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  1. Deeptrap
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    I want to know if somebody hav experience to replace the drive from a new series KEM without GC support ?
    I cant find it, and want to know if its possible and if it will work
     
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    Ooops.... thought the OP wanted restore GC compatibility.

    Yes, a pre-2010 replacement drive (DMS/D2A/D2B/D2C/D2E) would work with Wiikey 2. However, these days it makes much more sense to softmod and go with USB loading. Now I basically use discs just for GC games with audio streaming (with YAOSM).
     
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    yes you can replace the drive, if just to play burned back ups. you will also need to replace the dvd drive board.
     
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    Thank you both
     
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    Didn't newer DVD Drives had a different (smaller) ribbon connector? Thus making them incompatible
     
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    Not that I'm aware of.

    However, the ribbon cable which goes to the laser pickup is different on D4 drives (small PCB). AFAIK, the new GC-less Wiis use a variation of the D4 which has the Gamecube disc reading components removed. An older drive should work.

    New (no-GC) D4 drive on the left (not sure why the image won't display, but the link works):

    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg856/scaled.php?server=856&filename=dsc01105h.jpg&res=medium

    Older D2x drive (note the angled ribbon cable from the laser):

    [​IMG]
     
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    So, the motherboard ribbon connector remains the same, while the lens flex cable is different on newest models(D-4)?? because d3-2 are the same
     

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