Wii SD Slot Broken?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by AAlcoholic, May 25, 2009.

  1. AAlcoholic
    OP

    AAlcoholic Member

    Newcomer
    14
    0
    Dec 22, 2008
    Canada
    Hello,

    I've tried literally a dozen SD cards in my Wii from pitiful little 16MB cards to 1GB and 2GB to an SDHC 8GB (I'm on 4.0U via Wan's updater). Regardless what I do, I cannot write to the SD card because the Wii says my card is locked. I've checked and re-checked the switch/tab on the cards; I've electrical-taped over the card to further reinforce the tab thing; I've busted off the tab... nothing -- same stupid error.

    Card *reading* is fine, it's just writing; which is annoying as I'd *really* like to do a NAND backup with bootmii, among other things now that i'm on 4.0 (my wii wasn't writing to the SDs in 3.2U either, for what it's worth).

    Anyhow, I suppose the reader's bad, but I can't very well return it to Nin with the homebrew channel / cIOS on the thing.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. steve-p

    steve-p GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    503
    0
    Apr 13, 2009
    try to format a card in the wii.
     
  3. SublimeAndEtc

    SublimeAndEtc GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    123
    0
    Apr 22, 2009
    United States
    West Palm Beach, FL
    If this doesn't work, you might be screwed [​IMG]

    EDIT: "screwed" as in a hardware issue, but that doesn't seem right since you can read from the card... but formatting seems like it should do the trick
     
  4. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

    Member
    1,407
    34
    Jun 12, 2008
    United States
    The slot is stuck on a "write-protect" setting maybe?
     
  5. xDarkElement

    xDarkElement GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    143
    0
    Jan 31, 2009
    United States
    get a card, and try reputting it in like 10 times.
    it works for me
     
  6. SenorClean

    SenorClean GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    522
    0
    Mar 21, 2008
    I haven't had this problem on my wii, but have on another card reader.

    The read only / write is handled by a physical arm which is pushed against another when the inserted card has the switch in the unlock position.

    I bent this lever a bit, and all is well.

    Here are some pics... first shows the levers - not touching with no card inserted (same when locked). Second pic is an unlocked card inserted (they are touching). You'll have to disassemble your wii to get to it - but it should be a fairly easy fix.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. AAlcoholic
    OP

    AAlcoholic Member

    Newcomer
    14
    0
    Dec 22, 2008
    Canada
    That's a great idea, assuming the formatting via Wii doesn't work... Thanks [​IMG] ! Hard to tell in your pic, though -- did you bend the inner lever out or the outer lever in; and did you bend once the card was in the slot, or beforehand. I'm assuming that once it's bent you can still insert and remove the card at will -- and the 'fix' is permanent?
     
  8. SenorClean

    SenorClean GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    522
    0
    Mar 21, 2008
    I put the card in first, and just watched - I observed that the levers didn't touch.

    I bent the outer one in a bit, with the card out - then inserted the card to test.

    Mine was a bit borderline - it worked with some cards (with big fat lock switches) but not with some others).

    Be careful, and I'm sure you'll be fine. So long as you don't snap it off - worst case is you push it too far and your cards are always unlocked.
     
  9. mikeyt1998

    mikeyt1998 YouTube Glitcher

    Member
    1,401
    65
    Aug 11, 2007
    Dalton-in-furness, north west
    and if all else fails and you want to send it away, you can easily delete cIOS with any title deleter, then delete homebrew channel.

    and send it away.

    and of course anything else illegally gained on it XD

    it'll just be annoying putting everything back on it when it returns [​IMG]