Wii with Wiikey Sent to Nintendo

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Jul 28, 2008
  1. mastermanna123
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    Recently, as some of you may know, my Wii was thrown and broken.
    Seeing as to how it's possible to repair it, my best option is to send it to Nintendo repairs and get a new disk drive reinstalled. (all other drives im seein on the internet are over $100) Nintendo's gonna fix it for $60 and make it like new.

    The only bad thing (i think) is: my wii has a Wiikey installed.

    So when Nintendo opens it up to repair, theyll say: WTFUX??!! (not really sure)
    I dont know wat I should do....
    Should i send it to them to make it come back new?
    What will happen to my Wiikey?
     


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    i think they will send you a whole new wii [​IMG]
     
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    They Replace the drive, so you wont have a wiikey, you will need to install it again, but its the easiest chip.
     
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    ...Unless of course they give you a D2C drive.
     
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    I don't want to sound like a twat off course but if I were Nintendo and I discovered a nice little modchip sitting inside your Wii, I wouldn't send you jackshit.

    Off course, that's me thinking as a Nintendo employee, which I'm not and I hope you will get a brand new Wii and hope Nintendo will even be so kind as to solder your Wiikey back in for ya.
     
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    there is the fact you can tell them you bought it second hand and had no ideas ??

    they have to give you the benefit of the doubt as an innocent buyer of their hardware!

    just play dumb if they tell you its been modded!

    but just dont tell them you know that!
     
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    They'd probably repair it, and toss out the chip.
     
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    I know for a fact that they swap the drive, probably for another machine which they have had in, if a drive works, they can re-use it.

    They dont mention the modchip for the simple fact that you couldnt have known if you bought it off ebay r something.

    Unless they can prove you are a pirate, which they wont, all that will happen is you get your wii back, most likely formatted with 3.3E or U depending where you are and with most likely a D2E Drive.

    So... this would mean you would need a Wii-Clip with D2Pro. If you want the easy method.

    But wait and see when you get it back first.
     
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    Is there no way for you to remove it before you send it off? In doing so you'll still have your WiiKey at hand which you can put in the Wii you get back. But, you never know, they may still send you a whole new Wii back even with no WiiKey in it. The WiiKey won't be there when you get it back anyway since they will replace the board that WiiKey is on.
     
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    Going by what I recall from people I knew with them in past generations, warranty or not if they spot it you're paying for the repairs or it's coming home. Like it or not what you're doing isn't legal and they're not required to fix anything if you tamper with the hardware.

    As far as if you're paying for the repair though it's a toughie. Again since you screwed with their hardware configuration they may be nice and fix what needs to be, or they can choose to return your money minus shipping and return you a worthless brick for pirating as they're not forced to fix it if they don't take payment for services rendered.
     
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    Um, the presence of a wiikey voids your warranty, they wont repair it.
     
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    He's paying a fee to fix it out-of-warranty.
     
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    Isn't mere possession of most modchips illegal in the US?
     
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    lol thanks
    i feel much better now [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    LOL. That's...
     
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    Whoops, I can't read...

    Upon further contemplation...this is a damn sticky situation!
     
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    Yeah you're rite.
    From wat Ive heard from my frends, nintendo just takes out the chip, and changes the drive, formats if necessary, and update if im unlucky [​IMG]
    But I hope I can still get the Twilight Hack/Homebrew channel into my Wii with 3.3U.
    And the case that they toss out my wiikey (most likely) I mite (most likely again) need a new chip depending on my drive...
    So...how will I kno wat kind of drive I have? [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the help
     
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    I don't believe that for $60 Nintendo will service a console that, by their standards, they would deem void of warranty.

    Warranties don't guarantee free repairs; if that's your belief, you're sadly mistaken.

    Furthermore, Nintendo's repair centers are third party contractors that service a wide variety of devices. Sending your console to them typically means trading it for another one, unless they happen to have few consoles to spare.
     
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    As an MS Xbox360 tech support, we don't repair consoles if we find evidence that it was opened or attempted to be opened by an unauthorized party (not MS). Even if you offer to pay for it (out of warranty repair).

    But that's MS. I don't know if it's the same with Nintendo.
     
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    Nintendo uses 3rd party swap out these days? Back in the last decade they did it in house in Redmond and you'd have it back in like 2 weeks.

    Either way as I understand like I said in my other post Nintendo frowns on that stuff and opened up tampered items they're unlikely to work on and may take a bit of your money just to pay to ship it back to you broken. I'd just say hope for the best considering what you decided to do to the Wii it's your own mess playing with fire sending that to them and may end up a costly $250 replacement mistake.
     

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