Nintendo Wii Repair

Wii Repair

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• Wii Softmod: $60

• Power Issues: $60

• Wii Disk Drive Problems: $60


DVD Replacement

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Add NoteEditStep 1 — Nintendo Wii Teardown

  •  Disconnect all external cords from the Wii console.
  •  Gather all tools.
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Add NoteEditStep 2

  •  One small screw holds the BIOS memory battery.
  •  Once that screw is removed, you can slide out the plastic slot.
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  •  Remove these three black case screws. The one on the right is a few mm longer. These screws hold on the black plastic cover for the GameCube ports.
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Add NoteEditStep 4

  •  Lift off the black plastic plate.
  •  There are four screws: two Phillips #00 and two Tri-Wing.
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  •  Remove all screws from the case.
    •   Some screws are under rubber feet, or small, square paper screw covers (red square). I used a sharp metal tool to get under the screw covers. You could use an X-acto knife.
    •  Several case screws require a Tri-Wing screwdriver.
  •  The next step has more pictures of removing rubber feet and the screws underneath. The feet and screwcovers are self-adhesive, but not every foot or screwcover has a screw.
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Add NoteEditStep 6

  •  Remove rubber feet and screws underneath.
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Add NoteEditStep 7

  •   Careful! If you don’t remove the feet and the screws underneath before you try to pull off the front panel, the tab can split!
  •  Once all screws are removed, you should be able to pull off the front drive panel.
  •  The wire connecting the front panel (green squares in the third image) can be pulled out gently by hand or with the help of a spudger.
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  •  Now the case can be pulled apart.
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Add NoteEditStep 9

  •  We lifted up the cover of the optical drive by removing the six Phillips #00 screws. These are all labeled on the previous image.
  •   Because of a secured wire leading to the drive, we reattached the cover to facilitate the remove of the entire drive assembly without harming any of the electronics.
  •  There are a ton of parts in the optical drive, but there is nothing very fancy about this drive compared to other slot-loading drives, so I didn’t take it apart completely. There are also a ton of gears and levers that I did not want to deal with.
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Add NoteEditStep 10

  •  The screws holding in the drive were deep within the casing.
  •  Once those screws were removed, the entire case could be lifted off.
  •  Don’t pull too hard! There are two cables attaching the drive to the logic board underneath.
  •  This wire slid out from its horizontal slot. Once it was detached, the ribbon cable came out as well.
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  •  With those wires detached, the optical drive came off completely.
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Add NoteEditStep 12

  •  We begin trying to get to the logic board by removing this small black plastic rim.
  •  Once within the case, all screws are Phillips #00. There are marked on the logic board with arrows, triangles, boxes, and crosses. From what I can tell, an arrow means that it just goes through the logic board cover. A triangle means that it is a longer logic board cover screw. A cross means that it holds on a plastic piece, and a box means that it holds on another EM shield / or heat sink.
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Add NoteEditStep 13

  •  Remove all screws from the logic board cover. Two are recessed in the middle; others are along the edge. More will become visible as other parts are removed. It’s like a game! You can start with the screws holding in the black plastic pieces, but I started with the most visible and went from there.
  •  There are two wires (shown in the third picture) coming from the logic board and connected to what appear to be thermal sensors. These are delicate. Do not break them
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  •  Take out these screws in the black plastic casing.
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  •  Detach the case fan. There are two screws holding it in.
  •  You must detach the power connector for the fan if you want to remove it completely.
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Add NoteEditStep 16

  •  If your screwdriver is not magnetized, you will need a magnet to get out some of the embedded screws. You can hold a magnet against your screwdriver shaft to temporarily magnetize it.
  •  Once all the screws out, you can begin to remove the black casing.
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