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DVD Drive Not Functioning After WiiKey Install, Any Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by raysuave, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. raysuave

    raysuave Regular member

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    I just got done installing my wiikey with the wire method and it looks like it went flawlessly. After I got the chip installed, I re-attached the DVD drive and hooked up the power, vga, and sensor bar. After this, I tried to insert the wiikey setup disk but the dvd drive didn't turn on at all and pull the disk in. I tried an original disk also and nothing. I get the blue and power lights but zero function out of the dvd drive. I checked my solder points and connection to the dvd drive and all looks fine. All of the other functions of the Wii work fine, except the functionality of the dvd drive. Any suggestions on what else I should try?
     
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    You probably disconnected something in the process and never noticed it. Triple check to see if there's anything out of the ordinary.
     
  3. ghostboy6

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    btw did the drive work before you soldered your chip?? and if yes try removing your modchip and check if it will work.. and always recheck your wires there might be unplugged or damaged ones that connected to the dvd drive which made it cease to function
     
  4. raysuave

    raysuave Regular member

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    Yeah it worked before I installed the chip. I was afraid someone was going to mention taking the chip off. I'm scared if I take it off it will be 5 times harder to re-install it because of all the solder manipulation and increase the chance of bridging and burning the points. This thing is on there as perfect as can be and I know I won't be able to do it again. Where is the motor that pulls the disc in? I think there maybe a connection issue there because when I start putting the disk in the blue light pops on and nothing else happens. Its weird because I've been searching the net for this same problem and come up with nothing.
     
  5. ghostboy6

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    yeah was suggesting that as a last resort..
    meaning to say when you try and put a disk in before turning the console on?? try putting in a disk when your wii is off.. its supposedly to automatically turn it on and the disk just slides in..
     
  6. raysuave

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    It won't do anything when I try to put it in. I see where the motor is that pulls the disc in and don't see anything out of the normal. The only place I can see that would cause the drive to stop functioning is when I plug the ribbon cable in. I have inspected the cable and everything and nothing is scratched, mis-aligned, or damaged. Is there a certain method to plugging the ribbon cable in that will insure that its fully seated? If I don't get any progress on this by tonight, I'm gonna remove the chip, check the console for normal operation. If all is well, re-install the chip using 2-3 inch wire leads so the correctness of the install is more visible and I won't have to contact the circuit board with the soldering iron anymore in case I have to play around with the install or get a new chip.
     
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  7. raysuave

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    Below is a picture of my install......

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  8. grivad

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    I'm having the exact same problem.. but there's a bit more to my story..

    I installed the WiiKey and powered on.. everything came up perfect. I tried to insert the setup disc and the drive took it in about halfway, then kept churning away trying to bring it in the rest of the way. It didn't stop, so I pulled the disc out, then eventually the motor stopped. I tried to put the disc in again and had the same problem, where it went halfway and stopped. Pulled the disc out again and the third time it wouldn't take the disc at all and I'm having the same problem where it won't load any discs.

    I've since checked and re-checked connections to no avail, disconnected the chip and still have the same problem. There are no bridged connections and I've carefully insulated each wire and the chip with electrical tape.

    Please help! I really hope I didn't brick the Wii.. these things are like gold right now =)

    EDIT: I installed using the wire method.
     
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  9. raysuave

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    Success, I found the problem, ironically right after I uninstalled the chip, I noticed that a very small glob of solder was bridging two legs on the side of the biggest chip on the board, the panasonic one. I have no idea how it got there but I used a soldering braid to remove it quite easily to my surprise since the gaps between the legs on the chip are so small. After re-installing the chip, my drive works, my chip works, and I'm playing backups.

    While searching for a olution to my problem I came across this thread that discusses drive probllems after modchip installation, read through the thread and you should find something valuable in solving your poblem. http://forums.maxconsole.net/showthread.php?t=50528
     
  10. Menion

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    I was about to say after looking at that photo you most likely bridged the wires somewhere definatly not the cleanest install ive seen, always be sure to go over the entire board with a magnafying glass when your done you will see "Everything" personally I use a Jewlers glass
     
  11. grivad

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    Thanks for the tip! I checked out that thread.. after checking it, I busted out the voltmeter and checked a couple connections. Sure enough, that fuse (the one shown in the picture on that thread) is blown. I'll try bridging it tomorrow...

    Out of curiosity, did you have to bridge (bypass) that fuse to get your drive to work again?
     
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  12. raysuave

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    Yep, I know what your saying, "entire" is the key word, but the tiny solder glob that bridged the legs of the panasonic chip together was no where near where I was installing the chip, I figured that it fell off the iron as I was moving it across the board. I almost overlooked it because it was small and it seemed like it was put there by the board maker.

    Nope I didn't have to do it, my fuse was still in tact, I used a continuty tester on a few of them and nothing was blew.
     
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  13. grivad

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    Bridged the fuse, drive came back to life. Reconnected the chip and it's all working like a dream now.

    Thanks!
     

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