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WiiKey Wired Installation Tutorial

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by matty420, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. matty420

    matty420 Member

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    Does anyone have a good link to a good wired installation tutorial for the WiiKey....I've looked around and can't seem to locate one....I really need some ideas on where to put the WiiKey since I'm not gonna use the quicksolder method
     
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    The one thing different I did was put all 6 wires on the wii first and thenn slid on the wiikey and then folded the wires over and then soldered then on the wiikey ( Pics to come )
     
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    i used that same method, worked like a charm
     
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    Yeah that method looks fairly easy. I do have a question though... towards the end it says, "Place some electrical tape over the Wiikey to prevent any shorts." Does this mean to just cover up the Wiikey or to actually fasten it to something to hold it in place?

    I'm still trying to find a Wii to buy... only place with 30 minutes of here that sells them is Wal-Mart and the customer rep there told me they haven't received any Wiis for over 2 months now. So hopefully it'll be available online in more places soon--or about 100 Wiis make it to my Wal-Mart soon to makeup for the shortage ^_^

     
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    The electrical tape is just a piece that tapes on to the top of the chip to cover the circuits. It doesn't hold it down. The soldering will hold the chip.

    I have a Brand New Wii here that i picked up at Nintendo World in NYC 9am this morning. $350 for sale...
     
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    Hey. I'm wondering how much experience you guys have with soldering electronics, and how much experience it takes to use this method.
     
  9. matty420

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    i successfully did a wired install a week ago with basically no experience whatsoever.....i went out and bought the needed equipment at RadioShack and dicked around soldering wires into an old phone charger and took the plunge the next day....the points u have to solder to on the wii are very very verry small (they make the points on the WiiKey itself look huge)...so get a little practice soldering tiny wires to tiny places and you should be good!!!
     
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    Also make sure you do not have a high watt soldering iron, or that you hold the iron in place on the Wii board too long. You will burn your Wii Motherboard doing so.


     
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    I pretty much went out to radio shack as well. Worked on a video card as practice and an hour later did the wii. Was easy. But i had a magnify glass. I woudl suggest using it. just remember that when you want to steady the iron, don't grab it with yrou other hand.....

    duh...

    have done 5 so far. 2 cyclowiz's and 3 wiikey's

    Just follow the instructions on the Link I posted around.
     
  12. Kalida

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    I'm practicing now. I'm using a 15 Watt iron so that there would be minimal chance of me frying the WiiKey or the Wii itself.

    But i'm having trouble following basic procedure on Soldering. It says to heat the component up then touch it with the solder. Thing is, even after holding the iron up to the pad for 10 seconds, the solder won't melt onto the pad. Same is with the wire, which i'm SUPPOSED to tin but have no clue how since no matter how long I heat it the solder just WILL NOT GET ON. (Maybe I just can't see the solder?)

    So the method I managed to used is something I think more experienced solderers (SP?) will gasp at. (Hopefully not...) I either press the iron and the solder on the pad at the same time, then remove the solder, and right after that remove the iron. It works pretty well. The other method I used was something I came up with when I got really pissed at this one pad. I actually put a small dab of solder onto the point of the iron then press the iron onto the pad. The solder then forms a bead on the pad. Surprisingly worked well, but I have no idea how well it would work.

    So... I need some answers please. Heating the pad then applying solder to it doesn't work, and I can't tin the wire. Also, I would like to know what to avoid doing at all costs and if the solder is supposed to bead like it does. Help is greatly appreciated. ^_^
     
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    That's what I did, I have some pics if anyone wants to see them. I also posted some in my WiiKey Pics thread.
     
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    Yes would love to see your pics. Where at?
     
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    Alright go to this link..if you still have some questions post back and ill answer you....http://www.xbox-scene.com/articles/soldering2.php
     
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    I feel that using any part of a quicksolder method is kind of foolish....i did a complete wire install flawlessly having just bought a soldering iron the day before. I think the best method for n00bs and supa ex's alike is to use a 'true' wired install.
     
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    i used wires to do my mod but i mjsut curious hwo would you go about doing a quick solder because when i originally tried to do it it seemed pretty much impossible to have completly no wires....
     
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    I don't have a picture, But the two cyclowiz chips i did i did the quicksolder method. All you do it pretty much had a pile of solder and drip it off the chip so it overhands onto the wii DVD drive board.

    So it looks like a big glob just sitting there. its alright if you can get the solder at a certain temp to work it. but anything else you'll be there hour an hour tryign to pull the blob of solder off the chip onto the wii.

    It will just stick to yoru irom and make a peek from the chip.

    Stick with the wires

     
  20. flavioo

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    yea tahts hwo i originally tried to do it and i removed one of teh pads off teh chipp had to get a new one...
     

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