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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nintendo Wii: How to Replace the DVD Drive Player

The most common hardware problem (an opportunity for modders with mod chips for the d2ms, d2a, d2b, d2c, and d2c2 drives) that you find on the Nintendo Wii gaming console has to do with the DVD drive. In almost every case, it boils down to a couple of things:

  • The DVD drive is making noises, will not eject or accept DVD disks, or does not function at all.
  • You want to pull out the drive to install a modchip like the Wasabi that is compatible with D2MS, D2B, D2C, and D2C2 drives.

This guide will take you through the steps to carefully remove the DVD drive and replace it so that you can have a functioning Nintendo Wii. First things first though, if you do need a replacement DVD Drive, you can find them on eBay generally for under $100. If you need to know what version of the drive your Wii currently is, you can check on this site, by clicking here. By entering your serial number, they will determine what version of the DVD player and chip you have. For instance, the DVD hardware version of the one used in this guide was a relatively new one, GC2-D2C.

This post is one of several on how to fix problems with your Nintendo Wii. To see the entire list, click here for the Nintendo Wii Repair Guide.


Now, let's get started with the DVD drive tear down and replacement guide!

1. You need to open up your Nintendo Wii console to access the DVD drive. Follow the instructions in my Nintendo Wii Tear Down guide, found here.

2. There are 4 small Phillips screws that anchor the DVD drive into the Nintendo Wii console. First, remove the two highlighted in the image below found towards the rear of the case where you see arrows in the picture below.
Wii DVD Drive Replacement: There are 4 small Phillips screws that anchor the DVD drive into the Nintendo Wii console.  First, remove the two highlighted in the image below found towards the rear of the case where you see arrows in the picture below.

3. Next up are two more difficult screws. These ones are found towards the front of the DVD drive on your Wii Console, recessed into two holes about 1/2" deep. If you have a small Phillip screwdriver with a magnetic tip, this is optimal for this task. Alternatively, you can remove them while the Wii is upside down so the screws do not fall down inside the Wii's DVD drive.
Wii DVD Drive Replacement: Next up are two more difficult screws.  These ones are found towards the front of the DVD drive on your Wii Console, recessed into two holes about 1/2 inch deep.  If you have a small Phillip screwdriver with a magnetic tip, this is optimal for this task.  Alternatively, you can remove them while the Wii is upside down so the screws do not fall down inside the Wii's DVD drive.

4. Now with the screws removed, the DVD drive is ready to be removed from the Nintendo Wii. Since there are two cables -- a power and data cable that connects the DVD drive to the Wii, you will need to carefully rotate the DVD drive to the right and set it to the side as pictured below. This will allow you operating room to detach the cables without damaging the Wii.
Wii DVD Drive Replacement: Now with the screws removed, the DVD drive is ready to be removed from the Nintendo Wii.  Since there are two cables -- a power and data cable that connects the DVD drive to the Wii, you will need to carefully rotate the DVD drive to the right and set it to the side as pictured below.  This will allow you operating room to detach the cables without damaging the Wii.

5. Now start with the data cable (the brown / beige colored one) removal. The cable is connected to data cable by a clip that needs to be released by flipping the plastic clip up. Be careful and apply light pressure and not break the clip or data cable as they are difficult to replace. Slide out the cable from the clip to free it. (See picture below)

6. With the data cable and clip removed, now remove the power plug from the socket by lightly prying on the plug. Do not pull on the wires or you can ruin the cables on plug. Once the power cable is removed, the DVD drive can be removed from the Nintendo Wii.
Wii DVD Replacement: With the data cable and clip removed, now remove the power plug from the socket by lightly prying on the plug.  Do not pull on the wires or you can ruin the cables on plug.  Once the power cable is removed, the DVD drive can be removed from the Nintendo Wii.

Now you have removed the DVD drive from the Wii, you can apply your chip modification or simply replace it with a new one that you gave received. To reinstall it, simply follow the instructions in reverse. Remember two additional key items:

1. The data cable is the most difficult to get back in. Start with it first by placing the drive on the side and slide it in evenly. Then attach the clip.

2. When putting in the recessed screws you need to either a) use a magnetic screwdriver to not lose the screws or b) find small tweezers to put through the opening for the DVD player to hold the screws in place if you do not have a magnetic screwdriver.

And with that, you have successfully replaced the Nintendo Wii DVD player with a replacement drive!

Wii DVD Drive / Player Models include:
GC2-D2B
GC2-DMS
GC2-D2C
GC2-D2C2
GC2R-D2A

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the directions and photos! I just ordered a replacement DVD drive for $66. Thats a lot cheaper than buting a new Wii!

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the replacement DVD??

Jena said...

FIXED!!!
Thank you! great instructions. spent under $10 dollars and would not have even spent that much. The security set I bought from the hardware store was too big, that cost me $6 dollars right there. I bought the Tri-wing bit on Ebay for .99 cents and free shipping. The other precision set I bought at Menards for $2 dollars. It took a few tries to unjam (five?) and then a small plastic piece popped out and it was fixed.

WebPoppy8 said...

tried it - Wii won't start at all now, just shows a red light when power is attached. the new drive doesn't lie quite flat for some reason... ideas?

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me how to repair a WII that won't spin the discs?

Anonymous said...

Take out the spindle motor assembly and flow some WD40 inside. Hope for the best if some lube loosen the spindle.