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Topic: How can I fix my Wii (Not playing discs)?

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Blobfish

Hi, I've had my Wii since late 2008 and it's been great, but about 3 months ago, it just stopped playing discs. It has done this once or twice in the past, but it started working a couple days later every time. I've tested all of my games on my Wii U so I know they work, and I've tried cleaning the lens with rubbing alcohol on a cleaning cloth taped to a disc with a cardboard handle and cleaned it while it was off. I waited for it to dry and I tested it and it still doesn't work. Every time I put a game in I hear a lot of clicking, then the screen fades to black and says that an error has occurred. I'm completely out of ideas. Please help!!! P.S. I also have homebrew on it.

Blobfish

Peace-Boy

You should've backed up your discs to an HDD with USB Loader GX. (I dunno if homebrew is actually allowed to be discussed here??)
You could ask a local technology shop that deals with consoles.
And if not, then I suggest transferring everything from your Wii to your Wii U and then get rid of the Wii.

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You should've backed up your discs to an HDD with USB Loader GX. (I dunno if homebrew is actually allowed to be discussed here??)
You could ask a local technology shop that deals with consoles.
And if not, then I suggest transferring everything from your Wii to your Wii U and then get rid of the Wii.

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ThanosReXXX

You've made your own cleaning disc? That is something that I wouldn't do, there's official products for that, which also work much better, and it might be that you've actually made things worse.

Here's what I use:
https://www.amazon.com/Wii-Lens-Cleaning-Kit-Nintendo/dp/B001...

As far as the problem with the black screen and error message goes, here are a few links in which the same problem is being discussed. Perhaps there's something there that might help you:

http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_...
https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/930752-nintendo-wii/61131587
http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/wii-suddenly-wont-read-disk...
https://www.lifewire.com/what-can-i-do-if-my-wii-cant-read-a-...
https://www.ifixit.com/Wiki/Nintendo_Wii_Troubleshooting
http://www.somelifeblog.com/2008/01/wii-repair-fix-guide-erro...

What you can also do, is update the Wii to the latest firmware, and reset the console to factory default. Be sure to move all your important data, (game) channels and save games to an SD card before you do that, otherwise it will be lost forever.

When that's done, do a fresh soft-mod of your Wii with the Softmod Any Wii tutorial. (download links and explanations underneath the video, grab em and save em on your PC or a USB stick for save keeping, and take care that you follow the steps for the right version firmware, which should be 4.3 if you've done a system update and factory reset)

This thread also has videos and is a bit more extensive, also showing error fixing and so on:
https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-softmod-a-wii-and-play-bac...

Good luck!

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Peace-Boy

ThanosReXXX wrote:

What you can also do, is update the Wii to the latest firmware, and reset the console to factory default. Be sure to move all your important data, (game) channels and save games to an SD card before you do that, otherwise it will be lost forever.

NEVER move between the internal storage and SD card, ALWAYS copy, there's always a chance of it not working after.

Peace-Boy

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ThanosReXXX

@Peace-Boy Yeah, true. That's actually what I meant. Some stuff can't be copied, though, but will move for some reason. And reformatting/resetting the console is going to erase the data anyways.

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Blobfish

Ok:
1. I've never used homebrew for anything and only installed it.
2. I've already transferred my save data to my Wii U so there's nothing of value left on it.
3. I just want it to function properly and play games.
I don't have much money to spend on things right now and I already tried cleaning the lens so do you think that the DVD Drive is busted? @ThanosReXXX @Peace-Boy

Blobfish

Peace-Boy

You mean you just installed the softmod and not actually installed homebrew (unless you did?)? Why didn't you use the homebrew?
If you have your save data transferred, you might as well just use your Wii U and get rid of the Wii, in that case.

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ThanosReXXX

@Blobfish Could be, not sure. If you use it standing upright, you could also try laying it flat, on it's rubber feet, to see if the drive noise disappears or is less. If that is the case, it could indeed be the drive.

As for money: you can get a refurbished/second hand Wii for next to nothing. Shouldn't cost more than $30 - $50.

And if it's just for being able to play the Wii games, you've got a Wii U for that, and you could also softmod that with vWii, so you can use homebrew again if you go to Wii mode on the Wii U.

Here's a full vWii tutorial:
https://gbatemp.net/threads/full-vwii-softmod.339899/

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Blobfish

@Peace-Boy @ThanosReXXX I wanted to use it to play gamecube games since I don't have a gamecube, and I also wanted it to work in general. On homebrew, I installed it to try to use Project M with brawl but my plans to finish doing it fell through. Also, I just tried putting it on its side and I'm still hearing the repeated clicking but it just says unable to read instead of the error occurred messages. It tends to switch between both of those messages so it's still not working

Blobfish

Blobfish

@Tasuki Ok, for the record, I have no intention of modding my Wii. I don't want to get rid of the system because it's the first one I've owned myself.

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Blobfish

ThanosReXXX

@Blobfish If you mean physical GameCube games, then the Wii is your only option, but if you just mean being able to play GameCube games by any means, then a softmod of the Wii U is the best way to go, since you can then simply download GameCube disc images and put them on an external hard drive.

If you want to consider buying a refurbished/second hand Wii instead, check out these sites:
https://www.lukiegames.com/wii-systems
https://www.dkoldies.com/wii-systems/

Alternatively, if you're not afraid to open up your Wii, you could always buy a replacement DVD drive:
https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Nintendo-Drive-Replacement-Rep...

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Hotfusion

I had a similar problem and all the cleaning disc in the world didn’t help. It started with the disc drive getting progressively noisier. I look online for solutions back then and although it was not common it was noted that some Wii Disc drives did fail and had to be sent to Nintendo for repairs. Unfortunately mine was no longer under warranty.

What did work (for a while) was laying the Wii flat and putting a heavy book (or object) on top of it. It didn’t affect the ventilation.

This was around 2011. I just purchased another Wii secondhand for pretty much next to nothing.

Hope you get yours working.

Hotfusion

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