Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Wii's Bluetooth board. Replacing the Bluetooth board requires removal of most components inside the Wii.

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the white plastic screw covers stuck to the lower case near the front of the Wii.

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  • Remove the two 8.3 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the covers you just removed.

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  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw under the controller port door nearest the faceplate.

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber foot stuck to the side of the Wii near the DVD drive opening.

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  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw hidden under the foot you just removed.

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Image 1/2: Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the LED cable's plastic connector from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Remove the faceplate.
  • Carefully pull the faceplate away from the front of the Wii.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the LED cable's plastic connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the faceplate.

surprisingly, this was the trickiest step for me. I almost completely mangled the wires when my tweezers slipped as I was attempting to remove the connector.

rbelknap - Reply

I ended up using needle nose pliars on this step.

Awesome detailed guide made this very easy, thank you author!

Glenn Woodard - Reply

Can someone direct me to what I need to do? My tweezers slipped and I cut one of the wires on the connector. Where can I find a new Y plug for the wii?

jaredslaweski - Reply

I also broke my wire trying to use tweezers. I should have known better. I use (normally do) a spudger on one side and my fingernail on the other to gently pry these types of connectors out. I ended up buying a replacement faceplate on ebay.

Tyler - Reply

This was the hardest part for me. I tried using my fingernails, two different tweezers, and needle nose pliers, but I ended up cutting both the wires. Anyway, I put some electric tape over the exposed wires and just reassembled the system. Funny thing is that the LED still works and I have not noticed any difference. I'm not sure what those wires did, but they seem to not be important.

Nick - Reply

I also broke off the flimsy wires at the connector. To NOT break the wires, alternate pressing on the right and left sides of the connector with a small flathead screwdriver. Be patient, it will eventually work itself free. There isn't enough to grab onto with the tweezers and you'll only succeed in having them slip off, grab the wires, and yank the wires out.

Good news is that if you do rip out the wires, no worries... I didn't reconnect them and the unit works just fine. I have no idea what those wires are even for. Power LED continues to work no problem.

jasendorf - Reply

I used two small flat head screw drivers, one on each side to pry out the connector. This created less pressure from me and reduced my chance of cutting the wires.

mulkey - Reply

This guide is really marvellous - works a treat. But I would definitely recommend needle nose pliers for this step rather than tweezers. It's really easy if you use pliers and potentially damaging if not, and you get it wrong. I had one sniff at it with tweezers then immediate nipped out to the garage for my pliers!

thepitcanary - Reply

Image 1/3: Pull the controller port cover straight up to release it from the outer case. Image 2/3: Repeat this procedure for the memory card port cover. Image 3/3: Repeat this procedure for the memory card port cover.
  • Open the controller port cover until it is perpendicular to the black controller port bezel.

  • Pull the controller port cover straight up to release it from the outer case.

  • Repeat this procedure for the memory card port cover.

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Image 1/2: Lift the bezel from the long edge furthest away from the controller ports and remove it from the Wii. Image 2/2: Lift the bezel from the long edge furthest away from the controller ports and remove it from the Wii.
  • Remove the two remaining 4.1 mm Phillips screws along the top edge of the black plastic controller port bezel.

  • Lift the bezel from the long edge furthest away from the controller ports and remove it from the Wii.

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  • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws above the controller ports.

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the three highlighted screw covers stuck to the side of the Wii.

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Image 1/1: Two 5 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following screws:

    • Two 5 mm Phillips screws

    • One 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screw

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the two rubber feet stuck to the bottom face of the Wii near the rear ports.

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  • Remove the two 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the feet you just removed.

had a little trouble with theses screws. they were just barely too deep for my 54pies bit driver kit to reach. I ended up inserting a small wad of paper into the shaft of my driver so the tri-wing bit stuck out far enough to engage the screw. (I used the tweezers to remove the paper when I was done) :)

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  • Lift the outer case straight up off the body of the Wii.

This step could use at least another picture from the backside so it's clearer what comes up and what stays down.

Jose Vazquez - Reply

I used a spudger around the edges of the outer case to gently ease it upward since I could not lift it out with my fingers. Then it came right out.

Marko - Reply

hey marko that really helped me thanks\. als if you need help figuring which side is up, its the one with the nintendo engraving on it

Aryan Garg - Reply

Image 1/2: This screw is captive to the battery door. Image 2/2: Pull the battery door out of the Wii.
  • Remove the small Phillips screw securing the battery door to the bottom panel.

  • This screw is captive to the battery door.

  • Pull the battery door out of the Wii.

  • This is a good time to change the CR2032 battery if it hasn't been changed recently.

The screw on the battery door of my Wii required a Phillips #000 screwdriver, which is not listed in the required tools.

Ben - Reply

The screw is a PH0000 (quadruple zero) requiring an exceptionally small Phillips screwdriver to remove. If this is your first time in here in a while, this may also be a great time to change the CR2032 battery.

Steve Bonds - Reply

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  • Remove the 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screw that was hidden beneath the battery door.

Note - this screw is a machine screw (e.g. not self-tapping). It screws into a hex nut, and that nut is captive in a slot in the case. When reassembling, ensure that this hex nut is still captive, and has not migrated out to other areas within the Wii.

dyanetti - Reply

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  • Remove the two 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screws securing the DVD drive shield near the controller ports.

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  • Lift the DVD drive shield upward and remove it from the Wii.

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  • Remove the four 9 mm Phillips screws securing the DVD drive to the bottom panel.

The two left hand screws were very difficult to relocate during reassembly. I was coaching my 8 year old through this, and this was probably the only step that he couldn't do. We dropped these screws several times, and used magnets to retrieve. Miniature needle-nose pliers gripping the 'washer' surface of the screw were too wide. We managed to purchase the 'button head' of these screws with the needle-nose and drop the screws into their hole, and push with the phillips until secure. I would like to hear how others install these screws, please.

dyanetti - Reply

I had the same problem as you and eventually found an easy way round it. I wrote this to be added to the instructions but it was rejected: "Once the DVD drive has been removed, remove the 4 rubber washers from the screws removed earlier and insert them into your new DVD drive. Because two of the screws are difficult to reach, it is best to insert these two screws into the washers and then slide them into place ready for securing to the base plate".

The rubber washer holds the two screws roughly in position, you can then reach them with your screwdriver through the two holes (about an inch away) and finish tightening them up.

Gary -

For the two screws at the front of the chassis, use a three-pronged parts retriever to lift them out after you unscrew them.

Walter - Reply

Helpful tip: Use a magnetized screwdriver for the 2 screws nearest the DVD face because they are set in deep sockets

Blake Minghelli - Reply

During reassembly, it can be tricky to position the recessed screws. To temporarily magnetize your screwdriver, rub the tip against a magnet for 5-10 seconds. (A refrigerator magnet will do.) You should then be able to put the screw on the tip and gently lower it into position.

Matt D - Reply

Another method for getting the front screws back in is to insert a small pair of tweezers through the DVD slot to guide the screw in. I just dropped the screw in between the tweezers which held the screw just above the hole. Then I was able to use the phillips screwdriver to guide the screw into the hole and screw it in. Done in just a few seconds.

Another option would be to stick a dab of hot glue on the screw to your screwdriver and then when the screw has been driven home either the glue stays on the driver and is easily removed or it stays on the screw and you just pull it off with tweezers or needle nose pliers.

accts4mjs - Reply

The screwdriver provided in the kit by ifixit is a magnetized screwdriver and works perfectly!

mulkey - Reply

If you are disassembling your Wii because, say, a two-year-old has shovelled pennies into it (yes, that was me) you will also need to partially disassemble the drive itself, which is not covered in this guide. Luckily it's really easy. Unscrew the 4-5 larger Philips/cross head screws on the top of the frame (NOT any of the smaller darker ones) around the edges, and the frame on top of the drive will lift right off. Be careful as there is cabling running to it, so don't yank it or pull it too far off. You will now be able to get any coins or other foreign objects out.

thepitcanary - Reply

Image 1/1: Carefully pull the DVD drive power cable out from under the plastic shroud near the heat sink.
  • Lift the side of the DVD drive opposite the controller ports enough to access the cables on its bottom face.

  • Carefully pull the DVD drive power cable out from under the plastic shroud near the heat sink.

When reversing these steps to reassemble the Wii, at this point it is possible to do a quick test before screwing the drive to the case. This will save you a lot of time if something is wrong.

Don't touch anything you don't have to while the case is off.

Carefully plug the power cable into the back of the Wii, then use a screwdriver to gently press the white button next to the glowing yellow LED on the front. You should hear the DVD drive power up and whir. Then press the white button again, wait for the yellow light to come back, and unplug the Wii.

If you didn't hear the drive start up, most likely one of the two ribbons isn't connected to the drive correctly. Doublecheck the previous 3 steps.

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  • Pull the DVD drive power cable away from its socket on the DVD drive.

When reversing this step, be careful re-inserting the connector. The pins are very delicate and if you aren't at the proper angle, you can bend them and ruin the drive.

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Image 1/2: Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 2/2: Pull  the DVD drive ribbon cable out of its socket.
  • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the DVD drive ribbon cable socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the DVD drive ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Remove the DVD drive from the Wii.

When reversing this step, make sure the ribbon is all the way in. For some reason I found positioning it with my replacement drive was much harder than with my old drive. The gentlest tug after lowering the brown clip would show that the ribbon was not actually being held tightly. I thought for a while that the clip itself was broken, but eventually I got it to hold the ribbon correctly.

Matt D - Reply

Be careful with this step. I too had difficulty re-inserting the ribbon. I even popped off the brown clip and thought I broke it. Thankfully it snapped back into place.

Dana Kennard - Reply

It is difficult to tell, but be aware that the brown piece is the retaining flap, not the light piece , which is the actual socket.

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Image 1/1: Be sure your tweezers are clamped down on the fan connector, '''not''' the socket on the motherboard.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure your tweezers are clamped down on the fan connector, not the socket on the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Remove the fan from the Wii. Image 2/2: Remove the fan from the Wii.
  • Remove the two 10 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the fan shroud.

  • Remove the fan from the Wii.

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Image 1/2: Lift the Wi-Fi antenna out of the fan shroud. Image 2/2: Lift the Wi-Fi antenna out of the fan shroud.
  • Use the tip of a spudger or another fine-pointed tool to carefully pry one of the black plastic retaining fingers attached to the fan shroud away from the Wi-Fi antenna board.

  • Lift the Wi-Fi antenna out of the fan shroud.

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  • Remove the single 10 mm Phillips screw securing the second Wi-Fi antenna to the top of the fan shroud.

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  • Remove the two pieces of tape securing the second Wi-Fi antenna cable to the plastic bracket near the heat sink.

Some newer models may have the Wi-Fi antenna wires taped to the top of the plastic bracket instead of the front as pictured.

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  • Carefully de-route both antennas from the frame of the Wii and lay them aside.

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Image 1/2: Lift the fan shroud off the heat sink and remove it from the Wii. Image 2/2: Lift the fan shroud off the heat sink and remove it from the Wii.
  • Remove the three 10 mm Phillips screws securing the fan shroud to the Wii.

  • Lift the fan shroud off the heat sink and remove it from the Wii.

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Image 1/3: Four 7 mm Phillips screws Image 2/3: Two 11.3 mm Phillips screws Image 3/3: Remove both sets of EMI fingers from the Wii.
  • Remove the following six screws securing the EMI fingers to the bottom panel:

    • Four 7 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 11.3 mm Phillips screws

  • Remove both sets of EMI fingers from the Wii.

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Image 1/2: One 7 mm Phillips screw Image 2/2: Two 10 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following three screws:

    • One 7 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 10 mm Phillips screws

  • Lift the bracket out of the Wii.

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Image 1/3: Slightly lift the bracket and use your other hand to pull the retaining clip away from where the Wi-Fi antennas enter the motherboard sheild. Image 2/3: Remove the bracket from the Wii. Image 3/3: Be sure not to lose the small square nut loosely held by the black plastic bracket.
  • Remove the three 10 mm Phillips screws securing the black bracket to the bottom panel near the front of the Wii.

  • Slightly lift the bracket and use your other hand to pull the retaining clip away from where the Wi-Fi antennas enter the motherboard sheild.

  • Remove the bracket from the Wii.

  • Be sure not to lose the small square nut loosely held by the black plastic bracket.

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  • Remove the nine remaining 7 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard cover to the bottom panel.

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  • Carefully lift the motherboard cover off the motherboard, minding any cables that may get caught.

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Image 1/3: Carefully peel the front edge of the Bluetooth board off the EMI foam attached to the motherboard. Image 2/3: Remove the Bluetooth board. Image 3/3: Remove the Bluetooth board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingertips to lift up the end of the Bluetooth board nearest the center of the motherboard.

  • Carefully peel the front edge of the Bluetooth board off the EMI foam attached to the motherboard.

  • Remove the Bluetooth board.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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5 Comments

I just used this guide to fix my Wii's bluetooth. Fantastic step by step guide, Wii responds to wiimote now. Thanks for this awesome repair guide. It took full 2 hours to complete the job.

Mitr - Reply

I was terrified about trying to fix the Wii myself. These instructions were marvelously accurate and easy to follow. In two hours and for about $15 I was able to repair the Wii and go back to my favorite games. Thanks! :)

Danielle - Reply

Fantastic write up. My wiimote sync'd right up.

Charlie Kilo - Reply

A flawless guide. All worked well. I replugged the bluetooth unit and then my Nintendo worked again perfectly.

Marc - Reply

Wow, what an amazing guide. Thank you very, very much. I just used this guide to refit my loose Bluetooth board. Now my Wii is working perfectly again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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