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Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement

What you need

  1. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Faceplate: step 1, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Faceplate: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use a metal spudger to remove the white plastic screw covers stuck to the lower case near the front of the Wii.

  2. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 8.3 mm Tri-Point screws hidden under the covers you just removed.

  3. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw under the controller port door nearest the faceplate.

  4. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber foot stuck to the side of the Wii near the DVD drive opening.

  5. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw hidden under the foot you just removed.

  6. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  7. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Outer Case: step 7, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Outer Case: step 7, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Outer Case: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  8. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  11. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws:

    • Two 5 mm Phillips screws

    • One 8.2 mm Tri-Point screw

  12. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • 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-Point screws hidden under the feet you just removed.

    • You may use a 4 mm hex driver to extend your bit into the recesses and reach the screws.

  14. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the outer case straight up off the body of the Wii.

  15. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, DVD Drive: step 15, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, DVD Drive: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    • The system time will be reset once you remove the battery door.

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

  16. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 8.2 mm Tri-Point screw that was hidden beneath the battery door.

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    • Remove the two 8.2 mm Tri-Point 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 #1 Phillips screws securing the DVD drive to the bottom panel.

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    • 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.

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

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    • 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.

  23. Nintendo Wii Drive Board Fuse Replacement, Drive Board Fuses: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Measure across each fuse with a continuity meter.

    • If either fuse is open, you will need to replace it with an 0603 fuse; if one is not available, you can use a 0-ohm resistor or jumper wire for testing purposes.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Soldering jumpers on those fuses is easier said than done. The left-hand fuse follows the same trace all the way to the larger solder pad above, so don't worry about bridging. But it looks like there's a cap or diode along the trace of the right-hand fuse, so solder carefully! This worked great, and got my Wii drive back to spinning without spending $80 on a new drive.

Robert Allshouse - Reply

If anyone could give specifications for the fuses needed, it would be very much appreciated... 0603 Fuses come in different amp ratings. I saw one person suggest elsewhere that after research he found that the ones used in this repair are 2A 0603 fuses, can anyone confirm this please before I get the wrong ones?

Thanks in advance,

James @ Retro Gaming Repair UK

Retro Gaming Repair - Reply

I found a datasheet for littelfuse which labels the fuse as 2A. The datasheet can be found here

http://www.littelfuse.com/data/en/data_s....

Hope this helps.

Another tip for after you know the fuse is blown instead of removing the fuse and jumpering it add a little solder on both sides of the fuse then use a lead from a resister heating up the solder and push the lead from a resistor into it then do the same for the other side.

randyhenke - Reply

this guide assumes you have one revision of the board....i have another revision and can only find one of the resistors

dude105tanki - Reply

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