Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Wii's faceplate. Replacing the faceplate will provide new blue LEDs that light up around the optical drive opening.

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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.

Before you start, get a small plastic tray with at least 15 small bins in it, and put the screws you take out in each step in the bins in order. It makes reassembly a LOT easier.

larry - Reply

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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

Definitely a tricky step with that connector. I also cut broke the wire accidentally and was going to just give up trying to fix the Wii. However, as others stated the Wii works just fine, including the lights. I do wonder what those wire are for.

darcaesar - Reply

I also had a lot of trouble trying to get the connector off with tweezers. Ended up leaving it attached. It does not really get in the way of remaining steps.

Ron Even - Reply

Conclusion

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

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