Introduction

The motherboard is an essential, key component that gaming consoles revolve around. If troubleshooting does not help your Wii U and you are in need of a motherboard replacement, this guide will easily walk you through the process.

With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:
  • With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:

    • Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws

    • Two 6.1mm Tri-wing Y0 screws

    • One 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screw

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Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.
  • Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.

  • Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.

Both screws are not “7.1mm” in length, only the one to the right is (center of the console’s side). The left one (towards the front of the console) is 5.1mm.

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  • On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it.

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  • On the bottom of the console beneath the previously removed faceplate, remove the three 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screws.

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  • On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover.

The front portion of the side of the cover with the vents was kind of stuck on mine. There’s a little rubber piece in there that was the cause of this. But that same rubber piece also makes up the little handle-shaped nub that sticks out of the side there. (There’s also one at the back of the same side, but that one didn’t stick for me.) Lifting also using the little handle made it easy to remove the cover.

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  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you.

  • On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.

My screw won't come out, and I feel as if my screw was screwed in too tight when they made the wii u, or the 3.5 #0 is too big. I have tried other screws and I think the screw might be done for because the metal is coming off of the top and deforming the shape. I am very lost and if anyone could help me, that would be amazing.

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  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.

  • Lift up on the blue tab to release the ribbon cable.

There is a step to do before to "lift up on the blue tab in order to release the ribbon cable". We must lift up the connector who maintain the ribbon cable. By default, his position his locked and in order to unlock it, must put it in his top position.

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  • Remove the front faceplate.

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  • On each side of the DVD drive, remove the two 4.6mm Phillips #0 mounting screws.

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  • Rotate the device so that the DVD slot is visible.

  • A ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right side of the DVD drive. The ribbon cable can rip if it isn't removed properly.

  • Lift the DVD drive out of the mount and turn over to the right so it lies like a book.

  • Use a spudger to release the ribbon cable.

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  • Remove the CD drive.

The Disc Drive Logic Board can but must not work with the Console, because there are different Drives. If you're lucky it'll work but sometimes it doesnt it happend to me often when i tried to change drives from 2013 and 2014 produced Consoles

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  • Remove the black plastic shielding by unscrewing connecting screws with a Phillip's Head screwdriver.

  • You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably.

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  • The metal cap does not require unscrewing and should lift up with ease.

  • Unscrew all the screws that outline the perimeter of the board using a Phillips Head (PH1) screwdriver.

  • Remove the silver shielding plate once all screws are removed. Be careful when pulling it under the affixed antenna cables.

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  • At this point, the motherboard should easily separate from the lower tray.

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Conclusion

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

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