Introduction

Use this guide to learn how to replace the wireless LAN modules in the Nintendo Wii U.

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  • You will first need to find all the screws hidden underneath the black (or white) square stickers. They are all located on the bottom side of the Wii U. Use a spudger to remove stickers if it is difficult to peel off with your fingers.

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Image 1/1: Remove the four Tri-Wing (Y1)screws.
  • Remove the five Phillips #0 screws.

  • Remove the four Tri-Wing (Y1)screws.

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Image 1/2: Remove the three Y1 Tri-Wing screws. Image 2/2: Remove the three Y1 Tri-Wing screws.
  • Remove the CMOS battery door on the left side of the console.

  • Remove the three Y1 Tri-Wing screws.

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  • Gently pry off the top lid of the Wii U.

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Image 1/3: Remove the two Philips Head (PH1) screws that connect the front plate to each side of the device. Image 2/3: Remove the two Philips Head (PH1) screws that connect the front plate to each side of the device. Image 3/3: Remove the two Philips Head (PH1) screws that connect the front plate to each side of the device.
  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you.

  • Remove the two Philips Head (PH1) screws that connect the front plate to each side of the device.

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  • Remove the ribbon cable and separate the front plate from the main console.

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  • Remove the fan by unscrewing the two connecting screws on both sides of the fan. The fan’s wires will still be attached to the motherboard as it is permanently affixed.

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  • Using a Philips head (PH0) screwdriver, unscrew the four screws off the disk reader from the main console and remove disc reader.

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  • Unscrew and remove the heatsink. You will have to carefully move the antenna cables out of the way in order to remove the heatsink shielding.

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  • Using a Philips head (PH1) unscrew all floor screws connecting the outer plate from the circuit board to remove the circuit board.

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  • Using a Phillips Head #1 unscrew the heatsink from the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Once the motherboard is detached, flip it over to view the wireless modules. Image 2/2: Once the motherboard is detached, flip it over to view the wireless modules.
  • There are screws lining the perimeter of the motherboard that you will remove with a Philips Head (PH1) screwdriver. Once they are unscrewed, the motherboard should easily separate from the lower tray.

  • Once the motherboard is detached, flip it over to view the wireless modules.

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  • The wireless modules are attached with adhesive. Pull up gently on the module to avoid breakage.

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Conclusion

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

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GamePad module is model: MIC-B2 (5GHz) (BCM43237KMLG).

WiFi module is model: WIN-A2 (2.4GHz) (BCM43362KUBG).

Bluetooth module is model: WIN-B2 (BCM20702).

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