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Nintendo Wii DVD Drive Lens Replacement

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Replace the DVD drive laser lens in your Nintendo Wii.

  • Author: David Hodson
  • Time estimate: 1 - 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Most disc read errors (DREs) can be fixed by replacing the laser lens in your Wii's DVD drive.

Step 1 DVD Drive Lens  ¶ 

Pull the disc detector ribbon cable straight out of its connector with a pair of tweezers.

Step 1 DVD Drive Lens  ¶ 

  • Pull the disc detector ribbon cable straight out of its connector with a pair of tweezers.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to push the sides of the ZIF connector fastener securing the spindle motor ribbon cable directly away from the connector. Disconnect the spindle motor ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector with a pair of tweezers. Disconnect the spindle motor ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector with a pair of tweezers.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the sides of the ZIF connector fastener securing the spindle motor ribbon cable directly away from the connector.

  • Disconnect the spindle motor ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector with a pair of tweezers.

Step 3  ¶ 

Remove the piece of black cloth tape that covers a portion of the lens ribbon cable. Remove the piece of black cloth tape that covers a portion of the lens ribbon cable.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the piece of black cloth tape that covers a portion of the lens ribbon cable.

Step 4  ¶ 

Disconnect the lens ribbon cable by first pushing the two locking tabs of the ZIF connector towards the ribbon cable with the tip of a spudger. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the lens ribbon cable straight out of its connector. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the lens ribbon cable straight out of its connector.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the lens ribbon cable by first pushing the two locking tabs of the ZIF connector towards the ribbon cable with the tip of a spudger.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the lens ribbon cable straight out of its connector.

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the two 5.0 mm Phillips screws securing the DVD drive board to the drive housing.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5.0 mm Phillips screws securing the DVD drive board to the drive housing.

Step 6  ¶ 

Lift the DVD drive board off the drive housing by first lifting the side with the lens ribbon cable connector. Pull the opposite side of the DVD drive board straight out while lifting the entire board straight up to free it from the small black plastic tabs holding it in place. Pull the opposite side of the DVD drive board straight out while lifting the entire board straight up to free it from the small black plastic tabs holding it in place.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the DVD drive board off the drive housing by first lifting the side with the lens ribbon cable connector.

  • Pull the opposite side of the DVD drive board straight out while lifting the entire board straight up to free it from the small black plastic tabs holding it in place.

Step 7  ¶ 

De-route the cables that are soldered to the DVD drive board from underneath their black plastic tabs with the tip of a spudger.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • De-route the cables that are soldered to the DVD drive board from underneath their black plastic tabs with the tip of a spudger.

Step 8  ¶ 

Lay the DVD drive board next to the DVD drive in such a manner that the cables soldered to the DVD drive board are out of the way (as shown in the picture)

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lay the DVD drive board next to the DVD drive in such a manner that the cables soldered to the DVD drive board are out of the way (as shown in the picture)

  • Remove the single 5.0 mm Phillips screw from the DVD lens EMI shield.

Step 9  ¶ 

The side of the EMI shield with the slot for the DVD lens ribbon cable has two small metal clips that fasten to black plastic tabs on the DVD drive housing. Use the tip of a spudger to bend the two metal clips up enough so that they are no longer fastened to their respective plastic tabs. The EMI shield is made of a soft, malleable metal. It can be easily be bent out and back into shape, but excessive fatigue may cause the clips to break.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • The side of the EMI shield with the slot for the DVD lens ribbon cable has two small metal clips that fasten to black plastic tabs on the DVD drive housing.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to bend the two metal clips up enough so that they are no longer fastened to their respective plastic tabs.

  • The EMI shield is made of a soft, malleable metal. It can be easily be bent out and back into shape, but excessive fatigue may cause the clips to break.

  • Make sure both clips are pushed back down into their original positions at reassembly.

Step 10  ¶ 

Small tabs on the EMI shield sit in two holes on the outside edge of the DVD drive housing. Insert the tip of a spudger into the hole that is closer to the red and pink wires that connect to the DVD drive board.

Step 10  ¶ 

  • Small tabs on the EMI shield sit in two holes on the outside edge of the DVD drive housing.

  • Insert the tip of a spudger into the hole that is closer to the red and pink wires that connect to the DVD drive board.

  • Rotate the spudger to pry the first tab out of its hole on the DVD drive housing.

Step 11  ¶ 

Repeat the action in the previous step to pry the second tab on the EMI shield out of its hole on the DVD drive housing. It may be necessary to hold the opposite edge of the EMI shield to keep any of the clips or tabs from reseating.

Step 11  ¶ 

  • Repeat the action in the previous step to pry the second tab on the EMI shield out of its hole on the DVD drive housing.

  • It may be necessary to hold the opposite edge of the EMI shield to keep any of the clips or tabs from reseating.

Step 12  ¶ 

Grasp the EMI shield by the two edges that are free and rotate the entire piece slightly towards the edge that is still held down until the final two remaining clips are free. Lift the EMI shield straight off the DVD drive.

Step 12  ¶ 

  • Grasp the EMI shield by the two edges that are free and rotate the entire piece slightly towards the edge that is still held down until the final two remaining clips are free.

  • Lift the EMI shield straight off the DVD drive.

Step 13  ¶ 

Remove the 5.0 mm Phillips screw that is closer to the yellow, blue, white, and grey wires.

Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the 5.0 mm Phillips screw that is closer to the yellow, blue, white, and grey wires.

Step 14  ¶ 

While holding the DVD drive with one hand, grasp the DVD drive lens retaining pin (closest to the screw that was just removed) with a pair of needle nose pliers. Slide the retaining pin out towards the edge of the DVD drive housing. Freeing the pin will require some force, and will then become very easy.

Step 14  ¶ 

  • While holding the DVD drive with one hand, grasp the DVD drive lens retaining pin (closest to the screw that was just removed) with a pair of needle nose pliers.

  • Slide the retaining pin out towards the edge of the DVD drive housing.

  • Freeing the pin will require some force, and will then become very easy.

  • Once the pin moves easily, grab it with your fingers and pull it out of the DVD drive housing completely.

Step 15  ¶ 

Grab the DVD drive lens assembly by the side that the retaining pin was just removed from. Remove the lens assembly from the DVD drive housing.

Step 15  ¶ 

  • Grab the DVD drive lens assembly by the side that the retaining pin was just removed from.

  • Remove the lens assembly from the DVD drive housing.

Step 16  ¶ 

Remove the 4.2 mm Phillips screw that secures the white plastic bracket to the lens assembly. Lift the bracket off the lens assembly.

Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the 4.2 mm Phillips screw that secures the white plastic bracket to the lens assembly.

  • Lift the bracket off the lens assembly.

  • If you are going to install a new lens, make sure to transfer the white plastic bracket and screw to the new laser lens before installation.