Wiikey updating

21 Mar

When Nintendo released the D2C drive chipset, it broke compatibility with every (at that time) Wii drivechip.

The D2C drive chipset is now supported by numerous drivechips.

On 25 October 2008, a Backup Launcher 0.3 beta was released by Wii Gator which makes it possible for DVD-R disks burned from backup ISO files to be played on a soft-modded Wii.

While most games are playable, some will not run due to compatibility issues.

As a result, they are often referred to as drivechips.

Most modchips are capable of circumventing region coding and copy protection, which allows users to play games created in different regions, load burned discs, and use third-party homebrew software.

It looks identical to a D3 chipset apart from the board serial number (generally serial numbers starting E or below are D3, F or above are D3-2) but the DVD mode has been removed from the drive, frustrating attempts to load any discs not sanctioned by Nintendo.

An alternative is to replace the D3-2 chipset with an older revision, or getting a D3-2 compatible drivechip which must load via USB or SD. Originally referred to as the D3-mini it uses a smaller PCB, about half the size of its predecessors.

This modification was released the day after the game was released.With the release of Neogamma by Wii Power (a modification of Backup Launcher), it has now become obsolete.The drivechip can be soldered onto a clip that replaces the wires that connect the disc drive to the drivechip, and connects onto the drive itself.In May 2008, Nintendo released a new batch of Wii systems with drive chipsets (D2C2) that look identical to D2C drives but require updated chips for support.Near the end of 2008, a new drive chipset known as D2E started circulating which has about the same drivechip compatibility as D2C2 drive chipsets.