I have a launch Wii with the first chip in it (DBA? The one before D2A)
I bought a Wiikey with the hologram sticker (Canadian mod site listed on Wiikey.cn as a reseller)
I had a small amount of soldering experience so I thought I would be OK with my install...
I did the quicksolder technique with small wire pieces to ensure a connection. Everything was going OK except on one of the points on the circuit board the contact broke off the board. The wire actually peeled off the board itself so I just soldered that to a piece of wire and then directly to the chip. Covered it all up with electrical tape and gave it a shot.
The good news was that it actually worked. And worked for a couple of weeks even. Then suddenly no disks were playing at all. Sometimes an original would play but for the most part everything was returning the cannot read disc error, eject disc and reset your Wii. I hadn't dropped it or moved it or anything.
I thought that the small circuit wire had broken off the piece of wire connected to the Wiikey so I pulled it all apart. I checked the connections and they all seemed to be intact. I decided to pull it off and restart. Upon doing the install again I pulled a 2nd point off the circuit board, this time the wire wasn't usable so I referred to the D2B install where you connect the wire right off the main chip on the drive.
I connected 2 wires to the main chip after making sure I got the right ones. I checked with a continuity tester to make sure nothing was connecting where it shouldn't. I took 4 more wires and connected the circuit board points still attached to the chip. All wires are 30 gauge. Then tucked the Wiikey away in a nook..and covered everything up with tape again.
I turned on the Wii but it still wouldn't read any discs at all (backups or originals) and kept giving me the read disc error. I decided to remove the Wiikey and test without it to make sure I could still use my Wii...I left the wires attached to the circuit board because it took me forever to get them attached to the small chip wires. I turned on the system and it was able to read originals no problem.
So I think I've determined that there's a problem now with my Wiikey but I'm not 100% sure. Could I have put some solder somewhere bad? Is my Wiikey just dead? I need some help because I'm not sure where to go from here...