If you are experiencing issues with your Wii console not reading games, then you may need to clean or replace the disc reader. In this guide, we will take you through the process of fixing your Wii disc reader so that you can enjoy your games again.
Firstly, it is important to note that you will need some tools to fix your Wii disc reader. You will need a tri head screwdriver, a small Phillips head screwdriver, a tiny flathead screwdriver, and rubbing alcohol.
To begin, remove the sticky pads on each side of the Wii console to access the two tri head screws. Use a tiny flathead screwdriver to unscrew them. Then, remove the rubber foot and the Phillips head screw under it.
Next, take off the front cover by unscrewing the four screws and sliding the cover off. Unplug the wire and remove the two side covers. Then, remove the black cover by unscrewing the two tri head screws.
You will then need to remove the battery with a small Phillips head screwdriver and unscrew the tri wing screw and the other tri head screw under the sticky pad. Once you have done this, remove the cover.
You will now see the laser lens. Use a q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean the lens. Make sure to wipe off any residue with the dry end of the q-tip.
If cleaning the lens does not work, then you may need to replace the disc reader. You can purchase a refurbished drive off eBay for around $18. To replace the drive, unscrew the four screws holding it in place and unplug the ribbon cable and bundle of wires.
Once you have replaced the disc reader, test it by putting in a game. If the game is detected, then you have successfully fixed your Wii disc reader.
In conclusion, fixing your Wii disc reader is a relatively simple process that can save you money in the long run. By following these steps, you can enjoy playing your Wii games without any issues.