Drivechip

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Drivechips are used to inject code into the Panasonic MN10200-based microcontroller in the disc drive. The firmware on this chip is stored in mask ROM, but is loaded into RAM before execution; these chips use debug commands to patch the firmware in RAM upon boot, generally to defeat the protection against recordable DVD media.

These chips are most commonly used for piracy, but they did also play an important role in the early stages of Wii homebrew development. A drivechip can be used to run GameCube homebrew on the Wii, and if you haven't updated to system menu 3.3, trucha signed Wii homebrew.

-NOTE- Wiibrew.org DOES NOT support any of the following distributors, this is merely for informational purpose. -KNOWING YOUR CHIPSET-

This is the most important part of installing your Drivechip and knowing which to buy. The Chipset is the type of drive your Wii has. If you install a Chip that doesn't support your Chipset or have it wired wrong, you can take the risk of killing your Wii's drive.

To find out which Chipset you have, you can visit the following link... [1] -WHICH CHIP IS FOR ME?-

Here is a list of the most popular Chips, how they function, and their specifications.

WIIKEY [2]

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Although this is a very popular Chip, it has had some problems reading Dual-Layer disks such as Super Smash Bros Brawl. This Chip only supports the older Chipsets (DMS, D2A, D2B). This Chip is for the people with older Chipsets that want to spend very little money.


  * $24.95 (€ 17.46)
  * Direct boot of wii backups
  * Direct boot of GC backups
  * Direct boot of homebrew in GC mode
  * Supports DMS, D2A and D2B chipsets
  * Sophisticated (true) update mechanism via DVD (future proof, expect cool features to come)
  * Direct boot of different NTSC region Wii games/backups on US and JAP consoles
  * Partial support for NTSC region Wii games/backups on PAL consoles
  * Boots different region GC games/backups (partially without swapping)
  * Supports multi-disc games for BOTH Wii and Gamecube
  * Supports DVD-R / true DVD+R and +RW support (no bitsetting required!)
  * Improved readsettings for recordable media
  * Built-in audio fix
  * Supports fullsize 4GB discs for gamecube homebrew
  * Stealth mode
  * 512 byte EEPROM to store configuration
  * Quicksolder interface - no wires required
  * Unique disc backup application via sdcard
  * Compact design, best quality components, rock solid high speed controller
  * Professional ESD packing
  * Recovery mode - Can recover from a bad flash

D2PRO/D2PRO-9 [4]

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Widely known, VERY easy to install, and most users saying that this IS THE BEST Chip to use. With recovery mode, a large storage space (1MB), and DVD upgradeable, this is a great buy.

Both are priced at $49.95 (€ 34.96)

5/9-wire (D2Pro9)

  * Compatible with DMS, D2A, D2B, D2C, D2C-2 and D2E chipsets
  * Compatible with all regions, USA, JAP and PAL
  * Compatible with D2B "cut pin" drives (does not require the cut pins to be connected)
  * Fully configurable and updatable via DVD
  * Advanced automatic region detection with fallback (works even if a drive is changed to a different region Wii)
  * Region override for Wii and Gamecube games
  * Direct Boot of Wii original, import, and backup games
  * Direct Boot of Gamecube original, import, and backup games
  * Direct boot of homebrew in GC mode
  * Supports multi-disc games, DVD-R, +R, +RW (no bitsetting required)
  * Supports Dual Layer
  * Supports factory made 'silvers', even with incorrect header data
  * Supports, SMG, SSBB, Mario Kart and other 'problem' titles
  * Streaming audio-fix for Gamecube games
  * Diskspeed configurable via DVD, with separate settings for different media types
  * Recovery mode makes it impossible to brick the chip with a bad flash
  * Onboard JTAG interface for in-system updates of FPGA core if necessary
  * 8Mbit onboard flash for storing data and applications
  * Rock solid performance with 1.5V FPGA core and high quality components
  * Onboard status LEDs

13/15/19-wire (D2Pro)

  * Compatible with D2C chipsets
  * Compatible with all regions, USA, JAP and PAL (Europe and Australia)
  * Region selection via jumper
  * Region override for Wii and Gamecube games
  * Direct Boot of Wii original, import, and backup games
  * Direct Boot of Gamecube original, import, and backup games
  * Direct boot of homebrew in GC mode
  * Supports multi-disc games, DVD-R, +R, +RW (no bitsetting required)
  * Supports Dual Layer
  * Supports factory made 'silvers', even with incorrect header data
  * Supports, SMG, SSBB, Mario Kart and other 'problem' titles
  * Streaming audio-fix for Gamecube games
  * Onboard JTAG interface for in-system updates of FPGA core if necessary
  * Rock solid performance with 1.5V FPGA core and high quality components
  * Onboard status LEDs


D2LITE [6]

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Exactly like the D2Pro and D2Pro9, but has a couple extra features, is slightly cheaper, but cannot support the D2Prog USB Programmer.

  #$44.95 (€ 31.46)
  #Supports all known chipset versions: DMS/D2A/D2B/D2C/D2C-2/D2E
  #Just 5-9 wires required for installation 
  #Region free loading of Wii and Gamecube original imports *
  #Fully updatable via DVD
  #Multifrequency Ringpiece Oscillators (MRO) for optimum performance, even with problem drives
  #Selectable drivespeed
  #Automatic Region Detection
  #Recovery Mode

WASABI [8]

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Very VERY similar to the D2Pro/D2Pro9 and the D2Lite, but does not support the USB Programmer. It does cost a bit more, but some people find it a little bit easier to manage.


Versions of Wasabi:

  *Wasabi V1 - Works with DMS / D2A / D2B / D2C
  *Wasabi V2 - Added D2C2 compatibility
  *Wasabi V3 - Added D2E compatibility
  * $54.95 (€ 38.46)
  * Direct boot of Wii and Gamecube original, import, and backup discs
  * Supports all chipset versions: DMS, D2A, D2B, D2C, D2C2 (rev.2) and D2E (rev.3)
  * Supports all regions configurable via jumpers
  * Fully upgradable from DVD (no external programmer required even on Korean Wii)
  * Only 5 wires on DMS, D2A, D2B
  * Only 9 wires on D2C, D2C2 and D2E (only 3 of them soldered to pin/via)
  * Very easy installation on "cut-pin" drives
  * On-board flash (128KB)
  * Integrated Audiostreaming fix for GC games
  * Excellent media compatibility (supports DL media)
  * Works with SMG and SSBB
  * Flash recovery mode
  * Two LED for easy installation troubleshooting
  * Full firmware control even on D2C chipset
  * Drivecode symmetry between all chipset versions
  * Compatible with all GC and Wii homebrew programs
  * No extra wires required for region override
  * No external switch required


EASY INSTALL WITH WII-CLIP [10]

Afraid of soldering? Don't have a soldering iron? Want to get your Chip installed fast? Afraid of damaging your Wii's drive? Wii-Clip is the thing to get! With this, you simply solder the Chip to the Wii-Clip and then press the Wii-Clip to the Wii drive, so there is no worrying about burning your Wii's drive with the soldering iron. If your don't have a soldering iron or don't know how to solder, most sites that sell Wii-Clip will offer to solder your Chip to the Wii-Clip for $2 - $5.

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