Wii Optical Drive Laser Replacement Tutorial

If your Wii doesn't read games or crashes while you're playing, you probably need to replace your dvd drive laser. This repair is fairly complicated so consider using our Wii Repair Service if you're not too confident in your DIY skills.

You can purchase a Wii replacement optical drive laser in the Zombie Store.

Stuff you will need:

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wii dvd logic board

First, follow our Wii DVD / Optical Drive Replacement Tutorial to remove your DVD drive.

wii dvd laser cable Disconnect the laser cable first. The connector has two little "ears" on the sides. Pull those ears back at the same time to release the cable and pull it out.
wii spin motor cable The spin motor cable connector works the same as the laser cable connector. Disconnect this cable as well
wii dvd drive lift up This is the cable for the small circuit board that detects when the disk is inserted into the drive. It is not locked into the connector and can be pulled right out.
wii logic screws The two screws that hold the logic board to the drive are circled in green. Remove them. Circled in red are three small hooks on the drive. To remove the logic board slide it down a little so it clears the hooks.
wii laser cover screw Move the logic board out of the way and remove the screw in the metal laser cover.
wii laser cover clip There are two clips on each side and two on the front that hold the metal cover in place. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry/bend them loose. The metal is soft and easy to bend back into shape for reassembly.
wii laser cover clip 2 Two more on the other side.
wii laser cover clip 3 Two on the front. Pry them loose with a small flathead screwdriver.
wii laser cover removed Remove the cover being careful not to damage the laser cable
wii laser rod The laser rides on a small metal rod. To remove this rod lift up the plastic bracket (outlined in red), grab the rod with needlenose pliers, and push it out (direction of the green arrow).
wii laser removed Now you can remove the laser.
wii laser bracket Your new laser probably won't come with the white bracket you see in this picture. To reuse it just remove the screw circled in red and install the bracket on your new laser.
wii laser solder point Your new laser will probably come with an anti-static solder point on the cable. It must be removed before you install the laser. Use a desoldering braid and a low heat soldering iron.
wii solder point removed This is what a properly removed solder point should look like. If you hold the cable up to a light there should be a clear "path" where the solder dot used to be.
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