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I made this database site because I began to see confusion and misinformation regarding the different Wii revisions and the DVD drive controller chips used in new machines. As of August 2008 there are 6 different controller chips, and that's in a span of 1.5 year. There is already a Wii Tracker site helping you to find what kind of chip you have and whether the pins were cut, but it didn't include support for the latest chip revisions. Nintendo regularly revs the chip to fix faults and make it more cost efficient. It's not known if Nintendo actively combats the homebrew/drivechips but it certainly seems that way from the perspective of a modder.

The content and catalog on this site is solely provided by its users and contributors. There are simple administer functions that will keep incorrect/bad entries off the database. Everyone is encouraged to submit their details to increase the value of the database.

To build the site I only had to create a fork of another similar site, Xbox 360 Drives, and make the approperiate adjustments and create a new design. Most of the code has been through many revisions and I feel that it's a solid codebase to work on. It took me the good part of a Sunday to set up the basics and another 4 days to tweak the submission form, create a how to guide, make the listings as easy to read as possible, and create a live serial number identification process.

If you want any features or even find bugs, don't hesitate to e-mail me .

Quick changelog:

  • 2008-08-10 12:17: began creating a new fork for Wii Drives
  • 2008-08-14 00:35: all major functions done, submission, list, howto, estimate drive chip with live lookup and live pie chart, and photos were applicable
    The list and submission was done on sunday, tweaked submission form and first revision of howto on monday, estimate drive chip and final howto on tuesday, pie flash chart and photo matching for estimate on wednesday
  • 2008-08-15 20:00: site official launched!
  • 2008-08-18 15:15: added LEF serial support, found in Europe
  • 2008-08-18 20:26: change 'Modelno / video mode' to 'Model number' in submitform, 'DVD controller' to DVD drive chip' in list, more accurate, added text about how to identify a D2C2 chip in the submission form
  • 2008-08-18 23:03: changed the submission form a lot, added DVD board serial, much more reliable way to identify D2C2 drive chips, changed 'DVD controller' to 'Drive chips', made the drive chip details optional/more flexible by adding a 'Don't know' option
  • 2008-08-19 22:46: changed to only ask for cut pins and missing pad for D2B (instead of D2A and DMS too), cleared D2C message when other drive chip is selected
  • 2008-08-20 16:29: made the background for the essential selection boxes for D2B/D2C chips a light yellow highlight
  • 2008-08-23 09:32: fixed missing drive chip text in identification script, hide D2C message when selecting another drive chip, lowered the thredshold for new submissions to 15 seconds, changed text to 'IS present' from 'IS there', fixed remembering the identical information when submitting multiple entries (name, country, etc)
  • 2008-08-25 23:29: added 'View the profile' link after a successfull submission page, found last_id
  • 2008-08-26 19:45: added missing video regions / model numbers to list entry lines
  • 2008-08-31 10:36: fixed submision bug, DMS cannot have metal clip
  • 2008-09-01 11:37: fixed another bug in the identify search, now matches correctly for any cutpins/missingpads/metalclip combination
  • 2008-09-07 12:07: fixed page links with filtered list
  • 2008-09-10 11:53: fixed another identify search matching error
  • 2008-09-12 20:47: fixed filter sanitation redirect loop, decode url when compare, lowered the list identify search form height
  • 2008-09-16 21:00: change perpage from 50 to 100 to make it easier to read by default
  • 2008-09-19 16:54: added new field for new machines with d2e covered in black glue, combined the cutpins, missingpad, metalclip, blackglue into one column in the list view
  • 2008-09-20 16:30: announced the new win32 client to submit entries, made the dvd board serial upper case before db insert, made the new combined features column easier to read
  • 2008-09-21 12:31: added 4 new banners to the help page, for linking back to WiiDrives
  • 2008-09-28 12:35: added the dvd board serial to the main list, enough entries with the field filled
  • 2008-09-20 00:47: updated the client to fix a validation of the video region, forgot to update when fixed rvl-100 to rvl-001, enabled visual confirmation, spam started to come in
  • 2008-10-03 21:27: added list of compatible modchips to the identify search page
  • 2008-10-17 21:47: fixed a problem with displaying uniformed D2E (previously showed split d2e, d2e no metalclip, d2e metalclip), fixed a problem displaying new LU6 series for America on identify page, added some advertisers
  • 2008-11-16 15:46: updated the identify search to show black glue entries, also added black glue d2e picture, some ad changes
  • 2008-11-24 23:29: fixed for action to /identify on main list
  • 2008-12-24 12:59: added the new GC2-D3 chip, also known as the D2Nothing/no-ic
  • 2009-08-15 xx:xx: added new d3/d2nothing revision, d3-2, new client version
  • 2010-03-13 12:20: made the d3-2 submission form info clearer, updated compatible modchip list on identify page
  • 2010-05-30 15:28: added more details about the d2c and d3 to the submission form
  • 2010-08-01 21:38: optimized the list sql query, instead of seperate query for number of comments it now does a subquery
  • 2012-01-19 17:34: added a privacy statement to make it clear how the information is used
  • 2012-06-22 02:52: updated all the code to convert form ereg to preg on php 5.3

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