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[[Image:WiiKey.JPG|thumb|The WiiKey modchip]]
 
  
== WiiKey ==
 
 
The WiiKey was announced at the beginning of February 2007 and shipped at the end of the month. It is one of many modchips available for the [http://www.wikipedia.org/Wii Wii] by Nintendo and acts as a firmware replacement funneled through the debug serial port - tricking the DVD drive into believing that the backup is in fact legit, much like current Xbox 360 chips do.
 
 
== Specifications ==
 
 
As listed on the chip's official website:
 
 
* Direct boot of Wii backups
 
* Direct boot of GC backups
 
* Direct boot of homebrew in GC mode
 
* Supports all currently available console/drive versions
 
* Supports 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
 
 
== Installation ==
 
 
Like its current competitors, the WiiKey is installed onto the Wii's drive either by quicksolder ''or'' using six wires. The chip can then be updated through the use of a Setup Disc which can be downloaded from the chip's website.
 
 
To open up the console, the following tools is required:
 
 
* A cutter tool
 
* A small head screwdriver
 
* A tri-wing driver
 
 
GBAtemp member [[crumpster]] has written an excellent [http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=43534 guide] to opening and soldering the Wii.
 
 
== See also ==
 
 
* [[Chiip]]
 
* [[Cyclowiz]]
 
* [[Wiinja]]
 
* [[Wiip ]]
 
 
== External links ==
 
 
* [http://www.wiikey.cn Official WiiKey website]
 
 
[[Category:Wii Modchips]]
 

Revision as of 17:16, 3 March 2007