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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 [ 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 [ guide] to opening and soldering the Wii.
== See also ==
* [[Chiip]]
* [[Cyclowiz]]
* [[Wiinja]]
* [[Wiip ]]
== External links ==
* [ Official WiiKey website]
[[Category:Wii Modchips]]

Revision as of 17:16, 3 March 2007