Troubleshooting installation problems
by R_N_BHaving troubles with a troublesome WODE installation? It just won't work right? Here is a step by step troubleshooting guide from R_N_B.
Note: This was written with the assumption that you will be testing the Wii/WODE combo while you have the case open.
Here is what I would like you to do.
That includes removing the flat cable from the base section of the WODE.
So I am asking you to open the base of the WODE up and (use the install manual) take the cable out of the clip. It is not the same kind of clip as on the PCB that goes into the Wii. It does not open in the same way. The information is in the install guide how to remove the flat cable.
Once all is removed. Take each flat cable and make sure the ends do not have any dirt or scratches on them. Some times there are tiny nicks or cuts on the cables. Use a magnified glass to make sure. Next look closely at the power cables and the power connectors. The pins are easily bent. You have to take your time because they are small and tiny so often your eyes fill in the gaps. You have to look carefully. Some of the pins might be bent.
Then back to the PCB that is inside the Wii. Was the whole PCB covered by the protective sheet that came with the WODE? That is important.
Now all has been checked and no faults have been found. Let us move on.
Now use the manual and start the install.
Since everything is in pieces it is easy to do. But this time we will do a few things differently. Once you have the bits together for the Wii do not close the Wii case up. A test needs to be done before then. For now what we are going to do is double and triple check that the flat cables are all perfect. That means the cables have to be all the way in to the connector. The flat cables need to be square on to the ends of the connector. You can check this by looking at the blue ends. They need to be parallel to the connector. The connectors must be secure - in other words there must be no play in the flat cable.
Right moving on. It is the turn of the power cables to be checked. All must be secure against the connectors. The right way round of course. (Yes it has happened in the past).
WODE base is the next port of call. Because the WODE is in pieces for now we will not worry about putting a bit of Duct tape on the flat cable and the WODE base - but do so before you put the WODE back together. Moving on. Thread the flat cable into the slot on the WODE base. Now slide the clip on the LCD panel forward to allow the flat cable to be seated. Once done check again and then once more to make sure.
At this point the WODE is as close to fully working as we need.
Connect all the Wii cables and stuff and do not forget to put the WODE USB connector into the back of the Wii.
Put your SD card with the downgrade file you have selected 1.28 I understand from the text above. That downgrade bin file needs to be in the root of the SD card.
But Wait there is More.
I would like you to please use the Panasonic SD format tool to do a format of the card. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/sd/download/index.html
Then paste the bin file onto the virgin SD card. It should be the only thing on the card.
Now put the SD card in your WODE and power up the Wii.
Your WODE should now update.
I will stop here as this is the point critique as they say.
Please post how it goes to this point.