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Advice needed ... Modding or chipping a Wii

neilc Avatar
9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
I am hoping to get our Wii modded professionally as I am useless with a screwdriver let alone a soldering iron.

The bloke who comes highly recommended in Stockport uses an Argon chip.

I've never heard of one of these and am concerned what might happen to the gameplay / life expectancy of the wii.

Has anyone got any experiences of this particular chip?

Thanks.
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9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
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#1
Not heard of the Argon, but I have got a wiikey which is upgradeable by dvd. The first chips would not work with mario galaxy.
#2
I am told the Argon is a late addition to the chip market and an easier install.

It's the downsides that worry me.
#3
If you have any sense you will remove this post - it is illegal to discuss such things as chipping/modding. There are dedicated sites for this type of information.
#4
baroni701
If you have any sense you will remove this post - it is illegal to discuss such things as chipping/modding.


Which law are you referring to? :thinking:
#5
.... illegal to discuss????

If this is true, I will remove the post instantly or would hope a mod would.
#6
baroni701
If you have any sense you will remove this post - it is illegal to discuss such things as chipping/modding. There are dedicated sites for this type of information.


Don't think so mate. Its not illegal to "discuss" anything. Its the "doing" that is illegal.

Now, it may be "against site rules" but that hardly makes it illegal. ;-)
#7
baroni701;1442454
If you have any sense you will remove this post - it is illegal to discuss such things as chipping/modding. There are dedicated sites for this type of information.


sH*T, ILLEGAL TO DISCUSS CHIPPING, whatever next on the spot fines for sneezing :whistling:
#8
baroni701
If you have any sense you will remove this post - it is illegal to discuss such things as chipping/modding. There are dedicated sites for this type of information.


You've got to be a security guard, football referee, traffic warden,plastic soldier or plastic policeman.

You really need to get out more!
#9
.... but what about my bleedin' Argon chip - ANYONE!!!!!! :whistling:
#10
I don't think it's illegal to mod/chip a console as you own it and people do it to PC's all the time. It gets hazy when the intention of a mod is solely to play game copies.
#11
neilc
.... but what about my bleedin' Argon chip - ANYONE!!!!!! :whistling:


That's not important anymore, everyone has to have a go at the wannabe mod first. lol

Answer to you're question.....no idea! I'm just as interested to know as you are :)
1 Like #12
The Argon is for Wiis with D2C chipsets, which are much more difficult to mod than other chipsets and are not compatible with more popular modchips such as Wiikey and Cyclowiz. The only other modchip I have heard of for D2C chipsets is D2cKey which is apparently very difficult to install as it requires 30 wires to be soldered to the Wii boards. The Argon is apparently a step up from the D2cKey although it still requires 13 wires but if you are getting a professional to do it (and assuming he does it properly) then it won't hinder the life of the Wii, the only issue you may encounter is when Nintendo improve the secuirty of their games and the Argon requires upgrading as I don't think it allows firmware upgrades.

EDIT: I was wonrg, it DOES have an upgrade function.
#13
Never heard of that mate ??

Just make sure that it is upgradeable via DVD (i.e. new firmware can be put onto the chip from a DVD).

This is to keep it fully upto date, as with the WiiKey, Nintendo put a fix onto Super Mario Galaxy to stop people being able to play pirate versions, but a quick update with the latest firmaware & you can play whatever you want.

Why not just ask him to install a WiiKey instead ?
1 Like #14
Ah - you must have a newer Wii then - much more difficult to chip if you have !!

There is a website that you enter your serial number in and it tells you what chipset your Wii is, you can see from there what chips are then available to you !!

Good Luck
#15
As Chris says: http://nintendo-scene.com/wiitracker/search.php

If your chipset is not D2C then the Argon is useless to you.
1 Like #16
Don't do it, invalidates warranty, contravenes the license agreement and if it goes wrong then you FUBAR'ed with a brick.

The legal implications are 'fuzzy' at best but discussion of this can be (by Law), interpreted as illegal because of the device's nature is to circumvent the copyright protections put in place on the console. It has to be sorted in a Court of Law but this has always favoured the console company.
#17
My Wii is one of the latest models so the fitter suggested the Argon.

Thanks to wobbud, chrisuk and Alfonse for the advice, and anyone I have missed out.
#18
Anyone got any experience of the Argon?
banned#19
Ungreat
I don't think it's illegal to mod/chip a console as you own it and people do it to PC's all the time. It gets hazy when the intention of a mod is solely to play game copies.


Actually, you are wrong on this! I was pretty surprised when I found it out as well! It is actually illegal in the UK to modify your equipment when it gives the ability to bypass copyright protection. I pretty much said the same as you on another forum and got the link posted that confirms this. Soz - I dont have it to hand else would have posted it.

There was no mention in that link that spoke about already owning a modded box - so maybe its just the act of doing so. (That applied to the owner and the fitter.)
1 Like #20
If it is D2C then you have two choices.

D2Ckey - 30 wire, not upgradable

Argon - less wires, made by Infectus, can be upgraded with a programmer.

Neither is an easy path if it needs updating but at least an Argon can be.

A third alternative is to flash the Argon firmware to an Infectus chip - these are twice the size and twice the price but has a USB port to update to.

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