The Nintendo Wii can create high-quality graphics but the game console's case is "plain vanilla." Changing the default blue colour of the DVD disc slot will enable the Wii to stand out, as well as to proclaim your own individuality. However, you will have to open up the Wii, violating its warranty, in order to change the colour. No electronic skill is required other than removing the existing DVD slot LED gate plate and replacing it with a differently coloured one purchased from a game console modification store.
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Things you need
- Beach towel
- Torx screwdriver
- Red DVD slot LED gate plate
Remove all of the cables attached to the Wii. Remove any memory cards that might be in the memory card slot inside of the access panels on the side of the Wii.
Place a beach towel down on a table. Put the Wii face down on the beach towel horizontally with the front of the console facing you.
Scratch off the warranty stickers using the tip of the Torx screwdriver. Remove the screws that are now revealed from under the warranty stickers using the Torx screwdriver.
Rotate the Wii so that the exhaust fan grill is facing you. Pull off the rubber foot at the edge using your fingers. Remove the screw now revealed from under the rubber foot using the Torx screwdriver.
Rotate the Wii so that the access doors are facing you. Pull down on the access doors. Wiggle the access doors to remove them from their hinges.
Remove the screw from inside of the access door that is closest to the DVD slot with the Torx screwdriver.
Wiggle both sides of the DVD slot with your fingers and slide off the DVD slot cover. Carefully pull out the plug from the wire attached to the DVD slot cover with your fingers.
Pull out the DVD slot LED gate plate that is now revealed from off of the Wii using your fingers.
Put the differently coloured DVD slot LED gate plate in position where the original DVD slot LED gate plate was.
Reattach the plug to the DVD slot cover. Slide the DVD slot back onto the Wii. Reassemble the Wii. Reattach the cables. Reinsert the memory card.
Tips and warnings
- Wear an antistatic strap to avoid causing a static discharge.
- Voiding the Nintendo warranty will make it impossible to get an authorised server station to do a repair under the conditions of the warranty.
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