Well so far it has been smooth sailing in terms of copying Wii game discs. Wii discs are standard single and dual layer DVDs, however, they have a special coding that makes them unreadable in computer drives. Of course, there is always a caveat/expection to the rule right? Like, “How can the Wii read them using a standard drive, but computer’s can’t?” Well, it turns there is one exact type/brand of drive that CAN read Wii discs. The LG 8164B. It is just a DVD-Rom drive. It is not a burner of any kind, it can only read DVDs and CDs. So, anyway, I was able to find one on ebay for $30. It came from Canada, so shipping was like forever. Well, only a week and a half, but it sure seemed like a month. I bought an external case, so I could make it an external drive, but the one I got was really cheap, and low quality plastic, and I broke it just trying to get the drive in it. I was careful and did it slow and everything, but it was just a bad product. So, now I have the drive, hooked up to the external drive’s components, but not actually IN the case itself…lol. It is definately ghetto-rigged, but hey, it’s working at least.
So, yesterday I bought the new Star Wars Wii game, ”The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels.” It was one of the most majorly anticipated games for the Wii this year, yet after 10 minutes of playing it I have decided it is just so-so, and the downside is there is no first-person perspective dueling mode. I thought I would get to hold the Wii remote, and fight as if I were in a 1st person perspective, but it is done from a side-view, like mortal combat, and you basically just flail your wrist around in front of you until it gets so sore you don’t wanna play anymore. Ok, so, anyway, I put it in my LG drive (hooked up via USB), and opened RawDump 2.1 and clicked “Start Dump.” I found out that I have to put the game disc in the LG drive, then start up RawDump as the drive is determining what disc in in there. Also, even though RawDump can read it, you cannot view any files in “My Computer” or “Windows Explorer” like a normal disc, so don’t bother trying.
Here is a screenshot of the rip process. Mine is going over USB (approx. 1500MB/hr), so if you use Firewire, or you have a desktop where the drive is directly built into the computer, then you will get faster rates.
Now, once it is done, you can burn it to a DVD-R or DVD-R DL (depending on it’s size). Some are under 4485MB (max capacity for standard DVD-R) and some are over (for those use DVD-R DL). You can then play it in the Wii, just make sure you have a mod-chip installed, or else it wont work in your Wii. This is the best mod chip to get since it is solderless, and the one I got:
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