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DriveKey Wii ModChip Review

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Drivekey - finaly a chip for all versions of the Wii!

Drivekey, the world’s first entirely solder-less and absolutely no clip modification chip to the Nintendo Wii, has now arrived on the shelves of online stores and ready to take over the market after so much of its pre-launch hype. It continues to stay the only solution for Wii DVD-ROM drives like D3 aka D2nothing that had some extra anti-piracy features implemented and leads the future of 4th generation modchips for the Wii . The working of the chip is very simple; first the Wii is opened and then the chip is plugged in between the two flex cables connecting Wii motherboard to the DVD-drive and then Wii is put back together to close, therefore, no soldering is involved.

The manufacturers of Drivekey have maintained their high quality and assembly standards as they did in Wiikey, D2CKEY, D2PRO, d2lite, Wiikey2 and Drivekey while being on a thinner chip, has come out as a solidly built, well designed chip, assembled of very high quality components including the DIP switch module & flexcable clamps. The flexcable which is given along looks a bit thin and can easily break on bending. The new stickers are an attractive addition as one is with general information for the chip and the other larger one spots a hot girl on it.

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WiiKey Features

drivekey wii menuDirect Boot of Wii original, import, and backup games
Direct Boot of Gamecube™ original, import, and backup games
Supports multi-disc games
Supports dual-layer discs
Fully configurable update blocker
Fully configurable region override
Works on all Wii drives (D2C, D2C-2, D2E, D3/D2nothing, DMS, D2A, D2B)
Works on all Wii regions (USA, PAL, JAP, KOREA)
Compatible with D2E "epoxy" drives (no need to remove epoxy)
Compatible with D2B "cut pin" drives
Firmware can be updatable from DVD-R
Plug-and-play 5 minute installation
Fully configurable via built-in config menu.
( Go to Wii disc channel and press eject 3 times to load configuration menu)
Can disable DriveKey via the config menu - stealth operation
install drive keyConfig option to autoboot Wii discs (insert the disc, the game will load immediately!)
Integrates proven D2CKey Intelligent Code Modifying System
Supports, SMG, SSBB and other 'problem' titles
No soldering necessary
No external PC/laptop needed
Ultra-low power consumption; does not interfere with normal Wii operation
No awkward USB interface - just insert DVD and play!

Details on how to install DriveKey >

How DriveKey works:
Wii - Backup (NTSC)
Wii - Import Backup (JAP)
Wii - Wiped Images / Trucha Signed
Wii - Original (NTSC)
Wii - Import Original (JAP)
GC - Backup (NTSC)
GC - Import Backup (JAP)
GC - Homebrew Disc
GC - Original (NTSC)
GC - Original Import (JAP)

Using the DVD-R discs for burning the legal backups is very simple and easy to do but if you are using the DVD+R discs or DVD+RW discs, the book type needs to be changed firstly to DVD-ROM manually. There are many methods to do this which depends on the drive or its utilities or the software which is used for burning by you.

If you want to see the instructions for burning with DVD+R using IMGBURN by changing the book type setting, you can go here.

This piece of technology can boot everything you feed it, except some of the Trucha signed discs as Wii’s system menu stops them from booting. The Drivekey, unlike other chips, identifies the discs very fast and show them up in the Disc Channel menu.
All the listed Drivekey’s features like Auto-booting, Brick-blocking and even disabling the chip are being tested and they all worked fine. Gecko OS on which you are able to use legal backups with your cheats, is also compatible with booting backups so you don’t need to worry about that.

All DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs were tested and they booted perfectly fine if you go according to the instructions. Also, Super Mario Galaxy and Dual Layer Media worked very smoothly. All in all, anything which was listed worked perfectly fine.

But also, it has its own chip limitations. It can read at a speed of 3x as described in its advertisement while some other chips can read even at 6x. It also took a little more time to load the games which display ‘Loading’ as compared to other chips. So, there is a little loading delay but all the games which were being tested worked fine and you can’t tell any difference while you are playing the game. The one more limitation is that it does not support GameCube games that contain CDDA tracks which come up during the play and one can be stuck with a stammering sound. So, it can really disappoint some of the hard core fans of GameCube for not having the streaming audio. However, by using older GameCube tools, you can manually change the streaming audio settings for preventing the stammering sound.


girl driveThe DriveKey is the easiest modchip I've ever installed in my life, The Drivekey’s installation process takes less than 5 minutes and is one of the easiest to do and a built in configuration menu is a nice added feature so that customers do not need to waste other media for running it. Also, it has all its functionalities working which are listed in its advertisement. Even if the more new versions of Wii’s will come out, buyers won’t remain ‘high and dry’ with a useless chip because of the utility of updating it through a DVD or a JTAG programmer. So, would people prefer this chip over other modchips available in the market? At this time, that is a hard thing to answer. But according to me the answer is positive because the only other alternative in the market uses a ‘clip’ which gets attached on DVD-ROM IC which can easily become loose after some time. Also, for a D3 this is the only option available for the buyers that can boot backups on console. Also, with the Drivekey no soldering is required.

So, this chip makes a bold statement and will change the way modification chips are designed in the future for Wii. It is surely going to take over the market and consumers who can’t take risk with their Wii will go for it only.

DriveKey Negatives

  • Restricted to a speed of 3x - less noise from Wii, but could mean that load times are not at max speed.
  • No GameCube streaming audio - so use a patch on the GC isos
  • Very thin Flexcable included without insulation
  • Relatively High price

DriveKey Positives

  • Easy installation process
  • Completely solder-less (Plug ‘n’ Play) and no-clip
  • In-built configuration menu
  • Components high in quality
  • Performs all the functions as listed

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