Modding a Nintendo Wii
There are two main compatibility issues you need to be aware of when looking to install a Wii modchip: Console compatibility and Game compatibility.
Modchip – Wii Console Compatibility
Not all Wii modchips work with all Wii consoles. Depending on when you bought your Wii and what your serial number is, your Wii DVD drive will have a different chip (D2A, DMS, D2B, or D2C) and possibly cut pins, which will make it work with some modchips and not others.
Currently, most modchips are generation 1 (i.e. Wiikey), and thus will work with only D2A, DMS, and D2B chipsets, not D2C. Wii owners with a D2C drive will need a generation 1.1 modchip, such as Argon, D2CKey, or Wiiktus. For a list of which modchips work with which drives, refer to this table of Wii modchips (nintendo-scene.com).
North American (USA, Canada, and Mexico) console serial numbers have 3 prefixes LU1, LU3 and LU5. LU1 production seems to have stopped as of 09/2007. LU3s are still produced in small quantities and LU5s seem to provide most North American production. The following is a list of ranges of serial numbers and the type of Wii DVD drive they map to, taken from the forums at nintendo-scene.com.
LU10000xxxx – LU10580xxxx D2A/DMS/D2B without cut pins
LU10580xxxx – LU10613xxxx (gamble) Could have D2B or could have D2C
LU10613xxxx – [And Higher] Have D2C Chips
LU30000xxxx – LU31539xxxx D2A/DMS/D2B without cut pins
LU31539xxxx – LU31546xxxx (gamble) Could be safe could have cut pins
LU31546xxxx – LU31867xxxx Have D2B Chips with Cut pins
LU31867xxxx – LU31874xxxx (gamble) Could have D2B with cut pins or could have D2C
LU31874xxxx – [And Higher] Have D2C Chips
LU50000xxxx – LU51522xxxx D2A/DMS/D2B without cut pins
LU51522xxxx – LU51634xxxx (gamble) Could be safe could have cut pins
LU51634xxxx – LU52386xxxx Have D2B Chips with Cut pins
LU52386xxxx – LU52390xxxx (gamble) Could have D2B with cut pins or could have D2C
LU52390xxxx – [And Higher] Have D2C Chips
European Consoles – have one Prefix LEH1 though the serial number length ranges from 11 digits to 12 digits.
LEH1000xxxxx – LEH1231xxxxx D2A/DMS/D2B without cut pins
LEH1231xxxxx – LEH1233xxxxx (gamble) Could be safe could have cut pins
LEH1233xxxxx – LEH1347xxxxx Have D2B Chips with Cut pins
LEH1347xxxxx – LEH1356xxxxx (gamble) Could have D2B with cut pins or could have D2C
LEH1356xxxxx – [And Higher] Have D2C Chips
South Pacific Consoles – (Australia and New Zealand) have one Prefix LAH1 though the serial number length ranges from 11 digits to 12 digits.
LAH1000xxxxx – LAH1014xxxxx D2A/DMS/D2B without cut pins
LAH1014xxxxx – LAH1016xxxxx (gamble) Could be safe could have cut pins
LAH1016xxxxx – [And Higher] Have D2B Chips with Cut pins
Japanese Consoles – LJF1 and LJH1
–Not enough info to provide a valuable estimate–
Nintendo-scene.com has a useful serial tracker that you can use to enter your serial number and find out what type of DVD drive you’re likely to have.
Modchip – Wii Game Compatibility
More to come later. For now, refer to http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/index.php?title=WII_ModChip_Compatibility_List.