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If it gets too bad it will stop the laser lens from reading the disc. sometimes it can also mess up the sled drive mechanism that moves the laser in and out across the disc.A disc cleaner may solve the laser lens promblem, but it`s best to clean it inside with cotton buds and alcohol,...dont try this yourself though, take it to someone qualified.
Probably a dirty laser. You'll have to use a laser cleaning disc made for Wii. If that doesn't do it then it's most likely a bad laser. Not an easy self fix for a newbie. ?warrenty? then send it in to Nintendo.(you can find out on their web site) If not, then replacing the laser yourself or finding someone who can is the best bet. Actualy kinda cheap to buy a new laser(ships from Hong Kong), There are other causes for read errors, but I've found the laser to be the culprit most of the time. Could be just dirty,.. dust & cigarrette smoke can be cleaned with the cleaning discs but , the best way is of course to open the Wii and wipe the laser with a Qtip soaked with alcohol. But a Wii is not all that easy to open up. ($7 for cleaning disc, $9 for new laser, $90 to get Nintendo to fix it.)
Can you play any other games on the console? Does your game disc have any visible scratches?
First, try cleaning your disc with rubbing alcohol and a soft towel. If this doesn't work, try cleaning your laser with a cleaning disc. A cleaning disc has a little brush that would brush dust and debris away from the laser.
A cleaning disc can be found here:
This sounds like a bad laser. Like all consoles, it's impossible to make an exact diagnosis without looking at it, however if it turns on and brings you to the main menu, then it is most likely the laser. Try a DVD cleaning disc first. It's inexpensive and can be found anywhere that sells consumer electronics. If that doesn't work, you may need to replace the laser entirely. Also, keep all game consoles in a clean place. Dust the area often as the cooling fans on these new consoles brings in a lot of dust. If your still having trouble, contact me through my website: EllisonsMP3repair.com
Take a can of air and gently blow some into the drive to make sure that the laser has no specs of dirt or dust on it.
If after you do this you still can't get the Wii to read any discs, then the drive is bad and would need to be replaced. It is also possible to replace just the laser but that would require opening up the drive to get to the laser so replacing the drive would be the easier option.
Made a video showing how I fixed this problem on my Wii. I show how to troubleshoot, take it apart, clean the laser and replace the DVD ROM if needed. Cleaning the laser didn't fix my problem but most of the time it will.
1:) Soft Reset:- Press the reset button on the Wii console For 2 seconds.
2:) Hard Reset. :- Unplug The Wii Console For 5-10 Minutes. As once unplugged it resets itself.
3:) use a CD/DVD Based laser head cleaning disk, to remove any dirt/dust from the laser unit.