Nintendo Wii U Motherboard Replacement

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Introduction

The motherboard is an essential, key component that gaming consoles revolve around. If troubleshooting does not help your Wii U and you are in need of a motherboard replacement, this guide will easily walk you through the process.

Step 1 Console Outer Case
Image 1/1: Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws
With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:
Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws
Two 6.1mm Tri-wing Y0 screws
One 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screw

Step 2
Image 1/1: Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.
Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.
Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.

Step 3
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On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it.

Step 4
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On the bottom of the console beneath the previously removed faceplate, remove the three 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screws.

Step 5
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On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover.

Step 6 Front Faceplate

Image 1/2: On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.

Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you.
On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.

Step 7
Image 1/1: Lift up on the blue tab to release the ribbon cable.
Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.


Step 8
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Remove the front faceplate.
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Step 9 DVD Drive
On each side of the DVD drive, remove the two 4.6mm Phillips #0 mounting screws.
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Step 10

Image 1/2: A ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right side of the DVD drive. The ribbon cable can rip if it isn't removed properly.

Rotate the device so that the DVD slot is visible.
A ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right side of the DVD drive. The ribbon cable can rip if it isn't removed properly.
Lift the DVD drive out of the mount and turn over to the right so it lies like a book.
Use a spudger to release the ribbon cable.

Step 11
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Remove the CD drive.

Step 12 Motherboard
Image 1/3: You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably.


Remove the black plastic shielding by unscrewing connecting screws with a Phillip's Head screwdriver.
You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably.

Step 13

Image 1/3: Unscrew all the screws that outline the perimeter of the board using a Phillips Head (PH1) screwdriver.


The metal cap does not require unscrewing and should lift up with ease.
Unscrew all the screws that outline the perimeter of the board using a Phillips Head (PH1) screwdriver.
Remove the silver shielding plate once all screws are removed. Be careful when pulling it under the affixed antenna cables.

Step 14
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At this point, the motherboard should easily separate from the lower tray.

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