I have my Wii since June of 2007. We just played one game, the wii sports, until Christmas when we bought 3 more games (I mention this because it shows the wii drive system was lightly used for 6 months by 2 adults). In January, when I went to play a game I heard a bunch of clicking noises and got the "unable to load game disc" error. I followed the instructions for debugging, turned it off, let it sit for a half hour (even though it said only 5 minutes), turned it back on and it still wouldn't work.
I still could use all the other functions, so I still played wii-voting and downloaded games, etc. I decided to do one last test before I called nintendo to get it fixed. I put in a disc and it worked, no clicking noises either. Figured the problem was solved, but I was still a little worried.
Then I took my wii to a friends house, plugged it in and tried to play a game and it wouldn't work. I got the clicking noises. After some debugging, I have determined that my wii will work after it is plugged in and in the orange "standbye" mode for a while. It seems like it needs to be "warmed up".
If I go from off and unplugged to try and play a game I get the clicking a disc error. I do not think this is normal. Did a scan of the forums, but didn't find anyone with this exact issue. Does anyone think I will have trouble trying to get this fixed since I found a work around? I want to do it while it is under warranty, but I know little about how they "fix" these. Do they give you a new wii? A refurb? Could they make it worse than it is now by replacing the drive? Will it show up as no error when nintendo tries to debug since it is an intermittent error? Advice please?