Well, first of all, I live in India, and I bought a US Wii premod with Wiikey (now confirmed to be a clone and wouldn't update to 1.9g). I've done a lot of research and gathered all the info I could about the Wiikey and possible clones and I know how to differentiate between an original and a clone.
Now, I hunted down the guy who had modded my Wii (here in Mumbai City). He's a professional installer who has done at least a thousand Wii installs (thats what he says) and even does D2Ckey installs. I told him that my Wiikey clone won't update and that I need a genuine wiikey installed in my Wii or any other modchip. He said he doesn't have any other modchip available to him except wiikey and has TWO KINDS OF WIIKEYS available to him that he imports from "China".
I told him to show me those wiikeys, and after looking at them, one of them is a clone wiikey and the other "looked genuine to me".
The clone had the "C1, C2, R3" numbers to be huge, which obviously looked to be a fake.
Now, the other Wiikey that he had looked genuine with those numbers SMALLER and the solder points were GOLD just like in this picture.. Also, it had "Atmel Atmega8l 8AI 0620I" written clearly on it with "WHITE COLORED FONT". Now, this really looked genuine to me, so I told him to remove the junk off my wii and install it.
Then, he said the one that looked genuine to me WORKS ONLY ON PAL machines and the "fake one" worked only on US/JAP machines, and that is the reason why he had two different kinds of wiikeys in the first place. He says if he installs the golden genuine one in US Wii's, then it won't read originals or backups and that he has tried it out on a few Wii's himself and that is why he puts the "fake one" in the US/Jap ones.
Mine obviously has a fake one, which nevertheless works perfectly fine except it won't update, so no SMG
Now, can you guys please explain to me whats going on here or what might be the possibilities ? Do I have a way through this situation ? I can tell him to install it in my Wii, but if it won't work (just like he says), then I'll be stuck with a Wiikey and a wii that doesn't play backups .
Now, my only other option is to order a genuine wiikey or a Wiinja Deluxe from the US and get it installed from him.
Sorry for writing this post so big :P Thanx in advance all the advice :) Desperately waiting for a reply :)