If you own a Nintendo Wii long enough, it is inevitable you will have to do some Wii Ttoubleshooting at one point. Perhaps you took your role as the controller too seriously and did a sliding tackle into the console while playing a game of soccer. Maybe in the midst of living out your rock star fantasies, you snapped the console and set it on fire like it was a disposable guitar. This guide will help you fix any problems caused through your own recklessness. You will need to consult a different guide for the rest of your life problems.
To troubleshoot a Wii, you need these materials:
- Nintendo Wii fix guide
- Nintendo Wii
- Handyman skills
- Identify the problem. The most obvious key to getting your Wii working again is to correctly diagnose the problem. Is the console not reading discs properly? Are the connections between your TV and the game console not working? Successfully troubleshooting Wii problems requires a patient approach. Simply taking it apart without thinking will do more harm than good.
- Check the disc. You can call up the disc channel to see if the game is being read by the system. If your Wii is not reading a disc, the problem could be the disc itself. Make sure you are using a disc formatted for play on a Wii. CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray movies and games made for Playstation or XBox will not work in a Wii. Get used to the fact you might have to stick a crowbar in your wallet and buy the appropriate equipment to use those items.
- Move the sensor bar. Where you place the sensor bar can have a direct impact on how well the Wii works. You should always place it on top of your TV and make sure it is correctly connected to the back of the console. Make sure there is nothing blocking the sensor bar, so the signal will reach the Wii remote without being impeded.
- Check the display. If you turn on your Wii and nothing shows up on the screen, it is a good idea to see if your Wii's input and output cords are connected properly to the TV. You should also make sure your TV is tuned to the correct input channel. Many TVs come with multiple input channels and leaving it on the wrong one can cause you to see a blank screen.
- Monitor power. Sometimes you will encounter a situation with a Wii where it plays for a while and then the power shuts off unexpectedly. When this happens, it can be caused by the console overheating or an unlicensed accessory tripping the AC adapter. The best way to combat both problems is to make sure nothing is blocking the Wii's ventilation and the unlicensed product is removed from the console before resetting it.
Do-it-yourself troubleshooting is not possible for every problem related to your Wii. If you find that it is still not working properly, the best course of action is to call Nintendo's customer service and have a technician walk you through a problem. If nothing else, knowing basic troubleshooting will save some headaches not related to losing to the same level boss for the thousandth time this month.