Wii Repair

So, about 15 seconds after I bought my daughter a new Wii game for Christmas, the console died. I’ve been looking all over Google for anyone in town who can fix it, so that I don’t have to send it to Nintendo’s repair center in CA.

I found one place in MSP that I can ship it to, but I’d much rather go local. Best Buy, etc, can’t do it. Anybody know someone who can?

21 Comments

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

Without knowing anything about your problem, I suggest the following. Before you pay someone or send it anywhere, try this:

1. Unplug it from the wall. 
2. Unplug the power cord from the Wii itself. 
3. Wait 5 minutes.
4. Plug the cord back in to the Wii, and then into the wall. Do NOT user a power strip for this step. Make sure you plug it directly into the wall socket.

This not only hard-resets the Wii, but also resets the AC adapter, which is a common solution to Wii failure.

jake

about 9 years ago

Give it to Tim Kaiser.  He won't fix it but it'll come back with all kinds of blinky lights, analog meters and handles.  Mostly likely with the guts of a speak-and-spell.

Maroon Loon

about 9 years ago

D.A.D.S. Electronics did a great job repairing my Atari 2600. However, that was in the 1980s. I'm not sure if they would service a Wii or not.

Danny G

about 9 years ago

A new system is under 150 bucks.  Paying for someone to repair it won't be much cheaper, if at all.  Probably better off getting a new one.

What is it doing?

Question

about 9 years ago

Barrett's suggestion is the best place to start.

From there, Danny G is also correct as most repair jobs are going to exceed 50% of the cost of the unit which is not cost-effective. Especially if you have to pay for shipping.

Worst case scenario, sell it on Ebay for a few bucks and use that towards a new Wii... There is a market for parts on Ebay and the device may be worth more than you would expect.

jessige

about 9 years ago

Did the unplug thing already, without the power strip.  I'll try it again one more time tonight.

It gets to the "Press A to acknowledge you won't kill yourself with this thing" screen, and then when you press A, it goes black and never gets to the Wii menu.  

The place that will fix it in MSP is a $49.99 flat fee.  http://www.gophermods.com

jessige

about 9 years ago

Though I would dig the Speak and Spell mod.  "Spell AB-SCESS".

Question

about 9 years ago

Make sure you unplug the adapter from the Wii as well.

Danny G

about 9 years ago

Have you tried just holding the home button?

Lojasmo

about 9 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvCeku47XH4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

nodnetni

about 9 years ago

Try maintenance mode and see if you can update the system.

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/11/08/wii-maintenance-mode-its-a-secret-to-everybody/

zra

about 9 years ago

@ jake...he will also modify it to make noise whenever you get close to it.

Wiigonkulator.

oh yes, i can hear it now.

jessige

about 9 years ago

Tried all three suggestions (thanks).  No dice.  Did some more Googling and found that it might be that because we didn't use it for a couple months that it might just be updating and we don't know it.  So, I'm gonna leave it on overnight, and then if it's dead, figure something out.

Thanks for the suggestions...keep them coming, if you have any Wii-fu to share...

*rubble rubble rubble*

nodnetni

about 9 years ago

http://www.ehow.com/how_6786474_hard-reset-wii.html

wildgoose

about 9 years ago

I was once in a similar situation (too much $ to fix it, too broke to replace it) with a light controller that I use DJing and I brought it up to LSC, asked an electronics instructor to lead me to a promising student who might want to earn $20 bucks.  This approach not only worked they wouldn't take the $20 bucks.

Actually I am in a similar situation now with a few pieces of equipment and might try the same.

Zac

about 9 years ago

Yeah, ours has always taken a very long time to load games and channels. I'd get it running and then just let it run. It SHOULD tell you if it's updating, but who knows.

If it doesn't work, try returning it (good luck) or call Nintendo directly.

jessige

about 9 years ago

Well, it ran for 36 hours and never woke up.  So, I think a trip to PawnAmerica is in order...to get a new one, not dump the broken one.  

If somebody wants a non-functioning Wii, I know where you can get one for cheap.  :)

zra

about 9 years ago

I wonder if you can do 8bit stuff with a Wii the same way you can with a Gameboy.

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

Zra: The Wii has a "virtual console" that will play most Nintendo games. You can download most of the old NES and SEGA games in the Wii Shop.

zra

about 9 years ago

I was actually referring to Chiptune music.

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

Ah. Can't speak to that.

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