Friday, May 11, 2007

How I Fixed My Wii Remote When It Stopped Working

I was unpleasantly surprised last night when while playing with my Wii, my remote suddenly stopped working. I didn't drop it or hit it against anything or even lay it down for that matter. One second it was functioning normally and the next the remote's power was off. When I tried to turn it back on, the lights would blink several times and then it powered down again. The sytem would only power on and off if pressed the power button on the console. My first instinct was to change the batteries so I did (twice actually). I also tried resynchronizing the remote but of course that didn't work. Then I came to the conclusion that I was going to have to exchange it. I was also worried that the problem may have something to do with the Wireless Sensor Bar or even worse, the console. If that was the case, I would have to exchange the whole system. And if I needed to do that, I knew the chances of them actually having the Wii in stock was slim to none.

Fortunately, all that worry was for nothing as a couple of hours after the problem began I had an idea which I thought was a Hail Mary, but I decided to try it anyway. All I did was unplug the AC cord from the back of the console and plugged it back in. I honestly didn't think there was a chance it would work but I was willing to try anything. Imagine my surprise when I pressed the power button on the remote and everything was back to normal. Both the remote and the console powered up and I haven't had any problems since. So if you ever experience these same symptoms, try what I did before you start to worry. I hope it works for you too.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, glad I ran into this post... I had the exact same problem and I tried unplugging it and plugging the AC back in again and it started to work again... weird. Thanks for posting Alan, you saved me a lot of time trying to figure it out!

Anonymous said...

Hey thanx alot. i was in shock when my brother told me it had stopped working. so the first thing i did was try to resynchronise it. Didnt work so i googled the problem. Thank goodness i saw this blog and my wii remotes are working fine. THANKS A BUNCH.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i am going to try it ill see if it works i'll post back, cya

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!! Its raining and I'm sick and this just happened and now its better.... you rock!

Simon said...

I found this page after having thrown away 4 sets of batteries and having reserved another remote at Argos. What can I say - you're comment saved me! I owe you a drink!
-Simon.

Anonymous said...

It didnt work for me... I tried all the chords in the back. Ill keep searching blogs for an alternate remedy.

thanks for the idea :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks,
random idea to have, me and my brother were stumped until I googled the problem. Thanks for the big help the system's working again.
the brothers Mack

Anonymous said...

To be honest I thought this was a stupid idea. Then it worked. Thanks a bunch....

Inkaide said...

Hm, it didn't work for me. My problem is that whenever I press a button, it flashes blue and works for about 3 seconds. Then it dies. It does the same thing again if I take the batteries out and put them in again, then it fashes for 3 second and cuts off. Does anyone know any other way to fix it?

Anonymous said...

let's see if this works..

Anonymous said...

gah, I unplugged a sensor bar thing, and now my damn wii wont turn off. or work. GAH.

Anonymous said...

So I went and unplugged the AC from the wii AND the outlet. It turns off now, but the remotes still blink and then go dead. GAAAH!

Anonymous said...

haha, as one last post, my brother synced it. it works. fml.

heather said...

hooray, thx for the help! :)

Katie Ellen said...

Ah brilliant,I was pretty worried aou this, but you rblo saved me! I turned of the ac, then re-synced and now have both remotes back working :D

Anonymous said...

Oh my . Thank-you so much . I thought I would have to buy new ones . This helped alot and it worked . Thanks again

Anonymous said...

WOW.
Thank you very much, I was going to buy a wii fix booklet, to look for a solution, and I had no clue it could be so simple, I just unplugged it !
It fixed 2 problems that I had before.
Thank you very very much !
This was very helpful, no matter how easy it was.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. It fixed ours as well! :)

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I though I was going to have to buy a bunch of stuff to fix it!!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD... what a relief. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was about to beat the Wii after I got done beating all the neighbor kids that were playing it. :))

Thanks again,
Minnesota

Jofand said...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, this posting is since 2007 and the solution still works!

Nita said...

After searching for an answer to fix our remotes - stumbled upon your post and it worked! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! worked for us too!
hilary in Canada

Anonymous said...

Thank you so so much! My son was freaking out and I haven't even had my coffee yet and the nintendo site was no help at all. I'm so glad you shared your experience.
-- Wii mom

Anonymous said...

thx soo much had the exact same problem me and my bro were well freaking out so glad the fuckin thing works thx again!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a Bunch. Worked for me too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Both remotes stopped working and now it's like New again!

Anonymous said...

You the man. Thanks a lot. Worked for us as well when both controllers had sudden death syndrome.

Anonymous said...

Omg I stumpled across this article and I am thankful you posted this information. My son loves to play his toy story and he was upset and I thought I had to replace the remote until I saw this. Thank you again because now he can play again and I can watch my netflix :)

Anonymous said...

This is what I did to my remote and it works perfect http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.ca/2013/08/how-to-fix-wii-remote-sync.html

Anonymous said...

Both wii remotes stop working, no both are fine. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Another life saved!!!! Thank you so much

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was the trick! Thanks a lot!