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    Is my Wii bricked?

    So I turned my Wii on today for the first time in a few months. Nothing happened. The screen was black. The Wii's power light was on and the system was definitely running. I checked all the input jacks, and they are definitely correct. I assumed it was a problem with the component cables, so I went and bought another set. Same problem. I noticed that sometimes, when shifting to the correct input channel on the TV, I could hear the title menu music for a second before the sound cutting out. I figured maybe the problem was that I was using an HD TV (the last time I played my Wii, I was using a regular TV). I unplugged everything and brought it into another room and hooked it up to the same TV that I had played it on previously, and the sound worked. The picture was still black, but upon closer observation, I could VERY FAINTLY make out the warning screen from the startup jumping around as if by some kind of static-y malfunction. I've read online and I'm assuming I have what is known as the "Black Screen of Death." I'm unsure of what to do now.

    The Wii is out of warranty, as it was bought the Christmas that it was released; it was modded using the Twilight Princess save file hack about a year or more ago; it has worked perfectly fine since I've had it until now.

    I didn't do anything special last time I used it, which is what's so confusing. I mean, it'd be different if I had just downloaded some update, or had just installed some kind of new homebrew, but no. I just stopped playing it for a while, and hooked it up to my HD TV. Can it download updates and stuff while it's turned off? Any suggestions for a fix?

    Sorry, but I'm not too fluent in the homebrew scene. I kinda just did the hack and hardly did anything with it. If the solution is technical, could you explain it to me like I'm an idiot? Thanks in advance!
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    It's not a black screen of death. A BSOD would be complete black without sound or any form of picture, a corruption to the actual System of the Wii which makes it totally inoperable.

    I'm guessing here that this is some kind of TV signalling issue, where the Wii is putting out a signal your TV can't display.

    If you can get the Wii to connect to your TV in another way then you may be able to see it. It could be your Wii has reset itself or something. I use composite cables myself and have no idea how you set the Wii to use Component.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Alright, so the problem isn't as bad as I thought? That's good. I meant to say I am using composite cables. I get the two words mixed up. Anyways, I tried connecting using an S-video jack, and everything seems to work good now. Thanks a lot! I have no idea why the composite cables wouldn't work... What are the chances of BOTH of them being bad?

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    Composite video uses just the one cable.

    It's probably a TV setting, I know that one of mine is greyed out, maybe that one was selected somehow. Total guess mind.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    Composite video uses just the one cable.
    Really? Ok, maybe I'm just dumb or something, but I looked on google and it seemed like composite cables were the red, yellow, and white ones, and component cables were the HD ones with the two reds, white, blue, and green. Anyways, terminology aside, the problem was with the red, yellow, and white cables. I tried two different sets of cables on two different TVs and I got similar results (only diff was that I could hear sound when I used the SD TV). When I plugged in the S-Video jack in addition to the red, yellow, and white cables, the problem was fixed. Not sure why, but I'm assuming it is some issue with the Wii's video output that won't allow the signal to be sent through the yellow plug, but WILL allow it to be sent through the S-Video plug. Strange, but a relief none-the-less.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    It's probably a TV setting, I know that one of mine is greyed out, maybe that one was selected somehow. Total guess mind.
    Not so sure if it's a TV setting. Like I said, I had the same video problem on both TVs. Not to mention, the last time I used my Wii a few months ago, it was on the SD TV and it worked fine before. I haven't changed any settings on it since then.


    REGARDLESS, the problem is fixed and I appreciate the support. Now I have one more unrelated quick question:

    Like I said, I did the HomeBrew Channel a while back when the Twilight Hack was the only option for hacking, and I barely did anything beyond getting Virtual Console games through a WAD installer program. The Homebrew scene was just lacking back then so I kinda left my Wii to collect dust. Now I see USBLoaders and stuff available and I want to get back into the scene. My Wii says it's in version "3.3u" and I haven't updated since I installed the HBC a while back. How would I go about getting all my stuff updated to the latest hacks? I would love to play some "backup" game files.

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    It was an odd problem for sure. Never used S-video myself and wasn't even aware that the Wii could output to that. My TV is so old that it barely has a scart lead, don't watch much TV so don't really need to spend a grand on updating.

    Anyway if you want to bring your Wii softmod up to date just follow the tutorial http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

    Do the steps as shown except you might be able to skip most of Step 3 if you already have a cIOS installed and skip right to the bit where it installs cIOS38rev14 (use your IOS249 to install it).
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    It was an odd problem for sure. Never used S-video myself and wasn't even aware that the Wii could output to that. My TV is so old that it barely has a scart lead, don't watch much TV so don't really need to spend a grand on updating.

    Anyway if you want to bring your Wii softmod up to date just follow the tutorial http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html

    Do the steps as shown except you might be able to skip most of Step 3 if you already have a cIOS installed and skip right to the bit where it installs cIOS38rev14 (use your IOS249 to install it).
    Alright, thanks a ton for all the help! Not sure what a cIOS is, but I'll look into it.

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