Temporary D-pad Malfunction = almost-brick?
I'm sorry if this isn't the correct section, I looked around and didn't see anywhere else to put this. Just a few minutes ago, my Wii remote had lost some functionality after i had let it sit for a while with a game running (the remote had turned off, as usual after however long). When i turned it back on, i found i could not move my character anywhere (which is normally done using the D-pad [New Super Mario Bros Wii]). This didn't alarm me much at first, because the Hard Drive I'm running the games off of has a problem with the USB cable, and if it is moved much it shuts off or whatever. So I figured that must have happened, and i restarted the Wii, loaded the game back up - same thing. I started to get worried. Restarted Wii again, loaded up Mario Bros (a virtual console thing - actually paid for it, NES). I had almost no control over D-pad and the + button (at least, these are the only ones used.). I plugged in my Classic Controller to start the game. I could not move sideways unless i had jumped, which is odd. I then tried Zelda (another VC - paid for, NES). The D-pad Seemed to be stuck with the left (down when sideways) button pressed down. Link was always running down, however i could move sideways but not up. I tried re-syncing my the Wii remote, however nothing had changed. I was going to take apart the remote (no reason why really, just felt like it may help). But, as I do not have the trigram screwdriver, I got 2 screws out and gave up. I put the batteries back in, and re-synced again. I opened the Internet channel, to see if i had D-pad functions there, which i did. I then installed another VC game (a demo, pokemon rumble - just wanted something free + quick). I played it for about 10 seconds, found I had full functionality in the D-pad, and exited. Mario (VC NES) worked after this, and so did NSMBW.
Can anybody tell me what exactly may have happened? Was this some sort of miniature almost-brick or something? Sorry if that was hard to read, and included WAY too much extraneous information, but I wanted to make sure I had everything in there. Sorry again if this is in the wrong section, but i got pretty scared when this happened, and would like some reassurance that it was either a fluke in something, or just an unlucky set of events that rendered the Wii remote dysfunctional temporarily, and couldn't find anywhere else to put this. Is there anything I should do to prevent this from happening again?
Thank you in advance.
pretty sure that is not a brick just a wiimote problem. A brick or semi brick will actually screw up your system menu and will typically not load the Wii at all. at the very least you will get many on screen errors. If it happens again i would suggest turn the Wii off and unplug for a few seconds and plug back in. That will clear out and extrenuous code that maybe running and causing the issue.
Alright, thank you.. I figured it wasn't a brick of any sort, but i figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. I thought it was probably a Wii remote problem, but the fact that it behaved differently for different games, and re-syncing/unplugging the system didn't really help made me think it might be otherwise.
Originally Posted by Slimercanada
I don't know. Don't know if I'm allowed to post links to sites or not so I wont, but if you PM me I can give you the place i downloaded from and maybe you can tell me, if it matters to you. I used Neogamma, set it to patch the video (playing PAL on NTSC, so I set to NTSC480p or something. Don't know if this was required, but it worked for another PAL game (Geometry Wars Galaxies), so I figured it could not hurt... Maybe I am wrong?
Originally Posted by ben4999
Thanks again for the replies - has reassured me some.