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    Help Wanted - Mystery Brick!

    I believe I've got a "no signal" brick (tv actually shows green noise on screen) on my hands. I wasn't updating or installing anything. Tiger Woods 12 was the last game I played and I wasn't able to get one of the controls to sync while playing it that time. Although I didn't go as far as hitting the red "sync" button on the console since you only need one remote for TW and I had one working.



    I believe I have bootmii on boot2, but my drive only flashes once quickly when I turn it on now. I think I remember it blinking more than once before it bricked. The wiimote will turn on the wii but won't sync or turn it off. The light goes green and since I have to hold the power button to get it to turn off, it then goes red.

    It was bought the first week they came out, but I didn't softmod until it already had 4.3U on it.

    I'm assuming my best first option is trying component cables. What other things can I try to unbrick it if it's not just a bad cable or A/V unit? Will using a component cable instead of a composite cable work if it's a bad A/V unit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vantagejuan View Post
    I'm assuming my best first option is trying component cables. What other things can I try to unbrick it if it's not just a bad cable or A/V unit? Will using a component cable instead of a composite cable work if it's a bad A/V unit?
    It very well could be a AV encoder problem. As you said, try component cables and see if it helps.


    Also, if your drive light flashes only once then you don't have Bootmii installed as boot2 or you have some other hardware issue that might explain your issue as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krafter View Post
    It very well could be a AV encoder problem. As you said, try component cables and see if it helps.


    Also, if your drive light flashes only once then you don't have Bootmii installed as boot2 or you have some other hardware issue that might explain your issue as well.
    Just got done trying the component cable on two tvs. One just said "no signal" and the other said "not supported mode" which indicates it found a signal but that the resolution wasn't compatible. That makes zero sense to me because I know the TV supports the wii's output resolution.

    Am I going to have to crack this thing open? I have no clue as to what the next step would be.

    EDIT- Oh yeah, the cable I used was the universal cable by energizer. It was the only one I could find. Should I try another one?
    Last edited by vantagejuan; 06-18-2011 at 09:13 AM.

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    I wouldn't bother trying a new cable, if you've already tried one. Chances it being bad are slim....But that is odd that all of a sudden it wouldn't turn on! Weird. Did you install any new channels or apps? Change any settings within the Wii system menu? Anything that you normally didn't do, that could help pinpoint the problem. If it just stopped working out of nowhere, I wouldn't think it is "bricked', but maybe a hardware failure somewhere. I am by no means an expert, so be patient and someone with better experience should post shortly and hopefully you can get it up and running again. On the plus side, if it is totally broke, or you don't feel like messing with it, you can find them for under $100 at many places. Also you only need the console, so that would make it even cheaper on you! Read read and read some more, and good luck!

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    It turns on with a green light, it just doesn't send a signal to the TV. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary. No channel installs or upgrades of any kind. I do remember leaving it on for an extended period of time (probably 12-24 hours) by accident not too long ago and the closet we keep the A/V stuff in gets pretty hot. I just checked the fan though, and it's working when I turn it on so I doubt it just overheated.

    Since the remote can turn it on, does that rule out a bad bluetooth module?

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    By turn on, do you mean it successfully syncs up (solid blue light)? If so, then I would think the Bluetooth module would be fine. But again, I'm no expert. Just sounds logical. I leave mine on for days sometimes, so I don't think that should matter. But if you have it in a "closet", that could generate some heat and damage components inside the Wii. The fan working doesn't rule out that something didn't get too hot. Have you left it unplugged for a period of time, and check the regular AV cables, and then the Component cables on the 2 different T.V.'s you said you were testing it on? It could be a million things, but if you didn't do anything out of the ordinary then I am stumped. Sorry.

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    It's not a solid blue light on the remotes or on the disc drive, so I guess the bluetooth could still be bad. I've left it unplugged for over 24 hours and tried both cables on multiple tvs. Thanks for the help

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    I've ruled out it being a software issue. I'm the only one that uses the unit and wasn't installing anything or using any new apps or games. I've cracked it open and ruled out the DVD drive being bad. I booted the unit without it and it acts the exact same.

    I'd rather not buy a GC controller to diagnose this since I could just replace both the wifi and bluetooth modules for the cost of a GC controller + the part I'll need. If the remote will turn the unit on (to no functionality other than light going green, fan working, and "no signal" screen) does that rule out the bluetooth unit being bad? If it can't be further dianosed without a GC controller I'll just take a gamble and try one first and hope it works.

    Potential Causes left:

    Bad A/V Encoder - I've read in another thread where Bad_Ad84 has said he's never seen one that wouldn't work with one cable or another. I've tried both and neither worked, so I'm close to ruling this out. Mine won't work with either, but the display on the screen goes from "no signal" to "not supported mode" when it turns on with component cables which means the wii is at least outputting some sort of signal to the TV. The "not supported mode" error would lead me to believe perhaps it would work with component cables if the wii settings were switched to "HD" but that wouldn't explain the controllers not syncing. Thoughts?

    Bluetooth Module - Controller can turn on the wii but not to any real functionality. Just to get the light to change from red to green and the fan to turn on. Should I rule this out?

    Wifi Module - I'm thinking this is may be it. Anyone else?

    Thanks in advance for any help. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog
    Am I to take your response to mean that units with bad bluetooth modules will also power the wii on to a "no signal" screen?

    If the answer is no, I'll order a wifi module. If the answer is yes, I'll just order both the wifi and bluetooth modules, install the one that works and keep the other. If neither fixes my wii, I'll give them to whoever reprograms my nand.

    I really see this being a full brick and would rather not wait weeks for shipping on a controller, then wifi module, then console. I'll also have access to a controller this weekend but would rather have the potential fix in the mail tomorrow.

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