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    Question Wii fell off mantle, now randomly powers off - Theories?

    Subject basically sums it up:
    • Wii was on my mantle (~5 feet off ground)
    • Someone tripped on cable and the Wii fell off mantle onto the slate/marble in front of fireplace
    • Wii still works fine - but it now randomly loses power
    • By "loses power" I mean that the RED light even goes out - so I have to unplug/replug in the AC adapter to get the RED power light to even come back on.
    • I've tried removing the Wii casing to give Wii more ventilation - but power-offs continue
    • I've also tried lifting up the DVD drive a couple inches above the motherboard - again to provide more ventiliation - but power-offs continue
    • I've also tried the "reseat the bluetooth module" technique - but that apparently didnt fix anything either.


    Does anyone have any ideas on what could be the problem and/or if it could be fixed? Any advice/comments would be welcome.


    BTW - if this isn't right forum for this thread plz let me know.

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    All I can think of is that you damaged the DVD Drive.
    I had to get mine sent in for repairs.

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    Hmm, my wii has fallen multiple times, and all that happens to mine is it ejects randomly @_@

    Not a problem since I use USB loader, but still. Maybe your power connection in the back is screwy. Call ninty, tell them it just turns off randomly (don't mention the drop) And maybe you can get it fixed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zerosyko View Post
    ...Call ninty, tell them it just turns off randomly (don't mention the drop) And maybe you can get it fixed?
    Good idea! I'll try that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragan View Post
    DUuude! Boys donīt cry... Lol! J/K

    The only thing i can think of... is your drive...

    Try this...

    Open ur console...go quick to config menu...Turn OFF (if it is on) Wiconnect24.

    Install USB loader... and try the same game (MK), but this time on usb... with the dvd drive unplugged... both cables.

    If it turn off again... then we try another "thing"...

    Hope that helps.


    Edit: Remember the WII is just a Gamecube v1.2 so they dont get overheated... unless you have Wiconnect24... that s**t make them go crazy hot!
    Heh... nice.

    I tried doing that exact thing actually earlier today. USB Loader with couple games installed. I completely removed the DVD drive from the Wii -but I got errors trying to load up a game - I thought it was because the games I tried wanted to at least "see" a DVD drive present... jus my theory though.

    The thing that also boggles my mind is that now that I've brought the Wii back to the attic for further repair/research, it stayed on all day w/out any power-offs! And I had Wii games running all day too... with the DVD drive connected (but lifted up 2 inches from motherboard). Why in the world does the Wii not auto-shutoff in the attic but it does down in the TV room?!??! The wall outlet is the only difference really... maybe I need to try diff outlets downstairs...

    I'll report back after more tests!

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    Keep us informed ^.^


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    Update:
    Well - I left Wii on for hour or so downstairs uing a *different* electrical outlet... but it eventually did power-off. I should probably try more outlets to be certain that's not the culprit but I'm testing something else for now...

    I've been using the HD component Wii cables downstairs and I've been using the composite cables upstairs so I'm now trying the HD cables upstairs in case for some reason that's it. I'm also trying the downstairs AC adapter (I know - I shouldn't test more than 1 thing at time but I couldn't resist)...

    Will return w/new update after running this a bit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RohitVerma View Post
    All I can think of is that you damaged the DVD Drive.
    I had to get mine sent in for repairs.
    Thanks for suggestion... but I've actually tried two diff DVD drives (D2B and D2E) - but the power offs still occur (downstairs only).

    Here are my last test results:

    The Wii did NOT have any power-offs upstairs using the SAME ac adapter and the SAME video cables. So the mystery continues!... =/

    I'm running out of differences between the upstairs and the downstairs besides the fact that I can only get the Wii to NOT have power-offs by using it upstairs.

    I'll test a couple other wall outlets downstairs next. When I get time I'll call ninty too and play the whole "uhm... my Wii fell and now keeps turning off" thing zerosyko suggested and see how that goes. If they want me to send in then I'm screwed as they'd likely detect my homebrew hacking.

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    Quick update (still haven't called Nintendo yet)

    Last night I put the Wii in my TV cabinet upstairs (still outside it's case with DVD drive lifted up). I shut the TV cabinet doors while I was playing and 15 or so minutes in... the Wii lost power - just like downstairs!!

    Could the answer really be as simple as... if my Wii isn't ventilated *just* right it overheats and loses power?!

    Bigger question still is - how fixable is it - which I guess I'll find out when I call Nintendo. Anyhow - just thought I'd give an update since I finally got the Wii to lose power upstairs... it appears to be about overheating/ventilation.

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    I've just scanned the post but did you check the Wii fan was working? The Wii is so cramped that even with extra space between components passive cooling might not be enough.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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