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    wii balance board issues

    Hi guys,

    just wondering if anybody knows about issues with balance boards not powering up properly. mine is getting weird, i need to press hard on the battery cover for it to power up, and once it does, the power goes off when i step on it. feels like something underneath may have cracked (like a circuit board or something) and will disconnect when i step on it.

    i've lost the receipt so just wanted to know if somebody from wiihacks might have come across something like this and got to solve it.

    thanks

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    I'd be taking it apart and looking for some sign of damage. Sounds like you have an issue somewhere around the battery pack. Get a multimeter and check voltage coming from the battery pack and if it changes when you put weight on it.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    wow...that sounds so cool. a multimeter. i'm gonna google and see what it is. i've actually went and bought a new set of rechargeable batteries but the wii board still does the same thing :/
    if the problem is the battery compartment of the wii board, are there spare parts sold anywhere?

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    Don't know.

    A multimeter is just a device that measures voltage, continuity, resistance and a few other things. If you have a broken wire or PCB track (possible on a device that has people jumping up and down on it) then a simple solder fix should be sufficient. A connection that opens and closes when you stand on it suggests just a loose or broken track or wire. Should be easy to fix.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Thats the first time i've heard someone getting excited over a multimeter haha. If all else fails and you cant find the problem you can pick up a used balance board for pretty cheap at your local gaming stores or online.

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    I had the same issue with rechargable battery pack when i pressed on it , it would power up then stand on board it would lose power
    i just bent the connection pins on the recharable battery out to make a better connection , now all is good!!!

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    I was wondering if you knew how to fix the issue surrounding the Balance Board in which it detects weight when you aren't standing on the board. I know the Balance Board has some technologically advanced parts to it, so I have no idea if I can replace certain parts like I could with the accelerometer here for Wii remotes: ADXL335 | Small, Low Power, 3-Axis

    I've never even seen a schematic of the Wii Balance Board. I could take pictures for this forum, but I wouldn't know what anything did. I would also pay/donate for a schematic. I'm hoping the weight detection error is a specific part and not the entire circuitboard that's damaged. Maybe I just have to pop it out and pop it back in to reset it. I have no idea, but I know heat damage near the battery is the main cause.

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