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    Could this be classed as "Red Light of Death"??

    Hi all,

    Luckily this isn't a request about my own wii, that is still as good as gold.

    But another wii that has been given to myself by a friend who said "all he could remember was that his son was going to throw it out".

    But with no other explanation, so I have come here for some guiding light on the subject.

    okay....

    1 plug in wii
    2 only attached items are the psu and wii sensor and rgb cable to tv.

    now the bad bit

    1 Switch on PSU at mains and PWR light glows red. (no sound or any other activity).
    2 If you press the PWR button for a second it quickly goes to Green light then totally dead, no lights no sounds no nothing.
    3 try pressing PWR button, reset, eject, makes no difference.

    4 slightly different approach,
    5 Switch on PSU at mains, PWR light glows Red, tried pressing "Eject" exactly the same as if pressing the PWR button, light goes to Green quickly then nothing, nada.

    Now all I need to know is, is this a recognized fault, Is a repair a possibility, (Would it even be worth it).

    or could there be some other errant fault with the unit that some *uc^wit has bodged whilst trying to do a home repair.

    I understand chaps that without actually seeing the unit yourselves its going to be a little difficult to give me any kind of advise, but I come here simply because of all the good advice I have had in the past.

    I dont know if this is of any relevance but the serial begins with LEH1095 and the model no is RVL-001 (EUR) dated 2006, which makes me think it could well be a unit with firmware 3.1 ripe for hacking if i could get it to just turn on.

    any ideas chaps would be very much appreciated......

    ttfn

    sadsack

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    I had this problem once right after a power cut .. i unplugged everything i.e took sd card out ,unplugged sensor bar , av cables and power cord from wall and unit .. took the wii across the room plugged it into a different outlet and it worked fine .. put the wii back to the origanal outlet and it was all good .. you could also try using the power cord from your wii . see if that fixes it ..

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    You could try your own Wii's power brick rather than the one that came with this Wii (to rule out power supply issue).

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    Hi Chaps, and thanks for the replies...

    Well, my first port of call was to disregard the psu that came with the unit fearing it may well be knackered, and used my working one, sill same problem,
    1,Switch on,
    2,Red pwr illuminates
    3,press pwr, or reset, or eject, very quick brief short burst of blue light from dvd drive (split second)
    4, very brief flash of green on light (split second)
    5 then nothing....no audio, no lights, no sound from tv or wii.

    6, decided to take a much more closer look at the wii unit, and realized that someone has already been up to no good, The cover plate for the rear 4 gamecube ports was missing.
    one small Phillips screw was missing, but none of the triwing screws had been removed (or if they had none were missing).
    I have know gone out and got hold of some screw bit sets that contained triwing sizes 1 2 3 4 and 5, but they all seem to be to big for the triwings on the wii, not only that but they will not go down the two long rear holes at the back of the wii. (I was contemplating drilling out these holes to accept a "bit" adapter, but this may well destroy the case as the holes are very near the edge of the wii case.
    So I may decide on dremeling down one of the bits to fit the two small black screws towards the front of the case that I think hold the front cover in place.

    I wondered if the "Wera 375" would be the correct driver to get but I still don't know what size the driver is, so it may be a waste of money, (and Wera ain't cheat either).

    tried psu's in extensions and different mains spurs but still exactly the same problem.

    Now i'm wondering if this is a soft mod gone wrong scenario, or even a modchip gone wrong. but without getting inside I will not be able to tell,

    Am willing to try anything that anyone is willing to suggest, I have left a message with my mate who gave me the unit to find out if it was a repair/chip/or mod that was carried out on it.
    Or it may even be a mobo failure for all I know?

    ttfn

    sadsack

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    I'm not sure if this is for the same with the wii, but it happened with a computer and what could have happened is there could have been a powersurge, and the motherboard got fried. And when you plugged it in, the ring around where you plug it in still lighted up and when you pressed the power button the buttons flashed blue, fan started and then it turned off. Once again, im not sure if this is what could have happened to the wii, but its what has happened to a computer before and it had similair effects to what your wii is having.
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    It Kinda wants to start up, and goes through the process but then seems to loose power really quickly...... and I mean quick that three process of going from red (permanent) to blue flash on dvd to green (on) is probably less than a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadsack View Post
    It Kinda wants to start up, and goes through the process but then seems to loose power really quickly...... and I mean quick that three process of going from red (permanent) to blue flash on dvd to green (on) is probably less than a second.
    sounds like its dead tbh. You would really need to start with opening it up and doing some testing with a multimeter, or getting someone who knows hardware/electronics to take a look.

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    I make u right davepm, I've managed to get out all the screws except 3, the two deep ones, and one small black tri one, only the head has almost totally bored away.
    Just can't seem to be able to get anything that will make it budge. I suppose the next step is dremel the head to try and make a slot, of just try and drill out the screw. Pity I didn't have a screw reverser, would've come in handy right now .... I know one thing if I ever get this thing open, all these screws are gonna be replaced with philips.... I've been collecting them for years from all old video and dvd guts just for this purpose.

    ttfn

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    Finally managed to get the unit open, and found a copy of Wii Sports firmly stuck inside, used the rubber band on the right hand side to slowly manually eject the disc.
    Wii still does the same thing as before.
    So I removed the dvd drive and had a look underneath the drive and it seems the rear motor (not the rubber band one) had some rather nasty looking scorch marks on it, so it seems that it must have overloaded when trying to eject the disc and died.
    So it's salvage what I can time and bin the rest.
    Thanks for trying to help out chaps, just thought I would let you know what the problem was in the end.

    ttfn

    sadsack
    Last edited by sadsack; 11-13-2010 at 07:19 PM. Reason: Update

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