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My Wii won't turn on! Why won't my Nintendo Wii power on?

Updated on August 28, 2011

How can I fix my Nintendo Wii?

A couple of nights ago, we had one of those little power hiccups. The power went off for a second ... just long enough to require all the clocks to be reset. We didn't think too much about it, it's a pretty common occurrence here in Florida.

Later that evening my son went to play his Nintendo Wii and discovered that he couldn't power it on. That's when we remembered the boys had been playing their Nintendo video games shortly before the power surge, now the wii wouldn't power on! There were no power lights, no standby light, nothing. We checked the surge protector that the Wii was plugged into, we reset it and tried again. Nothing. We unplugged the console and tried plugging it into a different power outlet; it still didn't work. The situation didn't look good. I was beginning to think we'd be buying a new Wii console very soon and it was certainly not in the budget.


My Nintendo Wii won't Power On!


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Why won't my wii power on? Nintendo Game Consoles

I decided to do a search online to see if I could find any ideas on how we might fix this problem. I found many posts from users with the exact same problem, but the solutions were bleak. Everything from taking the Wii apart, to sending it in to have it serviced. But, what it came down to was the console was fried and there wasn't much we could do about it. That was about what I had expected. So, we did a search on Amazon to see what a new Nintendo game consoles would cost and it was about what we expected, more than we could spend at the time. Well, I wasn't going to purchase anything at the moment, so I did some more searching ... and lo and behold, I came across a very simple fix!


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Reset the AC Adapter for your Nintendo Wii


Here's how we solved our problem and I hope it might help someone else who is experiencing the same issue.

  1. Unplug the Wii AC adapter at both ends (from the back of the Wii system and from the wall outlet or power strip).
  2. The AC adapter must remain unplugged at both ends for a full 2 minutes. We had unplugged the Wii several times, but the trick was leaving it unplugged for the entire 2 minutes!
  3. Unplug anything connected to the USB ports and the Nintendo GameCube Controller ports (such as LAN Adapters, keyboards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, etc.).
  4. After you've waited 2 minutes, plug the AC adapter into the Wii system and directly into a wall outlet, not a surge protector or power strip. If the power light comes on and stays on, then it appears resetting the AC Adapter worked.

If this did not fix your problem, here are some other things you might want to check:

  • Make sure that the word "Wii" and the model number "RVL-002 (USA)" are molded into the AC adapter. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible and may not work correctly.
  • Check the AC Adapter for physical damage. Physical damage, such as frayed wiring or a cracked housing can cause the system to shut down. If your AC Adapter shows signs of physical damage and needs to be replaced, you can purchase one from Nintendo's online store.

If resetting the AC Adapter did not fix your power issues, you might find a fix at Nintendo's Support site.

Nintendo Wii Support

EDIT:  We've had a tremendous amount of feedback from so many people who have experienced this exact same problem with their Nintendo game consoles - we're always happy to hear when our solution has saved your Nintendo we look forward to hearing from many more of you!

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    Makinseythemagic 15 months ago

    Thank you so much. I have a wii in my room separated from the rest of the house when I found out it wasn't working I had to try and watch t.v. on everyone else's schedule.

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    Lamme 19 months ago

    I'm so glad to hear it worked for you!

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    Kcorra 19 months ago

    Omg!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

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    pmp48035 4 years ago

    All I can say is that you are a GENIUS! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! Being a mom to a 6 & 9 year old, I often use banishment from the Wii as a punishment. After a month long ban (for painting their bedroom wall on their own with RED fabric paint), my boys were excited to play their Wii system again. It worked for one day and then the next morning, no power. I searched and found this page. I am THRILLED that I followed your steps and IT WORKED!! Again, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

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    Jennyrlm 4 years ago

    Thank you so much! My daughter is thrilled to use her new Wii Just Dance 4 game! :-)

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    Kealnt7 4 years ago

    Late to the Party,.. but this still works! Thanks! Its Christmas and I couldn't afford yet another expense. Whew.

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    animaguskid 4 years ago

    I didn't think this would work but it did!! Thanks a million!

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    macandemsmom 5 years ago

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! IT WORKED!!

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    Jewels 5 years ago

    Thank you so much!!!!!

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    JG 5 years ago

    It worked!!! Thanks for saving us some money!!!

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    Binkzz 5 years ago

    This was awesome!!! I was freaking out...worked like a charm!! Thanks

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    chrizzana 5 years ago

    oh my goshhh thank u sooooo much... i thought my wii wont work anymore..my daughter is crying coz she cant watch netflix and play wii games thank u so muccccchhhhh

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    rock9400 5 years ago

    I was skeptical too, but it worked. It was only broke for 15 minutes before I did a search for a cause. I learned long ago to check the web first.

    Thanks for your site!

    Rock9400

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    A. Gray 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! This worked perfectly:) The Wii is saved!!!

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    fish 5 years ago

    Worked for us too!!!!!!!!!!!

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    jose Milio 5 years ago

    YOu are the best, thanks a lot guys.

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    Berta 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this information. You are helping so many people including my family

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    Destiny 5 years ago

    I was balling over my wii when my friends son like a boss looked this up and he was laughing so hard that I was crying over a game

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    Mikki 5 years ago

    You saved my daughter's birthday

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    Bubs 5 years ago

    Holy Moly I can't believe this worked. Nintendo must not like you because you just saved yet another Wii owner from having to buy a new console. Best tip ever.

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    Jess 5 years ago

    wow this worked! I was so bummed because I thought our WII was done!!!!!!

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    jstone514 5 years ago

    That is awesome it worked for me. I almost went out and bought a new wii for 150.00 but I decided to look on the internet and see what I could do and lo and behold I found out this awesome trick and it worked great thank you very much

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    Amanda 5 years ago

    Worked for me too! Grateful!!

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    KIM 5 years ago

    Wow!! Thanks so much, it worked for us. I thought it was fried and we were going to have to buy a new one.

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    luluolala 5 years ago

    Great posting!!!!! It worked right away :) I am so happy now.....thank you so much!!! LOVE YOUR SOLUTION!!!

    THANKS AGAIN!!

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    callshan 5 years ago

    Thank you SO MUCH!!! I was so sad when the wii wouldn't power up.... one of several electronics that "broke" within a week's time! This solution worked and I thank you!!!

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    Captcolumbus 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting this, it looks like it worked! Now off to play WII bowl with my kid on a cold day!

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    Jess & Tim 5 years ago

    Like everyone else, we too thought our console was junk. Had a power surge this morning, went to play wii this evening and got nothing... THANK YOU for the solution!! My husband was getting frustrated at the thought of buying a new console =)

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    shandan 5 years ago

    OMG! It worked! Thank you for sharing! :)

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    dragonflychic70 5 years ago

    love it ! worked fantastic. remembered we lost power 2x this week.the solution worked !! thanks so much.

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    Lamme 5 years ago

    It's wonderful to see how many people are finding our site and getting great results with this simple fix! Thanks for all your comments!!!

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    Deedee 5 years ago

    I was so upset when I thought I would have to tell my kids the wii is broken from a power surge. I thought I should look online for a solution and this was the first one that came up. Tried it and it worked!!! Thank you!!

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    tim 5 years ago

    Holy crap, it worked!!!!

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    Thanks a bunch 5 years ago

    worked like a charm thanks

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    Shirlgirl 5 years ago

    This worked for me too!! Thank you so much! You saved me a lot of frustration and money :)

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    SdWheeler2 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for putting this information online. My Wii was "stuck" and wouldn't load a Nexflix movie. I unplugged it to try and restart it and it wouldn't power on after I did this (Ooopps! I found out I'm not supposed to do this!) I thought we were going to have to go without our Wii for a while until we could buy a new one, but I googled our problem and your site came up. We unplugged the AC adaptor for over two minutes and then plugged back in to the wall outlet and it started back up. Thank you for taking the time to share this!

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    Royalty 5 years ago

    It worked,It actually worked!

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    Rebecca 5 years ago

    Thank you, thank you thank you tack så mycket. I'm another happy reader.

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    Joyce G. 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for your information. When I noticed my wii was not lit up, I tried to turn it on, unplugged it and plugged it back and nothing. I had my daughter try to no avail. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one so I went online to see if the prices have come down. But decided I could not buy another one anytime soon. I decided to see if there was information online about my problem then found this. I did what you said and waited over 2 minutes then plugged it in and it lit up..so glad to find this fix...thank you so much.

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    mhanna 5 years ago

    WOW! Thank you for posting! I hadn't used my wii in a long time & was so sick to my stomach that I may have to buy a new one!! WHAT AN EASY FIX!! Thank you!

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    Jill 5 years ago

    Thank you! We thought our console was fried!

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    Amy 5 years ago

    Very Helpful! Thanks!

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    Bridgman 5 years ago

    OMG it worked thank you so much. I am so glad I searched for this before getting a whole new system!! Thanks again

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    jo09jo 5 years ago

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I was quite sceptical when reading this suggestion, but lo and behold, it turned right on!! Thank You!

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    erica.brehm 5 years ago

    So so so so so thankful for this information. My Wii now works again!!!

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    Gabs 5 years ago

    It worked! Thanks so much

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    UntitledCopy 5 years ago

    Thank you SO much! My power light wasn't on and I was resetting everything and it wouldn't work! I found this, and it is fixed now! THANK YOU!

    :D

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    ThisPerson 5 years ago

    Oh my god, thank you so much! I actually had a game in the Wii, and it was completely trapped. Thank you so much for helping me save it! Thank you thank you thank you! :D

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    Nicole 5 years ago

    THANK THANK THANK YOU!!!!! Life saver!

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    Lamme 5 years ago

    Kenblu, I'm so glad you gave this fix a try! So many people think that it is some kind of scam, LOL

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    Kenblu24 5 years ago

    Hehe, thought this was one of those fake sites where they try to get you to beleive it's a legitimite news site to get you to buy one of those fat products.When you said "I found a simple trick," right next to it there was an ad for a free wii.I hoped that was a joke and scrolled down.AND THIS ACTUALLY WORKED!!! THANKS!!!

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    Brent 5 years ago

    Thank you so much... this solution worked perfect!!!

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    Luke 5 years ago

    Thank You So Much!!!!! It worked for me!

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    Bobbi 5 years ago

    OMG Thank you so much. We have been without our Wii for like a month. I just assumed that I was going to have to take it in and have it fixed. I had a free minute and saw your solution first. SO I thought what the heck can't hurt to try, right? So I did what you said and it worked perfectly. Thank you so very much.

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    Paula 5 years ago

    This happened to me and our Wii didn't work for 2 weeks and I saw this and did exactly what it said to do and our Wii works again. THANK YOU!

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    Justice for Jeremy Kye Gibson 5 years ago

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much. It worked just as you said it did for me and now I'm going over to the grandparents house to fix theirs too. Can't thank you enough, you saved our family from spending money we didn't have or have to spend at a difficult time in our lives. We would have found a way to do it though so the kids could have something to help them get through but YOU saved us!!!! From my family to yours- - - THANK YOU!!! Justice For Jeremy Kye Gibson. Forever Loved Never Forgotten! 7/3/85 - 7/6/11

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    5 years ago

    OMG Thank you! I had tried everything.

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    Thankful 5 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!! It worked!!!!!

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    chelsya2011 5 years ago

    Thank you SO much for finding this solution! We tried everything and this is the only thing that worked!!

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    jesproul 5 years ago

    wow it worked! thanks

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    Knippel's 5 years ago

    I can't thank you enough, I thought about getting rid of it and get a new console and then I found your posting. It save me $100 buck

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    Garcia's 5 years ago

    Thank you so much. Works great again. Thought about getting rid of it, now we are playing again.

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    Malinda 5 years ago

    I really can't thank you enough! I've been searching all morning for a way to fix our wii. I thought it was hopeless and a new wii was going to be in our near future. Thank you so much for posting this and helping so many! I feel $200 richer today :)

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    sneks 5 years ago

    Thanks for your post. It was very helpful.

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    Chris 5 years ago

    "BooYa!! Thanks dad"... Need I say more... :)

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    wii user pb 5 years ago

    tried it and it worked. thanks!

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    BakerGirl 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the tip. It worked like a charm when nothing else would!

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    teejay 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the tip!! It work just like you said it would. I was sooooo worried that i was going to have to but a new one but this fix worker. Thanks again. BC Canada

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    Lynn 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting this solution. We thought our console was a gonner. Hurricane Irene took out our power for just a few minutes and the Wii bit the dust!! What a simple solution! You are the BOMB!!

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    Leyla from London 5 years ago

    Thank you so much it worked first time! A big worry off my mind.

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    Nes 5 years ago

    All I can say is Thank you!!!!!

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    Alison 5 years ago

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! IT WORKED!!!

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    Cesarin 5 years ago

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you very much for the tip. I normally am pretty good at finding the solution for an electrical problem but I couldn't figure this one out. I had it close though. Before I got online to look this issue up, I just unplugged the power cable from the back of the Wii but left it plugged in at the other end. I had no idea that box in the middle had some kind of "brain" and all you had to do is unplug both end and wait a couple of minutes. No doubt you always learn something new everyday. And the best part is I didn't have to invest money on a new Wii console !! Once again thank you very much !!

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    ranmanross 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I couldn't believe that worked!!!

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    Lisa 5 years ago

    This worked like a charm!!! Thanks so much

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    Jessica 5 years ago

    I am so glad I stumbled on this! I thought my Wii might have been a goner, but I tried everything you said and it worked! Thanks so much!!

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    Mary 5 years ago

    Wow! clicked on several sites that suggested calling Nintendo. We've had our for years and I didn't want to pay for a fix. It worked. Thank you!!

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    Alycia 5 years ago

    OH MY GOSH! Thank you soo much! I was so worried that my wii had crashed! :D I really appreciate it! :)

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    mikeyy90 6 years ago

    It worked!! You saved me from thinking i had to buy another one. Thank you so much!

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    joeandmeg99 6 years ago

    You saved us SO much trouble and money! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    Melissa 6 years ago

    This worked great! Thank you for posting this!

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    Lily 6 years ago

    Thank you so much!! You really are a life saver!! :D

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    Megan 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting this fix! It worked!

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    travis 6 years ago

    thanks so much for the help! we started out our day with no water to our house, the city shut it off so.. no showers for anyone this morning after being in a hot car for 6 hours yesterday.. it was no rose garden in here. then about noon, it starts back up and alas, our washer doesn't work to get into some clean clothes and to wash everything from our suitcases. so we work on the washer, turn the water off to it, bang on the pipes, sware at it, and nothin works so we flip all the breakers to see if that would help. and whether or not it did, we eventually got it fixed by detaching the hot and cold hoses and blowing on them hahahahaha. BUT by filpping the breakers we surged our wii, and thought our day couldn't get any more filled with problems. yet with my lightning fast reflexes i dashed to my laptop to search for an answer, YOUR answer!!!! and it was amazing that it actually worked!! i thought we'd have to get a new wii!! Thank you so much for the advice!

    -the Travis Household

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    Army Wife 6 years ago

    THANK YOU!! It worked for me also!!

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    paulosfm 6 years ago

    It worked! Thanks for the recommendation. I unplugged the power supply and let it rest for 5 minutes, just to be on the safe side. Plugged into a wall outlet. Bingo. Switched to the power strip. Bingo. Lots of relief here, knowing the recent power surges did not fry the Wii.

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    bobs 6 years ago

    it worked!! thanks!! I live in south florida and those power blips are quite common.

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    Baby J 6 years ago

    Awww thank you baby jesus! Thank you!

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    Jennifer 6 years ago

    Thank-you so much! Came home from work and the lights on my wii weren't working. The wii has become our pride and joy as we don't have cable. My girls just watch netflix. Seems funny that we have to rely on a game console these days. Your solution worked and the we are watching netflix again. Your a life saver!

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    Drew 6 years ago

    Thank you so much!!!!!!! Why isn't this posted all over the Internet??

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    LordPuddingCup 6 years ago

    Thanks so much! It worked perfectly for us... we had Netflix and a ton of data saved on the wii!

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    6 years ago

    It worked!!! Thank you, I was already stressing out about how much it was gonna cost me to get it working again!!!

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    katiebugwho 6 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was afraid my bad luck with electronics had gotten me again but this fix worked perfectly.

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    Titus 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this simple solution! Yours was the first one I found when I googled up the problem, used and it worked!

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    Chuck B 6 years ago

    Perfect solution, it worked! We had an electrician come over and fix some problem outlets (not where the Wii was) and he turned a few breaker switches on and off. We hadn't played the Wii since then, and the kids were bummed this morning to find it wouldn't work - tried other outlets, unplugging and replugging. Nothing. Followed your advice and we're immediately up and running after leaving the adapter unplugged for just over 2 minutes. Happy boys, happy dad! Thank you.

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    OB 6 years ago

    Awesome... Ours has been sitting for over a year. This worked. Grandchildren will thank you!!!

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    MikeBullet 6 years ago

    It worked thanks

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    Helen 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for this, we've just returned from holiday to find our Wii apparently dead (there was a power cut a few days ago according to the neighbour). Googled the problem and fixed it with your tip!

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    Mary 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! I tried the reset before searching online and just didn't leave it unplugged long enough. I have a 3 year old with a Netflix addiction who thanks you greatly (as does my sanity!) Can't go a day without our morning episode of Yo Gabba Gabba :)

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    Sarah 6 years ago

    Thank you for this! I thought my Wii was dead for sure.