How to Repair Your Nintendo Wii

The folks over at Sony and Microsoft must be banging their heads against the wall. Every time they release a hot new gaming console, forums overflow with people experiencing problems with their new machines. Then, to add salt to their wounds, Nintendo releases their latest gaming console and gets rave reviews. What is it about the Nintendo Wii that people love so much?

For starters, Nintendo has a legacy of quality. Sure, the new Nintendo Wii doesn’t have the visual fireworks available on a Playstation 3 or an XBOX 360, but it’s much more stable than either one of those units. And when it comes time to sit down and play a game, you expect your expensive purchase to deliver.

The Nintendo Wii is the company’s most ambitious gaming console yet, and it too has been a victim of its own problems. But, just like with the other two consoles, there are some things you can try at home to get it working again before you ship it off to a service center.

Just remember – is not liable for any damage to your Nintendo Wii and if your console is still under manufacturer warranty, you could void it by attempting home repairs.

The majority of the Wii’s problems come in the form of error codes rather than hardware issues. Here are some of the more common error codes and what they mean.

Error code 32002 and 52030 – This is generally a problem with your Wii’s router. Try changing the router’s channel from 1 to 11. If that doesn’t work, change the Wii’s security type from WEP to WPA or disable the security altogether temporarily to see if that helps.

Disc Read Errors – Errors such as “Unable to read disc” or “Disc could not be read” seem to be one of the bigger issues with the Wii. In many cases, this error pops up after the Wii took a hard jolt or was dropped. Unplug the power cord from the Wii and let it sit for a few minutes, then plug it back in and try it out. This works for some people, but if it doesn’t, the Wii will need to be serviced.

Error code 51130 – If you see this error code show up on the screen, try pressing the “retry” button. Keep trying it and it should eventually work.

Error code 220602 – This is another router issue. Try moving your Wii closer to your wireless Internet router. If that doesn’t work, swap the primary and secondary DNS servers on your Wii, that should fix it.

Error codes 110210, 110211, 110212 and 110213 – These error codes are indicating a hardware problem in the Wii. These codes most commonly show up after the Wii was updated to 2.0U. Unfortunately, these error codes mean a trip to the service center.

Another issue that happens with the Nintendo Wii is that the Wiimote (the hand-held remote) fails to detect motion. The Nintendo suggested solution is to “slap” the remote to get it working again. This has worked for some and not for others. Usually, when the motion detection doesn’t work, it’s because the sensor inside the remote somehow became loose. To fix it, you will have to take the Wiimote apart and set the sensor back in its proper place. Reassemble the Wiimote and it should work fine.

Of course, these are just the fixes that we are aware about at this time. If you are experiencing different problems with your Nintendo Wii, you should seek the help of Nintendo.

Once again, all of these repairs should be attempted at your own risk and is not responsible for any damages that may occur to your Nintendo Wii.

Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.