Wii Black Screen of Death – How to Fix Wii Errors

Wii black screen errors, better known as the Black Screen of Death. This can be due to a number of reasons. How to fix Wii black screen errors yourself.

Wii black screen of death, how to fix Wii black screen errors.

The Nintendo Wii gaming console can be enjoyable for the whole family, but not every system is perfect. The system can encounter Wii black screen errors, better known as the Black Screen of Death. This can be due to a number of reasons. This article will explain some of the most common reasons, and offer several fixes to each of them.

Wii black screen problem 1: Bad wireless connection

One of the most common issues for a Wii black screen is a bad connection between the Nintendo Wii console and the Wii Remote. Usually this happens during the entering and exiting of Wii Channels, the Wii checks the connectivity of the Wii Remote each time this happens. If it fails, the Wii will freeze, resulting being stuck with a black screen. Sometimes it can correct itself on it’s own if given enough time.

Solution 1: Make sure the Wii and the Wii Remote have clear access to the Wii, do not place obscure objects between the Wii and Wii Remote.

Solution 2: Keep the Wii and Wii Remote close together, and not far clear across the room and away from each other.

Solution 3: If playing a game which has a Nintendo Gamecube controller support, use that instead. This will reduce wireless interferences.

Wii black screen problem 2: Overheating

The Nintendo Wii can overheat if it’s left on for too long, placed in a small or tight corner, or is placed in a very warm or hot environment. It may also be clogged with dirt or dust, forcing a black screen error or suddenly shutting off the Nintendo Wii.

Solution 1: Place the Wii in an open area, about 6-12 inches away from any wall or object. Do not place the Wii in a corner or in a hot area.

Solution 2: Turn the Wii off when not in use (or on standby if you have WiiConnect24 on). If suddenly shutting off, unplug the Wii from the wall outlet and let cool for about 1 hour. Afterward, plug it back in.

Solution 3: on the back of the Nintendo Wii, check for dust or dirt. if present, gently clean it out with a cue tip.

Wii black screen problem 3: Wii homebrew issues

Did you hack your Nintendo Wii? Certain modifications to your Wii homebrew can cause internal system errors which may result in bricking your Wii. In most cases, a hard reset will fix the problem.

Solution 1: If caused by an application, remove it from your system. Some apps can cause code dumps or a Wii black screen error which will need a hard reset of the Wii.

Solution 2: If the Wii fails to restart and if you have a backup of your Wii’s flash memory (NAND), inject it into your system. This will likely fix the issue.

Wii black screen problem 4: Hardware failure

Sometimes a Nintendo Wii’s hardware just reaches it’s limits and can no longer work. Depending on the issue, it can be fixed, but in some cases, it will need to be repaired by Nintendo.

Solution 1: Clean your game discs with a soft cloth, using straight strokes when wiping the disc. This will help keep the Wii’s disc reading lens from getting dirty.

Solution 2: If the Wii is having unusual disc reading errors, then the lens may be dirty. Use the official Wii Lens Cleaning Kit, which costs about $10. Follow the directions with it to clean your Wii’s disc lens.

Solution 3: Check to make sure the Wii’s composite cables and power cord are properly connected.

Solution 4: If in a vertical position, place the Wii horizontally. This can help read game discs slightly better.

Solution 5: Make sure your Wii is using the latest Wii System Menu update (not advised if using Wii homebrew), small fixes and updates are required to play some games.

Solution 6: If Wii black screen problems persists, you will eventually have to send your Wii to Nintendo for repairs. Call Nintendo’s support at 1-800-255-3700.

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  1. Posted October 8, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Nice Share

  2. Posted October 8, 2010 at 4:52 am

    nice article..

  3. Ryan W
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    this helps alot but usually there is a wait for use of wii unplug all the wires from wii and open up all openings possible such as were you insert sd card or were you plus in gamecube controllers wait 1 week to a month

  4. Ryan
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    this helps alot but usually there is a wait for use of wii unplug all the wires from wii and open up all openings possible such as were you insert sd card or were you plus in gamecube controllers wait 1 week to a month

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