Where's my Wii pointer gone?...

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Feb 21, 2012
  1. I_AM_BIB
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    Newcomer I_AM_BIB The One and Only BiB

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    Ok well my Wiimote has been working for about 3 years but suddenly it has decided to mess up. The Wiimote has all it's functions perfect except for that it doesn't have a Wii pointer on the screen. Other Wiimotes do work on the Wii but it's only this one that doesn't. It might be of old age, but can anyone tell me why and how i could possibly get it to work? :yaywii:
     
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    Try wiping off the top of the wiimotes. Sometimes that get too dirty for the wiimote to actually locate your sensor bar properly.
     
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    Try this: http://www.nintendo...._5251_8086.html

    Hope it helps!

    Or you could read this:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

     
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    I've cleaned the sensor bar and the Wiimote sensor, but it still doesn't work, also the Wii pointer doesn't work in any games or on the main Wii screen, it simply just doesn't work. What's strange is that when on the main screen of the Wii, i can press - or + to scroll through the channels and i can also turn on the Wii with the power button on the Wiimote... I was just wondering if somthing similar happened to someone else but they found out a way to work it.

    Thanks for the info though :yaywii:
     
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    Perhaps there is an issue with the sensor bar. Try lighting two candles, placing them above or below your TV, about as far apart as the length of the sensor bar. Then try to use the remote. If it works now, the problem was the sensor bar and it needs replaced.

    If it still doesn't work, try and borrow a remote from someone and test it - if that works, your remote is the problem and needs replaced.

    If neither works, there is likely something in your environment disrupting the remote e.g. an alternative IR light source
     
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    Sounds to me like either your sensor bar is dead (try a friends, or do the candle thing), or the IR camera (in the wiimote) is dead. If the IR camera is dead, then you are SOL and need a new wiimote.
     
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    He said it worked with other remotes.
    So, it's more likely the ir detector in the wiimote that has gone defective.
    Without knowledge of electronics, I don't think their is an easy fix for it.
    A replacement remote isn't all that expensive.
    After banging them against everything that's within armrange, you can't blame them for giving up after a couple of years.
     
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    Ah yes, that's what I get for speed reading. Indeed, the easiest solution is almost definitely to just buy a replacement.
     
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    The sensor bar works, other wiimotes work, it's just this one's pointer disappeared as i was playing on my wii, but all other functions work. It's a bit strange because i haven't done ANYTHING to make it stop working i.e drop it, hit it. It's only the pointer, but everything else with it works.
     
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    Here is a quote from the nintendo website:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    It's entirely possible that the IR-sensor which sits atop the Wiimote simply broke for whatever reason. It happens and it's easily fixed by replacing it.

    To make sure, I would take the remote apart, remove the black plastic part, put it back together and re-try. If it does not detect the IR light without any obstacles in-between the sensor and the emitter then it's clearly broken and needs to be replaced.

    I believe it's a standard IR reciever that you can find in any electronic chips store or order online.
     
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    If youre talking about the sensorbar - then no. Its just a row of IR leds.
    If youre talking about the Wii remote - then no again. It uses a special camera from what Ive read.


    Edit: and as far as Ive understood, the black plastic acts as a filter so only IR light goes through.
     
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    The "Sensor Bar" is a very misleading name as it actually has no sensors at all, as you mentioned, it has only IR LED's. As for the Wiimote sensor, I'm pretty sure you can find replacement parts for them online, they're really not that expensive and fixing a Wiimote sensor is a matter of unsoldering 8 solderpoints, putting a new part in and soldering it to the board, it's really not rocket science. ;)
     
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    Yup, but sensor bar is the official name afaik >_>. But I agree its misleading.
    And yes, I know its not hard to replace it :) , just pointed out its not just a "standard IR reciever".
     
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