1. Dotzz

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    The day before yesterday I was still playing Yoshi's Woolly World with my gf, yesterday the Wii U wouldn't boot (we played Toy Story 3 on PS3 instead).

    However fun Toy Story 3 is, I would like my Wii U to boot normally. It won't get past the Wii U logo on the bootscreen, though.

    When my gf was trying to get the Wii U to boot, she managed by removing the HDMI cable.

    These are all symptoms of the problem:

    • Wii U wouldn't boot, the day before it booted fine. Before that it wasn't used for ~2 months.
    • It gets stuck on the Wii U logo screen during start up;
    • There's no visual on the TV (input channel is right, so are Wii U output settings);
    • Sometimes it will show the message about forced shutdown; it will freeze after that;
    • The Wii U will turn on if any of the synched controllers or the gamepad is turned on;
    • The only responsive button is the ''TV'' button, but it just shows a small pop up to enable it in settings (which I didn't);
    • With the HDMI cable removed, none of the afromentioned problems show up and the console boots like it's supposed to.
    This is what I tried already;

    • Remove HDD and SD card and try to boot;
    • Remove all cables for three minutes and try to boot;
    • Try to boot in vWii menu (holding B during Wii U logo);
    • Turn on console without gamepad;
    None of this bore any results.

    Also:

    • The Wii U was bought second hand. I have used Haxchi to install rips of my gamediscs to the HDD, but I have never used cold boot haxchi.
    • Smoking has taken place in the room where the Wii U is located, but that amounts to 40 cigarettes in a well ventilated room tops;
    • The Wii U is in a well ventilated space, it does not feel hot;
    • I do have a back up about ~4/5 months old;
    • The Wii U doesn't have access to the internet. It had a wifi connection before its ~2 month hiatus. But in the meanwhile the password of the wifi network was changed; thus preventing the Wii U to access the internet.


    I Googled a lot and found a lot of people had trouble with HDMI ports. Though, I couldn't find anybody reporting the exact same problem as mine. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any solution. either

    I'm afraid my Wii U is toast. Does anybody have any idea what might be going on? Or how to solve this?
     
  2. MrCokeacola

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    Wow you tried a lot of things. So I'm guessing you've tried other HDMI cables and TVs as well?

    Does it work with a component or composite cable?
     
  3. Dotzz

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    I did indeed try other HDMI cables and TVs.

    I do not own component or composite cables, so I did not test it. I was planning to buy a SCART cable for the Wii U anyway to play Hawai Showdown on a CRT, so I'll probably probably go and buy one some time this week.

    But nonetheless; while it might help with diagnostics for now. I don't want to be stuck using only analog video output. Worst case scenario I'd buy another Wii U.
     
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