Wiikey creating black dots on screen?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by Fish on a Stick, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Fish on a Stick
    OP

    Fish on a Stick Member

    Newcomer
    33
    0
    Aug 27, 2006
    First off I didn't install the wiikey myself, I got it off ozmodchips and got one of their guys to install it for me, and they assure me it's not a clone. (From what I've read they're a very reliable site) Also I have a PAL Australian wii.

    Ever since I got Super Mario Galaxy, PAL (legit copy, bought it) about 2 months ago and updated my firmware to 3.1 I get these black dots appearing on the screen, they're generally formed in lines going down, but during some cutscenes a lot appear on the screen. These look like dead pixels except they're not, since they disappear once in a while and they only appear when I play the wii, not when I watch tv or anything.

    It bothered me for a while but I chose to ignore it, but I just updated my wiikey firmware to 1.9g and the amount of black dots increased quite a bit. I think the guy I went to might've botched the installation of the wiikey somehow.

    I thought I might as well ask you guys what you think the cause of the problem is, and if there's possibly a fix.
     
  2. markish

    markish Member

    Newcomer
    40
    0
    Feb 1, 2008
    Sweden
    I believe they're called artifacts (or maybe artefacts in US English) and I have heard other people have it here. I don't know how to fix it, but you could try searching for artifacts
     
  3. Redsquirrel

    Redsquirrel GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    615
    3
    Mar 27, 2007
    should have nothing to do with the wiikey. Its just bad luck.

    The video chip in some wiis just starts messing up exactly like how you have described.
     
  4. Fish on a Stick
    OP

    Fish on a Stick Member

    Newcomer
    33
    0
    Aug 27, 2006
    Ouch, bummer. Well It's actually kind of comforting to know that it wasn't because of the wiikey, I felt like it was my fault for messing around with my wii in the first place.

    Markish: Cheers mate, I'll look it up.

    Thanks for the fast replies guys.
     
  5. Kingwad

    Kingwad GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    110
    9
    Nov 8, 2007
    Canada
    Niagara
    Too bad you voided your warranty by modding it...
     
  6. Vahnyyz

    Vahnyyz GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    244
    18
    Aug 2, 2007
    United States
    Branford Fl
    wow wad, that was pretty mean
     
  7. Fish on a Stick
    OP

    Fish on a Stick Member

    Newcomer
    33
    0
    Aug 27, 2006
    Wad: Haha yeah twas unlucky, but I got it since launch and I'm pretty sure it's a 1 year warranty, so it wouldn't have mattered anyways =P

    Vahnyyz: No hard feelings [​IMG]
     
  8. Redsquirrel

    Redsquirrel GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    615
    3
    Mar 27, 2007
    you could get another wii, and swap drives and send the other back to nintendo for a replacement?
     
  9. II Murasaki II

    II Murasaki II Member

    Newcomer
    14
    0
    Sep 28, 2006
    New Zealand
    I think it is GPU related.
     
  10. Smidget

    Smidget Member

    Newcomer
    43
    0
    Nov 21, 2005
    That's what I did, worked perfectly.
     
  11. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,865
    9,778
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    While it can be graphics chip about to die it can also be as simple as an overheating chip (search for overclocking graphics cards threads).
    So did your chip obstruct air flow and do you have it in a place that can keep it cool?
     
  12. Fish on a Stick
    OP

    Fish on a Stick Member

    Newcomer
    33
    0
    Aug 27, 2006
    FAST: Thing is I hardly ever used my wii and had no problems with it till I booted up SMG, so I don't think it'd be due to overheating.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm keeping them in mind.
     
  13. Seraph

    Seraph GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    894
    15
    Jan 6, 2007
    United States
    Did you happen to leave it on standby mode since you barely ever used your Wii? That causes most of the overheating.
     
  14. Saylient_Dreams

    Saylient_Dreams GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    347
    0
    Jul 11, 2007
    United States
    I think FAST6191 is on the right track with this. Even if you don't play it often, so you have Wiiconnect on? Apparently the Wifi chip overheats, and creates stress I beleive on the GPU from what I understand. I read a few times on blog sites such as Kotaku/Joystiq, that that's the case.
     
  15. yuyuyup

    yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    3,337
    774
    Apr 30, 2006
    United States
    USA MTN timezone
    overheat problem, I had it, yank the chip, send your wii to nintendo
     
  16. Scorpei

    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,295
    2
    Aug 21, 2006
    Netherlands
    AFAIK a year and a half (if you registered it online). However I think here in Holland if it is a productional error (which this is as it isn't because you mishandled your Wii) you are still entitled to warrenty (or at least something similar --> a new Wii).
     
  17. tatanga

    tatanga Member

    Newcomer
    30
    0
    Apr 30, 2007
    Antigua and Barbuda
    I'm sure Nintendo will be super happy when they receive his Wii with a Wiikey soldered inside.

    I'm on my second Wii (PAL) and both got this same problem. I just learn to live with it till it dies and I buy a new one (or I do).
     
  18. Salamantis

    Salamantis GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,945
    7
    Feb 20, 2007
    Canada
    Yes, this is a problem with the Wii. This is my THIRD Wii I have because the last 2 I had to return because they had the same problem.
     
  19. Shinster

    Shinster GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    224
    0
    Jun 22, 2007
    You have a fried GPU.
    This can be caused by leaving the Wii on standby mode (yellow light) for long periods of time. On standby mode the fans are not spinning but somehow the GPU is still turned on.

    That's why I use a USB cooler fan for my Wii which still operate even on standby mode.
     
  20. Fish on a Stick
    OP

    Fish on a Stick Member

    Newcomer
    33
    0
    Aug 27, 2006
    Hmm.. I actually had my wii unplugged the whole time I didn't play it though (Before SMG). But that would explain the recent increase in the amount of black dots, I've had it plugged in for about a month now, and yes wiiconnect was on (I thought I turned it off before I got it chipped, oh well)

    Thanks for the clarifications, everyone.