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wii_problems

HI guys,

Has anyone had an issue with this? My Wii loads to the Channels Menu, but if I try to access the settings menu or any channels the screen goes black. If I press the home button on the Wii remote, however, the Wii menu and Control Options screen comes up. I was able to change the screen settings to 480p widescreen by pressing the Home button and slowly working my way through the settings. Changing to 480p widescreen stabilized the Channels Menu, the original Wii settings caused the TV to blink repeatedly until it just stayed black....

Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

Converter: Portholic Wii to HDMI Converter 1080P
Television model: LG 43" 4K UHD Smart LED HDR TV (43UM6910PUA)

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Gamecuber

There is a button combination (Z+ A + 2) that enabled all games to run at 480p when using a component cable (component interlace mode). Before I did this certain game (such as Super Metroid and Sonic the Hedgehog) would not display in exactly the way you are describing. It may be worth trying this out to get the Wii to display properly at 480p, then run it through your upscaler.

Normally you did this by loading up a game that wouldn’t display properly, opening the home menu and opening the guide for that game and pressing the button combo (you need a nunchuck attached to access the Z button). If it doesn’t work, then pressing Z + A + 1 reverses it.

I know that doing this my Wii will display through a Wii 2 HDMI adapter to a 1080p screen (though it looks terrible, much too dark). I’ve stuck with SCART into my HD tv (which unfortunately doesn’t have component inputs 😐

‘You swapped 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? Your dignity?!?

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ThanosReXXX

@wii_problems Honestly, I'd advise against HDMI adapters for the Wii. Just get a good set of component cables, which always works without problems, and they don't distort/stretch or over-saturate the picture, like the more cheaper HDMI upscalers often do. The adapter/upscaler you have is also of the cheap kind, and you simply can't expect too much from them. A real, quality HDMI upscaler (those are the ones with their own, external power source) for older consoles will cost you WAY more than 15 bucks, but you'd have to decide for yourself if you'd want to invest that much for a Wii, and I reckon that for most people, the answer is probably no.

So, I would go for component cables instead. It works more than well enough for a console like the Wii, and they're cheaper as well: component cables shouldn't cost you more than 10 bucks, so well worth the trouble, and you'll never have to tinker with any settings again.

On a side note: on an HD or UHD TV, the Wii should be set to 480p by default, so there's no reason to have it on any other setting than that. And with the right cables, all games will then display and run like they should.

Here you go: https://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-Component-Cable-Definition-Nint...
Just get those, and then switch between those and the HDMI upscaler, and you'll see what I mean. The stretching of the image is already visible in the home menu, and the color of the image is also different.
The pins on the plugs of the component cables are gold-plated, which gives the best and clear result in picture quality, while doing it in a native way, instead of upscaling/distorting the image, like an HDMI upscaler does.

@Gamecuber I had that exact adapter, but ultimately, I gave it away, because I got a better picture out of component cables, and when using the adapter, I lost part of the picture in certain games, because the image was stretched, which was even already visible in the home menu.

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Gamecuber

@ThanosReXXX I had other issues with it; when i was playing some games the image was so dark that certain things disappeared completely (such as going it to the first cave on Legend of Zelda; the old man was invisible).

I would love to stick with the official component cables that I used for years, but the only TV in the house that has that input is in the lounge where my wife tends to watch TV. My TV in the den doesn't have component inputs, so I have to use composite (yuck!) or the RGB SCART cable. It looks ok, but for Wii games I tend to play through my Wii U on HDMI.

However, when plugged into my CRT TV next it, Wii looks great through RGB SCART, especially virtual console games. Plus it is displayed 4:3 as well, so even better for that good old retro feeling. Non plugs available on it at the moment; I have a 3 to 1 SCART adapter taken up with a PS2, OG XBOX and Gamecube at the moment!

‘You swapped 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? Your dignity?!?

‘I traded it for a Pikachu...’

ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber That's because of the over-saturation. I also found that reds were often too red, as well as other warm colors being too saturated. In your particular case, RGB SCART is indeed the best solution.

However, if that other TV that doesn't have component ports, does have HDMI ports, then you CAN use a component to HDMI throughput, which doesn't distort the image, but simply sends the native signal to an HDMI cable, making it the next best thing for not having component ports.

Here's one of those gizmos:
https://www.amazon.com/Portta-N3CVRHP-Component-Converter-sup...

EDIT:
Forgot that you were in the UK, so here's the link for your local Amazon web shop:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portta-YPbPr-Component-HDMI-Converte...

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Gamecuber

@ThanosReXXX Cheers for that! I might have look.

‘You swapped 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? Your dignity?!?

‘I traded it for a Pikachu...’

ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber You're welcome.

'The console wars are like boobs: Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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bsn321

Hi folks -

trying to educate myself here so need to go slow on terminology. But can provide some background and my question:

Have Wii. works okay with original composite (yellow, r w) cable. TV is 2018 Vizio HDTV (aka a modern relatively new TV). Does not have component input

Was woo'ed by the Wii2HDMI I've read about - so tried it. It doesn't work. (tried multiple HDMI cables, etc.).

One thing I've read about (and here is my question): I've read to try and so into Wii settings and change the display from 480i to 480p (before attempting to use the new HDMI (or even component?) cables). However - when I attempt to do this, the 480p setting is grayed out - I can't select it. Which brings up a paradox of sorts: if the idea is that the 480p setting only becomes available when the HDMI cable is connected, then how can I select it if I can't see what I'm doing because the HDMI display won't work until I select it?

What am I missing??

Many thanks -
Brad in MA

bsn321

ThanosReXXX

@bsn321 The Wii2HDMI is the worst option you could have gone for. It over-saturates colors and stretches the image, but either way, that ship has sailed. The options discussed by me in comments #3 and #5 are better alternatives.

Another good alternative is the Hyperkin 3 in 1 HDMI cable for the Wii:
https://www.amazon.com/Hyperkin-HD-Cable-Wii-nintendo/dp/B072...

As for the display setting: with any of the converters you should be able to select 480p, but keep in mind that on an NTSC Wii, 480i might be a better option. The cable or convertors will do the upscaling bit, after all.

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bsn321

Thanks for the quick reply!

Yes I'm only now finding this thread AFTER purchasing the wii2HDMI converter. I'll just return it. However I am still curious about my question on selecting 480i vs 480p. Why would the 480p be grayed out?? does it only become available if it detects that capability? aka if composite cables are currently being used, the 480p option will be grayed out? is that correct?

bsn321

ThanosReXXX

@bsn321 Yes, that's basically it. Composite cables don't support 480p, so it's greyed out. You'll need component cables, or an HDMI convertor to be able to select it.

P.S.

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