|This post is one of several on how to fix problems with your Nintendo Wii. To see the entire list, click here for the Nintendo Wii Repair Guide.|
I recently had to reset my Nintendo Wii and had a few problems with getting it set back up correctly. Namely, my Wii would not go beyond the language screen and appeared to be stuck there. My Wii Remote (Wiimote) was not functioning properly, but it did have it's sync (here's how to sync it). The problem I had was that it turned out my Wii's sensor bar was not plugged in properly -- so it was a pretty easy solution to fix the problem for me. Remember to always check your connections!
Detailed instructions from Nintendo on how you can fix it are followed below:
If your screen appears frozen at the Language select screen, we have found that to be related to the Sensor Bar. Please try the following:
Ensure that the Sensor Bar cord is plugged snugly to the back of the console, and is placed properly at the center of your TV screen. For detailed directions on setting up the Sensor Bar, please click here.
Check to be sure the Wii Remote is synced to the console, by using the Power button on the Wii Remote to turn the console on. (The power button is the small white button with the red symbol in the top-left corner, just above the Control Pad). If this doesn't work, try to sync the Wii Remote. Once synced, try to turn the power on the console on and check for proper response.
Make sure that the Wii Remote is being used between 3' and 10' directly in front of the TV and that there are no bright light sources affecting the Wii Remote's operation (review Game Play Guidelines for more information), and that the Sensor Bar is placed properly (see Sensor Bar setup). Avoid sources of infrared light in the gameplay area such as electric, propane or kerosene heaters, flames from fireplaces or candles, and stoves or other sources of heat.
If you are still experiencing problems after trying the steps above, there could be a problem with your Sensor Bar. Please read the following:
The Sensor Bar has five infrared lights on each side of the bar that the Wii Remote uses to determine its position. If these lights aren't working, then the Wii Remote cursor will not display on the screen, and you won't be able to navigate the setup screens.
To see these lights, you will need a digital camera or cell phone camera with an LCD display. After making sure the Sensor Bar is plugged in and the power to the console turned on, direct the camera at the Sensor Bar so that it is displayed in the LCD of the camera. If the five infrared lights can be seen on both sides of the Sensor Bar, the Sensor Bar is working. While the position/angle of the camera may need to be adjusted slightly, the lights are fairly easy to see in the LCD display.