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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Help! My Wii is Stuck on the Language Screen - Fixed Now!

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.

Wii Stuck on Language Screen sensor bar lights

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.


Wornington said...

oh.! check your jacket and make sure it is the right way round! that was what happened to us!

Anonymous said...

Wow also, we had the problem of trying to point the wiimote at too close of a distance, so the sensitivity made the cursor impossible to see, until we moved back. So try either with smaller movements or from farther distance!

Anonymous said...

I tried all the above, no joy. The problem turned out to be very simple: aspect ratio on my tv was zoomed in/sized wrong. I couldn't see the 'confirm' button on the bottom right of the language selection screen. Please spread this fix info around, it's so simple most people will overlook it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help. Although I could see the 'confirm' button, the screen was not fully shown on the TV. I changed the aspect ratio and then suddenly the mouse appeared.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help! I was driving myself nuts thinking 'If the A button works, then it must be plugged in properly'. Now I feel like a fool. But I'm a fool with a working Wii, and my kids aren't home yet so Nobody Will Ever Know. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Christmas morning 2010! We, too, were "stuck" on the language screen for an hour! Argggh! The solution? My 7-year-old (very cautiously) said, "Maybe if you move back from the TV and wave your hand around really slowly until you see the 'hand' and then select 'confirm'?" And it worked!

For you parents who have never played Wii before, you should be able to see a floating "hand"/cursor which is what you need in order to "select" your language and confirm. We were just sitting a little too close to the screen and (impatiently) trying to point/click straight at the sensor. We didn't know to look for the "hand"! Step back and make very slow, random movements in front of the sensor . . . just maybe yours will appear, too!

Good luck!

Sandy said...

Hi there, Hope someone can help. Have had my Wii for 2 years with no problems except now I am stuck at the main screen. I can press 'A' and get onto this screen but then nothing else happens. There is an arrow on the right hand side which will move right and left but nothing else. Have carried out all the different solutions mentioned to no effect. Anyone got any ideas. Please, please help. Thnx.

Anonymous said...

11-2009: Thanks! that was exactly the problem. It seem strange that I could select a language but not get beyond the screen. We were wanting to show my parents my wife's new Mario Carts Wii. I was actually getting a bit bumbed about it when I stumbled across this tread.
Thanks and google and a big thankyou to the earlier anonymous!