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Monday, December 03, 2007

Fixed! "Crackling" noise or no sound from Wii Remote speaker

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.

Ouch that hurts! Do you have a crackling or static noise coming from the speaker in your Wii Remote? (Wiimote) Admittedly, it can be a very annoying sound and eventually can turn into a situation where there is no sound coming from the Wii Remote at all. This is especially a bummer in games like the “The Bigs” where the speaker sounds when you make contact with the baseball.

However, while in some case the Wiimote needs repair – that is not always the case. Here are the steps you can perform to determine whether your controller needs repair or if you can adjust the settings.
It is important to understand that not all games use the Wii Remote's speaker. Check the game's instruction manual to verify whether the game uses the speaker. If the game does not use the speaker, then you are in good shape!

Otherwise, use the HOME menu to adjust the Wii Remote's volume

Press the HOME Button on a Wii Remote that is synchronized with the Wii console.

Select the Wii Remote Settings option from the Home Button menu.

Press "-" and "+" buttons to increase or decrease the volume levels. You will hear a sound from the speaker each time you adjust the setting. The sound approximates what the volume level would be at that setting. Crackling or distortion can happen if the volume is set to high, so in many cases you want to try making the volume lower.

If the batteries are changed too quickly, occasionally you might get a crackling noise or no sound from the Wii Remote's speaker. Take out the batteries, wait for one (1) minute, then re-insert. This is generally a rare occurrence.

Wireless interference (RF) can, in rare cases, cause sound problems with the Wii Remote. Turn off or move away from any wireless devices, such as cordless phones, microwaves, wireless computers, etc.

If the speaker still isn't working, there is likely a problem with the Wii Remote and it will need to be repaired. Please click here for repair information.