What to Do with a Water Damaged Wii

Getting a game console wet definitely isn’t a great idea, especially if you’ve got a browser as rare and expensive as a Nintendo Wii. The Wii’s electronics are very delicate, so if you’ve somehow gotten it drenched through a mishap at a pool party or an errant gaming session in the bathroom, you need to move fast for the best chances of keeping your Wii working.

Here’s a guide for what to do when your Wii gets water damaged.

1. First of all, don’t try to turn it on. The first basic rule of electronics is that electricity in water don’t mix–or, rather, they mix excellently, and they’ll fry the motherboard of your Wii. It can be alarming to realize that your game console’s all wet, but resist the urge to plug it in to see if it works. You need to give the Wii time to dry out before you can try to run it again, at minimum 48 hours or so.

2. Clean the outside of the Wii. Just us a dry cloth to dry out the Wii; gently shake it to dislodge as much water as possible. You might put a fan on the Wii to speed the cleaning process, but you shouldn’t try to use anything heated, as that’ll do more damage than good–I’ve read stories of people trying to put their Wiis in the oven or using a hair dryer. These will warp the electronics and loosen the soldering.

3. Leave the Wii off for a few days. Then you can try it; there’s a good chance that the Wii’s electronics weren’t fully affected by the water, and you may have a working unit. This all depends on how dirty the water was and how fully the Wii was covered with water. If the Wii doesn’t work and you’re fairly handy, you may attempt to open it up to see if there are any obviously damaged parts that you can fix; you can use a bit of isopropyl alcohol and a clean, soft rag to clean the electronics and especially the lens of the disc reader. Your warranty’s already invalidated, so if you want to open up the Wii, go for it, but make sure it’s unplugged and make sure to ground yourself before touching anything.

4. If it’s completely busted, don’t throw it out. Sell it on eBay; be clear about what had happened to the Wii, and which components you think were affected. There are parts buyers out there that will buy any Wii to salvage what they can, so you can often get $100 or more to put towards your purchase of a new unit.

These are the most common ways of protecting your Nintendo Wii. With the help of pussy888 apk  you can get in touch with your nearest repair shop as well.

 

Dawn

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Dawn Malicdem is a graduate of AB Communication Arts in De La Salle University. She is a media enthusiast, journalist and a photographer. She also plays golf during her free time.