Wii Component Video Problems

Mon, Dec 22, 2008

Accessories, Games

We’ve written about the Wii Component cable upgrade available for the Wii and you HD TV.  For most users, the component cable delivers higher quality video to a HD 16:9 TV.  Unfortunately, some HD TV’s are not quite as happy with the Wii Component cable.

It seem that many HD TV’s (especially rear projection TV’s) may drop the video signal while playing certain games.  It may have something to do with the refresh rate pushed out for certain games.  Certain basic menus seem to work just fine, while actual game play can mess up.  In my search for a solution (thinking it was just a problem with the TV we were using), I found this old post from Engadget.

In most cases, the video will seem to work just fine, then out of no where, the picture will drop out and go blank.  Or there will be a huge amount of jitter or flash.

Unfortunately, it seems that Nintendo acknowledges these issues, but does not have a fix that addresses everything.   They seem to have pushed an update that cuts down the frequency of the problem when playing classic games. Otherwise, there’s no solid fix that we were able to find at this time.

I brought my Wii to a family member’s house to play over the holidays, and that’s when we first discovered the problem.   Luckily, I was able to get my hands on a S-Video cable at the local GameStop store (I left the composite cable at home thinking I would be fine with just the component cable).

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