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Repairing a Water Damaged Nintendo Wii
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
The hobby of home video gaming took a big leap forward several years ago with the introduction of the Nintendo Wii, a gaming console that allowed players to more actively and physically participate in whatever gaming scenarios they choose. Wii systems began to pop up in homes and even offices across the country and today is more popular than ever.
Like any gaming console, however, the Wii system may be vulnerable to water damage and may be very delicate and difficult to repair or replace. In the event of water damage, much like with damage to any electronic gaming unit, the key is to move quickly and act promptly to minimize the damage and repair the problem.
First Steps to Repair a Wii
First off, donít turn the unit on. This should be a no brainer since water and electricity do not mix. You may very well fry the motherboard in the unit. Too many people see that their unit is damaged and yet still plug it in to see if it will work. If it wasnít damaged before the water damage, it may be from then on. Leave the Wii turned off. The Wii should be allowed to dry for at least 48 hours before attempting to turn it back on.
The outside of the Wii should be cleaned using a dry cloth, shaking the unit to dislodge as much water as possible. You may use a fan to aid in the drying process, but refrain from using anything that generates heat since that may cause additional damage to the unit. Do not place the Wii in an oven to dry. This will warp the unitís structure and may loosen soldering and other connections.
Patience is Key
As mentioned earlier, leave the Wii turned off for a few days to allow it to dry thoroughly. There is a very good chance that the electronic components were not damaged by the water and it may very well work as planned. If the unit does not function, there may very well be damaged parts that will need to be replaced. Some may be fixed or cleaned using alcohol and a soft rag. Opening the unit invalidates the warranty, but at this point, there is nothing to lose since water damage probably voided your warranty as well. Just make sure the unit is unplugged and that you are properly grounded before cracking the unit open for repairs.
If the unit is completely wasted, donít throw it out just yet. Wii components and parts bring good money on auction sites like eBay and many buyers are seeking parts to repair their own damaged or broken systems.
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