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Broken or lost Wii sensor bar? No problem!

So for whatever reason, you have lost the use of your Wii sensor bar. Maybe the cat chewed it or you just moved and the kids are complaining they want to play a game and you have no idea what box it was put in. Either way, the sensor bar isn't as complicated as one might think. The bar is nothing more that a light of reference point. Simple. It has ordinary LED bulbs that emit a small light. The Wiimote's cameras pick up the light and with that, the Wii can figure out how the Wiimote is being held and how far you are ect. It's more than that but we're only talking about the sensor's job. With all that being said, you simply need a light reference point placed in the required position as the sensor bar. A number of things can be used from tiny lights or what I found was best, candles. Two tea light candles in place of the sensor bar 5-8 inches apart will work just fine. TRY IT FOR YOURSELF. Unlit, the Wiimote will not show on the tv screen. Light the candles and you now can enjoy your Wii again!!
Hope this helps :D

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1) Is the bar plugged into the console?
2) Did your cat or dog chew through the wire?
3) Have you tried using the setup menu to alter the remote's sensitivity?
4) Is anything interfering with the sensor bar, such as a reflective surface or other lighting in the room? Shiny coffeetable tops and fluorescent lights aren't friendly to the Wiimote. Try covering reflective surfaces and playing with the lights off.
5) If you get a replacement and still have the same problem, then the problem is with the Wiimote.

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well i don't know about australia, but you can easily get sensor bars on the internet (heavy shipping costs?). if that isn't possible try a store that sells games like walmart. along with video games there should be a few accessories on the shelf.

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do a google for more info


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