I purchased a Wii on ebay and now before shipment this guy is telling me that his kid knocked the unit off the couch and the power button is finicky and you have to play with it before it actually will power on the unit..
Anyone know if this is an easy fix if I take it appart? Or should I tell him forget about it and ask for a refund..?
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Re: Power button works when it wants to
The problem could or could not be the power button, so in a case like this I would notify ebay of the situation and demand a refund. Why should you pay for something that is broken. You never know what is exactly wrong with something until you can visually open it up and look and examine the circuits with a multimeter, but by then it will be to late and you could be stuck with it.
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It can be related to a number of issues and so you need to start with checking the power to the unit. Reset the unit if there is power, remove power for about 30 minutes and check again before you need to find help from the service center.
You can either purchase a new brand-name or third party Wii Sensor Bar for 9-20 dollars at various online shopping websites, such as Amazon and eBay, or you can go into your local gaming shop (e.g. Gamestop) and purchase a wired or wireless Wii Sensor Bar.
Take the Wii apart and look/shake the drive carefully. Had this happen before with a customers wii and a piece of paper was jammed inside of it.
If that's not the case, it's probably a worn out laser (you can order replacements on various sites (ebay/dealextreme). Replacing it involves a little bit of soldering. Also be sure to remove the blob of solder on the new laser flatcable, since that prevents it from working correctly (it's put there to protect from static during shipment/handling).
If that fails also, you need a new drive. Might be the easiest way to go if you don't feel like soldering :) (also on ebay/dealextreme).
The switch is broken. This is a common problem if the shell case has been removed or if someone simply pushed way too ******* the power button. A new button can be purchased on ebay for under $10. Some soldering and desoldering will be required. The DS Lite is breakable when taking it apart so be careful. You can also send it to a guy like me for a fee and have it fixed or sell the broken unit to someone like me that fixes them.