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The inputs on my TV show grainy black and white, not color anymore.

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Sounds like you have a faulty cable. replace it and it should resolve your issue.

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Well it might either be the tv or the av cables that is causing the wii system to be in black grey and white then.
Picture Is Black and White or Does Not Appear Situation:
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  • The console powers on and there is no image on the television


What to do:
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    • Try another set of inputs on the TV, or hooking the Wii console up to another TV.

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