I'm a an American living in China, and I just bought a Wii rated for use in Japan (the store recommended this so that I would be able to play it in the US as well). I plugged the Wii into my voltage converter, heard a small pop, and now the Wii won't turn on anymore. The travel converter still works, so the problem is definitely within the Wii. Did I ruin the whole system, or maybe just the AC adapter?
Well first you should try using a different adapter or test yours by plugging it in the wall and putting a tester probe in each of the two holes,if it says between 110 and 120 it works.I dont know much about wiis but it is possible that there is a fuse for overcurrent protection iside the unit.If you feel confident you can remove the casing and inspect the area close to where the plug goes in and see if there is a small glass tube with a filiment inside,if so the filiment should be intact,also check to see if there is any blackening or smoke damage inside the circiut bourd if there is you know you fried it.I hope this helped.Please leave feedback as I am trying to start making money at this.Thank you
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if your ps2 is not a modded one sorry to tell you but yours is a pal ps2 (means you live somewhere in asia europe)so there is some difference i the american ps2 disc(ntsc) and pal ps2 disc both are designed to play in specific consoles so if you bought they console from ntsc territory(japan ,north america) it should work for sure but sometimes in japan and all they sell pals also but there is still chance try returning the cd to the shop and buy a pal disc or you can mod your ps2 from ps2 technicians (they are all around the world,every console shop has one) and then you can play american disc this is the only chance it will only take a small 25 bucks from you just mod it and u can play games u burned from your computer and also any pal ,ntsc territory original discs also
OMG!!!! well yeah... bad news for you who bought Japanese and Chinese consoles. It's most possible that there isn't english language in there. Even if there is, all your games won't be in English and you'd have to buy games only from Japan only due to the region lock.
And with that, I advice you people not to buy Wiis from other regions no matter how cheeper they are. It will spell trouble later when trying to play the console or find games.
Wii consoles are region-specific and different regions also use different television standards.
You have potentially three problems:
Wii consoles are region-specific. Games for US/Canada won't work in a European Wii
European Wii consoles output PAL video signals. US/Canada/Japan TVs except NTSC video signals.
European Wii consoles likely require 220-volt power. US/Canada/Japan is 100-120-volt power.
So now your solutions for each:
You need to get games from France (or at least Europe) You can also look into a device called the Freeloader, but I'm not sure if it works with Wii games yet (the original allowed Gamecube consoles to play games from different regions)
You'll need a multi-standard TV, or a television standards converter. Tourist-y camera shops often sell converter boxes. You need to convert from a PAL video signal to an NTSC video signal in order to connect it to your TV.
Check the power adapter of the Wii. If it lists "110-240 volts" or "100-240 volts" (at least a voltage number in the 100-something range) on it, then the power supply will work and you just need an international plug adapter. You can get these from most travel stores and electronics stores. If the power adapter does not list a voltage in the 100-something range on it, then you will need a step-up transformer - that will convert power from 120-volt to 220-volt or 240-volt. The transformer may or may not have the right type of power receptacle, so you may also need a plug adapter. Check your local electronics store for this. Tell them you have a device from Europe and want to run it on your local electrical power. They should know what you need. If you have a choice, get one that is designed for computer or laptop use, as the cheaper ones provide "dirty" power which is fine for hair dryers and such, but bad for electronics.