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New Wiimote not synching or being picked up by sensor bar.

O.k. so it turns out that it was just a flip of a light switch that needed to be, well.. flipped. i'm retarded. Anyways. Well, we'd been having problems with the orriginal Wiimote that we had bought when we got our system. Well one solution to some of the Wiimote problems is, just shoot the dang thing. Ten gauge double barrel side by side did nicely. Course this was after one solution listed on here of dunking it in water. Yes, that did solve alot of frustration problems. Back to the real problem. Well yesterday we went to wallmart to get a new Wiimote. It's not synching or, picking up the sensor bar or the sensor bar isn't picking it up. Whatever is going on, we don't know. I'v tried unplugging and re plugging in everything once again. Yes the light switch is flipped this time. Tried new batteries, tried pressing the synch buttont, tried... well, just everything i can think of. I like this sight however so I thought I would see if anyone could think of anything. Maye it is my sensor bar, but I don't know. If it is my sensor bar, I read that you can look through a digital camera and should beable to see blinking lights on the sensor bar. Is this fact? Haven't tried it yet but if it is the case, how many lights should be blinking on my sensor bar? Anyone have a clue?

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Re: New Wiimote not synching or being picked up by sensor...

You must press sync in both wii (near card slot) and remotes at same time. like connecting wireless mouse and keyboards.

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