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Wii gone black and white, no colour

Turned it on, only 4 days old, everythings black and white, games play ok but in a grainy black and white

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  • aiatiriel Dec 22, 2007

    I am having the same issue. My TV is a flat widescreen VIZIO VX20L  with 480iSD active on TV and Standard TV (480i) selected, as it's the only one that is able to be selected, on the Wii. 




    I can't find the setting on my tv (even brought up the users guide) and still no luck.


    Please help.

  • flying3553 Dec 22, 2007

    I too get a Black and white game presentation. The only color is in the volume control presentation and that is a great yellow. I bought it from a guy who had a costco printout from an online purchase.

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    Connected our Wii and everything is in black and white, not color. What is with that? Not electronically savvy enough to figure it out. Help!

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    I have sound but no color. What gives????

  • Thatoneguy17 Apr 21, 2008

    my wii was fine for about 3 weeks then suddenly i turned it on and it has no color, any help would be appreciated.

  • Elte Apr 27, 2008

    New Wii purchased last night. Color is black & white. Everything else is working!!!

  • bailey1972 Apr 28, 2008

    My wii is also black and white, only on one of our televisions (LCD Widescreen Digix)



    I have changed the AV output from Video - Scart - S-Video but still black and white. The red, yellow and white jacks are all in correctly and work fine on all our other tv's.



    I know its a settings 'thing' but how and where???



    Anyone help

  • Anonymous May 01, 2008

    when i hooked it up everything is in black and white and i cant figure out how to change it into color

  • TPK81 May 12, 2008

    Got a Wii for my birthday 2 weeks and everything was fantastic, until yesterday. It loaded up in the same way as normal but when the main wii menu screen appeared it was black & white.



    I have taken out all leads and replaced them but no joy. Everything is the same: TV, leads everything - I just don't understand it.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2008

    I just got a new Wii for my son's Birthday today. The Video cable supplied works fine and shows color but the componsite cable just Black and White.



    I pulled out the Blue and Red cables - no color difference so my feeling is that these two plugs don't have any signal on them - I pulled out the Green cable and everything goes blank which is what I expected.



    I bought a generic 3rd party cable for multiple games. Can the Wii have unique pinouts so that composite cables other than Nintendo's brand don't work?

  • Anonymous May 15, 2008

    i played the same wii on hd tv it worked perfect when i play wii on my tv it works perfect but in black and white no color

  • mdavadies11 May 19, 2008

    it seems on happen on lcd televisions, thats what i plugged into.
    and on my television it has different component inputs, like its not the normal white red and yellow for video. it has a red blue and green input.
    it works fine on all my other normal tv's but not on this one.
    just adding.


  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    help!!!


  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    just plugged new wii in and only grainy black and white please help!!!!!!!!!


  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    Bought the Wii Sport today and a Vizio flat screen tv to play it on. Seems to work but no color, just grainy black and white. All connections appear to be in order. This issue doesn't appear to be addressed on the nintendo/wii troubleshooting page. I guess I will have to call the 1-800 line tomorrow.....

  • andrewpsheri Jun 28, 2008

    Used to work fine, now can get only a grainy b&w picture. Games play & spund fine - only picture is affected.

  • wolvomick Jul 12, 2008

    bought Wii today..picture like others is a grainy black and white ..



    any ideas ??

  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    I have this problem on my Samsung 63" plasma (new in Oct 2007). I am currently hooking up via the RGB cables that came with the Wii.. Very frustrating!! I have no idea how to get my TV to 'recognize' color. I'm going to go buy a Wii s-video or Wii Composite Video chord if I can find them.

  • Anonymous Aug 19, 2008

    My colour TV set turn into black & white

  • LeomaM Nov 26, 2008

    Wii worked fine for about a onth , turned it on one day and dsiplaying b& w grainey picture.



    Sent wii off to nintendo but its come back and they say nothing wrong with the wii but it still wont work.



    Tried it through component and Scatt same result!!!

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    Same problem, grainy black and white display. Cause: hooking Wii to component (green, blue, red) rather than standard AV connectors (yellow, red, white). Solution: get a Wii component capable to use instead of AV one that comes with Wii. See this
    https://store.nintendo.com/webapp/wcs/st...

  • indianna_wre Dec 27, 2008

    can someone tell me how to change to av setting on a hitachi tv as my wii picture is in black and white.  will this help? 

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I just got the Wii for Christmas, and hoked it up today, It is in Black and White, I know the cables are inserted correct and I have the right channel, Could it be a problem with Digital Cable that is hooked up to the same TV?an anyone help?

  • loignonsport Dec 27, 2008

    I HAVE TEH SAME PROBLEM

  • mltkaa Jan 09, 2009

    my wii freezes when playing or starting a game and it happens on different games

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    brand new wii. plug in , can play games but its a fuzzy black and white picture. it must be in teh connection.

  • harley2004 Jan 23, 2009

    my brand new wii is displaying only a black and white picture...i have a panasonic lcd flat screen. i have tried everything in the set up instructions...any suggestions????

  • tloveless12 Jan 26, 2009

    My wii just started today with the black nand white blurry screen. It is like this on every tv in the house. Im not sure what yellow green or red buttons your taling about pressing. Me tv remote or wii has no such buttons.

  • stea1958 Jan 28, 2009

    wii has gone black and white tv ok no colour on wii games.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    the wii worked fine on my other TV, I bought a new tv and now it only plays in black and white. How did I ge thte color back

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    HI



    My Wii and tv were working fine last night.



    Switched it on this morning and the screen is fuzzy and the picture is black and white.

  • MyotisMan Mar 09, 2009

    Ditto with my new Wii. No color, but otherwise works fine.

  • mnelson337 Mar 09, 2009

    what colored button? I have a Sanyo 50" Plasma. Is this colored button supposed to be on the remote?

  • mnelson337 Mar 09, 2009

    what "colored" button is everyone talking about? Is it on the remote control somewhere or on the TV? I have a Sanyo 50" Plasma with this same problem. Thanks!

  • manningtx Mar 20, 2009

    I am not getting color picture on my Wii when when hooked up to my new samsung 23" HDTV/Monitor. Why do I only get black & white when the TV mode is in color?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    Everything is fine apart from the color has gone and it is black and white now

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    my wii is so annoying its in black in white i dont know how to fix it

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    black and white picture

  • rottensheep Apr 26, 2009

    just bought it. games work fine only it is black and white on all my tv's!! what do i have to change on my tv/wii to get it to work?

  • Suchya Apr 30, 2009

    Im having the same problem - The wii goes black and white - im plugged in through AV  RGB sockets that came with the wii and it appears on AV2 channel - but the colour is not there - its black and white - used to be in perfect colour for the first few months - so why has it now gone black and white?

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    i've had my console for 5 months and there is no colour now at all,

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    When I got it the Wii it was black and white but then the colour just randomly came. After it being coloured for a week it has gone back to being black and white, this problem is so annoying does anyone have any answers????

  • HelpMe Dec 27, 2011

    I used to have a Tube TV. But we got rid of it and got a new flat screen TV that's way better but doesn't have color for my Wii. I know you can make it in color. But how?

  • emily_wenger
    emily_wenger Jan 11, 2012

    I found that there is a switch on the cable when selecting your source that goes into the wii console. I switched it on and instantly revealed my color screen. Hope this helps someone out there reading this thread.

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    emily_wenger Jan 11, 2012

    I found that there is a switch on the cable when selecting your source that goes into the wii console. I switched it on and instantly revealed my color screen. Hope this helps someone out there reading this thread.

  • Julia C. V. Sep 04, 2012

    I have same prob. my wii has a blue stripe at top of screen and wont read discs

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I bought a wii a few days ago and like everybody else mine too was in black and white with a grainy picture. I have a Panasonic lcd flat screen and thought I had connected it corrected, I got somebody out to have a look at it and found out there are some connections on the side of the TV which I hadn't even noticed before, once I put the red white and yellow leads in these and set the TV to AV3 everything is in perfect colour. Hope this works for some of you.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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  • elsa51 Jan 26, 2009

    Harley 2004.

    if your panasonic is anything like ours, as you're looking at it, on the right hand side you'll find some extra connections right down the side, not at the back, try putting the wii colour leads in these, then turning your tv to AV3. this is what someone did for me and the colour is perfect. good luck

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    hyelynn97 Dec 26, 2012

    i dont get it. there are no connections on the side of my tv.

  • Kimberly Jul 03, 2013

    I have one too, and when I hit input and went to game, it said comp. next to it and that means black and white but video mean color and then color came on.

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    twiggypta Dec 02, 2013

    Kimberly, thanks for your post! It worked! Who needs a manto install electronics? Ha! Ha! Ha! Thanks again!

  • Tramond Roper
    Tramond Roper Jul 02, 2014

    Kimberly really thank you. I had it on component thats why it was coming in black and white. Put it on video color.

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I had this problem too. I have a 2010 model Samsung LED TV (UN40C6300SF). What's tricky: they combined the AV1 and COMPONENT on the same panel. I found this link helpful:
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/supportOwnersHowToGuidePopup.do?howto_guide_seq=2664&prd_ia_cd=N0000058&map_seq=11034&regDt=20091030083043&page_gb=D&model_name=UN40C6300SF&type_ia_cd=N0000042&subtype_ia_cd=N0000058&row_index=8
I plugged the wii cables onto the back with the red and white in the left holes, and the yellow in the far right hole. DO NOT plug them all next to each other starting from the right.
Next you'll need to use your tv remote and go to the source menu and select AV (DO NOT select COMPONENT)

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  • Mar Rolston Jan 05, 2013

    Thank you so much for posting the solution!!!! I had the same problem and was ready to take it back to the store. You rock!!!

  • Michelle Lee
    Michelle Lee Oct 20, 2013

    Thank you a much! This helps a lot.

  • Monique Grodzki
    Monique Grodzki Dec 01, 2013

    You are awesome! Thank You So much have been racking my brain for 2 days! U R super cool!

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    Jo Cunliffe May 30, 2016

    This helped me so so much, wouldn't have even thought about looking on the side of the television, thankyou so much!!

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If you have a Samsung full HD 37" plug the yellow, red and white cables into the sockets on the LEFT side of the TV (not the back) and then select AV3. Worked for me!

Posted on Mar 01, 2010

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  • danni0406 Dec 26, 2010

    helloooo i just want to say thank you so much for your advice!!! it worked perfectly and i cant believe you went through the same problem! what are the chances we have the same tv's!!

  • James gillies Jan 12, 2013

    It worked . Now have a great coloured game. Thank you so much. Jimmy

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    Bianca Leal Nov 28, 2013

    i have a 26 inch insignia flat screen tv and coonected the wii cables on the left side of the tv were it says av and its black and white but when i click the input on the tv it only gives me the two options which is tv and av i have it on av and its still blacj and white how can i fix this

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Definitely a TV issue for me. Changed Wii to another input on TV and resolved situation. Need now to check how to get my Panasonic TV to recognise colour on AV2 & 3 because I prefer to keep DVD input as AV1!

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

  • judyanau Nov 04, 2010

    That's the trouble "how to get the TV back to colour?"

  • willburnett4 Feb 11, 2011

    i have a hd tv and i finally realized why it was black and white, i had to unplug the dvd input and put the wii's input in its spot, then it changed to color. maybe that will help people. if u have a dvd player unplug the red, white, and yellow cord and put the wii's cord in its place.

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My daughter had exactly the same problem. Christmas Day it worked in colour and then the following day we could only get games in black and white. Pressed the AV button twice and immediately went to colour!!

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • CaseyyyFlo Apr 30, 2011

    THANK YOU!

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    jane_farrell Jul 21, 2012

    Thank you! This worked perfectly for me too.

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I had to use the (RCA) video inputs and not the component inputs. These are the ones made for video games. If you want to use the component input (Component cables are Red,White Red, Green, Blue). If you don't have any, you should be able to purchase them at your local electronics store like Radio Shack or Best Buy. Hope this helps, read below:

TV (This is your cable connection or TV; coax)
Component 1 (Must use component cables for this input/output; Red and White for audio, Red, Blue, Green for Video)
Component 2 (Must use component cables for this input/output; Red and White for audio, Red, Blue, Green for Video)
HDMI 1 (HDMI Cable)
HDMI 2 (HDMI Cable)
Video 1 (Must Use RCA cables, or RCA jacks; Red and White for Audio, Yellow for Video)
Video 2 (Must Use RCA cables, or RCA jacks; Red and White for Audio, Yellow for Video)

Sample of Component Cables:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/include/AddCartfromGallery.asp?EdpNo=245214&csid=ITD&Sku=C184-27083&imgcart=1

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All you have to do is change the channel to video and not component.

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In av1 2 or 3 u need to press the red yellow or green button twice to take it out of av2/s or av3/s
and into normal av2 or av3 instant soution !

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I bought the VIZIO and had the same problem.  You have to plug the Wii connectors into the side of the tv, not the back. 

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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I also bought my wii 2 days ago. japanese version (chipped) the game's works fine.. im just so distress that the colour is blk and white..

i have a colour TV (uk) and ive tried change the settings (PAL /NTSE) but i just cant figure how to do it on the TV..

do i need to change the setting of my TV or is it the Wii?

plz help, much appreciated.. christmas is coming soon, and i wanna play it with my family.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • panda0215 Dec 19, 2007

    i think ive solved the problem, ive just read ppl forums and because i current use my wii on an old CRT TV, then i need the RGB SCART adaptor or the Phono to Scart adaptor which u can buy from the GAME store from £18 - £4 depend which item u go for. i hope this helps others..

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I just solved this problem for myself. You are plugged into the wrong AV on your TV. You probably have a choice of 3 or 4. Your cable is probably pugged into one. You might have a DVD plugged into another. If you have more than one more availaby, try another set of inputs. I was in AV 3, but I moved the plugs to Side AV.

Good luck.

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Ok everyone this is simple.
There are two types of connections a gaming system uses:
RCA (red, yellow & white cables)
Component (red (x2), white, blue and green cables)

Everyone who's complaining that when switching to a new TV should buy the official nintendo wii component cable as this DID work for me whilst I was switching TV's.
Anybody else I cannot help you, although it may be worth buying a cable that if it does not work you cannot return, or simply asking for advice on other sites or at a local wii stockist. Preferably the on you bought your wii from.
Goodluck and I hoped this helped.

Posted on May 30, 2009

  • marc toebes Nov 06, 2010

    bought the new cable connected to new Philips 7605, still B/W. any further advice?

  • AzizMohammad May 04, 2011

    you need to get a Wii component cable in order for it to work. In the most basic way I can put it: the component cables break down the video feed into the 3 main colors - red, blue, and green...while the composite cable (regular Wii cable that has yellow, red, and white) doesn't do this - it has all the video in one cable (the yellow one)...so when you plug the yellow cable into one of the component inputs (either the red, blue, or green) you will only get black and white....

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Where do you buy it?

seems to be a tv system problem.
in some countries are used ntsc system, if you connect it to a palm system will be black & white.
if this is your case you will need a transcoder to chahge signals.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007

  • CottonDarsh Dec 26, 2011

    Look for the a/v hookups on the side of the tv. I never realized they existed, but they worked perfectly.

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I have a Samsung Flat screen and my Wii is in black and white. How do you get color on this HDTV?

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

  • mriceman2004 Nov 27, 2010

    My samsung has component in. I connected yellow av to green component (yellow outside)

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Fiend your solution direct from nintendo. Here is your solution....
Wii gone black and white, no colour - 9047829.jpg

http://www.nintendo.com/wiiconsole/prob676ijt65/solution

aqwtr-89

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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HELP! it says to plug the red, white, yellow, cables but my tv doesnt have the yellow! please help and now my wii when i turn it on its only black and white and i want the color please help

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I have exactly the same problem as solution #16 can anybody help??? you can only plug in the back so most solutions dnt help and the samsung tvs dnt use AV channels HELP!!

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Switch your tv to PAL and it'll work. I tried for ages to suss it out but finally found it was a tv problem then found the setting on my remote to change it from ntsv to pal and it's working again :0)

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I have the Samsung LN32A450 and it does not have side connectors only the back panel with 1 av input area. There is only 1 AV input and it is still black and white with fuzzy picture everywhere. I heard I need the special component cables for the Wii (about $5.00) but I want to do it without those cables!!!

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Also changing your screen type on the wii menu helps

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If your are putting the RGB cables in through a scart socket, when you select the scart (ie AV2, AV3, AV4) press the coloured button twice. I think it's something to do with S-VHS or normal scart. Worked for me

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The black and white issue is for sure a tv setting issue and thanks for those who solved this for me. You have to ensure you plug the yellow video cord into the video option (1, 2, or 3 etc) that will allow you to change your video input setting to "component" I have a samsung hdtv and for that tv it was video 2 - under input settings, i selected video 2 and chose "component" - corrected it immediately

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Its probaly coss the scart connecter or scart leed is broken or the scart leed is not put into the tv probaly

is this helps send a email to michael_t1999@msn.com

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Occasionally our Wii, which usually works fine, turns black and white and grainy (usually if it's been left on too long). turning the device off and back on again usually remedies the problem. has anybody else experienced this particular issue?

Posted on Apr 24, 2011

I had this problem and it turned out that the TV was expecting the input to be in the "S-Video" format. I changed the settings on the tv so that the input was in the "AV" format and now it works ok.


Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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  • mrpuffle Dec 25, 2010

    this solved my problem thanks

  • mrpuffle Dec 25, 2010

    This worked perfectly for me - just went into the normal tv settings using its remote and easily saw then that it was expecting the "s video" format and just changed to the other format which for my tv was just "video" and it worked

  • ibtoria Jan 02, 2011

    i cannot find out where i go to change the setting from s video format to the other one. i went to menu and went to picture settings but i still cant find it

  • R8DERMAN Jan 16, 2011

    Awesome...just fixed my problem... : )

  • khaykhay0708 Apr 22, 2011

    me too, cant find on our LG LED TV setting

  • nishjain Jun 17, 2011

    I cant find it too....Anyone can help in detail pls???

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The AV1 channel is still black and white - What I had to do in the end was get a scart cable (And no it wasnt the official nintendo one which costs twice as much and does the same thing.) - The Wii is now on AV2 the same channel as the DVD and Sky TV - it works in perfect colour but is slightly darker (but this is because I had to use a scart extension - not enough scart sockets) Working on the AV2 does solve the solution for me and maybe many other people but it still doesnt solve the problem and we still dont know what caused the mysterious problem.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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ALL OF YOU! You probably have your Input on Component 1 because it's plugged in to component 1 in the back. Well Component 1 has 2 inputs. Component 1 for Red Blue Green and such. AV is for the cables that the Nintendo Wii came with, the basic Yello, Red, White.

JUST SWITCH YOUR INPUT TO AV, vuuaalah!

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I'm playing on an old TV, it's probably about 15 years old (so NO flatscreen, philips). The problem i'm having, is that I've got colour for some games, but for about half of them, I have no colour.
Anybody any idea?

Posted on Nov 07, 2011

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ME TOO!!!
We have a wii bought from germany. and an LG LEDwe have a wii bought from germany. and an LG LED tv from USA. the games are all fine but it was black and white. what's the problem?.. what should i do to fix it. i tried to use anothe LG LCD tv, but the color worked just fine. LG LED tv has only two inputs at the back,none on its side unlike the LG LCD tv. the two at the back are for VIDEO, and the other one is Component.. tried searching for tv setting the NTSC or PAL, cant find.. pls.. help!! i want to play with colours!!!

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Thankyou so much, solution no 6 thanks now our wii is working in colour. yahoo, my 7yr old is thrilled.

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