Wii Sensor Bar Wire frayed Fix

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#1 Posted by Pyro77 (151 posts) -
Once the wire to my sensor bar was frayed, my Wii was reduced to nothing more then an expensive paper weight. I feel there was lack of insight on nintendo's behalf to require a wii remote to navigate the console menu. I've heard you can navigate the wii console menu on the classical remote though I don't have one myself so I cant verify this. Anyway, I decided to try to splice the wires but for some reason it was not working for me. Then I ran into this link http://tsandhol.blogspot.com/2007/07/wii-sensor-bar-repair.html. I was on the right track however, I didn't realize there was additional insulation of the two copper wires. After putting a lighter to them as the instructions say, I had no problem twisting the pair allowing my wii controller to be fully functional again. I suggest you test the bar before taping the wires back up because you may need to put them under the lighter again if it does not work the first time. It's also imperative not to let the exposed wires touch while plugged in as to avoid a shortage. I hope this helps some one else out. Good luck.
#3 Posted by Zero636 (610 posts) -
u can also use two lit candles about the same distance of the sensor bar or even 2 light bulbs about the same distance

incase u dont believe me: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_1vQFchFr_Q
#4 Posted by piemanngamer (481 posts) -
The wii still has motion sensing without the sensor bar. Its not as accurate but it stil works
#5 Posted by Pyro77 (151 posts) -
Already knew about the candles. That would be a last resort to hold me over if the sensor bar was not fixable. Also works with two remote controls. As for Pie's comment, the wii has an internal sensor as well?
#6 Posted by aransom (7408 posts) -
The wii still has motion sensing without the sensor bar. Its not as accurate but it stil workspiemanngamer
What are you talking about? If you don't have the sensor bar hooked up, the Wii remote's pointing ability doesn't work.
#7 Posted by zstick7 (583 posts) -

The wii still has motion sensing without the sensor bar. Its not as accurate but it stil workspiemanngamer

The Wiimote itself has accelerometers built into it to give it motion sensing. The poorly named "sensor bar" just gives it the ability to point. The motion sensing and pointing has little to do with the Wii itself. Almost all the technology is in the remote.

#8 Posted by aransom (7408 posts) -
The poorly named "sensor bar" zstick7
True. But 'triangulation bar' wouldn't sound as snappy.
#9 Posted by piemanngamer (481 posts) -

The wiis pointing still works without the sensor bar i've tried it

#10 Posted by DopeyDavoid (5375 posts) -
No it doesn;t, your just pointing it at another IR source.
#11 Posted by kazerules (32 posts) -
if u have trouble wwith the wii sensor bar u can bought a new one u know, they sell them on any toysrus, i once see them on there web page, theyr like 20 bucks, and they are other non original that will work ive seen hen on a shop near my house...