Saturday, February 28, 2009

Something else is broken

(They say you should not blog in anger . . .)

Something else is broken in our house and, once again, it is a piece of technology.

It seems that the Wii can no longer boot up. I knew that there was a problem a while ago after I caught Hannah holding one of the game disks, putting smudges all over the readable side. I thought all I would have to do is go the game store and buy a disk cleaning kit and all would be well again.

But this morning, the girls tried to boot up another game disk and the system wouldn't even load up to the opening operations screen. Lynda thought it might have something to do with our switch to a different remote a few days ago, but I knew that the VCR/DVD remote is the remote that is needed to move over to the video-capable screen that the Wii runs off of. And since that remote never changed, well, I didn't think that was the problem.

So, I tried it.

And sure enough, the blue screen on the TV never changed. The Wii menu screen never loaded. It looks like all of the cables are seated firmly in their sockets and everything is plugged in. Unless having Hannah jar the system, unseating some fragile component of the disk drive (please, PLEASE, tell me that isn't right) screwed it up . . . well, then I don't know what to do. 

Can I take it to a game store? Can I take it to Best Buy? Is there a place to have it examined? Do I have to ship it back to god knows where for repair? How much does THAT cost? Is it still under a warranty?

I'm not happy. I guess families with kids shouldn't buy this stuff.


Papa said...

Try it with a different TV, like the one upstairs.

Papa said...

What about powering down the Wii then powering back up?