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The arrow buttons on Wii remote don't work any longer.

The arrow buttons on Wii remote don't work any longer.

The other buttons on Wii remote work fine but the up, down, right and left arrow buttons don't work. It could be a console issue because the main window shows the games and Internet icons however none are selected and nothing I do can select any of them. Sort of 'you can look, but don't touch!'

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bert [Entry]


If your Nintendo Wii Remote has sticky buttons, see the Nintendo Wii Remote Buttons Stick problem page for possible problems and solutions.

Have you got access to another remote? This will prove whether the problem is with the remote or the console. If the remote is the problem, it may be that the contacts under the arrow buttons are either oxidized or worn by usage.

Here is a link that gives a general idea of how to repair a remote. I would recommend that if you need to pry open the case (because there aren't any screws) that you don't use a small screwdriver as shown in the video. It causes too much cosmetic damage. Use a broad-bladed tool such as a 1"" paint scraper. It spreads the pressure over a wider area and causes less damage. If cleaning the contacts doesn't solve the problem because they are worn by being used a lot, you may be able to 'paint' just the contact area of the rubber button with silver conducting paint, which is usually available from electronics parts stores.

bert [Entry]

After looking hard on the Internet I figured out that the problem was not the arrow buttons it was the sensor bar that wasn’t lighting up. The sensor on the remote is actually looking for two lights that (if the sensor bar is working) light up on the sensor bar. Since my sensor bar wasn’t lighting up, my remote wasn’t working either. The solution to this problem is to get 2 lit candles (placed about 6 inches apart) and then the remote will identify the 2 lights of the candles and the remote will work. If you don’t believe me look it up on YouTube.
bert [Entry]

"All I can say is WOW . Thank you , it worked !

Update (11/30/2021)

All I can say is WOW, the candle idea worked !"