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Component cables make Wii unplayable (too bright)

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Hardware' started by bigtymer, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. bigtymer

    bigtymer WiiChat Member

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    I just got my Component cables in the mail (3rd party, ordered online) and I set them up correctly, I checked for about 10 minutes, and my problem is this... They are pretty nice 3rd party ones, look pretty much the same as the Intec ones except these have a white mesh sleeve and gold plated connectors.

    Everything is super bright on the Wii Menu. I mean, it's so bright that it is hard to see everything, the fine lines are almost washed out.

    I googled this issue and found 2 posts on this very board:

    http://www.wiichat.com/nintendo-wii-hardware/10791-screen-too-bright-component-cables.html

    http://www.wiichat.com/nintendo-wii-hardware/12660-component-cable-too-bright.html

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    Now I am going to try to get a refund for the cables and want to know if I will have any luck with another brand of cables (either Nintendo or other 3rd party, ie Intec/Mad Catz) I'd hate to buy another set of cables and then find out that they are worthless too.

    If not, then perhaps this is just a weird glitch with the Wii on certain TV's? I'm using a 40" Polaroid 720P HDTV LCD... Any help would be appreciated.

    I was wondering if anyone had solved this issue or determined why many people are having this problem.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. mosx

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    maybe ur tv has its brightness up to high lol
     
  3. ElixXxeR

    ElixXxeR WiiChat Member

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    I have the Nintendo component cables and they work well with no brightness issues like you are experiencing. I don't know much about cables and their affect on TVs, so it could be the TV or the cables. I'd try the Nintendo cables though, they work great.
     
  4. bigtymer

    bigtymer WiiChat Member

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    Nah, I have an Xbox 360 hooked up and it looks great, plus the Wii looks fine with the included standard composite cables (although not as crisp as 480P would be)
     
  5. bigtymer

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    Well, I just went out and bought a set of the Intec cables for 20 bucks at Circuit City (which I've seen have gotten decent reviews) and they do the same thing. I would've tried the Nintendo cables but they are sold out everywhere. Even if I mess around with the contrast/brightness on my TV it simply doesn't look right. I'm beginning to think this is a problem that is inherent to the Wii on certain televisions.

    Any other ideas? Has anyone with this problem figured a workaround to fix this issue?
     
  6. Rebelj12a

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    do they have HDMI cables for the Wii? or just component?
     
  7. astrophysicist

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    Just component. But that's enough considering its max output is 480p.

    As for the brightness thing, try adjusting the brightness on your tv. Aside from that, I can't help you since I've never had this problem. Good luck!
     
  8. Rebelj12a

    Rebelj12a Samurai

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    480p is nothing, thats like svideo

    720p or i is standard hd

    1080i is HDMI High Def minimum for best quality...

    damn, is that all the output power it has? wonder if there will be anything comin out for users who dished out money for an hd tv
     
  9. tanooki

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    S-video is 480i/576i max...480P is a significant step up.Also there is no such thing as 720i...only 720p and it's not "standard" HD...it's HD. HDMI can carry any resolution from 480i to 1080p...not just 1080i.
     
  10. Rebelj12a

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    ok so we've established you know how to use wiki ok then...

    neways, im saying 720p is standard because its not the best

    and yeah HDMI can carry 420p to 1080p which doesnt matter because the component cables discussed here can carry 420p just the same... regardless of that my issue is and question is... is that all the wii has? does it even have the power 1080p HDMI cable output?
     
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  11. Belmont

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    Gamecube what are you talking about? do you even play videogames?
     
  12. Michael Hardman

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    I bought Offical Component cables and when I realised the Wii was on a different channel than before the ppicture was fine, alot crisper and more defined.

    I set my back light to 30% and the rest is about 50% and all is fine.

    By officail is all I can say.
     
  13. samriley

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    most newish tv's have separate brightness etc controls for the different inputs on the tv, so while the brightness is set for composite it might not be set correctly for component. a cable is just a cable the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive will be very minor
     
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    Yeah, just check your actual TV settings.

    If you dunno how, just look up your TV online and look at the manual. Lowering black level and contrast should do the trick.
     
  15. unggoy

    unggoy wii like wii

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    hmm i didn't know that, good looking out, try non 3rd party maybe?
     
  16. Rebelj12a

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    give me a break Belmont, it was 2:00 AM
     
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    i also have this problem on my HDTV, never found a solution.

    And I really wish people would stop saying "have you changed the brightness on your TV?" none of us are stupid.
     
  18. CaptainPeeJ

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    sounds a little strange to me.. Nothing about the cable should change the brightness. I am expecting some 3rd party cables in next week so I hope all goes well for me.
     
  19. LyricistSoldier

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    generally... better clarity can come from better briteness... example a real pure white as opposed to a whitewash... thats probably what you're experiencing...

    either way... pick up your remote... go to menu... turn down brightness... voila der you have its :yesnod:
     
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    Might not be the brightness. I've used LCD monitors at work that have awful contrast/brightness issues and there is no way to configure the screen to look correct. In this case, you should try some Nintendo brand cables. If those fail, then it's possible your TV or your Wii are experiencing issues.

    I'm a little bit behind the times in video technology (27" CRT junker) at home but I'm surprised at the number of people having problems with 3rd party component cables. Copper is copper. The problem however is that if your Wii or TV does have some issue then having the Nintendo brand cables will help your case. And, maybe you'll luck out and find that the Nintendo brand component cables work better.
     

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