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Why is my Wii showing just a black and white picture rather than colour?

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Found 18th May 2009
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Have you accidentally knocked the tv slightly out of tune? Or is one of the cable slighty loose and needs pushing in a bit?

Check the manufacturing date on it - if it was made before 1954, they all broadcast in B/W only..........

darklegacy;5245488

Have you accidentally knocked the tv slightly out of tune? Or is one of … Have you accidentally knocked the tv slightly out of tune? Or is one of the cable slighty loose and needs pushing in a bit?



Yep, it sounds like a loose cable to me. Check your SCART connection at both ends.

Original Poster

tried that, and unless im being really stupid, its not working!!

heard it was a major problem

Also, check the channel that it is on.

My TV has a few AV channels, and one of them will show consoles in black and white if chosen.

Maybe way off track here coz not got a Wii.. its not anything to do with you using an NTSC game on a TV thats not NTSC compatible ? Have had experience of this many many years ago on a m8s PS2 - he was using his first NTSC game on an old CRT telly that couldnt show NTSC properly.

Most probs way off track but you never know !

Which cable do you have coming from the WII,Is it one with three plugs or one with 5

Banned

Is it because you have black and white vision. I dont look down when I wii so wouldn't know what colour it comes out :lol:

Original Poster

Tried all av channels. It was working fine the other day and our tv is only a few months old. There are 3 wires coming out of the wii, the sensor, the power and the usb.

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maybe unplug everything and start again, sorry not of much help, you havent got little ones that have been fiddling and put wires in wrong place or anything

Power on Wii, give it a few seconds to boot
- Hold DOWN on the directional pad of the Wii remote
- While holding DOWN, press the RESET button on the Wii

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have u tried switching everything on and off again? sometimes things just have a blip.

kirstiejayne;5245619

Tried all av channels. It was working fine the other day and our tv is … Tried all av channels. It was working fine the other day and our tv is only a few months old. There are 3 wires coming out of the wii, the sensor, the power and the usb.



you may have chanegd the screen mode in the wii settings, it can be 50Hz and 60Hz I think, somegames have automatically change it for you, that could cause it to be black and white, though with a new tv id be shocked if that were the case

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sassie;5245623

maybe unplug everything and start again, sorry not of much help, you … maybe unplug everything and start again, sorry not of much help, you havent got little ones that have been fiddling and put wires in wrong place or anything



Done that!! Still no luck!! Our new wii fit came today and i wanna play on it!!!

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turn you colour settings up - lol

Screen mode auto switching was what i was thinking bfjem... but havent got a Wii so dont know the menu system ;-)

Is the game a legit UK release or an import ? Also is it doing it on ALL games now ?

kirstiejayne;5245619

Tried all av channels. It was working fine the other day and our tv is … Tried all av channels. It was working fine the other day and our tv is only a few months old. There are 3 wires coming out of the wii, the sensor, the power and the usb.



We want to know which AV lead you are using.

Are you using the one supplied with the Wii with the yellow, white and red phono plugs directly into your TV?

This same lead with the adaptor to make it into a scart lead?

Or another lead?

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tonyg1962;5245636

Power on Wii, give it a few seconds to boot- Hold DOWN on the directional … Power on Wii, give it a few seconds to boot- Hold DOWN on the directional pad of the Wii remote- While holding DOWN, press the RESET button on the Wii



Just tried that, still no luck!!!

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thesaint;5245661

We want to know which AV lead you are using. Are you using the one … We want to know which AV lead you are using. Are you using the one supplied with the Wii with the yellow, white and red phono plugs directly into your TV?This same lead with the adaptor to make it into a scart lead?Or another lead?



Yes its just the one that was supplied with the wii.

Have a poke through the system settings part of the Wii setup. Under the TV section, there'll be a part that lets you switch from PAL to NTSC, and possibly, from one version of PAL to another. If you've got a British TV, you should have it set to PAL-I or simply PAL. NTSC is only for American tellies, and it will make things go all greyscale if you try to run NTSC on a PAL telly.

kirstiejayne;5245676

Yes its just the one that was supplied with the wii.



seriously its quite likely your game has changed the settings, go to wii settings menu and check the screen setup, switch to the alternative mode, i.r. 50 to 60 Hz or vice versa its wortha try

kirstiejayne;5245676

Yes its just the one that was supplied with the wii.



Yes, is it with the adaptor for scart, or the phono ones? I am quickly losing interest.

Or someone mucked about with the setting on the TV itself, not always the Wii ;-)

What TV make and model is it ??

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are you sure your little ones having meedled with the colour settings on the tv itself, in other words when not using wii is the noraml tv in colour

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thesaint;5245696

Yes, is it with the adaptor for scart, or the phono ones? I am quickly … Yes, is it with the adaptor for scart, or the phono ones? I am quickly losing interest.



Sorry, i dont have a clue about all these different type of wires, all i know is that we are just using the ones that it comes with!

Turn on the WII
go to Wii options
Wii settings
Screen type
select 60hz 480i

Original Poster

Normal tv is in colour, its a panasonic 37ins, not a clue what the model no is. Im not very good with all this technology!!

Sorry select standard tv 480i

thesaint;5245696

Yes, is it with the adaptor for scart, or the phono ones? I am quickly … Yes, is it with the adaptor for scart, or the phono ones? I am quickly losing interest.



similar here,

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I think what the saint is asking is,, is the three wires plugged into 3 sepertae hole things on tov, or into a scart thing then into scart socket, well i think thats what hes asking

]Panasonic + Wii Black and White

Seems strange that this guy also has a panny and his is in B+W. Maybe some clues in there i dunno.

'My Panasonic is the same it flips between AV1 (colour) and AV1S (B&W) if you press the colour button twice' - from that thread.

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sassie;5245775

I think what the saint is asking is,, is the three wires plugged into 3 … I think what the saint is asking is,, is the three wires plugged into 3 sepertae hole things on tov, or into a scart thing then into scart socket, well i think thats what hes asking



Yes they are all plugged into a scart thingy. i just dont get it, its been fine before!!

If the Wii is set to standard TV then the problem will be that the TV is set to Svideo and not composite,

But we need to know if the wii is set to standard TV first

kirstiejayne;5245736

Sorry, i dont have a clue about all these different type of wires, all i … Sorry, i dont have a clue about all these different type of wires, all i know is that we are just using the ones that it comes with!



As stated, it comes with one set of AV leads, but it has an adaptor for scart.

kirstiejayne;5245756

Normal tv is in colour, its a panasonic 37ins, not a clue what the model … Normal tv is in colour, its a panasonic 37ins, not a clue what the model no is. Im not very good with all this technology!!



The model number will be on the back if you can get to it.

sassie;5245775

I think what the saint is asking is,, is the three wires plugged into 3 … I think what the saint is asking is,, is the three wires plugged into 3 sepertae hole things on tov, or into a scart thing then into scart socket, well i think thats what hes asking



Exactly.

Edit: So it's in a scart plug.

So do you have more than one scart input on your telly? If so, switch the TV and Wii off, put it in(Scart lead) and switch the TV on and then the Wii. Important to do it in that order. Try with both scart sockets.

Squelds;5245779

]Panasonic + Wii Black and WhiteSeems strange that this guy also has a … ]Panasonic + Wii Black and WhiteSeems strange that this guy also has a panny and his is in B+W. Maybe some clues in there i dunno.'My Panasonic is the same it flips between AV1 (colour) and AV1S (B&W) if you press the colour button twice' - from that thread.



lol I bet thats it! :thumbsup:

tvs can be such a pain sometimes

LOL i think we are all on the same wavelengths here. Im out before we all start duplicating each other ;-)

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kirstiejayne;5245793

Yes they are all plugged into a scart thingy. i just dont get it, its … Yes they are all plugged into a scart thingy. i just dont get it, its been fine before!!



its ok, we aint all tech whizzies, hang in there, never known anyone on here that hasnt got things sorted, eventually - lol

Squelds;5245779

]Panasonic + Wii Black and WhiteSeems strange that this guy also has a … ]Panasonic + Wii Black and WhiteSeems strange that this guy also has a panny and his is in B+W. Maybe some clues in there i dunno.'My Panasonic is the same it flips between AV1 (colour) and AV1S (B&W) if you press the colour button twice' - from that thread.



that is changing from Composite to S-video,

Original Poster

Ok the model no is TH-37PX8BA. Apologies for annoying everyone!
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