You are here.

Mega-ZBlog header image

Wii U doesn’t power on and the power light blinks red

January 24th, 2013 · 1,913 Comments · Games

I have found a solution to this issue that doesn’t seem to be listed on the official support page.  I sent them a form thingy to add it, but regardless I think I will post it here too in order to get it spidered by Google.

First, check out that page and make sure you’ve tried the solutions listed, especially unplugging the power supply for 90 seconds.  You probably don’t need to do it that long, but unplug both ends and let it sit anyway.

If it still won’t power on when you plug everything back in, unplug the power cable from the Wii, and then unplug your video cable.  Plug the power cable back in and power on.  If it works, plug the video cable back in.

This probably hit me due to having a weird setup with a third-party Wii->DVI cable (which surprisingly handles 720p, but it’s also a PS3->DVI cable too) and a DVI KVM switch, plus my dad was fiddling with live electrical wiring on the same circuit-thing today.  So yeah.

Anyway that might help someone else, maybe.

Addendum: I just hit this problem again, with the official HDMI cable this time. Not sure how it resolved this time, but I would check ventilation to ensure the unit is not sitting on a carpet and to let it sit, plugged in, overnight.

Addendum Addendum: Problem ended up getting worse over the months, eventually the Wii U was dead and I had to pay $200 to get it repaired (one of the boards was bad). Moral of the story: Send it in while your warranty is still good. Also use the copy feature to backup your saves before it dies.

Tags: ···

1,913 responses so far ↓

  • 1 african grey parrot for sale // Nov 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

    african grey parrot for sale

    […]Here are some of the web sites we recommend for our visitors[…]

  • 2 toucan bird // Nov 24, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    toucan bird

    […]always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I like but really don’t get lots of link appreciate from[…]

  • 3 bülent kocamanoğlu // Nov 24, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    bülent kocamanoğlu

    […]check below, are some totally unrelated internet websites to ours, having said that, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  • 4 Eco Septic // Nov 25, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Eco Septic

    […]The data mentioned in the write-up are some of the best available […]

  • 5 Al-Zaytoonah University // Nov 25, 2020 at 3:15 am

    Al-Zaytoonah University

    […]below you will discover the link to some websites that we assume it is best to visit[…]

  • 6 Philadelphia Elibrary // Nov 25, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Philadelphia Elibrary

    […]usually posts some pretty exciting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]

  • 7 Buy Ritalin 10mg online // Nov 26, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Buy Ritalin 10mg online

    […]Here are some of the internet sites we advocate for our visitors[…]

  • 8 Buy Adderall XR Capsules online // Nov 28, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Buy Adderall XR Capsules online

    […]one of our visitors recently advised the following website[…]

  • 9 AUTOTEMPEST.COM // Nov 28, 2020 at 9:14 am


    […]usually posts some very exciting stuff like this. If you?re new to this site[…]

  • 10 about canada // Nov 28, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    about canada

    […]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but do not get a whole lot of link like from[…]

  • 11 buy runtz online // Nov 30, 2020 at 5:52 am

    buy runtz online

    […]one of our guests just lately proposed the following website[…]

  • 12 BUY BLACK COBRA ONLINE // Dec 1, 2020 at 7:33 am


    […]Here are some of the web sites we advise for our visitors[…]

  • 13 aðýr ceza avukatý // Dec 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

    aðýr ceza avukatý

    […]we prefer to honor lots of other internet sites around the internet, even though they aren?t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]