Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wii U GamePad Range Issue Fix

My Wii U gamepad started telling me that I needed to be closer to the console - even when I was 6 inches away!  Here's how I fixed it:

First I found a YouTube Video that showed how to fix it.  I was able to do it fairly quickly since I had the same issue a year ago.  I bought the part for $7.99 from eBay so I assumed I would just do that again.

Wrong!  The cheapest I could find on eBay was for $28.99.  Ouch!  So I looked up my old order and bam! - they don't sell on eBay any more.  So I did a web search and found the same part from the same store for $7.99 - it was simply a standalone website vs an eBay seller.  Still not confident in some tiny website, I checked Amazon.com.  No love - it was $34.95 plus $4.95 for shipping.  Well, the site takes paypal, so I ordered it.

Well, it took about two weeks for it to arrive - it had to go all the way from California to Arizona so mostly I thought my order had been lost.

Oddly enough though, by the time the part arrived, my Wii U gamepad started working again.

So now I have an extra part in case it fails again.  However, I can tell you that the video works because I did the same thing a year ago.  If I do have to replace, I'll see if I can get some pictures - just in case it helps anybody else.


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