Question from GageTheMage
How do I set to 480p?
How do I set my Wii's TV resolution to it's "EDTV or HDTV (480P)" setting? Does it require the Wii to have a certain cable?
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First you need your Wii connected to your TV with a "component cable". This cable on the "tv end" should have 5 plugs. Red, Green, and Blue for video plus two more for audio right and audio left.
When hooked up through that, you want let the system know you want it to output 480p.
From the Wii Channels menu, click the "Wii" button on the lower left of the screen. From there choose: Wii Settings > Screen > TV Resolution. In this menu, click on the "EDTV or HDTV (480p)" option and then click "confirm". That is it.
Keep in mind, this only raises the resolution, and only in games that support it. If your TV is a wide screen, then you need to set that too. Like before, go into the screen settings, and this time choose "Widescreen settings". The rest is fairly obvious.
A few things to keep in mind.
1. 480p and widescreen are not supported in all games. It will default lower when needed. Since your TV doesn't know what it is seeing, you may need to use your TV remote to toggle between "full" or "wide" or whatever they call these modes. Your TV will need to be set to the like-type format.
2. Most LCD TVs/HDTVs filter video that isn't on HDMI, DVI, or VGA connections. This can cause a delay. With everything on-screen happening a few seconds behind your controller movements, this is obviously a problem. To turn off this filtering, check your TV's menus or manual.
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To answer your direct question: Yes, you need component cables as the AV cables in the box cannot output 480p. You can get the official Nintendo ones or any other Wii branded component cables from other manufacturers. Also, your TV needs component inputs on the back for the cables to connect. After that, follow the previous instructions to set your Wii output defaults to 480p so it automatically converts games to that output.
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