Having just upgraded to a new TV, we are now connecting most of our equipment via HDMI/component where available. We have a Joytech 540C Xbox Control Centre which ties all our non-HDMI sources together, and it generally works well, switching composite, s-video, component, stereo RCA and optical SPDIF. It also has a builtin 5 port 10/100 ethernet switch (I wish it was gigabit though). Unfortunately, when feeding a component signal from the Wii, the colours appear washed out, and the screen occasionally loses sync.

If you have this problem, the easiet solution (if you have 2 weeks or so), is to contact Joytech, or their Australian distributor - Take 2 Interactive, and request the Wii adapter to fix the above problem. The adapter is a small RCA male -> female adapter, that fits between the green connector of the Wii component cable, and the Joytech unit.

If you like getting your hands dirty, or don't want to wait for such a long time, I received mine today, and I will share with you the secret of its operation. Its a 75 Ohm resistor. Nothing more. All you need to do is connect it between ground and the signal line of the cable. You can either make an adapter yourself (the safe way), hack it into the cable (you'll need another RCA connector - the resistor is small enough to fit inside the connector), or modify your Joytech unit (if you feel like dedicating an input to the Wii, and voiding your warranty).

Hi, I am experiencing the same problems with my Wii component connector and Joytech 540C. I've read that the picture is noticibly duller with the adapter in place. How do you find it? Does the dullness detract from the improved quality to the point where it is easier to use the standard composite cables?

alastair Fri, 21/09/2007 - 13:23

In reply to by David Harrison (not verified)

On my screen, the picture looks quite good (well, as good as a 480P signal can look, which is not that great due to scaling). If you are concerned, you could always use a 1k potentiometer instead, to vary the amount of resistance (and therefore, the loading on the Wii output, which alters the signal strength)

Torsten Schoeps (not verified) Mon, 18/05/2009 - 18:22

In reply to by David Harrison (not verified)

If you take a 70 Ohm resistor like with the joytech "adapter" - the picture is indeed going to be a bit dull.

So I tried different resistors and for me a 47 Ohm Resistor worked quite well with the Wii and the Joytech540C. The picture is still shiny and no signal lost at all :)

By the way: With my PS2 and a component cable I expierenced the same problem as with the Wii (but not so many dropouts like the wii - only occasionally on very bright screens - e.g. most of the singstar games). A 34 Ohm resister does ther job very well :)

alastair Sat, 13/06/2009 - 22:07

In reply to by Torsten Schoeps (not verified)

The resistor should be connected between the signal and ground, not in series with the signal. A lower value resistor connected in this manner will increase the loading on the Wii, resulting in a dimmer picture and more distortion.

Sheer (not verified) Wed, 15/09/2010 - 08:12


I know this is an old post, but I've finally got around to setting up my Wii in the living room,

and I'm using a Joytech switcher.

I've tried connecting a 75ohm resistor (as well as some other lower ones) between the signal and ground, and I get a visibly duller and shakier picture on my HDD loader which autoboots, but as soon as I drop back into the Wii menu, the screen (an LG) lose signal.

I've simply got a phono socket - attached  a wire and a plug to the other end and the resistor between the 2 points of the socket.

Am I doing something wrong? because I can't get to this work....

Any help would be appreciated...


alastair Wed, 15/09/2010 - 08:26

In reply to by Sheer (not verified)

What is the output like without the resistor (it could be that newer Joytech units have already resolved this problem)?

You can try higher value resistors, up to say 1k - it could be that with whatever revisions Joytech have made, a 75Ohm resistor is loading the driver too much.