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Williams' Funhouse

Williams’ Funhouse pinball game on the Wii


A lightning strike earlier this year took out the two component inputs to our plasma TV.

As a result, I have had to use the composite TV input (yellow, red & white RCA plugs) with the Wii. But I pine for the higher resolution and picture quality of component in the detailed pinball art of the Gottlieb and Williams Collections for the Wii.

I was getting ready to add a fatalistic comment about the expensive HDMI-to-component converter that bought a few more years for our flat-tube TV:

“At least when the TV blows up, I can reuse the converter with the Wii to connect it to an HDMI input.”

Then I realized that the Wii would be going from component to HDMI, not vice-versa. Would it work the other way? Unlikely.

I was right, it wouldn’t work (looked it up). But it turns out that a component-to-HDMI converter costs a whole lot less.

Wiimcomponent-to-HDMI converter.

Wii component-to-HDMI converter

Found a specialized Wii to HDMI Video Audio Converter 720P 1080P HD Output Converter at Amazon for $13.72, less than a tenth of HDMI-to-component!

The original Wii is at best capable of 480p resolution (same as non-Blu-ray DVDs), and that’s only with a special Wii component video/audio cable, like I used to use.

But the new converter can upscale to 720p or 1080p, so possibly it will look better than it did before.

I’ll let you know how it works out in the comments section when I get it. (It shipped from Hong Kong, so it might be a week or two.)

Currently free to view for Amazon Prime users: “Special When Lit – A Pinball Documentary”. I really enjoyed it. Next time I’m in Vegas, I’m heading for the Pinball Hall of Fame, shown in the movie.

Read about other related movies and items at Pinball, Real & Virtual in the TTM aStore.

best-buy-recyclingI’ve been a slacker on this blog for the last couple of weeks, but not from a lack of topics to discuss.

To get back into the flow, I will mention the great recycling service provided by Best Buy.

As recently reported here, a lightning strike killed a number of devices in our house. (Read all about it in the trilogy of posts ending with Lightning, round #3.)

Two of the three items I recently bequeathed to Best Buy were casualties. One was the toasted Denon A/V receiver, the other a 1989 vintage 20″ tube TV that wasn’t all that great before the strike gave it bizarro color.

The third item was a 2006 13″ tube TV, originally bought at Best Buy, which we used with an X10 receiver in the kitchen (the sender was hooked up to the DVR, then the TiVo). We had to periodically whack it to get the sound working, and the picture was washed out. Its replacement will be the topic of another post.

I hauled the items over to Best Buy, loaded them into a shopping cart, and the service desk took them without any further ado. I still have a few smaller items I will unload on a future trip.

Acceptable items for each state are listed at Best Buy Recycle.

Included are: TV (max 32″ tube TVs), VCR/DVD, DTV Converters, Rechargeable Batteries, Car Audio & GPS, Digital Cameras & Camcorders, Mobile Phones, CDs, Video Games & Gadgets, Computers. Check the site for further detail.

This blog will be 1 year old on August 6. I need to shoehorn in a few more posts by then!