Eject!!

Sarah’s been out of town for a few days and I thought I would pass some time by playing Mario Kart on the Wii. I popped the disc in and navigated to the main Wii menu. I waited a few seconds and grew a little concerned when the disc never came up in the on-screen display. I waited a few more seconds, and it still wasn’t reading.

I thought maybe I’d put the disc in facing the wrong way; it wouldn’t be the first time. I pressed “Eject” on the Wii, heard the little Eject Motors whirring away, and nothing happened. My disc was not ejected. This was disheartening, especially since I had pressed the “Eject” button. How much clearer could I be?

I pressed the button again, heard the motors do their thing (or at least try to), and still no sign of my disc. Hey come on!!

The next few minutes were occupied with a series of pushing “EJECT!”, turning off the power, unplugging the console and plugging it back in, all in a variety of orders and sequences. But still, nothing.

So I did what anyone else would do in my situation: I entered “disc won’t eject from the Wii” into Google, who was more than happen to give me a billion responses to my question. So much faster than trying to navigate my way through Customer Service or an FAQ section. My question was answered by a variety of people from a variety of sites. One answer told me to hold in the “EJECT MAN!!!” button for 10 seconds. If that didn’t work, unplug the console, plug it back in, and then hold the button for 10 more seconds. If that didn’t work, I was informed I would need a new Wii.

No way, dudes.

I followed his instructions exactly, and still nothing. I tried to poke the sleeve from one of my Netflix films into the disc slot to see if I could see what was going on and if it was possible to grab my disc. As soon as I slid a corner of the sleeve into the disc slot, the Wii tried to grab the sleeve and pull it in. “Hey, greedy!” I yelled to no one. OK, I guess I yelled it to the Wii, I’ll be honest.

How weird that it would try to take in another disc when it…already…um….

And that’s when I noticed the display on my DVD player, and it read “disc error.”

So apparently, sometimes when I’m bored, I’ll pass the time by trying to play Wii games on my DVD player.

Have I mentioned yet what a genius I am?

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