I've tried everything I can find through Google, spent hours on it...
No matter what I do, Windows 10's bluetooth window just will not detect either of my wiimotes or my wiiU gamepad to connect to at all.
I've tried updating bluetooth drivers through windows, and downloading updated drivers off the manufacturer's site.
I've tried installing Julian Lohr's driver (though I think that's mimiced by WiinUSoft and doesn't apply to my problem anyway), disabling driver signature enforcement to get that to work, and even the seemingly outdated hotfix for WiinUSoft.
I can't even remember the number of guides I've looked at to try to figure out some way to get bluetooth to see the wiimotes, but nothing has worked. And this after hours trying to get some new PS3 controllers I just bought to connect. I decided to return those and get a WiiU Pro controller off Amazon, but now it seems like that isn't gonna work for me either! Should I just slap a return label on it the moment it shows up on my porch? About to put my head through a wall...
If anyone can offer any advice or ideas for how I can get this awful operating system to just sync with the stupid wiimote, I would be so grateful!
Alright, thanks for the answers. The Gamepad makes sense, because it transmits so much data. Do you know why the third party controllers don't show up? They should use bluetooth as well.
EDIT: I just got the third-party pro controller (because Nintendo's is a hundred and fifty bucks!) and my PC doesn't detect it at all. I'm going to try something else to get the PS3 controllers I had working, but I have a question about the behaviour of the official pro controller with the Wii U console, as compared to this knockoff one I got, if you would be kind enough to help me out.
With my knockoff controller, the power button doesn't actually turn the controller itself on. It will turn the console on, but only if the controller has been turned on first. What I mean by this is that when I power off the WiiU console, it seems to set the knockoff controller into a "sleep" state, I would assume to save battery. When I hit the power button in this "off" state, nothing at all happens. The console doesn't turn on, and the controller doesn't light up in an attempt to "seek" a connection to the console. It's like the controller is dead. I first have to hit another button (a, the d-pad, etc.) to make the controller "light up" and attempt to connect to the WiiU Console, at which point the power button will function just fine to turn the console on.
However, even when I do this, the controller still doesn't connect to the console. Once the console is on, I have to hit some other button in order to make the controller "seek" the console again, at which point it will quickly connect. However, even when the controller has just been used to turn the console on (but is not yet connected in a 1-4 slot), the power button does not activate this "seek" state. Any other button will, but not the power button.
I'm just wondering if this is normal behaviour for the official pro controller as well. Do you have to hit some other button first before the power button will turn the console on, or will the power button function right out of the "sleep" state? I sure as hell can't afford $150 to test it out for myself, but I am very curious! The controller seems to be of a high build quality otherwise, though the sticks have a bit of a deadzone. I'm questioning if I want to keep it or just send it back and save towards an official one, it was only like 120 on ebay. Still a ton of money though.
It could a number of things. Perhaps they simply don't broadcast when going into pairing mode, maybe instead of letting the Wii U Connect to them they look to connect to the Wii U to start the process, or maybe there is a proprietary handshake process used for third party controllers.
From what I recall, the power button will turn on the Wii U, but not connect the controller until a button is pressed. If the console is on and the controller is connected, holding the power button will both turn off the console and the controller. No buttons need to be pressed in order for the power button to function.
Nah, they're all like 60+ that I can find (canadian) and they're mostly in bad shape too. I was looking at this hyperkin one on amazon bult like the GC controller, but reviews are mixed and I never owned a GC so I'm not sure I'd get the benefit from it. Best official one I could find is 60 all together and seems like it might be good, guy looks to be selling all his old games so it might be legit condition.
Are the controllers as reliable as most nintendo stuff? I'm just worried about buying something that's about to give out. If you have any ideas where I could look, I'd be very grateful.
At that amount almost seems more practical to get a Switch Pro Controller since it already supports DInput. Upside would be it is a more modern and popular controller that Steam supports really well. Downside is that my program doesn't support it to its fullest. Also depends on your controller preferences of course.
The controllers seem reliable to me, just as much as anything else they make. I used them all the time for years, but I've also never warn out a Nintendo controller before. Not even the N64, so I guess I'm not as hard on my controllers as some so perhaps I'm not a good sample.