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Gamecube won't read discs? Come here!

Hey everyone, i decided to make this post about fixing your cube without sending it to a repair guy or anything because i had this problem for almost 8 months. After this operation, my cube still worked intermittently for about 2 weeks, but then it started working perfectly.

Just know that i am not responsible if you decide to use this method and something in your gamecube breaks or no longer works all together.

YOU are making the choice to do this or not to, therefore, YOU are responsible for what happens.
Not me.

Ok, so the problem is the gamecube doesn't recognize the disc right?
You put in your SSBM or whatever game you want to play and your cube says
"insert disc" or whatever... It says, check the gamecube manual or whatever?
Clean your disc or something? You've made sure the disc is clean?

If you want to fix this, 98% of gamecubes will work after this procedure.
However, if you are in the unlucky 2% that remains, your cube could already be floating on a little cloud in the skies, unable to be repaired whatsoever.

Now, remember, that i am not responsible if this procedure voids any warranties or destroys your cube, you are.

Remember to take out all controllers, power cables a\v cables and any other
devices out of the console and make sure that it is set to the "off" position.

Ok, first, you need to get the shell off of your cube.
Flip your cube upside down carefully. Next, you will see four holes in each corner. Now you are going to have to get your gamebit screwdriver out from your tool box. (Don't have a gamebit, and don't want to buy one? Check out the first post on Page 3 of this topic entitled "Making a Gamebit")

Now then, take out each of those screws. don't lose them now!
Carefully flip the cube upside right again, and take off the shell.
You are now in the inards of your console. You will see the laser and disc reading the left, you will see the fan, carefully unscrew the two main screws connecting it to the metal base.
Move the fan out of the way, but be carefull not to cut the wires.
Detach the front panel that your mem. cards and controllers go into, then detach the one in the back that the power and a\v cables go into. You will see two little spring-y things near where the memory card slots are that are connected to the circuit board, take them out for now.

Allright, next take each little screw out of the part that connects the disc reader from the base.
Carefully pull the disc reading device out. It's sort connected to the base like a cartridge at one corner, be carefull.

Now, you should have the device in you hand. Insert a disc into it so the laser wont get scratched then turn it upside down.

On it's underside, Look for a little black box with a screw on it.
This is the laser's potentionmeter and the route to your cube's perfect health again.

Carefully take your screwdriver and turn that little screw COUNTER clock-wise
just a few degrees. Not too much, or the laser could get so strong it could burn your discs or even damage itself. when you're done, put the laser device back into the cube and make sure it sort of "clicks" into place. You may need to move the fan around to do this. Now, remember those little spring like things near the memory card slots? Put those back into position.

Now the test run, hook up your power cables and a\v cables and a controller.
Put a disc into it's appropriate place. As you are about to turn your machine on, notice the two little lever like things at the top left corner of your console.

Hold them down (away from you)
and turn on the power.
If your cube turns on and the laser can be seen through the disc, it's working for now.

Load your game and start playing it until you can move your character around or whatever.
If it stops reading the disc and says Disc could not be read, Do another test.
(The first time, the gamecube had to recalibrate the potensionmeter's new setting.)

Your game cube should now work, Put all the screws back in and reasseamble the console if you want but it might still have a problem. I left all the screws out of mine when i did this in case i need to get back into my cube.

If your cube still said "insert disc" after doing all this and after knowing there is a disc in it, go back to the potensionmeter, and move the screw slightly more counter clock wise. Test twice and go back to the potensionmeter if necessary.

When you load the game after turning the power "on" and don't hear a little screeching sound (it means it's booting the game) it means you turned the potensionmeter too much.
Recalibrate it but this time, move the screw on the potensionmeter
CLOCK-wise. Test it twice, and repeat procedure if necessary.

That's it. This should help you get your cube working again, or at least recognize the discs again.

Feel free to post comments or questions, i'll be happy to help.


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