Nintendo GameCube Troubleshooting

GameCube won't turn on ¶ 

GameCube does not power up

Power Cord Problems ¶ 

If your power cord is plugged in but the GameCube will not power up, unplug the power cord from the back of the GameCube. Check the port to see if in is dusty or dirty. If it is, gently blow on the area to remove the dust and replug in the power cord.

Over Heating ¶ 

If the GameCube will not turn on, check on the left and right sides to see if the fan port is clogged. On the sides there is a gridded square that allows air to flow through the console to cool it. If the port is covered with dust you may just need to clean out the port to allow cool air to flow through the console again. You may need to repair or clean the fan. Also, to decrease the chances of this problem happening again, try to keep your GameCube in an open location where it will not easily suck in dust.

Optical Drive Failure ¶ 

If none of the above options work then your Optical Drive may have malfunctioned. The optical drive is the drive that reads the disc and transmits the images to your TV. If your GameCube will not turn on, your optical drive may have malfunctioned. You will need to buy a new optical drive and replace it. To replace the drive follow the Replacing the Optical Drive Guide.

Motherboard Failure ¶ 

If none of the problems above seem to fix your GameCube, it may be a Motherboard malfunction. In Nintendo Products this problem is extremely rare so be sure that none of the solutions above work before you try this. You will need to buy a new Motherboard and replace your old one, following Replacing the GameCube Motherboard Guide.

GameCube Turns on but no Picture Appears ¶ 

The GameCube turns on but your TV screen stays Black (or Blue)

Dirty Laser Lens ¶ 

Open the disc drive and remove the disc. The laser lens is located in the back, and is mounted along a track. You should see a glass bulb, which is the laser lens. DO NOT TOUCH THE LENS. If the bulb looks dirty or smudged the laser cannot read the disc and no picture will appear on your TV. Get a cue tip and gently clean off the lens with rubbing alcohol.

Laser Failure ¶ 

If the lens looks clean, you may have a problem with your laser. As GameCubes get older their ability to read discs decreases. You will have to follow The Turning Up the Laser Power Guide, to open your GameCube up and turn up the laser's power, which will increase its ability to read discs.

Optical Drive Failure ¶ 

If none of the above options work then your Optical Drive may have malfunctioned. The optical drive is the drive that reads the disc and transmits the images to your TV. If your GameCube will not turn on, your optical drive may have malfunctioned. You will need to buy a new optical drive and replace it. To replace the drive follow the Replacing the Optical Drive Guide.

GameCube turns on but goes Straight to the Memory Card Screen ¶ 

The GameCube turns on but the Memory Card Screen Appears and the Game will not start

Dirty Laser Lens ¶ 

Open the disc drive and remove the disc. The laser lens is located in the back, and is mounted along a track. You should see a glass bulb, which is the laser lens. DO NOT TOUCH THE LENS. If the bulb looks dirty or smudged the laser cannot read the disc and no picture will appear on your TV. Get a cue tip and gently clean off the lens with rubbing alcohol.

Laser Failure ¶ 

If the lens looks clean, you may have a problem with your laser. As GameCubes get older their ability to read discs decreases. You will have to follow The Turning Up the Laser Power Guide, to open your GameCube up and turn up the laser's power, which will increase its ability to read discs.

GameCube Turns on Briefly ¶ 

Your GameCube turns on but will not stay on

Over Heating ¶ 

If the GameCube will not stay turned on, check on the left and right sides to see if the fan port is clogged. On the sides there is a gridded square that allows air to flow through the console to cool it. If the port is covered with dust you may just need to clean out the port to allow cool air to flow through the console again. You may need to repair or clean the fan. To decrease the chances of this problem happening again try to keep your GameCube in a open location where it will not easily suck in dust.

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