Introduction

This guide will teach you how to remove the existing GameCube motherboard and replace it with a new one.

Image 1/3: Locate the four screws (circled in red) on each corner of the device. Then, use a 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver to remove all four screws. Image 2/3: Locate the four screws (circled in red) on each corner of the device. Then, use a 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver to remove all four screws. Image 3/3: Locate the four screws (circled in red) on each corner of the device. Then, use a 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver to remove all four screws.
  • Turn over the Gamecube so that the bottom side is facing up.

  • Locate the four screws (circled in red) on each corner of the device. Then, use a 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver to remove all four screws.

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  • With the bottom side of the GameCube facing upward and the screws removed, carefully pull the outer shell of the unit away from the top half. Then place the inside of the unit facing up.

This can also be done whilst being in the normal upright position after all 4 of the 4.5mm Gamebit screws have been removed. Pull the top of the shell directly upwards and it should slide off easily.

Less chance of snagging any wires or parts.

Christopher Cox - Reply

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  • Gently press down on the clips located on either side of the the back panel, as shown, and carefully remove it from the main part of the device.

A second picture clearly showing which direction to pull the back panel away from the unit would be nice.

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Image 1/1: A ribbon cable (outlined in yellow) is still attached to the unit. '''Do not disconnect this cable.'''
  • With the back panel removed, carefully unclip the controller ports at the front of the unit.

    • A ribbon cable (outlined in yellow) is still attached to the unit. Do not disconnect this cable.

    • Controller ports are where the controllers plug into the game console, and are a half circular shape.

well... what happens if accidentally i disconnected it?

negroporexcelencia - Reply

presumably nothing major. The CMOS battery is attached to the controller ports, so the most i'd expect is that the gamecube loses it's date/time setting. As long as you reset that before jumping into animal crossing or something, you should be fine. I'm currently doing a teardown of my gamecube, and if something does prove to have gone wrong, i'll report back.

sigoshi -

okay, i finished putting it back together. gamecube works fine and surprisingly still remembers what year it is. boots into smash bros and shows memory card contents fine.

sigoshi -

Image 1/2: Carefully separate the gray outer casing of the control port and the circuit board. Image 2/2: Carefully separate the gray outer casing of the control port and the circuit board.
  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 2 screws(circled in red) that are located on the back of the control port.

  • Carefully separate the gray outer casing of the control port and the circuit board.

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Image 1/2: '''Do not detach the red and black cooling fan wire from the main unit.'''(red wire) Image 2/2: '''Do not detach the red and black cooling fan wire from the main unit.'''(red wire)
  • The left side of the unit contains the cooling fan and its housing. Carefully remove the two (2) screws attaching the cooling fan housing to the unit.

    • Do not detach the red and black cooling fan wire from the main unit.(red wire)

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Image 1/2: Carefully remove the ground springs from the main unit as shown in the second photograph. Image 2/2: Carefully remove the ground springs from the main unit as shown in the second photograph.
  • Remove the four (4) Phillips #1 screws retaining the ground springs (outlined in teal).

  • Carefully remove the ground springs from the main unit as shown in the second photograph.

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Image 1/2: Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, unscrew the twelve (12) screws that are around the outer edge of the optical drive (circled in red). Image 2/2: Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, unscrew the twelve (12) screws that are around the outer edge of the optical drive (circled in red).
  • The optical drive is secured to a metal plate.

  • Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, unscrew the twelve (12) screws that are around the outer edge of the optical drive (circled in red).

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Image 1/3: The optical drive assembly is secured to the motherboard underneath by a slot; some force may be required to carefully free the assembly. Image 2/3: The metal plate and the actual optical drive will remain attached (picture 3). Image 3/3: The metal plate and the actual optical drive will remain attached (picture 3).
  • Carefully separate the optical drive assembly from the rest of the GameCube unit.

    • The optical drive assembly is secured to the motherboard underneath by a slot; some force may be required to carefully free the assembly.

    • The metal plate and the actual optical drive will remain attached (picture 3).

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Image 1/2: Remove the 6 screws (circled in orange) on the heat sink using a #1 Phillips screwdriver. Image 2/2: Remove the 6 screws (circled in orange) on the heat sink using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.
  • With the Optical Drive Assembly removed, your GameCube should now look like this.

  • Remove the 6 screws (circled in orange) on the heat sink using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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  • Gently lift the motherboard from base (as shown in second picture).

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Image 1/2: At this point you can replace the old motherboard with a new one and enjoy your now-functional GameCube! Image 2/2: At this point you can replace the old motherboard with a new one and enjoy your now-functional GameCube!
  • Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable connecting the motherboard with the front panel.

  • At this point you can replace the old motherboard with a new one and enjoy your now-functional GameCube!

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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What happens if you disconnect that cable (localizated on Step 4)?

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