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.

20 Comments

Gamecube fan spins but light doesn't comes on and game disc doesn't spin

dreamboyrich - Reply

Did you figure it out? I have the same problem

ivan22f -

Help please ?

dreamboyrich - Reply

Gamecube only turns on with the lid is open. Once it has been closed, the game shuts off. All the while the fan is still running. Help!!! I wish I could send a video.

Derica Moreno - Reply

Hmm, no clue. I've never heard of such a problem. To be honest it sounds like that Gamecube that you have is very worn out, so the best option is to purchase another system. It will most likely cost you around <$40 in total for a good high quality used Gamecube.

I hope you figure out what's wrong, because if you do, you might be able to order parts online and home-repair your console.

SquidCake -

Just recently purchased a second hand GameCube but doesn't work properly.

The GameCube fires up and you can hear the disk loading but nothing comes up on the screen whatsoever! No Nintendo title, nothing! I've bought two new scart cables but had no luck. I've tried the net for a solution but doesn't look as though it's a common problem. Any advice?

lewispaulsmart - Reply

That's exactly whats happening to me... This is awful and if You figure it out will you email me (sk8teboard11@gmail.com)

GavinJohns -

You could send it in for repairs, but it would save tons of money if you could figure out what part of the hardware projects images onto the screen, order replacement parts online, and home-repair it. As for the instructions to do said repairs, I can't offer any help except for you to keep looking.

SquidCake -

My GameCube got knocked over my table and fell on the floor, and when I turn it on now it's slightly delayed and skips most of the GameCube intro when you turn it on but is still full functional, and on top of that, it makes a loud buzzing noise whenever it is turned on, can I get any help as to how to fix this?

ericgamer18 - Reply

You might have to purchase repair parts for it, or if you can't repair a system at home, then buy a pre-owned (preferably replacement) Gamecube console.

SquidCake -

What if my game will play for certain part of the game? I'm playing Harvest moon and it won't let me sleep to the next year or wait it out until 12 after it reaches 12 it shuts the screen off and screeches with the audio... What do I do? Is it the disc or something else? It feels like it doesn't have anymore information on it somehow

shannybear103please - Reply

It's most likely the disc. The only thing you can do is buy another copy of the same game, unless you somehow have an expensive machine that writes microscopic code onto discs (yes, some people are lucky enough to have their own).

SquidCake -

The power went out when the gamecube was turned on. When the power came back the gamecube didn't turn on and isn't turning back on. Any ideas on what I could do?

joshuarubite - Reply

Was it during a thunderstorm?

SquidCake -

what are the options of fixing it without use of a special screwdriver?

Longshot 534 - Reply

I'm afraid that the only other option would be to purchase a new system. Unless you were to bring it in for repairs, but I'm positive that Gamecubes are a lot cheaper when bought from the right users/websites.

SquidCake -

Meu game cube liga ler o jogo e em seguida trava no começo. Acho que defeito na placa da leitura. Alguem pode me ajudar

Danilo Dicas de suspençao - Reply

I have an original Japanese gamecube which is modded (red switch on back) to also play US games. It works fine with the default A/V composite cable, but I also have the (now expensive and rare) component cable. It has NEVER worked with the component cable. I power it on, the fan comes on and the power light flashes once and goes off. The disk does not spin. No picture. I've always assumed it was because of the GC's mod - but I don't know. Any suggestions?

ccampbell1 - Reply

The gamecube turns on fine and it plays the first images of the disc, for example the copyrights of crazy taxi, but it doesnt go on, it freezes that image. Do you know what can i do?

Galdab - Reply

My controller responds correctly when in the system menu. The problem is when I load the game(pokemon colossuem). When on the game’s menu(not system menu) the controller does not work. The first port of the gamecube does not work the other three do. I have no other game at the time to test if its the game that doesnt work.

Hugh - Reply

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