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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.

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

dreamboyrich - Replica

Did you figure it out? I have the same problem

ivan22f -

Help please ?

dreamboyrich - Replica

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 - Replica

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 -

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