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Fan is blowing but the light does not turn on

When I turn my gamecube on the fan is blowing and everything but the light at the top does not come on and I just get a black screen. I dont know what happen. Has never been dropped and only had for about 2 years. Help me.

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    Horatio Watkins Oct 15, 2007

    Thanks Grcook. I knew it was going to come to that. Already bought another one from Nintendo directly. Should be receiving it this week. Now I'm just going to take the old one apart and try to fix it. Thanks for the information. Forthakids

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Sorry forthakids I had the same trouble . Had to sent the cube back to Nintendo for replacement ( had it for 6months) . So I think the best thing to do is buy a new one, then try and repair this one. GRCook

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