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Fan not working

I think the fan in my gamecube quit working because i get an error has occured. please turn off gamecube and consult nintendo gamecube manual ( something like that) My daughter noticed the gamecube was very warm so she got a small fan and put right next to the vent that has power and reset button side. It seems to have fixed the problem for the most part. How do i take this thing apart when it is riveted together?  I need to get that fan working again.

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Some of the early Nintendo GameCube Systems released were prone to overheating, especially if played or left on on for a long period of time. If the problem is merely the cooler fan being congested with dust or pet hair, a simple cleaning will suffice. But if a clean fan and open air does not fix the problem, then there is heat damage done to the chips and you should replace the board (cheaper than replacing individual chips). You can pick up the Gamecube Motherboard CPU and Heatsink (analog type as well as the double digital & analog output) for around $15 to $20 dollars. They are pretty easy to install with just a couple screwdrivers and the bit used to open the Gamcube case. You can find them at nesrepairshop.com.

The best way to avoid overheating in your Gamecube in the first place is to make sure that your system is placed in the open where the vents on the side are not blocked from receiving free air flow. You should also check these vents periodically to make sure they are not full of dust or other blockage. If there is dust in the vents, you can use a vacuum cleaner with small corner or upholstery attachment to pull it out. But "never" us canned or compressed air as that will inevitably cause problems with circuitry, moving parts or the laser. I also use the additional little Dream Gear Digi fans that easily attach to the side to add additional cooling. These work great.

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The game cube is not riveted.  Nintendo came up with a special screw that has a special bit to open the cube.  They did this in an attempt to keep only authorized service techs working on them.

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And the fan may not be bad, just might be all dusty.  Don't blow compressed air in it until it is apart though, you do not want Dust on the laser.

Hope this helps

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