My Nintendo Game Cube runs fine when I turn it on. Howver when I insert a disc it usually just says there is no disc. Sometimes it will decide to work if I persist with it enough. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem?
I have the same problem: but only with a couple of discs, most notably SSBM. I just think they have gotten too scratched for the laser to read the copyright key at the beginning of the disk.
The solution is simple: spin the disk quite quickly before you close the lid (not too hard tho... that'll just make it worse)that sets the disk rotating and when the machine turns on, the laser will fire and see that there is a changing stream of bits. Thus it will decide to spin the disk more and load.
Just spin the disk by hand- it's worked for me!
In my experience this is most often caused by the laser, a fix for which requires opening the unit and turning up a small potentiometer to up the laser's output. it's all easy enough and i've done it with great success on my own GC, but opening the unit requires nintendo's proprietary screwdriver. short of purchasing this online (many retailers sell it), you'll find a lot of suggestions to heat up the plastic on the back of a bic pen and press it against the screws such that the plastic hardens in the right form. it took a few tries, but this is what i did and it worked.
Two cheap and easy fixes I can think of that MIGHT help, short of opening the unit, would be to get a can of compressed air, and spray around the fan area, and the disc bay. also use a clean swab dipped in alcohol, and gently clean the laser lens
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Well i just went to put in Sonic hereos and tried my other gamecube games and no scratched discs and the discs look to be fine so the laser needs to be replaced or is a weak laser then. But the wii is fine so my gamecube might have internal problems then.
An Error has occurred: If you are getting the specific message, "An error has occurred. Turn the Power Off and check the Nintendo GameCube Instruction Booklet for further instructions." This means there may be an internal problem with the system.
If the disc appears fine or works properly in another system, this means there is an internal problem with the system. A repair will need to be set up. Please use our convenient repair options. Please contact Nintendo's Consumer Service Department at 1-800-255-3700 for assistance.
Try a cleaning disc. this may fix this issue. if the issue remains, it will confirm a major problem within the optical assembly. you will need to replace the optical assembly in this case. it has failed.
Contact Nintendo for the optical replacement procedure.
If you have game cube games you may want to try them as well. If it plays the game cube games but not the wii games it sounds like the sensor inside is bad and you will need to contact nintendo so they can fix the sensor.