Cleaning the Gamecube Lens.

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  • Deleted user 24 February 2013 08:00:34
    The following article's advice was perfect for the task.

    [link url=http://www.ehow.com/how_4841622_clean-lens-nintendo-gamecube.html]How to Clean the Lens on a Nintendo Gamecube
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  • Dirtbox 24 Feb 2013 08:02:28 77,454 posts
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    Have you tried digging it with a penis?

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  • GiarcYekrub 24 Feb 2013 09:20:43 3,658 posts
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    I just bought a Wii
  • Cappy 24 Feb 2013 10:34:43 11,826 posts
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    Unless you leave the lid open for long periods, dust on the lens is unlikely to ever be problem, you can clean as much as you like you're not going to fix Nintendo's cheap, laser which will be the real cause of a problem.

    I went through five Platinum Gamecube's all with disc read problems, in the end I had to start fixing them myself due to Nintendo's UK customer support being an offensive joke and the return to store warranty expiring.

    I suspect that there would have been a minor scandal regarding Gamecube reliability if there had actually been enough software to keep most people playing through the entire generation.
  • mal 24 Feb 2013 10:46:53 22,332 posts
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    What ever went wrong with them? I know the orignal Playstation had a few pots on board that you could use to focus the drive lens properly etc., but I never had any trouble with my (purple) cube.

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  • Cappy 24 Feb 2013 10:58:31 11,826 posts
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    I never touched the first four Gamecubes so I can't say for certain, they were still under warranty. The fifth developed problems with focus, I could get it reading discs again by very slightly adjusting a screw to tweak the voltage, but it's rather irritating, the fix doesn't last more than a few weeks.

    I suspect it was the same problem with all five. Having disassembled the unit entirely at one point, the laser is a cheap piece of junk not dissimilar to what you would find in a 15 supermarket DVD player.
  • elstoof 24 Feb 2013 10:59:09 6,589 posts
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    Did you try turning it upside down? Worked for the playstation.
  • mal 24 Feb 2013 11:22:30 22,332 posts
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    Apparently the problem with the PS1 was the heat built up to such a degree that it cooked the plastic of the case and caused it to warp slightly, subtly moving the laser assembly wrt the spindle and fucking up the disc reading. Turning it upside down made it hang from the mounting holes, which hadn't moved as much and been less affected versus the surrounding case mounts moving.

    The GC on the other hand was mostly heat sink (which is why it was cube shaped). I'd be surprised if it would overheat on the surface of the sun, frankly.

    Edited by mal at 11:23:07 24-02-2013

    Edited by mal at 11:24:01 24-02-2013

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  • Cappy 24 Feb 2013 12:07:40 11,826 posts
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    The airflow through the Gamecube was very carefully considered also, that one small fan positioned just so, to pull air directly through the unit across the heat sink.

    Having taken one apart entirely, it really is a marvel of efficient engineering, delivering performance for the lowest price possible.

    Edited by Cappy at 12:07:53 24-02-2013
  • DaM 24 Feb 2013 12:12:18 12,887 posts
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    It's my favourite console design by a long shot. Nice and compact.
  • ray 24 Feb 2013 14:18:19 684 posts
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    I'm still amazed my Gamecube works almost perfectly (crashed a few times in the last year or so), despite what it went through. Maybe the first generation was sturdier.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 24 Feb 2013 14:34:40 37,301 posts
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    I love the look of the Gamecube. It's just so unique and sets the tone of the whole experience nicely.

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  • Load_2.0 24 Feb 2013 15:25:31 18,841 posts
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    Cleaning the Cube? Or Gleaming the cube!

  • Load_2.0 24 Feb 2013 15:28:20 18,841 posts
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    He only cares about his skateboard and his brother!

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