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Introdução

This guide will teach you how to disassemble the GameCube Optical Drive Assembly for the purpose of accessing the Optical Drive and the laser. These parts are responsible for reading the information off of the game discs which allows games to be played on the console.

If the Optical Drive malfunctions (fails to spin the disc for example) or the Optical Laser Lens is damaged, it can prevent the game discs from being read properly. This can warrant a replacement of the device part. As the GameCube is an older console, E-bay would be a good place to start when searching for a replacement part.

Before attempting the disassembly, you will need a 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver. This is special tool that is used to open certain Nintendo consoles and can be ordered online from Amazon.

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    • Turn over the Gamecube so that the bottom side is facing up.

    • Use the 4.5 mm Gamebit screwdriver to remove all four screws.

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    • With the bottom side of the GameCube facing upward and the screws removed, carefully pull the outer shell of the unit away from the top half.

    • Move the GameCube so that the inside is facing upwards.

    This can also be done whilst being in the normal upright position after all 4 of the 4.5mm Gamebit screws have been removed. Pull the top of the shell directly upwards and it should slide off easily.

    Less chance of snagging any wires or parts.

    Christopher Cox - Responder

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    • Gently press down on the clips located on either side of the back panel.

    • Carefully remove the back panel from the GameCube.

    A second picture clearly showing which direction to pull the back panel away from the unit would be nice.

    rubixtriangle - Responder

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    • With the back panel removed, carefully unclip the controller ports at the front of the unit.

    • A ribbon cable (outlined in orange) is still attached to the unit. Do Not Disconnect This Cable.

    • Controller ports are where the controllers plug into the game console, and are a half circular shape.

    well... what happens if accidentally i disconnected it?

    negroporexcelencia - Responder

    presumably nothing major. The CMOS battery is attached to the controller ports, so the most i'd expect is that the gamecube loses it's date/time setting. As long as you reset that before jumping into animal crossing or something, you should be fine. I'm currently doing a teardown of my gamecube, and if something does prove to have gone wrong, i'll report back.

    sigoshi -

    okay, i finished putting it back together. gamecube works fine and surprisingly still remembers what year it is. boots into smash bros and shows memory card contents fine.

    sigoshi -

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    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws on the back of the control port.

    • Carefully separate the gray outer casing of the control port and the circuit board.

    That step is not needed for the laser replacement.

    Vincent Léon - Responder

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    • The left side of the unit contains the cooling fan and its housing.

    • Carefully remove the two screws attaching the cooling fan housing to the unit.

    • Do not detach the red and black cooling fan wire from the main unit. Boxed in orange.

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    • Remove the four Phillips #1 screws retaining the ground springs.

    • Carefully remove the ground springs from the main unit.

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    • The optical drive is secured to a metal plate.

    • Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, unscrew the twelve screws that are around the outer edge of the optical drive.

    Are these 12 screws the exact same kind like the 2 that were on the fan?

    blaise ventura - Responder

    Yes! As far as I can tell anyway. Makes sense, too since opposite the fan you have five of the same holes as well.

    Ben Zelinsky - Responder

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    • Carefully separate the optical drive assembly from the rest of the GameCube unit.

    • The optical drive assembly is secured to the motherboard underneath by a slot; some force may be required to carefully free the assembly.

    • The metal plate and the actual optical drive will remain attached.

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    • At this point, your optical drive assembly should be separated from your GameCube.

    • Flip the optical drive assembly upside down.

    • Remove the six Phillips #1 screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

    • Gently lift and remove the metal plate.

    • Be careful not to disturb the brown ribbon cable.

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    • Remove the blue wire by gently pulling.

    • Disconnect the brown cable. This is done by gently pulling the black tab away from the white plastic. This will loosen the tension on the brown cable, allowing it to slide away from the tab gently.

    • Remove the four Phillips #1 screws connecting the circuit board to the optical drive assembly.

    • The fourth screw is located behind the screwdriver in the third picture.

    A helpful addition/change to this step would be to include a photo of where/how to remove the brown ribbon cable (maybe also include this terminology in the text, instead of just “cable”). Furthermore, the yellow box to indicate the blue cable highlights everything except the part that you need to remove, which is a little confusing.

    Thanks!

    Ben

    Ben Zelinsky - Responder

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    • Gently remove the circuit board (the large green square) as shown in the three pictures.

    • DO NOT SEPARATE the red wire or the white ribbon cable connecting the circuit board to the metal plate.

    • Red Wire

    • White ribbon Cable

    What would happen if I accidentally separated the white ribbon cable... because I watched a video of some guy going through this same process. Separated all the cables and his worked. My cube stopped reading disks recently. Laser is calibrated properly. Begins to spin then stops

    Ps

    Is there anyway I can save my cube

    kyleharms10 - Responder

    I'm just guessing here, but I think they mean there's no need to separate those cables to complete the repair—just be careful not to pull or stress them. Like you said, nothing bad will happen if you choose to disconnect a couple cables. As for what's wrong with your cube, you might want to try asking your question over in the Answers forum.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    There is a small tab to the left of the red wire that you need to pull out to release the circuit board.

    patriotsfansince87 - Responder

    Why do we need further disassembly that this ? The potentiometer is already accessible at this point. Why do we need to tear down the lens from it’s slot in step 16 ?

    Startide Harlock - Responder

    Good question! I’m wondering the same thing.

    Ben Zelinsky -

    You don’t. You can stop here if you’re doing the laser potentiometer calibration.

    jweeman -

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    • Use a flathead screwdriver to carefully release the four plastic clips holding the drive assembly together.

    • Carefully use a screwdriver as leverage to unscrew and release the last clip.

    Since this step uses a flathead screwdriver, it might be useful to include that in the list of required tools at the top.

    Ben Zelinsky - Responder

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    • Gently lift the metal plate off the drive assembly.

    • Be careful not to sever the red wire or the white ribbon cable still attached to the two halves of the drive assembly.

    • Then, flip the two halves of the drive assembly upside down.

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    • Use a flathead screwdriver to release the two clips located on the back half of the drive assembly.

    • The final clip doesn't need to be released; the top half of the drive assembly will slide away from the lower half.

    • Finish removing the top half of the drive assembly from the base.

    • Be careful not to detach the red wire or the white ribbon cable still attached.

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    • Once the top half of the drive assembly is detached, turn it upside down.

    • Using a Phillips screwdriver, carefully remove the three final screws near the lens assembly bars.

    • Extract the final three screws and remove the lens assembly.

    what kind of screws are these on the laser lens i lost one and need to buy new ones cause i cant find the 3rd

    Ugly potato - Responder

Conclusão

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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4 Comments

What type of optical drive could I use to replace the one in said GameCube once I've broken it down?

Bob Marotta - Responder

Did you ever find out, Bob?

Lee Martin -

I found OEM parts (removed from other Game Cubes) available on Ebay. Just ordered the part for about $16.

erin clark - Responder

Good walkthrough. My 8 year old completed this repair with minimal help from me. Thanks!

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