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DVD backup help

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:41 pm
by Blake5100
I recently got around to buying some ridata mini dvd-r! I just tested them and here are the results;
Zelda 4 sword adventures: I see the nintendo logo and then black screen.
Wind waker: I'm able to load the game in swiss but then right after I start it, it says "an error has occured. Please shut the power off" blah blah blah.
Paper Mario the thousand year door: I'm able to play it but after like 5 minutes the music will stop looping and I get the same screen as wind waker.
Smash bros melee: exact same thing as wind waker except in smash bros font :lol:
So, does it sound like I need a pot tweak? I have a model "DOL-101" and my friend told me you don't need to pot tweak them. I thought my discs might possibly be bad burns but I used nintendont for the wii and hit boot disc from drive and ALL the games worked flawless. All help and ideas would be apprechiated!

-Blake

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:50 pm
by emu_kidid
Tweak the potentiometer, but first try to clean the laser lens with some 100% alcohol/isopropyl and a q-tip.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:48 pm
by Blake5100
I just tweaked the pot, serveral times actually until it wasn't able to read any normal discs. The backups STILL didn't work. I even cleaned the lazer and still, same results as before! Does it just not work for me?

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:14 am
by emu_kidid
Remind me what your full setup is and how you are loading Swiss, although if you're able to see the discs in Swiss it makes it sound like the laser can read the media but then gives up. When the "Error has occurred" screens come up, has the disc stopped spinning at this point? If so, was it violently clicking around just before doing so?

"Up until it wasn't able to read any normal discs" makes it sound like you went up instead of down? Set the ohms fairly low like <100 and see how you go. If you've already done so, then it sounds like the laser is really on its way out.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:27 pm
by Blake5100
Ok, so I load swiss through the home bros exploit. I load the game and it doesn't work. When I said "up untill it wasn't able to read any normal discs, I had been lowering the pot. When I get the "error has occured" screen, the disc reloads and then stops. I sadly don't have a multmeter so I just have to mindlessly guess :P I know I friend who has one and I hope he lets me borrow it!

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:29 pm
by andzlay
It's not possible to adjust the pot without a multimeter. Maybe your laser is screwed now.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:45 pm
by Blake5100
I turned the POT up and it works now :P (I shoudve mentioned that)

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:07 am
by KirovAir
I'd stop playing games on your cube until you've read your pot value. You might be killing your laser now.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:05 pm
by Blake5100
Thanks for the advice guys. Once i get a multimeter, Ill let you know if I can get this up and running.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:21 pm
by Blake5100
@emu_kidid I got a multimeter today and here is what happened. I set it the pot to 200 and the things mentioned above still happened. I set it to 100 like you said but my gamecube attempts to load the disc and then the bios tells me that I have no disc incerted.

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 5:53 am
by emu_kidid
Set it to 0 ohm and ride it out until the laser dies (or get a replacement, try a different burner, or different media).

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 11:36 am
by Blake5100
I just got the gamecube last week and I dont realy want the laser to die :P. Is there a place where I can buy a replacement disc holder entirely. This thing: Image. Do they sell these anywhere?

Re: DVD backup help

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 8:10 pm
by andzlay
You can just take a drive from another used game cube. You could instead replace only the laser, they cost less than 10 USD.
Install tutorial: https://ifixit.com/Guide/Nintendo+GameC ... ement/1482