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Gamecube "An error has occured", won't attempt to read discs

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 8:43 pm
by AnonymousIdea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHCWfPVgZDg

I plan on opening it up later, not sure where to begin. Any ideas what could be the cause? It is a very generic error. I've tried with multiple known working power cables. Kind of interested in finding out if it's even fixable.

EDIT: well, I think I've figured out the problem... This thing is full of rust, dust, and plenty of bugs! absolute mess. I might take a look later to see if just cleaning it will help or if there's anything I can take a look at but It's probably not something I'll be able to work out :P

Re: Gamecube "An error has occured", won't attempt to read discs

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:01 am
by Papy.G
The message I had after my kid broke the SMS disc wasn't this one and doesn't occur before you try to boot the game.
I don't think it is the problem, since it won't load the disc before you get to the "game" menu.
Just in case, try to boot without disc, or lid opened, without anything plugged in the console, not even a gamepad.
Maybe the battery is dead, but I think I have read somewhere that there is a special message for this specific case. Anyways, if you open the cube, checking for the battery voltage won't hurt, at first.

Re: Gamecube "An error has occured", won't attempt to read discs

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:39 pm
by AnonymousIdea
Papy.G wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:01 am
The message I had after my kid broke the SMS disc wasn't this one and doesn't occur before you try to boot the game.
I don't think it is the problem, since it won't load the disc before you get to the "game" menu.
Just in case, try to boot without disc, or lid opened, without anything plugged in the console, not even a gamepad.
Maybe the battery is dead, but I think I have read somewhere that there is a special message for this specific case. Anyways, if you open the cube, checking for the battery voltage won't hurt, at first.
Same results with nothing changed. Also as you can see in the video and I just noticed it doesn't play the startup which is super weird. I do have a working gamecube so I'll probably take them both apart this weekend and see if I can figure out what works and what doesn't. Do you know if I can use the disc drive from another system or boot without a disc drive in it?

Re: Gamecube "An error has occured", won't attempt to read discs

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 11:48 am
by Papy.G
I'm not an expert in faulty GameCubes, since I traded away the platinum one I had broken the audio out.

AFAIK you may get an error if no drive is connected, but you can swap drives to test, but remember doing so, you can fry a working device too.

Some people here may help way better than me.