Junk GameCube Restoration - Nintendo Console Repair

I will restore this this Nintendo GameCube Console which won't work and is dirty and yellowed to brand new condition. Nintendo released GameCube released nearly 20 years ago to compete with Playstation 2 and Xbox. My new Retrobrighting box video for removing yellowing: svwhite.info/fast/sIthh6x-m4K8044/video

The GameCube starts but the disc won't spin, it's usually not an issue with the motor itself but the laser just doesn't recognize the disc. This can usually be fixed by adjusting the laser as I do in the video, or by replacing the laser if adjusting won't help. The laser gets old and over time it will go bad like this. Adjusting the laser will give it more using time but after adjusting it couple of times it will need to be replaced. When replacing the laser it make sure to turn the screw back to around 500 ohms so it will last longer.

After I had fixed the disc reading issue. I continued with the disassembly. The GameCube has way too many screws holding everything in place as you can see.but overall it's very easy to disassemble.

I cleaned the parts with soapy water and then used my new retrobrighting box to remove yellowing from the front plate.

Also the acrylic circle on top of the console was badly scratched. I used polishing compound to rub it for several minutes and it turn out looking brand new.

I also decided to replace the battery which will keep the time and date. You can buy CR 2032 batteries which have those legs but would have had to order it so I decided to show you how to do it without those or a spot welding machine. You can just rip off the legs from the old battery and solder them on the regular battery. You might want to scratch the surface of the battery so the solder will have something to grip on to.

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  1. Odd Tinkering

    Odd Tinkering

    Pred mesiacom

    Check out my my Gamecube Controller restoration too! 🤩 Here: svwhite.info/fast/m6Sgi8iB2a7D3XE/video

    • F1RE


      Pred 13 dňami

      @ArGmEtA Zagone no.

    • Brady Maraman

      Brady Maraman

      Pred 14 dňami

      Hey you should do the game boy player next I know it’s not much but hey

    • Jack Haughey

      Jack Haughey

      Pred 17 dňami

      @Tom the Sprog yeah it was a semi portable console, you could get the mini screen attachment so would be much more beneficial on the go (as long as your near a plug socket at least) seemed pretty pointless tho 😂

    • Tom the Sprog

      Tom the Sprog

      Pred 20 dňami

      My thought for way they have a handle was because it looks like a console that you could bring around and with some expensive attachments you could use it on the go

    • ArGmEtA Zagone

      ArGmEtA Zagone

      Pred mesiacom

      11:29 your french ?

  2. DatKooby


    Pred hodinou

    The handle is so that the console can be more "portable"

  3. Michael Hopper

    Michael Hopper

    Pred hodinou

    The handle was to carry it cause back in ye old days that what you did either you carried it in a bag or with the handle, or you just went to your friends house cause they couldnt figure out how to do the plugs

  4. Acubavix


    Pred 2 hodinami

    12:00 Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

  5. Jordan Bonacci

    Jordan Bonacci

    Pred 2 hodinami

    20:21 the reads.

  6. Javarre Turner

    Javarre Turner

    Pred 4 hodinami

    These are so satisfying and definitely worth the like and sub. Look forward to many more game system restorations 😊🙏🏽

  7. Landon -

    Landon -

    Pred 6 hodinami

    My first gaming console. I remember my mom having to save up forever to afford getting me one. Great mems!

  8. Andre Swartley

    Andre Swartley

    Pred 7 hodinami

    Okay, so don't try to restore a Gamecube by myself. Got it.

  9. NotAGoodUsername 360

    NotAGoodUsername 360

    Pred 9 hodinami

    "Oh hey, this is my old Gamecube! Damn, it's really old and broken, guess I may as well throw it out." Odd Tinkering: I'll give you $20 for it. "Eh? Ok, but it's totally busted and dirty-" Odd Tinkering: Even better.

  10. DJ Smooth

    DJ Smooth

    Pred 12 hodinami

    Anybody else remember the secret game cube start up sequence when you trigger certain buttons on the controller ??? That was dope

  11. Nana


    Pred 13 hodinami


  12. vonBelfry


    Pred 18 hodinami

    The reason the handle is there is because like... Just look at it. Ergonomically, it's going to encourage you to hold it in one hand, and you really shouldn't do that with expensive equipment. They just added the handle to make it easier and safer to carry.

  13. Kosm _

    Kosm _

    Pred 19 hodinami

    Wait. I still don't understand what the problem was, how did you fix it? 🤔

    • Odd Tinkering

      Odd Tinkering

      Pred 18 hodinami

      Over time the LED gets less and less bright and when it's not bright enough it won't read the disk. I turned the adjustment screw to make it brighter

  14. Michelle Burns

    Michelle Burns

    Pred 23 hodinami

    Got really happy when I saw the rubber duck in the parts bath, ngl.

  15. IllusionMaster17 Dilan Lopez

    IllusionMaster17 Dilan Lopez

    Pred 23 hodinami

    I always love to see this restoration videos. It helps to know the architecture of the console/machine and how to dismantle it, and specially give it a good cleaning treatment. Nice video! PS: My Gamecube suddenly had a problem with the clock, always resest when I turn it off. I wanna know, which is the battery for the clock? So I can fix it.

  16. Dedsec


    Pred dňom

    Ahh yes just scratch up all the plastic

  17. Frdkrgr1771


    Pred dňom

    Now this is how you repair an old game system

  18. Norbel Archilla

    Norbel Archilla

    Pred dňom

    Brooooooo mine has the exact same problem with the disk compartment, it doesn't close

  19. schnuurtchke


    Pred dňom

    Zazur hydro electric ⚡️

  20. schnuurtchke


    Pred dňom

    Zazur voila

  21. Passeio de Carro

    Passeio de Carro

    Pred dňom

    The handle is for carry the GameCube.

  22. sogekingable


    Pred dňom

    I have watch most of OT video now. This is addictive.

  23. JaklyDJackal640


    Pred dňom

    Me: Watching this calm and relaxing video a loud youtube ad that popped up: *watch fortnite highlights with you screen on*

  24. Daniel Myers

    Daniel Myers

    Pred dňom

    Sonic and Wrestlemania were my go-tos on my GameCube. I don’t know what ever happened to my game cube

  25. Sherice Daniella

    Sherice Daniella

    Pred dňom

    The fluffy crocus daily punch because asia rheologically form as a youthful ear. drunk, classy captain

  26. 61YoureAllDone


    Pred dňom

    anyone know the name of the screwdriver set? Link doesn’t work on any video for me

  27. jdvadergaming


    Pred dňom

    Do Wii next

  28. Poke NFTs

    Poke NFTs

    Pred 2 dňami

    Omg this is so relaxing

  29. Alex Ponce

    Alex Ponce

    Pred 2 dňami

    My boyfriend, and I have a working one, and it is fun to play the games.

  30. Aluminum Rivet

    Aluminum Rivet

    Pred 2 dňami

    I want to go back, bros.

  31. Eugene Blackman

    Eugene Blackman

    Pred 2 dňami

    More like a Game Pube. That thing was disgustingly dirty.

  32. Eric The Recruit Main

    Eric The Recruit Main

    Pred 2 dňami

    ngl was hoping for a fox mains wave dash multi shines but was pleasantly surprised mario forward jabs

  33. Kitt Cabrera-Ayers

    Kitt Cabrera-Ayers

    Pred 2 dňami

    Ayo dr ducky got them bj lips 🥴

  34. Crazy Fluffy

    Crazy Fluffy

    Pred 2 dňami

    Where Can you get the laser part

  35. Brandon J

    Brandon J

    Pred 3 dňami

    Imagine having this man as your dad. You would never be able to effectively break anything in an attempt to upgrade.

  36. The Everything Channel

    The Everything Channel

    Pred 3 dňami

    These things are rare, I can’t believe someone didn’t want it

  37. LilyBloom


    Pred 3 dňami

    Never ever solder anything onto a battery! You can heat it up enough to have it explode, even coin cell batteries can explode when exposed to a lot of heat. Always use a proper spot welding or replace it with a coin cell battery holder directly.

  38. Purple Shy

    Purple Shy

    Pred 3 dňami

    its not a cube if it has a handle. nintendo is moron. cube mean box shape with nothing supporting it

  39. khangastain


    Pred 3 dňami

    Cannot do the ads man

  40. Newest Chungus

    Newest Chungus

    Pred 3 dňami

    1:20 the origin of the GameCube intro meme.

  41. Supernova71288


    Pred 4 dňami

    When you wrap up any work on the board components, do you just hit it with a final IPA scrub or do you use an ultrasonic cleaner?

  42. seth


    Pred 4 dňami


  43. captainrobots


    Pred 4 dňami

    I need to do the uv for the front one of the slot doors is yellowed because I only had one memory card as a kid.

  44. beastx5323


    Pred 4 dňami

    Wtf is that😂😂

  45. RetroGotGamez


    Pred 5 dňami


  46. ChubsyTV


    Pred 5 dňami

    That scratch in the middle is looking kinda sus not gonna lie @ 13:08

  47. SomeRandomDude_1108 a

    SomeRandomDude_1108 a

    Pred 5 dňami

    I think the handle was for easy transportation of the GCN. Like if you were to take it and play it at your friend’s house, you could carry the GCN with the handle.

  48. Consol Couple

    Consol Couple

    Pred 5 dňami

    Nice job Colleague 👌🤤😎

  49. Paul McConnell

    Paul McConnell

    Pred 5 dňami

    Super Smash Brothers....MeeeleeRReerRErererREr

  50. Jackson Clark

    Jackson Clark

    Pred 5 dňami

    Seems kind of sweet showing that little guy all that attention. He probably hadn’t received any in a long time. I remember when the GameCube came out and how much I loved playing it with my brother growing up. Like with everything though, people move on to bigger and better things over the years; old hardware only gets love from a select few that appreciate it as it ages until it’s forgotten. Same with the people who enjoyed it so much... just a temporary glimpse in time. I miss the moments I’ve had over the years with tech like this; reminds me of spending time with my brother, being care free and having lots to look forward to... it’s times like this I realize I’m not a kid anymore and that magic that came with it seems more and more distant every day...

  51. Valor6


    Pred 5 dňami

    The handle is for when you're too good at a Melee tournament and need a weapon in a pinch.

  52. catsfavor


    Pred 6 dňami

    I believe that the handle was for when you wanted to take it somewhere but I'm not certain

  53. CharlE


    Pred 6 dňami

    That water transition was so cool

  54. Monica Gaitan

    Monica Gaitan

    Pred 6 dňami

    Ok but does the scratches thing work for glasses?

  55. Doku FREENET √

    Doku FREENET √

    Pred 6 dňami

    Soldering on Battery's is not ideal, cause you heat the batery, not good at all for a batery, you should really weld it on like it was from the factory with a Spot Welder.

  56. john scamardo

    john scamardo

    Pred 6 dňami

    i have 2 slim playstation 2 that are brand new but don't read the disc . was told to replace the laser eye but not sure if that is the problem

  57. MezzoForte4


    Pred 6 dňami

    Y'all hear that? That's the sound of a happy Gamecube ♪(´▽`) I really want to do this for my Gamecubes but I'm afraid of messing it up as I know one of them has disc reading problems.

  58. Chris Perry

    Chris Perry

    Pred 6 dňami

    There's "no charge" for that dust. Free, it's included.lol

  59. Marioisawesome82


    Pred 6 dňami

    i love the gamecube

  60. Greatest Ever

    Greatest Ever

    Pred 6 dňami

    the handle is used to hold onto so you can hurl it down the staris...at least thats what my mom used it for

  61. チャンネル鉄平


    Pred 6 dňami


  62. Peter Peng

    Peter Peng

    Pred 6 dňami

    make a gaming channel please

  63. SneakySquid587


    Pred 6 dňami

    I wonder if there will be a wii or Wii U restoration

  64. bacon master

    bacon master

    Pred 6 dňami

    The handle for the GameCube was for the owner of it to Carrie it around Apparently the designers of it though it was a good way to transport it

  65. The real Kolpila

    The real Kolpila

    Pred 7 dňami

    The handle is for hitting people in the head, when they say that the GameCube is bad

  66. lunarlicorice


    Pred 7 dňami

    hey man, a strange question- but our old dreamcast is broken. the lazer is stuck in place and can't move to read the disk. if we manually move it out of the spot it works fine, but it always returns to the spot that gets it stuck. do you have any ideas how to fix this? i really wanna play ecco the dolphin again xp

  67. Mr. Steve

    Mr. Steve

    Pred 7 dňami

    i wish if he could repair my 10 years old ps3 :(

  68. SchneidoR


    Pred 7 dňami

    How you had learned this? Where do you get These chemicals? 😅 (and where are you live? Us? Europa?)

  69. Deja Entendu

    Deja Entendu

    Pred 7 dňami

    What was the product you used to help with the scratches on the game cube logo circle thingy

  70. Nathan Martinez

    Nathan Martinez

    Pred 7 dňami

    restore my junk ? ;]

  71. Zachary Duff

    Zachary Duff

    Pred 8 dňami

    Sow if u was a million air and ur baby brother was wounded building blocks u would by a lot of gaming cubes

  72. Loco Logan

    Loco Logan

    Pred 8 dňami

    Bruh I wish I had a GameCube

  73. PPko


    Pred 8 dňami

    Man, these videos are so relaxing. SVwhite is usually so loud. Thanks for the meditation material!

  74. FanmaR


    Pred 9 dňami

    Amazingly sturdy device. Mine is still in good shape! Lovely to see this one glowing with new life.

  75. Faraz Khan

    Faraz Khan

    Pred 9 dňami

    Oh. So that's what the guts of a GameCube looks like. As all ways. Good job on the video. Looking for more in the future

  76. Cryocide


    Pred 9 dňami

    15:00 Why not solder in a CR2032 socket instead of the tabs? Is there a clearance issue?

  77. Cody Arthur

    Cody Arthur

    Pred 9 dňami

    Your tech ability is unrivaled.

  78. Vini Pereira

    Vini Pereira

    Pred 9 dňami

    This is a very powerful console. But, people back there though it was a Toy

  79. Xela Ittelivic

    Xela Ittelivic

    Pred 10 dňami

    This here is a man of culture... can choose any game for the gamecube and he chose Melee

  80. The Unstoppable ASMR

    The Unstoppable ASMR

    Pred 10 dňami

    13:13 does this actually work on a scratched disc

  81. Kenneth Luff

    Kenneth Luff

    Pred 11 dňami

    When you see the inside of this and the inside of say the xbox series x, it's amazing how much tech has moved on in 20 years.

  82. Alicia Wu

    Alicia Wu

    Pred 11 dňami

    What was the battery for? I’m still confused

  83. BenWampler52


    Pred 11 dňami

    7 ad breaks is a bit excessive, no?

  84. T C

    T C

    Pred 12 dňami

    Any reference for the compound / polish ?

  85. Travis A

    Travis A

    Pred 12 dňami

    Wow 😳 that was just beautiful best part was seeing the removal over the towel from the GameCube, I felt the clouds part in my nostalgia heart.

  86. Junior Live

    Junior Live

    Pred 12 dňami

    I used to hide my dope in the bottom slots in the gamecube it was clever my parents never found my stash

  87. L Smith

    L Smith

    Pred 13 dňami

    Unless those pliers are non-metallic, you probably just killed most of your new battery capacity by holding it the way you did and shorting it while you soldered the tab (Top is + and bottom is - ). Otherwise, good video.

  88. James Riley

    James Riley

    Pred 13 dňami

    the handle is for better grip

  89. Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez

    Pred 14 dňami

    13:13 bro i could have used to take off the scratches on the disc

  90. Tripchip93


    Pred 15 dňami

    sheeee odd tinkering is cracked at super smash bros melee

  91. AnarickTheDevil


    Pred 15 dňami

    What is that paste you used at 13:03 an how do you make the Gamecube's shell look new. Even after cleaning you can see the scratches on the outer shell of the one I bought.

    • AnarickTheDevil


      Pred 15 dňami

      Ok nvm about 13:03 I clicked read more. Id still like to know how you made the outer shell look new though.

  92. Eric Aníbal Gutierrez Perez Gutierrez Perez

    Eric Aníbal Gutierrez Perez Gutierrez Perez

    Pred 15 dňami


  93. Gerardo De loera

    Gerardo De loera

    Pred 15 dňami

    I had my hand on the mouse and ready to dislike your video if you ripped that disk out of the case with out pressing the center tabs.... lol gj on the resto tho

  94. Fruity


    Pred 15 dňami

    The handle is for picking up the gamecube and hitting ur sibling with when they steal your stars in mario party, trust me I'm an expert.

  95. Alex2thetop


    Pred 15 dňami

    My PS4 is dirtier wtf

  96. dɘath_writtɘn


    Pred 16 dňami

    im really not sure what the purpose of the handle is because you have to bring ALL the cords and controllers and games for it, at that point its much more convenient to just put it in a backpack at that point

  97. RavenZeroZX


    Pred 16 dňami

    *DISLIKE* You did not remove the Heatsink and change the thermal pad.

  98. Nick


    Pred 16 dňami


  99. Amber Jollie

    Amber Jollie

    Pred 16 dňami

    am i the only one who is absolutely amazed at this. but also urcked when i see dirt?

  100. Walk-ng-D-saster [Shay]

    Walk-ng-D-saster [Shay]

    Pred 17 dňami

    I have an old first generation Playstation 2 that still works despite being a bit gummed up from years of use. It's one of the big clunky black ones that first came out Seeing this, I might just poke around inside it and give it a good deep cleaning to help it keep working.