Broken gba <> gcn cables

Discussion in 'Nintendo GameCube' started by Deld0, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Deld0
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  2. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    can you be more specific of what is broken? the wire? or the plugs?

    are they rusty or damaged?
     
  3. Deld0
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    That's why i'm here. I have no clue and I don't know how to find that out.

    I do know that they arent rusty from what i have seen
     
  4. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    do you know what a multimeter is?
    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GbDO8OqTJ8Y/UEyboG-xbUI/AAAAAAAAChY/HmedxGWOWbo/s1600/Multimeter.jpg
    heres a picture of one, probably one relative or a neighboor has one you can borrow.. any person that does small repairs or understands a bit about electricity have one...

    for test if a cable is working, if you see on the picture i sent before, there is that option on the bottom between says "temp" and "200" it looks like a play button with a pause...
    if you select that option, usually it makes a noise when both probes touch each other (depends on the multimeter, some do, others don't)
    so you have to touch each cable ends in order to know if the contacts connect to the other end...
     
  5. FAST6191

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    GBA-GC cables are actually not just straight through cables. I took some pictures of the internals of an official one and a third party one (not the same as the OP's) the other day
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/diy-gba-gc-cable.393436/
     
  6. migles

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    thanks for the correction, thought it hadn't components...
     
  7. Drud1995

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    Here are some troubleshooting steps:

    1. Try them in a different console?
    2. Clean the connector tips on the cables with hydrogen peroxide soaked q-tips, as well as the connectors on the Gamecube/Wii.
    3. Most cables tend to break at an end, so maybe try connecting one end to your Gamecube/Wii and the +/- pins on the other end of the connector to the multimeter.
    4. If you visibly see a part of the cable that looks torn or something, there could be a short, so you would possibly have to solder a wire over the broken spot or simply solder the damaged wire back together.

    Also if none of the earlier steps solve the problem, it would probably be cheaper to buy replacement cables on eBay than to buy a Multimeter/Soldering Iron.