Gamecube spins discs but laser assembly moves to one place

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    well, isn't that the normal behavior? when you close the cd drive, it will calibrate the position of the laser.... the motor will move the laser head it until it moves to an edge (usually the most center point of the cd) when it touches that edge the laser head presses a button which will say "this is the start position" and he will move according to that start position.... otherwise the drive would go "blind" he didn't knew where he was...
     
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    The disc drive is supposed to do this - upon detecting a disc, it will try to verify it and read the structure from the beginning. Is the disc drive refusing to read the disc afterwards? Perhaps the lens needs cleaning?
     
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    ^^ this, but try to use the right tools to clean it, otherwise you will need to replace it... i can't recommend you something like cotton swabs, because i am no expert, and at my first time cleaning a laser i had used alcohol and it was a goodbye...
     
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    I corrected the post for consistency since DVD's don't really "have" a TOC per-se, but the procedure is more or less the same.

    Cleaning a lens is relatively easy, but requires patience. You have to be gentle, make sure that the cotton swab won't scratch the surface, use "clean" alcohol (high proof spirit with no additives, colouring, sugars and whatnot) or a special liquid for cleaning lenses and dry it off with a lint-free piece of cloth (microfibre works well) once you're done.
     
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    Yes the disc spins for one second then it stops. Tried it with animal crossing and sonic adventure dx and same thing.
    I'll see if I have any alcohol and if I do i'll try it.
     
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    if cleaning doesn't work, you need to replace the laser...
     
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    Not true - you can always try calibrating the laser. ;)
     
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    wait, how?
     
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    If you use a cotton swab, make it all fluffy first, then lightly brush it with the fibers no more than 5 sweeps. On positive read, the drive will make a quiet "beep" sound.

    I don't recommend doing this; a dry, clean cotton swab should suffice if the lens is dirty.
     
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    A dry swab is alright for cleaning off dust, but if it's sticky grime then a droplet of isopropyl alcohol can do wonders. Of course we're talking about a droplet and cleaning it off immediately afterwards by polishing with the fluffy dry end, but you get my point. ;)
     
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    True, and I'm sure it goes without saying the purer the better.

    I still wouldn't recommend doing it unless you know what your doing like Foxi does.
     
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    Alright so I got some alcohol from a friend and cleaned it and the lens looked shiny so I'd assumed it would've worked but it's still the same, disc spins for a few seconds and stops. Can't be the lens so it may be the motor?