Modchip problem

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  1. Povka
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    Hey guys. I recently installed xeno gc chip (I gave it to a guy that specialises in circuit soldering because I'm not good at it). It looks like it's done well but the chip doesn't do anything. No LEDs lighting up, no screen by holding start, no burned discs reading (can't test original game for other region as I don't have any).

    Normal pal discs still work. Everything works just like the chip isn't there

    Adding a picture of how it looks, maybe it will help IMG_20190920_164043.
     
  2. Shadow#1

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    Sure it's flashed with data?
     
  3. Povka
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    I... think so? You mean I could have bought an "empty" chip? I bought it from ebay for 9 eur from european seller and it only had a solder guide in it so I hope it's flashed :unsure:
     
  4. tech3475

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    If you have a multimeter/continuity tester, you could check the solder connections between the chip and the pcb.
     
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  5. Shadow#1

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    They less the 3 on aliexpress
     
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    To be honest most of those solder dots look too fat (especially the pin 10 one)...
     
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  7. Shadow#1

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    If u need another

    US $2.06 33%OFF | High Quality Direct Reading IC/IC Chip For XENO For NGC/GC For Gamecube IC Chip 11
    https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/Df8Cwds8
     
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    Meanwhile pin 6 looks kind of sketchy. Hard to tell if it's even soldered properly.
     
  9. toxic9

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    wireless installs are the worst install anyone can ever do.
    it's not professional. it's like blindly solder anything! you can't see or check solder points!
    it's like dumping solder over the hole and pray it make contact with the correct point and nothing more!
    also you will find it very difficult to remove the chip if anything goes wrong... you will kill some spots on the board removing the chip.
     
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  10. Povka
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    Hmm, well, thanks for the info guys. I have multimeter but at work so I will only check it on monday.

    I hope I can still make it work :/
    The console is still fully working which is a good sign but yea...

    I assumed the guy knew what he was doing but we'll see if someone manages to resolder it somehow :/
     
  11. toxic9

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    when you say no leds light up... have you really checked to power on the gamecube without shell and look below the DVD drive?
     
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  12. Povka
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    No lights, at least I'm not seeing any trying to look from all sides

    Edit: aside from the one on controller port thingy that you would see through the top of the shell but that's irrelevant

    Edit 2: I can TRY making photos of it powered on without shell but I doubt anyone can see anything in a photo
     
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  13. Povka
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    Photos of it turned on from all 4 sides (as you can see only controller port light is lit) IMG_20190920_195012. IMG_20190920_195037. IMG_20190920_195118. IMG_20190920_195129.
     
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  14. toxic9

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    I don't know where you are from, but I can remove your chip and install it on a professional way. I can send you pictures also.
     
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  15. Povka
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    Okay, I have the multimeter (I don't know what exactly I'm supposed to test with it though :D )

    And @toxic9, I appreciate the offer but I think I'll pass. It's too much work shipping the console back and forth just for this :/
     
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    Hello.:)

    EDIT Sorry,I see you need to TEST your MODCHIP Installation ?

    Maybe this Guide helps a little for Installation and Test it.....

    Please ignore my Post below for the Moment.:)

    Please look a this Picture (it is the underside of the DVD Drive where you soldered the Modchip).The two Points for Test are marked.With the Screw you can adjust the Laser for better Reading on Backup DVD´s.If you do this PLEASE very slow and tiny adjustements:

    gc_pot_tweaking.

    The VALUE is a RECOMMENDATION - NO WARRANTY that this Value works also on YOUR Gamecube.You have to find it for yourself for YOUR Gamecube Drive in Combination with your Backup DVDs.:)

    Please make slow and tiny Adjustments (and MARK the Position where you START please !!) and try it after every Change.

    Good Luck.
    Thank you.:)
     
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  17. Povka
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    Adjust for better disc reading? Uhh, I think you're misunderstanding my problem. (Or I'm misunderstanding something)
    The chip doesn't do anything, not even when holding start. How is that related to disc reading?
     
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    I corrected my Post already for you.:)
     
  19. Povka
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    Well, I think I'm buying another chip and remove this one. It could be bad soldering, but the fact that it's not even shorting out the console makes me think the chip is fried. I'll let you all know how it goes in like a month since that's probably how long I will have to wait for another chip lol
     
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  20. subcon959

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    When you get the new one, I would strongly advise installing it like this photo instead. It's not my image, but it's pretty much what I do. You can secure it in place with the screw that's already there and it makes the soldering a lot easier.

    [​IMG]
     
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