Tips / Advise for modding the Gamecube

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Dec 29, 2010
  1. kuronyu
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    Newcomer kuronyu Newbie

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    Hi All [​IMG]

    Gamecube newbie here. I would much appreciate any tips / advice on how to go about booting backups on my recently accuired Gamecube.

    I basically am looking for a decent modchip to mod this console with that is still available for purchase from somewhere. I checked shoptemp but couldnt find anything for the GC.

    I saw a chip called the Viper GC Extreme which looks good, but its out of stock absolutely everywhere! I also heard about streaming games over a network card, but that sounds hacky :/

    So i plead for help from the community, does anybody know where i can find a decent modchip for the GC, which is still being sold?

    Loveing you all in advance (because i loved you all anyway when you helped me with my DS and GBA some time back hehe)

    -Kuro
     
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    Shoptemp is dead anyways my friend...
    You can find the xenogc modchip over at modchipcentral.
     
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    Wow i only just noticed that has happened O.o

    Thats a real shame, shoptemp was great for DS stuff. Also i'll check out that site you mentioned, thanks [​IMG]
     
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    Ok well just to update everyone (and for general information's sake) here's whats happened:

    I ended up getting a qoob chip which has 6 wires to solder to the mainboard. I practised on an old PC mobo i didnt care about before starting the job, and also filed my iron to a point (i highly recommend using a pointed iron for this!) as some of the points are *tiny* (such as the 5V+ Red which connects to FIL4 (Fuse-In-Line4?)). Also, dab a bit of flux on the contact pads before tinning [​IMG]

    Another thing that happened to me was the wires that attach to the IC under the heatsink (On the DOL-001) are liable to short out against the heatsink as once screwed back into place the gap is very small. I used some insulation tape over the top of the joints to prevent that.

    I then pre-flashed the qoob to 1.3c BIOS, attached it to the harness connector and fired it up (haha ok the truth is i actually had one loose wire, fixed that, then it shorted against the heatsink lol, but got it eventually).

    System booted up fine, originals read fine, but no backup disc's would read. Tweaked the laser pot. Original was 270 ohms, ended up knocking it down to 170 ohms. At 170 ohms it still wont touch the TDK 8cm DVD-R's i bought, but it is quite happy with full sized Intenso 16x DVD+R's. The disc's need to be burnt slow and be spotless though (i'll try some different media soon).

    Can't speak for the other chips but the qoob isnt too bad [​IMG]. I'm paranoid about dropping 100 ohms on the laser, but cheap spare cubes off ebay will sort that (a straight swapout, unlike the xenogc which attaches to the cd unit instead of the mobo). I'm also looking into booting off an SD card using the SD Media Launcher (might save my disc drive some life), but my order hasent arrived yet so... no data [​IMG]

    Thats about it for now, thanks a lot to the community who help me and other noobs! Hope this helps anyone who's still thinking of modding a GC for the first time (The GC rocks, dont care *how* old it is [​IMG]) and if anyone has any thoughts/comments/tips lemme know ^^.
     

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