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    Lens Calibration Guide by GreyRainCloud

    Version: 0.24b | Updated: 08/31/04 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    (c) 2004 A. Karoutas       ._____________________.          V 0.24b (01-09-04)
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                               |   Lens Calibration  |
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                               | Nintendo   Gamecube |
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                             *GUIDE INFORMATION*
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    --SYSTEM-----> Nintendo Gamecube
    --BRAND------> Nintendo
    --REGION-----> JAPAN NTSC, USA NTSC, EUROPE PAL
    --RELEASED---> 2001-2002
    --FAQ AUTHOR-> Grey Rain Cloud
    
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                             *LEGAL INFORMATION*
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    (c) 2004, Andreas Karoutas.
    
     This guide was written by Andreas Karoutas. You are not allowed to modify or
    change this file in any way. Use of this guide to profit, is strictly
    prohibited and illegal. If you want to add this guide to your website, please 
    ask for my permission first.
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    You can e-mail me at: | karoutas@gmx.net |
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     If you found this guide in any site other than those listed below, you
    probably have an UNAUTHORIZED copy. If you happen upon an UNAUTHORIZED copy,
    then you should e-mail me so that I can take legal action. 
    
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     Nintendo Gamecube is (c) 2001-2004 Nintendo Corp. LTD
    Other used terms are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
    
     I shall not be liable for any damages, incidental or consequential, caused
    by the use of this guide. If you have any enquiries, please e-mail me.
    
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                             *CONTENTS*
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     To move quickly across this guide, find what you are looking for in the
    Guide Key below, then type it in the Search String. To bring up the Search, 
    press together CTRL+F. For example, if you wish to go to "Game Heroes", 
    you should type "PART 1-c".
    
             Contents                                 Guide Key
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    -PART-1-> GUIDE INTRODUCTION                     [ PART 1-/ ]
        |_a. Version History                         [ PART 1-a ]
        \_b. Introduction                            [ PART 1-b ]
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    -PART-2-> CALIBRATION PROCEDURE GUIDE            [ PART 2-/ ]
        |_a. Before The Procedure                    [ PART 2-a ]
        |_b. Opening The Console                     [ PART 2-b ]
        |_c. The 10 Simple Steps                     [ PART 2-c ]
        \_d. After The Procedure                     [ PART 2-d ]
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    -PART-3-> OTHER STUFF                            [ PART 3-/ ]
        |_a. Frequently Asked Questions              [ PART 3-a ]
        |_b. Credits                                 [ PART 3-b ]
        \_c. Thanks                                  [ PART 3-c ]
    
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    [ PART 1-a ]             *Version History*                        [ PART 1-a ]
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    -0.24b-> Minor update in PART-3, and a slight change of the file layout.
     File Created [ 01-09-04 ]
    
    -0.13-> Cleared some slight mistakes from previous version. Added the new
    section "Frequently Asked Questions", and revamped the guide visually. I also
    changed some of the explanations, so be sure to read the new file thoroughly!
     File Created [ 13-08-04 ]
    
    -0.01-> Created the basic file layouts, and the first version of the guide.
    The basic stuff is already complete, but there will be another version, which
    will include better guide visuals and updated content.
     File Created [ 02-06-04 ]
    
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    [ PART 1-b ]             *INTRODUCTION*                           [ PART 1-b ] 
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    |THIS IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC GUIDE, AND AS SUCH SOME OF THE WORDS USED MIGHT BE|
    |IMPROPER OR WRONG!! IF YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE THIS GUIDE BETTER, E-MAIL ME!!!|
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     First of all, let's start by introducing you to your problem. 
    Gamecube consoles feature a very delicate DVD mechanism system, that as it 
    turned out, was faulty. Running for 2-3 years already, 40% of the Gamecube 
    consoles purchased, started showing Disk Reading Errors while playing a game.
    These DREs would occur more often as time passed, and in the end would result 
    in the death of the system. Some consoles even showed the DRE problem before
    the first year from their purchase. Nintendo was keen to replace those 
    consoles under warranty. But what about those other with the same problem, 
    that were out of warranty?
     
     Of course, one option would be to send it to Nintendo. But they will charge 
    you a price to fix it for you. Also you will have to pay for the costs to 
    ship it to them. So, if you are out of warranty, and your Gamecube is dead,
    read on...
    
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    [ PART 2-a ]             *BEFORE THE PROCEDURE*                   [ PART 2-a ] 
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     This section is to inform you of your problem, what needs to be done, and 
    other general stuff. Read through this very carefully, as it will enlighten
    you on many aspects of this guide. You can always ask me if you have a
    question, but please first be sure that this guide does not cover it's answer.
    
    ._^_.
    | 1 | MY GAMECUBE CANNOT LOAD GAMES ANYMORE, AND WHEN IT DOES THERE IS
    \-v-/ A DRE 10-15 MINUTES LATER. WHAT CAN I DO?
     
     Your console's lens have been "de-calibrated". Through the "strain" of 
    playing games all this while, your lens have slowly lost their focus and 
    laser strength. They can no longer read big parts of information, and they 
    cannot read certain m-DVD opening sessions to start playing your game. 
    They need to be re-calibrated.
    
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    | 2 | WILL THIS TECHNIQUE SAVE MY GAMECUBE?
    \-v-/
    
     It depends. The problem may lie elsewhere, and it might be of another nature
    (namely, problematic DVD mechanism, problematic motherboard PCB etc.). But if
    you happen to be in the lucky >80%, this technique will add yet another 12-24 
    months of life to your console. From my current experience, depending on how
    well you perform the calibration, the console may and may not show any DREs in
    the future. But you can keep re-calibrating the console whenever a problem
    occurs. Usually, a correctly calibrated console will NOT show ANY DREs for a
    period of at LEAST 6 months. If yours works for a while and then starts again,
    you have probably calibrated impropoperly.
     
     Reasons which cause mistakes are usually not paying attention to this guide
    and doing something wrong. In other times, people overdo it, and change the
    values in the potensiometer more than the allowed. Finally, some few, do the
    mistake to misconnect the PIN cables, which also occurs in a DRE (albeit the
    message is "Gamecube Can Not Read Disk").
    
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    | 3 | HOW CAN WE KNOW THAT MY DREs OCCUR BECAUSE OF THE LENS DE-CALIBRATION?
    \-v-/
     
     That's the problem. We don't. Before trying this method, you should try to 
    clean your lens, as some times the easiest of all methods and the most 
    obvious, is also the most overlooked. Also, in some cases, the lens are 
    damaged, or the DVD mechanism faulty. I have found a solution, to these 
    methods as well, and if you believe that your Gamecube is failing to 
    load a game because of one of these two problems, feel free to e-mail me 
    karoutas@gmx.net. But in general, 98% of  the DREs problems that do not 
    derive from dusty lens, are caused by this problem. So you have 98% chances 
    of getting your Gamecube to work with the minimum amount of money spent.
    
     Please note that I have received MANY e-mails since the release of this
    guide, more than 10 daily, and I have a very hard time answering to all of
    them. Many also end mistakenly in my spam folder. I made this updated guide
    so that I can answer most of the questions in those e-mails. Still, I will
    try to answer independently any e-mails that I find to be NOT covered through
    this updated guide.
    
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    | 4 | CAN YOU OFFER ME ANY SUPPORT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
    \-v-/
     
     I will try. If you have any problem, feel free to ask me and I will reply 
    to the best of my ability. Please note that English is not my first language, 
    and as such, I might be missing several "scientific" expressions during this 
    guide. Also forgive my inability to sppelll and synnntaxxx correctly. My 
    english suck. I know.
    
     Please, before asking me anything, check whether it is available in this
    updated file. I will NOT answer again stuff that I have answered here already.
    Also please read the above question thoroughly.
    
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    | 5 | WHO WILL BE LIABLE IF I BREAK MY GAMECUBE AFTER THIS PROCEDURE?
    \-v-/
     
     Well, not me! You are doing this on your own free will, and I will not be 
    held liable for any damages imposed on your Gamecube as a consequence of 
    using this guide. I can guarantee that this guide WORKS, but if you are 
    really clumsy at electronics, or don't have a steady hand, or simply have 
    never opened anything in your life before, you are likely to break your 
    Gamecube. You do this at your own risk. I don't want ANY hate mail!
    
     So far, from the 300+ (!) e-mails I have received, many people made their
    console work. In fact, only 3 people reported me that this guide "broke" their
    console. As I said, it's a risk. But the problem probably did not lie in this
    guide. THEY probably did something wrong, and THEY probably did not pay enough
    attention!
    
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    | 6 | WILL THE GAMECUBE CONSOLE WORK IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CALIBRATION?
    \-v-/
     
      Most likely it will yes. But be sure to read the guide thoroughly before 
    deeming this guide a hoax. Sometimes you miss a very important step, or 
    read something the wrong way. Read this guide MANY times before attempting 
    to calibrate your Gamecube lens. Also, the first time that you will test your 
    console, it might not load. This is perfectly normal, as the first time the 
    lens are doing an automatic calibration procedure, and re apply their laser 
    strength, speed and distance. Try loading a game a second time, after the 
    automatic calibration procedure has taken place to see whether you really 
    have positive results or not. 
    
     Finally, it is possible for the console to work PERFECTLY in the first boot, 
    then fail you on the second. This is why it is VERY important to double check
    your console after EACH calibration attempt.
    
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    | 7 | THIS GUIDE IS GREAT! CAN YOU DO A SAME GUIDE FOR PLAYSTATION 2
    \-v-/ OR XBOX CONSOLES?
     
     Technically I can. Since I managed to find the solution on a Gamecube 
    console, I don't think that there is a huge difference between other consoles.
    But for the time beeing, neither my XBOX nor my PLAYSTATION 2 are showing any 
    DREs, so why fix something not broken? If I ever attempt to do a same guide 
    for non Gamecube consoles, you will be the first to know!
     
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    [ PART 2-b ]             *OPENING THE CONSOLE*                    [ PART 2-b ]
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     Here I will explain how YOU can open a Gamecube console. Please read through
    this section carefully, before choosing what to do, as there are two ways of
    opening your console. Generally, you will need:
    
    * 1 "Special" Gamebit Screwdriver to open the console,
    * 1 Phillips (or normal) screwdriver to open the screws inside the console,
    * 1 Smaller screwdriver to remove the ground springs & turn the potensiometer,
    * 1 pair of hands & eyes carefully watching out as they take each step.
     
     If you manage to open your Gamecube, you are pretty much halfway there. 
    To open it you will need a Special Gamebit Screwdriver. You can find these 
    in many online retailers. Because they seem to be the only way to open your
    console properly, I will give you a link where you can purchase them online.
    They are NOT available in ANY shop in the U.S. or Europe, to my knowledge. 
    Lik-Sang (www.Lik-Sang.com) is a site I trust and use, and they have them 
    pretty cheap. They also ship stuff worldwide pretty fast, they accept most
    forms of payment, even including PayPal. I am not doing this guide to promote
    any site though, so I won't actually recommend you where to buy this from. So
    please, DON'T ask me about where to purchase this Special Gamebit Screwdriver.
    
     I am not endorsing the use of the "Bic Pen Method", which many people find to
    be a good alternative if you can't get your hands on a Special Gamebit 
    Screwdriver but I can roughly explain it to you, if you think that you do not
    mind damaging your screws, or even, in certain cases, getting them stuck to
    your console forever.
    
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    | * | OK NOW! TELL ME! HOW THE BIC PEN METHOD WORKS?
    \-v-/ 
     
     It's very simple. Take out the small blue plastic thing from the back of a
    BIC PEN, and the ink fluid container as well. Heat the BACK of a BIC PEN with
    a lighter. Once it starts melting slightly (we don't want the thing to look 
    like lava flowing from a volcano), place it firmly in one of the screw holes 
    of your console. KEEP it in this position for a while. I recommend more than 
    3 minutes actually. Try NOT to move your hands at ALL. When you feel 
    confident enough that it has completely frozen, you can take it out. The 
    plastic will have taken the shape of the Gamecube's screws, and it will be 
    able to turn them. On some occasions though, it can get STUCK in there, 
    causing you to destroy your precious screws which is a problem as you WON'T 
    be able to open your console afterwards!
    
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    [ PART 2-c ]             *THE 10 SIMPLE STEPS*                    [ PART 2-c ]
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     This is where we begin our guide, or the calibration procedure as I like to
    call it. From here on, I assume that you CAN open your console. Read previous
    parts of the guide to learn HOW to open your console. Be very careful from now
    on, and try not to miss any step!
    
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    | 1 | OPEN THE GAMECUBE
    \-v-/ 
    
     Turn your Gamecube up side down. Open your Gamecube with the use of your
    special screwdriver. Turn the Gamecube back in normal position and slowly 
    take out the top plastic cover. 
    
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    | 2 | REMOVE THE OUTER PLASTIC PARTS
    \-v-/ 
    
     You will now be seeing the Gamecube's interior. Look to your left, and 
    you will see the Gamecube fan. There are two screws on it that you need to 
    remove. Do so now and slowly take the fan out of it's place, while taking 
    care not to cut any cables. Leave it on the side, with the cables on.
      
     Now remove the front panel, where the controller ports are. You can easily 
    remove it by pulling it from the pods on the sides. Also take care not to 
    take out the pin cable that connect the front panel's PCB with the
    motherboard. Finally, remove the rear panel in the same way that you removed 
    the front panel. 
    
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    | 3 | REMOVE THE MEMORY CARD GROUND SPRINGS
    \-v-/ 
    
     Now remove ALL the screws that you can see on the metallic chasis where 
    the DVD lays on top. Also remove the ground springs found near your memory 
    card slots, by removing the 4 longer screws, with a smaller screwdriver.
    Remember to put them back before operating your Gamecube console! 
    
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    | 4 | SEPARATE THE DVD MECHANISM FOM THE CONSOLE
    \-v-/ 
    
     Take off the whole DVD mechanism straight from the metallic chasis. It is
    connected to your Gamecube's motherboard with a slot on the front right, so 
    some force will be needed. Don't worry, you can't break anything if you are 
    careful. One mistake many people do here is that they try to lift off the
    whole metallic chasis. This is not right. You should ONLY remove the chasis
    that is connected to your DVD mechanism. Just take a closer look. You will see
    that there are actually two metallic chassis there. You only need to remove 
    the one on top.
    
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    | 5 | REMOVE THE METALLIC CHASIS FROM THE DVD MECHANISM
    \-v-/
    
     Flip the DVD mechanism upside down (remember to have a game on it, so 
    that the lens don't get scratched and dusted) and remove the small screws 
    securing the metallic chasis to the DVD mechanism. Once you have taken them 
    out, you can safely remove the whole metallic chasis.
    
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    | 6 | FIND THE POTENSIOMETER ON THE BACK OF THE DVD MECHANISM PCB
    \-v-/ 
    
     Now you should be seeing the PCB (green plastic circuit board) of the DVD
    mechanism, on the opposite side of the lens. Look carefully in the middle of
    the PCB and you will see a small screw mounted on a small square box. This is 
    the potensiometer, and the route to your Gamecube's salvation. You 
    need to turn this screw to re-calibrate the lens. This will re-adjust your 
    lens. You should read the following chapter to find out how to turn the 
    potensiometer correctly. Many people mistake where the potensiometer is. It's
    almost in the center of the PCB. Don't turn the screws on the edges of the
    PCB, as they have nothing to do with your problem! 
    
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    | 7 | ADJUSTING THE POTENSIOMETER ON THE BACK OF THE DVD MECHANISM PCB
    \-v-/ 
    
     The adjustment required is very small, less than 3 degrees. Turn the 
    screw really slightly in an anti-clockwise direction. That means opposite from
    the direction of the clock. Don't change it too much, or you will make 
    your lens much stronger than ever needed, resulting in actually burning the 
    lens! If you think you have turned the potensiometer's screw really slightly 
    in an anti-clockwise direction, you have concluded this chapter and 90% of 
    the whole guide!
    
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    | 8 | RE-ASSEMBLING YOUR GAMECUBE FOR A TEST-DRIVE
    \-v-/ 
    
     Re-assemble your console but don't put any screws back but those needed for
    the ground springs near the memory card slots. Then, simply place the metallic 
    chasis on the DVD mechanism as it was (you can safe-guard it, by sliding it 
    through the two plastic pods), then place it on your Gamecube as it was. You 
    can easily find the correct position if you look at where the "slot" is. Once 
    you have placed it, press it lightly and until it clicks into place. When you 
    are done with that, place back the fan making sure it slides below the DVD 
    mechanism as it initially was. Also place back the front and rear panels. 
    Don't place any screws yet, as we may need to turn the potensiometer again. 
    Place the top cover, and connect your console to the electricity and 
    television. 
    
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    | 9 | DOING A TEST-DRIVE TO YOUR GAMECUBE
    \-v-/ 
    
     Load a game that did not play before. If you are still getting a DRE, 
    then you turned the potensiometer far too less. If the game boots but there 
    is no longer the small "beeeeep" sound when booting a game, it means that you
    turned it too much. Return to the innards of your console and change the 
    potensiometer's screw accordingly to the problem. Always remember to change 
    it very slightly and remember that anti-clockwise fixes the DRE problem, 
    but too much turn and it will burn the lens. Turning it clockwise, it 
    lessens the power of the lens, resulting in more constant DREs. Also, before 
    opening your Gamecube console to try and change the potensiometer again, 
    remember that you actually have to try TWICE per time to load a game, since 
    the first time an auto-calibration procedure begins that might also result 
    in a DRE.
    
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    |1 0| THE IMPORTANT FINAL DETAILS
    \-v-/ 
    
     After some attempts with the potensiometer, you should be able to find the 
    correct angle for it's screw. The game will load properly. When you have 
    reached this part, your Gamecube is basically working. To prevent any 
    mis-calibration in the future months, you should return one final time back 
    to your Gamecube's innards, and turn the screw anti-clockwise for about 1-2 
    degrees more, to ensure that it's sending more stronger laser signal. Check if 
    everything works, and now place back all the screws. Close your Gamecube 
    and do a final test drive. It should be working perfectly! 
    
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    [ PART 2-d ]             *AFTER THE PROCEDURE*                    [ PART 2-d ]
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     Now that your console works, or not, you should be reading this section. Your
    console is now calibrated, but you need to know what happens next. Or your 
    console may have yet failed to play. You still need to read this.
    
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    | * | IT STILL WON'T LOAD ANY GAMES?
    \-v-/
    
     Remember. Some lens are faulty altogether. Or the spinning motor is faulty. 
    You are in the unlucky 2% that have a different problem than the common. 
    You should contact me and I will help you with your problem too! Also make 
    sure that you have turned the potensiometer the right degrees. In the first 
    attempt 3 degrees anti-clockwise at the most will be suffice. If it loads 
    with the first time, go back and turn it just one more degree anti-clockwise 
    and you are ready.
    
     If you need a second and third attempt, always increase the change 
    anti-clockwise to 3 degrees. No matter if it is the first or the third try, 
    soon you will realise an improvement and that your once upon a time unable to
    boot game will start booting. It might fail, meaning, try to boot and then 
    stop but it means you are on the right track! A bit more turning and you are 
    right there! So don't give up!
    
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    | * | IT WORKS! AM I AFRAID OF ANYTHING ELSE FROM NOW ON?
    \-v-/
    
     Actually yes, you are. First of all, this problem MIGHT occur again sometime
    in the future. You have a 33% chance to have this problem AGAIN in the next
    6-12 months. It's absolutely normal, and you can safely repeat this procedure
    to fix your console again. But there are some ways in which you can secure
    that your console will keep working for the maximum amount of time. Please be
    sure to read through all of them, as they are VERY important:
    
    * Do not move your console around. If you HAVE to, NEVER use the carrying
    handle. Pick it steadily with both your hands, and always keep it in a strict
    parallel line to the ground. Do not turn it upside down, unless when you want
    to plug an upgrade to the ports, and NEVER turn it to the sides.
    
    * Do not operate your console side-ways or upside down. Pretty obvious, but
    MANY people do this, thinking that it may load games faster, or that it looks
    better this way, or even because they can't fit their console elsewhere!
    
    * Do not move your console around with a DISK inside. Doing so will cause the
    game disk to spin slightly, threatening the life of the spinning DVD lens
    motor mechanism. Also NEVER leave a disc inside for a prolonged period. If you
    do not intend to play this particular game in the next few hours, then take it
    out of your console.
    
    * Do not leave your console's lid open for long periods. In fact, try to keep
    it shut MOST of the times, and open it ONLY to insert a new game and take out
    the old game. In any of these instances, it should NOT remain open for more
    than 10 seconds.
    
    * PROPERLY SHUT DOWN YOUR CONSOLE! The ONLY safe way to close your console is:
    
     1. Open the lid, take out the game.
     2. Reset your console.
     3. Wait for the menus to pop up.
     4. Close the console.
     5. Close the lid.
    
     This procedure should not last more than 10 seconds by the way. The longer 
    you take, the risk of letting dust get inside your console's lens grows.
    
    * Prefer to do SOFT-RESETS, rather than HARDWARE RESETS. A HARDWARE RESET is
    when you press the RESET button of your console to reset your game. When you
    do that, and depending on the game you are playing, the RAM may be cleared or
    not, the game code may be re-loaded or not, and the boot sector may be read or
    not. This causes a "lot" of strain to the DVD mechanism. It does not mean that
    you will instantly break your console, no, but if you keep doing this
    constantly, you are very prone to get the DREs sooner!
    
     Try to return to the main menus of the game using the game's option. Most of
    the games do NOT need you to use the RESET option. Try pausing the game and
    choosing EXIT, or any similar option. Getting manually to the menus is always
    the best way to maintain your console in perfect working order. Still, if you
    MUST RESET, try to SOFT-RESET: Pressing X+B+START for 4" will cause your 
    console to SOFT-RESET. That means the console return to the menus in an
    automatic way, but without the need to re-apply any resetting of the RAM. It
    also does not need to re-load game code or the boot sector. In other words,
    this is a MUCH safer way to reset. So use this instead of the HARDWARE RESET.
    
    * Try not to open the lid when you are playing a game. Sure the Gamecube is a
    brilliant piece of hardware, and it will 99% of the times continue exactly
    where you left it from, but opening the lid and then closing it again needs
    the console to re-read all the important boot sectors and game code, often
    causing a big strain to the DVD lens. If you do that often, DREs will reach
    you very soon!
    
    * Constantly CLEAN the air ducts! Constantly (about once in a month) open your
    console and clean the two sides of it, where air comes in and out. Also try
    to clean the little plastic filter on the right side of the console. The more
    dust inside your console, the more heat. The more heat, the more strain put on
    your DVD mechanism!
    
    * Constantly do a THOROUGH CLEAN of your console! That means inside, as well
    as outside. About once per three months, open your console and clean all that
    you can see, everything, including the motherboards, the plastics, and the DVD
    lens. When cleaning the plastic parts, you can use a cleaning fluid and a soft
    tissue. When you clean the hardware parts, use a soft DRY cloth instead. Those
    used by opticians to clean glasses are the best. Finally, to clean your DVD
    lens, use a q-tip and alcohol. 
    
     NEVER USE WATER WITH THE HARDWARE PARTS, AND NEVER BLOW AIR FROM YOUR MOUTH!
    
    * Finally, take care of the placement of your console. Do NOT leave it on the
    ground, where it is prone to receive more dust. Also do NOT place it between
    many electronic devices. This can cause the DVD lens to de-calibrate much
    sooner than normal!
    
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    | * | THANKS, IT WORKS! YOU ARE SO GREAT! I LOVE YOU!
    \-v-/
    
     I know, I know! It was a pleasure to help you. Anybody should be playing this
    awesome console, and I hope that you will now enjoy a lifetime of Nintendo
    gaming with it! I did this to help you all for free, and save you the hassle
    of paying upwards of 70$ to Nintendo just to fix your console. I do not need
    any payment for this guide, and no one should EVER ask you any money for this.
    But if you really won't take no for an answer, and wish to help me with my
    research, e-mail me for my PayPal account where I can accept a donation!
    
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    [ PART 3-a ]             *FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*             [ PART 3-a ]
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     Here I will answer stuff that people asked through e-mails. I will try to
    include as much replies as possible, to as many different problems as
    possible.
    
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    | ? | So, where is the GUIDE PICTURE?
    \-v-/
    
     Many people asked me about this. I promised that there will be one, but my
    digital camera broke, and I don't know when I will get one. I am very sorry
    for this, but you will have to wait. Actually I do NOT intend to include a
    separate PICTURE GUIDE. Rather, you will read through this, and I will upload
    the links to the pictures, which will be available online, on Nietsnie's
    server. It will be available hopefully with the next update. Please be patient
    and don't e-mail about it!
    
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    [ PART 3-b ]             *Credits*                                [ PART 3-b ]
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     Grey Rain Cloud
     Weeping Shadow
     Andreas Karoutas
    
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    [ PART 3-c ]             *Thanks*                                 [ PART 3-c ]
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     Nintendo     (For making one of the best consoles ever)
     GameFAQs     (For giving us an awesome site to live our electronic lives on)
     Nietsnie     (For providing some space on his server for this guide)
     Lik-Sang     (For beeing the BEST online games retailer in the world)
     
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