How to Install a Mod Chip in a GameCube

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A Nintendo GameCube mod chip allows gamers to make copies of their GameCube games. Installing a modification chip requires you to disassemble your GameCube and solder the mod chip into your console. Mod chips are valuable because they allow gamers to make copies of their favourite games, so they can continue playing them even if the original cartridge/disc has worn out. Installing and programming a GameCube mod chip takes approximately 30 minutes with the proper tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 15-watt soldering iron
  • Gamebit (screwdriver bit for GameCube)
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Rosin core solder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the GameCube console cover. Use your Gamebit to unscrew the deep screws securing the cover.

  2. 2

    Remove the laser unit by unscrewing it with your Phillips screwdriver. Then carefully pull it out and set it aside. This allows you to easily access the inner wiring of the console.

  3. 3

    Solder the wires to the mod chip with the solder and soldering iron. Each wire (purple, red, black and yellow) solders to the matching colour on the mod chip. Soldering the first three wires is simple and only takes a few minutes. However, you must solder the yellow wire under the heat-sink which takes a little more time.

  4. 4

    Connect the blue harness cables (comes with mod chip) to your mod chip and the power PCB connector in your GameCube. The ends of the cables can only insert into one place in the machine, so the proper inserts are easy to locate. This step allows your copied games to bypass lid detection, thus becoming playable on your system.

  5. 5

    Program the mod chip with a new bios. Connect the external programmer (comes with mod chip) to your computer and follow the instructions that flash on screen. After programming, you can begin copying your game collection.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase mod chips and installation tools, such as the Gamebit, from a local gaming store or online. Use online diagrams to help you install the mod chip properly if you have trouble (see References).
  • Do not sell your copied games. This is considered "pirating" and is against the law. According to "Gamer Law", mod chips are not illegal but selling your game copies is punishable by fines, lawsuits and possible jail time.

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