How not to mod a gamecube

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  1. drakon

    drakon Gutsy Member

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    I decided to do a little gamecube modding. I bought myself a wiikey fusion so I can run game isos from a sd card since I hate optical drives. For those who don't know the wiikey fusion is a modchip for the wii but it can be wired into a gamecube as well. The downside to the wiikey fusion is that it's a "solderless" chip, meaning it connects to the wii by a tiny ffc ribbon cable using no soldering.

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    With the gamecube you need to solder the wiikey in yourself. Soldering to the gamecube isn't a problem the solder spots for the dvd drive are through hole so they're big enough. The problem is the wiikey pcb only having connectors for teeny ribbon cables. I should have ordered a ribbon to dip adapter breakout board but an internet guide I stupidly followed made it look like soldering to the ribbon cable is easy enough to do. My ribbon cable soldering worked for a bit, then failed when moved around because ribbons are weak and easy to break. My solution was probably the dumbest thing I've ever attempted:

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    I removed the ribbon connector with a heatgun and hand soldered wires to the asic connections. In some spots this lifted the pads and made me scrape masking off the trace so I could solder to the trace instead. Surprisingly, it works perfectly.....for a while, then it died when I moved it around again. I redid the solder work, that mostly fixed it, then I redid it again and now everything works perfectly.

    Glued nicely into place (and smoothed the glue with a heatgun):

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    It's alliiivvvveeee

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    I took the dvd drive cover off temprarily while I give this thing some serious play testing before I decide where to install the sd card slot and the switch needed for the wiikey to activate.

    The 15-20$ ribbon to dip adapter board is well worth saving the pain of doing it this way.
     
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    drakon Gutsy Member

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    In a way heat shrink tubing is actually easier to take off than electrical tape.
     
  5. Sonny_Jim

    Sonny_Jim Enthusiastic Member

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    Heatshrink in *every* way is easier to install and remove, plus it doesn't leave behind a residue. Also I can understand using hot glue in some situations but really?

    p.s I did notice topic title ;-)
     
  6. APE

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    Megalomaniac makes a very convenient adapter rendering what you did moot. Applause for getting it to work but I sure hope you don't actually sell anything that looks like that. Ever.
     
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    fasman Enthusiastic Member

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    Why on earth would you do that to a gamecube, let alone a Wiikey fusion, its not that hard to solder that properly into the gamecube :(
     
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    He did title this thread "how NOT to mod a gamecube". So you shouldn't be giving him crap over it. This serves as a warning to anyone that would attempt to do it this way. ;)

    Sometimes I think about modding my GC with one of those Xeno chips. But since I have the Action Replay and SDLoad it's not really a big priority.
     
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    I'd actually agree with this if every hack job Drakon posted didn't look like this. I'm not exactly sure why people pay for him to do mods when all he does is lob hot glue on everything and twist everything into electrical tape. Proper wire management and clean soldering would facilitate having to use so much hot glue it looks like the ending of a gay porno.
     
  11. Sonny_Jim

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    Needs moar hot glue
     
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    As long as it can play the picky Japanese games with correct text and saving. :smile-new:
     
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    That makes about as much sense as posting a gamecube being smashed by a hammer, and titling it "How not to do a case mod"

    When posting anything, you set a standard, "a direct wire" method for installing a Wiikey fusion into a Gamecube, can look beautiful if you just put some effort into doing it properly.

    If your not going to put any effort into doing something, and want to drag the standard down, of course I will reply negatively, especially considering the fact that this is a webforum dedicated to professionals.
     
  14. drakon

    drakon Gutsy Member

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    Sometimes I like doing things the hard way for the challenge. Sorry I don't meet your standards.

    And I thought the title made it obvious this isn't a for sale thing. Just in case, no, this is something for personal mucking around, not once did I mention selling anything in this thread.
     
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    And I mentioned that as I hope you never sell anything of this build quality. Ever. Not once did I try to imply that this was a for sale thread because it is obviously not a for sale thread.

    Don't be so touchy.
     
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    What do you mean by that? I'm sure at least half the people registered in the forum are not professionals, just collectors or hobbyists...
     
  17. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    Not the Gamecube!!!! Glad it's not a PanaQ that's for sure.
     
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    ive seen worse ;)
     
  19. drakon

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    I can do pretty looking work. This thread wasn't about something that's supposed to look nice or for sale.
     
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  20. retrotech

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    If it works as its supposed to and looks quite neat (which i think it does) wheres the problem? We have all had jobs go bad which can only be fixed with bit of trace manipulation ;)
     

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