I got a Gamecube about a week back from a friend's brother, who stated that the thing wouldn't work on account of disc read errors. I thought I might be able to do something with it, so I brought it home, opened it up with the fun melted pen trick, and gave it a much-needed blasting with some compressed air. I put the thing back together, bummed some leads and a controller from a friend, and tested it out with the Rogue Squadron 3 demo disc I had snagged off of eBay a while ago. It worked perfect.
Today I went out and bought a controller of my own, an A/C power supply, a memory card, and a used copy of Metroid Prime. I got back, set everything up, and went to work checking out the one Metroid game I hadn't played. 20 minutes into gameplay, I was greeted with, "The Game Disc could not be read. Please read the Nintendo GameCube Instruction Booklet for more information." I opened the lid, cleaned off some slight smudges that could have caused a read error, and was able to continue playing. For 5 minutes. Opening the lid, removing and then reinserting the disc grants another few minutes of gameplay, depending on if the GC needs to load data or not. It just seems like a few seconds after the disc finishes loading data, it stops working. Does anyone have any thoughts or tips on this, or should I just hawk the thing as a "semi-working gamecube" on eBay?