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Dreamcast Seems to be Having Issues


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#1 LeeJ07

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 12:33 PM

I've already posted elsewhere that a copy of Virtua Tennis I bought this week continuously reboots to the main menu when I try to play it.

After some playing around and trying to get things to work, it seems my problem is getting worse. Now my copy of ChuChu Rocket won't load. I fear my Dreamcast may be kicking the bucket, and I'm not sure what to do. I can't afford to replace it.

UPDATE: The Dreamcast is now refusing to load any of my games. Anybody got any ideas?

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#2 Lost Dragon

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 12:47 PM

Sounds like the laser has gone.

 

The Dc suffers from poor buld quality, early models espically (it's why i own 2 myself now) and the dreaded reset issue, where you have to physically unscrew unit, tweak connectors and re-assemble the unit, did my head in.

 

Really, really sorry to hear this, Lee..hopefully someone can advise and you get a replacement laser fitted.


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#3 LeeJ07

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 12:57 PM

UPDATE: The Utopia Boot Disc still works, and a PAL game has booted up perfectly. I'm at a complete loss to understand why it's loading PAL games, but not NTSC.
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Posted 06 May 2017 - 02:14 PM

Try carefully cleaning the laser lens, and also apply a tiny amount of silicone grease to the laser rails. 


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Posted 06 May 2017 - 03:58 PM

But like Lost Dragon said....Dreamcasts break.  It pays to have a spare.  The one I bought brand new in-box and took good care of lost it's GD-drive a long time ago. 


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Posted 06 May 2017 - 05:52 PM

http://www.dreamcast...roblems-solving

This might be of some help.
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#7 LeeJ07

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 07:10 PM

That's my problem, though. I can't afford another one. Not for awhile, at least.

I managed to get Virtua Tennis to load again, but it keeps resetting at the title screen, so I think that it must be a faulty disc.

The Utopia boot disc still works fine, too, so maybe I'm dealing with scratched game discs or something.
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Posted 08 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

It will sound crazy..but try loading in your game, and then turn the DC over on its side to see if it loads up. If it does, then it does mean there is an issue with the laser having problems reading the GD-rom discs. You might be able to find a replacement laser assembly on the bay. But after I went through 3 DC early models doing this, including the one that came with my DC kiosk...I ultimately put a newer model into my kiosk unit and use a black sports edition as my primary in my game room. So far so good, but I also still have yet a third as a spare in the box ready...just in case.


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#9 LeeJ07

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 01:23 PM

Well, my recently acquired copy of Phantasy Star Online arrived in the mail today, and it boots up perfectly, no trouble at all. I took a look at its disc, and it has NO scratches, period, whereas both my ChuChu Rocket and Crazy Taxi DO have scratches, so perhaps that is a contributing factor?
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Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:22 PM

Well see if you can find a shop fhat resurfaces discs. Or i think you can buy a machine thay does it. I have no clue how much they cost
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#11 Lost Dragon

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:06 PM

The DC's GD-Roms are more prone to scratches causing issues as they have a lot of data compressed onto them and the protective layer isn't THAT thick though so  having them professionally re-surfaced...might be your only option.

 

DC Joypad ports are another issue-careful with 3rd party controllers, been claims some can cause them to blow the ports!


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 04:38 AM

My first Dreamcast's GD-ROM laser was fine but the motor that was responsible for spinning the disc went out.  The brushes inside literally burned down to nothing.  Dreamcasts do NOT like the slightest scratches on the game discs.  Those units were made by Yamaha and later by Samsung.  It might be possible, if the motor is at fault, to just replace the motor with an equivalent.  That's what I did to fix mine.  But, Radio Shack is not around any more so finding that motor might be an issue.  

 

Sega use to have replacements long after they stopped productions of the units.  You might try contacting them to see.  It couldn't hurt.

 

The only other thing I could suggest, and I don't approve of piracy, but get the ISO of your Virtua Tennis from ISO Zone and burn it to a CD-ROM (don't use blank music discs designed for music!  They don't work most of the time).  You will have a scratch-free copy that you can test with.  Dreamcasts will read CD-ROMs without any modification required.  

 

I can also extend my repairing know-how with you and offer my services.  If you continue to have issues with your DC, and are comfortable with paying for shipping both ways, I will do what I can to fix your DC console.  I would only need the console has I have two here and all necessary hook-ups to operate the system.  


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