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Dreamcast Randomly Resetting

Hello, I have owned my DC for about 6 years. Recently, the system will restart during gameplay. Generally, the system will boot the game, allow you to begin playing, then reset to the "Dreamcast" logo and re-boot the game after about 3-5 minutes. The machine is kinda old, so I have considered a new power supply. If anyone has seen this kind of problem, plz lmk. Thank you Eric Shouse

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    mrscrocker Jan 20, 2008

    my dreamcast in the past was regularly used.. but ... had one problem..
    sometimes (which has got gradually worse) wud jump between on and ff,,
    if u get me.. resulting in it resestin itself.. now,, i turn it on and
    and don't get a picture.. somebody told me theres a problem with the
    mother board.. is this true.. and whats the solutions !!!! :) x

  • OniLink Feb 22, 2008

    I've recently baught a dreamcast off of amzon.com and I've been reguraly using it but whenever I played Phantasy Star Online Ver.2 it would randomly reset.Then About a day ago it wouldnt let me play any games it just brought up please insert game disc.I'm wondering what is happening and how to fix it.

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This also happened to me.
i did what 'dreamcast' has mentioned but it didnt work
i got a new power lead and its now fine.

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Its the switch that tells it the lids closed tape small blocks of paper to the striker for the switch it should fix your problem

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