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
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It's quite possible that the controller is faulty...Xbox One controllers are actually having the same issue as well. Normally speaking you can either contact your manufacturer about an inquiry to get it sent in for repair, or you'll have to go out and get a new one. If they don't have a fix for you, that's one of your final options.
Usually when a Dreamcast game freezes, it's because the system is having trouble reading the disc. Make sure there are no smudges or scratches on the disc. If the disc is scratched and you decide to get it resurfaced (many secondhand video game stores and movie rental places will offer this service at a very low cost) make sure you ask them to use the lightest setting possible--I've heard that resurfacing a Dreamcast disc too aggressively can make it completely unreadable.
If it's not the disc, it could be a problem with your console, but that sounds unlikely since it does it at the same part of the game every time.
This is probably the most ridiculous thread I've ever read in regards to the most common fault of the Sega Dreamcast. The issue is not with the laser - if it was unable to read the disc, it wouldn't read the disc.
The issue is actually with the pins that connect to the motherboard. They corrode and burn out over time. This can be fixed by cleaning with a high percentage alcohol.
Make sure you have unplugged and turned off the console for a couple of hours beforehand.
And before you open it up, press the on button to check for any remaining power.
Instructions are here http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/dreamcast-random-reset-and-common-fixes/
First off, NEVER store a game console on top of a subwoofer. It is like a giant magnet, and electronic devices do not handle magnetics. I don't think i've ever heard of a VGA box, Sega brand or not, killing a console. Millions use aftermarket AV cables and adaptors on all consoles without problem. I think it likely died from being on top of the sub. Relocate it and you should be fine. Running it for a few hours isnt likely either unless you had the vents entirely blocked.
To the guest who's drive isnt spinning, I would say your drive motor has burnt out. This doesn't indicate a defect in Dreamcasts, per se, it just means bad luck or excessive dust which killed it. Either buy a different Dreamcast or see if you can find a drive replacement.
Hope this helps.
If you unplug you Dreamcast for extended periods
of time the battery in your Dreamcast that saves that info will die
(its suppose to last a month but over time they will wear out and not
last at all). After 1 hour of gameplay (assuming the battery is still
working, as Li's wear out) the battery will be fully charged and last a
Its been a while since i've owned a dreamcast.My suggestion wouild be to make sure the parts on the inside are clean.Game consoles are known to collect a lot of dust over a long period of time.I would wipe it down with acohol, since it drys fast and leaves no residue.Your reset button might not be getting a connection.