Take it apart and push button down inside machine if it works your button is messed up. just happened to me on one i picked up if thats not the problem i dont i know but at least wanted to tell you what happined with mine
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Re: my dreamcast power wont come on
Be sure to check that your power outlet is supplying enough power by plugging in another game console or even something like a DVD player into the same outlet.
Also try finding another power cable and try that. Cables can be worn out through time and cable failure can be common. Dreamcast power cables are a standard type and can be found on other machines like boom boxs, DVD players or simply sold as generic replcament power cables.
If your outlet works fine for other machines and the Dreamcast continues this problem with other power cables then it is safe to assume that the power unit in the dreamcast is damaged somehow.
In most cases this would warrent a replacment. Used Dreamcasts are cheap and not hard to find.
I do not suggest salvaging another power unit from another machine as this can be harder than its worth overall.
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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/
If I recall the Sega Dreamcast wheel is a clasp type wheel. You need to push the disk down onto the wheel and you will hear it secure itself onto the wheel. Then close the wheel and you should be good to go. Don't just place it on the wheel... push it down until you here that little clicking sound and it should stay on the wheel.
yea it's either the disc is not a disc of the country u are in or the disc may be damaged... also.. u can't install disc onto a sega dreamcast... if' it's backup games that u are playing u will need a boot disc... u can google it.. it's commonly called dreamcast boot disc and the image file is free on the net...
I noticed you said and I quote "a copy of an original game in chinese" you did say chinese right? Is it possible that the system you have may be a PAL system if so that means it's not a USA Region console meaning it won't play Region 1 USA games just PAL
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.
you can get disks relayered at game stores.
there was a long period where this happened to me.
some games worked for a while, some didnt.
its the dreamcast.
you might wanna get anew power cable or just clear out the dust because that is the main problem with the dreamcast.
try playing with the console upside down
it sounds crazy but it worked for me.