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Black Screen On Start Up!

Hey Guys,

I recently watched a tutorial on how to fix a Dreamcast laser problem, but something came out and I had to pull the machine apart to get it back in. Now, when I turn on my Dreamcast, it starts running but it dosn't kind of grunt like it used to when it was running. Not only that, but the screen starts up black, then shows the dreamcast logo and it just stays there.

Please guys, if there was possibly something that I have moved while taking my console apart, could you please lend my a hand?

Thank, Nat

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Re: Black Screen On Start Up!

Please post pictures, and where did it fall out from, and did you put a game in and the turn it on? Maybe it could be the main board being faulty, and might be fried. Please add more details.

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