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Menu of games will NOT show! (dreamcast screen + music WILL show)

I have a CD given from a friend which has hundreds of games he downloaded from the net. I play a few of them regularly, never had a problem. The way it used to work was like this: when you push the "power" button, the CD spins, the white Dreamcast logo (with the red moving spiral) splash screen with music shows on the screen, then it goes to another white screen with the SEGA logo.....then it goes to a BLACK screen that says NESTER DC across the top and below that, it says "loading..." And then, it would go to another black screen with a list of probably a few hundred games, simple white ASCII text that you have to scroll through....when you find the game you want, you would hit the "A" button on the controller, and then the "start" triangular button....and then the game loads and you play. What happened to me just this morning is, I got the first 3 screens (Dreamcast, SEGA, and then NESTER DC)....but then instead of showing the black screen with simple text showing the games, I get a black screen with NOTHING else. The games will not show on the screen. I think it would do this before, whenever the CD was started but the controller wasn't plugged in...but this time, the controller IS plugged in....everything is the way it should be, except the games will not show!!

Do you think it's a matter of the laser getting weak, or dust? (a lot of other posts on here seem to suggest dust as being a big culprit in making these games not work right....but these have been ppl who CAN get into the game (it just doesn't play correctly)....I cannot even get into a game at all. But, those 3 splash screens DO come up. It could also be something having to do with the console not realizing the controllers are plugged in. I just don't know. Do you all think it's just dust? I know lasers get weak on CD players and then have to be adjusted (and eventually, you can't even adjust them anymore, and you have to either replace the laser (expensive) or discard the entire player and replace it. I'm guessing video game consoles are the same, that laser can get weak.

If anybody has had a similar problem, either with games downloaded off the internet, or with the factory game, I'd love to hear from you...or anyone who thinks they know the answer! Thanks so much --

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Whew, nice to have someone who tells an entire problem.

it's possible that dust IS an issue, but i doubt it. You console is probably falling under the same problem that all the old consoles have been facing lately... they are OLD. Your most likely right in the fact that your laser is probably getting weak and is having a hard time reading the disc. Try to play another game or something and see what happens. If the same sort of problem, chances are it's the laser. If there's NO problem with another game, then chances are it's the disc. Hope this helps you.

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