So I just got a dreamcast off of ebay a few days ago and the system itself is in mint condition, or at least close to it, but every time I play a game after about 5-10 min into it, the game just freezes. The disc keeps spining and the DC sounds as it should. It freezes as if it just hit a nasty scratch on the disc, but out of the 3 games I've tried its done that. And the games I used pratically had no markings or scratches on it. Please Help, this is really bothering me.
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My advice is to download the latest firmware from Nokia website (which is version PR1.2) and install it through the USB cable provided to you. If this is something you can not personally do, please go to an authorised nokia service point and have this done for you. They should NOT charge you but ask about that before.
For the battery removal issue, there is a way to bypass this process. Please press the power on/off switch for about 10 seconds.
normally the device will unfreeze and go off without having to remove the battery. wait a few seconds and then you should be able to switch it on again.
The Dreamcast is no longer supported because it was to easy to copy the games, but there are still a loyal few who keep the scene alive. I have no idea how much you want to put into fixing the problem, but the only way to fix your problem is flashing the Dreamcast BIOS.
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.
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