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Every 5-10 min my dreamcast freezes!

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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Re: Every 5-10 min my dreamcast freezes!

Check if there is something overheating (inside or on the adapter).
The 'almost' mint condition might have blown a fuse or capacitor or something minor.

If you are brave enough, disassemble the console and look for anything out of place.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 11, 2007

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The pins on the controller connector might need to be cleaned or the cable might have short-circuited. Try using another controller to make sure it is the controller and not the system itself.

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It will freeze in the middle of game play a some games not play

I believe your device is overheating, you need to make sure that the Dreamcast is well ventilated, don't set it on a carpet or enclosure. BLow any dust from the unit, pull the Dreamcast out of whatever nook it is sitting in, and set it on a flat surface like a hard cover book, etc. See if your issues resolve themselves.

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I just bought the game new 10 mins ago and it keeps saying open tray, and it only reads it for a few sconds..also no other game works now..could it be cuz i am now usning hdmi?

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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.

Modification 101:

The Dreamcast is basically a computer; with the right programming you can do anything; and having a Dreamcast Keyboard is nice.

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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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hi with your new dream cast dont put it on the sub woofer as the magnetic field it gives of can cause havoc with the chips and resistors this would be the reason why the orange light problem occured.
The vga adaptor would cause no problems.
Also the computer needs to be on flat hard surface and not boxed into a confined place or put ontop of anything else electrical like dvd plater or video as these give off heat and would cause the dreamcast to stop working over heating problems are just to expensive to repair as you might need to replace the whole board alot of people now are playnig their ps3 on carpet and then wonder why it stops working ok so remember that it needs to get air to it and not ontop of heat source.
As for leaving it on for 2 or 3 hours now they dont advise you to play it for that long but from my experiance as long as the unit is able to get air around it ie no vents blocked and not ontop of anything warm or on carpet then their should be no problems as i have played alot of my consoles for most of the day without turning off so dont worry to much about that.
Now the problem with the first console is as you probably guessed is the laser failing to read the game data this is common in all console based computers that work of cd.
But what you could do is take the laser out of the one that has the light problem and put this laser into the first console then that way it should work then you will have 2 consoles if anything goes wrong with one.
Now the one with the light problem the only parts that will be any good from the inside would be the laser things like the lid casing most of the board is now probably no good so its not worht keeping.
But if you put the laser into the first one then you could use that untill it packs up then you have the new one to fall back on so before you chuck the other two out give it a try you cant do any more damge than is already done anyway can you.
The laser will be held in buy couple of screws then their will be a wire coming from it that goes to the board the wire is just a clip in wire and should pull out of the board easily and the same putting it back in the other one.
If you need further assistance let me know ok i wish you all the best with the new one

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if when it freezes it has a kind of checkerboard pattern, then it is what happens before the three red lights of death, try the eraser trick posted by Carl26

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