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Dreamcast Loading problem

After not using my DC for about 18 months I have just hooked up my lounge and decided to link in all my games consoles to use again. However I have found that my dreamcast is not working properly. Cetain games work fine, Virtua Fighter 3tb, Fighting Force 2 and Sega Bass fishing. Crazy Taxi will load and start to play but crashes after 30s, Sega Rally wont get past the screen that comes on after the dreamcast logo, Quake 3 gets to the title screen and says something like 'server connection failed, press any button' but just keeps going back if you do, Sonic Adventure will get to the screen where you choose 50 or 60 Hz but it has no text and crashes, finally all 3 discs of Shenmue get to the 'Now Loading' screen then the sega logo comes up distorted, followed by subsequant crash.

I have tried cleaning the lens with a kit and boiling the sega rally disc as recommended on some websites but to no avail.

Can anyone help me?

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Re: Dreamcast Loading problem

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.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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This has also happened to me and itsthe lense. it will play some games that are super scratched perfectly but Grandia II wich i purhcased BRAND NEW will not pass the SEGA screen. It throws me back to the menue. Sometimes if i keep clicking A OVER and OVER it will load the game fine but as soon as i turn the console off its gone. Any one know how to fix this?

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Re: Dreamcast Loading problem

Maybe it's the disks. Does it have an fingerprints or scratches on them?

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