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My dreamcast problem!!11!!

My dreamcast in the past was regularly used.. but ... had one problem.. sometimes (which has got gradually worse) wud jump between on and ff,, if u get me.. resulting in it resestin itself.. now,, i turn it on and and don't get a picture.. somebody told me theres a problem with the mother board.. is this true.. and whats the solutions !!!! :) x

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Re: my dreamcast problem!!11!!

I don't have a dreamcast yet but okay here goes, try replacing the reset button on the inside.That should work.

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My dreamcast will power on for a moment that shuts off.


Sounds like your dreamcast is getting cut of from its power, the dreamcast sometimes gets a build of of dirt around the power connector pins that supplies the entire unit with power, try this youtube guide here for cleaning you don't need to do the bending section of the pins. just clean them and the actually plastic socket section where the pins go in.



Dec 25, 2010 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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My Dreamcast is able to play any game for a couple of minutes, then resets to the main title screen after a period of time (this varies from around 1-10 minutes), sometimes just showing a black screen. I...


Sounds like your dreamcast is getting cut of from its power, the dreamcast sometimes gets a build of of dirt around the power connector pins that supplies the entire unit with power, try this youtube guide here for cleaning you don't need to do the bending section of the pins. just clean them and the actually plastic socket section where the pins go in.



Nov 07, 2010 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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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.

Apr 08, 2010 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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Freezing problem with Games

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.

Other links you should check out...

DreamChip and 4 in 1 Connector

Another Dreamcast Mod Chip

The Ultimate Dreamcast Survival Guide

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Modified Dreamcast BIOS

Nov 27, 2008 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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Sega Dreamcast console problem

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.
Hope this helps.

Feb 28, 2008 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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Sega Dreamcast console problem

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

Feb 01, 2008 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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there is a proplem with the mother board take it to a specialist he could probally repair

Jan 20, 2008 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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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.

Dec 18, 2007 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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My dreamcast randomly resets itself!

Its been a while since i've owned a dreamcast.My suggestion wouild be to make sure the parts on the inside are clean.Game consoles are known to collect a lot of dust over a long period of time.I would wipe it down with acohol, since it drys fast and leaves no residue.Your reset button might not be getting a connection.

Sep 20, 2007 | Sega Dreamcast Console

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