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Sega Saturn Games will not boot, games show up as audio cds

I found a saturn i thought i had lost 10 years ago. everything works perfectly fine, it has not been modded and the laser is not stuck being hindered from reading the outside ring on the games (i took it apart to check). i put a game in, the system starts up perfectly fine, the screen goes into normal view, it says 'checking disc type' like usual, then it sticks in cd player mode and plays the audio tracks on the game cd. what in the world is going on?

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  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    will not play game stuck at cd mode screen and will not play any tracks

  • Magitek85 Apr 30, 2008

    I have this same issue. Also everytime I start up the console it tells me to set the language and date/time.

  • nikclouthier May 13, 2008

    I also have this problerm, except i just got mine in the mail today from ebay, I paid for it because I had a really hard time to find one where I live...I went to boot up the game and the same thing happened....so if u guys or anyone can help please do so!!! and let me know

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I know what's causing the problem--the spindle motor for the CD's doesn't spin fast enough to read the disc properly; this usually happens when the system gets hit too hard or is dropped. This causes games to recognized as audio CD's and also causes the tracks to play improperly (there will be complete silence when a track is played and possibly some static at the beginning and the cubes an the sides of the display will be distorted and blown up.IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN THEN DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS.)Before starting, make sure the system is plugged in, there's no controller connected, and the system is NOT hooked up to a tv. Okay, now this is where it gets complicated. first, take the top of the system off and locate the disc drive switch. Depending on which model your console is, it'll be in different places. On the newer model (the one that has a PC board on the top cover), it'll be on a small PC board on the opposite side. On the older model (the one that has all the PC boards on the bottom), it's sticking up out of the metal plate between the two PC boards(the little clear plastic thing with copper plates inside). Either way, the switch needs to be held down or taped down.(I suggest taping it, but it may not work with the older system.) There are a few little variable resistors (little upright disc-shaped things) on the top left corner of the exposed circuit board (the one with the CD lens on it). Try adjusting those with a small flat-head screwdriver with the system turned ON and a CD on the spindle. Be CAREFUL--do NOT touch the CD while it's moving and keep your hands away from the PC board on the left--It WILL shock you. Adjust the resistors untill the CD spins the fastest. If the CD stops spinning, pull off and then replace the tape. If it doesn't spin at all in the first place, check the tape. Once you get it spinning as fast as possible, hook the system back up to your television WITHOUT replacing the cover. If it reconizes the CD as a game, your done and you can close it up. If it thinks its an audio CD or doesn't read it at all, the resistors need more adjusting. This work can be very trying and dangerous; this method can also ruin your system, but it's the only way to make it work without replacing any parts, but it DOES work. If you have any questions, ask me.

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Magitek85.When you start up ypur Sega Saturn, It always asks for the Date and Time.

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You have to try to disassemble your sega saturn, clean it inside...clean the laser lens...reconect the flat cable...and try to check the region jumpers in the back of the saturn motherboard ,
You should check and try to make a laser adjust in the yellow trimpot...this should work!
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