I recently played my old dreamcast, after playing it for ~30 min, the dreamcast stopped reading any disk (asked to insert disk and refused to read any), soon it went off. After leaving it for few min, I powered it on, it went on, I put in a disk, it still didnt read the disk (and I aslo didnt hear the spinning sound coming out from the machine). So I turned it off, turned it back on (with the disk inside), and it went on for 1 sec and went off. I tried this several times and got the same results. Could anyone help me? Thank you.
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It's not moving the mainboard that causes problems to happen. Alot of people don't know but the screws inside the Dreamcast that hold the mainboard down are different sizes and there is a place where a longer screw isn't supposed to go and it will go in to far and touch the mainboard and cause problems. But that's besides the point of your question but could have been done before. There could be a bad capacitor or a break in the solder joint where the AV port is at also.
Most likely it is over heating due to a fan that stop spinning or dust in the vents. Make sure the fan is still working and clean it out with compressed air.
Here is a great site all about repairing it - http://www.ifixit.com/Device/Sega_Dreamcast
yea it's either the disc is not a disc of the country u are in or the disc may be damaged... also.. u can't install disc onto a sega dreamcast... if' it's backup games that u are playing u will need a boot disc... u can google it.. it's commonly called dreamcast boot disc and the image file is free on the net...
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.
ok guys i have 4 dreamcasts the problem is people beat the crap out of em. try holding the lid partially closed with a weight on top it should read the disk and play good. the sensor that tells it there is a disk in there is probaly a little screwed up.
Also get a clean cue tip and some 91% rubbing alcohol and gently clean the lens on the laser and it sould work like new.
so get to the browser with the lid open all the way put a disk in and slowly close the lid at about 80 percent closed it should say reading disk put a weight on the lid to keep it where it is and try the game if it works your good.
permenent solution. remove modem and the 4 screws at the bottom of the dreamcast without a disk in there pull the top off. now look at the part of the lid that hits the little black flapper (it's on the top right of the main board) now tape or glue a small amount of anthing to the part of the lid that hits the switch about 4 mm thick of paper taped to it will push the switch further in and it should recognize disks better now and all will be well in the world e-mail me for pix if you want firstname.lastname@example.org