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Dreamcast wont get past the date and time add in

Hey guys, this is one of the few dc sites ive found, but im hopin to find help. i just recently bought two dcs. both with the same problem. the controls dont work. i can get to the date n time screen, but nothin moves. i was told it was the controller port or resistor, so i orderded to brand new ones, and nothin has changed any help?

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  • iMadrid Feb 07, 2009

    Before opening up the Dreamcast to replace the F1 resistor that required soldering.

    Try plugging the Controller on all 4 ports. Mine worked when i plugged it on D.

    I had my Dreamcast in storage for 4 years and nostalgia creeps in the Dreamcast 10th anniversary. I just found out i lost my VMU and I need to buy one. =)


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I'm having the same problem and unsure if this could be the answer......

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