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DC stops and starts games periodically

I have a DC that I bought right at the end of production to replace a broken one and it has problem which could be motor related.

It will boot up and load a game, play for a random amount of time and then the disk will stop spinning and it returns to the main menu, then the game will load up again almost immediately and play for another random amount of time. It will repeat this over and over. Sometimes a game will run for 5 minutes before restarting and sometimes it will go for an hour or more. the interval between restarts seems to get longer if the machine has been on for a while.

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  • mothman Jun 14, 2008

    Thanks, it seems to work if it is turned upside down even though I didn't think it would. I've tried piling books on the lid, and putting a tight elastic band around the DC and the games still restart as if the lid has been opened.



    However I flipped the console over and played Skies of Arcadia for an hour without a restart so I think it may be a solution even if it does look silly. It's better than having to buy another one.

  • mothman Jun 26, 2008

    aargh,

    After successfully playing without stopping and restarting the game in three or 4 tries it has now begun stopping and restarting even when it is turned over. I'd been playing Skies for about 3 hours and then the disc stopped reading and returned to the menu where it checked the disc again and then reloaded. I'm wondering if it could be the motor.

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~Open up the dreamcast
~remove the Powerboard (located to the left houses power supply)
~get baby wipes or facial wipes and clean the pins
~dry with toilet paper
~put it all back together

That will fix it ^_^. i had this problem as well and didn't play my DC for years then i stumbled on a youtube video and now it works great never restarts. have fun playing old games again.

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Is there any where that any one can fix it?

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This may be because of s problem with the thing that holds the lid down because if you open the lid the game stops.
you may need to get something to hold it down
i had this problem once. i just put th DC upside down and it was fine. for a while.
i just used a new power lead and its fine now

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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    I think the motor may be the problem because dreamcast motors are generally weak.

    a new power lead may help

    you can probably find them around the house in radios and stuff.

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Its the lid contact, if you take the top case off the dreamcast (4 screws, one is under the modem), you can see this microswitch on the top right. The problem seems to be that it works OK but the contact becomes dodgy, pushed in too far it loses contact. Shaving a bit off the top of this switch could work so that it contacts a bit lower on a "good" bit of track, but your mileage may vary. alternatively you could short the switch and you'd have to use the power button to change disks. Not ideal for multi disk games!

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