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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 have no idea why this happens or how to fix it... Any suggestions?

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Hi,

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rizeLEQyzs&feature=related 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.

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Omeil

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