I just bought this dreamcast off of craigslist. The problem is that when i hooked everything on the first time i turned the deamcast on it worked fine. but the second time i tried turning it on it would power on for a split second then shut off. and now it wont turn on at all for a bit.
there's one on the plug? (In uk there is)
There is a glass fuse inside the machine
So take it apart and look at it (close to the where the power goes into the machine
If there is no wire in the glass take it out and get a replacement at an electric shop.
DO NOT JUST PUT ANY OLD BIT OF WIRE IN THERE!
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did you tested another dreamcast control...you had the same problem...so you have to check the protection Fusistor inside your dreamcast conector controller board....it seems like a blue or green normal resistor...marked as F1 on the board..change it with a simple fuse or an smd fusistor...Good Luck!
Be sure to check that your power outlet is supplying enough power by plugging in another game console or even something like a DVD player into the same outlet.
Also try finding another power cable and try that. Cables can be worn out through time and cable failure can be common. Dreamcast power cables are a standard type and can be found on other machines like boom boxs, DVD players or simply sold as generic replcament power cables.
If your outlet works fine for other machines and the Dreamcast continues this problem with other power cables then it is safe to assume that the power unit in the dreamcast is damaged somehow.
In most cases this would warrent a replacment. Used Dreamcasts are cheap and not hard to find.
I do not suggest salvaging another power unit from another machine as this can be harder than its worth overall.
take apart your dreamcast and look at the controller input circuit board, there should be a big resistor on near one of the boards corners, make a note of the coloured bands and buy a new resistor with the same pattern and replace the one already on the board with the new one.
First off, NEVER store a game console on top of a subwoofer. It is like a giant magnet, and electronic devices do not handle magnetics. I don't think i've ever heard of a VGA box, Sega brand or not, killing a console. Millions use aftermarket AV cables and adaptors on all consoles without problem. I think it likely died from being on top of the sub. Relocate it and you should be fine. Running it for a few hours isnt likely either unless you had the vents entirely blocked.
To the guest who's drive isnt spinning, I would say your drive motor has burnt out. This doesn't indicate a defect in Dreamcasts, per se, it just means bad luck or excessive dust which killed it. Either buy a different Dreamcast or see if you can find a drive replacement.
Hope this helps.
If you unplug you Dreamcast for extended periods
of time the battery in your Dreamcast that saves that info will die
(its suppose to last a month but over time they will wear out and not
last at all). After 1 hour of gameplay (assuming the battery is still
working, as Li's wear out) the battery will be fully charged and last a