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Some gamrs don't play

My dreamcast won't play a few of the games i have. i have heaps of games, and they all play perfectly, but there are a few that don't. they either don't load at all, or load up to the first level, but then reset back to the dreamcast screen, like there is no disc in the dreamcast. there are no scratches on the cds. is there a reason why this is happeneing?

just a note, my system is PAL, and the games i am having trouble with are also PAL. i have NTSC games as well and they all play fine.

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There are a few reasons for this problem.
1 - The laser may need adjustment.
2 - the game disk is damaged or dirty (Clean the game disk)
3 - the internal connections are dirty or oxidized.

# 3 is a common problem fairly easy to fix.
So do this first.

As Dreamcasts are used and they age, internal connections become "stressed".

If you have the ability you might try this.
All it requires is a phillips head screw driver to fit the screws (outside and inside), and a small piece of fine sandpaper 1 inch x 3 inches (Rolled around a soda straw or similar shaped object).

Flip the console upside down.
Remove the 56k modem from the side of the console.
You need to remove the 4 screws that hold the cover on, (and one of those screws is hidden by the modem).

After the screws are removed flip the console right-side up with the CONTROLLER PORTS FACING YOU.
Lift the cover straight up and off the case bottom.

Looking into the console, on the left side you will see a circuit board.
On the circuit board on the uppermost left there is a white plug.
Depress the little lock tab on it to release the plug so you can pull it up and off.
Near that plug is a brass colored screw.
Remove it.
There is an identical looking screw located toward the controller end.
Remove that also.
On the left side of the circuit board there is a white colored retaining tab that secures the board in place.
Slightly bend the tab away from the board while you lift the board up by lifting on the A/C power plug socket (where the A/C cord from the wall goes in).
Don't lift too far, just enough to get past the retaining tab (you don't want to break anything.)
Now, lift up the end nearest the controller board.
(There is a 6-pin connector with 6 vertical pins that you have to lift up and off the 6 pins).
Lift the circuit board straight up and off.
Set the circuit board aside.

Now, the 6 pins have been exposed.
There may be "wear marks" on the sides of the pins and you MAY be able to see where the connector was contacting them.

You need to use the FINE sandpaper to burnish the sides of the pins to resurface and clean away any oxidation where the plug made contact.
Don't overdo it, just enough to clean the contacting surfaces.

After the sandpaper, SLIGHTLY push the 6 pins backward toward the rear of the console.
DO NOT BEND the pins, just a bit of pressure is required.

Replace the circuit board STRAIGHT DOWN onto the pins until it is secured in place by the retaining tab on the left side.

Replace the screws.
Connect the plug.
Replace the top cover to the case bottom.
Re-attach the modem.
Plug it in.
Turn it on.
Your games should now all work.

I have done this on several consoles, and IT WORKED!

Good luck.
Post your success/ results here.

Posted on Sep 06, 2012

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