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  1. Okay, a question about a PAL Dreamcast.

    . . .

    There's one game that made them to start over and over again, like the whole starting animation thing and all, like every once in 5 or so seconds, until I shut them down and let them be for couple of hours.

    I did some talking to them after that and there hasn't been any problems like that afterwards, though I haven't played that particular game after that episode.

    I did play couple of hours with just a short pause since there was a fingermark on the disk and I tried to get rid of it, could either of those be the cause..? I tried to be gentle with the fingermark but I might've messed up with that, I'm not really accustomed with fingermarks... the game crashed thus I checked the disk and found the fingermark to begin with.

    Anyway, my question is, do I need to worry for them and try to find some technical help or are they safe?

    I'm such a newbie with technical difficulties... please bear with me.

    Even when I'm not that interested in bears...

    You know, there're many synnonyms for bear in Finnish, I suppose it was about some belief about calling it by its name, bear...


    1. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      The Dreamcast especially the PAL version is so delicate that you could sneeze and it'll be busted, both the console and the cases. It is one console that you have to treat it like a baby.

      As for your problem, it could either be that your disc needs a clean. Clean it with a slightly damp cloth should remove the fingermark. If it still has issues resetting then you would have to open your console up. I can't remember exactly but it involves the power supply on the console and its pins. Remove it and put it back in. Even someone who doesn't trust myself with electronics at all could do it.

      It could be down to the game. Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi had dodgy print runs. I gave up getting Ferrari F355 Challenge to work on mine despite that I had about 4 copies that I tried.

    2. BlueSky


      Thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it!

      How lucky it's especially a PAL thing... One of those things I suppose.

      That's good to hear, I was getting a bit worried here. I suppose as long as it doesn't involve anything more complicated than the power supply I should be fine. I suppose it seems like it's probably about the game(disc) but if that doesn't work I'll try and find a guide for that power supply fix. Thanks again! 😄

      That sucks, especially when you've put in a lot of effort to accomplish something like that. 4 copies, jeez.

      This makes me wonder how cool it would be to have some sort of Dreamcast collection for newer consoles, though at the very least some of the games are on Steam and there are the Gamecube etc. versions but then again my computer isn't really for gaming but well...

      Yeah, the game cases are something else, like why they chose that kind of hard easy-to-crack plastic in the first case...

    3. BlueSky


      Okay, it seems cleaning the disk was enough for the time being, though I didn't have guts for more than two ~1h gaming sessions this time. I'll keep that power supply thing in mind for the future though. Thanks again for the help! I really appreciate it!

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