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Dreamcast won't read burned games

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:34 am
by Y-Stylzz
Hello,

My Dreamcast always played burned games perfectly. When they didn't work, I would use a boot disk to fix that problem.

However, for some reason I can't play burned games anymore. Every time I pop in a burned game, it says "Please insert game disc". The (burned) boot disks I have don't boot up either.

This is really weird, because official games and music CD's work just fine.

What's causing this and how can I fix this?

Re: Dreamcast won't read burned games

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:37 pm
by moi
Looks like your GDROM laser is dying. Expect GDROMs to stop working too.
There are some solutions to this though. Most popular ones are cleaning the lens and readjusting the laser by rotating one specific screw on the GD drive.
There are instructions available for that. The cleaning part I'd try first, since it doesn't require disassembling your console. If it doesn't help try the readjusting way. Be cautious though it might make your drive unusable if the screw gets loose.

Re: Dreamcast won't read burned games

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:47 pm
by Y-Stylzz
I was afraid that might be the case. Thanks for the advice.

Re: Dreamcast won't read burned games

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:33 pm
by Y-Stylzz
Okay, so I tried cleaning the lens, but that didn't work. I will try the 'screw-method' very soon.

In the meantime, I received Sonic Adventure 2. I wanted the play it, but it doesn't work. The Dreamcast does read the disc and boots the game, but after the Sonic Team logo I get a black screen.

Is this also caused by the condition of the laser, or is it my copy? All my other official games work just fine (for now). The game is in new condition.

Re: Dreamcast won't read burned games

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:23 am
by mstar
Please ensure you get a reading of the current value of the laser in Ohms with a multimeter beforehand!

Even the tiniest amount of turning the screw will make a massive difference in resistance so you may very well fry your laser completely if you do it without a multimeter!