Archive for August, 2010

mmmonkey addresses a common dreamcast fault – the random reset

I mentioned this on facebook, but it’s got quite a reaction so I guess it’s important enough to get its own article here.

Basically, as any good retro trader knows, the dreamcast is getting pretty unreliable in its old age. We bench test every dreamcast before sale for at least 2 hours, and we find that about 3 in 5 will not pass this bench test.

The most common errors are:

-apply light pressure to the lid while in operation and the console resets (more on that later!)

- The dreamcast seems to start a constant downwards reset cycle once it warms up.

mmmonkey has addressed point 2 in this tutorial.

We’re not 100% convinced that this would fix every last one of our resetting dreamcasts, we’ve learned that usually the simple fixes are too good to be true! But we’re going to monitor the situation and see just what proportion can be saved by the simple action in the tutorial. Please also comment below if you’ve tried it yourself.

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