Dreamcast Help


#1

Looking to get a Dreamcast soon
And wanted to know what is the best Arcade Joystick?
Do DC Lasers generally go out quickly like the Original PS laser?
What other common problems do I have to look out for?


#2

i have a dreamcast and bought it when it first came out and it still works today like it did when i first got it… as for the joystick issue idk someone will chime in soon tho


#3

If you can find an Agetec Green Goblin, that thing is god tier. If not, get a PS2 stick an adapter.


#4

Well, it’s still 10 year old hardware so just be aware of that…

I forget the name of it, but Sega made a 1st party stick that I’m sure is hard to come by now… It might be cheaper to build one yourself.


#5

i dont think they ever made a 1st party stick, but instead let agetec make it for them. so it was sort of the “official stick” of the dreamcast…

great stick… i bought one from someone on this site (check the trading post)

and earlier this week i snagged one off ebay for 50$ (which is kinda cheap for them)

i’ll be modding one with sanwa parts once lizardlick catches up to my order.

as for problems… if you can, get a dreamcast manufactured before October 2000… they are the best ones…


#6

Thanks for the info
Most of the ppl I come by on Ebay don’t know the manufacturing date
I have a HRAP:SA for the PS2 that I need a convertor for …Does anyone know the best convertor?


#7

apparently there’s an innovation one, if that’s true it’s probably godlike.


#8

I have an Innovation PSX/Saturn-to-Dreamcast adapter that is incredible (it has a built-in VMU jack). My only issue with it is that it doesn’t work well with third party PSX controllers.


#9

I have heard about the
Controller port
Reset Issues
Are they commonplace???


#10

I was able to buy one from the local PlayNTrade
The store had 2 systems and I argued with the guy for 15-20minutes to test out the system and see which one had the better laser
One white one manufactored on Jan. 2000 had a clean looking laser but a dirty exterior
There was another black Sega Sports one clean exterior but dirty looking laser with hairs in between the laser assembly
I bought the one took it home and made some backups they played fine it I got some grinding noises not as bad as a Xbox 360 but there there
Should I clean it or just leave well enough alone…?


#11

ASCII made a crazy optical stick for DC


#12

If its a noise that sounds like the laser is moving a lot, thats normal i think… you can hear the laser quite well when you insert a game into mine, and a few video’s ive watched you can hear it pretty well on the camera.


#13

Yeah I guess the loading times are not that crazy
I seen that Videogame Central has GD-Rom Drive replacement but they are in backorder.
Wouldnt that be great brand new drives on a 9-10 year system
Are there any other places that offer brand new drives instead of us going to ebay for a replacement dreamcast…?