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Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 04, 2003, 08:57:14 PM

Has anyone gotten there gdrom unit to read a cdrw by adjusting the screw on the unti itself? i tried but all that happen was it stopped reading all disc's till i returned the screw back to its original position.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: LepPpeR on September 04, 2003, 09:03:17 PM

I think that dreamcast did not read CD-RW's or atleast I never had any luck with them.  I suggest just throwing them the good ol' CDR's




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 05, 2003, 04:28:23 AM

Ya i was thinking theres no need to take the chance of fucking it up so i might just do that, thanks for the help smile.gif
Hey, any idea where i can get the web browser that comes with the dreamcast? not asking for illegal cause it was free to begin with wink.gif




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: Sir Auros on September 05, 2003, 07:15:56 AM

It can't read CD-RW's. If they weren't rewritable, I'd have to say that you've been wasting them trying wink.gif




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: Mechazilla on September 05, 2003, 09:49:22 AM

You can get it, you just have to tweak the laser, but understand by doing so you cut the dreamcast's laser life in half. The guide is posted here on boob.uk (http://www.boob.co.uk/docs/devinfo.htm).




Edited by Mechazilla, 05 September 2003 - 05:53 PM.


Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 05, 2003, 10:05:55 AM

Thats the same tutorial that i followed but it didnt mention which way to turn the screw so i assumed clockwise but that didnt work...




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: bootz on September 05, 2003, 11:55:28 AM

I did this mod about 4 years ago probably longer and my DC's laser is still working fine. Make sure you are turning the correct screw, once I wasn't looking in the right spot and turned the wrong screw waiting 20min of my time. Turn the screw in little incraments and keep on trying. If it's too high you'll be able to read cdrw's but not cdr's so then turn it down a bit. If you just hear the drive going crazy then you turned it up too high. Simple mod to do if you have patience to get it to the right setting.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 05, 2003, 02:15:41 PM

I turned it pretty far clockwise and it stopped reading anything, so i put it back, im also afraid of snapping that ribbon that i have to keep pulling out and putting back in, i already put a crimp in it from doing this  dry.gif
But try try again, i shall over come this challange.....off i go to win the battle of the cdrw mod....




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: cainedna on September 05, 2003, 02:58:57 PM

Dunno if you're looking for a file, but they had the DC Web Browser on the Official DC Demo discs. I'm sure you can find some on eBay on the cheep.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 05, 2003, 04:15:25 PM

Hmmm, ok i tried adjusting the screw for about half an hour now, and i can either get it to read just the cdr's or nothing at all, i havent yet gotten it to read a cdrw.....




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 05, 2003, 06:43:03 PM

 dry.gif  well it wont read anything now, it seems i have lost the position of where i started and now it wont read anything, is there anyways to find there starting point?




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: bootz on September 07, 2003, 02:49:09 PM

If you lost the "starting" point of the lazer then move it all the ways to the back of the case so it doesn't click anymore. Then move it 1 click forward, it'll be in the right spot and should work again. You can do what i did and not even bother taking out the ribbon cable since it is a pain to put back in. Just lift up on the drive and pull it out, move the laser to the back and flip the drive upside down. You should be able to see the screw and turn it how ever much you want, flip the drive back and set it in. No messing around with the cable  wink.gif . I know it's a pain to find the right spot so you can read cdr's and cdrw's but it's worth it in the end i guess. And if you want the Dc Web Browser I think MegaGames has it for download.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 07, 2003, 04:34:22 PM

Naw i lost the starting point for the screw not the lazer, so now i dont know where the screw was set in the first place, still cant read any media at all now.....




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: bootz on September 08, 2003, 08:33:38 AM

WOW man how did that happen lol. Well I guess you could move it clockwise and if you hear the laser going crazy then you know you turned it up too high, then slowley turn it counter clockwise and hope to find the spot where you can atleast read originals again.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: hawgman on September 08, 2003, 08:47:28 AM

hey socrates I have the web browser on cdr I can snail mail you a copy if you want it..
I have a ton of dc games I used to be heavy into trading dc games back 2-3 years ago.. Im trading some now with another guy on this board..




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 08, 2003, 09:19:41 AM

Thanks for the offer guy but without the dreamcast  not working theres no point on using the browser wink.gif thanks anyways, you rock  beerchug.gif

I kinda spun the screw out of anger and turned it about 7 times clockwise so im not sure how many times i would need to go back cause im sure 7 will turn out to be more like 14.......or 21......




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: socrates on September 08, 2003, 11:30:44 AM

Ok so when i first started this little project i did it by pulling the ribbon on the back of the unit out and adjusting the svrew, then pushing it back in,it was very hard to do without feeling like the ribbon was just gunna snap, this ribbon here in the 3rd pic down, its the big white one.
http://www.geocities.com/zeph340/ (http://www.geocities.com/zeph340/)
Now when i unplug the ribbon and try the dreamcast without it plugged in, everything works the same way as when it is plugged in, dosnt read shit, so could this mean i smoked the ribbon by bending it too much? if so can i use any ribbon of this size? if not could i solder very fine wire to and from each connection?
How do i find out if its not just the lazer being knocked out of elinmate from moving it so much? and when will the trix bunny ever get to eat a bowl of that amazing cereal???




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: theinsomniacgamer on November 18, 2010, 04:51:46 PM

@socrates

you know, I have the same problem. i got it to the point where it would just barely read the rw (i burned an audio CD as a test). it would start spinning fast, but would not get past the "please wait while the disc is being checked" message. I almost had it, when something shocking happened. Turns out I had forgotten to unplug the power cable, and my left hand got too close to a capacitor and it discharged. Into my hand. My reflexes are were good enough for me to pull away sharply, but my hand is still tingling as i am writing this.




Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: StrictPuppet on November 18, 2010, 11:58:16 PM

Wow dude, replying to a post that is over 7 years old.  Maybe socrates will reply to your post in 7 more..... or not since he was banned in '05




Edited by StrictPuppet, 19 November 2010 - 09:01 AM.


Title: Cdrw On Dreamcast?
Post by: Popple on November 19, 2010, 03:14:46 PM

@socrates

My left hand got too close to a capacitor and it discharged. Into my hand. My reflexes are were good enough for me to pull away sharply, but my hand is still tingling as i am writing this.



I think you got shocked by 1.21 gigawatts and your replying in the past.