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This instructable shows you how to open up your dreamcast and adjust a small potentiometer to adjust the power going to the laser. this is pretty simpe requires no special tools or knowledge of electronic repair, it only requires a careful hand an common seance.

I recently bought a dreamcast off ebay, then a friend gave me a free one...isn't that usually how it works heh. so i went to cleaning the dreamcast and went to test the free dream cast and sure enough it wouldn't read any discs. so i went to looking around and only found a couple of helpfully videos on this subject but no instructables on the issue, so i decided to make one so some one can revive an old dreamcast instead of tossing it out

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I just want to make it clear that i am in no way responsible if you some how break your dreamcast or electrocute yourself

Step 2: Tools

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this one is pretty simple all you'll need is
a Phillips head screw driver to take apart the dreamcast
a smaller Philips head screw driver (i just ended up using my forceps to twist it)
pliers and or forceps (the forceps also come in handy with keeping the lid sensor triggered.)
a game cd (i used an official game and a burned game cd to make sure both would work) 
and a dreamcast with disc read errors.

Step 3: Take her top off

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Now start by turning over your dreamcast and slide off the modem, there is a screw hidden under it remove it and then proceed with taking the 3 others screws one on each corner of the dreamcast. Once you have all 4 screws removed carefully turn the dreamcast back over and slide the top of the shell off.
mechanikism21 days ago
Witchunter1 year ago

Thank you very much for a tutorial on how to fix the laser. My Dreamcast is working now, but there is one misinformation in the article.

In order to increase laser power (so it can read the discs better), you need to lower the resistance by adjusting the potentiometer. You do this by turning it clockwise, not counter-clockwise!

Other than that, a perfect guide.

sillyzombie666 (author)  Witchunter1 year ago

it depends on the machine really with mine i did what the guide said

Oh, sorry. I thought they were made the same and that it was a typo. Maybe PAL systems should be tuned clockwise, and NTSC ones counter-clockwise? Don't know for sure, though.

sillyzombie666 (author)  Witchunter1 year ago

no, it just depends on the laser some times

KL5054202 years ago
Oh Hell Yeah!!!! Had my Dreamcast collecting dust. But no more. Thanks u sillyzombie.
sillyzombie666 (author)  KL5054202 years ago
lol glad to hear, im playing jet grind radio right now... i accidentally deleted my save file ...sadface so im replaying it, i think im right back at where i was

and remeber no need for thanks just send money lol
Lol. I could but i spent all my dough at ebay just to buy some dreamcast games. Thanks to you. You made me broke. But God bless you.
sillyzombie666 (author)  KL5054202 years ago
you do know you can just burn copys of dreamcast games, no mods needed. all my games are burned, a few aren;t only because i found them cheap theres the shop i run i put all sorts of goodies on there
So how would you go about burning dreamcast games?
tloman3 years ago
Holy crap! This fixed my dreamcast! <3
sillyzombie666 (author)  tloman3 years ago
glad i was able to help man, when i got my second dream cast i looked everywhere to find this info only found like 2 spots for it so i decided to spread the info. the dream cast i fixed is not happily at my friends house , the one i fixed the controller ports on is still on my desk
zazenergy4 years ago
Glad you got yours working! Thanks for sharing.
sillyzombie666 (author)  zazenergy4 years ago
thanks, i was gonna resell it but i think my brother my get it from me, i still need to resolder the tv cables for it though