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
thanx man, my cast is up and running again. #clutch
im actually going to finally make a new dreamcast instructable. how to install a new rechargeable clock battery inside so it no longer keeps asking you want time it is. i'm just waiting the battery holder to come in the mail
<p>Thank you :) I was able to fix my Dreamcast and it plays backup games now :)</p>
glad to hear, im shocked that after all these yea, that this instructable still gets a ton of love.<br><br>i actually need to do this to my jp import dream cast since its not reading disks as easily
<p>THANK YOU. I just got a Dreamcast free with two controllers from a craigslist free grab. It would only read a few times and mostly mess up in mid game. This fixed it!</p>
<p>Thanks so much, I knew my dreamcast could play back-ups. It always used to, but stopped recently. It is a PAL with a circled 1 on the bottom. I went wrong a bit with the instructions when turning the laser-focuser. I forgot I was looking at it upside-down so counter-clockwise meant clockwise. So I turned it the wrong way twice and then realised when it would no longer read original games either. So 1 10% turn the other way and it's as good as new!!!</p>
<p>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.</p><p>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!</p><p>Other than that, a perfect guide.</p>
<p>it depends on the machine really with mine i did what the guide said</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>no, it just depends on the laser some times</p>
Oh Hell Yeah!!!! Had my Dreamcast collecting dust. But no more. Thanks u sillyzombie.
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<br><br><br>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.
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 http://www.etsy.com/shop/sillyzombie666 theres the shop i run i put all sorts of goodies on there
So how would you go about burning dreamcast games?
Holy crap! This fixed my dreamcast! &lt;3
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
Glad you got yours working! Thanks for sharing.
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

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