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Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« on: May 21, 2016, 05:49:30 pm »
Mine finally bit the big one.  I'm wondering if there are replacements.  It'd have to be fairly cheap because I can just buy another dreamcast for 30 bucks.  I just hate to toss this one as it's mint and even has the original box and stuff. 

I looked at the disc-less solutions but they seem really expensive.

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 06:00:48 pm »
I did some poking around and came up with nothing. I can find them for the ps1 all day. the closest I came was a dreamcast motor for like 5 bucks. I would like one as well to keep in my console parts bin for future use.

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2016, 08:01:56 pm »
ok so I just learned that there are two dreamcast drives. Yamaha and samsung. they are not interchangeable. so if you are up for a fun new project and have the correct drive I found a hack to use a pc cd rom laser.

http://dreamcast-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1982

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2016, 10:05:46 pm »
Man that looks rough.  I think dreamcasts are going for 30 bucks atm on amazon, probably less on eBay so I doubt it's worth it unfortunately.  I'll probably buy another DC and save this one for when hdd/usb mods become affordable. 

I'm not having much luck this weekend.  I think I borked the scanline generator I was building as well.  That one doesn't hurt as much since I'm only out 3 bucks in parts. 

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2016, 10:07:34 am »
Don't know but this is what I found.

$5.33 with free shipping High Quality SPU-3200 1PCS/LOT 16pin Laser Lens SPU3200 Sega Dreamcast Optical Pickup Replacement For DC Game Player

Here is a different one, many the other brand? SPU3090 Laser head SPU3090 CD Dreamcast Optical Pick-up

There are also the USB hack's but I think there are bottle neck issues.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2016, 10:19:10 am by Locke141 »

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2016, 01:06:06 pm »
Thanks a ton man.  I should have thought of our eBay to the east.  ;)  I'll have to research which one is which.  Hmm.... since I have to order from there anyway, I might as well get another multi-cart or some other goodie. 

While we are on the subject, do any of you guys know a cdr format that works well on the dreamcast?  The reason I ask is, when I first got my DC a made quick work of my remaining CDRs, circa 2000 vintage and they burned just fine.  After I eventually ran out, I just picked up a pack of phillips CDRs at the store and I've yet to get a disc to run with them.  I'm using discjuggler with all the usual settings. 



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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 12:07:48 pm »
Thanks a ton man.  I should have thought of our eBay to the east.  ;)  I'll have to research which one is which.  Hmm.... since I have to order from there anyway, I might as well get another multi-cart or some other goodie. 

While we are on the subject, do any of you guys know a cdr format that works well on the dreamcast?  The reason I ask is, when I first got my DC a made quick work of my remaining CDRs, circa 2000 vintage and they burned just fine.  After I eventually ran out, I just picked up a pack of phillips CDRs at the store and I've yet to get a disc to run with them.  I'm using discjuggler with all the usual settings.

Be careful with the replacement drive. I have read that some of them work but do not play retail games.

As for the cdr. I use these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000FTADXK/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?qid=1464278666&sr=8-7&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=verbatim+cdr&dpPl=1&dpID=41LXnhiQpkL&ref=plSrch

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2016, 01:13:16 pm »
BAH!  I'll have to open it up again to confirm, but it looks like I have a Samsung drive and all the replacements are for a Yamaha drive.  You can get a Yamaha replacement for around 5 bucks.... I only found one Samsung.... 60 bucks.  I mean I could try that cdrom trick, but I'm not sure if I even have any non-cdrw drives left. 

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Re: Where can you buy replacement dreamcast disc drives?
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2016, 09:41:46 am »
Thanks a ton man.  I should have thought of our eBay to the east.  ;)  I'll have to research which one is which.  Hmm.... since I have to order from there anyway, I might as well get another multi-cart or some other goodie. 

While we are on the subject, do any of you guys know a cdr format that works well on the dreamcast?  The reason I ask is, when I first got my DC a made quick work of my remaining CDRs, circa 2000 vintage and they burned just fine.  After I eventually ran out, I just picked up a pack of phillips CDRs at the store and I've yet to get a disc to run with them.  I'm using discjuggler with all the usual settings.

I found some Kodak CD-R 52X in my local supermarket a little while back. They work well. Not sure if you can still pick them up locally, but there's plenny in ebay land (",)


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