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24-08-2009, 10:47   #1
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Dreamcast Making Loud Noise?

Hey all!

I bought a Dreamcast from EBay last month and when it arrived I had to fix it myself as it wouldn't read games or CDs (Had to tweak the laser). I've never owned a DC before, BTW, and I've noticed that it makes a loud grinding noise whenever I'm playing games.

So, I'm wondering if this is normal? I've attached an mp3 of the sound.

Thanks in advance!
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24-08-2009, 11:02   #2
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There's something wrong there. That grinding noise isn't good :/
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24-08-2009, 11:17   #3
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Ah, I thought so!

So, what should I do? Should I tweak the laser again? I mean, the DC wasn't able to read discs before I tweaked it. Also, the games I have - Shenmue and Nightmare Creature 2 - play fine...although Shenmue froze once...
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sounds pretty normal to me, the dreamcast is a crazy loud console, even in full health.
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24-08-2009, 12:13   #5
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The fan noise yeah but I'm not sure about the grinding.
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24-08-2009, 19:00   #6
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What state are the discs in ?

Any chance they are scratched or filmed in some way ?

I always thought the GD-ROM format lead to more seeking and spin up/down than a normal CD / DVD ... but that grinding noise just doesn't sound healthy.
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24-08-2009, 20:01   #7
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Thats the GD-ROMs laser seeking across the disc, nothing to be worried about.

If yea do open it up, I would prob put some grease (not oil!) on the running gear of the GD-ROM drive but prob won't make much difference to that noise, just make the drive last a little longer
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Making loud noise eh? Next it will grow long hair, stay out late at night and give you a snotty attitude when you ask where it was the next day. Honestly, kids these days..
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26-08-2009, 11:35   #9
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So what's the deal then? Is there something wrong or what? Some of you are saying it's fine, yet others are saying there's a problem. Do any of you even have a Dreamcast?

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Making loud noise eh? Next it will grow long hair, stay out late at night and give you a snotty attitude when you ask where it was the next day. Honestly, kids these days..
Yeah, that's funny and all, but it doesn't help.

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What state are the discs in ?

Any chance they are scratched or filmed in some way ?

I always thought the GD-ROM format lead to more seeking and spin up/down than a normal CD / DVD ... but that grinding noise just doesn't sound healthy.
There's only a couple of really tiny scratches on Nightmare Creatures 2, but it plays perfectly. Shenmue's discs 2 and 3 have a couple of scratches. I haven't tried them yet, though, as I'm still on the first disc (Which is scratch-free, BTW).
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I have a dreamcast and it makes that noise and my bro has a dreamcast and it makes the same noise. Even a Japan launch dreamcast which my bro had all those years ago made that noise.

Its normal - annoying yes, but normal
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how many times does kerbdog need to answer your question??
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I have a dreamcast and it makes that noise and my bro has a dreamcast and it makes the same noise. Even a Japan launch dreamcast which my bro had all those years ago made that noise.

Its normal - annoying yes, but normal
Okay, thank you! Now I know it's not bogged. Thanks.


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how many times does kerbdog need to answer your question??
Hurr durr, did you read this:
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Some of you are saying it's fine, yet others are saying there's a problem.
I was unsure what was what since most of them said that the noise was bad.

Mods, feel free to lock this now.
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26-08-2009, 21:15   #13
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No, I read this

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So what's the deal then? Is there something wrong or what? Some of you are saying it's fine, yet others are saying there's a problem. Do any of you even have a Dreamcast?
Now lets all head over to the photography forum and see if anyone owns a camera
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You think the DC makes noise, I was playing my PS3 last night, everything was groovy, then popped on the 360, not only do I need a new battery, but the noise of the thing shocked me, I hadn't played it in a while, and at night it really sounds loud, and this is a 3rd gen Xbox 360, you should have heard my launch model, it was like a hairdryer, or perhaps the english channel hover-ferry heading off on a run.
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