1. Isakill

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    Bought a DC from Ebay a few months ago and finally got around to really getting to know it. I was looking into buying a GDEMU and everywhere says don't plug into a VA2.1 mobo because those drives operate higher than 3.3 volts. And my DC is a VA2.1. I asked this same question on Reddit but noone answered, so I thought I'd ask here.

    Will the PSU from my stock VA2.1 DC blow a VA1 motherboard? If not, I'll buy a replacement VA1, and a GDEMU to go with it.

    Or, what are my other options with this version of DC? a MODE is out of the question the wife would kill me. lol
     
  2. HylianBran

    HylianBran For your Phantomile...
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    You can just burn games.
     
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  3. driverdis

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    I put a GDEMU in my VA0 (5V drive) and it runs fine for me. the reason it is not recommended is that the components of the GDEMU are not officially rated for 5V so they can technically fail from overvoltage and can make components overheat within a short amount of time. I have not seen any of the telltale signs of it being 5V intolerant despite what others and the GDEMU installation guide mention such as logic problems or overheating.

    Mine runs cool, has not fried or overheated itself or any SD cards, and the I/O logic is working 100% with no crashes, disc errors, or other issues that should arise had the GDEMU not been able to handle 5V, both power wise and logic level wise.
     
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    The games you burn are often compressed or have content cut out to fit on a CD-R which are half the size of Dreamcast GD=ROMs. Not to mention the convenience of being able to easily add and remove games off a sd card, and being able to preserve your DC laser/replace a non-functional one. Plenty of reasons to go for a GDemu.
     
  7. HylianBran

    HylianBran For your Phantomile...
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    I was making a joke.
     
  8. Isakill

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    Not with this one. It was built after OCT of 2000. VA2.1 versions apparently broke the game burning thing.
    Either that, or my actual drive is toast. Can't test without a legit game disc.

    I'll look into this one I have plenty of thumbdrives laying around

    Thank you for the replies. This helps!


    Edit: I stand corrected to HylianBran. I bought a legit Copy of Frogger 2 today and determined that the drive wasnt reading discs. Did a trim on it until it would load Frogger, and then for giggles, tried a butned copy of Capcom vs SNK.

    Ill be damned if I didnt get my ass beat! It worked, albeit really noisey.
     
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  9. alexander1970

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    Hello.:)

    The DreamPSU arrived today.

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    I am very happy now and looking forward to it.
    Thank you.:)
     
  10. alexander1970

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    Now finished the little Modding:

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    Works great and guess what comes out the FAN Grid:

    Cold Air...... ventilator.gif

    I think,there is now no need for the FAN Mod.I am very,very happy. cookie.gif
     
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