My first Dreamcast, but wires missing! Help/advice?

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  1. godzillafan
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    Hi Guys,

    Just bought a Dreamcast and it turned up with just a controller and 4mb card. I am not complaining for £10 delivered.

    There was no wires.

    Can anyone confirm what power lead and wires I need to setup with the TV, I don't mind scart or anything 3rd party?

    I then play to use with iso games on disk (as I have about 500 plain discs cd-r)!

    Any advice or links to what the wire/power lead setup should be?

    Cheers guys
     
  2. KiiWii

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    Any old figure of 8 power cable will work. I bought a AV-lead from eBay for £2.99 delieverd and plugged it into my HDMI upscaler.

    I also nabbed a Dreamshell from the states for £27 shipped, works for most games but Shenmue 1+2 need to be burnt to disks to play anyway.
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    the one that connects to tv is a proprietary one... the cable that comes with the console connects to rca (yellow, red, white)
    there is other options as scart (or just a rca to scart adaptor)

    the power one is a normal plug that you find in lots of appliances (like vcr) it doesn't need a ac\dc adaptor\converter...

    heres a manual that you can find more info: http://pscd.ru/info/49-sega-dreamcast-instruction-manual.html
     
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    Great stuff, so that the power cable done a basic 8 job, will have one of those knocking around the house.

    The scart options - any pics or links if there is a choice - I guess any cheapo job would do it.

    Will do a another thread on the burning side of thing once, I got it working
     
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    Just any DREAMCAST av cable from eBay mate. Like I said mine was £2.99 shipped.

    Burning is easy, just get the bootable ISO and use IMGBURN or clonecd.
     
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    The power lead itself is generic. Check thrift shops if necessary.
    To be safe, first confirm the system's region. Dreamcast does not contain a 100V~240V power supply!

    There's four standard video leads, and external RF boxes (no modulator inside the console)

    composite and s-video are fairly obvious.

    In general you'll want to use RGB on an SDTV, or VGA on an HDTV.
    While some games don't support one or the other (it varies), a few have patches to fix that.

    Keep in mind genuine games are region coded. Boot discs help, but AFAIK modding is needed to permanently automate loading GD-ROM imports.
     
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    cheers guys, I shall hit the bay for the av cable - I guess thats a HK job


    Its a defo UK Pal job and - looks like the vga option is best for me
     
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    Lumstar can't you flash a modded bios for region free via the Dreamshell boot cd?

    I was reading about this the other day: there is a region free bios with the Dev console start up animation that should be flashable from Dreamshell boot disk. All he would need is the SD adaptor or perhaps a disk to swap with that contains the bios?

    EDIT: http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/sega-dreamcast-region-free-bios/
     
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    Burning a UTOPIA disc is super simple and doesn't require any modding or flashing, so it's a good alternative if you're lazy. ;)
     
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    These days there is no need for a separate boot disk.

    There are available ISOs that have the boot code slipstreamed.
     
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    I like using clean rips (or rather "relatively clean" since proper rips can't fit on a CD, GD -ROM being a little over 1GB), but yes, that's also an option.
     
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    Yeah the fairly simple mod is a bit different. It instead switches between regions.
    http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/dreamcast-region-change/

    4 wire mod chip comes after that in difficulty.
    Replacing the actual bios is hardest of course.
     
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    +r or -r, which works best?