Which model of Dreamcast do I get

Discussion in 'Other Consoles & Oldies' started by lukands, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. lukands
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    lukands I took the little bus here

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    Looking to play burned games. Are the very early released Gray coloured consoles the one I should be looking for? I`ve read the later ones (white, etc..) don`t read the discs because of some copy protection?
     
  2. Schizoanalysis

    Schizoanalysis From somewhere inside the rabbit hole...

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    I heard that all play CDRs except for he last model Japanese one... The Hello Kitty model, or some such...
     
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    jesterscourt Not Brad.

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    Odd, my three minute scan of Google didn't yield me the "be wary of serial #s above (insert here) or consoles manufactured after xx/xx/xxxx" I swear I remember seeing that before though.
     
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    ddetkowski GBAtemp Maniac

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    I've know gray or white ( I have white), play CD-R backups fine with no modchip, although some games need the utopia boot disc to load.
     
  5. Schizoanalysis

    Schizoanalysis From somewhere inside the rabbit hole...

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    Technically all need a boot disc to load -- it is just that some roms have been hacked to "be their own boot disc" so to speak...
     
  6. ddetkowski

    ddetkowski GBAtemp Maniac

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    Not all need a boot disc. Most are self-boot.
    I know, I've got around 70+ backups for Dreamcast........

    Yes, some are hacked to not need the utopia disc
     
  7. lukands
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    lukands I took the little bus here

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    I googled "Dreamcast Wiki" it mentions something about it. And I`ve also seen some ads selling these consoles as "Gray, no mod needed" etc....
     
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    blueskies GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I've got the blue dreamcast and it boots cdrs just fine. be sure to get selfboot discs though. [​IMG]
     
  9. Schizoanalysis

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    Er... which is exactly what I said... They are their own boot disk...

    A straight rip of the game won't load -- they need to be hacked to boot themselves up -- meaning, they are their own boot disk...
     
  10. lukands
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    lukands I took the little bus here

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    Thanks for everyones input, I will roll the dice and pick up whatever console I can get for cheap.
     
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    All of the earlier models are mostly capable.
     
  12. Recorderdude

    Recorderdude Musician, Animator, Buffoon.

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    I own a white dreamcast manufactured a month after the US Launch (oct 1999), and it is a "1" model.

    Though it's sorta unclear whether or not all Dreamcasts can run backups, one simple way to get a guaranteed backup-capable DC is to look on the underside of the console and see if there's a little "1" or "2" in a circle. All 1s will boot backups, no questions asked. 2s may or may not, depending both on when they were made and on it internet compatibility rumors about 2s are true.