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A fanlisting is "a place for all fans of a particular show, movie, actor, actress, singer, etc. to come together and build the biggest listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject." If you're a fan of Dreamcast, please join! You can also check out some information about the console below.

9.9.99
year of the dreamcast

On September 9th, 1999, the Dreamcast was released in the US with amazing success. The Dreamcast broke boundaries by including a modem for online play, and it's game library contains hundreds of titles. Where did it all begin? Taken from Cyberia.com:

"In early to mid 1997, it became known that Sega was working on its successor to the Saturn, code-named Black Belt. 3Dfx was approached in order to design the graphics processor for the console, however, in June of that year Sega ditched them in favor of their long-time rival NEC. 3Dfx filed a lawsuit and things got nasty for a bit.

"The decision to favor the NEC over the 3Dfx was because Sega had two design concepts drawn up by its teams in America and Japan. The American team chose the IBM/Motorolla PowerPC 603e as the processor and a custom version of 3Dfx's Voodoo 3 as the graphics processor. The Japanese team chose the Hitachi SH4 along with the NEC PowerVR2 graphics processor. When the latter design was chosen, both the team members at Sega of America as well as 3Dfx were furious. The new project was named Katana and announced to the public by that name on September 7, 1997.

"On May 21, 1998 Sega unveiled its next-generation console called Dreamcast to the world. It was the first console to be 128-bit and have a 56kbps modem. The Dreamcast was made available to the public that Autumn at the Tokyo Game Show along with a range of upcoming titles for the first 128-bit console to hit the market. Capcom showcased their Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Sega showed off its Sonic Adventure and Virtua Fighter 3tb games. Over a month later, on November 25, 1998, the Dreamcast was finally released to the Japanese public and sales were incredible. The European release came on October 14, 1999 and was also a success."

The Dreamcast is my favorite new-age console, by far. A cute, compact console with an awesome collection of games of all varieties. Many argue that Sony killed the Dreamcast with the release of Playstation 2 - but it isn't dead to me, as I still play it, collect games for it, and most importantly, I still enjoy the Dreamcast experience. The Dreamcast logo, an orange spiral, still makes me smile when I see it. :)

the system
specs and peripherals
CPU: 128-bit Hitachi SH-4 RISC processor (200MHz 360 MIPS)
Graphics: NEC CLX2 processor
RAM: 16MB, 8MB Video RAM, 2MB Sound RAM
Colors: 16.7 million
Polygons: 3 million per second
Game Media: 1.2GB GD-ROM, 12x access speed
Resolution: 640x480 pixels
Sound: Yamaha 64 channel
Operating System: Custom Windows CE with DirectX support
Modem: 56Kbps (US/JP NTSC), 33.3Kbps (PAL)

One of the coolest and most unique things about the Dreamcast was it's memory card - the Virtual Memory Unit, or VMU. The VMU was a device of its own that players could play minigames on, or, when attached to a controller, see little animations on its screen while playing. No other console has created such a unique memory unit. The only downside to VMUs were that it's batteries would run out eventually.

Also for the controller was the Jump Pack, which allowed for controller vibration. The controller itself was lightweight and extremely comfortable - one of the most comfortable I've played with.

Other peripherals included the RFU Adapter, the Dreamkey keyboard and Dreamcast mouse (both for online use). There are more peripherals such as the latecoming broadband adapter, but these were the main ones.

repair info
baby come back

Broken Dreamcasts could be attributed to different things. Like with all systems, the DC should be turned on and off carefully, but if it stops working here are some tips:

• Try cleaning the lens with a dry Q-Tip. Rub it gently in a circular motion, which will clean off any dust and possibly realign the lens.
• Rev it up! Let the DC's front stay an inch above the floor by putting a thick book or casette tape beneath the front so it is slanted. Put in a game ansd shut the DC most of the way so it tries to load. Open it and repeat, like you are "revving" it up. After a few tries of this, shut the DC and it may just play.
• There are tutorials here on adjusting lenses and fixing controller ports.
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