Dreamcast And Psx Laser Adjustments?
Posted 18 June 2011 - 10:22 AM
I'll start with the PSX. To boot them, I have the sensor taped over with a push-pin holding it down, using an old Gameshark (that doesn't require you to open the tray, thankfully) as a boot disc. This worked for quite a while with some Memorex, some literally brand-less discs, and some HP. The issue started when I used a couple Sony discs... They are VERY poorly read. In fact, one of my games earlier surprised me by even booting, then, as I was coming to a save point, failed to load... I also had a few HP Printable discs that it failed to read...
Obviously it still works with originals as the Gameshark disc (which, I admit, has seen better days, and I am a bit worried about the life of...) boots instantly.
By contrast, the Dreamcast LOVES to read the HP Printable discs! No trouble, other than a few games chugging on along noisily. It's kinda cute, really. Again, the jump to the Sony discs show no work. The old HP still keep playing.
I bought another stack of Memorex Music CDs. I forgot that the last set I bought were the HP, or I would've picked those again, but damn my memory! Again, I'm having a few issues with getting them to work...
Now, I have a PS2. I keep the PSX around for backups, because I do have some games that I've seen go for sums of money, should I ever be desperate. (Amongst other reasons for keeping the copies around, like nostalgia.) Should the PSX die in glory, the only thing I'll lose is a childhood friend... So I wonder if turning the pots on the laser is worth it.
Same for the Dreamcast. Yes, at $25 (+$10 for the first VMU, then $12 for a second controller), it was a steal, and yes, it is somewhat replaceable, but... I've already grown accustomed to this one. (It came from a smoker's home, too!) I suppose, as a temporary fallback, there is always emulation... (Amen for the PSX but bleh...)
Finally, I'm not afraid I'll destroy the insides when I go to adjust, just more that the laser will die way before its time... Any suggestions would be greeted with a warm thank you and thoughtful consideration!
Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:16 AM
On another note, if your gonna have the ps1 open why not toss in a modchip and save yourself the trouble of bootdisks. I modded my ps1 with a PIC 12F629 that I bought for $1.12 and programmed with my $20 programmer with a firmware hex file I got off eurasia. I used a usb programmer cause I had already bought it for other projects but you can build a serial port one with less than $5.00 in parts or free if you've got the parts laying around.
Edited by gman060692, 22 June 2011 - 03:24 AM.
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