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Just got a Jap dreamcast...

Discussion in 'Dreamcast' started by Funkstar De Luxe, Mar 9, 2002.

  1. Funkstar De Luxe

    Funkstar De Luxe New Member

    hey everbody! I just picked up a jap dreamcast for £30 (no bad!) I want to ask a few questions about it. It has a removable plastic bit where the modem should be, anyone know what that is? And how do I recharge the battery?
     
  2. ExCyber

    ExCyber Staff Member

    Probably a terminator pack for the expansion bus.
     
  3. Funkstar De Luxe

    Funkstar De Luxe New Member

    Yeah, that's exactly what it is (I opened it up) What does it do? Antone know some sites that give you info on the DC?
     
  4. ExCyber

    ExCyber Staff Member

    The purpose of a terminator is to stop certain anomalies from occuring in transmission. This has to do with providing a connection to ground with an impedance matched to the characteristic impedance of the bus. I've been told that this is essentially the same thing as making the transmission line infinitely long from a transmission theory standpoint. I've never studied transmission theory so I don't really understand how this works. Presumably the modem and BBA terminate the bus also.
     
  5. Funkstar De Luxe

    Funkstar De Luxe New Member

    Can you explain that in simplistic terms? (Very) Simplistic terms.
     
  6. ExCyber

    ExCyber Staff Member

    It keeps signals on the expansion bus from bouncing around. :)

    Sorry, I have a bad habit of getting needlessly detailed.
     
  7. IceDigger

    IceDigger Founder Staff Member

    you actually got a HK dreamcast then, which is essentially a jap. DC without modem.
     
  8. megametalgreymon

    megametalgreymon New Member

    the battery recharges by leaving it plugged in and switched on for a while

    i think it supposedly loses its memory after 20 days of not being switched on, although even if it does its only the clock settings and your preferences in the setup that are lost anyway
     
  9. eatpenguin

    eatpenguin New Member

    it also wipes out your ISP info
     
  10. Funkstar De Luxe

    Funkstar De Luxe New Member

    Right! Thanks guys. One more question, when I'm playing Soul Caliber (Jap) the DC makes a constant clicking noise whilst reading the game music. Is this normal? (The music plays fine)
     
  11. IceDigger

    IceDigger Founder Staff Member

    yes, that's "normal".. bad coding on Namco's part. it's basically streaming the audio in an ugly way.
     
  12. Funkstar De Luxe

    Funkstar De Luxe New Member

    Thanks mate! Last one, my battery doesn't seem to be recharging, how can I fit a new one? And does it need to be a rechargable one? Thanks
     

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