Defective Dreamcast GD-ROMs

GameSpot News uncovers how to spot a defective Dreamcast GD-ROM. Full details and pictures inside.

While Sega of America claims that it has tracked down and replaced all of the defective Dreamcast games on retail shelves, we are still being bombarded with e-mails from readers claiming more faulty GD-ROMs. Today, we have uncovered methods in which to spot a flawed GD-ROM disk.

Upon examining a faulty GD-ROM up close, it's possible to see where the settlement process went bad – there is a jagged, uneven ring near the outside edge of the disk. This is where data was not properly burned.

The GD-ROMs are also labeled with a distinct production number that can identify them as being faulty. Although not officially confirmed, and only based on our research, disks with numbers beginning with “92_ _” are from a Sega plant that produced the faulty GD-ROMs.

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FrozenFear
FrozenFear

So that's why my "Sonic the Hedgehog" didn't work.... Here I thought the loud cooling fan had warped it!!

locustsux
locustsux

haha, the playstation, Sony swears they're gonna be successful with that thing, they should just stick to the usual electronics

zcomhax
zcomhax

I cant wait for sonys new games machine the "playstation!" LOL

Kapwan03
Kapwan03

My Dreamcast and Saturn still work, and they were both first generation releases.

Dabilharo
Dabilharo

The unfaulty Dreamcasts were cool though. =(

geminilovechild
geminilovechild

Things like this prove why Sega should have stopped making systems. All of my Sega systems became faulty after a few months. I would like to state fo the record that none of my Nintendo Systems were ever faulty. Even my old NES still works some 15 years later.

lalakool_16
lalakool_16

Oh yeah well i'm 4th because none said 4th.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

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jordidude
jordidude

Me third seeing as ahm1983 didnt say third

isawthelight
isawthelight

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