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May 30th, 2009, 22:17
ok i know you can play burned games and homebrew and stuff on cd-rs but i was wondering does anyone know if this is harmful to the dreamcast laser? or is there a way to make it so its not? oh sorry if this is in the wrong place.

June 9th, 2009, 05:44

June 9th, 2009, 07:06
over a period of time everything will wear out the laser, but its standard, playing a homebrew game shouldnt do any more or less damage then playing an original SEGA GD-ROM disc

beetroot bertie
June 10th, 2009, 10:05
I agree. I severely doubt homebrew will wear the laser out. After all, the files are usually quite small in size and tend to get loaded into the memory once. It's not like there's excessive streaming or constant data access going on, so I can't imagine it doing any harm. I'd guess playing a commercial GD-Rom would probably incur more wear and tear on the laser as it actually has more use on both it and the motor.

Maybe avoiding using really cheap CDs might help in some respect.

June 10th, 2009, 10:20
your answer


well as its homebrew and emus, there would not be much disc access and most HB load directly into the RAM... so really there is no need to bother with a dummy file.

BootDreams auto-dummies your CDIs


Just point it to C:/SBInducr/Inducer/ with having 'Add Dummy File' checked ('Extras' menu) and that's it.

July 1st, 2009, 17:43
no it will not wear out the laser

i say if i can play an audio cd, it can play a game from a cd

i wouldn't worry about it, i'm using cd-r's