<-- -!>

Featured Article

The Official Sega Dreamcast EU Service Manual

Look, I'm not going to pretend this will interest everyone who stumbles across this hallowed repository of Dreamcast-related guff. We take the rough with the smooth here, as part of our service-level agreement with nobody in particular. So for every amazing escapade though the neon-hued worlds of our favourite Dreamcast games, equilibrium must be restored with a fairly mundane trip through the pages of a Dreamcast service manual. I don't make the rules - I merely enforce them. So with that said, allow me to present...the official Sega Dreamcast EU service manual! Huzzah!
This document was uploaded to the internet by fellow Dreamcast enthusiast Comby Laurent - the same guy without whom we would never have sampled the delights of the recently discovered official Dreamcast Megadrive emulator. While I'm sure this document won't be new to many people who were (and still are) involved in the service of Dreamcasts back in the day, I certainly hadn't seen an official service manual before so I thought it was worth sharing.

Coming in the form of a fairly rudimentary black and white printed document, the service manual appears to have been printed in Japan in 1999 specifically for the Dreamcast's European launch and is bursting with cool diagrams, diagnostics instructions, parts lists and schematics. Everything is covered here - from the physical removal and replacement of certain components, to the schematics of the main board and even the Hitachi SH-4 processor. There are detailed diagrams of the sound chips, the RAM, and the video output wizardry gubbins (technical term). It certainly makes for an interesting bedtime read, and if you're even partly interested in taking a Dreamcast apart this will assist you no end.

Once again, full credit goes to Comby Laurent for this and you can grab a scanned version of the service manual from this download link.

No comments: