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    Default Inquiries on the sega cd 2

    I might get one of these babies (US sega CD).

    How durable is the system?
    Can it play back up and if so..can such CD damage the lense?

    Is the CDX (the cartridge..not the cdx multimega) good??

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    I own two of them, but I can't really speak for everyone.

    1. They both work well, so I imagine they are durable. More than the model 1 at least, which has that whole tray mechanism. The fuses are known for blowing often though, but it is repairable.

    2. Yes, it can play burned CD-Rs just fine, but no CD-RWs. Not sure if this is bad for it or anything. This is often debated, but I've run CD-Rs in my systems and CD players for years and havn't seen ill effects.

    3. Not really worth the money, in my opinion. The system is also much harder to mod if that's your thing. It's nice that you only need one power adapter and the system itself is more compact. Check out Ace's good/bad genesis thread for some info on the sound quality.
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    Pretty durable IMO. I spilt a glass of an orange drink in my UK Mega CD 2 about 20 years ago. Gummed up the drive temporarily after it dried, but it's been going strong ever since. The only problem I've encountered, and I've heard of others with the same problem, is that the laser limit switch is a little flaky - it tends to grind gears when first powered on. I'm not aware of a readily available replacement for the switch.

    As for CD-Rs damaging the lens - like the burning CD-Rs at 1x thing, unless someone can provide a reasoned explanation as to why, backed up with documentation, I'm sceptical. Too many cases of "I did A and later B happened, so A must be the cause" in gaming as a whole (oh, so many people since the dawn of time have claimed that such and such game killed their PC).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer888 View Post
    Can it play back up and if so..can such CD damage the lense?
    It is actually easier that the Sega CD damages the CD than the other way around

    This happened to an original game of mine and I decided to play original games only on my model 1 after that. The model 2 has been used for my pirate for the last 10 years and I never had a problem with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComradeOj View Post
    I own two of them, but I can't really speak for everyone.

    1. They both work well, so I imagine they are durable. More than the model 1 at least, which has that whole tray mechanism. The fuses are known for blowing often though, but it is repairable.

    2. Yes, it can play burned CD-Rs just fine, but no CD-RWs. Not sure if this is bad for it or anything. This is often debated, but I've run CD-Rs in my systems and CD players for years and havn't seen ill effects.

    3. Not really worth the money, in my opinion. The system is also much harder to mod if that's your thing. It's nice that you only need one power adapter and the system itself is more compact. Check out Ace's good/bad genesis thread for some info on the sound quality.
    Thanks!

    I was not maybe clear on my 3rd point. I used to own the CDX Multimega and it was great. But here I was talking about this cartridge which allows you to make the sega cd region free (I think the name is Pro CDX actually).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer888 View Post
    Thanks!

    I was not maybe clear on my 3rd point. I used to own the CDX Multimega and it was great. But here I was talking about this cartridge which allows you to make the sega cd region free (I think the name is Pro CDX actually).
    Nah, you were clear. I was just dumb and didn't finish reading the sentence. In that case, I don't know. I haven't ever used that cartridge.
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    It supposes to have an high value but on the flea market I know I can have it for a bargain, I do wonder wether I need a US version of such cartridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer888 View Post
    Thanks!

    I was not maybe clear on my 3rd point. I used to own the CDX Multimega and it was great. But here I was talking about this cartridge which allows you to make the sega cd region free (I think the name is Pro CDX actually).
    An everdrive will do the same for you. And you will be able to play genesis games as well

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    Get the Mega cart , it's much better than the CDX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    Get the Mega cart , it's much better than the CDX.
    I have issues with mine. For some reason, using an alternate BIOS on the Megacart drastically increases seek time on the CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silanda View Post
    I have issues with mine. For some reason, using an alternate BIOS on the Megacart drastically increases seek time on the CD.
    Never had any issues with mine at all. I rather use the Mega cart to a Everdrive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silanda View Post
    I have issues with mine. For some reason, using an alternate BIOS on the Megacart drastically increases seek time on the CD.
    Do you mean the load times are faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironnick23 View Post
    Do you mean the load times are faster?
    No, slower. Specifically, it takes longer to move between tracks.

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    Wow, thatís interesting. Absolutely zero difference in load times (at least as far as I can tell) for me using any bios. Iím using a PAL Mk I MCD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyteknohed View Post
    Wow, thatís interesting. Absolutely zero difference in load times (at least as far as I can tell) for me using any bios. Iím using a PAL Mk I MCD.
    Yeah, it's a weird one. My best guess is that I've got a faulty cart, but I'm not sure too be honest.

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