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    Default Are there any breakthroughs for getting replacement lasers for Dreamcasts?

    I have several systems that I want to repair and sell but have dead lasers. Everyone says to install a GDemu SD card but I can't do that to everyone that comes through my hands. All of the replacement lasers so far are China made trash and are DOA. What do I and others do now or for the forseeable future?
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    I'm interested in this too.
    Any news about some companies that could make good quality replacement lasers?

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    You could always switch to a Yamaha drive. Those lasers are easier to find than the R48.

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    can you even switch between samsung and yamaha drives?
    I always knew they had different screws.

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    You can as long as the voltage is the same on the drives. For example if the original is 3.3V make sure the Yamaha drive is 3.3V too. You can verify with the Power PCB if it's a 3.3v or 5v as well. Not sure if every drive came in 3.3v and 5v just stating the examples.

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    I switched my Samsung for a Yamaha on a VA1 and it was a direct bolt in.

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    My Dc are all VA1 with 3.3v samsung drives.

    So they Yamaha and Samsung are switchable after all as long as they are both 3.3v of course.
    But what about the misaligned screws? Is it true?
    Do you need some modification to make the screws to align?

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    It was the same bolt hole placement. It was a direct fit. No modification done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domrez1 View Post
    It was the same bolt hole placement. It was a direct fit. No modification done.
    Thanks, I'll try with the yamaha then, I heard thay're bit quieter too compared to samsung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtua Hunter View Post
    Thanks, I'll try with the yamaha then, I heard thay're bit quieter too compared to samsung.
    No, they are far worse. My launch Japanse DC is so much louder than my USA DC and it's not all down to the Liquide cooling system on early Japanese systems. The drive it's self is very loud. Get a MODE if I was you mate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    No, they are far worse. My launch Japanse DC is so much louder than my USA DC and it's not all down to the Liquide cooling system on early Japanese systems. The drive it's self is very loud. Get a MODE if I was you mate
    I read there were two revision of the Yamaha drive, the 5v on the VA0 and the 3.3v on the VA1, maybe they are different for noise level?

    In any case, gd rom drive noise is part of the charm of the dreamcast

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