So after a long time searching for a decent deal on a Japanese Dreamcast I finally found one. The system itself was in rather poor condition cosmetically but I did not care since it was a Seiyo-D launch model and all I was after were the parts since I had a replacement shell on the way.
So the replacement shell comes, I install the Dreamcast, as I am installing two of the screw holes broke off and the case now doesn't close properly. I did not over fasten the screws, I think the first owner probably had done so and they were getting weak.
So I sucked that hit up, found a new replacement case which is now on the way. After the two shells, that's about $100 down the drain.
Now as I am waiting on the new shell to come, I tried to boot the Dreamcast with the top system shell off just to make sure the GD rom and such is working. I got video but the GD rom was not spinning. I later realized this was due to the top half of the case being off, so the top half was not pressing down the switch which allows the GD rom to spin. While troubleshooting the GD rom I took it on and off the mainboard many times trying to figure out why it was not spinning before I learned about this switch. During this process, I was getting a bit frustrated and somehow, out of all the screws I had, I selected one of the long screws and screwed it in the back screw hole of the gd rom and fastened it to the mainboard.
Booted the system up now no video. I researched and researched why this wouldn't be working now, finally after re-connecting everything a million times I found that I literally destroyed the mainboard by putting the long screw in the GD rom which destroyed the video output on the board.
So now I have Shenmue 2, Boarder Down a replacement shell in the mail and am sitting here with my newly destroyed launch JP Dreamcast with heat pipes and all and no real money in my budget to go get a new main board.
Is there any chance I can repair the broken line in the mainboard? I'm totally desperate here. I can't believe I just destroyed the entire system with a single screw.
If not, anyone interested in a bunch of parts? I am thinking of selling off all the Dreamcast stuff I bought because I am so dissapointed by what happened. Anyone have a spare V0 mainboard that they can sell to me for cheap out of the kindness of their heart? LOL
Otherwise, anyone interested in a bunch of V0 Dreamcast parts, I am sure the heat pipes and fan can be salvaged...
Don't mean to make a woe is me story but man, this is just so damn dissapointing. Let alone destroying first party top of the line Sega hardware by a stupid mistake.