Fuddman Posted January 28, 2022 Share Posted January 28, 2022 Hi all, I recently finally bought a 3do system, got to play it for about a week before I started getting problems with it. Apologies for the long post but I have to explain what happened. So the model I bought is the GoldStar GD0-202P (seems a lot less common and only sold in Europe, its all grey in colour). Now I didn't know this at the time of purchase but its one of two versions that has copy protection on.... I had a retail game already and it played that obviously with no problems. I looked into the system more and stumbled across a Russian 3do forum, in this forum I learnt a lot about the copy protection. There is a mod chip developed in Russia for it, but there is also a copy protection work around if you can be bothered with it. Basically you have to either have the top of the unit off or the front cd cover off for it to work, once you have the backup game in if you use a cotton bud or something similar and lightly press on the cd while it's being read to slow it down at a specific point then the backup will boot. It's a bit of a hassle but I got the timing pretty much spot on in the end and was playing many games this way for about a week no problems at all. At this point though I started to become a little paranoid that me pressing the power button so many times (if the boot trick didn't work) I'd maybe break something so after looking online it seemed safe to instead of power cycling when I wanted to play a new game to just swap the disk mid game, this worked and as soon as the new game went in the system would reset itself and attempt to boot the next game. It's at this point that the problem seemed to arise, I had just burnt a new game and I noticed there was some cd skipping in the gameplay, music skips and gameplay pauses. Thinking it was just a bad burn I power cycled the system, but when it powered back on I noticed the yellow access light on the right of the system was permanently on, the cd tray would not come out and the system wouldn't boot past the initial 3do logo screen. I power cycled a few more times and it did eventually go back to normal again (a little gremlin in the system I thought), I put in a different back up and started playing fine again. Though after another power cycle the problem popped up again, constantly on access light and not properly booting into bios, cd tray not working. I've opened the system up and taken a good look around, there doesn't seem to be anything obviously wrong with the cd drive, no cracks with cogs, ribbon looks fine (the ribbon doesn't get broken with this model as it doesn't move when drive moves). Cleaned all the motherboards, there was zero sign of capacitors leaking (though I changed 3 of the power related ones, 4700 and two 1000 ones) that didn't make a difference. I will add that even if the drive is disconnected and booted the system still doesn't boot and access light is still always on. I wonder if anyone knows of any other potential solution there might be to this problem? I've searched everywhere online and I can't find another system that's had the same problem. Thanks in advance! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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