This guide will help you install the Dreamcast PicoPSU. It can also be used as a reference for a power supply replacement or a DreamPSU installation although what you are installing will be different the steps will be the same. The picoPSU is our recommended power supply upgrade over any other power supply upgrade. It is a very easy plug and play installation that any level of modder can accomplish. It is useful for:
- Fixing a Dreamcast that will not power on due to a dead power supply
- Reducing heat in your Dreamcast due to a GDEMU or other optical drive emulator (ODE) which cause the power supply to overheat. Or just reducing heat in general regardless of if you have a GDEMU or not.
- Making your Dreamcast compatible with any region power plug (for example if you wanted to use a Japanese console in the USA or vice versa).
A note about item #3 above: The PicoPSU takes a 12V power input, which is a common power cable that many laptops use. Here is an example of the power cable for a PicoPSU. These kinds of cable adapters can take 100-240V input and convert it to 12V, you only need the proper plug for your region. You can also easily find this same cable adapter with the plug for your region. The standard Dreamcast power supply that it came with originally is only able to take the power for the region it was sold in. So even if the plug fits, it is dangerous to operate a Dreamcast in any region other than the one it was sold in unless you change the power supply to a PicoPSU, a DreamPSU or a power supply made for the region you are operating it in. Of course you can always get a special voltage adapter but that will not be discussed here.
Tools Required for the Mod
Now Lets Get To It
Pro Tip: An easy way to follow this guide is just to click the first image and use the arrows to go through each step.
Congrats you just upgraded your Dreamcast!
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