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Re: Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#11 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:53 am

That’s a bummer. I’ll try and increase the laser intensity for now, and find another laser to replace it with for when this one eventually kicks the bucket.

Thanks for your help
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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#12 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:36 am

Is this by chance a PAL copy of Crazy Taxi?

Had the same issue, long story short, *some* of the PAL ones are bad batches that suffer from bit rot.

Get a NTSC-J copy, play, be happy :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#13 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:18 am

mstar wrote:Is this by chance a PAL copy of Crazy Taxi?

Had the same issue, long story short, the PAL ones are bad batches that suffer from bit rot.

Get a NTSC-J copy, play, be happy :)

Is that right? I've had two PAL copies go wonky on me in the same way now - again the only disc in my collection to have done so and it's happened twice! NTSC-J copy it is.

Quick question, why NTSC-J and not NTSC-U copy?

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Re: Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#14 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:33 am

dave_van_damn wrote:It's definitely a disc drive problem, I'm afraid. The game reads the levels on the fly and is constantly loading. The laser is too weak to keep up.


Just to clarify - I'm basing this assessment from trying to play the game from a burned CD-R years ago. The disc was poorly burnt and my DC struggled to read it. As a result, the road would disappear a lot. A few years later I had Crazy Taxi 2 on SD-ISO using the serial port SD adapter and same thing happened. So I'm assuming it's a data read problem and therefore a GD laser problem.

The PAL disc thing is interesting though. I never knew there were bad runs of the PAL version. I own it and occasionally got a "read error" message on the screen.
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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#15 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:49 am

Crazy Taxi is on mine black list, about decreasing gd-rom life lol
this ... and all the other games that make the laser mechanism do a continuously loud ZIIIG ZAAG sound

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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#16 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:22 am

Roareye wrote:
mstar wrote:Is this by chance a PAL copy of Crazy Taxi?

Had the same issue, long story short, the PAL ones are bad batches that suffer from bit rot.

Get a NTSC-J copy, play, be happy :)

Is that right? I've had two PAL copies go wonky on me in the same way now - again the only disc in my collection to have done so and it's happened twice! NTSC-J copy it is.

Quick question, why NTSC-J and not NTSC-U copy?


Just personal observation, i've a PAL and a NTSC-J copy - the NTSC-J one works without a hitch, can't say if a NTSC-U copy would be ok too...

Also personal observation, quite a few PAL GD-ROMs are reported to be basically badly pressed, another offender i've in the back of my mind is REZ PAL and Sonic Adventure 1 PAL...

Other than that, all of them are optical media which will go bad, sooner or later - that is matter of fact :(

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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#17 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:53 am

I dont know about any bad PAL crazy taxi gdroms mine was never bad only one that i know of bad i had 2 brandnew PAL blue stinger copys real gdroms both would crash not boot this is on a brand new dreamcast at the time.. But not crazy taxi brand new at the time PAL version i say it's disk rot or how it was stored..

Main offender on PAL was blue stinger and shadow man both brand new had problems

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Re: [SOLVED] Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#18 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:44 pm

l0l @ solved

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Re: Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#19 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:30 pm

mstar wrote:Is this by chance a PAL copy of Crazy Taxi?

Had the same issue, long story short, the PAL ones are bad batches that suffer from bit rot.

Get a NTSC-J copy, play, be happy :)


Well, I've played a PAL copy on another Dreamcast someone I know has, and it played fine. Though I sometimes seen some level delay loading a little, but not enough for it to be an issue.
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Re: Crazy Taxi stuttering after 5 minutes of gameplay?

Post#20 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:44 pm

Yeah not seen many PAL gdroms play up but the 2 i talked about PAL dreamcasts some had the better gdrom drive

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