Hi Scott m8
I also purchased a sealed PAL copy of Rez from eBay.
My Dreamcast also refused to load the game, even when turning it upside down, however there is a simple workaround:
-Turn the DC upside down
-Turn on the DC
-Grab the side of the DC which does not have the fan vent
-Slowly and repeatedly lower/raise that side of the DC back and forth about 45 degrees from the desk surface until the game successfully boots
-Place the DC back into the upside down position
The DC should behave normally during gameplay, however it will struggle to load data off the disc at certain points e.g. after the end credits the game will attempt to load the main menu but the laser will struggle to read the disc and hang. Simply repeat the raising/lowering procedure to assist the laser in reading the disc.
I can knock up a simple diagram of this procedure in Paint if anyone is uncertain about how to perform it. Although inconvenient, this method has a 100% success rate from what I’ve experienced. It should be noted that this method will work with any other Dreamcast games that have trouble booting (Power Stone 2 and Ferrari F355 Challenge through my experience).
The following text has been lifted from another forum which describes the booting problem in detail and also the upside down workaround that my procedure expanded upon:
[quote]Please read: Some older Dreamcast consoles may encounter problems booting Rez. It’s not a game problem, a boot disk problem, nor a chip problem but a GD-ROM loading problem. The error occurs at the immediate outset of the loading process when the DC moves the drive laser from the inner track to the outer track in one smooth motion. If your GD-Rom drive is old, worn, and incapable of handling this process, Rez will not load. At all. Please don’t buy Rez if you have an older Dreamcast system because it will be inevitable that we’ll suffer a return of the game.
A simple solution to help your older Dreamcast boot Rez would be to flip the Dreamcast 90 degrees on it’s side when loading up Rez or turn the console over entirely. The new position eases the GD-Rom laser’s movement and allows the DC to read past the initial boot track on the Rez disk. While not a foolproof solution, it seems to help 70% to 80% of old and dodgy Dreamcast drives. After the initial load, you can flip the DC back to its normal position for the remainder of the game. [/quote]
Link: ntsc-uk.domino.org/archive/index … 30526.html
Scott, let me know if my method works.
Interestingly, googling “dreamcast upside down rez” brings up this forum topic as the first search result