SO it turns out I was right about the VMU Battery. It just takes 2 normal batteries that you can find in any photography shop. I got 2 for $1.50. Now my VMU is ALIVE!
Now I can play the mini games. For anyone that is interested there is an OFFICIAL VMU manual download at the sega America site
as well as manuals for the dreamcast itself and some of the games. ( a must for people like me who buy used games with no cases or manuals)
And on to the deep sorrow of gauntlet legends...
I first played this game at a friends house (gamecube version?) and found it to be fun as hell when you are drunk and want to play a simple game with only three buttons. Very cool. and it's four players!
Gameplay it like the original gauntlet. A ton of respawning enemies! Different characters to choose. A great game in my opinion.
Imagine my joy when I found out it could be bought for the dreamcast!
I bought it orginally like 2 years ago and found that it crashed as soon as you tried to actually play the game. ARGHH!!!
I tried cleaning it and repairing it in my rotary cleaner and NOTHING.
So last night I was looking through my stuff and I found the disk. Well I was bored and as a last resort I tried a pair of deer leather gloves I had for wood working. I was really sleep deprived and this seemed like a good idea. Anyways it WORKED!
The game booted up and played normally! I tried it again and it worked again! And then next time it did not....and then it did! and then it crashed the next time...
I was considering to just leave it in a dreamcast when it WAS working and to never open that dreamcast again and use that particular one just for the gauntlet game. An interesting approach but it fell through when the game STILL stopped working when I moved the console around a bit.
Ergo the anst. I have a fun as hell game that will not boot up on a regular basis.
As a last ditch effort I am going to take it to be repaired today at the game store.
Hopefully that will work.
Until then I can at least be happy that my VMU doesn't beep any more.