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I'm playing Soul Reaver on Playstation 1 and in some locations the game freezes and never continues. How do I keep playing when it happens?

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I don't believe this is a problem that anyone's going to have anymore. If they're going to be playing Soul Reaver, chances are high they'll be playing it through PSN. –  Frank May 14 '13 at 14:54
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Over the last three months I heard four different people say how interesting the game was back in the days, and how they struggled with this exact issue, so I felt like posting this, at least just so people knew this could be fixed. –  user1306322 May 14 '13 at 16:12
    
Thing is, though, that this is a problem that people used to have. Arqade is about problems people are having right now. We're not here to be a repository for problems that are no longer problems. Indeed, we close questions about problems that are no longer problems. –  Frank May 14 '13 at 16:22
    
I don't know the exact number of people who still play their ZX Spectrum games, but sure, I'll let the community decide if this is never going to be a problem for anybody in the future. –  user1306322 May 14 '13 at 16:27
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In Spyro it happened to me like four times, in a specific spot. Not sure about the other spots, it hasn't happened to me in years there. In Soul Reaver it has a lot of places because of the game's continuous level design throughout most of the game. And I do still play my other old games on ps1, yes, including Soul Reaver. –  user1306322 May 15 '13 at 3:43
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Try opening the CD tray and closing it. The game then unhangs and continues as usual. You may stop hearing the music for a little bit, but it should restore and keep playing.

This trick is not very well known, but it helps with this specific game.

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This is generally useful, but not specific to this game. I'm not sure about the details, but I think opening and closing the CD tray makes the console refresh something, and somehow it helps. I bet some random speculation here will help this comment sound legitimate. –  kalina May 14 '13 at 14:53
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@kalina I don't think your sarcasm is necessary, or makes you sound like a nice person. Or adds something useful to the post. I was just explaining possible reasons for why this solution works, and it really does work. –  user1306322 May 14 '13 at 15:54
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To add to the user1306 answer you may also want to clean the reading part of the system. It's the little bulb which you can wipe with some cotton make sure it's not wet. Otherwise it will break the system.

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This is generally useful, but not necessarily with this specific game. I'm not sure about the details, but I think it's some kind of reading overhead or cache error that causes this hang, and opening the CD tray makes console refresh something, and somehow it helps. I bet the developer kit had more memory somewhere than the consumer version, so the devs might not have had this problem. –  user1306322 May 14 '13 at 13:13
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