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  1. fibbef Wizardry V Completer .

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    Can confirm, although I used controller wire and only extended the VMU connection by about 2 inches. Still, that part of the DC doesn't seem to be too finicky.
     
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  2. Providencial .

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    Yep, see my thread for pictures of it running.

    There's two other similar SD projects (I know of).

    There's also the USB GD-ROM.

    As I said I will make a big table with the pro's and cons of all of them.
     
  3. Herma .

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    Ah, I see you mentioned it before, now.
    I was at work when I saw some stuff, wasn't able to read the full thread.

    On another note, the LAN adapter and BBA have been cloned by some guy in Japan.LAN adapter was a CPLD interfacing an off-the-shelf chip. BBA was an FPGA interfacing a full on PCI NIC, both are on the G2 bus.

    The page is mostly in Japanese. Not sure how good Google Translate does. If it's unreadable I can work on translating it some time.

    http://jj1odm.qp.land.to/g2bus.php
     
  4. Shank Certified Wiitard Staff Member . .

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    So if I understand this right, there are several options to load games on media other than discs.
    Without additional specialized hardware, you can soft mod using a different room to load games from an SD or an IDE hard drive, but it's slow as balls. The drive board itself can be removed by adding in a few parts.

    Drive replacements are expensive, hard to come by, and somewhat large. They offer superior speeds and compatibility, and can use SD or USB.

    Is this all correct?

    The aftermarket drive replacement solutions all seem pretty large for what's actually on the board. I wonder how difficult it would be to clone and modify for portable use, or create our own alternative that's more effective for what we want to accomplish. Certainly outside my area, but just my thoughts.
     
  5. Morgan_The_Adventurer .

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    I can confirm this. SD cards are the slowest while IDE is faster.
    I'm not sure if a faster drive or CF card will make much of a difference, I hope to test it a bit more someday.
     
  6. Providencial .

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    Basically, but there are also other SD loading projects (one at least which is open source)

    The other important thing to consider is compatibility. The 'comercial' ODE's are 100%, the other solutions are not.

    Other factors like disc-swapping and file type support also come into play.

    There's a comparison video on youtube (titled something like "gdemu vs IDE") and from what I can tell they're very similar: both much faster than disc drive loading.

    Also very exciting for portablizing DC's: Alongside a real HDMI solution OzOnE and RDC were working on a mobo redesign recently and had posted some progress on assemblergames before it went down. (There was an image from eagle or another PCB design program of a teeny-tiny DC mobo)
    Some good bits of the thread are still on the wayback machine.
     
  7. Shank Certified Wiitard Staff Member . .

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    Neat. Can't wait to see what people pull off. Its amazing how capible the portablizing scene has become.

    BGA soldering would be a pain, but it might be worth it if there is significant size reduction.
     
  8. Providencial .

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    The thread I mentioned with pics of a mobo redesign:
    https://web.archive.org/web/2016070...eamcast-hdmi-adapter-coming-soon.56357/page-8

    An open-source GDemu alternative:
    http://mc.pp.se/dc/gdromemu.html
    There's a github link on the page.
    (It seems it still needs a lot of optimization/improvement to be a real alternative though)

    There is also an open-source HDMI solution:
    https://github.com/chriz2600/DreamcastHDMI
    "Everybody with some soldering skills should be able to mod a Dreamcast to output HDMI (with digital sound) for under 30$" according to the creator.

    For me the native VGA on the dreamcast is plenty good, but a cool thing nonetheless.
     
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  9. Crazzyleprechaun Formerly known as GarageFactory .

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    Also I bought two Dreamcasts and experimented with removing some parts and it doesn't look like there is anything to remove. I tried to remove the sound processor before I knew it was the sound processor lol and it wouldn't boot to the game. Most of the surrounding ics are ram and you can't remove that obviously the most that can be trimmed is a little off the top and the ground planes. Most of this is know I just thought I would share in case. The dreamcast will 100% need a board redesign to get any smaller.


    Also do you guys think that this would work for IDE loading with a CF card?
    https://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Compa...rd_wg=TfJ1c&psc=1&refRID=WYWEC7TTKAG4V8E7PD1Z
     
  10. Shank Certified Wiitard Staff Member . .

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    I have added a poll of the utmost importance to the thread
     
  11. cheese the tallest memer in town Staff Member . . .

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    There aren't enough options :P
    You gotta include one of the codenames for the console, Whitebelt or Dural sound cooler lmao
     
  12. Shank Certified Wiitard Staff Member . .

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    Got a clever name involving them? The White Belts isn't neither a cool name nor a dumb pun.
    For the Wii we were Wiisearch and Development. But I just realized we totally could have been Revolutionaries.
     
  13. Morgan_The_Adventurer .

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    You can say that what we do here is magic. so we could be called the DreamCasters
     
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  15. Crazzyleprechaun Formerly known as GarageFactory .

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    How are the loading times with that?
     
  16. Al3x Portugal .

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    The times apparently are the same as those of the adapted CF...
     
  17. Crazzyleprechaun Formerly known as GarageFactory .

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    I just tested the jumper you showed and it doesn't bypass the disk drive on my dreamcast
     
  18. Al3x Portugal .

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    Sorry for the lack of information, apparently only works with the latest version of bios Dreamshell installed ... can I put a video of youtube with the test? I do not know if it's allowed ...



    Link da bios:
    https://www.4shared.com/rar/JJT6CkCtba/DSunlock_G1.html?
     
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  19. Crazzyleprechaun Formerly known as GarageFactory .

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    Just whipped up this pretty nice av pinout if you have any suggestions let me know. I thought this would help people just getting into the Dreamcast and needed a place to start. I made it kinda similar to the Wii one for consistency and if you like it and want me to add the bitbuilt watermark I can

    Audio Video Dreamcast.png
     
  20. Shank Certified Wiitard Staff Member . .

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    Good stuff @GarageFactory! This'll be quite useful! You should also consider mapping them to the pins on the other side, along with any other possible relocation points you can find. Of course, these solder pads are the easiest, but having other options is always nice.
     

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