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Survival Manual: Chpt 5 - Shelter
A shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures, and enemy observation. It can give you a feeling of well-being and help you maintain your will to su...

Survival Manual: Chpt 6 - Water Procurement
Water is one of your most urgent needs in a survival situation. You can't live long without it, especially in hot areas where you lose water rapidly through perspiration. Even in cold areas...

Survival Manual: Chpt 7 - Firecraft
In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. It can provide warmth and comfort. It not only cooks and ...

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Survival Manual: Chpt 8 - Food Procurement (part 1)
One of man's most urgent requirements is food. In contemplating virtually any hypothetical survival situation, the mind immediately turns to thoughts of food. Unless the situation occurs in...

Survival Manual: Chpt 8 - Food Procurement (part 2)
KILLING DEVICES 8-50. There are several killing devices that you can construct to help you obtain small game to help you survive. The rabbit stick, the spear, the bow and arrow,...

Videogame's Console: Sony's Playstation vs. Sega's Saturn
This article was originally written by PRoToCoL on 30-06-95. SEGA FIRST OFF THE MARK...BUT IS IT RUNNING SCARED? To the uninitiated, Sega's surprise early launch of t...

Survival Manual: Chpt 9 - Survival Use of Plants
After having solved the problems of finding water, shelter, and animal food, you will have to consider the use of plants you can eat. In a survival situation you should always be on the lookout...

Survival Manual: Chpt 10 - Poisonous Plants
Successful use of plants in a survival situation depends on positive identification. Knowing poisonous plants is as important to you as knowing edible plants. Knowing the poisonous plants will ...

Survival Manual: Chpt 11 - Dangerous Animals
The threat from animals is less than from other parts of the environment. However, common sense tells you to avoid encounters with lions, bears, and other large or dangerous animals. You should...
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Dreamcast Underground
by Dreamcast
| 11 Dec 2019
Dreamcast Underground posted on SEPTEMBER 17, 2000 by HITBSECNEWS Feeding the underground since 1997 Hi ! This month, we wrote an article about the Dreamcast hehe. Note that it was written on August the seven so if any ripping method has been released this article is obsolete. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PART 1- DREAMCAST RIP FOR D4 M4SS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I) INTRODUCTION What is the CD-LOADER ? The CD-LOADER is a ...
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Short history of Sega Dreamcast's birth
by Dreamcast
| 11 Dec 2019
Dreamcast is a system born out of Sega's darkest hour, a do-or-die machine which will decide whether the company stays in the hardware business. Its precursor, the 32bit Sega Saturn, had been widely expected to conquer the world with Nintendo's own second next generation system heavily delayed -- due to the collapse of an alliance with Sony -- and neither Atari nor 3DO seriously threatening mass market success. All that changed with the November '93 announcement of the Sony PlayStation, a system which would heavily defeat Sega's system and become a considerable influence on how Sega designed Dreamcast. Although there had ...
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Dreamcast: The Quest for a Bootable Game CD-ROM
by Dreamcast
| 10 Dec 2019
The Quest for a Bootable Game CD-ROM Update 7/24/2000 1:48PM EST: A native German speaker, LaNcom, emailed me with the REAL German translations of what Utopia said. Thanks, LaNcom! Update 7/22/2000 11:29AM: A few little link updates and such. We're no longer hosting the Utopia boot binary, but you can use these instructions if you want to extract it yourself. However, the Gameshark CDX binary is uploaded to the Tools section. Update 7/22/2000 2:05AM: A person who doesn't wish to be identified submitted the answer to the difference in file size between E...
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Dreamcast Optical Drive Emulators
by Dreamcast
| 3 Dec 2019
There are several options at the moment to launch homebrew and backups other than with the original GD-Rom drive: The GDEmu
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Deunan's GDEMU for the Sega Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 3 Dec 2019
HOW TO USE GDEMU SD CARD MAKER Step 1. Insert the SD CARD on the PC format it following the Card preparation guidelines: https://gdemu.wordpress.com/details/ Step 2. Open GDEMU_SD.exe and select the later of your SDCARD
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Dreamcast schematics
by Dreamcast
| 29 Nov 2019
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How to play Dreamcast games from another region
by Dreamcast
| 27 Nov 2019
The Dreamcast has many great games, but you might be missing out on some key titles depending on which region your console is. If you have an NTSC-U console, you wont be able to play a PAL game like Headhunter or Shenmue 2. Or you’ll miss out on all the great Japanese titles like Ikaruga, Under Defeat, Chaos Field, Trizeal, etc. Luckily there are several different ways to get over this hurdle without having to buy a console from each region… IMPORT BOOT DISC This is the “easiest” way to boot import discs and there are several options. You can either purchase an Import Boot Disc like the DC-X, Gameshark, Xplo...
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Dreamcast-PC server guide for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Linux - part 1
by Dreamcast
| 27 Nov 2019
Introduction There have been several guides on setting up pc-dc server, much of which this guide is based on. The difference here is that we aim to provide a setup process the OS that most of our users are running, and in such a way that the less tech savvy can understand. While this process is by no means elegant, is the best option for those who are not willing to pay for a Dialup ISP, or for the rare and expensive BBA. The ideal setup for a pc-dc server, is a Linux box with a serial modem. Serial modems always work, and Linux is very easy to tinker with which is important when doing something as irregular as a p...
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Dreamcast-PC server guide for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Linux - part 2
by Dreamcast
| 27 Nov 2019
Step 4: Dreamcast Setup Almost done, now lets fire up the DC with Planetweb 2.6 or dreamkey. Hit start -> options -> Internet Connections Real Name: Can be anything User Login: dream Password: dreamcast Dial Up Number: 555 Backup number: (leave blank) DNS1: 0.0.0.0 DNS2: 0.0.0.0 Next on to Dial Options All that matters here is the following Modem Init: AT&F0 Dial area code: Off Blind Dial: On The rest can be left blank Next to the Proxy Settings Page Use Proxy: No Save your configuration
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Dreamcast tutorial: CopyDog.Bat
by Dreamcast
| 22 Oct 2019
Introduction CopyDog.bat is a dos batch script to automate Echelons Self boot Method. The script has been tested under Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195] & Windows 98 [Version 4.10.2222]. How To Make Your DC Games Self boot. 1. Create a directory on your hard drive called selfboot. 2. Unzip copydog.zip into this directory. 3. Edit copydog.bat in a text editor e.g. Notepad or WordPad, as follows: Start your text editor and open copydog.bat Find the following section
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How to get free internet access for your SEGA Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 28 Sep 2019
This document is made to teach you how to setup an internet connection on your dreamcast using Freei ( www.freeinternet.com ) as the ISP (internet service provider). Of course, you can set it up with your existing ISP but make sure you know the STMP, POP3, and full username (example: username@isp.com) for that ISP. I recommend you just sign up for a Freei.net account and follow my instructions. Here we go: Go to www.freeinternet.com and download the FreeInternet client software. (Note: I'm not positive if there's a Mac version or not) Install the client software and restart your computer when prompted...
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Grabar Juegos Dreamcast (Alcohol 120%)
by Dreamcast
| 8 Sep 2019
Hola!, pues que tal, esta es la version en espaÒol y mejorada de como quemar y bajar juegos para la mejor consola, DREAMCAST :P Hago este pequeÒo instructivo porque alugunavez yo busque titulos como este para bajar y quemar juegos pero nunca me sirvieron del todo:S Bueno ps Empezemos!!!!! Lo que necesitas: programas: Alcohol120% emule, shareaza, edonkey, ares.. etc cualquiera (pruebalos :P) Power Archiver (todos estos programas y muchos mas los encuentras en www.click-now.net) Antes que nada, para bajar juegos necesitas buenos programas p2p(de comparir...
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Sega Dreamcast Modchip
by Dreamcast
| 7 Sep 2019
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Sega Dreamcast Development System HKT-01
by Dreamcast
| 11 Aug 2019
HKT-01 is the name of the Sega's official Development System for the Dreamcast. The system is also known as katana . It was used by programmers to create and debug Dreamcast games. The HKT-01 can be connected to an optional Katana GD-Writer unit (model HKT-04 or HKT-0400), which can burn GD-ROMs that will play directly in the system.
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USB-GDROM Controller to load dreamcast games from an external Hard Disk
by Dreamcast
| 9 Aug 2019
The USB-GDROM Controller is a device that allows users to load Dreamcast games directly from an external USB Hard Disk. It emulates the original Dreamcast GD-ROM unit. The main characteristics are: compatible with USB 2.0 Hard Disks supports any USB media up to 2 TBytes: USB Flashstick, USB HDD, USB-SD supports FAT32 and long file names unlimited sub-directories with any names fast loadings 100% compatible (about 600 games was tested by DC community) CDDA implemented alphabet sorting supported Images: GDI, cdi, also GDI...
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Dreamcast Guides : System Calls
by Dreamcast
| 17 Jul 2019
The Dreamcast ROM does not offer much in terms of system calls for applications to use. If fact, the few that are available are not even executed from the ROM, but reside in the RAM area 8C000000-8C007FFF together with the default exception and interrupt handlers. Any functionality not provided by these syscalls (graphics/sound/whatnot) must be performed by the application itself banging the hardware. The official devkit provides link libraries to perform these duties. Each system call is performed via an indirect vector. This means that rather than calling a fixed address, a function pointer is fetched from the fixed addre...
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Shoometsu's SelfBoot Batch Script - VERSION 1.0.0 (02/13/2008)
by Dreamcast
| 17 Jul 2019
Shoometsu's SelfBoot Batch Script - VERSION 1.0.0 (02/13/2008) PRESENTATION I created this script driven by personal needs, inspired by "Peter's SelfBoot Script", which I found in my travels through the underworld network. The script that I developed has the same ultimate goal of Peter's SelfBoot Batch Script, but by different methods, with some extra options and advantages, as you'll see the list below: - Creates images. Or MDS. CDI, rather than burn the CD directly; - Do not game-SelfBoot SelfBoot; - Redo SelfBoot games that have already SelfBoot (useful for hacks / translations); - It SelfBoot even f...
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Self-BooTDATA Pack by Familyguy
by Dreamcast
| 17 Jul 2019
Self-BooTDATA Pack by Familyguy (v1.4) All-32bit edition 2012 This pack is meant to easily selfboot a games in 45000LBA data/data mode. It doesn't support CDDA tracks, but if you don't mind playing with no sound it'll work. WinCE games should works, but it's untested. ============== USE: 1) Run Gdi2Data.bat and follow the instructions, it'll extract the data from your gdi image files into the data folder, and put the ip.bin in the root folder of the pack. It also supports non-gdi dumps, but you'll have to manually specify some parameters. TIP: The starting LBA of the last data track can be...
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Modifying a CD burner to burn Dreamcast and Xbox disc images
by Dreamcast
| 27 Jun 2019
This tutorial will teach you how to change the motor spin on your CD-RW in order to be able to burn the reversely-spinned Dreamcast and Xbox games. There are no modchips needed for these systems; you can simply mod your burner and go!
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How to burn sega Bleemcast discs
by Dreamcast
| 26 Jun 2019
PREPARING TO BURN A DISC ------------------------ 1. Unzip Zip into "C:\MILTEMP\" 2. Open Nero. 3. Cancel all Nero windows. BURNING THE AUDIO TRACK ----------------------- 1. FILE | OPEN 2. Change Directory to "C:\MILTEMP" 3. Change File Type to "*.NRA" 4. Select File called "AUDIO" (or "AUDIO.NRA") 5. CD-RECORDER | CHOOSE RECORDER 6. Select your CDROM Recorder and click OK 7. FILE | WRITE CD 8. Click the "WRITE" button. 9. Allow write to complete and then "DISCARD" messages CREATING THE DATA IMAGE ----------------------- 1. CD-RECORDER | CHOOSE RECORDER 2. Select Image Recorder, and clic...
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Dreamcast RCA Jack (Composite)
by Dreamcast
| 26 Jun 2019
Dreamcast RCA Jack Installation Things you will need: 1. Soldering iron and solder OR Glue gun 2. Six strips of wire 3. RCA Jack: I tore mine outa old DVD player First thing is to dismantle your DreamCast and pull out the Cpu board at the bottom..that is below your Power supply, Bus board, GDI and fan.. Once youve found the CPU Board locate the AV out jack and the Ground Tabs on the sides of the board. Once youve located the Ground Tabs the Easiest part is to solder or Glue three wires to three SEPARATE ground tabs Preferably near wherever it is that youve decided to Mount the jacks. Next you w...
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Burning a Utopia Boot CD For NON-MIL Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 26 Jun 2019
Download the cdrecord-tools, CDIRip, ISOFix, and Bin2Boot if you don't already have them. Get the *.CDI file for the Utopia BootCD. Extract the CDI, cdirip.exe, isofix, and bin2boot to a directory (ie, C:\DCiSO). Open a DOS/Command Prompt in said directory. Run the following command: cdirip FILENAME.CDI /iso then do: isofix TData02.iso 11702 Extract the contents of the ISO using ISO Buster into a directory with the cdrecord-tools. Move the "bootfile.bin" from the directory where you were working with CDIRip to the Directory you extracted the contents of the fixed ISO. Make an ISO wit...
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Sega Dreamcast : Burning & Backup
by Dreamcast
| 26 Jun 2019
PICK THE RIGHT SOFTWARE Download ImgBurn. You will end up with 1 rar file named "UPDATE_IMGBurn_2.5.7.0._w_Dreamcast_Support" Extract it. This will give you 2 files. 1. cdi files for imgburn (rar file) 2. SetupImgBurn_2.5.7.0
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How to convert .CDI Dreamcast image files to .NRI
by Dreamcast
| 23 Jun 2019
CDI2Nero 0.9.9 - (C) 2002 by DeXT http://cdirip.cjb.net WARNING! This is beta software. It has not been fully tested and may contain bugs. Use it at you own risk. This tool must not be used to duplicate copyright-protected content. The author will not be responsible for its improper usage. Purpose This little tool will convert a CDI (DiscJuggler) image to NRG (Nero) format. Both CDI 2.0 and 3.0 image versions are supported. It currently has support for: CD-ROM/XA type CDs Mode 2 and Audio tracks Single session and Multis...
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How to use the Dreamcast modem
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Many of you have probably already considered whether it would be possible or not to go online with the Dreamcast modem. The good new is: it is possible !!!! and now ... the bad new: it's not as easy as you may think. It may takes a bit of time and strong nerves! ;-) But the work is worth it. After setting the Dreamcast you will be able to easily surf online from the sofa, watching website on your Mega TV ;-) What out there is more comfortable than this ??? Not much ..... so let`s start ....     Requirements: Dreamcast with modem and Passport CD an analogue telephone line and a telephone (not ISDN) ...
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Dreamcast: How to crack header Dreamcast protections
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Editing header data by comradesnarky Header protections are simple, but tricky. It's similar to protections like the ones in Capcom vs. SNK where there's about 2kb of data in a massive file of junk, but the game only wants the 2kb of data. In Capcom vs. SNK, you can get rid of that data with no repercussions. In a game like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for Matching Service, the game is checking to make sure that the entire file is intact. This is easy to beat though. If you modify the file size data by using data from an image that has the original file intact, the game will think that nothing has been modified and boot normally. The b...
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How to remove the intro from an Echelon Dreamcast release
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Removing the Echelon intro Credits to jc of dcwarez. Some people may wish to remove the Echelon intro for one reason or another, a major one being that the intro sometimes screws up the sound/music initialization in their rip of Unreal Tournament (making it emit a nasty screeching sound until a game is started). (Following example applies to DOA2LE. You can use a similar method for the other games, but the file size will be different.) Extract the 1ST_READ.BIN file from the CDI or your CD. Fire up your hex-editor (I like HEdit or Hex Workshop) and open 1ST_READ.BIN, go to offset 0xF0000 and copy the Hex all the way to 983040 (the...
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Dreamcast: Geist Force Hacking and ISO Rebuilding
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Geist Force Rebuilding Now why in earth would one want to do such a thing? Well we can trigger events and other things in the game by simply playing with the file structure and more. Here are some things BRaZe managed to "unlock" while rebuilding the game. He has done great work in the Space Channel 5 Part 2 Dreamcast translation by removing the PS2 icons with the real deal Dreamcast button icons so don't be quick to call this useless as he seems to be on to something. Stage 2, 4 , 5 and 6 - just switch TERRAIN and OBJECT from 'STAGEX' with that of 'STAGE0' and you can freely fly around the level by selecting Mike's Room. Although ...
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Dreamcast: Family Guy Dual sorttxt BAT File
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
"Do not save this in quotation marks, the rest download and save as a .BATXT to be used with Family Guy's Selfboot DATA/DATA pack v1.4 32-bit Edition 2012. Press CTRL+F to fine "GAMENAME" and replace with your desired games name. Say it is "Silver" just simply find all "GAMENAME" text and replace with "Silver" without quotation marks on any of the above. Save first sorttxt file for inner data portion up to LBA 45000 [65mb] if needed to make room on the disc for more game data. This method gives you a little more room using DATA/DATA format over the normal AUDIO/DATA [11700/11702 LBA] booting methods. Try and avoid using au...
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Dreamcast: Large Capacity CD-R FAQ & Online E-Sellers
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
So you might be asking yourself where in the hell can I find these 90/99/100 minute CDR's that we use for some of our work as well as others in the Dreamcast scene as this disc can have as much as 200mb more then a normal CDR allowing for higher quality rips of games and most of the time allowing us to totally bypass any need to downsample or rip anything from the game. As you all know the Dreamcast itself can hold 1.1gb of game data in the denser portion of the disc, not always used to it's fullest potential but that is good for most rips we can do for 80min standard disc to make a game, but when quality counts we sometime choos...
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Dreamcast: Difference between Binhack, Hack, Hack2, Hack3, Dahack, Cdda & Binco
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
[BINHACK] by Echelon It rewrite the place which specifies 45000 sectors in ".BIN" file It also rewrite the First-Read File Name "Bootbin" & LBA in the "IP.BIN" file. Usage: binhack ,input "BOOTBIN" , input "IP.BIN" & input "2nd msinfo number" [HACK] by Bero It rewrite the place which specifies 45166 sectors in ".BIN" file Example: hack 1ST_READ.BIN 11700 This rewrites 45166 sectors to 11700+150+16=11866 [HACK2] by ??? It rewrite the place which specifies 45150 sectors in ".BIN" file Example: hack 1ST_READ.BIN 11700 This rewrites 45150 sectors to ...
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Dreamcast Guides : Shoometsu Script W/ CDDA Support
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Shoometsu's SelfBoot Batch Script - VERSION 1.0.0 (02/13/2008) PRESENTATION I created this script driven by personal needs, inspired by "Peter's SelfBoot Script", which I found in my travels through the underworld network. The script that I developed has the same ultimate goal of Peter's SelfBoot Batch Script, but by different methods, with some extra options and advantages, as you'll see the list below: - Creates images. Or MDS. CDI, rather than burn the CD directly; - Do not game-SelfBoot SelfBoot; - Redo SelfBoot games that have already SelfBoot (useful for hacks / translations); - It SelfBoot even files o...
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Dreamcast: Complete WinCE Game List
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
How to know if a Dreamcast game uses WinCE KATANA GAMETYPES ===> No Wince folder
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Dreamcast: Link83 s Region Free Katana BIOS FAQ
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Link83 Modfied Dreamcast BIOS 1.0 (07/03/09) BIOS MD5 hash: 787b6639a04b090e071cdc414a853396 Also included in this rar is a standard retail Dreamcast flash Flash MD5 hash: 9338b10ee6f13fbc8bfcd6276e156fad This modified Dreamcast BIOS is a mix between the HKT-0120 Dreamcast development box BIOS, and a retail Dreamcast BIOS. It has been tested on a retail Dreamcast system with a VA0 motherboard using a programmed 2MB flash chip and was found to work! :o) Features include:- The HKT-0120 alternate startup sequence (In many peoples opinions much cooler than the retail Dreamcast startup) Region Free - will play Dreamcast...
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How to make a multigame GD-ROM for the Sega Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
Quick and dirty multi-game discs with XDP by comradesnarky First things first; game data ALWAYS goes in folders. All of the XDP files should be in the root of the disc. Then you make folders there and put all relevant game files in said folders. This set is binhacked for 45000 LBA. 1. Edit XDP.INI. Go down to the [Launcher1] section. Leave the "AppUrl="line alone. For "AppDir=" it needs to be the folder that your game data is in. "AppName=" is the name of the game's binary, which is usually 1ST_READ.BIN, of course. 2. The next part is dependent on your HTML skills. HTML is gene...
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Dreamcast: How to bypass the Black Swirl
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
So you probably are reading this as you did the region swap mod on your system but left the power wire connected to your flash ROM and now have that dreaded black swirl that always ask for the date and time but as soon as you set the time it just resets and ask you to do it again and it will over and over again as your flash ROM is dead. They were not designed to have constant power to them so this will ruin the ability to keep date and time and even IP settings for using the BBA or playing some games like PSO online. I will note that 56k networking still will work on a system with a fried flash ROM as the settings are stored on the VMU i...
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Dreamcast: ADnova s guide to the Dreamcast Hacking
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
ADnova's guide to....... *****Dreamcast Hacking***** Version 1.11 October 6, 2001 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) ............. Introduction a) ........... What's new 2) ............. Review of basic hacking methods and knowledge 3) ............. Dreamcast Code Breaker code types 4) ............. Uses of the different code types a) ........... 00-type ...
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Dreamcast: list of all english friendly Japanese games
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
“Like many Sega Dreamcast owners I don't speak or read Japanese, but I want to play some of those great titles that never made it overseas. I searched around but couldn't find a list like this one I made, some came close but always had incorrect or misleading information. In order to aid the Dreamcast community I put this together to end the confusion and spread the word; once and for all.” 18 WHEELER: AMERICAN PRO TRUCKER ADVANCED DAISENRYAKU 2001 (FAN TRANSLATION AVAILABLE) AIRFORCE DELTA BAKURETSU MUTEKI BANGAIOH BALDR FORCE EXE BASS RUSH: ECOGEAR POWERWORM CHAMPIONSHIP BASS RUSH DREAM BERSERK MILLENNIUM FALCON ARC: CHAPT...
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Dreamcast: Complete NTSC-J Game List
by Dreamcast
| 22 Jun 2019
18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker (Ntsc-JAP) 21 – Two One (Ntsc-JAP) Advanced Daisenryaku 2001 (Ntsc-JAP) Advanced Daisenryaku: Europe No Arashi (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing – Torodoki Taichou No Himitsu Disc (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing F – Todoroki Tsubasa No Hatsu Hikou (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing F (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing Featuring Blue Impulse (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing I – Jikai Sakuma De Machite Masen (Ntsc-JAP) Aero Dancing i (Ntsc-JAP) After (Ntsc-JAP) Ah! Megamisama: Quiz Games (Ntsc-JAP) Aikagi (Ntsc-JAP) Air (Ntsc-JAP) Air Force Delta (Ntsc-JAP) Akihabara Dennou Kumi Peta Pies! (Ntsc-JAP) Anearth Fantasy Story (Ntsc-JAP) Angel P...
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Dreamcast Guides: Making Bootable CD-r's
by Dreamcast
| 21 Jun 2019
The Dreamcast firmware allows booting from a normal CD-R (CD-RW won't work though), provided that it has the right structure. This page gives detailed instructions on how to create a bootable CD-R using cdrecord (people running Wintendo can allegedly find binaries here). The example commandlines assume a CD-R drive with SCSI id 6, you should of course adjust them according to your configuration. They also tend to assume you are running some kind of UNIX. Please don't mail me asking how to create empty files etc under DOS. I don't know. Ask someone who uses DOS. For a CD-R to be bootable on the Dreamcast, it should have two sessions...
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Dreamcast games: How to crack common protections with Hex tools
by Dreamcast
| 21 Jun 2019
Protection Cracks Search and find 5EB0 0000 hould be changed to 9600 0000 twice in almost every game, normally these tend to be near the end of 1ST_READ.BIN and if there are more than 2 instances, they should be the two that are nearest together. If there is only one instance of this, DO NOT MODIFY IT, THE GAME IS NOT PROTECTED IN THIS MANNER. This pertains to AUDIO/DATA 11700/11702 selfbooting methods. Those of you using orignal LBA 45000 DATA/DATA or AUDIO/DATA do not have to worry about doing these hacks to the main binary. Though I do suggest using DATA/DATA over AUDIO/DATA as the audio is non-compressable data whic...
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Dreamcast Guides : MILF easy Selfboot guide
by Dreamcast
| 21 Jun 2019
this method will NOT work on cdda games, and there are various forms of protections that may or may not have to be worked around. This is just a quick outline, and will probably be improved upon in the future. 1.run isofix on track03.bin, using LBA of 45000 (isofix track03.bin 45000) - this is done from command prompt 2.this will leave you with a few important files, as well as a few unimportant ones....keep bootfile.bin and fixed.iso, delete header.iso 3.open isobuster, then point it to fixed.iso, this will open your iso file. 4.on the window with all of the files that appear in the disc, hold control and press A to s...
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Dreamcast tutorial: How to extract and recompile a CDI Image
by Dreamcast
| 21 Jun 2019
If you've ever wanted to try modding Dreamcast games, then this is where to start EXTRACTING To start, extract all of the tools in the toolkit attached below into the root of your hard drive. For example purpose of this guide, we will assume this is called "C:\" Move your CDI disc image file to the cdirip folder Double click the cdirip exe in the cdirip folder and point it to your CDI disc image file. When it asks the destination folder, point it to "C:\isofix" Take note of the LBA value in track 2
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KOS Subversion
by Dreamcast
| 7 Apr 2019
First, make sure you have a full Cygwin install. Second, please go to Subversion's website, and download the latest Subversion for your system. If you are on Windows, scroll all the way down and click one of the links for the commandline binaries. After you have done so, please download svn-x.x.x-setup.exe, where x.x.x is the version number. If you are on Linux, please select and install the package for your distribution. Please get kos-svn.zip. Setting up kos-svn.sh: Extract kos-svn.sh to your home directory, labeled as ~ in Cygwin. Linux users might have to open and save the script in lilo or another text editor t...
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DCDev Environment Installer
by Dreamcast
| 7 Apr 2019
If you are going to compile your sources so you can run them on your Dreamcast, you will need to have a working dcdev environment. First of all, download the following dcdev.exe file. DCDev Installer Cygwin setup: Download the Cygwin setup.exe. Select a mirror and make sure you keep the same mirror when you resume so that your package directory is kept neat (setup.exe should have it highlighted). The latest default Cygwin installation should work just for compiling DC programs but if you want to use kos-svn or compile for Unix/Windows then please click the symbol between All and Default on the top. This will change everything ...
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Making a DCDev Environment
by Dreamcast
| 7 Apr 2019
If you are going to compile your sources so you can run them on your Dreamcast, you will need to have a working dcdev environment. First of all, lets get the SH4 and ARM compilers. You should use the following, as it is very organised, up-to-date, and it's worked perfectly (at least for me). Blackaura's sh4_toolchain.rar Blackaura's arm_toolchain.rar Cygwin setup: Download the Cygwin setup.exe. Select a mirror and make sure you keep the same mirror when you resume so that your package directory is kept neat (setup.exe should have it highlighted). The latest default Cygwin installation should work just for compiling DC progra...
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The Best Linux DCDevelopment Tutorial Period
by Dreamcast
| 7 Apr 2019
After thinking about makinging a tutorial for Dreamcast on Linux, i will now do so. No scripts to run to set up the compiler. credits: Axlen, VE, c99, Siggler, AndrewDK, dcemu, Sayten, WHurricane16. Ok download the file http://www.ffclub.net/dwld/dreamcast.tar.bz2 -Open it up in archiver on KDE or your favorite archive program. Use bunzip and tar if nessesary. You should be root for all of this stuff: -Put the files in /opt -So now /opt/dreamcast now exists with /bin, /share, /sh-sega-dreamcast, directories are also in /opt/dreamcast -Set the permissions of the directory so everyone can execute and read t...
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How To Copy Those Blasted Discs
by Dreamcast
| 15 Mar 2019
How To Copy Those Blasted Discs Before I Start, I'd Just Like To Say That Any Info Taken From This Page Should At Least Credit Me For This Amazing Discovery. -Thank'z - Michael CuE, CuBiCo 1999. BRIEF HISTORY LESSON:- When Sega Were Developing The Dreamcast, They Needed A New Kind Of Storage Medium. They Chose Yamaha To Come Up With The Drive And Disc. Yamaha Chose The CD Format For Many Reason'z: 1.)It Proved To Be Very Popular With Consumer'z ie:PLAYSTATION 2.)It Is Very Inexpensive To Make A CD And Package It 3.)It Give'z Developer'z Huge Amount'z Of Space To Play Around With But There Is A Problem, CD'z Can Be Copied...
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Rip Dreamcast Disk with Dreamcast SD Rip
by Dreamcast
| 10 Feb 2019
Requirements - a Dreamcast console. - a Dreamcast SD card adapter and SD card. - a System Disc 2 (only needed for GD-Rs, not necessary for retail discs) - Dreamcast SD Rip v1.1, by jj1dom and selfbooted by atreyu187. - Burn it to a CD-R, e.g. with DiscJuggler
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Giant Gram Move List v3.0
by Dreamcast
| 10 Feb 2019
Giant Gram Move List v3.0 by Professer Revolution(ProfRev777@aol.com) All text in this document is Copyright(c)1999 by the author Giant Gram: AJPW2 in Nippon Budoken is (c)1999 Sega Co. Ltd WARNING: You may reprint part or all of this Move List on a website as long as you do not alter it any way,shape, or form and give the author proper credit. You may NOT reprint this in a magazine, or any other publication sold for profit. You may not use this Move List as incentive to sell any products. Revision History: v3.0--Added some more Hyper moves from Alex L Grimshaw -Alex L Grimshaw added to Than...
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Giant Gram: All Japan Pro Featuring Virtua 2 for Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 10 Feb 2019
Giant Gram: All Japan Pro Featuring Virtua 2 for Dreamcast Edit Wrestler Guide v1.0 by Vash the Stampede Last updated 3/5/2000 Feel free to distribute this guide as long as: 1. Proper authoring credit is given. 2. The guide is unaltered. 3. No profit is made. This includes web sites with banner ads anywhere. This guide is a kind of inverted movelist. Why an inverted movelist? Because an edit wrestler can only learn one move per move input type, and a movelist such as this, which is grouped by move input type, can be of help determining what goes where, who to learn it from, and what you'll give up. It ca...
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Giant Gram: All Japan Pro Wrestling 2 in Nippon Budokan
by Dreamcast
| 10 Feb 2019
Giant Gram: All Japan Pro Wrestling 2 in Nippon Budokan Japanese Pro-Wrestling for the Sega Dreamcast! Pseudo-FAQ v.099 for Non-Japanese speakers Written by Alvin Muolic (orion@nospam.hooked.net) remove 'nospam' to reply, 'cause I hate spam ----------------------------------------------------------------------- First, a FAQ writer's tradition! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Legal Disclaimer Giant Gram All Japan Pro Wrestling 2 in Nippon Budokan (C)1999 Sega. Sega Dreamcast (C)1999 Sega. All rights reserved. Entire contents of this document (C)1999 Alvin Muolic ...
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Dreamcast internal VGA modification
by Dreamcast
| 10 Feb 2019
Three parts to the internal VGA modification: 1: Build a small vga circuit 2: Mount the vga connector, mode switch, and audio out jack 3: Wire the circuit and connectors I am going to skip basics of soldering and disassembly of the Dreamcast. There are a lot of tutorials that already cover this. I also think that a mod like this requires some degree of proficiency in soldering and a basic understanding of electronics to attempt. I built the circuit using the schematic, keeping in mind that I need to assemble it a small as possible.
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Informazioni sui Gd-Rom
by Dreamcast
| 9 Feb 2019
Create una directory vuota ad esempio: “DCmp3” ,aprite il file con lo zip al momento dell’estrazione selezionate l’opzione “Use folder names” il che significa che oltre unzippare i files,estrae anke le directory dove i files stanno contenuti. Se non lo selezionate vedrete i fils tutti scombinati in una sola directory che non dovrebbe essere così! Fate la password et voila avrete i files tutti belli ordinati su DCmp3 con le seguenti cartelle “WinCE” dove sono contenuti i file dll,drv e font che servono a far funzionare gli mp3. Una volta fatto ciò nella cartella “DCmp3” oltre alla cartella “WinCE”,dovete creare un'altra cartella vuot...
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Dreamcast Utilizzo di Cd-Rw
by Dreamcast
| 9 Feb 2019
Bene, ora vi insegnerò come poter usare i CD-RW sul vostro DreamCast, facendovi una breve premessa: Queste informazioni sono solo a scopo educativo, io e tutto lo staff di @fterdark non ci assumiamo la minima responsabilità del cattivo uso che possiate farne. Nel momento che svitate anche una sola vite del DreamCast siete consci che state perdendo la garanzia di fabbrica, quindi se toccate qualcosa di sbagliato sono solo cavoli vostri! Se il DC non dovesse più funzionare potete anche buttarlo via (OK, forse sono stato un po' fatalista, anche perché il processo è reversibile). Utilizzando questo metodo si ...
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Piccola guida sul selfboot fatta da me!!
by Dreamcast
| 9 Feb 2019
Piccola guida sul selfboot fatta da me!! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vi premetto che io non sono riuscito a fare nemmeno una copia perchè c'era sempre qualcosa che non andava, vorrei sapere le vostre opinioni e magari i miei sbagli. QUESTA GUIDA VALE PER I GIOCHI SENZA CDDA 1) Prima cosa bisogna scaricarsi il Selfboot v3.5 Fate partire il programma di installazione ed installate tutti i componenti che vi verranno elencati, finito il processo si sarà creata una cartella chiamata Selfboot con detto tutto il necessario!! 2)Prima di tutto bisogna configurare Selfboot.bat ,con ...
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Запись игр для Dreamcast из файлов-образов формата nrg с помощью Nero 5
by Dreamcast
| 9 Feb 2019
Запись игр для Dreamcast из файлов-образов формата nrg с помощью Nero 5. 1.Распаковываем файл с необходимой игрой, получаем файл с расширением nrg. 2.Запускаем программу Nero 5-й версии . ( например Nero 5.5.10.28). Скачать можно здесь(http://www.vadimiros.narod.ru/nero.html) Если у вас уже установлена программа Nero 6-й или 7-й версии, то перед установкой Nero5 создайте в папке Program Files папку например Ahead5 и когда программа установки Nero 5 будет предлагать путь установки, укажите эту папку. Теперь у вас на компьютере будут 2 программы Nero, 5-й версии и ваша. 3.Выбираем Файл - Прожечь образ
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Bleemcast
by Dreamcast
| 9 Feb 2019
Bleem was a promising commercial Playstation emulator which first appeared in 1999. It was a relatively small emulator which could run many games pretty fast. Two versions of Bleem were available, a demo version and the full version which required a CD key to function. David vs. Goliath Because Bleem tried to commercially exploit it's Playstation emulator, it was a prime target for Sony (the creators of the Playstation) to sue. After all in Bleem's case there was an actual entity to sue (the company) whereas the authors of freeware emulators are much harder to sue because it's not always clear who "owns" freeware emulators. B...
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Instructions to burn Dreamcast games
By ~kronos~
by Dreamcast
| 26 Dec 2018
NERO BOOT DISK The best and fastest boot disk is the Nero utopia boot disk….Attached is a .zip file that contains a “image .nrg”. All you need to do is download the .zip file and open it with winrar. (I’ll be submitting the new beta version of winrar so it will be at your fingertips). Extract the image.nrg. Start Nero 5 or better and select the image where you placed and burn it. No dummy files just the image and burn. STEPS TO BURN TOOLS NEEDED: The files needed or programs should be on astalavista I’ll check and make sure, and if their not they will be there by the time you read this. Diskjuggler *Fireburner ...
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Burning Dreamcast Games
This is a step by step guide for burning games from Kalisto and Echelon.
by Dreamcast
| 26 Dec 2018
After you have downloaded the files they look like this
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Convert a Dreamcast Japanese Power Supply from 110V to 230V
by Dreamcast
| 22 Dec 2018
Obviously, pay attention to the 230V. Avoid touching the parts when are energized. It may seem obviuos but it avoids many problems :D There are several versions of Power Supply for Dreamcast including the one made by KAGA Components. Pictures of the board from KAGA Components:
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Non MIL-CD DCs and workaround
by Dreamcast
| 22 Dec 2018
Some newer DCs have their BIOS programmed to prevent booting CD(R)s which have audio (audio boot data in this case) before the game data (formally known as the MIL-CD format, informally as the audio/data selfboot layout). Not nice, especially considering nearly all previous games - including ECHELON rips - work like this. When buying a Dreamcast, look for Dreamcast units manufactured BEFORE October 2000. There have been some units manufactured in Oct. 2000 and Dec. 2000 with the new BIOS revision that will not work with CDR's. Note that how recently you bought it and retail box type (regular or Smash Pack) do not matter, only the manufact...
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Dreamcast: list of all WinCE games
by Dreamcast
| 22 Dec 2018
4x4 Evolution Apricot (T37910M) Armada (T40301N 00) Atari Anniversary Edition (T15130N) Caesars Palace 2000 (T-12504N) Championship Surfer (T41403N) Densha de Go 2 (jp) Ducati World (T-8113N) Get!! Colonies (jp) Hidden and Dangerous (T-40502-N) Hundred Swords (HDR-0124) Jimmy Whites Snooker 2 (eu) KISS Psycho Circus (T41901N) Kitahei Gold (T39801M) Maximum Pool Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 1 (T-9713N) Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 2 (T-9714N) Miss Moonlight (T18702M) NFL Quarterback Club 2001 (T-8115N) Nightmare Creatures II (T9504M) Puzzle Bobble 4 (aka Bust-A-Move 4 Railroad Tycoon II (T41902N) Rainbow S...
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Sega Dreamcast Burning FAQ
ver. 2001.04.10
by Dreamcast
| 21 Dec 2018
1. Introduction and Brief History of the DC Scene The Sega Dreamcast was released in the USA on 09Sep99, the Utopia Boot CD was created by Wildlight of Utopia and was released on 22Jun00. It ushered in the age of Dreamcast piracy, with Utopia releasing Dead or Alive 2 and Soul Calibur in the next two days, then Kalisto released Evolution on the 26th and continued to flood the DC scene with games, mastering the art of the self boot and DiscJuggler with their release of Dynamite Cop on 19Aug00, until 2 Sept 00, when they called it quits, claiming Sega had offered them stock options to stop releasing DC games (note that their other co...
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Dreamcast switchless VGA Mod
by Dreamcast
| 11 Nov 2018
DragoonC published a circuit that allows a Dreamcast to output the video in VGA mode without the need of a switch.
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Nold s Alternative Dreamcast Pinouts & Workarounds
by Dreamcast
| 11 Nov 2018
I took some time off and took a deeper look into the dreamcast. Here are the results! VGA- & Composite-Video, Audio & SD-Card wiring Nothing special here... The filters for R, G, B, composite (and luma/chroma) can even be removed. Got no problems with a long VGA-Cable. (H/V = Sync for VGA) Note: You'll still need some additional components for VGA! See f.e. mmmonkey's website. (100uF caps also work fine).
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Fixing your broken dreamcast trigger buttons
by Dreamcast
| 11 Nov 2018
Special Note: If you choose to follow this procedure, you do so at your own risk. I assume no claim of loss or liability resulting from or related to these directions. (But these directions worked for me, so they should work for you too). For starters you will need the following tools: (They can be purchased at a hardware/craft store) - small Phillips head screwdriver (shaft must be long enough to reach into deep screw holes) - super glue/crazy glue or some equivalent - a piece of paper - a surface to work on - a little bit of patience and manual dexterity Okay, on with the directions: 1- Start by unplugging the controller...
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Dreamcast IP0000.BIN
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
The IP0000.BIN file is present on every Dreamcast disc, and contains information about the software on the disc. The structure described below is repeated in the 16 first sectors of the first Mode-1 track on the disc (the area reserved for boot code by ISO9660), so it is readable in a normal CD-ROM player. For the Dreamcast to consider a disc bootable, this structure must also be duplicated in the high-density region, together with some standard bootstrap code and an additional region enforcement layer. All the fields in the IP0000.BIN are plain ASCII, padded with spaces to their full length. Offset Contents 000-00F Hardware ID ...
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Dreamcast VMU to PC Tutorial
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
Introduction This is my first attempt to writing a faq ever. This covers one way to send your saved files from your VMU to your very own PC ! Whats used : DC Web Browser 2.0 (newbrowser.sega.com) DCI_VMI.com (http://www.franken.de/users/deco) Your e-mail account Web server from your pc. (i used 24link, http://webserver.24link.com or any other) Exact url of the dci_vmi tool : http://www.franken.de/users/deco/myfiles/english/dci_vmi.zip --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cool, but how do you do it ? Its easy , first of all, i used the web browser 2.0 to send an e-mail...
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Self Booting Tutorial
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
Selfbooting Dreamcast CD-Rs: Before you read: This guide is designed for people who are trying to burn the various emulators and neat little programs. (mainly found on www.dcemulation.com) It is NOT for people who are trying to burn illegal dreamcast games. I do not condone such activity, and i will not help anyone who tries to do it. Repeat: THIS IS FOR LEGIT SOFTWARE ONLY. For this reason, the zipfile that accompanies this tutorial does not include the CDDA tools and does not explain how to rip down CDDA tracks to fit on a CD-R Basic Idea: For a CD-R to be bootable on the Dreamcast, it must have the correct structure. I know...
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Adding Dummy Files With Nero
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
By adding a dummy file you can: 1. Speed up loading times 2. Prolong the life of your Dreamcast’s Motor NEEDED TOOLS ISOBuster NewFile Nero5X Using ISOBuster open the .NRG file select the .NRG file type in the open image file window and extract the contents to a desired folder.
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How to Copy a GD with a CDROM
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
.:How to Copy a GD with a CDROM:. 1 Introduction 1.1 Preparing the Drive 2 Tools: 2.1 CDRWin 2.2 GD Lister 2.3 Extract 2.4 Isofix 2.5 Isobuster 2.6 CloneCD 3 122 Minute TOCs 3.1 Data TOC 3.2 Audio TOC 4 Explaining the Method 4.1 Extracting the TOC 4.2 Extracting the Data Tracks 4.3 Extracting the Audio Tracks 4.4 Extracting the ip.bin 1. Introduction. This method consists of a "swap-trick", it´s more or less the same method used on the Saturn or PSX before the existence of mod-chips, it basically consists on cheating the drive so it doesn't detect we've changed the CD. GD-ROMs are nothing more than regular CDs with...
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Getting Started with Dreamcast R10 and Mastering a GD-ROM
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
Getting Started with Dreamcast R10 and Mastering a GD-ROM --------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents 1. Hardware and Software Requirements Programming Environment Supported Art Packages 2. Dreamcast System Components 3. Installing the Hardware and Drivers 4. Installing the Development Software 5. Flashing the DA and GD-M Firmware and the BOOT ROM 6. Using the CodeScape Debugger 7. Using GD Workshop Getting Started with the GD-ROM Workshop 8. Testing the Dreamcast Development System 9. Compiling the Samples 10.Burning a GD-ROM Track 3 Tra...
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Burning .cdi Files (2 discs, i.e. Disc Swap) - OS X & OS 9
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
Burning .cdi Files (2 discs, i.e. Disc Swap) - OS X & OS 9 Creating Discs for Sega Dreamcast **************** This tutorial only covers the use of Toast between version 5.1.2 & 6.0. If you are using Toast 6.0 or above, the steps will not apply directly but the method will. This method will not work for Commercial Dreamcast Games. When the .cdi's are ripped, they produce different files then mentioned. This tutorial is not for use with burning DC warez! **************** Programs Needed Toast Titanium 5.1.2 CDI RIP 0.6.2 Stuffit Expander Emulator cd's will require a second GAME disc with this method. _________ ...
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Burning Selfbooting Dreamcast Discs on Mac OSX
by Dreamcast
| 10 Nov 2018
Burning Selfbooting Dreamcast Discs on Mac OSX ************** Programs Needed MacPack 4.0-(Iso Fix 1.3) Mkisofs (1.1 or 1.1.3)-Pre-compiled for OSX Toast Titanium 5.1.2 or a newer version Stuffit Expander ************** This method requires OS X because of the unix Terminal program. This method supports up to 31 character file / folder names. ************** ________________________________________________ Making the Layout ________________________________________________ 1.) Download the emulator/program in plain files. Unzip it. 2.) Move the folder that contains the files "1st_read.bin" & "Ip.bin" to your hom...
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Dreamcast and Saturn AOL Instant Messenger Guide
by Dreamcast
| 4 Nov 2018
Dreamcast and Saturn AOL Instant Messenger Guide by Benjamin Paul Galway benjamin@boobietime.com August 18, 2002 This guide and all information from it is to be used for personal use only. No profit may be derived either directly or indirectly from its use. This document may not be altered in any way, nor be distributed electronically. I only grant permission for this guide to appear on the following sites: My FAQs Page [ http://www.boobietime.com/faqs ] ...
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Collection of C codes for the Sega Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 4 Nov 2018
(De)scrambler for Dreamcast executables on normal CDs. / * dcrp.c - scrambles and unscrambles Dreamcast-executables * * 2000 < c > Maiwe * * contact: jlo@ludd.luth.se * * / / * Notes: * ~~~~~~ * * Dreamcast(tm) has a special method for booting regular CDs as opposed * to GDs. The executable file to be booted must be scrambled in a * certain way in order to execute properly which is what this program * does. * * / #include < sys/stat.h > #include < errno.h > #include < unistd.h > #include < stdlib.h > #include < stdio.h > int main(int, char **); void usage(void); void scramble(void); ...
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Dreamcast ripping guide (dcisos)
by Dreamcast
| 4 Nov 2018
ŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒ ŒŒŒ _________________________________________ _____________ ŒŒŒ ŒŒŒ / ___ / ____ / / ___ / __ / ___ / / __ / __ / ŒŒŒ ŒŒŒ / / / / / __ / / \ \ / / / / \ \ ___ / / / / _ / ŒŒŒ ŒŒŒ / _____ / _____ / _ / ____\/ ___ / ____\ / / / ____ / ___ / ŒŒŒ ŒŒŒ ƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ-ƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ ŒŒŒ ŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒŒ -=nxblck=-       ...
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Copying Dreamcast Backups from Backups
by Dreamcast
| 4 Nov 2018
"Copying DC Backups from Backups" by: rn0g -=if the text looks messed up, maximize this window and click on the Edit menu and then Word Wrap=- I'll start this by saying that i take no credit for any of the software referred to in this guide. much props to DeXT because he codes some very clever programs. sorry to anyone who deserves credit if i forgot you. please include this part if you decide to put this on your web page. anyone can post this, print this for toilet paper or whatever without my permission. ok people this is the first time i've ever written a tutorial s...
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Making CUE sheets for BIN/RAW dumps (TOSEC/httpd-ack)
by Dreamcast
| 3 Nov 2018
SINGLE HIGH-DENSITY TRACK Games which have only one high-density track will all have an identical CUE sheet. The first two tracks on every GD-ROM are from the low-density region of the disc, so can be ignored completely. If a game ends at track 03, then that means it will need a CUE sheet as follows: FILE "track03.bin" BINARY TRACK 03 MODE1/2352 PREGAP 10:00:00 INDEX 01 00:00:00 MULTIPLE HIGH-DENSITY TRACKS If a game has more than one track in the high-density region of the disc, then you will be required to do a little bit of work to end up wih a working CUE sheet. I'll just start off by showing...
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Creating a DC disc image with audio tracks, the Frankenstein way.
by Dreamcast
| 3 Nov 2018
(STC-Fan wrote this guide, but since the output files WON'T WORK WITH CHANKAST at all he wonders if it's worth claiming credit for this. Written on: 27/02/2006.) Dumb Guide: Creating a DC disc image with audio tracks, the Frankenstein way. Preface: This guide already assumes you can build a self-bootable .CDI image of a DC game with ExoBoot. It also assumes that DC game has CDDA tracks, and that you extracted all the audio tracks on it into a .BIN file, AND that you also extracted the table of contents of whatever game it is into a .iso file. If you've read this far past the warning message, here it is again: THE O...
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Dreamcast Reset button
This mod is the one that’s most needed for the Dreamcast. Lots of commercial games have a soft-reset option, so that’s ok.
by Dreamcast
| 3 Nov 2018
This mod is the one that’s most needed for the Dreamcast. Lots of commercial games have a soft-reset option, so that’s ok. But as nowadays more and more homebrew games are being released, they mostly lack this, and that’s why you’ll want to install this one: no more open/close or power up/power down, far easier is to push the little button! Warning: This mod is VERY easy to perform, but I expect you to have at least little soldering skills. Also, I expect you know how to safely disassemble the DC. I cannot be held responsible for any damage you encounter while performing this mod. I must stress to be careful with soldering irons...
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DreamShell 4.0.0 RC 2 (part 1)
original article at: https://ayasuke2.exblog.jp/22173084/
by Dreamcast
| 2 Nov 2018
ども、あやすけです。 ブログ更新40日位ぶりでしょうか、生きてます。 4月から5月にかけては、運気が下がってましてブログ更新気力も低迷してました。 しかしゲーム熱は下がってません。 普段通りゲームジャンク漁ったり、中古ゲーム買ったり、怪しいことしてました。 5月のブログ記事がゼロにならないように、とりあえずブログ書きますね。 -------------------------------------------------------------- 2014/5/15 DreamShell4.0.0RC2がリリースされました。 これを体験するために、DC本体を改造しました。 DC本体に「HDD」を繫げました。 繋いだ後ろ写真。 40pinコネクタの取り出し口。
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DreamShell 4.0.0 RC 2 (part 2)
original article at: https://ayasuke2.exblog.jp/22173084/
by Dreamcast
| 2 Nov 2018
ISO loader起動。IDE,HDD表示。 HDD内表示。
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PCB scans
Here are some scans of the CD-ROM and Motherboard Dreamcast PCBs.
by Dreamcast
| 2 Nov 2018
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Dreamcast: GD-ROM vs Mil-CD
by Dreamcast
| 1 Nov 2018
There is a large difference between the way that the Dreamcast handles GD-ROM and Mil-CD media. There is a completely different boot sequence for each, such that copying direct data from one medium to another will not boot correctly. When the Dreamcast boots, it determines whether the media inside is a GD-ROM or Mil-CD. How it does this is unknown. This may be because of the "security ring" that some people attribute this to, because GD-Rs require a System Disc 2 to boot on a retail Dreamcast and they DON'T have a security ring.
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Converting an Audio-Data Dreamcast image
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
Converting an Audio-Data Dreamcast image to a Data-Data image, the simple way. Shot goes to Rockstar without him this guide wouldn't be here. So drop over and say thanks!! I am just spreading the love. By Rockstar1983 Legend in My Own Mind "Guitars, Games or Girls...Choose any two." TOOLS REQUIRED (included) BootDreams v1.0.6c (by fackue) binhack32 (by FamilyGuy2010) CDIrip (by DeXT and Madgun68) ISOfix (by DeXT) IPwriter (by fackue) DummyFile Creator (by SickBoy) ISObuster (isobuster.com, not included) * Before we start, you'll want to install BootDreams v1.0.6c and the latest version of ISObuster on your...
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about Dreamcast G2 bus
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
Introduction The G2 bus was examined from the following doubts. 以下の疑問点から G2 バスを調べました。 1) Is byte alignment possible ? バイトアライメントは可能か? 2) Is the long word access possible ? ロングワードアクセスは可能か? 3) Can the access time be controlled ? アクセスタイムはコントロールできるのか? 4) Possibility of BBA clone BBA クローンの可能性 G2 バス上で新たに判明した信号や既に判明している信号名称を変更した部分について少し説明します。 更にこれらの解析内容をを反映させた G2 バス上のインタフェース設計例を別項で掲載します。 /MODEMCS: 5pin (modem enable: active low) こ...
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Dreamcast G2 bus pinout
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
[G2 bus 50pin] 1 : +5V 2 : +5V 3 : +5V 4 : +5V 5 : /MODEMCS * modem enable {output} (modem / lan adaptor [HIT-0300] area enable) 6 : /IRQA * interrupt request A {input} (used modem unit / lan adapter [HIT-0300]) 7 : ??? 8 : ??? 9 : ??? 10 : GND 11 : GND 12 : GND 13 : /IRQB * interrupt request B {input} (used BBA [HIT-0400]) 14 : /LBE /WR * lower byte enable {output} (direction / lower byte enable / write enable (when active /MODEMCS)) 15 : ??? 16 : /UBE /RD * upper byte enable {output} (upper byte enable / read enable (when active /MODEMCS)) 17 : +3.3V 18 : +3.3V 19 : +3.3V 20 : /BTB ...
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Dreamcast G2 bus signal timing
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
1) G2 bus mode byte or word access: /AEN -__-------------- /BTA -------_--------- /BTB -------_--------- ADxx aADDDDD D: byte data (AD[15:8] or AD[7:0]) or word data (AD[15:0]) /xBE -_______--------- /LBE and /UBE (lower byte enable / upper byte enable) long word access: /AEN -_______--------- /BTA -------_----_---- /BTB -------______---- ADxx aAdddddDDDDD d: low word data D: high word data /xBE -____________---- /LBE and /UBE (lower byte enable / upper byte enable) -: one step equal one system clock cycle (40nSEC) a: low word address (A[15:1] ...
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Dreamcast G2 bus extender
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
The connector is removed from the modem unit. The connector is carefully removed because it is bonded in two places besides solder. (When you recycle the modem unit) モデムユニットからコネクタを外します。 半田以外に2ヶ所接着剤で固定されているので 注意深く外します。
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Dreamcast design example: G2 bus USBN9603 interface
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
spec of 'g2usb': (G2 bus USBN9603 interface version 3) device address mapping: (byte align) 0xB4000000: USBN9603 data register 0xB4000002: USBN9603 adrs register 0xB4000001: GPIO port register (6bit GPIO port (read/write)) 0xB4000003: CONTROL register bit[7] 'irqen' enable flag (read/write) bit[6] 'intp' status (read) bit[5:0] GPIO direction IN:1 / OUT:0 (read/write) interrupt: use /IRQA device access time: 160nSEC (use /BTA /BTB control) device enable/disable logic: (for internal reset) enable: write word MAGIC code disable: write long word MAGIC code magic code: 0x4b46 (my initial name 'KF') ...
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design example: RTL8019AS LAN Adapter (non compatible HIT-0300) (part 1)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
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design example: RTL8019AS LAN Adapter (non compatible HIT-0300) (part 2)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
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Dreamcast design example: LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone (use MB86964) (part 1)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
HIT-0300 original block diagram
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Dreamcast design example: LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone (use MB86964) (part 2)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
handmade transformer
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Dreamcast design example: LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone (use MB86964) (part 3)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
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Dreamcast design example: LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone (use MB86967) (part 1)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
spec of LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone: used device: XC9572XL-VQ44: G2 bus (simple bus mode) interface logic MB86967: lan controller TC55257: buffer SRAM 32kbytes 93C46: serial EEPROM (for MAC address) device mapping: (long word alignment mapping (simple bus mode)) 0xa0600400 - 0xa060047c: MB86967 lan controller device 0xa0600480: reset port register bit[7:1] not use {read always '0000000'} bit[0] reset {active high} (read/write) interrupt: use /IRQA lan adapter circuit
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Dreamcast design example: LAN Adapter HIT-0300 clone (use MB86967) (part 2)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
content of 93C46 memory ======================= Content of 93C46 memory ======================= MAC address data: XXXX XXXX XXXX (ex. 01:23:45:67:89:AB) address 0(word): XXXX .. (0x2301) address 1(word): XXXX .. (0x6745) address 2(word): XXXX .. (0xAB89) 98C46 memory dump: (word dump) ____ ____ ____ 00: XXXX XXXX XXXX FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF 08: FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF .. all 0xFFFF .. 38: FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF Please change the MAC address data of 'XXXX' and write the content of the above-mentioned memory dump in 93C46. r...
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Dreamcast design example: BBA clone experiment (part 1)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
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Dreamcast design example: BBA clone experiment (part 2)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
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FT232BM ベース回路
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
FT232BM のベース回路は FTDI 社のアプリケーションノートそのままですが、クロック回路周りだけ少し変更してあります。 それからアダプター形式で RS-232C や Dreamcast に対応するため FT232BM の I/O 端子と USB からの電源 (5V) をそのまま外部インターフェース用の 14pin コネクターに引き出します。 クロック部分は普通 6MHz の水晶発信子又はセラミック発信子を使いますが Dreamcast の外部ボーレート用クロックの為に 24MHz のクロックを使用し、その 1/4 分周した 6MHz を FT232BM に供給しています。(24MHz のクロック信号は 14pin コネクタに出力) (回路図にもあるように京セラの EXO3 シリーズの 24MHz 発信器を使うとシンプルになります。 分周回路に IC 使うくらいなら素...
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RS-232C アダプター
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
汎用の RS-232C インターフェース用アダプターです。RS-232C 変換には 3個のドライバーと 5個のレシーバーが入った MAX3243 を 使用しています。(オートパワーダウンモードは未使用)
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Dreamcast シリアルポートアダプター (1.5Mbps)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
RS-232C の規格のままでは 230.4kbps 辺りまでですが、それ以上の通信スピードではロジックレベルで行ないます。 本来なら差動型のインターフェースを使用したいところですが FT232BM Dreamcast 間の距離を短くする事を前提で ロジックレベルのまま使用します。 FT232BM の信号は 5V 系 なので Dreamcast の 3.3V 系 と接続するためレベル変換とバッファーを兼ねて VHC244 を使用しました。 回路図中ドリームキャストのリセット信号がアクティブの間バッファーをフローティングしていますが、その理由は こちら を参照。
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FT232BM のビットバングモード
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
FT232BM は通常のシリアルインターフェース以外にビットバングモードというインターフェースモードがあり I/O 端子 8本をそれぞれビット単位で入出力 に設定してパラレルポートのように扱う事が出来ます。 ビットバングモードのテストに LCD を 4 ビットバスモードで接続してみました。
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Dreamcast シリアルポートの応用(汎用入出力ポート)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
ドリームキャストのシリアルポートは通常のシリアルインターフェース以外に汎用の入出力ポートとして使用することが出来ます。 但し若干の制約があります。CTS と RTS 端子は入出力どちらにも設定できますが、TX は出力のみ RX は入力のみという制約です。 それからシリアルポート内部には EMI 対策と思われるコンデンサ(容量は分かりません)が挿入されています。 通常のシリアルインターフェースとして使用する場合は問題ありませんが、汎用入出力ポートとして高速に動作させる場合 に影響が出てきます。 もし期待通り働かない場合該当するコンデンサを除去してみてください。 私は SD カードアダプターの実験で経験しました。海外向けあるいはロットによってもコンデ...
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ENC28J60 LAN Adapter interface for DC Serial (SPI I/F)
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
SPI インターフェースの LAN コントローラ ENC28J60 を接続してみました。 ソフト SPI ではクロック 5.2MHz 位が限界ですが dcload-ip 移植して動作しています。(規格では 8MHz 以上) MACアドレスは格納するハードが無い為クローズした環境で使う事を前提に適当なアドレスを使用しています。 (EEPROM のCSが正論理なので ENC28J60 とパラに接続する事も出来ますが、ソフト側に持たせることにしました) dcload-ip 1.0.4 target binary (ENC28J60 LAN Adapter only):  2010/1/23 1st_read.bin (flat binary) -- default IP 192.168.1.234 / use fixed MAC address 00:bd:3b:12:34:56 transfer speed: upload - 290Kbytes/sec : download - 500Kbytes/sec
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SD Card interface for DC Serial
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
上の SPI インターフェースの応用例として SD カードを接続することも出来ます。 但し電源制御や書き込み禁止スイッチの検出等を省略した簡易版ですが特に問題無く使えます。 試しに DC の BIOS ROM 2MBytes を SDカードにファイル出力すると 4秒台(500Kbytes/sec)で書くことが出来ます。 GD-ROM 吸出しに換算すると BBA リップと同等かそれ以上のスピードになりますが、ファイル書きこみの信頼性を 上げる為に CRC エラーチェック等エラーリカバリーを強化すると少しスピードが落ちるかもしれません。 (写真の現物では手持ちの VHC244 を使ってますが回路的には同じです。) 追記: 以前の回路 でバッファーに HC126 を使用していましたが、バッファーの遅延がスピードに影響 するため ...
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Dreamcast シリアルポートの不明な端子について
The original article, written by jj1odm, is available at http://jj1odm.sizious.com/
by Dreamcast
| 16 Sep 2018
外部ボーレート端子発見の経緯について質問を受ける事があったのでここに書いておきます。 これまでドリームキャストのシリアルポート端子には 3つの不明な端子 がありました。 私は不明な端子のうち 8番ピンは GND、9番ピンは負論理のリセット出力信号であるという事に早くから気がついていました。 8番ピンは基板のパターンを見れば明白、9番ピンはオシロで見た時にリセット信号だと確認できました。 なぜそれがリセット信号だと思ったかというと SCI インターフェースに多重化された機能をコントロールする為にリセット信号がシリアルポートに必要だという事を知っていたからです。 (組込み系で SH4 を使っている人ならご存知ですね。) 多重化された機能の詳細は SH4 のドキュメ...
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How rip Gds using a normal cd drive
by Dreamcast
| 8 Sep 2018
_______ ______ _____ ______ _______ __________ ____ / / __________ ______ / / / / / \/ \ / \ \/ / / / / \ _ \__ __ / _ /\ / / / / / / / / / / \ / / / / / _ / / / / / / ____ / / \ / \ \ / / \ / / / /\ \ / _____ /\ \_______ / ______\ \...
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Overclocking the Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 19 Aug 2018
This is all information i got from other sites when looking up how to do this.. Beware, Not all DC’s are compatible There are three types of mainboard and internal revisions: 0, 1 and 2. 0 and 1 seem to overclock with great results, these are the ones that can read CD-R disks, such as homebrew and emulation software. Revision 2 boards not only are incapable of reading CD-Rs, but they will not overclock well. I Overclocked all models to 240 MHz and this was the result: Revision 0 and 1: BIOS Passed, runs great! Revision 2: BIOS CHeck failed, boots to white screen only. There is an easy way to tell what type of DC you have...
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Use a PC-CDROM LASER on your Dreamcast (SAMSUNG GD DRIVES only) Part 1
by Dreamcast
| 18 Aug 2018
Disclaimer: i take no responsibility for damaged dc consoles use this tutorial at your own risk only use this as a last resort ive only done this one time to fix a dc for a friend Necessary items: 1 Dreamcast with SAMSUNG GD DRIVE (this guide DOES NOT COVER yamaha drives) 1 A PC-CDROM drive. I've used a Creative CD5233E drive, but it ***COULD*** work with another drives. CD-RW drives DOES NOT WORK. 1 Phillips screwdriver 1 A precission screwdriver, if it's the flat one and the smallest one, better. 1 saw and A LOT of patience... First of all, you will have to dissasemble the PC CDROM drive. Not putting pics beca...
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Use a PC-CDROM LASER on your Dreamcast (SAMSUNG GD DRIVES only) Part 2
... and take off the faulty/dead laser, lifting the swirly-patter steel bar like in the next pic
by Dreamcast
| 18 Aug 2018
Once you lift it, slightly pull it so you release the laser. Next i'll show you WHY it's necessary to have a SAMSUNG drive instead of a yamaha. Look at both of them and try to spot the differences between these 2 (the one in the right is a yamaha, the one in the left is the SAMSUNG)
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How to alter a dc to read cd-rws...
by Dreamcast
| 18 Aug 2018
Firstly I have had 2 people contacting me and saying that their dc will read cd-rws without any modification, so always try this first! These pics have been sent in by /^POPS^ and we are eternally greatful for them... Remember that this will violate your Dreamcast warranty. Boob! takes no responsibility to any damage you might do to your DC.. if this doesn't work merely turn the screw back to its original position. Merely follow the instructions on the pictures below...
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"Dreamcast Debug Handler" (DDH)
by Dreamcast
| 19 Mar 2018
Hello everyone ! This is the story about the first known Dreamcast development hack by Skywalker of RealWorld Technology / Hitmen. After 5 months of reversing and development we are proud to present YOU the ultimate hardware for the dreamcast called ... "Dreamcast Debug Handler" (DDH)
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History of Dreamcast Homebrew
Launched in the UK on the 14th October 1999, the Sega Dreamcast was to become a legend in the very short time it graced our retail shelves, and even more so since its commercial demise, thanks to the ever popular homebrew scene that has since developed for it.
by Dreamcast
| 18 Mar 2018
Innovation and originality was at the forefront of the Dreamcast profile and it was the most powerful home console the world had seen. It was a smaller home version of the Naomi arcade board (see boxout) and came with a 33.6k modem as standard (NTSC machines had 56K modems). Future keyboard and mouse capabilities and a great catalogue of original games was not enough to ultimately compete with the likes of the Playstation and Nintendo 64. Domination of the market by Sony, along with the imminent arrival of the next generation machines, coupled with doubt over the system (due to the failure of the 32x and the Saturn before it) eventuall...
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Dreamcast Night Light(s)
I use a Dreamcast model HKT-3020 made in 1999. NTSC/U.
by Dreamcast
| 14 Mar 2018
What's the point of a "Night Light?": This mod is for those people who wanna put a light in the CD drive of the Dreamcast so they can see the spindle and laser at night, so they don't accidently miss putting the CD on the spindle, and possably damanging the laser. Get that!? Why should I do this?: It is an easy, and fun mod to do. You get to experiment with the PSU, and might gain a better understanding of electronics. NOTE: I'm gonna tell you right now, my original mod used 2 12v lamps. As of writing this tutorial, I replaced those 2 12v lamps with 2 2300MCD 3v LED's. Runs WAY cooler. I reccommend 2 LED's over the 2 lamps. Wha...
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DreamCast Modem LED
by Dreamcast
| 14 Mar 2018
What you will need: 1. DC modem, not BBA tested... 2. Soldering iron with solder 3. Any 5mm LED of your choice that runs safely at 3.4v 4. Good length of wire 5. Drill with bits 6. Phillips head screwdriver 7. Super glue 8. Electrical tape Here we go: Alright, grab the modem and plug the soldering iron in to get it hot. You can add your LED anywhere you want, keeping clear of the board inside. My LED was replaced from green to ultrabright red JUST for this tutorial. Okay, take the modem apart by removing the 2 screws on the front. Carefully take the insides out, and get down to the board by itself. It may take a minute to ...
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Dreamcast Open/Closed button with LED Indicator
Dreamcast -Model HKT-3020
by Dreamcast
| 14 Mar 2018
What you will need: 1. Dreamcast 2. PlayStation Power Supply, model 100x-900x, no PSone boards 3. Soldering iron and solder 4. Phillips head screwdriver 5. 3mm LED rated 3-5v 6. Thin wire 7. Drill with bits 8. Super glue Shall we start: One thing about this mod is weird. You need a button that, when pressed once, supplies power through two different lines. And when pressed again, terminates the current. Huh? What I mean is, you can control 2 things at once. We need to remove the PlayStation power button from the PSU. This button does that. But wait! Before you remove the PSU, make sure the button has a circular shape, not squar...
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Dreamcast VMU LED
The Tutorials Model: Dreamcast -Model HKT-3020, and Official Sega controller HKT-7700, and official Sega VMU.
by Dreamcast
| 14 Mar 2018
Why should I do this: This mod just adds class and look to your DC. It especially makes the DC better looking if you have a color scheme, for example my blue scheme, in which you could match an LED to fit the color. I have my DC buttons, controller faceplate and triangle on lid all painted light blue. I replaced the power LED with a ultrbright blue LED, and installed an ultrbright blue LED to the fan vent. With this mod, I added another ultrbright blue LED to my white VMU to match the system. Looks really good. What you will need: 1. Sega brand VMU 2. Solering iron, and rosin core solder. 60/40 recomended 3. Drill, with bits 4. 5-...
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Making your Dreamcast analog new again
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
Initial comments - This document was written by me to be distributed only by myself. If you want to put it on other site/forum, could you please contact me first? - You can contact me searching for TuxTheWise in snesorama.us, segahub.org or dreamcast-talk.com forums. - Fell free to ask questions or give your opinion, but please do it in this thread and not PM. - This is not a guide for dumbs. Warning: The author of this text takes no responsibility for any damaged caused by anyone using the information of this guide. If your equipament stop working, explode or goes on fire, it's your responsibility, don't blame the author. I do...
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Creating high quality bootable games from GD files
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
Why would I want to do that? - Make your own rips, so you can use files of a trusted source and be sure there are not corrupted files. - Improve reading efficiency using dummy file and correct file order. - Release a rare game that nobody have done yet. 1. Introduction I've been making high quality releases lately, but unfortunatly my summer vacations will be finished soon. So, before I lose my free time, I decided to write this guide to help anyone who wants to make their own releases. Although it's a basic guide, if you fully understand it a door of possibilities will open to you. This guide will cover Crazy Taxi. I recommend ...
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Downsampling ADX files
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
Why would I want to do that? - Reduce size of your game, so it can fit on a CD-R. - Reduce total data streaming. 1. Introduction If you followed "Extracting data from GD dump files" (included on this pack), you could extract files of a GD dump with success. Then, you followed "Making GDI files bootable on real Dreamcast with perfection" (also included on this pack) you are able to make a perfect CD-R bootable version. But, when you tried it, you realized that the game is too big and won't fit on a CD-R. Somehow, you need to reduce the size of the game. If the game has .ADX files, then you can downsample it and get...
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How to downsample SFD files
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
Introduction SFD is the video format most used in Dreamcast. It consists in usual MPEG 1 video multiplexed with (except for header change) ADX audio. Multiplexed means that video and audio were separated into blocks and mixed together into a single file, what is used in practically every movie format. The multiplex system of SFD is the same used in MPEG 1 (and 2?) movies. Thus to demultiplex a movie means to get the movie file and reconstruct the audio and video in separated files again. Note that this guide has much more information than you need, so it's up to you to filter it. There are examples at the end of this document...
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What is this "re-linking redundant files" about?
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
I usually write this sentence in my readme files, but recently I've been receiving some questions and tutorial requests about this theme. The problem is that some people that wrote me made some weird questions, showing that they don't know exactly what it's about. This short guide will explain what "re-linking redundant files" is, at least the basic. How to do it will be explained in a (possible) future guide. Note that the principle of this technique can be applied in any not-dynamic media (like DVDs), so it's not a Dreamcast-only stuff. It also can be used to file formats with structure similar to ISO format. What are redundant fi...
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Dreamcast Self-Boot Tutorial by Echelon 2000
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
__|_____ _________________________________________________________|__ | .| : _ ___ _________ - E C H E L O N - .::| ___ ________ _______ __ / ___ ________________ _________ _________ _____ \/ / / / __ _____ \ / / _ \__\ _ \ / / / | / \ / / // / _____ / / / // // ___ // | // / // ____ / / / // / / / \_________\________ / ___ / ___ /\________ /\____\_____ / ___ / ___ / ___ / ...
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GD-ROM backup by Cammel_spit (part 1)
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
Hi, this is my first ever How To or FAQ so please grin and bear with me. Here I will explain how exactly to get from an original GD-ROM disk to a fully functional backup CDR. Software you will need: BBArip v1.2b Broadband Adapter DCloadip: NERO DJ2 Extract.exe Raw2wav.exe mpgvcr3.zip Cinepak or ADX2wav AFSextract Wav2ADX , DCmovieCREATOR, or ADXencd AFSlnk DCmovieCREATOR Echelon selfboot tutorial/Batchfile IP.BIN and GAME.BIN hacker 11700.rar :optional **********Ripping********** The first thing you need to do is burn the dcloadip it should only take a few minutes to burn. You then Connect your dreamcast t...
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GD-ROM backup by Cammel_spit (part 2)
by Dreamcast
| 4 Mar 2018
**********Extracting********* Due to the fact that A game with CDDA is allot harder to rip and get working just right, the disk is built a cdda disk with one CDDA track. It's just there to make things harder to rip but we still need it there for some reason. NOTE:Assuming you are ripping a real Katana game (game with no CDDA like Crazy Taxi and Sonic AD) just drag the track03.iso to the extract.exe in the windows explorer to autoextract all data contained therein. If this is the case just skip to the IP.BIN hacking or downsampling Sections later on. You should have a DIR looking something like this, we extract the *.ISO...
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The (unofficial) VMU FAQ
by Dreamcast
| 3 Mar 2018
1.1 : What is a VMU ? A VMU is the Memory card used to save your game positions on a Sega Dreamcast games console. Without one you would be unable to complete many games, as there is just too much gameplay to be able to fit into a normal gaming session, and besides, it's nice to be able to go away to play something else safe in the knowledge that when you return you won't have to restart right from the beginning. A standard SEGA VMU has 200 blocks of save space, which is enough for lots of game saves (the amount depends on the games you have, but most will use roughly 20 to 30 blocks, meaning that a single VMU can have saves for eight ...
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MIL-CD COMPTABILITY
by Dreamcast
| 3 Mar 2018
Which are the MIL-CD compatible Dreamcasts? It's a question which is becoming more and more prevalent these days as only that version of the system can be used to play the ever increasing library of homebrew and indie (as well as the odd "back up") games. I know a lot of people are confused as to which units to look our for and many are convinced it is connected to model number, or HKT number but that is simply not the case. Here is a quick guide to spot if the console is compatible and you dont have access to the box to check if it can play recent releases such as Sturmwind or classic homebrew tiles like Beats of Rage on a Japanese ...
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Dreamcast versions Mil-CD/Selfboot Compatibility
by Dreamcast
| 3 Mar 2018
Dreamcast versions Version 0 = Mil-CD compatable Version 1 = Mil CD compatable Version 2 = Mil CD compatable & not Mil CD compatable (see dates) Dreamcast verified versions (1) [PAL|E] (blue swirl logo) Mil CD compatable (0) [NTSC|U] (orange swirl logo) Mil CD compatable (1) [NTSC|U] (orange swirl logo) Mil CD compatable (2) [NTSC|U] (orange swirl logo) Mil CD see Dreamcast model (2) [NTSC|U] dates for more information [NTSC|J] (orange swirl logo) Mil CD compatable Dreamcast model (2) [NTSC|U] dates October 2000 and earlier Mil CD compatable November 2000 Half = Mil CD Compatable Half = Mil CD uncompatabl...
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How to play imports on the sega Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 3 Mar 2018
If you don't wanna buy a modchip there are a few ways to boot imports by using a swap disc. - Utopia Boot CD - DCHakker - Gameshark CDX - Action Replay CDX - CodeBreaker - DC-IE - DC-X - SUPER GAME CONVERTER/DCAC
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Creating a DC disc image with audio tracks, the Frankenstein way
by Dreamcast
| 2 Mar 2018
Preface: This guide already assumes you can build a self-bootable .CDI image of a DC game with ExoBoot. It also assumes that DC game has CDDA tracks, and that you extracted all the audio tracks on it into a .BIN file, AND that you also extracted the table of contents of whatever game it is into a .iso file. If you've read this far past the warning message, here it is again: THE OUTPUT FILES DON'T WORK IN CHANKAST. I don't want anyone actually trying this and expecting it to work - you will be able to play back your audio tracks if they're in a .BIN file, using foobar2000 or something else, but THAT IS ALL. If, however, ...
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Dreamcast lowcost Serial link
Serial link: poor man's answer to broadband adapter shortage (and pricing). It's a cheap way to transfer data between PC and Dreamcast (including dumping your own BIOS and FLASH) and pretty much the only option if you're considering homebrew software. Sure, demos and emulators can be burned onto CDs but for testing your own code you'll need a more robust delivery method :)
by Dreamcast
| 2 Mar 2018
Some time ago I mentioned that most serial link projects out there are overly complicated. Perhaps it's because many were conceived years ago when every PC had at least one RS232 port and USB chips were expensive. I'm about to show you it can be made really simple. I'm going to skip all the technical details and going to assume you already know: - what is RS232 and it's limitations - why we should stick to low-voltage signaling - what is USB and why use it First you'll need FT232 chip from FTDI. It's exactly what we want, a simple yet fast USB to serial converter with low-voltate I/O. And by "chip" I actually mean a ready-made i...
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Rip GDs with cdrom (short explanation )
by Dreamcast
| 2 Mar 2018
Rip GDs with |cdrom|( short explanation ): by YURSOFT -THIS SYSTEM IS FOR MAKES YOU YOUR BACKUPS. NEVER USE IT TO COPY A RENTED OR BORROWED GAME THAT YOU DO NOT POSSESS. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW THIS RULE, STOP READING FROM HERE. What you need: -CDRWIN 3.8 or superior. -Reader of |cdrom| compatible with reading until 122 minutes. -TOC of 122 minutes of data in MODE 1. -TOC of 122 minutes in audio. -GD Lister 1.6 -GD Fixer 0.9 or GDK -PararCD -Extract NOTES: -THIS SYSTEM IS FOR MAKES YOU YOUR BACKUPS. NEVER USE IT TO COPY A RENTED OR BORROWED GAME THAT YOU DO NOT POSSESS. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW THIS RULE, S...
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NES Controller on a DC
Love playing NesterDC, but you miss the old, perfectly fitting, comfortable, square NES controller? Then this is the guide for you. This was my first ever Dreamcast mod, and I think it is one of the easiest. History: V. 0.1 First document Equipment: Drill( Or a dremel tool could possibly work)Soldering IronSolderDesoldering toolNES ControllerOfficial Dreamcast Controller (A third party one would work, though some things may be differant.)9 or 15 pin serial or VGA cable, Male to FemalePhillips head screwdriver Wire stripper Disclaimer: I am not responsible of what you do with these directions, nor responsible for what it can do to your dreamcast, vmu, or anything else that is in your possession. Directions:
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
1) Flip your NES controller upside down, and remove the screws. Lift off the lid and take out the board, leaving the buttons in place. 2) There should be a black chip, with the numbers 4021 on it. Desolder as much as you possibly can on every single leg, but not to much as to rip of the wiring on the board. Pry the chip off.
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PlanetWeb Multi Game CD Tutorial
This is a basic tutorial on how to load multiple games on one cd using the Planetweb browser. This assumes you have knowledge and experience selfbooting DC Backups with the Echelon Selfboot Kit.
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Things You Need - Planetweb Browser - Echelon Selfboot Kit - A CD Burner - Isobuster or CDMage - Game Files The Process Go ahead and extract the Echelon Selfboot Kit to a "selfboot" folder. Create a "data" folder in the "selfboot " folder. It should look something like this on your PC drive, C:\selfboot C:\selfboot\data Now go to megagames.com/dc and download Planetweb Browser 2.6. Put the .cdi in ISOBUSTER or CDMAGE and extract the files into the "data" folder. The data folder should look like this, data/PWBROWSER/ -- Directory data/1ST_READ.BIN -- Main Boot BIN data/GINSU.INI -- Game Launcher Setup File data/GINXFER.B...
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selfbooting 45000 LBA DATA/DATA images
Ok, I'm creating this guide in response to the fact there don't seem to be any guides on making 45000 LBA DATA/DATA images that don't involve burning the game tracks to a disc as an intermediate step. There's really no reason this should be necessary, and it creates a lot of coasters if you don't get in right the first time. So, why not just build the images manually and save yourself the trouble?
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Before we start though, just a heads up. If your game has CD audio tracks, you're out of luck for now. This guide doesn't cover games with CD audio, and adding them with this method would be less than trivial. If you are desperate, or have a good deal of technical knowledge, you can read about how it could be accomplished at the end. First of all, here's what you'll need: -WinHex (or any other capable hex editor) -Daemon Tools (Used to read images and play them in emulators, since opening the nrg directly won't work. Tested with version 4.08.) -ripped copies of the files from the game (this guide doesn't cover ripping) You'll als...
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GD-ROM "Swap Trick" Ripping Process - The Main Guide
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
0.0 Disclaimer Please note that producing a backup of your LEGITIMATELY OWNED Dreamcast games, using the methods described in this docuement (and all related pages on my website), for YOUR personal usage at home, is NOT illegal; or at least, definitely not in the UK. As for other countries - I have no idea, so consult your local solicitor now if you are concerned. Anyway, moving on... 1.0 Introduction This document is a catalogue of my attempts to rip Dreamcast games using a PC, numerous CD/DVD drives, and the translated "swap trick" guides that exist. My main reasons for doing this guide are numerous. Firstly, the few...
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Running Linux on the Sega Dreamcast
Looking for a low-cost way to get started with embedded Linux? Or a fun weekend project? In this detailed how-to article, Bill Gatliff explains everything you need to do to install Linux on a Sega Dreamscast gaming console. Even the necessary Linux kernel, bootloader, and utility kernel patches are included and available for download.
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Introduction One of the more challenging aspects of learning about embedded Linux is the scarcity of cheap, compatible hardware. Sure, Linux runs fine on a personal computer, but does being able to run Linux on your workstation mean you can call yourself an embedded Linux guru? Hardly. You may not believe me now, but you will shortly. What's needed to really explore Linux as an embedded operating system is a well-documented, inexpensive and readily available hardware platform that isn't based on an Intel x86-compatible microprocessor. By excluding PCs, the list of candidates becomes: PDAs, internet appliances, and gaming consoles...
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Dreamcast Controller PinOut
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
The Dreamcast Controller (HKT-7700) has five buttons, one directional pad, one analogue joystick, and two analogue triggers. In order to be able to provide feedback for all these actuators, the controller speaks with the Dreamcast unit using a serial protocol. The serial connection is bi-directional, which allows the Dreamcast to upload data into docked VMS units. All the logic of the controller is contained in a single chip (IC1) which is labeled as follows:
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PC serial Adaptor
This page describes how to build an adaptor for the Dreamcast serial port that will allow you to connect it to any computer using a standard 9-pin DSUB connector.
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
This page describes how to build an adaptor for the Dreamcast serial port that will allow you to connect it to any computer using a standard 9-pin DSUB connector. The main component is a MAX voltage converter, since the Dreamcast serial port uses CMOS (3.3V) voltage levels, whereas normal RS232 uses + / -12V levels. If you are having trouble finding the MAX chip, you may want to consider ordering it directlt from MAXIM, or failing that from ELFA (stock no. 73-228-45). Dominic Clifton informs me that UK residents can get the chip from RS Electronics (+44 01536 201201), where it has a part number of 1891469. This serial adaptor has...
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Overclock the Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
The Dreamcast is one of the best consoles ever when it comes to homebrew emulators and applications. However with some of the more demanding projects like an SNES emulator or DivX player, the Dreamcast could use a little more horsepower to make it a more enjoyable experience. In order to give this needed boost, owners of certain Dreamcast models have the option of overclocking their little white boxes. As usual, perform this mod at your own risk, but some people might find it worthwhile. Since the original link has disappeared, I found a cached copy and I’ll include it below Robert Ivy – 20th December 2004 (Editted by Prophet]...
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VMU External Power Mod
This is a step by step guide to help you use your VMU without the use of those CR-2032 batteries that cost a fortune for most people. Note, NO SOLDER REQUIRED.
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
All the guides I ever found had these mods where you had to have a dremel, Sub-D 25-pin connectors, adhesive tape or solder 100 wires! Screw that, I don't have that much time and want to do this to all my VMU's, so... This is the birth of this guide. Materials: 1. Razor knife or equivalent. 2. Wire (nothing too thick like 22-20 AWG). 3. Two Ring Terminal wire connectors (red is best). 4. A connector (Like an RCA male and female, two Disconnect Spade Terminals, or other...). 5. Wire Strippers (use a knife if you don't have these). 6. Pliers (if you do not have strippers) 7. 6-Volt Power Adapter or a battery pack. 8. A thin phil...
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How to burn a CDI image using Padus Diskjuggler
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Place a Blank CD into your CD Burner Drive. Start Diskjuggler, click file and choose new from the options.
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Extracting GDI dumps files
by TuxTheWise
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Why would you want to do that? - Make your own rips. - Listen to music or watch the movies that were ripped/downsampled on the release you're playing. - Obtain GD file order to optimize your rip. - Verify if a image you have downloaded on internet has no corrupted files. Initial comments - This document was written by me to be distributed only by myself. If you want to put it on other site/forum, could you please contact me first? - You can contact me searching for TuxTheWise in snesorama.us or segahub.org forums. - Fell free to ask questions or give your opinion, but please do it in this thread and not using PM. - Th...
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Dreamcast CD-RW tutorial
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Warning this modification could shorten the life of your dreamcast I tried to set my dreamcast up to be able to read cdrw using some tutorials on the Internet, but it wouldn't work, in fact the 450 ohms resistor I used was too low (300 Ohms in parallel), I hooked up a trimmer in parallel with the optical unit's trimmer and made some tests (the values I give are for parallel resistors) : 530 ohms : CDR works CDRW does not 507 ohms : CDR works CDRW does not 475 ohms : CDR seems to start having trouble reading CDRW works ! 430 ohms : CDR makes ugly sounds CDRW works 395 ohms : CDR more noise still work...
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Send and Receive Email on Your Dreamcast via Gmail
Most of us are no longer able to send mail on our Dreamcast and many cannot receive mail either. The internet has progressed since 1999 and the simple method of sending and receiving mail that the Dre
by Dreamcast
| 18 Feb 2018
Requirements 1. A Sega Dreamcast with a modem or broadband adapter (BBA) 2. You must be able to connect your Dreamcast to the Internet by one of the following methods: - Traditional dial-up - Broadband Adapter - "PC-DC server" or "Netopia Router" method. 3. A Windows PC with connection to the Internet and administrator privileges. Note: - If you connect your Dreamcast via dial-up, you must be able to have your PC online at the same time with a separate public IP. - The most common scenario is to have the Dreamcast connected via dial-up and your PC connected to a broadband connection. 4. If connecting with di...
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How to dump GD-ROMs for MAME emulation (part 2)
by Dreamcast
| 4 Feb 2018
Now put in the httpd-ack CDR you burned and boot it up on the DC,
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How to dump GD-ROMs for MAME emulation (part 1)
This page explains in detail how to dump GDROMs for use explicitly with MAME emulation. While there may be other 'Dreamcast Purists' that might think otherwise, this is how it will be done for MAME. Dumping GDROMs is not trivial. You will need to invest in some items that are not cheap and not widely available now. Once you are set up and everything is working properly, it is very simple to dump any GDROM disc in 20 minutes.
by Dreamcast
| 4 Feb 2018
To dump GDROMs you need ALL of the following..... - A working Sega Dreamcast. A modchip is required if it was one of the last ones made in Japan as those were updated to not boot CDRs. Otherwise a regular DC will do fine. - A network cross-over cable. Not straight, we need it twisted, like what is used to connect 2 PCs directly together. They are usually red or yellow. The blue ones are straight through for connecting a PC via a router or network hub and are no good for this purpose. I believe you can connect the DC via a straight through cable to a router but I'm not going there. YMMV - BBA (stands for Broad Band Adapter). Sega ...
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(BBA) httpd-ack Method for dumping GD-R discs
This is a quick, crude tutorial on how to rip your own Dreamcast GDs with httpd-ack.
by Dreamcast
| 4 Feb 2018
- First - You obviously need a Broadband Adapter and over 1gb of hard drive space available to do this. You can find a broadband adapter on eBay for $100-$150. Download httpd-ack, clrmamepro, and CDmage. Extract httpd-ack and burn the CDI file with DiscJuggler or Alcohol 120%. Use a Dreamcast web browser that supports the BBA to set up the BBA connection options. Your best bet is to use XDP. You must set up the BBA to use static IP settings, not DHCP. Extract CDmage to a convenient folder. - Second - Having connected your Dreamcast's ethernet cable to the same network that your PC is on, insert the httpd-...
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(BBA) Method by -=FamilyGuy=- & Dot50Cal, for dumping GD-R discs (Part 2)
by Dreamcast
| 4 Feb 2018
IV. RIPPING CDDA GD-R A. CDDA Recognition & TOC extraction If you encounter any error when trying to download the 3 rd track, it’s likely the cause of two issues. - The retail you used doesn’t have its 3rd track 504150 sectors long. To prevent this, try to find a retail whit only 3 tracks. The first sector of track03 is always 45150. - The other cause would be that you have a CDDA prototype. In which case you will need to create a trap disc that mimic's the prototypes track layout. -=FamilyGuy=- pioneered this method on Dreamcast, basing the technique on Yursoft’s way to rip GD-Roms using a DVD- drive, so all credit goes to them...
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(BBA) Method by -=FamilyGuy=- & Dot50Cal, for dumping GD-R discs (Part 1)
This method was found by Dot50Cal and -=FamilyGuy=-. It allows you to rip a GDROM prototype disc. The main breakthrough here is the ability to rip CDDA discs, which contain audio tracks. This is done by creating a trap disc based off the prototype's TOC info found in the IP.BIN.
by Dreamcast
| 4 Feb 2018
I. REQUIRED MATERIAL We'll begin with your basic hardware and software toolset. A star indicates that the item will only be used if you had a CDDA disc. You will need the following: Hardware - Sega Dreamcast - Broad Band Adapter - Thin Phillips Screwdriver - A piece of tape (duct tape works well) - A Crossover Ethernet Cable (Not Pictured) - One track retail GD-R (Sonic Adventure works well) - At least one CD-R* and a second CD-R* or CD-RW* (Not Pictured) Software - DC Load IP - GDROM Prototype - Retail Game (Must be one data track) - Trap Disc* (Not Pictured) - CloneCD* - Dummy.exe, gdinfo_FG.exe,* - Cdrecord* - G...
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Dreamcast Dev Bios (Part 3)
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
It's ready to re-assemble now. I decided to insulate the metal plate directly above the new BIOS chip just in case one of the resistors move and touches it. You can re-assemble the console but leave all the screws and the top of the case of, you can then use the switch and hold the lid control switch also. Switch your machine on and if you get a blank screen then you've probably got the switch in the position which selects the new (currently blank) BIOS. Flick the switch and restart the console. It should start up now as expected, set the date and time (that's because you had to remove the controller ports with the battery on. D...
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Dreamcast Dev Bios (Part 2)
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
It could be that the legs on the new flash chip have been bent too much, and you need to pull them out a bit so that they are level with the old chip legs, then try the same technique of dragging the solder from the old leg to the new leg. If that doesn't work, then we can add a piece of wire, this is Kynar wire, I've stripped a length of exposing a couple of centimetres of bare wire.
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Dreamcast Dev Bios (Part 1)
This tutorial is from www.mmmonkey.co.uk
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
UPDATE Looking for a cheap reliable source for this chip, I've bought some from Bad_Ad84 via assemblergames, he even offers a flashing service :-) If you buy a pre-flashed chip, then you can simply remove the old BIOS and fit the new one, you still need to lift and solder leg 44 as per the notes below, and lift leg 1 and solder it to 23, and if you've got an early motherboard then you'll need to pay attention about powering the chip (legs 1 and 23), as per the notes below. I have put some photo's at the end of this page. Link83 did some amazing work and combined the Dreamcast Dev BIOS (different startup screen) with the Retail BIOS ...
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Dreamcast Ripping Guide v.1.0 [NON CDDA]
This is an old guide used during the Dreamcast era to copy GD-ROM data to a computer Harddisk.
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
____|__.._____________________________________________________________|____ | :| - M i S T E R C - _____ .__ __________________________________________________ / \ |__|/ ____ /\__ __ /\_ ____ /\______ \_ ___ \ / \ / \| |\_____ \ | | | __)_ | / \ \/ / Y \ |/ \ | | | \ | | \ \____ \____|__ / / ______ / |____| / ______ / |____|_ /\______ / \/ \/ \/ \/ \...
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Random Dreamcast Resetting...
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
A while back I was playing a game on my Dreamcast, and all of a sudden out of no where, the Dreamcast would reset itself, and which it would happen pretty often. If you seem as if your having this problem, I'd suggest you to try this little fix I've found to stop this from happening. Open up your Dreamcast, your gonna need to unscrew the four screws on the bottom to take the top cover off. Once you do that, take a look at this picture. You're gonna need to unplug the white cord on the top, and unscrew the two screws on the left side, take a look (the white circles are what needs to be unplugged / unscrewed, the black arrow is pointing ...
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Dreamcast Block Diagram
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
As you can see the PowerVR2DC graphics chip is the heart of the system, in that it contains specific circuitry for connecting all the devices together. This extra circuitry is called the System ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). Internal Bandwidth The diagram above shows the bandwidth between the processors, and their individual dedicated memories. This follows the segmented memory architectural design. The SMA design allows each major component (CPU, Graphics, Sound) to do it's 'job' without any data contention interference from each other.
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Dreamcast Cooling fan modification / repair
Even though it's a pretty dated system, I still play my Sega Dreamcast a fair bit. It's really too bad it was such a short-lived system, but even still, the Dreamcast has a high proportion of excellent quality games. Unfortunately, aging systems sometimes need repairs. The fan in my machine started to sound pretty bad with its high pitched whine. Random project man to the rescue!
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
I went to the electronics store and picked up the only smallish DC fan I could find that had an appropriate speed for the Dreamcast. I thought it would be a simple matter of cramming the fan in and tying it to a power source. I was really surprised to find that with the stock fan disconnected, the Dreamcast powers up, then shuts down within a few seconds. I realized that it could not be overheating or anything, so there must be a fan speed sensor that shuts down the machine when the fan is not spinning. Sure enough, jam a small screwdriver between the blades of your Dreamcast's fan, and it will shut down! The fan I had bought at the st...
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Sega Dreamcast controller port repair
This write-up is provided for informational purposes ONLY! I or E2 cannot guarantee anything in regard to what is stated below. By opening your Dreamcast you effectively cancel any warranty you may have (if any). Since it involves electronics use common sense and caution, if you are not sure, don't do it! Thanks!
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
A common occurance in the Dreamcast world is the "Blown Controller Port" syndrome. Usually third party controllers bring this about via their greater tendency to have shorts in their wiring, thus overloading the fuseable resistor on the controller port PCB. To repair this is very easy and takes minimal soldering experience. The fuseable resistor rating will vary depending on the production generation and location of manufacturing. I've personally seen: 4.7 Ohm 1/4 Watt 5% Tolerance and 3.9 Ohm 1/4 Watt 5% Tolerance for the Fuseable resistor in question ( Labelled F1 on the Controller Port PCB). So the exact "range" that that circu...
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Sega Dreamcast Serviceable Memory Battery Replacement
by Dreamcast
| 3 Jan 2018
Recently, I had to replace the memory battery in my dreamcast. There are a lot of ways to do this, from replacing like for like, fitting re-chargeable AAA’s or I used a 2032 re-chargeable cell with vertical stand for the stock look. You have to be careful as some coin batteries are 3.2v, the charger in the Dreamcast outputs less than that as shown here (tested with no battery fitted).
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How to build a Dreamcast Sandisk Adapter
How to connect a SD card to the SEGA Dreamcast.
by Dreamcast
| 2 Jan 2018
It is possible to connect a SD card to the SEGA Dreamcast. The SD card can be used without any particular problem and allows play games directly from the SD card instead of GD-ROM drive.
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Dreamcast VGA
Add VGA connector to the Dreamcast
by Dreamcast
| 2 Jan 2018
This schematic shows how to add a VGA output to the SEGA Dreamcast. The quality of the picture is superior compared to the standard RF output, but not all games support it.
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G1-ATA (IDE) adapter
by Dreamcast
| 2 Jan 2018
This is a first version of G1-ATA adapter. The printed circuit board is provided with small errors in size, so if you can draw yourself, do it better. Or you can wait the new version of PCB from OzOnE. And of course you can solder wires directly to the motherboard. You can use IDE HDD (need external power) or CompactFlash cards (powered from DC). Maybe some adapters IDE->SATA/SD etc will work too, but this is not guaranteed. Prepare in advance for release DreamShell 4.0 RC 2 ;-)
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How to unhide files in R18 releases
by Dreamcast
| 2 Jan 2018
This tutorial is meant to help you "unhidding" files in R18 releases. Why ? Because it's quite frustrating not knowing what's on your CD, and you might need these files for selfboot purpose, for example. I found all this by myself, and noone helped me. I'm a poor lonesome DC lover. So all credits go to ME ! I'll work on R18's release of "Vermilion Desert". This release is a quite hard piece of work : when you browse your burnt CD, nothing appears ! I think this is a good example for you, but you can do this with any other R18's release whith hidden files ("Panzer Front", ...). Here we go. First of all, you have to make...
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