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Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on April 03, 2014, 02:14 PM
Makaron's guy from here:
http://dknute.livejournal.com/

has started pre-order for his GD replacement for Dreamcast. It seems awesome!

Information can be found here:
http://gdemu.wordpress.com/

It's a little expensive (100 Euro), but what the hell...

Just posting here in case anyone is interested :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on April 03, 2014, 03:31 PM
Already closed :/
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on April 03, 2014, 06:17 PM
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af281/DPrinny/2014-03-031823_zpscf0df3b5.png) (http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/DPrinny/media/2014-03-031823_zpscf0df3b5.png.html)

About bloody time

Sold out

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af281/DPrinny/Talking%20pictures/DAmn2_zps3382040a.gif) (http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/DPrinny/media/Talking%20pictures/DAmn2_zps3382040a.gif.html)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Relikk on April 03, 2014, 06:59 PM
I've ordered 2. Yeah, 2.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on April 03, 2014, 08:25 PM
I would say.. one too much :D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Relikk on April 03, 2014, 09:39 PM
One for each DC, or a spare. Whatever way you choose to look at it.  ;D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on April 03, 2014, 10:20 PM
Or one to sell  to a veEery good friend of this forum... :X
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on April 04, 2014, 03:19 AM
Soooo very happy I got on the preorder list the first day.  100 Eur isn't really that expensive considering it's a plug and play so I won't have to pay people to install for me.

I WILL be looking into adding on the buttons, plus an SD extender (they exist...) so I can use it without taking the Dreamcast's cover off.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on April 04, 2014, 08:15 AM
You both would be lurking for this preorder.
It was closed in a single day :/
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: gladders on April 04, 2014, 10:27 AM
Eh, I'm never comfortable with modifying my consoles for enhancement like this, I'd prefer something like the Everdrive (impossible, I know) or the PSIO (which I know remains in beta)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on April 04, 2014, 11:20 AM
the mod seems to be really easy. Plug'n play in replacement of the GD-rom player.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on April 04, 2014, 03:20 PM
Any idea what size SD cards it can take up to?
Considering the size of the average DC game a smaller size would be silly

Wonder if any modders that get there hands on it will work out a HDD replacement
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on April 04, 2014, 04:00 PM
Any idea what size SD cards it can take up to?

This (and a lot more) info can be found here: http://gdemu.wordpress.com/details/:

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: suiken_2mieu on April 05, 2014, 09:26 AM
Hell! Sigh. This is what I wanted. This is my favorite console.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: burningtoys on April 11, 2014, 05:37 PM
This guy should make a bunch of these because I think the demand would be HUGE. Or at the very least license out the software and schematics to a third party so they can mas produce them. Maybe to Krikzz :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Kerr Avon on April 12, 2014, 03:55 PM
This guy should make a bunch of these because I think the demand would be HUGE. Or at the very least license out the software and schematics to a third party so they can mas produce them. Maybe to Krikzz :)

I don't doubt that the demand for this will be *huge*, far, far more than the initial batch of devices, and I'm equally sure that he will either make a *lot* more, or will farm out building to someone else, as you yourself say. The Dreamcast is very, very popular, and something like this, that not only negates wear and tear of the GD-ROM drive, but makes using the Dreamcast more convenient (having your favourite games on one SD card that's always in a console is fantastic) will be much sought after, so there's no sane reason why the developer would not allow more to be made and sold, whether by himself or others.

And no one should feel bad for missing out on the initial batch, as they are also effectively test models. By the time the later batches get made, the users in the real world will have found any flaws and bugs, reported them, and hopefully the developer would have fixed the problems in hardware or software. And of course by then there will be a GUI for the device, as at the moment it apparently only loads games sequentially via a single button on the device, which is workable, but hardly convenient.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on April 15, 2014, 02:15 AM
DC-SWAT guy is making a GD drive replacement using HDs:

http://www.dc-swat.ru/

Awesome! I'm so happy these things are happening :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Paulweeze on August 12, 2014, 04:24 PM
USB-GDROM Controller much better GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm
Thanks for pointing it out, but dont spam the forum with the same post as if you are only here to advertize.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MNEMO on August 12, 2014, 04:31 PM
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 12, 2014, 05:30 PM
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm

It looks awesome!

I would get one if I didn't had two GDEMU units already :)

Good luck with the sales :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Paulweeze on August 12, 2014, 05:39 PM
It does look awesome even compared to the GDEmu (and you can tell he made it, for the site has his name on it), just hope he knows how to post other things though, 1 post aint harmful, multiples of the same is spamming :D.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 12, 2014, 07:00 PM
I REALLY want something for DC like either of these. I assume this one replaces the disc drive as well (I need to read up on both of them more than I have)? It'd be nice to be able to use either/or, but who's complaining here, haha.

It's be really cool if someone instead utilized the expansion bay area - I mean, when am I going to use a dial up connection anymore? And does the broadband adapter even do anything anymore? And come on, it's blue (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/01/12). WTH?

:D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TeamShake on August 13, 2014, 01:24 AM
It does look awesome even compared to the GDEmu (and you can tell he made it, for the site has his name on it), just hope he knows how to post other things though, 1 post aint harmful, multiples of the same is spamming :D.

He's legit.  I have one of his 3do USB adapters.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 13, 2014, 01:29 AM
yeah those 3do adapters look great. i want one at some point. also regarding the gdrom usb controller, how about the installation? is it simple and solderless or does it require some solder work?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TeamShake on August 13, 2014, 01:33 AM
yeah those 3do adapters look great. i want one at some point. also regarding the gdrom usb controller, how about the installation? is it simple and solderless or does it require some solder work?

Looks like its the same as Deunan's GDEMU where it just plugs in to the gdrom port.  This one you need to make a cut in the case for the usb port though.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 13, 2014, 01:57 AM
So its not ontop? taking out the GDRom drive and bunging a HDD inits place would look better than having something out the back
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 13, 2014, 02:23 AM
i don't mind having the usb port out the back. just wondering if the region problems are still a problem like with the other adapter.
 does anyone know if a hard modded region free dreamcast would allow booting of all region gdi images? either that or maybe someone could make gdi patcher which patches the region protection, like the region patcher for the saturn, that seems to work great for me converting saturn isos to jap region to play on my jap white saturn.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: RetroRepair on August 13, 2014, 03:42 AM
From the website:

Quote
- Region free (You can launch any GDI images at your console)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Paulweeze on August 13, 2014, 04:37 AM
It does look awesome even compared to the GDEmu (and you can tell he made it, for the site has his name on it), just hope he knows how to post other things though, 1 post aint harmful, multiples of the same is spamming :D.

He's legit. I have one of his 3do USB adapters.
I figure he's legit, but initially he posted the same message 3 times (before 2 were deleted), even when i ask him a question about it. But now 1 message stands so no harm no foul. Could of been a mix of spamming ads and lanuage barrier :).
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 13, 2014, 02:08 PM
Wonder if he will do a price reduction for group buys?

Dont mind sorting it if it is so
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 13, 2014, 05:07 PM
From the website:

Quote
- Region free (You can launch any GDI images at your console)

yeah it does state that on the website. don't know how i missed it lol. sounds great tbh, i would really like one.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 13, 2014, 07:09 PM
i don't mind having the usb port out the back. just wondering if the region problems are still a problem like with the other adapter.
 does anyone know if a hard modded region free dreamcast would allow booting of all region gdi images?

In GDEMU you just need to put a region unlocker disk (CodeBreaker, GameShark, DC-X, Utopia, Dreamshell, and those are only the ones I know), boot it, switch to your game image and you are ready to go.

I've been using Gameshark + VGA-Box without problems so far.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: magnus87 on August 13, 2014, 07:35 PM
Excelent News

Maybe someday we´ll have a Jaguar CDEMU   ;)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 13, 2014, 08:57 PM
i don't mind having the usb port out the back. just wondering if the region problems are still a problem like with the other adapter.
 does anyone know if a hard modded region free dreamcast would allow booting of all region gdi images?

In GDEMU you just need to put a region unlocker disk (CodeBreaker, GameShark, DC-X, Utopia, Dreamshell, and those are only the ones I know), boot it, switch to your game image and you are ready to go.

I've been using Gameshark + VGA-Box without problems so far.

that sounds simple enough. i didn't realize you would be able to boot from a iso of a region unlocker and then switch another iso like you can cd swap with the optical gd drive. i figured once an iso was loaded there would be no way to access the menu to swap. thinking about it though the designer would need to have included the iso swap possibility to be able to play multi disk games like D2.

Excelent News

Maybe someday we´ll have a Jaguar CDEMU   ;)

apparently the way the jaguar has access to the jag cd addon is simple and a jag cd emu would be easy to make for someone with the know how. a flashcart for jaguar could be used to boot isos. it's just a shame the console didn't do that well commercially and there is not a massive user base like sega, nintendo consoles. maybe if we are lucky we will get something awesome for our jags in the future.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on August 15, 2014, 03:28 PM
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm

DAMN YOU, Mnemo!

I already have a GDEMU, but I also have your 3do USB adapter so I want to buy this one too!

... I can probably flip the GDEMU easy enough.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on August 15, 2014, 03:46 PM
2 weeks ago i received my atari jag cd,but to be honest,with maybe 12 games on the system,its maybe why there is nothing for it.
also the atari jaguar have not a big library,and there are good games on,but the library is to small.
its not like nes-snes-sms-megadrive,they have a huge library.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 15, 2014, 04:20 PM
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm
What are the differences, how is this better, exactly? Are there any limitations to it like the GDEMU (boot loader required, VA-1 models only, etc)? I don't care much for having to have a flash drive stick out the back, but I'm also not really opposed to it, either.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 15, 2014, 04:53 PM
Suppose one alt for not having something sticking out the back is to use an exention cable and feed it back inside.

Was looking into the 3DO one, as per usual price puts me off.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 15, 2014, 05:46 PM
Suppose one alt for not having something sticking out the back is to use an exention cable and feed it back inside.

Was looking into the 3DO one, as per usual price puts me off.
Price point is definitely a factor, but I'd be more likely to play my DC with one of these than I would my 3DO. I definitely think the DC one is worth it so long as it's easy to use and will play everything I care about with little to no trouble.

I wonder if there's enough room to have the board and port fit completely inside without any need to mod the case? A 1 or 2TB USB HDD isn't terribly expensive and would cover just about all you could want this setup for.

So far the only thing I don't care for from the videos of this thing is the file list showing all file extensions. I assume there's only one file you really need to know about to run each game, so it'd be nice if there's a way to hide necessary file types. That's a minor gripe, though, to be sure. The functionality is the important thing.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 15, 2014, 11:24 PM
Someone work on a NeoGeo CD one.....................
Bloody loading times

Anyway, I am looking at the pCB for the recently posted one, I dont see who it connects
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Paulweeze on August 15, 2014, 11:31 PM
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm
What are the differences, how is this better, exactly? Are there any limitations to it like the GDEMU (boot loader required, VA-1 models only, etc)? I don't care much for having to have a flash drive stick out the back, but I'm also not really opposed to it, either.

He probably wont tell you, for he will post this again ::)...

USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm

You'll have to ask someone who actually has it or wait for him to post more info on his site before truely making those determinations. Otherwise, go off of the info on the site currently to make a educated guess. I am glad however that there is now more than one option for GD emulation for Dreamcast, my late friend would have loved a device like this for it was his favorite system (and he was a techie).
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 16, 2014, 08:39 AM
He probably wont tell you, for he will post this again ::)...
USB-GDROM Controller better than GDEMU.
http://renovation-3do.narod.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm
You'll have to ask someone who actually has it or wait for him to post more info on his site before truely making those determinations. Otherwise, go off of the info on the site currently to make a educated guess. I am glad however that there is now more than one option for GD emulation for Dreamcast, my late friend would have loved a device like this for it was his favorite system (and he was a techie).
I don't expect him to respond. Hell, I assume he won't log in again now that he's posted his link. I've read his site of course, and he says he only has 8 but I see many notes of people trying to reach him in order to buy one. I'm not about to blindly send money. My issue is that he doesn't say or show much about it other than it works. That's nice, but it's not enough.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 16, 2014, 10:48 AM
Hes in Russia?
That might be a problem

Damn it, I need something to replace DC discs, I hate having loads of CD-rs in folders at my games nights
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on August 16, 2014, 01:09 PM
I have his 3do adapter.  USB vs SD is nice because you can generally find larger/cheaper solutions.  Also, there's a menu which is something people have complained about with GDEMU (but could theoretically be fixed with a firmware update).

That's speculation only as to what makes it "better" based on the youtube vids he posted and knowing his work from the 3do adapter.  I'll say I didn't buy the 3do adapter directly through him, but rather via Stone Age Gamer, because I bought the one that requires heavy soldering, which I am not capable of.  I have however had some email interaction with Mnemo... he speaks english fairly well, so I wouldn't be worried there.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on August 16, 2014, 01:20 PM
this usb adapter for 3do,where is it available for fz-1?
on his website is coming soon months now.
lucky for me having a gdemu,all the others that making a device and if its not going mass production,you must have luck to get such thing,everbody wants it.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: reprep on August 16, 2014, 10:38 PM
If anyone has any info about USB-GD ROM Controller, share with us please.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 16, 2014, 11:11 PM
I did finally get a hold of MNEMO this morning and I have a unit ordered, it should ship out next week. The only tidbit of info that I can add that isn't already on his website, is that it can be installed into any Dreamcast.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 17, 2014, 12:26 AM
I did finally get a hold of MNEMO this morning and I have a unit ordered, it should ship out next week. The only tidbit of info that I can add that isn't already on his website, is that it can be installed into any Dreamcast.
That is definitely excellent news. People have been trying to get a hold of him to purchase one for a while now, I wonder what the odds are that he actually has any left? The quantity on the site has yet to change.

I guess a question for those that have bought the 3DO version would be if MNEMO seems to keep better stock than GDEMU? I mean, how often does he run out and then how quickly does he get more? Are we talking weeks, months, years even? I'd like to get one of these, but will be more interested if the first reviews come back solid (I'm looking at you, ZeroWing ;))

Edit: Just verified that my DC is not a VA1 model, so I guess GDEMU is out for me unless I try to find one, which probably isn't worthwhile.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 17, 2014, 01:48 AM
Edit: Just verified that my DC is not a VA1 model, so I guess GDEMU is out for me unless I try to find one, which probably isn't worthwhile.

All Dreamcasts I've ever seen are VA1, including the both I have. It should be easy to get one.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 20, 2014, 07:20 PM
I did finally get a hold of MNEMO this morning and I have a unit ordered, it should ship out next week. The only tidbit of info that I can add that isn't already on his website, is that it can be installed into any Dreamcast.
Please post back with your impressions, if you would. I'll be much more inclined to order one of these (if any are left - the how to buy page seems to be broken now) after hearing from someone here. I'm interested in both the functionality as well as the physical hardware (as I mentioned in a previous post above).
All Dreamcasts I've ever seen are VA1, including the both I have. It should be easy to get one.
Yeah, I'm sure I could. Not sure I want to bother though if this new solution will work with mine. Never hurts to have a backup system, though.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 20, 2014, 07:47 PM
I did finally get a hold of MNEMO this morning and I have a unit ordered, it should ship out next week. The only tidbit of info that I can add that isn't already on his website, is that it can be installed into any Dreamcast.
Please post back with your impressions, if you would. I'll be much more inclined to order one of these (if any are left - the how to buy page seems to be broken now) after hearing from someone here. I'm interested in both the functionality as well as the physical hardware (as I mentioned in a previous post above).

I do not even have a shipping notification yet, however, others at assembler games have reported theirs to already be in us customs. However, I do have some thoughts on comparing USB controller to GDEMU, based on info on the 2 web pages and videos posted.  First being there is a new picture posted on the details page for usb controller. It shows the unit installed into the metal casing that holds the pcb for the gdrom drive, this ensures a secure installation. I know that somebody here reported that their gdemu felt more like a prototype and wasn't secured properly. Second, for gdemu you must make a folder numbered 01-40 on the root of your SD card, and then rename your gdi images to "disc.gdi" and place them individually into the folders, this means that on top of the 32 gb limitation, there is also a 40 game limitation. From the videos of usb controller, that doesn't look to be the case. Third, I am fairly certain that usb controller does not support disc swapping, while gdemu does. This means you cannot use things like codebreaker or gameshark, and when a game asks you to swap discs you need to save, return to menu and boot the proper disc. I am not certain on that, but I will ask when I get my tracking number. Fourth would be that usb controller does not yet support .cdi, but someone at assembler games reported they asked him and he said he was working on implementing the container. Fifth, updating firmware. Just look at the updating the firmware section on the gdemu page, looks like a pain compared to simply selecting a .bin and running it, which is how you update usb controller. I think either gdemu or usb controller would be great to own, grab which ever you can.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 20, 2014, 09:33 PM
So what one would you say is the best to go for?
I really dont want to have a load of folders not named what game they are as its going to be for my games nights and some (read A LOT) of people are idiotic when it comes to such things
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 20, 2014, 09:53 PM
So what one would you say is the best to go for?
I really dont want to have a load of folders not named what game they are as its going to be for my games nights and some (read A LOT) of people are idiotic when it comes to such things

If that's the case I would go for the usb gdrom controller with easy to use menu. My vote is for the usb device, but the disc swap issue (if there is one) is kind of a bummer. Plus Mnemo hints at the top of his page that he is going to start mass production. Unlike Duenan who says he is more interested in other projects.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 20, 2014, 09:55 PM
Hopefully someone who has/will have both can chime in later on to give a good in depth review of both. But from the sound of it, it seems like this USB solution is the better of the two. If ZeroWing's disc swapping concern is correct, that's still a minor hassle to me as I can't think of many multi disc games that I'd care to play so frequently that that would be bothersome. Hell, even if it cannot play them at all right now for some odd reason, that wouldn't turn me off picking one up.

Right now, my major sticking point is if there's enough room to house it inside the DC completely, along with a reasonable size HDD. If not, that won't keep me from getting one, I don't think, but I might put it off for a while and see if another solution comes around or to watch how/where the GDEMU goes with a little more time. I'm not opposed to an external solution, but would much prefer something built in completely, or something that rests just inside the disc door.

In reality, I'm trying to find any excuse I can just to NOT pick one up...I mean, I really really want one and have for a long time...but I also really really don't need to spend the cash on something like that right now!  :P
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on August 20, 2014, 10:05 PM
Something i would like to add... Mnemo is kinda impossible to join. So it becomes difficult to order one of his product.
I'm waiting for him to answer me...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 20, 2014, 10:06 PM
Codebreaker and Bleem are what I would like disc swapping for. Codebreaker is the only way to get some games to play in vga mode, and is still used to get some games online.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 20, 2014, 10:09 PM
Codebreaker and Bleem are what I would like disc swapping for. Codebreaker is the only way to get some games to play in vga mode, and is still used to get some games online.
Yeah - I don't do any of that...yet ;)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 21, 2014, 01:46 AM
So what one would you say is the best to go for?
I really dont want to have a load of folders not named what game they are as its going to be for my games nights and some (read A LOT) of people are idiotic when it comes to such things

If that's the case I would go for the usb gdrom controller with easy to use menu. My vote is for the usb device, but the disc swap issue (if there is one) is kind of a bummer. Plus Mnemo hints at the top of his page that he is going to start mass production. Unlike Duenan who says he is more interested in other projects.

So what games use the disc swap?
Shenmue? That is not a problem as I have both, only other game id be interested in is Skys of Arcadia (damn it why no bloody modern console download)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 21, 2014, 02:06 AM
So what one would you say is the best to go for?
I really dont want to have a load of folders not named what game they are as its going to be for my games nights and some (read A LOT) of people are idiotic when it comes to such things

If that's the case I would go for the usb gdrom controller with easy to use menu. My vote is for the usb device, but the disc swap issue (if there is one) is kind of a bummer. Plus Mnemo hints at the top of his page that he is going to start mass production. Unlike Duenan who says he is more interested in other projects.

So what games use the disc swap?
Shenmue? That is not a problem as I have both, only other game id be interested in is Skys of Arcadia (damn it why no bloody modern console download)

Just off the top of my head: Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil Code Veronica, Alone in the dark, Shenmue II, Grandia 2, D2. I'm pretty sure most of the games allow you to save before they request a disc swap so it isn't much of a problem for retail games.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 22, 2014, 12:49 AM
Looks like there might be some gdemu available soon http://gdemu.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/any-color-you-like/
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 22, 2014, 02:34 AM
Edit: Just verified that my DC is not a VA1 model, so I guess GDEMU is out for me unless I try to find one, which probably isn't worthwhile.

Have you double checked with the guy if his adapter works for all versions? I'm asking because it looks like the difference in the units are in the conector AND in the pinage.

Second, for gdemu you must make a folder numbered 01-40 on the root of your SD card, and then rename your gdi images to "disc.gdi" and place them individually into the folders, this means that on top of the 32 gb limitation, there is also a 40 game limitation. From the videos of usb controller, that doesn't look to be the case

Although these limits are not really disappointing, the fact of being able to have all dumpcast library in a single USB HD in USB Controller looks REALLY cool.

Fifth, updating firmware. Just look at the updating the firmware section on the gdemu page, looks like a pain compared to simply selecting a .bin and running it, which is how you update usb controller. I think either gdemu or usb controller would be great to own, grab which ever you can.

Upgrading GDEMU is simple enough: put a file in the right place, "lock" the card, turn on, wait until it finishes and you are done. It will try to update when the card is locked, so just put the switch back and you are ready to go.

Quote from: ZeroWing
I know that somebody here reported that their gdemu felt more like a prototype and wasn't secured properly.

That's correct for the first versions without the screw, but I know nothing about the newest.

I have ordered one of this: http://www.dx.com/p/gps-sd-sdhc-card-reader-extension-cable-white-black-blue-48cm-218278 to bypass this problem, but it hasn't arrived yet...

Codebreaker and Bleem are what I would like disc swapping for.

The cracked retail Bleemcasts do not work... AFAIK this is the only incompatibility of GDEMU.

Just off the top of my head: Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil Code Veronica, Alone in the dark, Shenmue II, Grandia 2, D2. I'm pretty sure most of the games allow you to save before they request a disc swap so it isn't much of a problem for retail games.

I think the only Dreamcast game that does not allow saves between disc swap is D2. People that play imports also have problems with this.

RE2, RECV, Shenmue, Grandia 2, Skies of Arcadia, Headhunter: all of them allow saving in disk swap.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 22, 2014, 03:19 AM
Edit: Just verified that my DC is not a VA1 model, so I guess GDEMU is out for me unless I try to find one, which probably isn't worthwhile.

Have you double checked with the guy if his adapter works for all versions? I'm asking because it looks like the difference in the units are in the conector AND in the pinage

Someone at AG brought up a good point. VA2 models don't even have the port on the mobo that you would plug this into, so obviously you cannot install into any dreamcast. When I was sorting payment on ICQ I asked "Can this be installed into any dreamcast?" his response was "of course". I'm not sure if he doesn't realize va2 models don't have the port on the mobo, or maybe he thought I was referring to region. If I had known about the va2 models I would have dug a little deeper. I suppose I should have been more specific in my question. I do plan on trying to verify, but the guy is swamped with requests, and I can't get much out of him other than my pcb will be shipped tomorrow. Regardless, I am kind of iffy about installing this into my va0. I suppose I should start searching for a va1, but I was trying to avoid adding to my already growing mountain of consoles- 5 x NES, 4 x PS1, 4 x Genesis, 2 x Gamecube, 2 x PS2, etc... 
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 22, 2014, 05:14 AM
surely the usb controller guy can add disc swap support for a future firmware update. i mean the lack of disc swap function is the only real drawback for this gd usb controller. every dreamcast game stored on one hd. that has to be as good as it gets.
 is there any reason that the guy would not be able to add disc swap support in the future?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 22, 2014, 02:53 PM
Im going to have to find out what Dreamcast I have before buying.

Dont think a disc swap thing can be done as usually when the drive door is opened it returns to main menu, but some games lock on the disc swap screen
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 22, 2014, 03:08 PM
Im going to have to find out what Dreamcast I have before buying.

Dont think a disc swap thing can be done as usually when the drive door is opened it returns to main menu, but some games lock on the disc swap screen

The sensor that detects whether the drive door is open is on the Gdrom drive pcb, which is removed before installing. I am hoping that some sort of disc swap feature can be implemented though. Maybe a button combination to bring an ingame menu like mega everdrive, although I think that would be difficult.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 22, 2014, 06:15 PM
i think i must be missing something and probably have not researched these products enough but how come gdemu can support disc swap and gd usb controller can't when they essentially are both doing the same thing?
 i thought the only difference between the two products was that gdemu used sd card which has file and size limitations and that gd usb controller used usb devices so size and file limitations would not be an issue. it also seems the usb controller is more user friendly.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 22, 2014, 06:28 PM
i think i must be missing something and probably have not researched these products enough but how come gdemu can support disc swap and gd usb controller can't when they essentially are both doing the same thing?
 i thought the only difference between the two products was that gdemu used sd card which has file and size limitations and that gd usb controller used usb devices so size and file limitations would not be an issue. it also seems the usb controller is more user friendly.

With gdemu for disc swap you can simply swap the sd card and then confirm with the game that you swapped discs, or you can push the button on the pcb to the appropriate disc and then confirm with the game. There is no button on usbgd to select the appropriate disc. You need to return to the menu to load the proper gdi, and doing that would reset your game.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TeamShake on August 22, 2014, 06:28 PM
i think i must be missing something and probably have not researched these products enough but how come gdemu can support disc swap and gd usb controller can't when they essentially are both doing the same thing?
 i thought the only difference between the two products was that gdemu used sd card which has file and size limitations and that gd usb controller used usb devices so size and file limitations would not be an issue. it also seems the usb controller is more user friendly.

There are currently some other differences like the usb device doesn't support CDI rips at the moment (but someone said he is going to add that).  MNEMO really hasn't released much information about his device, so until people start getting them, we probably wont know all the differences.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 22, 2014, 11:26 PM
thanks for clearing that up. seems gdemu could be a better investment due to the disc swap thing. the disc swap thing is cool for more than just multi disc games theres codebreaker and other types of cool discs which have been previously mentioned here.
 hopefully gdemu will become more user friendly in time, i don;t like the idea of naming those folders and gdi's a certain way, can't figure out why it has to be that way. maybe that Mnemo guy will figure out some way to make disc swapping possible.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 23, 2014, 12:34 AM
maybe that Mnemo guy will figure out some way to make disc swapping possible.
Maybe a  physical swap like swapping sd cards, If there was an option to automatically boot a game, like say a single gdi image on a flashdrive, then we could just swap like gdemu. I'm guessing the reason you can swap SD cards with gdemu is beacause it auto loads the game in folder 01.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: goombakid on August 23, 2014, 06:37 AM
IDE Alternative...dunno how well it'll work, though.

http://goo.gl/I9uFBn

http://goo.gl/lmoFs6

http://goo.gl/PfAFNJ
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 23, 2014, 11:25 AM
The idea of having loads of 1 gig SD cards with games and labels on them in a folder brings a smile to my face.

Not that practical but a fun idea

All I need now is some kind of massive memory card that can hold all game saves, those 4-1s are annoying with there pages
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on August 23, 2014, 12:46 PM
if you look here: http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?39733-quot-Let-s-make-GD-ROM-emulation-happen-quot-Facebook-group/page70
neuroacid made a menu system for GDEMU  :)

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 23, 2014, 04:17 PM
i also wonder if it's possible for multi disc games without save option before the swap, d2 for example. if there is a way to rip all the game files and rebuild one big gdi out of it. maybe that way at the point of swap you just hit ok at the swap promp screen and the dreamcast reads the information which it needs from the next disc straight from the gdi.
 i don't know if the above idea is possible and maybe the gd usb controller would need support for larger sized images in gdi format.
 hopefully d2 is the only game which don't have the save option before swap, unfortunately it's one of the games i would love to play with the full gdi images, i have a version ripped to 5 dvdrs on 99 minute cdrs which is ok but i bit of a pain.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 23, 2014, 07:39 PM
if you look here: http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?39733-quot-Let-s-make-GD-ROM-emulation-happen-quot-Facebook-group/page70
neuroacid made a menu system for GDEMU  :)

You cannot select the games through the menu, it only shows which GD is already selected.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on August 23, 2014, 10:57 PM
there is a video here about GDMENU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaLsb9fFWHA
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 23, 2014, 11:16 PM
there is a video here about GDMENU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaLsb9fFWHA

Great video!
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 01:09 AM
Received my usbgd today. It is amazing. Installing was as easy as pulling up the gdrom drive and pushing down the usbgd. Cutting the hole in the dreamcast cover was the most time consuming part. I had already dismantled the old gdrom grive in order to get the bracket while I was waiting for it to get here. Format your drive to fat32 with 64kb cluster size. Unzip your gdi's and drag them onto the drive, plug it in and go. I'm using Dumpcast gdi's from trurip (thanks to Kalessindb for pointing me to a good source). Everything works great so far. One thing to note would be that in order to get to the dreamcast main menu, you need to load a game and then press A+B+X+Y+start. You will be returned to the game main menu, pressing the combination again takes you to the dreamcast main menu where you can view your vmu contents and such. Turning on the dreamcast with nothing plugged into the usb will not get you there. If you want to get back to the game selection menu, you have to power down the dreamcast and then power back up. I read on another forum that somebody said cdi and multi disk support was going to be added, I also asked and the answer I got was later down the road. I'm sure he's busy trying to keep up with demand at the moment. Shipping time was amazing, a total of 5 days to my house in the usa. If you get a chance to buy one of these do not hesitate.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on August 29, 2014, 03:27 AM
thanks ZeroWing for sharing your experience with your usbgd. the product does indeed sound great. soon as multidisc and cdi support is added i'm getting one :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 29, 2014, 03:32 AM
Thanks for the update, guess I'll be keeping watch and will pick one up when I can. How's the fit inside the DC? Would it be possible to store the unit completely inside and still have room for a USB cable to be plugged in and also kept inside the DC (making the entire thing internal)?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 04:02 AM
Thanks for the update, guess I'll be keeping watch and will pick one up when I can. How's the fit inside the DC? Would it be possible to store the unit completely inside and still have room for a USB cable to be plugged in and also kept inside the DC (making the entire thing internal)?

It would be impossible to shift the pcb around, there is a connector on the bottom that plugs into the DC motherboard, but it looks like you could desolder the usb port, and solder on a vertical one, and there might be room to plug in a cable. The only part that sticks out is the very tip of the usb port. I'm not for certain though. You can check how much room there would be by opening up your DC and measuring from the metal plate under the black housing for the laser, it should be stamped 3.3v, (if you have a va1) or it is stamped katana (if you have a va0). There's already 2 cables coming out of the back of the dreamcast, so a third is no biggie to me. A fully internal solution would be neat though.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 29, 2014, 04:22 AM
It would be impossible to shift the pcb around, there is a connector on the bottom that plugs into the DC motherboard, but it looks like you could desolder the usb port, and solder on a vertical one, and there might be room to plug in a cable. The only part that sticks out is the very tip of the usb port. I'm not for certain though. You can check how much room there would be by opening up your DC and measuring from the metal plate under the black housing for the laser, it should be stamped 3.3v, (if you have a va1) or it is stamped katana (if you have a va0). There's already 2 cables coming out of the back of the dreamcast, so a third is no biggie to me. A fully internal solution would be neat though.
Thanks, when I get one, I may try to  make something work. I need a smaller security torx set - mine is too wide to get at the screws on the bottom of the DC. Guess I'll be making a run to Home Depot this weekend :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 04:38 AM
You don't need security torx a phillips screw driver is all it takes. Here are some pics of the clearance in the back.

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: goombakid on August 29, 2014, 04:52 AM
I missed it. Where can I pic one of those up?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 05:00 AM
Need to contact mnemo, but he took down his contact info, I think he was a tad overwhelmed with requests. Someone on AG got a reply from him today saying wait a little longer, product is still in beta testing. Pretty sure he is getting ready to mass produce but I don't know for sure.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on August 29, 2014, 05:09 AM
Looks great.

Is that possible to use an external HD with, let's say, 500gb so you can have all the games you like in one place?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 05:18 AM
Looks great.

Is that possible to use an external HD with, let's say, 500gb so you can have all the games you like in one place?

Yes it is  :) Max supported size is 2 TB. I'm currently formatting a 1gb to fat32 but it still has 6 hours left  :(
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: goombakid on August 29, 2014, 05:47 AM
Need to contact mnemo, but he took down his contact info, I think he was a tad overwhelmed with requests. Someone on AG got a reply from him today saying wait a little longer, product is still in beta testing. Pretty sure he is getting ready to mass produce but I don't know for sure.

When that time comes, please let us know.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 29, 2014, 05:59 AM
You don't need security torx a phillips screw driver is all it takes. Here are some pics of the clearance in the back.
That's is what the internet says all over the place, but mine has security torx screws - a phillips will not fit mine. This isn't my original launch DC, but one bought many years later at GameStop. Maybe they replaced them for some reason, I don't know :P I could probably find the right size flat head to fit around the center post and in the little star nooks or whatever you want to call them, but it's not worth risking stripping them just for opening up to verify a few things.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on August 29, 2014, 06:15 AM
You don't need security torx a phillips screw driver is all it takes. Here are some pics of the clearance in the back.
That's is what the internet says all over the place, but mine has security torx screws - a phillips will not fit mine. This isn't my original launch DC, but one bought many years later at GameStop. Maybe they replaced them for some reason, I don't know :P I could probably find the right size flat head to fit around the center post and in the little star nooks or whatever you want to call them, but it's not worth risking stripping them just for opening up to verify a few things.

Those security torx are so annoying, and yeah the screw holes are awfully skinny.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TeamShake on August 29, 2014, 06:17 AM
You don't need security torx a phillips screw driver is all it takes. Here are some pics of the clearance in the back.
That's is what the internet says all over the place, but mine has security torx screws - a phillips will not fit mine. This isn't my original launch DC, but one bought many years later at GameStop. Maybe they replaced them for some reason, I don't know :P I could probably find the right size flat head to fit around the center post and in the little star nooks or whatever you want to call them, but it's not worth risking stripping them just for opening up to verify a few things.

Gamestop must have replaced them to try to keep people out of their refurbs. It originally would have came with Phillips head screws.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 29, 2014, 06:45 AM
Gamestop must have replaced them to try to keep people out of their refurbs. It originally would have came with Phillips head screws.
Doesn't surprise me. Just another reason to hate GS. I haven't been to one in years. I think the last time I stepped foot in one was the Left 4 Dead 2 midnight release.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on August 29, 2014, 08:19 AM
Need to contact mnemo, but he took down his contact info, I think he was a tad overwhelmed with requests. Someone on AG got a reply from him today saying wait a little longer, product is still in beta testing. Pretty sure he is getting ready to mass produce but I don't know for sure.

I got this message too.
Something i don't really understand. Still in beta-testing but some people like you could buy one ?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Paulweeze on August 29, 2014, 08:26 AM
Need to contact mnemo, but he took down his contact info, I think he was a tad overwhelmed with requests. Someone on AG got a reply from him today saying wait a little longer, product is still in beta testing. Pretty sure he is getting ready to mass produce but I don't know for sure.

I got this message too.
Something i don't really understand. Still in beta-testing but some people like you could buy one ?

He said on his site he had a few pcb's for sale, so he must have snagged one of the betas.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on August 29, 2014, 08:49 AM
I got the same message "beta-testing in progress, please, wait" on ICQ a few minutes ago.
It must be an automatic message.
So he did'nt really answer me.
Let's wait...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 29, 2014, 07:10 PM
Id rather buy something finished and tested anyway
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on September 02, 2014, 02:07 PM
if you look here: http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?39733-quot-Let-s-make-GD-ROM-emulation-happen-quot-Facebook-group/page70
neuroacid made a menu system for GDEMU  :)

Hello.
Well, i tried this soft and i can't get it to work.
My GD-EMU seems to work well, the tact button on the board seems to cycle between the different folders, but in the GD-menu, there is no game title display :/
I would like to report this to neuroacid but i can't get my registration on the ASSEMbler forum (still waiting for an administrator to validate my registration, i send them a PM, but nothing moves...)
Well, anyway, if anyone here used this little app, please let me know about it.
Thank you !!
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 03, 2014, 03:06 PM
I bought a USB-GDROM device yesterday, waiting for it to arrive
will let you know how things go when I get it but it seems that it's pretty solid now with the last firmware upgrade
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 03, 2014, 03:47 PM
Awesome Keropi, It really is a sweet device. I have probably over 30 hours or so on mine with the only hiccup being that it doesn't like my external hard drive. I'm selling some stuff on ebay to fund a new HDD, but they don't end till Sunday, so I guess I will have to wait awhile before I can experience having complete Dumpcast in one place. Updating firmware was a snap too. Mnemo emailed me a .bin and after running it on the dreamcast, it was upadated. It only took about 10 seconds to complete.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 03, 2014, 04:16 PM
so there has been a firmware update already? if so what has changed in the new firmware?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 03, 2014, 04:20 PM
so there has been a firmware update already? if so what has changed in the new firmware?

There was a problem with a certain game, where if you skipped the intro movies it would crash back to the dreamcast bios. Also, I found a game that just would not load. After reporting my game to mnemo, a firmware update was sent out 2 days later that resolved both issues.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 03, 2014, 06:49 PM
thats good going, a fixed update in 2 days.
 i was hoping maybe multi disc swapping was added but i guess that was being a little too optimistic. since he mnemo has stated that multi disc swapping will be added in the future i wonder how he will accomplish this since, from what i understand from comments earlier in this thread it wont be a simple feature to implement.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on September 03, 2014, 07:51 PM
I'm so tempted to get a usbgd... but I already have two GDEMU units... buying another similar device looks like a waste of money.

By the way, I got one of this for my GDEMU:

http://www.dx.com/p/gps-sd-sdhc-card-reader-extension-cable-white-black-blue-48cm-218278

It works fine, and it's especially useful if you have a unit without the screw, so you can change SD cards without being extra careful with the mobo connector.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on September 03, 2014, 08:11 PM
It's amazing... I try to contact menmo since many days, with no succes, and you could buy a unit yesterday :/ I tried by mail and by ICQ, but no luck.
Did anyone see my post about GDmenu ?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 03, 2014, 08:45 PM
^ maybe he is keeping a list of potential buyers depending on when they contact him?
He just icq'ed me , what I did was leave the webicq open on my 24/7 "server" pc and he just contacted me...

I am starting to prepare a wd passport 500GB 2.5" hdd with GDIs , not sure what's the best way to treat them, maybe they need optimizing as well?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 03, 2014, 09:21 PM
I am starting to prepare a wd passport 500GB 2.5" hdd with GDIs , not sure what's the best way to treat them, maybe they need optimizing as well?

They don't need to be optimized, in fact when I was doing some testing with mnemo, he requested that I use unaltered bin/raw. I just unzipped them into folders with the name of the game and transferred them straight over. I understand others have successfully converted the bin files to iso to save space though. I did ask about cluster size 32kb vs 64kb and he told me it did not matter, but 64kb was best.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 03, 2014, 09:52 PM
thanks for the info ZeroWing!  :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 03, 2014, 09:53 PM
i was wondering if any of you guys that purchased the usbgd device have a pal dreamcast with a scart cable setup?
 if so there was a few awkward games which needed patches in order for them to display on pal dreamcast with scart setup.
 a few example games are
silver (i had to apply a country check fix patch to the old rip i had)
skies of arcadia (i had to apply a rgb pal fix to this game)
time stalkers (i had to apply (i had to apply a rgb pal fix to this game)
 there are others aswell but thats 3 that came to mind. if anyone has the above setup and unmodded gdi's of these games could you please test and post results? if certain games don't work/display without the fixes that could be a problem when wanting to run full gdi images.
 another question is regarding copy protection. if memory serves me right then back in the day some games had copy protection and there were fixes to remove such protections. i was wondering how usbgd performs when running these copy protected gdi images?
 any help would be great guys, there are a few factors i'm thinking over while considering purchasing one of these devices over the gdemu.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 03, 2014, 11:31 PM
I'm using a ntsc/us console so I won't be able to comment on the scart situation. I know some people have successfully patched their gdi images to be compatible with vga though. Do you remember any of the games that had copy protection? I could give them a quick playtest. Since I received my pcb I have successfully loaded around 50 games, the only exception was a Konami game, and has since been fixed and now loads fine.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 04, 2014, 12:06 AM

By the way, I got one of this for my GDEMU:

http://www.dx.com/p/gps-sd-sdhc-card-reader-extension-cable-white-black-blue-48cm-218278

It works fine, and it's especially useful if you have a unit without the screw, so you can change SD cards without being extra careful with the mobo connector.

Good idea! I am also using a usb extension cable because I am currently stuck with using SD cards and flashsticks, and I wanted to reduce wear and tear on the usb port.

i wonder how he will accomplish this since, from what i understand from comments earlier in this thread it wont be a simple feature to implement.

I was wondering the same, and I am eagerly awaiting this feature.  Also, I just made a short demo video that shows loading from multiple regions and a few CDDA and WinCE games being played. Jump times are in the description, if you don't want to watch the whole thing.
http://youtu.be/VymQBYBagxw
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 04, 2014, 12:56 AM
I have a PAL DC with a RGB-SCART setup , but I have exchanged the bios chip with one that holds that dev-boot-anim one that is also region free... I will test any games you want when I get the board and report back.  :)

edit:
Here is the bios I am talking about: http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/sega-dreamcast-region-free-bios/
I have replaced the chip completely, there is no old-bios to fall back on my console though...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on September 04, 2014, 01:47 AM
So does he have them in stock now for all to buy?
Gonna have a big payday after this years Play Expo and its on the list
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 04, 2014, 02:04 AM
here is a page that i used to get my patches from in the day http://consolecopyworld.com/dc/dc_patches.shtml
 there is a few games listed as copy protected and fixed twinkle star sprites, sonic adventure 2 and so on, i'm not sure if there is actual copy protection like say on the ps1 on any dreamcast games, or if it's more like region/video protection on these games.
 one good bit of news though is that you say some people have successfully patched gdi images, if gdi images can be rgb video fixed then thats one less worry :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 04, 2014, 03:35 AM
I played through the first couple levels of twinkle star sprites with no problems. You can see at least the first level in my demo vid http://youtu.be/VymQBYBagxw I'm going to start a Sonic Adventure 2 game tonight and try and play it through, from what I read online it has some kind of copy protection that won't let you complete the game. I will let you know if there are any problems with that. I'm still not completely sure about rgb patching, people have been able to patch gdi's to be vga compatible using a method like this http://www.epforums.org/showthread.php?56169-Dreamcast-VGA-Compatability-list-amp-Guide but instead of hex editing the .cdi, you edit track01.bin and track03.bin. I think those ppf patches from consoleworld are for .cdi rips, but again, I am unsure.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 04, 2014, 03:51 AM
with a bit of luck any game protections wont kick in with accurate gdi backups. so long as it's possible to modify a gdi with it still working i'm sure it would be possible to achieve the same type of fix as was done to the cdi rips. maybe with these gdi emu devices becoming available we will see patches for gdi's or even tutorials how to fix the video using hex editor as you mentioned.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 04, 2014, 10:28 AM
^ my thoughts exactly, with proper GDIs I doubt the protection fixes are needed
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on September 07, 2014, 04:01 PM
AFAIK, Bleemcast aside, the copy protection on Dreamcast is based on the start sector of second session (e.g: Alone in The Dark 4), start sector of files (e.g: Metropolis Street Racer) or size of files (e.g: Tennis 2K2). The reason is that because these things are not trivial to duplicate in CD-Rs (start sector files, for example, is impossible to mimic, and requires hacking).

Anyway, MSR and Sonic Adventure 2 have strong copy protection mechanisms, and both worked perfectly in GDEMU, so I see no reason why the rest shouldn't.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on September 07, 2014, 04:05 PM
I'm going to start a Sonic Adventure 2 game tonight and try and play it through, from what I read online it has some kind of copy protection that won't let you complete the game.

You are correct, in the chapter "Last", in Eggman's or Tails's level (can't remember), the character will fall out of the level and you won't be able to finish the game. The strange thing is the game works fine until there (progress about 90%?).
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 08, 2014, 12:30 AM
sneaky protections found late in the game have been present in a few games over the years. guess the devs figured it would be more annoying this way lol.
 so from what i gather sonic adventure 2 and others are completable with the gdemu using gdi's? if so i would assume the same as tux that the games should be completable using the usbgd device so long as they are good gdi rips.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 08, 2014, 01:22 AM
I cleared Sonic Adventure 2 with no problems. I got to the part in the "Last" episode, right after Tails part where Eggman falls through, and it was all good. Tried it multiple times.  I did find an issue with hard drive compatibility though. It appears usbgd is not compatible with hard drives that have physical sectors of 4k. If you have an old external hard drive sitting around, chances are it is has 512 bytes sectors and will work just fine, however you will be hard pressed to find a new hard drive for purchase that is not 4k sectors. I messaged mnemo about it and he said it was possible to add support, but he would need such a HDD to do it, and he doesn't have one.  :(  Guess I'm still stuck with flash drives and sd cards.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 08, 2014, 03:04 AM
Interesting note on the 4k sectors... even windows had issues with this when it first appeared.
Just checked my 500GB WD passport drive I plan to use , it has 512bytes sectors  :)

4k sectors started appearing in hdds larger than 500MB AFAIK, so getting an older 320-500GB one is still possible.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 08, 2014, 04:01 AM
500gb drive should be plenty anyway. i would not want unplayable japan games or duplicates of games from different regions which would proably inflate the library a great deal.
 one version of each game inc playable japan games and homebrew should fit on a 500gb drive.
 still you would think there is a way to reformat the external hd and change the sector size with one of the tools out there, saying that maybe i'm thinking of cluster size. ihad to reformat some 2tb external hard drives to fat 32 using fat32formatter for sumvision cyclone compatibility and also swissknife is very good so there are some useful tools out there for this sort of thing.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on September 08, 2014, 04:28 AM
Yes, you are thinking of cluster size. I am referring to physical sector size, which cannot be changed. Here's an article http://www.seagate.com/tech-insights/advanced-format-4k-sector-hard-drives-master-ti/   A full US set of unzipped gdi comes to 320gb, and it is the smallest size set of the three regions, I would not want dupes on my drive either, but add demos and promos and if cdi is ever supported, homebrew and you can go way over 500gb. A couple people at AG are using 1 TB drives, so there should be a few out there with 512 sector size. I tried to find some on Ebay but there isn't much info regarding what sector size they use. Googling model numbers and part numbers didn't turn much up either. Seagate says they stopped making 512 sector drives in 2011, and western digital around 2009, so I'm guessing seagate would be easier to find, going to give them a call tomorrow when their customer support opens and try and get some model numbers.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on September 08, 2014, 05:03 AM
I did find an issue with hard drive compatibility though. It appears usbgd is not compatible with hard drives that have physical sectors of 4k. If you have an old external hard drive sitting around, chances are it is has 512 bytes sectors and will work just fine, however you will be hard pressed to find a new hard drive for purchase that is not 4k sectors. I messaged mnemo about it and he said it was possible to add support, but he would need such a HDD to do it, and he doesn't have one.  :(  Guess I'm still stuck with flash drives and sd cards.
Hopefully 4k can be supported via a firmware update at some point, though I'd agree that 500GB is more than enough for what most people might actually play. Still...the sale of one of these is enough to cover a decent 1 or 2 TB external drive in order to expand functionality for the future...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 08, 2014, 07:22 AM
right i get it. done a quick search on amazon and it seems that they most often don't mention bytes per sector size. this one does http://www.amazon.co.uk/SEAGATE-Constellation-7200-SATA-6GBs/dp/B0059VSPKW/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1410149844&sr=1-4&keywords=1tb+external+hard+drive+512+sector but i don't like the price... not one bit.
 as as you say ZeroWing there are a few out there but without info regarding the sector size it's a nightmare lol
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 08, 2014, 10:21 AM
at some point it was a b*tch to find a 640GB 2.5" HDD with 512bytes sectors, I wanted one for my ps3 that had problems with 4k devices that started appear back then. Companies like WD had 640GB drives with both setups, 512bytes and 4k "advanced format" - I had to look into datasheets to find a good model...
I had no idea that there were 1TB 512bytes drives...

For me 500GB is enough, there are ~200GB free for cdi's and one can surely thin out the US set from unneeded games...
btw, is there a list of PAL-only unique games? is it true that they are only 15-20 of them?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on September 08, 2014, 06:22 PM
For me 500GB is enough, there are ~200GB free for cdi's and one can surely thin out the US set from unneeded games...
btw, is there a list of PAL-only unique games? is it true that they are only 15-20 of them?
Good job EA didnt flood the Dreamcast with bloody sports titles
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on September 09, 2014, 03:27 AM
Good job EA didnt flood the Dreamcast with bloody sports titles

...so Sega could fill the space with amazing sport games :)

Except for soccer... Dreamcast never had a great soccer game...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Tux on September 09, 2014, 03:40 AM
btw, is there a list of PAL-only unique games? is it true that they are only 15-20 of them?

Code: [Select]
90 Minutes: Sega Championship Football
Aqua GT
European Super League
Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles
Exhibition of Speed
F1 Racing Championship
F1 World Grand Prix II
Fighting Vipers 2
Giant Killers
Headhunter
Jimmy White's 2: Cueball
Moho
Planet Ring
Pro Pinball Collection
Rez
Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000
Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000 Euro Edition
Shenmue II
Stunt GP
Taxi 2
Toy Racer
UEFA Dream Soccer
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Summarized from here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dreamcast_games

There are some indies I did not put in the list.

Of this list, I'd say it's a pity that Headhunter and Shenmue II never hit US, they're masterpieces.

F1 World Grand Prix II is also pretty good.

I played the french Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles for a while and it looked like a very well built game...

I never played Rez, but I heard people saying it's a very good and original game.

My last comment is that it's surprising the amount of soccer games that never hit US.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 14, 2014, 03:59 PM
Got the unit yesterday, working great!
Here are some pics of how to install it in the original gd-rom shell so it can be used safely without stressing the motherboard connector.
The usb-gdrom board has the exact same dimensions as the stock pcb so you can just replace it. The only modification needed is the removal of a small part at the bottom shield so the usb port pins in the back don't touch it:

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/restqp/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_003_zpse25ef6ec.jpg) (http://s125.photobucket.com/user/restqp/media/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_003_zpse25ef6ec.jpg.html)

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/restqp/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_004_zps00ca73c9.jpg) (http://s125.photobucket.com/user/restqp/media/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_004_zps00ca73c9.jpg.html)

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/restqp/Console%20mods/WP_20140914_005_zps366f3e87.jpg) (http://s125.photobucket.com/user/restqp/media/Console%20mods/WP_20140914_005_zps366f3e87.jpg.html)

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/restqp/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_007_zpsd3b63e3b.jpg) (http://s125.photobucket.com/user/restqp/media/Console%20mods/WP_20140913_007_zpsd3b63e3b.jpg.html)


I also found that ReDump GDI rips don't work, you need to use TOSEC/DUMPCAST ones... so beware and save yourself time/bandwidth  ;)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 14, 2014, 08:07 PM
i wonder why redump gdi rips wont work.
 i suppose the other question is will either of these devices play sturmwind. i own an original copy but if i change out my dreamcast laser for either of these devices then will i lose compatibility for this game?
 i was thinking about getting a second cheap dreamcast for one of these devices and keeping my current dc as is anyway but i cant make my mind up. i guess if the compatibility were to be 100% there would be no point in keeping the laser dc as is and i might aswell just upgrade it.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on September 14, 2014, 08:49 PM
"Have the money to buy one"
"Cant buy one"

Bugger
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 15, 2014, 09:00 PM
^ try ICQ harder , someone posted they ordered a unit today
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 15, 2014, 10:26 PM
when the unit is perfected hopefully MNEMO can get larger production runs going so the units would be more obtainable like everdrives. would be nice if online stores like retrotowers (uk) and stoneagegamer (usa) were to stock them.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on September 15, 2014, 10:44 PM
The hyperspin final on usenet works for me,they are gdi dumps.they are ntsc,but wit the program gdemu sd,you can make them region free .
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on September 15, 2014, 10:45 PM
when the unit is perfected hopefully MNEMO can get larger production runs going so the units would be more obtainable like everdrives. would be nice if online stores like retrotowers (uk) and stoneagegamer (usa) were to stock them.
Is it MNEMO's 3DO adapter that SAG carries (http://www.stoneagegamer.com/more.../3do/3do-systems-accessories/)? Seems like this may be a possibility down the line.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on September 15, 2014, 11:55 PM
when the unit is perfected hopefully MNEMO can get larger production runs going so the units would be more obtainable like everdrives. would be nice if online stores like retrotowers (uk) and stoneagegamer (usa) were to stock them.
Is it MNEMO's 3DO adapter that SAG carries (http://www.stoneagegamer.com/more.../3do/3do-systems-accessories/)? Seems like this may be a possibility down the line.

yeah your right. i didn't know SAG were selling these. i would love to get one for my fz-10, problem is i wouldn't have the skills to do the mod myself. the dreamcast device is much easier to install thankfully.
 anyway nicely spotted. if SAG are selling MNEMO'S 3DO adapter then that means SAG and MNEMO are doing business together, seems a logical step that a device for the dreamcast console which from my knowledge has a far larger fanbase than the 3do should be stocked by SAG.
 i'm gonna get me one of these 3do adapters sometime. i will have to send it off to some modding store or online modder to get the mod done though.
 thanks Mattroid for the info :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on September 16, 2014, 12:42 AM
Some months ago 2 3do were sold on eBay, one with the usb adapter and one with the Ide.. I've won the one with the Ide adapter but I spent around 400$.. anyway it works great with every game I've tried and is compatible even with Ide 44pins to sata adapters!

Today mnemo answered at one of my friends using icq, he has some pcb ready and we are going to buy 2 of them but I don't know how many others are left.. By the way he accepts only western union payment
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ryual on September 19, 2014, 10:33 PM
Same here. Also mailed him and he said Western Union only. Which is a pity...
Title: R: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on September 19, 2014, 11:00 PM
Same here. Also mailed him and he said Western Union only. Which is a pity...
I hate that kind of payment..
Title: Re: R: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Comp1demon on September 24, 2014, 02:30 AM
Same here. Also mailed him and he said Western Union only. Which is a pity...
I hate that kind of payment..

I have been a long time reader of this site, but never a forum member I have been over on the assembelergames forms for most of the talk on these projects.

I personally have bought from MNEMO. I am a US Buyer and I paid Western Union.

I know it is not preferable for most people but I can tell you this. He has been a long time member of the community.
He did design and supply SAG with the 3DO USB device.

Speaking to him via ICQ he does have a plan to make a ton of these devices, probably to sell to SAG and others to resell
but right now he is doing 10-20 at a time by hand.

My transaction once WU got it right was smooth. Dealing with WU is a whole other story and not MNEMOS fault at all.
I have my 3DO and Dreamcast Boards - they took 11 days to get to me. I will install them this weekend.

Hope my experience and the experience of others (go read the thread at assemblers) should set anyones mind at ease about paying MNEMO via WU.
There are almost 10 people who have including my self and a good friend of mine and everyone got their boards FAST.

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Greg2600 on September 28, 2014, 06:11 PM
Has the MNEMO usb board had it's final revision?  I'm pretty confident GDEMU SD has seen it's last major revision for quite some time.  I'm more apprehensive about buying the USB-GD thing if it's due to be revised.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on September 28, 2014, 07:29 PM
is the usb board for 3do fz-1 available and where?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 28, 2014, 09:35 PM
Has the MNEMO usb board had it's final revision?  I'm pretty confident GDEMU SD has seen it's last major revision for quite some time.  I'm more apprehensive about buying the USB-GD thing if it's due to be revised.

I asked MNEMO last week, he says there will not be another hardware revision, just software updates.
At some point though the end user will be able to solder on the board the original drive open/close lid switch , it will be supported in the future. That's all I know for now.
Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mickkn on September 28, 2014, 09:55 PM
Are there still GDUSB in stock?


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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on September 28, 2014, 10:39 PM
^ you'll have to contact MNEMO via ICQ , he has 3 pieces ready to go
remember , he only accepts Western Union payments
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mickkn on September 30, 2014, 11:02 AM
^ you'll have to contact MNEMO via ICQ , he has 3 pieces ready to go
remember , he only accepts Western Union payments

What is his UIN number?

Edit: Found him, he don't sell atm. tho
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on October 21, 2014, 01:07 AM
It looks like SAG will have these in 2015. No word on price yet: https://www.facebook.com/StoneAgeGamer/photos/a.304816229534791.92328.136116593071423/962982840384790/?type=1
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TeamShake on October 21, 2014, 02:09 AM
Price will probably be about the same considering they are buying them in bulk.  They will mark them up a bit, but shipping will be cheaper so it should hopefully even out.

I am thinking this will sell really well now that it will be easier to buy.  MNEMO was probably having trouble finding the GDROM connector.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on January 28, 2015, 03:23 PM
Anyone keeping up with either of these anymore? I noticed that the page (hidden or otherwise) on MNEMO's site is gone.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on January 28, 2015, 04:48 PM
i want usb device or ide for fz1 3do,where is it availlable?
i have gdemu and rhea,working great,but think the orders are closed for now.
also got an ultrasatan,for my ste,and its great.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on January 28, 2015, 05:21 PM
i want usb device or ide for fz1 3do,where is it availlable?
i have gdemu and rhea,working great,but think the orders are closed for now.
also got an ultrasatan,for my ste,and its great.
Stoneagegamer.com (http://www.stoneagegamer.com/more.../3do/ (http://www.stoneagegamer.com/more.../3do/)) is the official reseller for mnemo's prpducts i have the ide version for the fz10 and gd usb emulator and they are fantastic! But the deunan's products are quite better due to his support
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on January 28, 2015, 05:42 PM
saw that before,but will one of these working on panasonic FZ-1?
FZ10 and GDO101 are different than fz-1.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on January 28, 2015, 05:49 PM
saw that before,but will one of these working on panasonic FZ-1?
FZ10 and GDO101 are different than fz-1.
I know, but mnemo is quite strage, he doesn't communicate much with users so there are no info on that, you can contact him only with irc but he's often offline..
So if you want to be secure I suggest you to buy a fz-10 and do the mod like I did..the fz10 aren't so rare and the price is quite fair
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on January 28, 2015, 07:30 PM
think thats the best i can do,bad communication,maybe deunan will make one,better buy from him,good support and communication.
i dont like buying from persons that you almost not cant get in contact with.
its not that i must have it,dont play much on that thing,but will be nice to have it.
gona wait,maybe in the future ill find some,i'm not gona install icq,dont use before,so why now just for that.
if i cant contact that guy on a normal way,so be it.
thx filip
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on January 28, 2015, 08:52 PM
think thats the best i can do,bad communication,maybe deunan will make one,better buy from him,good support and communication.
i dont like buying from persons that you almost not cant get in contact with.
its not that i must have it,dont play much on that thing,but will be nice to have it.
gona wait,maybe in the future ill find some,i'm not gona install icq,dont use before,so why now just for that.
if i cant contact that guy on a normal way,so be it.
thx filip
I've sent him lots of mail for weeks and never answered..Finally one day he answered at a friend of mine via irc and I was able to buy his products but since then no fw updates, he doesn't host updates anywhere but he sends the .bin by email at the users who ask for it (without any way to know if there is one)..after few month I got only an update for the DC USB host, but nothing for the 3do..
By the way his products are working well but no support is a great issue..
His products are also quite expensive compared to the others 150-210€ with shipping and he accepts only western union transfer (a real pain in the ass)
I don't know if Deunan will develop for 3do (I hope), I've got Rhea and gdemu and he fixed a lots of problem with updates and he always answer at mails..
As far as I know after Rhea he should develop for pce and then for mega cd..I will buy everything he will develop for :D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on January 28, 2015, 10:01 PM
yep,sega cd i will also buy,pce is only super cdrom,and i have turbo duo,so will wait till he make one for them.
yeah,and now im even more convinced to not buy from mnemo,i read some reviews,working great,but like you said.
with such devices almost no support is a disaster,and you must mail him to get the update,strange.
better keep my money and spend it on deunan,he really deserves it.
always get response on mail and when asking questions.
support is good by him,website ect...
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on January 28, 2015, 10:38 PM
yep,sega cd i will also buy,pce is only super cdrom,and i have turbo duo,so will wait till he make one for them.
yeah,and now im even more convinced to not buy from mnemo,i read some reviews,working great,but like you said.
with such devices almost no support is a disaster,and you must mail him to get the update,strange.
better keep my money and spend it on deunan,he really deserves it.
always get response on mail and when asking questions.
support is good by him,website ect...
The only thing I regret of deunan's products is the lack of a native ui..I hope he will develop an interface like gdmenu for Rhea too!
Yeah, unless you don't need a 3do replacement due to dead laser I suggest you to wait..and for now the gdemu is better than the mnemo's one..not publishing update on a website and ignoring customers will kill all the features of his products..it's a pity because he has a lot of potential and he's the only one who developed an ode for 3do..
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on January 29, 2015, 09:38 AM
See I'm very happy with Mnemo's 3DO device.  Granted he's not exactly the easiest to get in touch with, but that's okay.  Has there been a firmware update for that, does anyone know?  I feel as though if SAG is being the official distributor, we could probably harass him to keep the firmware updates :D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on January 29, 2015, 11:03 AM
See I'm very happy with Mnemo's 3DO device.  Granted he's not exactly the easiest to get in touch with, but that's okay.  Has there been a firmware update for that, does anyone know?  I feel as though if SAG is being the official distributor, we could probably harass him to keep the firmware updates :D
The version of my ide model says v.12.06.11 what's your?
Anyway, never get an update but all the games I've tried are working (but sometime don't boot at the first try)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: cleeg on May 31, 2015, 09:38 PM
I have one of these on the way, also a copy of Sturmwind.  As I understand that this game has a more advanced copy routine I wonder if it is possible to dump it as a gdi to SD card using the DCSDRip program and SD serial port adapter as I usually do?

I must stress that I have no intention to process this game into a bootable disc for use in DC optical drives.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 01, 2015, 12:32 AM
Did I miss another ordering window?
Its such an annoying method to just have to keep checking the site, why not just have a waiting list?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 01, 2015, 01:04 AM
Did I miss another ordering window?
Its such an annoying method to just have to keep checking the site, why not just have a waiting list?
My second gdemu is on the way too, but I've asked for it in January/February, preorders are still closed as far as I know..my only regret is that I didn't ask for a 2nd rhea too, they're never enough!! ;)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 01, 2015, 04:00 AM
sturmwind has been properly cracked for a little while now. i want both gdemu and rhea products. guess i will have to keep checking the site in case a preorder window opens up.
 i agree that it's not the best way to buy one of these things, having to keep checking the site is a pain and i imagine with more and more people wanting these products it would be easy to miss the chance to get an order in.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 01, 2015, 05:53 AM
I want both, but would prefer the Saturn one as im not really a Dreamcast fan
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 01, 2015, 08:11 AM
For GDEMU owners, there is a new version of GDmenu available at ASSEMbler :
http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-147
and Rhea menu coming soon :)
Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: nio on June 01, 2015, 11:13 AM
Still waiting for the chance to buy a GDemu und a Rhea.


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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: opt2not on June 02, 2015, 04:39 AM
For GDEMU owners, there is a new version of GDmenu available at ASSEMbler :
http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-147
and Rhea menu coming soon :)

And cdi support for the USB-GDROM is at 95%!  wooot!!

Can't wait for the Rhea menu as well!
Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: nio on June 09, 2015, 04:09 PM
Still closed for ordering. :-(


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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on June 09, 2015, 05:26 PM
Stone Age Gamer updated their FB cover image yesterday and add this banner to their site as well. While this is advertising the TooManyGames event, it may mean we could see it on SAG soon.

(http://www.stoneagegamer.com/images/promo/19/dreamcast_usb1.png)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 13, 2015, 07:03 AM
For anybody interested in Mnemo's USB GD-rom controller:

I was sent a new firmware update with CDI support, an improved menu, improved loading speeds, and also the ability to disc swap. In order to disc swap you have to desolder the lid switch from the old gd-rom pcb and then solder it onto your usb gd-rom controller. You then have to pre-mount the disc you want to swap to in the menu with X button. So for example, if you wanted to use CodeBreaker with Crazy Taxi, from the menu you would highlight Crazy Taxi with the X button, and then load DiscBreaker with the A button. When code breaker asks you to swap discs, simply open the dreamcast lid and then close it. Easy as that. The CDI support is great, adding homebrew and games that were never commercially released like the half life beta, to the library. Also there seems to be a new version (Ver.5) with an internal usb port, for those that don't like having the usb port in the back.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on June 13, 2015, 07:39 AM
Welll that settles it.  New firmware, easier disc swap, and internal USB?  I gotta sell my GDEMU and get Mnemo's machine once SAG is selling it.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: opt2not on June 13, 2015, 10:10 PM
For anybody interested in Mnemo's USB GD-rom controller:

I was sent a new firmware update with CDI support, an improved menu, improved loading speeds, and also the ability to disc swap. In order to disc swap you have to desolder the lid switch from the old gd-rom pcb and then solder it onto your usb gd-rom controller. You then have to pre-mount the disc you want to swap to in the menu with X button. So for example, if you wanted to use CodeBreaker with Crazy Taxi, from the menu you would highlight Crazy Taxi with the X button, and then load DiscBreaker with the A button. When code breaker asks you to swap discs, simply open the dreamcast lid and then close it. Easy as that. The CDI support is great, adding homebrew and games that were never commercially released like the half life beta, to the library. Also there seems to be a new version (Ver.5) with an internal usb port, for those that don't like having the usb port in the back.
This is incredible news! Is there anywhere I can download this new firmware?  Also, would you mind showing me what you did to de/solder the switch ?
Also, where is the best place to get information on the USB-GDRom?  Does Mnemo have a blog or site I can go to for updates?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 13, 2015, 11:55 PM
For anybody interested in Mnemo's USB GD-rom controller:

I was sent a new firmware update with CDI support, an improved menu, improved loading speeds, and also the ability to disc swap. In order to disc swap you have to desolder the lid switch from the old gd-rom pcb and then solder it onto your usb gd-rom controller. You then have to pre-mount the disc you want to swap to in the menu with X button. So for example, if you wanted to use CodeBreaker with Crazy Taxi, from the menu you would highlight Crazy Taxi with the X button, and then load DiscBreaker with the A button. When code breaker asks you to swap discs, simply open the dreamcast lid and then close it. Easy as that. The CDI support is great, adding homebrew and games that were never commercially released like the half life beta, to the library. Also there seems to be a new version (Ver.5) with an internal usb port, for those that don't like having the usb port in the back.
This is incredible news! Is there anywhere I can download this new firmware?  Also, would you mind showing me what you did to de/solder the switch ?
Also, where is the best place to get information on the USB-GDRom?  Does Mnemo have a blog or site I can go to for updates?

Mnemo hands out his firmware personally, I don't think there is any place you can go to download it. You can contact him on ICQ if you would like more info on obtaining firmware. De-soldering the switch and then installing it into the usb controller was pretty basic and took less than 10 minutes. You will need a de-soldering iron or a spring loaded solder sucker. I used a de-soldering iron like this.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c133/ZeroWing_Labs/switch%201_zpsnury8nmq.jpg) (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/ZeroWing_Labs/media/switch%201_zpsnury8nmq.jpg.html)

The switch is located on the old gd-rom pcb here. This is looking at the pcb from the top view, there is no switch there because I already removed it.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c133/ZeroWing_Labs/switch%202_zpsktssfq3q.jpg) (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/ZeroWing_Labs/media/switch%202_zpsktssfq3q.jpg.html)

Flip the pcb over and de-solder these 4 points. It's as easy as squeezing the bulb of the de-soldering iron, gently pressing the tip of the iron on the old solder to melt it, and then releasing the bulb to suck up the melted solder.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c133/ZeroWing_Labs/switch%203_zpsqafwtxc1.jpg) (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/ZeroWing_Labs/media/switch%203_zpsqafwtxc1.jpg.html)

Once the old solder is removed you can just pull out the switch. Install the switch into the usb controller here.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c133/ZeroWing_Labs/switch%204_zpshejsbuxk.jpg) (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/ZeroWing_Labs/media/switch%204_zpshejsbuxk.jpg.html)

Make sure that it is as straight as you can get it. On my ver.1 usb controller, the pcb is alot thicker than the old gd-rom pcb. I found the legs didn't stick out as far on the backside of the usb controller pcb, leaving you less material to solder to. At any rate, flip the usb controller over and solder the 4 legs in with a pencil tip soldering iron and you're finished.

Mnemo's dreamcast page is located here http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm (http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm) and his contact info is on this page http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm (http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm)

Hope it helps a little.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: opt2not on June 14, 2015, 05:50 AM
Thanks so much for the info!
I'll get in contact with MNEMO about the firmware, and start prepping my board for the lid switch.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on June 14, 2015, 12:15 PM
contact him??
i used skype to contact him for almost 3 weeks.
i want to buy his fz-1 3do adapter.
no response,i give up.
if he wants to sell those items,at least check skype or icq once in a week.
its hopeless.
i dont know what i can do more to contact him.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 14, 2015, 02:08 PM
The issues with mnemo really are this lack of "communication and connectivity".
It's hard to contact him, hard to order, hard to pay (last time i checked, 'twas only by bank transfer), hard to get news, hard to get updates/fixes.

I don't judge his product as i don't have one.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on June 14, 2015, 02:28 PM
my 3do is fully functional at the moment,gona see if there is a replacement laser for it in case it failes.
and dont gona send more messages to mnemo.
its like begging to buy his product.
further i gona hold an eye for deunan website for the pce ode.
love my rhea and gdemu,and godthank deunan is easyer for contacting and updates for his products.
respect for him.
Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: nio on June 14, 2015, 03:44 PM
Finally! Ordered Rhea and GDEMU yesterday. :-)

Need help finding a supported Saturn, only have a ST-V.


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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 14, 2015, 04:40 PM
yeah i sent a request to deunan for both gdemu and rhea on friday and i got replies today confirming my orders in the waiting list. fast friendly service so far :)
 @ nio - i told deunan that i want to keep my modded white jap saturn as is and i'm going to get a 2nd saturn for the rhea, he told me there is only one model of rhea available and that he would send me both the leg posts versions but i would need an early model saturn if thats any help.
 if deunan is making more of these drive replacements for other systems i will buy them all. if pce is next thats exciting news :)
Title: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: nio on June 14, 2015, 06:44 PM
cool!

krizz, deunan and darksoft are my heros :-)


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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 15, 2015, 12:24 AM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: keropi on June 15, 2015, 01:16 AM
new firmware supports ISO and CDI images  :D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 15, 2015, 01:29 PM
Thats all very well for those that have one, thanks to his stupid way of ordering them I might just go with an easyer to get alt one
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 15, 2015, 02:24 PM
gdemu and rhea pre orders seem to be closed already. really glad i checked the website everyday and did not miss the pre order window.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 15, 2015, 02:31 PM
Thing is, now he's working on a 21-pins version of GDEMU, the waiting list will grow endlessly...
He should really look for a second hand help.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 15, 2015, 02:50 PM
yeah and with him working on a pce drive replacement he is going to be inundated with people wanting to buy his products.
 well i downloaded a tosec set of gdi's ready for the gdemu with some useful tools including gdmenu v0.5 but i'm sure i read there was a menu for rhea aswell but i can't find a link for it on deunans site. is the rheamenu available yet or is it something being worked on.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 15, 2015, 03:12 PM
The Rhea's menu is not available for now, still in development.
If you're new to the GDEMU/RHEA scene, this is some usefull posts from a thread you should bookmark :

- GDEMU SD Card maker : tool that helps you to set the SD card for your GDEMU
its last version : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-151#post-815548
a simple guide : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-150#post-814855

Tip : i used this tool to set my Rhea SD card, but just for the file creation/CDi choose. Didn't use the VGA/Region Free options obviously, neither the custom menu, as they're made for Dreamcast.

- last news about Rhea's menu : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-147#post-812828
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 15, 2015, 03:53 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 15, 2015, 03:57 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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The same thing happened to me. If you look in the readme.txt file it says "If you have early model USB-GD Controller- After update contact with me." He will get you up and running again. He sent me another file I had to put on my usb media, and then everything was working great.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 15, 2015, 04:02 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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The same thing happened to me. If you look in the readme.txt file it says "If you have early model USB-GD Controller- After update contact with me." He will get you up and running again. He sent me another file I had to put on my usb media, and then everything was working great.
I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 15, 2015, 04:05 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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I'm not sure if the file he sent me is compatible with all devices. When I had the freezing issue, a file was created on my usb media called GD_DEBUG.bin , I had to send him this file and then he sent me the fix. If it was just the same file to fix all early models, I'm guessing it would have been included in the update pack.

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 15, 2015, 04:11 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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I'm not sure if the file he sent me is compatible with all devices. When I had the freezing issue, a file was created on my usb media called GD_DEBUG.bin , I had to send him this file and then he sent me the fix. If it was just the same file to fix all early models, I'm guessing it would have been included in the update pack.
Ok, I understand, I hope to get an answer soon..cdi are working but gdi are freezing, thank you for your answers


Unfortunately it seems that I don't have any gddebug.bin on my hdd
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 15, 2015, 04:13 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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I'm not sure if the file he sent me is compatible with all devices. When I had the freezing issue, a file was created on my usb media called GD_DEBUG.bin , I had to send him this file and then he sent me the fix. If it was just the same file to fix all early models, I'm guessing it would have been included in the update pack.
Ok, I understand, I hope to get an answer soon..cdi are working but gdi are freezing, thank you for your answers

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Does the freeze happen in the menu when you choose the game, or after the dreamcast logo is displayed?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 15, 2015, 04:19 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.
I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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I'm not sure if the file he sent me is compatible with all devices. When I had the freezing issue, a file was created on my usb media called GD_DEBUG.bin , I had to send him this file and then he sent me the fix. If it was just the same file to fix all early models, I'm guessing it would have been included in the update pack.
Ok, I understand, I hope to get an answer soon..cdi are working but gdi are freezing, thank you for your answers

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Does the freeze happen in the menu when you choose the game, or after the dreamcast logo is displayed?
The menu freezes after I press A on a gdi file
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: ZeroWing on June 15, 2015, 04:23 PM
Just a quick update. Looks like you can now download the latest firmware  update for usb gd-rom controller from http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm and there is also a pic of the new internal usb version.

I've just updated and now when I try to launch a game it freeze..no way to downgrade :(

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I'm trying to contact MNEMO but with no luck for now, could you send me your file in the meanwhile please?

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I'm not sure if the file he sent me is compatible with all devices. When I had the freezing issue, a file was created on my usb media called GD_DEBUG.bin , I had to send him this file and then he sent me the fix. If it was just the same file to fix all early models, I'm guessing it would have been included in the update pack.
Ok, I understand, I hope to get an answer soon..cdi are working but gdi are freezing, thank you for your answers

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Does the freeze happen in the menu when you choose the game, or after the dreamcast logo is displayed?
The menu freezes after I press A on a gdi file

Yeah that's the exact same issue I had, I guess wait for him to respond. ICQ is best, he has been on there 24/7 recently
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: sk8er000 on June 15, 2015, 05:30 PM
thanks to mnemo I've solved my issue, just be careful that the file GD_DEBUG.bin file is being erased autometically from the console when you power on :D
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 15, 2015, 06:21 PM
The Rhea's menu is not available for now, still in development.
If you're new to the GDEMU/RHEA scene, this is some usefull posts from a thread you should bookmark :

- GDEMU SD Card maker : tool that helps you to set the SD card for your GDEMU
its last version : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-151#post-815548
a simple guide : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-150#post-814855

Tip : i used this tool to set my Rhea SD card, but just for the file creation/CDi choose. Didn't use the VGA/Region Free options obviously, neither the custom menu, as they're made for Dreamcast.

- last news about Rhea's menu : http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/lets-make-gd-rom-emulation-happen-facebook-group.39733/page-147#post-812828

cheers for the links. looking forward for the release of the rhea menu. bagged myself a early model saturn of ebay which stopped reading disks. seems like the laser is worn out. good thing i wont be needing a laser with the rhea :)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 15, 2015, 10:39 PM
Thing is, now he's working on a 21-pins version of GDEMU, the waiting list will grow endlessly...
He should really look for a second hand help.

Thre is no waiting list, just check every day

A waiting list would work out better for those not glued to a screen 24 hours a day
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 16, 2015, 08:11 AM
By waiting list i meant the people wanting this item.
personnaly i already have both GDEMU and Rhea, so i'm not interested. Maybe the 21-pins version, but that's a budget
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 16, 2015, 02:21 PM
By waiting list i meant the people wanting this item.
personnaly i already have both GDEMU and Rhea, so i'm not interested. Maybe the 21-pins version, but that's a budget
I think theres quite a few for that
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 16, 2015, 03:50 PM
The other CD-related system i would like to be in research for an ODE is Mega-CD (or Sega-CD). Deunan told me that it would be far more complicated than expected because the CD-reading process is not only handled only by the CD drive board, but by some of the mobo too (as far as i understood).
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 16, 2015, 03:58 PM
Also Mega CD games are an arse to burn
I gave up/couldn't be arsed to get them running well with music
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 16, 2015, 04:18 PM
Weird, i can't remember such problems... but it's been ages since i played Mega-CD games.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on June 16, 2015, 04:24 PM
they have to be WMV music files then all files have to be burned in the right order.

SOD IT!!!
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 16, 2015, 05:42 PM
so a mega cd ode would eliminate mega cd iso issues? i've heard some about mega cd games being a pain to burn in the past but would it not be the case that if the image is not ripped 100% 1 to 1 image that the ode may have issues with music tracks and such?
 emulating mega cd works well with neogenesis for xbox, all my mega cd games are iso/mp3 format with no issues but i would prefer the real thing to emulation but i doubt i would be in a hurry to purchase a mega cd with all the burning issues. a mega cd ode though that would force me to purchase a mega cd yesterday.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DandySephy on June 17, 2015, 03:35 AM
Also Mega CD games are an arse to burn
I gave up/couldn't be arsed to get them running well with music
No more than any other iso, providing it's good quality one to start with and. None of this Iso+mp3 crap. Use iso's from a proper archiving collection and you'll be fine. Don't download random ones from ad filled websites.

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 17, 2015, 03:57 PM
Also Mega CD games are an arse to burn
I gave up/couldn't be arsed to get them running well with music
No more than any other iso, providing it's good quality one to start with and. None of this Iso+mp3 crap. Use iso's from a proper archiving collection and you'll be fine. Don't download random ones from ad filled websites.



any hint as to which archive i should look for in case i decide to buy a mega cd? if there is an archive of direct 1-1 isos which i can just burn to cdrs with imageburn with no hassle i will get a mega cd no questions asked.

also i was wondering guys, i have downloaded the tosec dreamcast gdi collection as i've heard that the tosec collection is reliable for the gdemu but what about the saturn and rhea? does anyone know whats the best saturn iso collection for use with the rhea?
 i'm not asking for iso links or anything as i should be able to find what i'm looking for, just wondering whats the best set.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: MockyLock on June 17, 2015, 04:06 PM
I personnaly chose Trurip for Sega-CD and TOSEC for Saturn.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 17, 2015, 06:03 PM
tosec for saturn it is then. i have never heard of trurip, i will check it out thanks.

edit - had a nightmare finding a torrent for saturn tosec which was not dead. i found a torrent for the trurip saturn set. does anyone know if the trurip images work ok with the rhea, the files are in CCD+IMG+SUB format so i have no reason to suspect that the images would be incompatible
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on June 18, 2015, 12:34 AM
I'd recommend Darkwater for Saturn.  They've only (really) done Saturn and SegaCD, but I've never had a problem with their rips and they have (iirc) 100% of the US Saturn releases done, as well as all the English-language Euro exclusives and a good portion of the JP exclusives as well.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DandySephy on June 18, 2015, 03:45 AM
tosec for saturn it is then. i have never heard of trurip, i will check it out thanks.

edit - had a nightmare finding a torrent for saturn tosec which was not dead. i found a torrent for the trurip saturn set. does anyone know if the trurip images work ok with the rhea, the files are in CCD+IMG+SUB format so i have no reason to suspect that the images would be incompatible
Isn't Trurip a fork/rename of Tosec's cd side?

Either way, Truip/Tosec/Darkwater are the best things to use. The CCD/Img/SUb are supported by Rhea.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: butfluffy on June 18, 2015, 04:05 AM
had no probs finding the saturn set at all but mega/sega cd i've had no luck at all. if anyone could be kind enough to pm me a torrent link or a site with the trurip mega/sega cd set i would be grateful.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: RetroGamer88 on June 29, 2015, 09:17 PM
had no probs finding the saturn set at all but mega/sega cd i've had no luck at all. if anyone could be kind enough to pm me a torrent link or a site with the trurip mega/sega cd set i would be grateful.

I have no idea what your talking about ..

https://btdigg.org/search?info_hash=0e5ef752f78ccd368580467ed26edf2435ca1911&q=TOSEC%20Sega%20Mega-CD%20&%20Sega%20CD%202013-04-13   ;D

and in case you need the Japanese Sega Saturn Trurips (much larger than the US set)

https://btdigg.org/search?info_hash=fb729a73d73106767b44f111cb26caa527e80244&q=trurip%20Sega
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: The_Atomik_Punk! on June 30, 2015, 12:28 AM
had no probs finding the saturn set at all but mega/sega cd i've had no luck at all. if anyone could be kind enough to pm me a torrent link or a site with the trurip mega/sega cd set i would be grateful.

I have no idea what your talking about ..

https://btdigg.org/search?info_hash=0e5ef752f78ccd368580467ed26edf2435ca1911&q=TOSEC%20Sega%20Mega-CD%20&%20Sega%20CD%202013-04-13   ;D

and in case you need the Japanese Sega Saturn Trurips (much larger than the US set)

https://btdigg.org/search?info_hash=fb729a73d73106767b44f111cb26caa527e80244&q=trurip%20Sega

You sir, are the Dude!  8)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Traveller on July 04, 2015, 03:12 AM
So Stone Age Gamer is going to be selling the Dreamcast USB-GDROM, is this the best option out there? I've been waiting until the scene had matured a bit more, so am out of the loop on the current state of it. It'd be great to have one for future proofing.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DandySephy on July 05, 2015, 12:03 PM
Opinion is divided on the subject, and I won't claim to know too much about USB-GDROM.

I think the main argument boils down to if you want to have a select range of games or put an entire library of games on an external hard drive/flash drive. Personally I don't want hundreds of games I'm not actually going to play on an externally powered hard drive so GDEMU is a better choice for me.

The other concern is availability, demand for GDEMU is bigger than Deunan's ability to make them, but if it's easier for people to buy USB-GDROM then that might level out the supply and demand to make the process quicker.

Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on July 05, 2015, 01:03 PM
Well for me its more for my games nights, I really dont like having a load of CD-Rs laying in folders, I have almost every game I want.

Id prefer the USB one as USB sticks are cheaper and no messing about with card readers.

As long as its as simple as choosing a game from a menu
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Greg2600 on July 05, 2015, 07:10 PM
They both have pretty much the same capabilities now.  One place where MNEMO's is lacking is the menu.  His is archaic and slow.  Also you can't exit the game and go back to menu or soft reset or anything like that.  Regardless which you choose, I would recommend installing a 300 Ohm resistor on the PSU.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVKN3pQ11wM&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on July 22, 2015, 04:31 PM
As getting a GDEMU is fucking impossible for anyone with a life due to a retarded ordering system (does he let people know or is it just about hitting refresh every few hours?) I was looking into other ways and found this.


dreamcastide.blogspot.co.uk/

A lot more complex but its all homemade and uses a HDD.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: goombakid on July 22, 2015, 06:15 PM
As getting a GDEMU is fucking impossible for anyone with a life due to a retarded ordering system (does he let people know or is it just about hitting refresh every few hours?) I was looking into other ways and found this.


dreamcastide.blogspot.co.uk/

A lot more complex but its all homemade and uses a HDD.

I've seen that mod, and I've been meaning to try it out. But for anyone who's tried modding Dreamcasts, those solder pads on the boards are pretty fragile; I've lifted a few while VGA modding mine. I may have to look for one next time I go to a thrift shop.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on July 22, 2015, 07:07 PM
Stone Age Gamer has back orders for the USB one. I ordered one the other day and was able to use a bunch of my "tickets" and coupon codes I'd built up from past ordered to knock it down quite a bit :)

http://www.stoneagegamer.com/dreamcast-usb.html
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on July 23, 2015, 07:22 AM
Well if the guy would just directly supply SAG instead of using his own ordering system id just get off there
As getting a GDEMU is fucking impossible for anyone with a life due to a retarded ordering system (does he let people know or is it just about hitting refresh every few hours?) I was looking into other ways and found this.


dreamcastide.blogspot.co.uk/

A lot more complex but its all homemade and uses a HDD.

I've seen that mod, and I've been meaning to try it out. But for anyone who's tried modding Dreamcasts, those solder pads on the boards are pretty fragile; I've lifted a few while VGA modding mine. I may have to look for one next time I go to a thrift shop.

Its fortunate that the DC is that era of retro tech thats not that expensive, in the end I think id prefer a HDD as I could just get a cheap 100 gig one, on my games nights theres always somebody that wants that one game that I dont have


And the git that wants to play an RPG that I DONT PUT ON THEM!

My last one I got off the market years ago for £5
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 02, 2015, 08:31 PM
Speaking of ordering

How does one order off here?
http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm

Im about to come into some money (or is that come onto) and as the other one is so damn hard to order I might as well go Russian
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 03, 2015, 12:06 AM
Speaking of ordering

How does one order off here?
http://3do-renovation.ru/USB-GDROM_Controller.htm

Im about to come into some money (or is that come onto) and as the other one is so damn hard to order I might as well go Russian
You have to contact him via one of the methods listed here: http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 03, 2015, 12:59 AM
And it goes from there? What does he use Paypal?
Dont he only speak Russian so talking would be problematic?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: KalessinDB on August 03, 2015, 03:19 AM
He speaks English.  It's not absolutely flawless, but it's quite good.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 03, 2015, 04:15 AM
Well that means the sooner that cheque arrives the better. Bloody sick of burning DC games, Typing of the dead broke me.

That is if its worth getting.
It is worth getting isnt it?
Any major problems?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: goombakid on August 03, 2015, 05:49 AM
...who still uses ICQ?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Relikk on August 03, 2015, 12:31 PM
Be prepared to wait for a reply. I wanted one for my 3DO FZ-1 and I never got a response when I used Skype. I was about to start asking via ICQ and just said screw it, couldn't be bothered. He also only accepts Western Union transfers as payment.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 03, 2015, 03:51 PM
Be prepared to wait for a reply. I wanted one for my 3DO FZ-1 and I never got a response when I used Skype. I was about to start asking via ICQ and just said screw it, couldn't be bothered. He also only accepts Western Union transfers as payment.
Exactly the two reasons I ended up just caving and buying it from Stone Age Gamer.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: DBloke on August 03, 2015, 05:12 PM
Well I dont have skype (yeah i know), has anyone ordered off him in the past?
(SAG seems to add a lot to the price)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Mattroid on August 03, 2015, 06:30 PM
Well I dont have skype (yeah i know), has anyone ordered off him in the past?
(SAG seems to add a lot to the price)
Check earlier in this thread. ZeroWing talked about it and gave his impressions on an older revision of the board.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: brooksyx on August 04, 2015, 05:55 PM
Do you guys think these devices, especially the USB-GDROM will go down in price in the near future? Definitelly want one but can't justify the +$200 price tag. Worth it to anybody else?
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: opt2not on August 04, 2015, 09:45 PM
Do you guys think these devices, especially the USB-GDROM will go down in price in the near future? Definitelly want one but can't justify the +$200 price tag. Worth it to anybody else?
I doubt it'll go down since the production numbers are very low per batch.

And is it worth it? Well that depends on how much you love the DC.  Personally I love it a lot, and I didn't have any problem dropping $200+ on something that'll allow myself to enjoy the Dreamcast practically forever.
People always balk at the prices of these things, thinking they're put together in some super factory for cheap, but the reality is they're most often assembled by the people who created it...by hand. They're not cheaply made Chinese garbage, they're high quality niche items for a very niche market.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: FriendofSonic on August 05, 2015, 02:50 AM
Well I dont have skype (yeah i know), has anyone ordered off him in the past?
(SAG seems to add a lot to the price)
I have ordered from him. I found a cheaper alternative to Western Union (still the same risk associated with it) and he delivered my units. It's quite the leap of faith to wire someone money, but he appears to have been honest so far to the community. Communication was difficult at times, for whichever reason, but at least he's honest and creates a pretty good product.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: BlockABoots on September 12, 2015, 09:15 PM
Is there any apps that can be used for shift the display around of certain games, as i have noticed a few games seem to not fit the display correctly when using the GDEMU device
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Johnny23b on September 12, 2015, 10:05 PM
...who still uses ICQ?

I do  ;)
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: BlockABoots on September 13, 2015, 01:54 AM
Anyone here played Hydro Thunder with the GDEMU?. I have tried about 4 different releases of the game and cant get any music tracks to play in any of them, must be a compatibility issue??
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: TDIRunner on September 13, 2015, 11:43 PM
Anyone here played Hydro Thunder with the GDEMU?. I have tried about 4 different releases of the game and cant get any music tracks to play in any of them, must be a compatibility issue??

I didn't have any problems with mine.  If the only issue you are having is the music, you really aren't missing much.  The music is pretty basic.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: LDigital on November 27, 2015, 02:06 PM
Pre-orders are back up for GDEMU, get in while you can
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: Kyle on November 27, 2015, 03:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up! Sent in a request.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: boquetipo on February 03, 2016, 02:12 PM
i wonder why redump gdi rips wont work.
 i suppose the other question is will either of these devices play sturmwind. i own an original copy but if i change out my dreamcast laser for either of these devices then will i lose compatibility for this game?
 i was thinking about getting a second cheap dreamcast for one of these devices and keeping my current dc as is anyway but i cant make my mind up. i guess if the compatibility were to be 100% there would be no point in keeping the laser dc as is and i might aswell just upgrade it.

Yesterday I found out why. Track02.bin must renamed to Track02.raw <-- extension
Quite weird
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: fille1976 on April 29, 2017, 08:17 PM
new firmware is out.
Title: Re: Dreamcast - GDEMU
Post by: FeverDrive on May 07, 2017, 02:27 AM
new firmware is out.
Thanks for the news.