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New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast! Updated!!!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:35 am
by Anthony817
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Q.What is a Dreamcast SD card adapter, and what can you do with it?

A. The Sd card adapter is a device in which you can run specialy made SD ISO images of games, emulators, homebrew and apps over the Dreamshell Operating System. It works with standard Sandisk cards up to 8GB, but supports up to 32GB SDHC cards(TESTED). You can even rip full GDRoms from your Dreamcast with this, much cheaper than buying a BBA. :P

Q. Where can I aquire these hard to find cards?

A. Currently, you can order them from China at a site that is a haven for selling DIY console hacks and mods called Taobao.com These adapters are all made professionaly by hand, and are guarantied to be free of manufacturing defects.

Q. Ok, so how can I order them?

A. You must go through another site if you live outside China in the instructions below, but it is very easy to do so!

#1 Make sure you have a Paypal account first, as this is the method that they accept funds from.

#2 Go to this link and see the adapter: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=7818275499

#3 Register with this English speaking site that deals directly with the Chinese site and then log in. http://buyfromtaobao.com/

#4 Now open this link and paste the Sandisk Adapter link from the #2 instruction into the field and add the item to cart. http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=7818275499

#5 Be sure to tell them the color you want, as they have Orange and Purple, and unless you specify what color you want, you could get either color.

# 6 You should now enter in any other information asked, and you should be done!


Thats it! They go for 40.00元(Yuan), roughly $5, after dealing with Buy from Taobao, mine was only $11.14 USD total with shipping/handling, and in the end they only charged me .50 cents US.

You should get your adapter in the mail in 4 to 8 weeks, depending on what shipping rates you choose.

Be sure to download the Dreamshell operating system here.

http://www.dc-swat.ru/blog/dreamshell/20.html
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UPDATE! Review Below!
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So, I said I was going to do a review of this thing, and how well the build quality is, and my experiance with my new 32GB SDHC card.

Here is the packaging it comes in.

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Ok, so the first thing I noticed when I was opening one of these, is the actual serial port connector has been fashoned with a peice of plastic to act as a spacer to keep the device firmly placed in the serial port. This is not a bad thing, and actualy looks quite nice if you ask me. You will never notice it when it is plugged in anyway.

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I did order an orange one, to keep the NTSC theme going with my Dreamcast, but apperiantly the orange ones sold out first, as I did specify to them I wanted the orange one, but they gave me an email saying that option was not available.

So far, I have gotten retail games Gigawing and Mars Matrix working, the later of which had some stuttering issues duing the Capcom logo, but once in game it worked fluidly as expected with full audio.

As far as homebrew goes, in my experiance with Neo Geo CD games, it works great, Double Dragon was fine by me. Aes4all should be updated in the future to be more compatible with the SD cards and use them as ram for the carts, so arcade games MIGHT work full speed in the future, but as of now, the low ram the DC has has kept emulation very slow for that system.

Dcplaya2.0 was updated with a SD card plugin, so you can browse the media directly from the SD card, but this hasn't worked for me with either my 2gb or 32gb card, and could be a common bug, but it should get worked out in the future I hope.

In the future Dreamshell will get updated with more features that I can't elaborate on just yet, but I assure you it will be more than worth it, and time spent waiting on these to come to your house. Mine took a little over 2 months, and you can do what I did and get a 32gig card on Ebay for $42 and fill it up with all kinds of GDI, CDI and homebrew binaries. ;)
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Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:00 pm
by burningmice
I saw someone working on something similar on dcemu forums. It's a great idea.
But what does Sandisk have to do with this?

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:25 pm
by Anthony817
The sandisk is what you store games on so you don't have to burn them to CD's. This is especialy great for small homebrew games.

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:34 pm
by fastbilly1
Sandisk is a company that makes flash media. This is an SD card adapter. And it looks like it plugs into the VS port slot. If so I am very interested - where and how much?

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:47 pm
by Nullface
http://translate.google.com/translate?j ... 99&act=url - The official site. This looks like an importer site that's linked with them. The price says 35 yuan which is like $5 usd. Might be worth the risk getting it shipped to you from that site.

http://buyfromtaobao.com/

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:50 pm
by fastbilly1
Thats in yuan which is about $6 USD

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:09 pm
by GamerMON
If there are anyone does buy one, let us know how it turns out. That adapter looks small so shipping shouldn't be expensive.

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:11 pm
by fastbilly1
Looks like it comes out to about $10 with shipping through the site Nullface added. Well I am interested, but I am going to wait for the first batch to arrive to the states. If they work as advertised, Im buying a dozen of them.

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:18 pm
by BigTinz
Hmmm. Strange, it says the cost is $10...then mentions a FINAL cost including international shipping...which is $30.
:x

Re: New Chinese Sandisk adapter for Sega Dreamcast!

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:31 pm
by pureevil
If anyone buys one please do tell if it works but be wary becuse it does not show item working in vidio.