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Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:15 am
by marurun
mas wrote:Anyone want to make me some games. Don’t have the tools to do it and would pay for them


Well, developing homebrew titles is hard work. You would pay people to make new games?

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:24 am
by samsonlonghair
marurun wrote:For example, did you know that the GD-ROM drive is mechanically just a standard Yamaha CD drive? Only the controller and firmware are different.

That's interesting. Has anyone ever tried flashing the GD-ROM firmware onto a standard Yamaha CD drive?

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:29 am
by marurun
samsonlonghair wrote:
marurun wrote:For example, did you know that the GD-ROM drive is mechanically just a standard Yamaha CD drive? Only the controller and firmware are different.

That's interesting. Has anyone ever tried flashing the GD-ROM firmware onto a standard Yamaha CD drive?


I am uncertain. I also don't know what custom chips might be on the controller and if the firmware is larger than the standard firmware on the otherwise equivalent Yamaha drive.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:06 pm
by Segata
marurun wrote:[quote="Segata"

For example, did you know that the GD-ROM drive is mechanically just a standard Yamaha CD drive? Only the controller and firmware are different.


Yeah, I knew it was a Yamaha drive. It's also possible to overload the DC controller ports. That I have seen happen. It seems rare but seen it happen.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:11 pm
by marurun
Segata wrote:It's also possible to overload the DC controller ports. That I have seen happen. It seems rare but seen it happen.


What does this mean? How are you overloading the ports? What is overloading them?

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:14 pm
by samsonlonghair
marurun wrote:
Segata wrote:It's also possible to overload the DC controller ports. That I have seen happen. It seems rare but seen it happen.


What does this mean? How are you overloading the ports? What is overloading them?

I have seen more than one Dreamcast wherein the 1st Player controller port seems to be unresponsive. Maybe that's what Segata is talking about. I'm not so sure if that's cause by an overload; there may be a different cause. I would need to research the issue more before I can say for certain.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:38 pm
by marurun
samsonlonghair wrote:I have seen more than one Dreamcast wherein the 1st Player controller port seems to be unresponsive. Maybe that's what Segata is talking about. I'm not so sure if that's cause by an overload; there may be a different cause. I would need to research the issue more before I can say for certain.


That's what I'm trying to get at. I know there are things that can happen to the controller ports, but saying you can overload them doesn't help anyone know how to avoid it and doesn't actually describe what's happening AFAIK.

I know that my Dreamcast will read all of my controllers in port 1 except my green one. That one has to be plugged into ports 2 or 4, for some reason, or it doesn't work. No idea why.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:54 pm
by CRTGAMER
Just avoid hot swap of controllers while the power is on. I soldered in a Diode to mine when port one failed.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:57 pm
by Segata
I forget what it is but something right behind the controller ports shorts out if it's drawing too much power if all 4 ports used at once with stuff more than just the standard controller. It's not a guaranteed failure but prone to happen.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:39 pm
by SpaceBooger
I really want to support, Kickstart, Senile Team's newest game Intrepid Izzy. It looks like they will not reach the goal (half way with only 3 days left) but they have working demos that they have sent out. So maybe this will get made even without the kickstarter funding.