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by Mozgus Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:30 pm

gord wrote:I've always thought about (in horror) of the day my dreamcast disc drive dies and its always lead me to think that it would be a nice idea to be able to hook up some kind of external hard-drive (usb maybe? maybe not) and using some clever jiggery-pokery just re-direct any access to the disc drive back to the hard-drive (just replacing the c standard library calls perhaps?). in effect just running games from disk backups on a hard-drive.

has anyone heard of anything like this? i realise that by the time my dreamcast dies emulation should be up to scratch maybe, but it wouldn't compare to running it on a proper dreamcast.

Short answer: no

Long answer: Go here and ask these guys why:
http://www.dcemulation.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=31

They'll tear you a new A-Hole for asking. Apparently, you aren't the only one wanting this dream to come true.
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by CurulleanCat Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:13 pm

Does teh PS2 have a DC emu? cuz I know you can put games on the hd and run them from there.
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by Mozgus Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:28 pm

CurulleanCat wrote:Does teh PS2 have a DC emu? cuz I know you can put games on the hd and run them from there.

Haha, no. Considering how nearly all the DC-to-PS2 ports were nasty, I really can't imagine a DC emu for PS2 ever happening. The two systems just seem to have nothing in common, in terms of hardware.
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by gord Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:30 pm

well luckly i managed to just use that handy search function and find the answer without asking ;) turns out making a hard-drive actually work with a dreamcast isn't an easy thing to do. im sure that replacing the c stdlib calls for things like malloc() is sound though. looks like i'll just have to hoard dreamcasts -_-
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by tigaruk Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:37 pm

Just joined to post a correction to your article, the reason Skies of Arcaida goes jerky in the ripped version of the game is because it is compressed, and whilst running the dreamcast actually uncompresses the game to run it. You WILL also have problems playing the game because of this, most notible is the game crashing at certain gigas due to it trying to uncompress everything at once.
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by Mozgus Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:41 pm

tigaruk wrote:Just joined to post a correction to your article, the reason Skies of Arcaida goes jerky in the ripped version of the game is because it is compressed, and whilst running the dreamcast actually uncompresses the game to run it. You WILL also have problems playing the game because of this, most notible is the game crashing at certain gigas due to it trying to uncompress everything at once.

We know, man.
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by Zed Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:26 pm

Mozgus wrote:We know, man.


:lol:
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by racketboy Sat Jun 10, 2006 6:49 am

tigaruk wrote:Just joined to post a correction to your article, the reason Skies of Arcaida goes jerky in the ripped version of the game is because it is compressed, and whilst running the dreamcast actually uncompresses the game to run it. You WILL also have problems playing the game because of this, most notible is the game crashing at certain gigas due to it trying to uncompress everything at once.


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