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#21 MaximumRD

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 05:44 PM

Ah OK downloaded and Extracted. I this case the image format is a CDI file ( .CDI extension ) to handle such a file I actually had to update IMGBURN with some .dll's, but it works now and is of now consequence for MAC. Though obviously whatever Burning program you end up with for your MAC it will also need to be able to handle that format. 

 

ANYWAY, I burned the image successfully as far as I can tell. So, exploring the resulting disc on my PC it appears as THIS: 

 

As you can see several files. If you have but a single file ( possibly the same as extracted file NesterDC SE 3165 by cOcO! ) that means you simply copied the entire image to the disc and not burned the image contents back to a bootable Dreamcast disc. 

 

THIS should be the files you see on the properly burned Disc. If you can get this result do same onto a CD-r, if it still does not work try a different brand CD-r (Dreamcasts CAN be picky) IF YOU ARE SURE YOU ARE BURNING TO CD-r PROPERLY BUT CAN NOT SUCCESSFULLY BOOT A DISC AFTER TRYING THE CD-r WITH DIFFERENT BRANDS TRY ANOTHER DREAMCAST IF POSSIBLE. Some will tell you about later model MIL-CD or some such Dreamcasts that were incapable of booting backups. I have 3 Dreamcasts spanning first to last production run and it would be very unlikely you'd have a Dreamcast that simply does not boot backups, I believe most people that make that claim simply burn their discs improperly. 

 

ONCE PROPERLY BURNED THE RESULTING DISC APPEARS AS FOLLOWS ON MY PC:

 

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HERE ARE THE FILES ON THE DISC, YOU SHOULD BE SEEING AT LEAST THE SAME NUMBER OF FILES AND FILE-NAMES:

 

 

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I hope these are your results or that you can figure out how to replicate these results in the end. Good Luck To You. 


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#22 StormSurge

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:22 PM

MAXIMUM!!!!

I found this:

http://www.theisozon...ac-w-liquid-cd/

 

Of course, the link to download that program tried to get me to download some nefarious programs, so I went to the source directly.

 

I downloaded the newest version, followed the instructions & this is the result:

 

21884680501_3e5e139eee.jpg

 

THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Now to download every emulator I can find. I need to be able to play everything that will be in the High Score Club!  :spot:


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#23 MaximumRD

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:44 PM

MAXIMUM!!!!

I found this:

http://www.theisozon...ac-w-liquid-cd/

 

Of course, the link to download that program tried to get me to download some nefarious programs, so I went to the source directly.

 

I downloaded the newest version, followed the instructions & this is the result:

 

21884680501_3e5e139eee.jpg

 

THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Now to download every emulator I can find. I need to be able to play everything that will be in the High Score Club!  :spot:

 

Excellent, see I knew everything you need is right on that site and there all all types there using PC / Mac etc. CONGRATS, HAVE FUN !  :thumb: Clearly you are well on your way and have can figure things out for yourself. Welcome to the world of backups / Emulators / Homebrew etc. 


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#24 StormSurge

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 10:04 PM

I really, really appreciate your help with steering me in the proper direction & troubleshooting my issues along the way. 


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 02:57 PM

So I downloaded a bunch more. MAME, Colecovision, Intellivision & Stella. I was only able to get Stella to work, but I'm not a fan. I tried Journey Escape & the sound was all choppy, so I'm guessing there's issues.

 

I'm not sure what I did wrong, as I followed the same steps I did with NESTER.


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#26 MaximumRD

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:35 PM

So I downloaded a bunch more. MAME, Colecovision, Intellivision & Stella. I was only able to get Stella to work, but I'm not a fan. I tried Journey Escape & the sound was all choppy, so I'm guessing there's issues.

 

I'm not sure what I did wrong, as I followed the same steps I did with NESTER.

Not sure, success can vary burning discs for Dreamcasts. For any particular one always good to post in the thread of that download to see if anyone else had issues. 

 

In general though emulators are hit or miss on Dreamcast, anything more than say NES can be choppy or have frame-rate issues. Other times even something as old as 2600 it is just up to the quality of the emulator or the port of it to Dreamcast. I was always more into unreleased games like Propeller Arena or even Half Life that you can play now on Dreamcast. Homebrew and emulators you just never know until you try. There may be options for skipping frames and such just depends on the particular emulator. 


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#27 StormSurge

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:46 PM

Thanks Max.

 

Maybe this is a topic for another thread, but what's considered the best platform for emulation? I have a Mac & have OpenEMU, which is okay for consoles (whenever I'm actually able to get my PS3 controller to sync up) but I can't figure out how to get MAME to work on there.

I don't have a Wii anymore & it doesn't look like the Dreamcast is going to work for my needs, so I'm guessing the Mac is the best option.

 

I'm going to look into those Dreamcast games. Thanks again Max!!


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#28 MaximumRD

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:54 PM

I know a original modded Xbox kicks ass for emulation for sure. Of course a Windows PC is probably the best all round. I don't have a MAC or any experience with that but likely your best option would be MAC. I like the fact one can emulate on Dreamcast but even still I always considered it to be a bit of a novelty more than anything. Though you might want to just keep an eye open and see peoples comments, I think some pretty good compilations have been put together and uploaded there so keep the option open. 


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#29 RickR

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:57 PM

The Wii is good for emulation, and really easy to hack. But like MRD said, a Windows machine...even a cheap used laptop, would be a best bet.
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#30 MaximumRD

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Max.

 

Maybe this is a topic for another thread

 

Indeed, and with that in mind see THIS thread for your needs (at least regarding MAC) I know nothing of it but hopefully those that do will chime in but I think it might be off to a good start for you StormSurge  ;)

 

http://forums.atari....forms-on-a-mac/


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#31 StormSurge

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 09:12 PM

Thanks guys!

I actually have a modded Xbox. A buddy who is a network engineer, so he knows his way around PCs, tried to help me load a MAME emu on it but he couldn't figure it out.

It was a hand-me-down, so all it has is a bunch of XBox games on it & no EMUs.  :P

 

Anyone willing to receive a package from me & load it up with the necessities for a fee?  :wub:


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#32 RickR

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 09:58 PM

Once it's been modded, it's just a matter of FTP'ing into the box and adding stuff I think.  I've never done it before and can't guarantee success, but I'd be willing to give it a try. 



#33 StormSurge

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 10:12 PM

That's exactly what we did but we couldn't pull it off. He's good with network but is like me when it comes to the fun stuff.  :D


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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:28 AM

man this is good information and very helpful. the links especially. thank you for posting all this!


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