is a cd-rom possible in dreamcast?

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is a cd-rom possible in dreamcast?

Post by runkthepunk » Mon Jul 28, 2003 3:49 pm

:D right then could you put a regular cd-rom drive (with same voltage) in a dc instead of the gd rom drive i do NOT want to play dc games (as i know they will not play) but games on regular cd's such as homebrews and feet of fury for example should technically work? or am i wrong

I ask coz i got to thinking about those mini freecom mp3 players that use the mini cd'd as storage - the setup is a mini cd-rom drive so technically this could be put in, most likely a playstation but also maybe a DC just a theory :wink: .
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Post by az_bont » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:18 pm

I think people have done this before.
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Post by Warmachine » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:25 pm

I think you can but then the dreamcast wont run the dreamcast games.
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Post by az_bont » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:26 pm

runkthepunk wrote:...i do NOT want to play dc games (as i know they will not play) but games on regular cd's such as homebrews and feet of fury for example...
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Post by bizzle » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:27 pm

Warmachine wrote:I think you can but then the dreamcast wont run the dreamcast games.
Actually it will if you wire the CD-Rom to the GD-ROM controller board, and just use the laser assembly from the CD-ROM. Doing that will still allow the GD-ROM controller to control the laser, and it will still read GD-Roms becuase the GD-Rom laser is a normal laser assembly with a custom firmware.
MidnightObsidian tested this theory by putting a portable CD player laser assembly in his Dreamcast and everything played fine still.
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Post by Warmachine » Mon Jul 28, 2003 6:01 pm

oh cool, but wouldnt you only be able to listen to music cds since dreamcast cant play cd games.
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Post by Synlor » Mon Jul 28, 2003 6:04 pm

Um... wah? Homebrew is on a regular cd and it runs. As xylene said gdroms will still run if the control board is still used.
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Post by KakarotX » Mon Jul 28, 2003 7:14 pm

does anyone know how to do this? is there a tutorial. i have three dreamcasts that the gd-roms are broken on. if i could fix these with this method it would rock. thanks
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Post by Mr. Stabby » Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:11 pm

Xylene wrote:
Warmachine wrote:I think you can but then the dreamcast wont run the dreamcast games.
Actually it will if you wire the CD-Rom to the GD-ROM controller board, and just use the laser assembly from the CD-ROM. Doing that will still allow the GD-ROM controller to control the laser, and it will still read GD-Roms becuase the GD-Rom laser is a normal laser assembly with a custom firmware.
MidnightObsidian tested this theory by putting a portable CD player laser assembly in his Dreamcast and everything played fine still.
God dammit. I ruined two PC CD rom drives trying to get that DC laser in there with the board only to learn that I only needed to cram the board in there. :x
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Post by Warmachine » Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:52 pm

Synlor wrote:Um... wah? Homebrew is on a regular cd and it runs. As xylene said gdroms will still run if the control board is still used.
Well in that case wouldnt "Backups" work also since they are in regular cds? I wish you would be able to watch movies also :P
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Post by 404NotFound » Mon Jul 28, 2003 9:04 pm

Xylene wrote:
Warmachine wrote:I think you can but then the dreamcast wont run the dreamcast games.
Actually it will if you wire the CD-Rom to the GD-ROM controller board, and just use the laser assembly from the CD-ROM. Doing that will still allow the GD-ROM controller to control the laser, and it will still read GD-Roms becuase the GD-Rom laser is a normal laser assembly with a custom firmware.
MidnightObsidian tested this theory by putting a portable CD player laser assembly in his Dreamcast and everything played fine still.

So... in theroy a PC CD Rom drive could read GD roms?
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Post by bizzle » Mon Jul 28, 2003 10:41 pm

404NotFound wrote:
Xylene wrote:
Warmachine wrote:I think you can but then the dreamcast wont run the dreamcast games.
Actually it will if you wire the CD-Rom to the GD-ROM controller board, and just use the laser assembly from the CD-ROM. Doing that will still allow the GD-ROM controller to control the laser, and it will still read GD-Roms becuase the GD-Rom laser is a normal laser assembly with a custom firmware.
MidnightObsidian tested this theory by putting a portable CD player laser assembly in his Dreamcast and everything played fine still.

So... in theroy a PC CD Rom drive could read GD roms?
Not really.. becuase you still need the GD-Rom controller board with its firmware to be able to read them. I guess theoretically, if you flashed a PC CD-ROM with a GD-ROM like firmware.. Its ofcourse much more complicated, but its a general idea.
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