Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

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Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by Christuserloeser » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:05 pm

This tutorial has three sections:
1 - General Info you should know.
2 - Burning a .CDI with BootDreams
3 - How to create and burn your own DC image with BootDreams


1General Info:

Media:
You'll need CDRs. Best are 80min/700Mbyte. CDRWs and other media are -NOT- supported.

You do -NOT- need a modded DC. About any Dreamcast will work with CDRs. Very, very few won't.


Format:
Standard in Dreamcast software is the DiscJuggler .CDI format. Nero's .NRG format would not work on MAC and LINUX, also any Nero version newer than 5.5 had its problems with the DC format.

Most downloads for Dreamcast come as .ZIP or .RAR files. WinRAR should help you with unzipping/unraring:
http://www.winrar-rog.com/eindex.html



2 Burning a .CDI file with BootDreams:

To burn a *.CDI file, it's recommend to use BootDreams' CDI-burner. BootDreams is VERY easy to use and it's for free:

http://dchelp.dcemulation.org/?BootDreams


1. Download BootDreams and install it to e.g. C:/BootDreams/

2. Download the image you'd like to burn and unzip/unrar it somewhere, e.g. to C:/

3. Start BootDreams and choose "CDI Burner". Now click on "Browse" and point BootDreams to the CDI you would like to burn.

4. Click on "Burn CDI Image". That's it.



Other:
Nero Burning ROM isn't recommend for Dreamcast software but Alcohol120% (in TAO mode) works good too. Download the free trial version here:
http://trial.alcohol-soft.com/en/download_120.php



3 How to create and burn your own DC image with BootDreams:

1. Download BootDreams and install it to e.g. C:/BootDreams/

2. Download the emulator/game/app you would like to burn and put it in a dedicated folder, e.g. C:/BootDreams/SNES4ALL/

3. Now unzip/unrar your emulator/game/app into that same folder. The 1ST_READ.BIN contains the actual DC programme.

4. Start BootDreams and point it to C:/BootDreams/SNES4ALL/. It will then guide you trough the process. I recommend the 'CDRecord' method.
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Post by Juan » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:51 pm

Stick it! :D
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Post by Christuserloeser » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:01 pm

Yeah, wouldn't be wrong, but since I am no mod...
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Post by curt_grymala » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:44 am

Huh. I thought I had done that already.

Anyway. Let me find some glue, and make sure this baby sticks.
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Post by Christuserloeser » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:10 am

Thx, Curt :D
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by Ryo_Hazuki » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:17 pm

this isnt anymore illegal than my post why did I get locked? this forum is gay...sorry
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by TechnoWolf » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:14 am

Ryo_Hazuki wrote:this isnt anymore illegal than my post why did I get locked? this forum is gay...sorry
Listen,
I saw your locked post about asking for help burning Shenmue.
The fact you are trying to burn Shenmue and publicly admit to it...........you must be really :?

Our community does not support ANYTHING illegal. Read the fuorum rules and guidelines.
THIS THREAD is giving information on how to burn a Dreamcast readable CD-R.
It is referring to HOMEBREW games which are made in part by some of the developers who are members of this very forum. So before you get agitated and accuse folks here of being illegal, doing illegal things, thinking about illegal things, and helping others do illegal things, just because you yourself are frustrated that you cannot figure out how to do something illegal, think about what you typed before hitting the "submit" button.

You will find that this community IS very helpful and friendly 99% of the time. The 1% of the time we're not is when requests like yours are made.

BTW, this forum is quite heterosexual, just read some of the comments in the null/junk forum.
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by manrae » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:24 pm

I'm a complete newbie, please help me understand what to do

I have mame4all, clrmame, mamagpx dat file, disc juggler program...I want to play arcade games on my dreamcast and I'm totally lost

I don't what to unzip what not to unzip, where do I put roms, etc etc...
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by sega3dmm » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:19 am

Doesn't work for me. When I tried to burn a CDI image with BootDreams 0.6.1, I get this message saying "It appears there was a problem locating a CD drive on your computer. Please install an ASPI driver and try again." I have a DVD-ROM drive and someone said it can burn CD-Rs'.
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by Christuserloeser » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:50 pm

I am not sure why I still link to v.61... - Download the latest version of BootDreams here and try again:
http://dchelp.dcemulation.org/?BootDreams
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by TechnoWolf » Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:27 am

sega3dmm wrote:Doesn't work for me. When I tried to burn a CDI image with BootDreams 0.6.1, I get this message saying "It appears there was a problem locating a CD drive on your computer. Please install an ASPI driver and try again." I have a DVD-ROM drive and someone said it can burn CD-Rs'.
From one of my other posts:
"Be sure to include the file "WNASPI32.DLL" in the 'tools' folder in the BootDreams directory BEFORE you run BootDreams for the first time, or it won't work properly."

The file is/was included in the bootdreams download in one of the folders.

You may need to uninstall bootdreams, restart your system, reinstall, include the winaspi32.dll file in the tools folder in the new bootdreams folder of your harddrive, restart again, and try it then.
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Re: Tutorial: How to create + burn a Dreamcast disc in 5 minutes

Post by Christuserloeser » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:12 am

...or download a more recent version of BootDreams. :wink:
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