VMU Explorer

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VMU Explorer

Post by SiZiOUS » Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:21 am

Speud has released a new PC tool for Dreamcast : VMU Explorer.

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This program allows you to open VMU dumps made with VMU Tool - Dream Explorer (.VMU, .DCM) or Chankast (VMS.BIN). It supports raw VMU dumps as well as Nexus cards dumps.

The files list displays all info and bitmaps, all filetypes are supported (icons, games, saves). Eyecatches and (animated) icons are displayed correctly. Description of each colon can be read by clicking the header.

You can see position of blocks used in the VMU for each file.
In green: selected file's blocks
In blue: selected file's last block
In red: other files' blocks
In gray: empty blocks

The VMUs are fully scanned and all the files found are displayed. The only limit of the files list is the size of the VMU.

The menus let you open several VMUs at a time and manage their content freely. You can defragment VMUs, reformat them, create new blank VMUs... You can also copy/paste files from a VMU to another, fix bad CRC, import/export files in DCI or VMI+VMS...

To avoid modifying your VMUs by accident, changes won't be saved to the VMUs unless you select the save option.

The archive includes descriptions of how to use it with Chankast and your real VMUs in the readme file, also includes an example VMU dump containing various saves for several Dreamcast games.

Download VMU Explorer here

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Post by Segata Sanshiro » Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:19 am

This is great!!!
The default software that comes with nexus cards is a piece of shit.

Thanx a lot, VMU Explorer really solves a lot of headaches!

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Post by Segata Sanshiro » Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:50 am

While nobody else is posting i would like to reiterate how thankful i am for this tool!!! Really great... at last
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Post by Tonfa » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:32 pm

I am a bit unsure how to use this. Is this only for folks with a cable running from thier PC to the Dreamcast?

If not, how would I burn this to a disc to use in my Dreamcast?

I need to hex edit a saved game from an emulator, so I was told this was the best software for such a thing dreamcast wise.
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Post by hrb2k3 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:34 pm

this is strictly a tool for your PC.

if you need to hex edit a save from your DC, you need to use Dream Explorer and burn it to a cd. http://www.dcemulation.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=83373
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Post by Tonfa » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:39 pm

Wait, I get what you meant now. D/l the one you linked me to, burn it to cd, then hex edit from there, right?
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Post by Christuserloeser » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:48 pm

Yep. My bad: I meant DreamExplorer when we pmed. :oops:
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Post by Tonfa » Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:36 pm

No reason to apoligize. You have helped me tons. If anything, I should thank you, and the rest of this community for being so awesome.
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