XCKDIY Dreamcast IDE Board: Inexpensive GD-ROM HDD Replacement

Discussion in 'Sega Dreamcast Development and Research' started by smoke monster, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. smoke monster

    smoke monster Rapidly Rising Member

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    I haven't read anything about these IDE GD-ROM replacement boards by XCKDIY. Is anyone using either of them? It looks like they just require a Dreamshell bios chip. Definitely a clean and inexpensive route to a HDD DC if they work as great as they look.

    IDE board only
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    IDE/CF combo board
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  2. billcosbymon

    billcosbymon Guru Meditation Error

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    Wow these look pretty neat. Anyone know a good taobao shipping service?
     
  3. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    Yeah that's interesting, anyone tried one yet? @yzb37859365 ?
     
  4. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 The Tick

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    It's just a refinement of the g1 ata ozone released years ago.

    I have something in dev along these lines too, but includes the bios as well.
     
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  5. fluxcore

    fluxcore Spirited Member

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    Any idea if these would work with original run (VA0) Japanese DCs? I have one with a dead drive which could do with a new life...

    The price is definitely attractive!

    I'd like to see the HD secured a little better than just via the IDE port though.
     
  6. yzb37859365

    yzb37859365 Spirited Member

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    This is modified using DreamShell RC4 kernel to do, compatibility and RC4 is the same, but this is also very convenient and cheap
     
  7. madsheep

    madsheep Peppy Member

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    yes the problem is that it will need a bios mod
     
  8. bochu

    bochu Active Member

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    Wow I really want one my gd drive is failing.
     
  9. skyway1985

    skyway1985 Enthusiastic Member

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    Smokemonster! never got to thank you on all the crazy stuff you've done with your compilations for ED and all that used to religously follow your work in TIZ, figured i'd say thanks and thank you for showing me this, very interesting......
     
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  10. Bensen87

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    I Started a Thread about it some time ago.
    But didn't understand how to order,
    because I can't read chinese.
     
  11. arnoldlayne

    arnoldlayne Resolute Member

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    The big question is how far along has Dreamshell compatibility progressed?

    I have an SD adapter I picked up when they first appeared and remember it wasn't compatible with a fair amount of games... has much changed over the years since?
     
  12. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    Well the G1-ata mod is clearly faster than the sd-card adapter, I guess it's more compatible too but I don't know that for sure.
     
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    Bad_Ad84 The Tick

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    I believe a lot of games work. The SD card adapter was just too slow.

    But I would like someone who has tried it a lot to chime in
     
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  14. kdkane

    kdkane Active Member

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    wow thats an amazing piece of hardware and the prize is amazing compared to G1-ata Mod!
    Anyone managed to order one of these? I remember some back when the sd-adapter first came out you could only order trough taobao.com and had to use some inbetween sevice website to order if your not from china!
    Is it still so hard, or am i able to just order one of these and let it deliver to germany (europe)
    gr33tings and happy eastern (not sure if this is the right term to use)
     
  15. takeshi385

    takeshi385 Mojarra Frita Bandit

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    How is this mod vs the gdemu or the usb gdrom ? I take it it's slow like the old sd card mod.
     
  16. Sonic-NKT

    Sonic-NKT Newly Registered

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    i would love to see something like this that has a integrated gdrom emulator so you dont need a bios mod to use it.
    As far as i understand the dreamcast hardware this should be possible. GDROM emu as master and HDD as slave.
    The emulator could be a small flash storage that only stores the DreamShell loader so you dont have to mod the bios.

    I own a usb-gdrom adapter but a native hdd connection has its benefits for homebrew.
     
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  17. Anthony817

    Anthony817 Familiar Face

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    Before the SD cards were redily available, I made this video and a guide on another site I can't mention here on how to buy through a 3rd party site. I am sure a few of you old timers remember that lol.



    Jesus that was a long time ago I made that video, but I used to have instructions on how to go through that 3rd party site. I believe it was called buyfromtaobao.com.

    Lol, I even made a review of the sd adapters here and check my old post on how I had to jump through hoops to get one sold to me and shipped from China to Texas.

    http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26005&start=0

    Anyways, I am interested in this, as mine is basically a paper weight now since it will not even spin up discs now.
     
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  18. kdkane

    kdkane Active Member

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    btw i have at least 1 have to look again maybe even 2 working GD Roms round i ain't gonna use but there working maybe i can help one of you out just pm me if your interested
     
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  19. Greg2600

    Greg2600 Resolute Member

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    Dreamshell was a horror show to use. Required ISO's to be patched specific to the version of it. Haven't followed whether they actually fixed that. I couldn't deal with it, went right to GDEMU when that was available.
     
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  20. takeshi385

    takeshi385 Mojarra Frita Bandit

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    Thanks for the heads up.
     

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