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by meneerbeer
Wed May 15, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

The amount of available test boards is probably going to depend on cost per board and total cost. I have not looked into that yet.
by meneerbeer
Wed May 15, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Thanks for all the interest. The project is certainly still ongoing.

Most of the essential features have been implemented, such as firmware updates, and I only have a few things left to implement. Once that is done I am thinking of doing a small production run so some other people can help test.
by meneerbeer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: megadrive disc adapter PBC
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: megadrive disc adapter PBC

There is this . I can highly recommend using the DVD QSB if you are only going to install a WASP/WIIKEY FUSION and you do not want to keep the DVD drive. I used it for this purpose and it was very simple to install. You just need to make sure you add sufficient solder to the through hole vias. Also ...
by meneerbeer
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

It is very close to being ready (which means that for any sort of release it is still going to take at least a few months). The redesigned board that I ordered works, but it had a few minor mistakes. I have already ordered a new revision, so hopefully then everything is all good. The firmware still ...
by meneerbeer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I am currently busy with cleaning up the code. Then, I will implement some important missing features, such as firmware updates.

I am also investigating different options to release the drive emulator.
by meneerbeer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Project is not dead! Just a bit busy with other things. Still working on the hopefully final hardware.
by meneerbeer
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I do not have a date in mind. Unfortunately, right now my job is consuming most of my time for the next two weeks. I should hopefully have the new board ready within a couple of weeks. Once that is all good, I am thinking of doing a small beta run.
by meneerbeer
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Thanks for all the input. I am planning to do the following: 1. FFC connector to connect to the GameCube 2. FFC connector to support drive pass-through. I have not tested anything, so I am not sure if my board design will get it right first try. 3. Add a footprint of the DVD connector, so people can...
by meneerbeer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: Hyperdrive
Replies: 18
Views: 4008

Re: Hyperdrive

Yeah right now it's an ftdi pushing the data over SPI. It's a little faster than the real DVD drive (constant speed, almost 3MB/s), but I'm planning to use a microcontroller to handle SD access. It could also do USB drives like the wode (the chip in question supports high speed USB), but it's too m...
by meneerbeer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: Hyperdrive
Replies: 18
Views: 4008

Re: Hyperdrive

You kept it hidden all this time! :P It looks like you are sending the game data over USB? Does it also support other media? My initial idea was also to use USB but then I had to wait for new hardware anyways and had a lot of time to write the SD card core. I never got around to testing the USB port...
by meneerbeer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I would at least keep the FFC connector the same. So people with existing mega drive setups etc, can simply just replace their wkf/wasp. It would also be nice to keep the same FFC connector for the SD card, for that same purpose. I can probably put an FFC connector in parallel to the SD card connec...
by meneerbeer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I like the idea to do it similar to GDEMU. If the compatibility is high, you don't need the DVD drive anymore. Based on my own experience both my Saturn and DC have no optical drive and I have not once found myself in a situation that I would need it again. Aim is of course to make all games work. ...
by meneerbeer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I am currently brainstorming what the final hardware should look like. Right now I just have a single board which has an FPGA, an FFC connector for the drive signals (similar to the host FFC on Wiikey/WASP, also same pinout), and an SD Card slot. It does not have the DVD FFC connector like the Wiike...
by meneerbeer
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Very cool, those load times are super fast! Send me a merge request too At the moment I have implemented only the bare minimum. For instance, SD Card detection has not been implemented yet. I will definitely send a merge request once I think everything is ready. Nice job. :) You might want to find ...
by meneerbeer
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

A video says more than a thousand words. :D I have fixed the issues with audio streaming. I added Swiss support (Swiss also had to be modified) so you can select games. I think this makes more sense than creating a custom menu. Swiss also handles the region-free booting of games, so that is quite co...
by meneerbeer
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I am not sure yet about the form factor. At this point I only have a prototype board which has some extra debug capabilities (which I do not even use at the moment). Ideally the board will be plug-and-play, but then we need to get connectors somehow. I would be open to teaming up with someone with t...
by meneerbeer
Wed May 30, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

That's a great idea. I will look into that when I have audiostreaming implemented as that will induce a penalty. I would also have to enable audiostreaming in Cleanrip obviously.

Does anyone know the speed of a WASP/Wiikey?
by meneerbeer
Sun May 27, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I made lots of progress this week. Got fast SD card mode working. I also added FAT filesystem support today using FatFS. Currently I just load a fixed filename. It would probably be convenient to look into Swiss integration? There is still lots of work to do, but at least the core functionality is p...
by meneerbeer
Mon May 14, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Really interested in this project, any progress? What would be the price range? Thank you for the hard work! I received the boards. Did only basic testing, but they seem to work. Software and RTL side still needs lots of work.. To make the board yourself would be in the range of the price for a WAS...
by meneerbeer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

With your design, would you be able to keep the optical drive in conjunction with the ODE? Will it only support SD cards or USB drives are an option? At the moment the board would only support SD cards. I do not have any plans to support USB. I am planning to test some of the bigger SD cards on the...
by meneerbeer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

Started working on this project again. New board is almost ready to be ordered. Making promising progress with SD Card interface.
by meneerbeer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I am still working on it every now and then, whenever I have some time and motivation. Unfortunately, it seems the FPGA I designed the board for is a bit small, which made it impossible to fit any existing SD card interface solution. Therefore, I am now working on another board with a bigger FPGA an...
by meneerbeer
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I will take a look at the requested read sizes between working and failing games. Meanwhile, I ordered a PCB so I can work on this thing a bit more easily. I really do not like having a lot of wires running all over the place. What debug capabilities do you have? Can you log the drive commands/resp...
by meneerbeer
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

I will take a look at the requested read sizes between working and failing games.

Meanwhile, I ordered a PCB so I can work on this thing a bit more easily. I really do not like having a lot of wires running all over the place.
by meneerbeer
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Hardware / Modding
Topic: DVD Drive Emulator Question
Replies: 170
Views: 46724

Re: DVD Drive Emulator Question

The timeout is reset for each individual read request. cmd 0xE4 enables/disables audio streaming. 0xE401xxxx enables it, 0xE400xxxx disables it. When enabling, the last 2 bytes possibly specify some buffer size; they're normally 0x000A, doesn't really matter for an emulator. A response of 0 should ...