GC dvd drive on PC?

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GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by collinlg9 » Fri May 08, 2020 1:43 am

I have always wanted to find out if there is any possible way to connect a GameCube or Wii dvd drive to a pc for ripping games. Stupid idea, but is it at all possible?
Edit: given the fact that the xenogc, ide exi, and other modchips and adapters exist, I feel like it could be possible using a custom chip or something else that can be used to interface it with a pc
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Post by Papy.G » Fri May 08, 2020 8:01 am

I don't see why bother this much while you just can rip your games on the consoles themselves, and it doesn't even involve the use of any chip! :?

Why?

Would you cut your own leg just to be able to walk with a wooden leg? :roll:
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Re: GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by collinlg9 » Fri May 08, 2020 8:38 am

I was actually looking for a proper answer... and yes I have all my games backed up via cleanrip
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Post by Papy.G » Fri May 08, 2020 8:53 am

This is actually a proper answer, as long as there are ways to rip games on the consoles themselves, it's not worth the hassle.
It can be done, for sure, as long as Computer related things have common basis, and there are SD to drive interfaces around.
While it may happen that interfacing a Wii or GC drive to a PC may not be only a hardware concern, for example, you may as well be able to read Wii and GC discs with any PC drive, you'll skip the tricky physical interfacing part.
Take a look there, and see if it matches SASI/SCSI/IDE pinout, that would be a first step to the harwdware interfacing part of the question.
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Re: GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by Diego borella » Fri May 15, 2020 5:27 pm

I don't think we could connect an NGC unit to a PC, so easily ... :?
but I wonder: among these 32 points of the unit, could we pin out the SD card?
I mean, install the SD in place (or with) the reader ... :idea:
someone there with more knowledge to suggest the fixing points ...? :?:
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Post by emu_kidid » Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:04 am

Of course it can be done, no one has done it yet. All you would need is to expose the internal command set/registers over USB (or whatever) and then have a program on the PC to call what it needs to just like a GameCube/Wii would.

If you wanted it to appear as a proper disc with the files served to you then it'd be a lot more work but this could again be done purely on the PC if you have the previous part operational.
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Re: GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by Aleron Ives » Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:37 pm

You can't connect a GC drive to the PC, but you can rip GC/Wii games on PC using one of the few DVD-ROM drives that works with Friidump and Rawdump.
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Re: GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by Diego borella » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:11 pm

emu_kidid wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:04 am
Of course it can be done
So, to make the emulator dolphin recognize the unit?

or just do an eviction?

I would need hardware and code, (divres) I believe ...
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Re: GC dvd drive on PC?

Post by emu_kidid » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:30 am

Diego borella wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:11 pm
So, to make the emulator dolphin recognize the unit?

or just do an eviction?

I would need hardware and code, (divres) I believe ...
:?:
You would need many things that don't exist yet, it's not worth the effort.
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