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Viper GC

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:32 pm
by emu_kidid
Viper GC Modchip Information

ViperGC & ViperGC Extreme were modchips produced for the Nintendo Gamecube, each acting as an IPL replacement, with 128Kb and 2Mb programmable ROM receptively. It was the beginning (after of course the tmbinc IPL replacement) to all modchips and software backup loaders, since it was the first modchip/code to ever patch the optical disc drive to read DVD-R discs. The ViperGC was originally released in December 2004, with it's successor, the Extreme, in 2006. Although they came blank from the manufacturer, a bios (Cobra BIOS) was created by the group "MentalCube" to play backups and load homebrew code. It was rumoured that MentalCube was in fact the team (or individual) behind the hardware as well, which I was lucky enough to confirm in mid 2007. There was a rumoured gold plated version of this modchip also, but it was either never produced or perhaps never distributed.

BIOS (All compatible with ViperGC & ViperGC Extreme)
Cobra 0.2-1.6.7z
(1.38 MiB) Downloaded 1414 times
Cobra (2.0 WIP) (Viper Extreme).rar
(737.02 KiB) Downloaded 979 times
Cobra (2.1) (Viper GC).zip
(2.3 MiB) Downloaded 2284 times
Installation & Usage (ViperGC)
Viper_Manual.7z
(2.11 MiB) Downloaded 1822 times
Installation & Usage (ViperGC Extreme)
ViperGC_Extreme-Manuals.7z
(618.03 KiB) Downloaded 1618 times
Flashing Software (ViperGC)
Viper_Loader.7z
(808.47 KiB) Downloaded 1116 times
Flashing Software (ViperGC Extreme)
ViperFlasherUSB10.zip
(305.84 KiB) Downloaded 963 times
Flashing Software Driver (ViperGC Extreme Win7 - tjk925)
ViperUSBWin7Driver.zip
(379.89 KiB) Downloaded 962 times
ViperGC Dev SDK
Viper_Dev.zip
(16.16 KiB) Downloaded 691 times
ViperGC USB Adapter Dev SDK
ViperUSB_SDK.zip
(15.32 KiB) Downloaded 726 times
Previously undocumented ViperGC/Extreme functions
viper-undocumented.7z
(1.16 KiB) Downloaded 965 times
Official Website (via archive.org)

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Re: Viper GC

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:59 am
by AC_Orange
MakeVGC 1.0 - ZipZap 2004 - MakeVGC is a Viper GC BIOS Encryptor. Compile your program to run at address 0x81300000, and call MakeVGC to convert it to encrypted .vgc file.
MakeVGC.zip
MakeVGC 1.0 - ZipZap 2004
(266.2 KiB) Downloaded 899 times
ViperTemporaryAudioFix! 1.1 - only needed for the early versions of Cobra Bios (<1.0)
ViperTemporaryAudioFix2.zip
ViperTemporaryAudioFix! 1.1
(21.72 KiB) Downloaded 509 times
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.0b - loonycube
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.0b - loonycube.rar
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.0b - loonycube
(30.16 KiB) Downloaded 541 times
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.2b - loonycube
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.2b - loonycube.rar
Viper Multi Boot Iso Creator v1.2b - loonycube
(31.11 KiB) Downloaded 629 times
Viper GC Ripper 1.0 - As riptool.dol doesn't work with Viper GC (no proper init code?), I made a special Viper Ripper program, based on the ipl replacement by tmbinc (you can also use the other ipl replacement features such as sending dols).
Viper GC Ripper 1.0.zip
Viper GC Ripper 1.0
(462.8 KiB) Downloaded 639 times

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:43 am
by R3dfaction
Is there any chance the Viper GC Extreme USB port may be used for homebrew?

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 11:19 am
by Dragoon
Well I guess there's what the USB SDK is for.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:17 pm
by infact
Which is incomplete... you have to write your own usb send and recieve functions.
But when you did, you can use it nearly as an usbgecko.

I'm writing an own usb uploader for it.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:17 pm
by Dragoon
Infact, did I ever mention you are awesome? :D

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:14 am
by Riku64
Just a heads up, the "ViperUSBWin7Driver.zip" ends up freezing Viper USB Flasher, just use the driver included with "ViperFlasherUSB10.zip" it works with Windows 7. :mrgreen:

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:20 am
by liquitt
i moved your post to an appropriate topic.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:10 am
by Riku64
liquitt wrote:i moved your post to an appropriate topic.
Thank you, ;)

Anybody have any luck streaming ISO's using ISOStream with Cobra 2.1?

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:17 am
by Dragoon
No I tried all of them, everytime I get an error at the gamecube BIOS.
Some technical stuff:
Gamecube DOL-101 PAL
Viper GC extreme with cobra 2.1 flashed and sdload as plugin
gamecube is hooked up to a cupture card
using the original usb cable on a usb 2.0 port

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:05 pm
by Riku64
Dragoon wrote:No I tried all of them, everytime I get an error at the gamecube BIOS.
Some technical stuff:
Gamecube DOL-101 PAL
Viper GC extreme with cobra 2.1 flashed and sdload as plugin
gamecube is hooked up to a cupture card
using the original usb cable on a usb 2.0 port
I wish they would of completed their release before releasing, It would be nice to make sure your backup isn't corrupted, before wasting a disc. :lol:

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:42 am
by infact
Yes, the isostream feature has been in alpha stage back then and they never released a stable version.
The problem is we cant easily improve this to a stable stage in cobra, but it is possible to rewrite it and then use it seperately or maybe add it to swiss.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:22 am
by Dragoon
If you could release some of your stuff you wrote...

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:52 am
by _Nold_
Here is the whole tool package for the ViperGC Extreme

http://nold.freeunix.net/devnull/Downlo ... xtreme.zip

Content:
  • ViperCommandLineFlasher
  • Themes
  • Screenshot
  • RealTimeStateSave
  • PCtoTV
  • ISOStream
  • GameRemote
  • driver
  • DOLSendUSB
  • CobraManager
  • CobraBackup
  • ViperUSB.dll
  • ViperFlasherUSB.exe

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:55 am
by emu_kidid
This is all included in the Cobra 2.0 archive in post 1 :)

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:58 am
by _Nold_
Oh, ok sorry :D
forgot about that, uploaded it a year ago ^^

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:10 pm
by tjk925
Riku64 wrote:Just a heads up, the "ViperUSBWin7Driver.zip" ends up freezing Viper USB Flasher, just use the driver included with "ViperFlasherUSB10.zip" it works with Windows 7. :mrgreen:
Should work for 64-bit Windows 7. Untested on 32-bit (unless that's your test :) ).

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:57 am
by boozezela
Dragoon wrote:No I tried all of them, everytime I get an error at the gamecube BIOS.
Some technical stuff:
Gamecube DOL-101 PAL
Viper GC extreme with cobra 2.1 flashed and sdload as plugin
gamecube is hooked up to a cupture card
using the original usb cable on a usb 2.0 port
The USB streaming tool works with some of the games, however both memory card slots must be empty.
If you forget a memory card in the console, all the streamers will just hang forever and nothing will happen.

It would be nice to have some new working software to play with, but the speed probably is not going to be very good.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:58 pm
by psyco752
Hello as you will see, I have a problem, I purchased a gamecube with viper modchip gc, comes with gcos 1.x I would like to update the bios to Cobra 2.1 with Sdload A & B.vgc but the problem is that I can not read me files vgc .
I have SDGecko and I've tried on there and I get unknown file file, please help me I'm desperate... :cry:

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:13 am
by RedCapsMan
First off, sorry for necromancing an ancient thread. I'm in the same situation as psyco752. I came into a cube with a vipergc that had gcos 1.5 flashed to it but no programmer. It had some water damage but I cleaned it up and got it running with a spare dvd drive from another cube. Its going strong and gcos is just fine for my purposes but I'd really like to play with cobra.

Are the cobra vgc files still encrypted? Wouldn't it be possible to run the cobra bios as a dol file? Without a programmer I'm s$%t out of luck right? Right now I boot swiss off a dvd but I wait and wait and wait as the disc spins up and gets me to my sd card. My other option is to load swiss from my network but the guides on that are woefully inaccurate/unclear (although that may be because my only time to work on this stuff is at the dead of night).

If I'm stuck with gcos then thats ok, my xenogc cube gets most of the love anyways.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:37 am
by emu_kidid
I might be able to dig up a programmer and send it off to you since there's no way to flash the BIOS other than via Cobra.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:47 pm
by RedCapsMan
PM sent!

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:23 am
by andre104623
Sorry to bring up a dead topic but i just bought a viper gc extreme new in the box with everything. I wanted to ask how much are these things worth these days and how much were they when they were new and still in production. Its a nice modchip very well bulit just like the qoob. The guy i bought the chip from also has a icedcube full case replacement which I'm trying to come to a fair price for it.

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:00 am
by Doomkeks
i just bought a viper gc extreme new in the box with everything
YOU LUCKY GUY!!!
how much are these things worth these days and how much were they when they were new and still in production
I got my viper extreme somewhat between 2006 and 08. I think it was 50€, german price. No idea how much it was in the US.
I also bought a bunch of the normal viper gc chips, they were 30€ if I am correct.

You'll propably find people willing to pay around 200$ for a brand new one nowadays. (Just an estimation from my side.)

The Viper Extreme is a really powerful chip for the cube.
It allows you to rip games fairly quickly and it is the only chip (as far as I know) that supports actual safe states (freeze game status) for the cube.
This, the big hype around it and beeing sold out quite quickly make the viper extreme such a desireable piece today.

I think I have a bricked viper extreme somewhere laying around, I should try to get it back to life ;)
The guy i bought the chip from also has a icedcube full case replacement which I'm trying to come to a fair price for it
I also have an icedcube case. It is more a show and shine piece in my opinion.
12cm disks fit juuuusst barely in there, I have constant problems with the disc scratching somewhere in the case because there is such little room for for the disc.
I have already tried so much to get around this but with no success yet. When I carefully close and tilt the lid in the right direction it kind of works.

Since 8cm DVD-Rs are still available today, I'd recommend you to get a bunch of those and just use the regular case. If you want have a serious number of games available, the drive replacement with SD card would be the better solution than using discs.
The Icecube looks damn cool though :D

Re: Viper GC

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:01 pm
by noobcube
I've had a Viper GC Extreme for many years along with an IcedCube case. Although the Viper is a powerful modchip, I've found it somewhat unreliable for creating backups and it seems a little worse than a XenoGC for reading them. As far as the IcedCube case goes, I added some washers to lift up the DVD drive which helps to stop the discs from rubbing.