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Dreamcast Reading An IDE Hard Drive 178

evilpaul13 writes: "Somebody got an IDE Harddrive hooked up to his Dreamcast! He plans to build a new case for it as a later project. Maybe this will encourage new Linux for Dreamcast work with the greater possibilities it presents for a small SH6 based web server?" This is still a work in progress -- but it's encouraging, especially given the current price of Dreamcast consoles.
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Dreamcast Reading An IDE Hard Drive

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  • by DarkEdgeX ( 212110 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @09:18PM (#3422811) Journal
    Agreed, they're no where to be found on places such as Amazon.com or EBworld.com (or Gamestop.com), which are the big three retailers AFAIK. Smaller online specialty shops may still have them, but I imagine they're asking more than retail given the shortages these days.
  • by magicslax ( 532351 ) <frank_salim@@@yahoo...com> on Saturday April 27, 2002 @09:21PM (#3422830)

    Given the relative slowness of the dreamcast, even at less than a $100 buck it still can't compete with a PC. You can easily put together a Duron sytem for around the same cost and have a far more useful Linux box. Being able to run binaries and not recomiling to run on the dreamcast will save a boatload of time in the long run too.

    You missed the point. This isn't about "useful," "practial." or "cheap." This is Good ol fashioned hardware hacking. (see look, it even says it on the site. neeener.) It has much less to do with how usable it is as it does with its coolness factor.

  • by ActiveSX ( 301342 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @11:34PM (#3423228) Homepage
    The Genesis used the Z80 for both sound and Master System/Game Gear (same box, different resolution screen) compatibility. I believe that there was 1 or 2 licensed games that used it for SMS compat, the rest were 10 in 1 pirate carts and the like.
  • by ivarneli ( 4238 ) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @01:27AM (#3423517) Journal
    >But I would still like to see hardware hacking of stuff I could use.

    That's what companies are for. This guy is doing something he thinks is fun and interesting for his own benefit. He's not trying to cater to your wants, and I don't see why you think he should.
  • by jerkface ( 177812 ) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @06:58AM (#3424089) Journal
    I don't know what propaganda push you're referring to, but maybe that's because I didn't see any of the ads. It's certainly a valid complaint against Sega that they shafted their loyal customers. But I think a console is best measured by the quality of its games, and the DC's library is downright excellent. It's still the console I play the most, and I have a list of games I still want to get - a couple of which are yet to be released. The PS2 now has a good software lineup also, but it had a disappointing lineup until the 2nd half of 2001. It is also weak at texturing due to its lack of any hardware support for texture compression. The overall performance gap between the two consoles is actually not that large, and if you look at the first generation of games for both systems (Tekken vs. Soul Calibur, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 vs. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2) the Dreamcast games actually look better.

    On behalf of level-headed DC fanboys everywhere, I apologize over the jerk who modded you .It's something that happens in every article that mentions a game console. It's especially bad in PS2 articles, but only because the PS2 fanboys are more numerous.

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