Any Disc Based Boot Disc To Allow You To Play US Games on a Japanese GC?

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Any Disc Based Boot Disc To Allow You To Play US Games on a Japanese GC?

Post#1 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:19 am

Hi. Is there a kind of boot disk, similar to Boot disks in Dreamcast, wherein you can use it to allow you to play US GC games (original) on a Japanese unit so you don't have to hardware mod it with the switches? If there is one, how do you burn it on a DVD (the regular big one or it has to be as small the GC discs?), any link on a tutorial?

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Re: Any Disc Based Boot Disc To Allow You To Play US Games on a Japanese GC?

Post#2 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:21 pm

You would need a freeloader boot disc which is built in to every Action replay made for the system. There is also a rare case-mod called the raptor which would allow full sized DVDs to fit into the drive. Also bare in mind that Gamecube games are read very similarly to a vinyl record and very few disc drives can burn that way. If your disc drive isn't listed here then it won't work.
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Re: Any Disc Based Boot Disc To Allow You To Play US Games on a Japanese GC?

Post#3 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:44 am

That thread lists drives that work with the RawDump and FriiDump software to extract the contents of NODs to your PC. You can't burn NODs with anything; a GC modchip would probably have to force the GC to read normal mini DVD-Rs.
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Post#4 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:56 pm

Hi. Is this is it, Freeloader:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvSla8oChc4

All I have to do it find a mini DVD-R or mini DVD+R (very hard to find) and find a burner that's on the list above?

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Re: Any Disc Based Boot Disc To Allow You To Play US Games on a Japanese GC?

Post#5 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:00 pm

If I can't find a mini DVD-R (it seems to not be sold anymore), can't one just cut a normal DVD-R trim it (after burn) into something that fits into the Gamecube, probably using a pointed compass and circle grind (not cutting coz' that might crack the disk) it till it's cut to something that fits the Gamecube. Or Dremel it into a square, just a bit outside the burned Freeloader data (has anyone tried this?).

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Post#6 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:31 pm

NODs are burned backwards compared to standard DVDs, and they also have substantial copy protection. You can't create one.
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Post#7 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:53 pm

Hi Thanks. I noticed the GameCube disk some parts (like the letters on Game Boy Player disc) are transparent yet it reads ok. Maybe it can be hacked this way: burn the Freeloader on a regular DVD-R or DVD+R burned regularly, if one can't find a mini DVD anymore and just use a pointed compass to cut out into a circle a mini-DVD (with a few millimeter of allowance outside the burned data) and then polish out the labelling on top and play the disc reversed. Hopefully the laser can still read the data (going through more plastic than usual) even though it's on the other side (it'll be on top, facing you insted of the data side facing down). When it spins it's kind of reversed? If it works, the laser might be reading harder going through more plastic but it's just a kind of Codebreaker for the Dreamcast, it's just run for a short while.

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