How-To Install WRP on DreamPi - Dreamcast web browsers on the modern web.

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How-To Install WRP on DreamPi - Dreamcast web browsers on the modern web.

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https://github.com/tenox7/wrp/

A browser-in-browser "proxy" server that allows to use historical / vintage web browsers on the modern web. It works by rendering a web page in to a GIF image with clickable imagemap.
I suggest setting up SSH so you can copy/paste this right in save yourself lots of time.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... ccess/ssh/

First thing to do is "Expand The Filesystem" So we can have the full space of our SD card. 4GB required

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sudo raspi-config

Pick Option 7 - Advanced Options
Pick Option 1 - Expand File System
Tab over to the Finish button and Reboot.
Xiden wrote:
Ok found the solution. Looks like the repository 'http://raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian stretch Release' got changed.

its now deb http://legacy.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stretch main contrib non-free rpi

Login to your Dreampi:, then type this and hit enter.

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 sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list 
Then change the first line to

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 deb http://legacy.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stretch main contrib non-free rpi 
press CTRL + X and then Type Y to save

Now you can run sudo bash /boot/dcgmail.sh


I'll see about getting an updated dcgmail.sh out to pcwzrd13 soon.
Next thing to do is update our Pi to the latest software.

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sudo apt update

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sudo apt upgrade
Now we are going to install the Chromium Web Browser

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sudo apt install chromium-browser
Now to download the WRP software

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wget https://github.com/tenox7/wrp/releases/download/4.6.0/wrp-arm-linux
Change it to be allowed to run as a program

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chmod +x wrp-arm-linux
Next edit the /etc/rc.local file with nano so this runs on boot of the Pi

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sudo nano /etc/rc.local
Add this line in under the other stuff but before the "exit 0"

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/home/pi/wrp-arm-linux &
Just have an empty line before and after the added line, my file looks like this

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# Print the IP address
_IP=$(hostname -I) || true
if [ "$_IP" ]; then
  printf "My IP address is %s\n" "$_IP"
fi

/home/pi/wrp-arm-linux &

exit 0
Press CTRL+X to exit, Press Y to save changes. Press Enter to keep the same name

Reboot the Pi

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sudo reboot
Now learn what the IP of the Pi is write it down,

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hostname -I
For me its 192.168.1.226
So in my WebBrowser I go to http://192.168.1.226:8080

Thanks to mrneo240 for Telling me about this!
Now you have a nice new way to websurf on the Dreamcast!!! 8-)
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A whole new world of possibilities is open to us from our Dreamcast! This does everything I ever hoped HTML-5 would be able to open up and allow on the Dreamcast many years ago! Nice to see the modern web can now be viewed on the Dreamcast! Obviously no YouTube streaming with it, but damn! Nice work to all involved!
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Great guide!

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I saw this on reddit earlier and tried it out with netscape navigator on pc. It works really well although I'm not sure how I'll get it working on a Dreamcast since I'm using the Virutalbox PC-DC method rather than a Raspberry Pi and it uses a really old version of Ubuntu...

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Doesn't have to be on the Pi.. What IP/URL did you type in Netscape Navigator? As long as its the same network as the Dreamcast it should work.

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This is fantastic! I actually was using a similar project already, Browservice, but determined the Dreamcast was still not quite able to run it. I presume it's because Browservice actually uses some Javascript that's out of range for the Dreamcast browsers. I guess I have another one to try. I bet my brother's PowerMac 7700 will be able to connect online.

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Thank you deluxux for this great guide and mrneo240 for the crazy discovery. Can't wait to try this out !
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deluxux wrote:Doesn't have to be on the Pi.. What IP/URL did you type in Netscape Navigator? As long as its the same network as the Dreamcast it should work.
Nope. For some reason it only works on my PC. If I type the same ip into my phone or even virtualbox it just times out. I'm wondering if it's because my PC is connected to ethernet as there is a chance it runs on a separate network to the WiFi (I'm using university Internet so this is a possibility). If that's the case I'm screwed then since my PC doesn't have WiFi...

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Could be some firewall things or something of the sort

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