* Autonomous Dreamcast Now for BBA & Emulators *With this VirtualBox Virtual Machine you can appear on Dreamcast Now while playing with BBA or through Emulators that go online.
[VERSION 2 UPDATE] : Game List Choice, Code improvements
The being played game will be detected independent of DC console or emulator.
The script is:
1 - Create a Ubuntu(32-bit) virtual machine with the available virtual disk - option "use an existing virtual disk file".
2 - Network Options> Attached to: Bridged Adapter, Promiscuous Mode: Allow All
3 - Power up VM and start with "Start Autonomous Dreamcast Now" icon and choice any game.
4 - Configure Dreamcast Now PROFILE using the virtual machine's IP, at Dreamcast Now page.
5 - I suggest putting the BBA or Emulator indication in DC Now username.
6 - Close command window and switch from "auto ethX" to "(Ethernet)"
NOTE: (Ethernet) is for correct game dectection. And "auto ethX" is the way for configure Dreamcast Now page profile without errors.
7 - Start again with "Start Autonomous Dreamcast Now" icon8 - With your Dreamcast + BBA or with the Emulator, go online.
So yes, you need a computer/laptop to do this thing, but just leave it there while playing.
Be aware that the MAC Address created automatically by Virtual Box will be the identification key with Dreamcast Now, so it is prudent to take note of that MAC.* DreamPi(VM) for Ext. Serial Modems *
Some time ago I changed this virtual machine to the most updated kernel, making it possible to use external serial modems
using an FTDI RS232 to USB cable, like PL2303. It also maintains functionality for the USB modem
Therefore, this VM can also be used in the traditional way for dial-up connection, including for the serial modem, by using "Start DreamPi" icon
I recommend manage Network/MAC Address section if you're also going to use as usual DreamPi, as each one (DreamPi x Autonomous DC Now) should have a unique username on Dreamcast Now, so the MAC Address must be different. You can take note of the first one, and then click refresh button to create a new one, also taking note. You can switch between them at any time, the field is editable.
OR should be easier to just clone the virtual machine and do individual uses, with this individual Mac Addresses.Link to download the virtual disk, usable in VirtualBox.Download Virtual Disk - Version 2 Update
I've been talking about this idea with Shuouma and MegaVolt85. I also sent a direct message to Kazade.
This possibility came to me with the intention that people using BBA or emulators that connect online, such as Flycast/Retroarch, can create an instance/flag in Dreamcast Now, if they want to appear online on the site.
Today to start a Dreamcast Now session, the DreamPi code is positioned to release this only after a successful dial-up connection.
The possibility here is about being able to use a Dreamcast Now session not tied to the Dreamcast dial-up connection.
[VERSION 1 UPDATE]
So I used the virtual machine with the DreamPi code, created by friend megavolt85, where I customized a new script, identical to the original, but that starts a Dreamcast Now session only.
Originally, Dreamcast Now starts with the IP reserved for Dreamcast. I added a command to detect the IP of the virtual machine and then start a session with it.
So this is the suggestion, if you consider it a good idea to use.
The detection of the game being played happened correctly and this is very cool.
Take a look at megavolt85 project:viewtopic.php?t=12731