Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

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Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#1 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:34 pm

I was thinking here, the Zip Drive was supposed to allow downloads using the Dreamcast browser. Would be possible nowadays to create a page with for example some emulators for the Dreamcast (Snes, Genesis, Master System, Nes, etc...) and send it to the SD Card or HD?

I know the time to download would be painful however we could revive this part of history that never happened. What you guys think about this?
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#2 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:00 pm

You would need an entirely new web browser with support for a hard drive or SD card. The current browsers have no way of interacting with these devices.
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#3 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:24 pm

Yes! isn't there any open source browser for the Dreamcast until now right?
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#4 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:29 pm

NeoSnk wrote:Yes! isn't there any open source browser for the Dreamcast until now right?


There's XDP but I don't think it's open source.
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Post#5 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:37 pm

Yes, I've just read XDP is a modified web browser!!! Maybe if we look deeper on this we can get something!
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#6 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:41 pm

I've found the website of the guy who modified the browser I'm going to try to get in touch with him!

http://pc.psilocybindreams.com/

http://dreamcast.onlineconsoles.com/php ... php?t=8691
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#7 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:48 pm

XDP was a fairly basic mod of Dream Passport (the Japanese Dreamcast web browser) that basically just replaced text and graphics with stuff in English so that non Japanese speakers could actually use it. There's really not any major modifications (that I'm aware of) to it that would be anywhere near on the level of what would be required to make the browser able to save stuff to an ATA device or an SD Card.

That would require code modifications that are likely impossible to make (since Dream Passport was obviously not open source). It'd be easier to port some small open-source web browser over to the Dreamcast using KallistiOS than it would be to actually retrofit that kind of functionality onto Dream Passport.

That said, the real question is why someone would want to do that. It's much easier for just about everyone to just use a browser on a PC to download files, so there's very little purpose to doing so on the Dreamcast. The same goes for downloading emulators or homebrew games to an SD card -- why not just do so on your PC? If that's really all your after by doing something like this, it'd be much easier to spin up some sort of thing like one of the various "Homebrew Browser" tools that have been available on other consoles (like these ones for the Wii and 3DS, for instance) than porting over a whole web browser.

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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#8 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:45 am

Yes BlueCrab you're right! When I have time I'll take a look on it! Thanks for your answer buddy.
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Re: Using the SD Card/IDE as Zip Drive.

Post#9 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:45 pm

Id think it be nice to have a application that allows you to copy files over much nicer than dreamshell, never have got that to work right

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