It depends on your setup. If you have a GDEMU it’s pretty straightforward. You need to download a patched copy (or patch your own copy) of the game. The only difference is this copy automatically connects to the private server.
I have a broadband adapter, so I just configured it as usual, then booted the game and it worked the first time.
If you still have your optical drive, it’s a bit more complicated, basically you burn a cheat disc, that patches your copy of PSO in RAM, which then allows you to connect to the private server.
It’s not complicated at all just change the DNS in the network setup through PSO and you are done.
If you don’t have a broadband adapter you can use the phone line one with a DreamPi (which interfaces with your home network)
Yeah, I considered doing this myself. But as I’m in Australia I’d also need to pick up a line voltage inducer, so by the time I’d costed all of the parts and shipping it was more or less the same price to get the BBA.
That being said the BBA is only compatible with a handful of games, but I just love the simplicity of running an ethernet cable directly to my Dreamcast in 2022.
So, part of the reason my BBA was cheap was because it was listed as junk, and yellowed to all hell. Once I confirmed it worked fine I decided to clean it up a bit.
You can see how deeply yellowed it was when I removed the stickers.
The contrast of the sticker tan lines actually made retrobrighting a breeze, I could just monitor those spots each time I checked on it. After about 2 hours in some creme developer in the Australian sun, it looks good as new!
I’d like to get my Dreamcast working correctly, as the RGB cable I bought was just a cheap ebay thing for testing, and it’s complete garbage.
Before I order a cable that’s better quality, I have a question.
I’m using a CRT that supports only up to 480i, not 480p.
Is there a list of games that will not work with either 240p or 480i? Or maybe better, is there a list of games that are 480p only?
I have a similar setup, with a 15hkz CRT.
As far as I know, there are no VGA/480p only Dreamcast titles. I think there are a handful of titles that support 240p, and a few more that can be forced to 240p. Personally I picked up Retrogamingcables.uk RGB scart cable and it’s been great. Even has a 480p switch on it in the event you hook it up to a scaler or a 31khz monitor.
Yeah none I think.
There are a few US/Japanese games that don’t work with RGB. If there’s a PAL version it works fine though:
Skies of Arcadia
Street Fighter Alpha/Zero 3
Super Street Fighter 2 X
Touken Retsuden 4
Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service
Pop ‘n’ Music
I usr my DC exclusively on a 15khz TV with S-video cables and I have no issues. S-video also looks very clean, for about 10 bucks it runs my expensive RGB cable pretty close
And what about the titles that don’t work with RGB? The ones that D.Lo mentioned.
shouldn’t be affected unless you’re using scart (or VGA)
I’ve played Street Fighter Alpha 3 which I remember didn’t work for me on scart (took me a long time to figure that one out) and it works fine via svideo, in 240p as well!
Maybe s-video is the way to go then, thanks.
And thanks to everyone else for their input.
Really wish the HD Retrovision component cables for DC had actually materialized.
I stopped following that after …a long time. Are they officially not going to make them now?
Pretty sure those would work with the behar bros gadgets. The toro for instance. Could of sworn they all work with the more recent cables that have come out from other vendors too which have a switch to change modes (15khz to 31khz).
I’d ask the vendors of those cables if they work over 100% of the library.
I have one of those cables and I remember distinctly Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Vampire Saviour (and pretty sure Super Turbo as well) not working even with the switch to 15khz. I’m sure I tried 15khz as I wanted to play those games in 240p. all work fine over S-video
Their latest statement is that the parts shortage delayed things and they don,t want to make any statement until they can commit to a specific date, but their communication has been pretty terrible.
For what it’s worth Retro Gaming Cables in the UK posted a teaser for their own design and their May 2022 newsletter stated, I quote verbatim, " We hope to release our new [Dreamcast YPbPr component cable powered by RetroTink later this year." but this cable has been so cursed I’m none too hopeful.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a high quality VGA cable?
I picked up an IBM VGA monitor and a cheap cable (just so I can test the monitor before I go all in) but I’d appreciate some insight into the best way to go VGA wise.
from what I understand the Beharbros boxes are the top of the line for VGA. the Hanzo for VGA (with a 15/31khz switch) or the Toro with both VGA and SCART out
I also had a cheap VGA cable initially for testing but the quality was so ridiculously good that I never saw the need to get one of those boxes as they are in the pricey side
Thanks, I’ll see how I go with the cheap option but it’s good to have a premium version to consider!