[USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

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Robbie
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#81 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:43 pm

Thank you aupton.. I will give it a try tomorrow :D

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Xiden
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#82 » Sat May 05, 2018 1:23 pm

Something I think I'd like to offer USB GDrom users is a service. One that ensures their usb stick is formatted correctly, and preload it with tons of gdis and firmware updates. This would be a plug in play solution for the usb side of things that I can test with my DC usbgdrom ahead of time and make sure everything is working properly.

Basically all I'd ask for is you cover all shipping costs and the cost of a usb thumb drive unless you supply your own. Though I recommend a 128gb drive or more.

PM me if this interests you :)

Superfly
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#83 » Sat May 26, 2018 8:10 am

Hi there everyone,

I'm experiencing a temperamental USB GDROM and wondered if this is a common thing?

My issue is that the unit boots into its menu system inconsistently and I have to keep reseting the console until it decides it wants to boot. Sometimes removing the VMU seems to jolt it into working (but this could just be coincidence). Once it has booted, all of my installed GDI files play perfectly.

Anyone else getting this? Anyone have a fix or advice? Any help would be much appreciated.

Relevant information:

PAL Dreamcast as base unit / 12v PSU mod / Internal battery holder mod / LED mod / Toro VGA box.
USB GDROM internal USB
(bought in the last 6 months) updated with latest firmware "black background" (same issue with "blue background" firmware)
128gb SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB 2.0
(formatted with FAT32 Format, allocation unit size 4096 (games had sound and boot issues at higher allocation)

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Xiden
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#84 » Sat May 26, 2018 7:42 pm

Superfly wrote:Hi there everyone,

I'm experiencing a temperamental USB GDROM and wondered if this is a common thing?

My issue is that the unit boots into its menu system inconsistently and I have to keep reseting the console until it decides it wants to boot. Sometimes removing the VMU seems to jolt it into working (but this could just be coincidence). Once it has booted, all of my installed GDI files play perfectly.

Anyone else getting this? Anyone have a fix or advice? Any help would be much appreciated.

Relevant information:

PAL Dreamcast as base unit / 12v PSU mod / Internal battery holder mod / LED mod / Toro VGA box.
USB GDROM internal USB
(bought in the last 6 months) updated with latest firmware "black background" (same issue with "blue background" firmware)
128gb SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB 2.0
(formatted with FAT32 Format, allocation unit size 4096 (games had sound and boot issues at higher allocation)


I haven't had these issues myself. One thing that might help: Unseat the usbgdrom, clean the contacts and reseat it, make sure its securely in place. If its a power issue, remove power supply, clean contacts and make sure its getting a solid connection as well. Sounds like your software is setup right.

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Xiden
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#85 » Sat May 26, 2018 7:43 pm

curious are you using a VA1 Dreamcast?

Superfly
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#86 » Sun May 27, 2018 6:14 am

Hi Xiden,

Thanks for help. I believe my Dreamcast is a VA1 model. I've custom painted the case so I don't have the original stickers anymore.

I took your advice and stripped down the USB GDROM and cleaned all the connections before re-mounting. Unfortunately, I get the same results. Sometimes it boots into the file selection and sometimes I just get a static Dreamcast logo.

It seems to be just a random occurrence that I can't track down to a hardware issue. So.... I'm now thinking software? May I ask, what file structure do you use on your USB / Hard drive? Also, is there a quick way to return to the file menu from within a game? Like a soft reset button combination?

Sorry if this is all obvious stuff but I'm new to using the device.

Superfly
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Re: [USB GDROM] Troubleshooting & Firmware updates

Post#87 » Sun May 27, 2018 11:36 am

Hi again,

Okay.... a quick update on my boot problems. It seems that the issue is with the SanDisk 128gb Cruzer Blade USB that I'm using. I grabbed an old HP 8gb USB and thought I'd give that a go to rule out the stick as a problem, and boom.... it boots first time every time!

I'm thinking that it's something to do with the design of the USB. The SanDisc has an all plastic construction and the HP has a more traditional metal connector socket. It could just be that the SanDisk's connection to the USB port is just not as snug as the HP's.... who knows?

Anyway, I hope this is of use to anyone else experiencing this issue. All advice and support has been gratefully received.

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