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246w ago - Update: Some pictures and a video (below) are now available of the NullDC Dreamcast emulator running on PS3 for those interested!

A few days ago we reported news that drk||Raziel is working on porting the Sega DreamCast emulator NullDC to Sony's PS3, and today he reports that the BiOS is operational and running!

Speaking to PSGroove, drk||Raziel states, to quote: "Letsee .. oh wait, it cross compiled ! *yay* for uber portable code ;p Interpreter only / underclock 4x / no pvr rendering / no audio / no input. Bios intro runs fine, then gets on the clock dialog screen. YAY !"




Currently it is produced on a PS3 Debug unit due to its remote debugging, but the code will run on Retail PS3 consoles as well. Below is the log file for those curious, cool news indeed!






Setting the path to /app_home/
nullDCe/ps3 v1.0.0 pre-1 (built Sep 9 2010@01:05:30) starting up ..
Config file parsed!Loading settings
Loaded settings
Loading plugins!
drkpvr: Using Software
Unable to open vmu save file "vmu_save_A1.bin", creating new file
Failed to create vmu save file "vmu_save_A1.bin"
Unable to open vmu save file "vmu_save_A2.bin", creating new file
Failed to create vmu save file "vmu_save_A2.bin"
Using Recompiler
drkpvr: Using Software
Unable to open vmu save file "vmu_save_A1.bin", creating new file
Failed to create vmu save file "vmu_save_A1.bin"
Unable to open vmu save file "vmu_save_A2.bin", creating new file
Failed to create vmu save file "vmu_save_A2.bin"
Building opcode tables ...
Generating sincos tables ...
Sh4 Reset
UNLOCK REGION
LoadFileToSh4Bootrom: loaded file "/app_home/data/dc_boot.bin" ,size : 2097152 bytes
LoadFileToSh4Flashrom: can't load file "/app_home/data/dc_flash_wb.bin", file not found
LoadFileToSh4Flashrom: loaded file "/app_home/data/dc_flash.bin" ,size : 131072 bytes
LoadFileToSh4Mem: can't load file "/app_home/data/syscalls.bin" to memory , file not found
LoadFileToSh4Mem: can't load file "/app_home/data/IP.bin" to memory , file not found
UNLOCK REGION
UNLOCK REGION
Sh4: i-cache invalidation A0000020
Error in ../dc/mem/sh4_internal_reg.cpp:WriteMem_area7:741 -> Write to Area7 not implemented , addr=1f940190,d
ata=90
)Error in ../dc/mem/sh4_internal_reg.cpp:WriteMem_area7:741 -> Write to Area7 not implemented , addr=1f940190,
data=90
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f74e4,da
ta=1fffff
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68a4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68ac,da
ta=0
)Invalid GD-DMA start, SB_GDEN=0.Ingoring it.
Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a0,dat
a=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a8,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78ac,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b0,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b8,da
ta=0
)VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
:Invalid Katana Driver Version (0)
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 1
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
:Invalid Katana Driver Version (0)
Error in ../dc/mem/sh4_internal_reg.cpp:RegSRead:84 -> Read from internal Regs , not implemented , offset=c
)Sh4: i-cache invalidation 8C00DD84
0.04% VPS:0.02(PAL480i50.00)RPS:0.00 vt: nanK 0.00K
Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68a4,dat
a=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68ac,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a0,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a8,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78ac,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b0,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b8,da
ta=0
)Invalid GD-DMA start, SB_GDEN=0.Ingoring it.
Sh4: i-cache invalidation 8C09E6B2
Sh4: i-cache invalidation AC09D99E
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
:Invalid Katana Driver Version (0)
57.90% VPS:28.95(PAL480i50.00)RPS:0.00 vt: nanK 0.00K
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 1
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 1
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
*************AICA Audio driver (version: 1,1 local)************
Name: for Boot ROM ++ ( )
Authors: IGITALMEDIA :Y.Kashima / K.Suyama
Date: 1998.09.09
Copyright: 1998,(C)SEGA ENTERPRISES
Stage: +GM+
sndToolInterfaceWork:0x003f0100
hostSeqStatus:0–00360100
sndSystemStatus:0–00340100
seqModuleMap:0–00400100
cmdBuffer:0–00320100
cmdHistoryBuffer:0–00480100
sndManbowLibraryWork:0x003e0100
sndManbowLibraryWorkSize:0–00010000
********************************END********************************
54.60% VPS:27.30(PAL480i50.00)RPS:0.00 vt: nanK 0.00K
48.75% VPS:24.37(PAL480i50.00)RPS:4.97 vt:0.39K 1.95K
46.75% VPS:23.37(PAL480i50.00)RPS:0.00 vt: nanK 0.00K
48.79% VPS:24.39(PAL480i50.00)RPS:13.94 vt:0.41K 5.72K
Sh4: i-cache invalidation AC09EC72
Sh4: i-cache invalidation 8C00DD84
Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68a4,dat
a=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f68ac,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a0,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78a8,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78ac,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b0,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b4,da
ta=0
)Error in ../dc/mem/sb.cpp:sb_WriteMem:419 -> Write to System Control Regs , not implemented , addr=5f78b8,da
ta=0
)Invalid GD-DMA start, SB_GDEN=0.Ingoring it.
Sh4: i-cache invalidation 8C09E6B2
Sh4: i-cache invalidation AC09D99E
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
*************AICA Audio driver (version: 1,1 local )************
Name: for Boot ROM ++ ( )
Authors: IGITALMEDIA :Y.Kashima / K.Suyama
Date: 1998.09.09
Copyright: 1998,(C)SEGA ENTERPRISES
Stage: +GM+
sndToolInterfaceWork: 0x003f0100
hostSeqStatus: 0–00360100
sndSystemStatus: 0–00340100
seqModuleMap: 0–00400100
cmdBuffer: 0–00320100
cmdHistoryBuffer: 0–00480100
sndManbowLibraryWork: 0x003e0100
sndManbowLibraryWorkSize: 0–00010000
********************************END********************************
51.80% VPS:25.90(PAL480i50.00)RPS:14.44 vt:0.18K 2.58K
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 1
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 1
56.42% VPS:28.21(PAL480i50.00)RPS:0.00 vt: nanK 0.00K
VREG = 03
Write to ARM reset, value= 0
*************AICA Audio driver (version: 1,1 local)************
Name: for Boot ROM ++ ( )
Authors: IGITALMEDIA :Y.Kashima / K.Suyama
Date: 1998.09.09
Copyright: 1998,(C)SEGA ENTERPRISES
Stage: +GM+
sndToolInterfaceWork: 0x003f0100
hostSeqStatus: 0–00360100
sndSystemStatus: 0–00340100
seqModuleMap: 0–00400100
cmdBuffer: 0–00320100
cmdHistoryBuffer: 0–00480100
sndManbowLibraryWork: 0x003e0100
sndManbowLibraryWorkSize: 0–00010000
********************************END********************************
53.11% VPS:26.55(PAL480i50.00)RPS:7.38 vt:0.79K 5.84K
50.42% VPS:25.21(PAL480i50.00)RPS:24.71 vt:1.02K 25.19K
50.28% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.28% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.26% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.60K
50.18% VPS:25.09(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.09 vt:1.14K 28.55K
50.21% VPS:25.10(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.10 vt:1.14K 28.57K
50.23% VPS:25.12(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.12 vt:1.14K 28.58K
50.30% VPS:25.15(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.15 vt:1.14K 28.62K
50.24% VPS:25.12(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.12 vt:1.14K 28.59K
50.29% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.22% VPS:25.11(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.11 vt:1.14K 28.58K
50.23% VPS:25.11(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.11 vt:1.14K 28.58K
50.26% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.60K
50.25% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.59K
50.21% VPS:25.10(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.10 vt:1.14K 28.57K
50.37% VPS:25.19(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.19 vt:1.14K 28.66K
50.26% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.60K
50.28% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.29% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.22% VPS:25.11(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.11 vt:1.14K 28.58K
50.26% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.60K
50.25% VPS:25.13(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.13 vt:1.14K 28.59K
50.28% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K
50.28% VPS:25.14(PAL480i50.00)RPS:25.14 vt:1.14K 28.61K

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#10 - hitmancn47 - 246w ago
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Has anyone thought about making a PS3 Cheat Device? Just sending out some ideas. Thanks.

#9 - IndyColtsFan84 - 246w ago
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Awesome news! Keep the homebrew coming!
My wii is jailbroken so I have all the games I want. Believe me when I say that it is no fun.

However, it would be pretty sweet if it could be upscaled, like using Dolphin.

@spark32 - Never heard a wii referred to as "jailbroken"! LoL Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just never heard anyone say there wii is jailbroken! I always see it referred to as a "softmod". Different strokes for different folks! LoL

#8 - DeadlyFoez - 246w ago
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I had the idea of porting dolphin when I first heard about the jailbreak. I think it's a great idea, but it will be far from perfect. I'm sure it will take a lot of work to make happen, but fortunately the ps3 has the power. It would be so sweet to play almost all of my favorite games on one console.

#7 - chaostic - 246w ago
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I wake up every morning just wondering what is gonna be the next awesome homebrew development. Awesome time to be a PS3 owner!

#6 - oust62139 - 246w ago
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This will be awesome if it will work with retail PS3's with psgroove. I have a whole stack of DC games that I haven't got to play since my Dreamcast gave up on me, and I just haven't bought a new one. If it works, then I won't need to. Also I like the PS3 controller a lot better than the big clunky one for the Dreamcast.

#5 - spark32 - 246w ago
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My wii is jailbroken so I have all the games I want. Believe me when I say that it is no fun.

However, it would be pretty sweet if it could be upscaled, like using Dolphin.

#4 - tskiller - 246w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by erschr View Post
soo with the move coming out soon when are we going to see a wii emulator? lol


Isn't the wiimote bluetooth? Don't think the move is really necessary, but you do bring up a very tantalizing idea - wii games on my ps3!!!

#3 - erschr - 246w ago
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soo with the move coming out soon when are we going to see a wii emulator? lol

#2 - Zhar - 246w ago
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Man, if it continues like this, we gonna be swimming in quality homebrew in no time.

#1 - djlotus - 246w ago
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I'm thinking that I'll have to pick up a second ps3 pretty soon. I wonder if it'll be able to play gdroms or if it'll only work with backups.