yeah... so, the DC emulator thread that i started got deleted, along with the pics i posted.
anyway. in case you've been living under a rock, a Dreamcast emulator called Chankast came out a few weeks ago. for a first release, it was amazing: compatibility with many commercial games, nearly complete graphics and sound in a lot of games, etc.
the second release came out today. check it out:
before you even think about trying to use the emu, make sure your computer has these, or you won't get much joy out of the program:12/06/2004: Chankast alpha 0.2a released.
- vga/ntsc bug fixed
- control pad fixed
- fixed a bug in the video renderer that was causing some game to crash
12/06/2004: Chankast alpha 0.2 released.
About the news in this release:
- Improved stability, no more random crashes during gameplay*
- Fixes to the GFX core for games such as Shenmue 1&2 and Soul Calibur*
- Better compatibility, for example Dead or Alive 2, Virtual On and many, many more*
- Optimized code for even more speed*
- Option to over- and underclock the SH4 CPU*
- Completly re-done PAD configuration screen*
- Added support for PAD plugins*
- Added an option for cable selection*
- Integrated Capcom hack into the other versions*
- Re-worked menu and help file*
- ... and many more fixes we don't really remember
2ghz or faster CPU with SSE
GeForce or Radeon graphics card
if you meet or exceed those specifications, you'll get playable frame rates out of quite a few games (self-booting backups, or i guess you can use the Utopia boot disc and then do a disc swap for the really early DC rips). you also need to get the Dreamcast BIOS separately and put it in the same folder as the emulator.
version 0.1 slowed down a lot when accessing the CD-Rom, and the problem might still exist in the new release. you can improve it a bit by using an ISO image, mounting it with a program like Daemon Tools, then choosing the virtual CD-Rom in the emulator options.