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Chankast is just one of those programs that claims to be an emulator, but just displays the system's startup screen and doesn't actually do anything else, right?

It must be because I've tried every piece of advice on the net from making the BIOS images read only to using the Utopia Boot Disc, to using specific versions of virtual drive software and so far it has loaded exactly *0* games. It even ignores the boot disc and just goes to the CD player screen. That's all it ever does.

Yes, I know people recommend NullDC, and that works fine for me, but I've always been curious about Chankast. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, it doesn't work at all. In fact, it's the only emulator that I've never been able to make do anything.
 

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It was technically the first DC emulator to play commercial games and it died in 2004 so of course its a horrible emulator in 2016.
 

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I understand that it's outdated, but what's the trick to making it work?

I have the emulator, I have a copy of the ROMs, I have game images in CDI format, I have a virtual drive through Alcohol 120%, but no matter what I do, all it ever does is show the Dreamcast logo and then go to the CD player screen.

The virtual drive is selected, the image is mounted (it can be accessed in other programs), but Chankast will not access the disc.

I read that some games aren't self-booting, so it was recommended to use the Utopia Boot Disc, but even that doesn't boot! I don't mean it won't boot the game, I mean the boot disc itself doesn't boot!

What else do you have to do to make it actually load something? You mount an image in the virtual drive, you point the emulator to that virtual drive, you start the emulator and... NOTHING!

Is there some particular type of animal you have to sacrifice? Do the planets have to line up in a specific pattern?

I don't care if it's not a very good emulator anymore, it bugs me that it just doesn't work, period. It's a mystery that I want to solve.
 

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I don't recall but chankast was using the old dc bios and not the newer dump that has a lot more files
The BIOS files I've been using are as follows;

dc_bios.bin - MD5: e10c53c2f8b90bab96ead2d368858623
dc_flash.bin - MD5: 309b30a16c91186879f9a2e478993f3e

These are the exact BIOS files recommended by this YouTube video on setting up and using Chankast;


No matter what I do, it thinks there's no disc in the virtual drive. It simply doesn't work at all.

EDIT: Yes, I know the video talks about downloading pirated games, I'm simply using it as a reference for trying to get the stupid thing to work.
 

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And if you don't use Utopia?
Nothing happens. Absolutely nothing I have ever tried has ever booted. I've also tried using the CD player interface, and selecting the game option, but that just asks me to insert a game disc.

E.g. Public Domain images tend to self-boot.
So we can rule out the disc image, can you point me to one that you know works on Chankast?
 

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Nothing happens. Absolutely nothing I have ever tried has ever booted. I've also tried using the CD player interface, and selecting the game option, but that just asks me to insert a game disc.


So we can rule out the disc image, can you point me to one that you know works on Chankast?
I dug up a few old screenshots from way back in 2005 with Chankast 0.25,
in the pictures are Confidential Mission and an incorrectly working Le Mans 24 Hours (it boots but crashes on a screen showing "OVERRLOAD").

From memory I remember Zero Gunner 2 ran good. There were more games that worked, I *think* Ikaruga and Border Down amongst them but it's just too long ago for me to remember all of it.

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overrload.PNG
 

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It works fine here, using daemon tools lite 10.4 as the virtual drive. On Chankast, use the xxx cd rom plugin and choose the daemon tools drive (options>configure drive).
 

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Have you tried your games with nullDC too?
Or reicast?
They work fine in NullDC. I can't run Reicast because I have an older system with XP on it and the author designed it to only run on Win7 or above.

From memory I remember Zero Gunner 2 ran good. There were more games that worked, I *think* Ikaruga and Border Down amongst them but it's just too long ago for me to remember all of it.
OK, but how would I know if I have images that are compatible with it? Just saying that X game works doesn't guarantee that my particular image of it will work in Chankast.

It works fine here, using daemon tools lite 10.4 as the virtual drive. On Chankast, use the xxx cd rom plugin and choose the daemon tools drive (options>configure drive).
I'm not using Daemon Tools because it says it comes with advertising, v10.4 says it only works on Win7 or above, and the "installer" is only slightly over half a meg, which says to me "web installer", something that I absolutely refuse to use out of principle.

I've used Alcohol 120% degrees, and I also tried another virtual drive program (I forget what it was now), and that didn't work either.

To be clear, I've done everything that I'm supposed to. I tell it to use the letter of the virtual drive. I make sure that the xxx plugin is selected. I have the BIOS images in the directory. I mount the disc image in the virtual drive. I can open it in any other program as if it was a real disc, but Chankast absolutely, positively refuses to acknowledge that there's a disc in the virtual drive. No matter what I do, it thinks the virtual drive is empty.
 

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OK, but how would I know if I have images that are compatible with it? Just saying that X game works doesn't guarantee that my particular image of it will work in Chankast.
true, it's hard to say... I don't know if images today use selfboot or require a boot disc. I don't even know which version of Chankast you are using.
 

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Just use daemon tools. Alcohol will not work. Alternatively, use discjuggler to burn the image(s) to actual disc(s) or use images of different kind, like .nrg or .ccd
 

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I don't even know which version of Chankast you are using.
I've tried pretty much every version I could find; 0.1, 0.2, 0.2a, 0.25 alpha. None of them work.

Just use daemon tools.
I'm reluctant to install Daemon Tools because I've read that it comes with various crap like adware and browser toolbars. A couple people have claimed that it made changes to their browser even when they deselected the toolbar option.

Can you recommend a version that doesn't come bundled with unwanted crap? I downloaded the last 4.x version from FileHippo and my antivirus software flagged it as containing malicious adware.

Alcohol will not work.
I've also tried WinCDEmu 4.0. It didn't recognize that either. Why is Daemon Tools the only virtual drive it will work with? I mean, every other program recognizes Alcohol and others.

Alternatively, use discjuggler to burn the image(s) to actual disc(s) or use images of different kind, like .nrg or .ccd
Other image formats didn't work either, in Alcohol or WinCDEmu. I think I tried a third virtual drive program a while back and it wouldn't work with that either. I forget what it was called.
 
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