DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image updated (v1.1/v1.7)

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DreamPi NOOBS-compatible
image updated! (v1.1/v1.7)

  Earlier this year, I released a DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image for Raspberry Pi for the Sega Dreamcast. A DreamPi is a standardized set of software (a customized Linux distro) and a set of hardware created by a fellow named "Kazade" which will create a simplified DC-PC server, for getting a Dreamcast back online to connect to the internet for browsing and online gaming, via resurrected, private game servers. The stock DreamPi image is one which must be written to the entire SD card, and doesn't easily allow a multi-boot setup with other OSes on other SD card partitions. This DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image is compatible with NOOBS or (by extension, the recommended, superior) PINN. NOOBS is a simple bootloader, which allows one to install NOOBS-compatible distro images in such a way as to allow a simple multi-boot configuration, while PINN (derived from NOOBS) is a enhanced version of NOOBS, which fixes some design flaws and adds new useful, convenient features. PINN is recommended over NOOBS.

  The DreamPi NOOBS compatible image works with NOOBS/PINN, and allows one to install DreamPi distro with others in a multi-boot configuration. Recently, the stock DreamPi image was upgraded to v1.7. You can read the Dreamcast Live blog post and forum thread from the previous link for information about the ChangeLog, but to summarize the changes:

  • Updated Firmware
    • Image rebuilt against newer minimal Raspbian distro.
    • Now supports Pi Zero W and Pi 3 B+ models of Raspberry Pi
    • Smaller image size
  • 2K Games support
    • Supports resurrected servers for the supported 2K series of sports games (NBA 2k1/2, NFL 2k1 etc; see up-to-date games list)
  • Wi-Fi Config Utility 
  • Bugfixes
   I have updated the DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image against the updated DreamPi v1.7 stock image. The DreamPi NOOBS guide has been updated to detail how to upgrade your DreamPi partition from an older version to a newer version via the latest NOOBS image, and clarifies a few items. The upgrade requires the latest version of PINN, which has now introduced a "replace" OS function, as well as dual-firmware support to handle Raspberry Pi models 3B+ and newer and also older models. This OS replacement feature will upgrade DreamPi with the newer image, without deleting or modifying other partitions within your multi-boot setup on PINN.





Do note that this image may need the speed bugfix applied to make it boot consistently.

You can download the latest DreamPi NOOBS compatible image and read the guide at this EagleSoft page.

Have fun playing with the new support for the 2k series of sports games, and having DreamPi multi-boot with other OSes on NOOBS/PINN!

-Tamkis

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