Subject: Re: Activity...
To: None <>
From: Travis Geiselbrecht <>
List: port-dreamcast
Date: 05/01/2001 11:47:36
My 2 cents.

From what I can figure out about the DC modem, it's a Conexant winmodem.
I've seen source code to this beast at work, and if it's the same modem,
which I dont doubt it is, you do *not* want to mess with it. Getting this
modem to work is an entire project in it's own right. Last time I checked,
the code compiled into a binary somewhat greater than 1 Mb, most of which
was code.

I haven't checked in a while, but I'm pretty sure no no one has been able to
clean room a winmodem. In my opinion, it's not worth considering.

Travis Geiselbrecht

> Best advice read up on sega NDA's. Make a pitch to them about
> support of the open source world. Use the angle, the few but the
> very bright enthusiasts (well at least enthusiastic). As long as the
> hardware specs weren't sublicensed under another agreement, and
> as long as the specs weren't proprietarily essential for future
> technologies (sure as if). The hardware specs could be graced
> upon us. History has taught that the clean room replication method
> offers more advantages than asking.
> Just my 4 nibbles worth.
> Signed Jerry Meander
> "why no i haven't bought a dreamcast yet, working on a way to
> make it into the perfect firewall solution (dialup is allright but i want
> that second NIC to start working,, wonder if it's possible to do a
> cleaner hack on the hardware bus)
> On 27 Apr 2001, at 14:49, Marcus Comstedt wrote:
> >
> > >>>>> "Nathan" == Nathan Mahon <> writes:
> >
> >   Nathan> I'm Curious....
> >
> >   Nathan> If one of us *did* happen to pay for the developer package
> >   which would Nathan> give us access to the modem bytecode we need to
> >   operate the modem, would Nathan> that be legal for us to use? or
> >   would we not be able to use it?
> >
> > First of all, they don't make just anybody who can pay a licensed
> > developer.  You have to prove to them that you are a competent game
> > company.  Secondly, I think you'd get too tangled up in NDA:s to be
> > able to do anything useful with it.
> >
> >
> >   // Marcus
> >
> >