Had to mess about a little to get the Action Replay reflashing utility to work (Prof. Abrasive helped me super fast via Discord), but it's great. I had a memory card all set up already, so it's been smooth. Loving it.
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Finally ordered an EverDrive 64 2.5. Was pretty cheap - I had $50 of store credit at SAG, and they have a $10 off coupon, so I got out under $60 shipped. Will enjoy messing around with some of the anti-aliasing codes for sure, and it'll be nice to not drag my carts out every time I get the N64 itch.
I got the GDEMU board and remote mount kit last weekend, and despite a minor bit of confusion during the setup process, I am super-impressed with how well this thing works for playing Dreamcast games off of an SD card. Preparation for installing the board was a breeze; just remove the four main Phillips-head case screws, lift off the upper shell, remove three more screws holding the GD-ROM drive, then lift it straight out to expose the drive connector. The board just drops straight onto the connector and is normally supported by three little plastic standoffs, but since I had the remote mount kit, I didn't even need the standoffs. The mount kit is dead-simple, just a 3D-printed housing that sits around and on top of the GDEMU board, and it provides a nice spring-loaded SD card slot that connects to the slot on the board itself via ribbon cable.I came very close to pulling the trigger on a GC Loader last weekend, but instead I reassessed the current state of my other disc-based consoles to determine which one would actually benefit the most from an ODE. Since most of my Dreamcast games currently exist as burned images on CD-RW media anyway, I decided that my DC was a better candidate for an optical drive replacement and picked up this GDEMU clone board on Aliexpress for about $40. I also ordered a 3D-printed GDEMU remote SD mount kit to fill in the empty space after removing the disc drive, as well as making it easier to insert/eject the SD card. Pretty excited to see this thing in action!