I received yet another replacement Dreamcast today.
And in the package, along with the console and various other accessories, was a small white cable.
On one end is what I recognise as a standard PC Parallell plug, the 25 pin kind, usually used for very old printers.
And on the other end was a plug I've not seen before on an accessory cable.
The logo on the plugs casing is the universal symbol for USB (looks like a trident).
But, it isn't any USB plug I've ever seen, it's more reminiscent of an internal connection plug. The kind designed to connect directly to PCBs on jumper pins.
On further digging, I found its recipient.
A Nexus memory card, complete with a port compatible with the "mystery" plug on the above described cable.
My research has lead me to believe that it is the 16x version. Although, I haven't tested it yet to see.
As Parralell connections are extremely rare now, only existing as a "legacy" support on some PC motherboards, and to my knowledge and experiences, completely eradicated from laptop and "all-in-one" PCs.
And, as a iMac user, I have never seen one in my hardware. Nor on my old MacBook Pro.
I have seen Paralell to USB convertes before, but they are usually handling TWAIN for printers and other similar devices.
I was wondering if using such a devise would allow me access to the PC side of the Nexus's features.
I know software will be needed, as Paralell doesn't have the UPnP that most USB connections do.
I'm not desperate, as I intend to do the SD Card mod to this Dreamcast, for backing up saves and such.
I even have my circuit and card holder already built and awaiting installation, along with a custom BIOS and VGA circuit.
But, with the price of a "Paralell-to-USB" cable being about £3, I was just curious about the functionality of the Nexus, as I've never actually seen one before. Probably as in the past, and even now, I endeavour to avoid 3rd party hardware whenever possible.
As I stated, I'm not in any urgency for this.
I was just curious.
And even then, it's only a passing curiosity, as I've learned that the Nexus memory cards are reputable to be rather unreliable. The 16x version being the worst of the brand.