A presentation and a few questions about 3DO Blaster =)

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A presentation and a few questions about 3DO Blaster =)

Post by SpaceMarineITA » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:16 am

Hi all :D ,

i have found that forum after having searched on google informations about 3DO Blaster.
I have never owned a 3DO:
my only console has been an old Atari 2600 clone with about 128 games into it (it died a few years ago, dunno why, i still have it anyway) so, excepting some "playing afternoon" at friend's homes with psx, ps2, n64, gc and wii, i am mainly a PC gamer.

Anyway, since a few years i like old games (especially racing simulations, like papyrus ones), emulation and the retrogaming world in general.
A few months ago i have even set up a pc for playing old 3d games at their best.
It was during this period, when i was still searching the main pieces of it, that i came around infos about the 3DO Blaster for the first time. (i was searching a 3d blaster pci with rendition verite 1000 chipset).
For the sake of curiosity, i searched it on ebay looking for price tags and, even if i don't remember exactly how much they were, i remember they were pretty high :D

Casually, just yesterday i came around an old Creative CR-563-B with a Creative SoundBlaster 16MCD. It didn't took me much to figure out where i had already seen that cd reader model number: it was the one needed by the 3do blaster :)
But it took me much less to came up with the consequential insane idea:

What about finding a functional 3do blaster and setting up a rig for it? :D

Now, even if i like old tech and old games, i don't like spending lot of moneys into them, so i need to evaluate if this insane idea is feasible.

Then, these are the questions :D

- i have read, lurking this forum, that there are 3 types of 3do blasters, 1 for each region: usa, pal and jap
Is that true?

- If yes, there is some way for making it region free? (if 1 card is insane, 3 cards are too much, even for me! :D ) Or can i play usa and jap games on pal cards anyway?

- in which places i can probably find the cards?

- generally, which is the price tag for which these are being sold?

- if i have the card, the cd reader, the sound blaster, an old pc for mouting them (i know about the divide by 0 problem) and windows 3.1, do i need some other things?

- Which is the creative product number of the 3do blaster?
Usually, for creative video and sound cards, its like CT-xxxx where Xs are numbers:
for example CT-4860
i would like to know the one of the 3do blaster (during google searches i was unable to find it). It is usually printed on the card pcb, so if any of you has the card, please take a look at it :D

Thanks in advance for the answer, and excuse me for my english, it is not my motherlanguage :D

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Post by SpaceMarineITA » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:25 am

No one knows? :?

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Post by 3DOSmacker » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:44 am


Use the search function to search this site for "3DO Blaster". I'm sure it was here that I once found a very detailed list of all of the components and how to configure them properly.

I gather that it's a ROYAL pain in the buttocks though. If you want to play 3DO, I'd say go buy a bundle off of ebay.

I've always gathered that setting up a working 3DO Blaster is a labor of love for hard-core 3DO enthusiasts that comes from equal parts (A) wanting the sense of accomplishment of actually getting the thing to work, and (B) being obsessed with all things 3DO enough to put yourself through the headaches.

Just my 2 cents, others on this forum would know a lot better than I. Do the search on this site and see what you can find.


Post by Mobius » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:25 am

Dunno about your specific questions, but bitrate got the 3DO Blaster up and running. Here's the old thread on it: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=179

A little more info: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=720

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