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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:26 am
by stickem
Jagosaurus wrote:
stickem wrote:Been using the memory card plus the last year with 0.831. Since it didn't have the extra ram that the action replay has, plus it's real temperamental, I flashed action replay plus with the newest kai firmware. It plays the 1m required games but not the 4m, stuck at the need the ram cart screen. Not sure why the flash wouldn't retain 1 but not the other. Any ideas?


Will the 1M games run with no RAM expansion at all? My AR stays in so I haven't tried without.

I'm still anxiously awaiting this:
viewtopic.php?f=38&t=50516


Nope. Guess I'm going to try to flash it back to ARP firmware and then try again. I mean the ARP preflashed carts they sell online work with 4m games, so this one should.

With that sd loader i'd probably run into the same thing I do with emulators. So many games all at once I won't pick one to play, just to much lol. I kinda like the physical media and researching the game before I burn it.

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:59 pm
by stickem
I guess I was wrong. Xmen vs street fighter works great, I assumed it was a 1mb game but was wrong. Now my search continues why street fighter zero 3 takes me to the 4mb requirement screen lol.

edit: well fuck, http://www.shinforce.com/saturn/informa ... AM-mod.htm guess i'll attempt this at some point and try not to ruin the dam thing

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:25 pm
by marurun
Is your ARP an older unit? I've had mine for some time and it does work with all those titles. I haven't flashed it, though. I'm a little afraid to. Maybe I need to get a replacement to flash so if I break something it's not the end of the road.

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:47 pm
by stickem
It looks like the one in the link with the parrell port. It works on some 4mb games but not vampire hunter or sf zero 3. I'm glad I found the issue above though. Things that don't work right drive me crazy till I find out why lol.

Probably a good idea to get a backup ARP cart to use for save backups from the system. I'd stay away from the memory card plus, that one wrecked havoc on my other Saturn's card slot. I doubt you ruin the card flashing it. I've flashed it numerous times troubleshooting the above issue back and forth with the supplied firmware to always go back to the ARP firmware.

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:46 pm
by marurun
Mine has a parallel port, too, but it definitely works with Vampire Savior and Alpha 3

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:15 am
by Jagosaurus
Ok, so I know you lose the memory card function (get those fresh batteries ready!), but can any one 100% confirm if you lose the 1MB/4MB function? The RAM is still there.

Also I was watching a video that said some retail games don't work with an AR cart inserted and you'd have to patch the iso. IIRC he mentioned PD Saga and a couple others. You guys have any experience with that?

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:44 am
by stickem
the ram stays, it's part of the hardware not the software being flashed. mine retained it for what its worth. pds has to be patched because the game detects a cheat device in the memory slot, it think is the reason? hadn't had any trouble with any other game.

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:48 pm
by Jagosaurus
stickem wrote:the ram stays, it's part of the hardware not the software being flashed. mine retained it for what its worth. pds has to be patched because the game detects a cheat device in the memory slot, it think is the reason? hadn't had any trouble with any other game.


Ok, good to know some software script you lose in the flash isn't required to access RAM.

Really!? PDS looks for cheat devices. Interesting.

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:57 pm
by stickem
yeah the game has some protection feature built in to stop people from cheating. it wouldn't work with a non flashed arp either

Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:10 pm
by nightrnr
stickem wrote:yeah the game has some protection feature built in to stop people from cheating. it wouldn't work with a non flashed arp either

But there is an ARP code that makes it work.
Only it's not an option if you flash the cart, only really useful for chipped Saturns with PAR+ (as far as backups are concerned).

A couple links for my own reference:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33310&start=20

http://www.panzerdragoonlegacy.com/arti ... play-codes