Sega Saturn Swap Trick With PAR (Pro Action Replay) Guide

 –=PAR-Swap Method=–
by G Face

CD-R Swap method using a Pro Action Replay (PAR) v1.0

-For those like me who are having a hard time with a Model 2 Saturn and no mod chip here is a 99% accurate way to play with a 4-in-1/5-in-1 – Pro Action Replay (PAR).

–>Before you proceed:

Using this info might cause your Saturn’s CD-Drive motor to burn. Even though I personally don’t believe that it will, extensive swapping might cause damage. I take no responsibility for your action; (in plain English) if you fuck up your Saturn, it’s your fault.

–>Get you Saturn Red E (he he!)

1. Like in the -=Saturn Swap Method=- FAQ, DISCONNECT ALL CABLES!
2. Open the Saturn and tape the lever next to the power supply.
3. Test run the Saturn to see if the modified lever works.

–>Decision

4. You can now leave the Saturn unscrewed:
+Easier to see what’s happening, +Faster Swapping
-More vulnerable to being Damaged

Or closed the Saturn:
+Better protected
-Might take more tries to boot CD-R

–>The Swap

1. Start the Saturn up with the CD-R.

2. When in the PAR main menu, switch to an official game CD.

3. Now go to the start game menu, and hit C-button.

4. Now wait and listen to the drive slow down,
when you hear it moving again and speeding up, quickly remove
the official CD and insert the copied CD.

5. By now you should be in the CD-Player, if you were successful, the “Start Application” Button should look like the planet Saturn (with a ring).

6. Now press the “Start Application” Button (or Start, same effect).

7. When the Drive reads the inner track remove your copied CD and insert an
official game CD. Now wait and listen to the drive slow down,
when you hear it moving again and speeding up, quickly remove
the official CD and insert the copied CD.

Thanx to “Anonymous” for writing the Saturn Swap FAQ, his simple to understand method was use to describe the PAR-Swap.

G-Face

If you find a mistake or an enhancement to this FAQ e-mail me at g-face@snet.net.

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6 Comments

  1. Bert says:

    Hello,

    How does the swap trick work when a game shark is inserted? I tried this AR method, but is doesn’t work.
    The disc keeps spinning and that’s it. I also tried swapping after selecting start game with/without enhancements, and with different oficial games, but nothing works.

    Greetings,
    Bert from The Netherlands

  2. racketboy says:

    I havent tried it with a GameShark, so I’m not sure.
    You could ask in the forum, however…

  3. Bert says:

    ok, I´ll do that. Thanks!

  4. Indead says:

    Can the swap be performed using a AR Plus?

  5. might may says:

    where can i find or download the PAR disc

  6. Nilleboj says:

    There is no need to go into the official Saturn CD Menu.
    You can perform the swap trick much easier by just doing the following:
    1. Start the Saturn up with the CD-R.

    2. When in the PAR main menu, switch to an official game CD.

    3. Now go to the start game menu, and select the option “start game with no cheats enabled” and then hit the A-button.

    4. Now wait and listen to the drive slow down,
    when you hear it moving again and speeding up, quickly remove
    the official CD and insert the copied CD.

    I have tried it with at least 15 “backup”-cd’s and they have all launched correctly…