My HST-3200 is my most precious console, the only one I have CIB. I just took it out of storage for the first time in a little less than a year. It still works, but I've been perusing this board and others and it sounds like Saturns everywhere are dropping like flies. Which is strange because I was always led to believe that they're among the most reliable old CD consoles. I'm actually quite alarmed about it.
Should I be concerned? I just got Afterburner II the other day and I have Bulk Slash, Darius Gaiden, and Layer Section coming in the mail soon. I'd be devastated if it crapped out on me now.
What I'd like to know is if there is anything I can/should do to ensure my Saturn's longevity. Should I look into replacing the PSU (are replacements available?). Is there anyone in the US who replaces lasers if they die? Should I get it recapped?
I have two works horse Saturns used as part of development kits and they are still working fine after two decades. don't think they are going out any time soon. Also my other retails Saturns work fine too like my Frenkentised console, V-Saturn, Derby Saturn, White Saturn, and Sonic Saturn to name few.
I believe if you want to look after the laser module the best way would be do NOT run the CD-R but just retails copies.