Post by blaaastprocessing on May 11, 2017 23:40:30 GMT
Long time gamer/collector here, but new to this forum & to the Sega Saturn system in general. My consoles (23 & counting) are the same units I've owned since I was a wee little lad & I've gone the extra mile to keep them all clean and in pristine working condition. The Sega Saturn is the first and only console that I've bought second-hand (on eBay), as I never had one as a child. I decided to go with a white Model 2 Japanese NTSC unit and am planning to use an Action Replay 4M Plus to make my Saturn region free & for backup saves. After some research, it has come to my attention that this cartridge can compromise the longevity of the contact pins in the cartridge slot. As someone who's trying to preserve this console as best that I can, what steps should I take to protect the cartridge slot from any damage?
I have read in many places that it is never remove the AR from the slot, but i've also read many instances where the AR (& cartridge slot) just suddenly stops working after years. Any clarification on this?
Also, in the event that my Sega Saturn cartridge slot was to eventually stop working some day - would I be able to just replace the motherboard for a new working cartridge bay?
Thank you in advance and my apologies if this has already been asked before!
With every cartridge I open them up and use the super fine nail polishing stick to file all sides and edges of the circuit board pin. So far haven't had any issue with all my 6 Saturn consoles since 99.
my understanding is those cheap cartridges have the circuit board pin connector edge not piled but rather crude straight cut. If you compare those with the circuit board from the Sega's own memory cart you can see the difference clearly. I use the ultrafine polishing stick to carefully sand those edges.
I just compared my White AR (Comms port version), Black AR and the Sega Saturn 4mb cart and at first, I was sure the White AR had a thinner PCB but the edge is just more tapered. All three are pretty much the same it seems. No Gameshark so can't compare.
I've measured all cartridges I have (EMS Action Replay, a couple of no-name clones, Sega 4MB RAM, KoF'95 ROM, Netlink modem), and they've all used a 1.6mm thick PCB. It's no coincidence that this is the de-facto standard thickness, and means you'd have to go specifically out of your way to make something that would damage the connector.