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About nd2003grad

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  • Birthday 06/24/1980

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    Council Bluffs, IA
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    Atari 2600, Intellivision, Bally Computer/Astrocade, Colecovision, NES, emulation, classic computing (focus on C64, Amiga, and 80s/early 90s DOS), modern and classic RPG/JRPG's.
  1. I've done the Dreamcast replacement and socket install--it's pretty easy and gets rid of the annoying date issue. On my Saturn I just place to copy everything to a save cart then replace the battery periodically. I am not hearing that people really have had issues with the 3DO battery, but I just wanted to make sure. I appreciate these responses. I just HATE losing major progress in things. Maybe I'll open it up and replace before getting too involved. I've thought of getting a Sega CD and see they have the same issue...and many more apparently. Very happy with my 3DO, but I think I got lucky and bought one untested that appears to be essentially never used.
  2. I guess I don't know at what point systems started using, I suppose, "flash memory" like PS1 or Dreamcast. I know there's a battery, but I don't know if it functions like, say, a Saturn (saves) or Dreamcast (clock).
  3. Hi there, still new owner here. Wondering about internal memory--does this require a cr2032 battery, and should I replace it? I haven't had any issues yet, but I hate to start Lucienne's Quest or something and have saves zapped. I can't really get a straight answer about it by searching. I know this is an issue with Sega CD and Saturn but not Dreamcast so.....input much appreciated!
  4. As I wait for my shiny new/old FZ1 to come in the mail, I'm wondering...are there any "hidden gem" Japanese games? Obviously, for me they'd have to be low on text...but I'm definitely interested in any suggestions since it's an odd system to begin with!
  5. Ah, so that makes it a 1-button safe gamepad....I'd call that good news!
  6. Quick question, can't find definitive answer...it's well established that Genesis controllers are a no-no on C64...but what about SMS controllers? Do they have the same +5 or what have you that fries CIA chips with keyboard combined? I recently acquired some controllers so I'm curious...
  7. As info, I did the whole flash of an action replay and also bought a memory card. Damn, what a fine setup. Love it.
  8. Thank you all for the input here. I'm long past the idea of selling it. I have a mem card and a Action Replay on the way now, which I'll flash. That seems like it will be sufficient to keep me busy for.......y e a r s...........this hobby is such an addiction.
  9. I've been warned about the port sucking hard...is that something I should really worry about with swapping carts?
  10. Keepdreamin, I get it. I like how you revised it to don't sell it haha! Anyone like me who is an Astrocade owner pretty much is required to be responsible! I'm ordering the action replay and will flash it myself. After all the research, at this time it seems to be the best solution/cost effective for me! I'm still trying to figure out saves and keeping them intact as I'm an RPG fan. I'm hoping that you can change the battery while it's on and not lose the data, I'll just replace the battery every year that way then and it should be all right.
  11. I did not find that on Google; bizarre. I did see the bios. I'm behind a firewall at the moment and can't see that new pseudosaturn, but that's def. the asnwer I'd think. Thank you for the advice here, I appreciate you all.
  12. Here's another question that factors into my decision...will game saves remain on a system as long as you don't turn the system OFF (e.g., replacing battery with power on)? I'd hate to lose saves all the time!
  13. Rather rude way to welcome someone to the Saturn world, don't you think? I can't find modchips for sale any more, which would be my preferred way to do this if it were a reasonable cost. I think it's pretty responsible of me to ask experienced users about their personal trial and error with said console. I'm probably going with the Pseudo-Saturn suggestion most are saying here eventually, Despite talk to the contrary, I haven't seen that Pseudo Saturn allows for saves and based on what I know so far (totally new to this unusual console), it doesn't seem that either relying on the internal memory or swapping carts is a good idea....we'll just see what happens.
  14. Due to cost—I almost sold the Saturn— I think I’m limited to the swap trick for now. As I kind of expected I’m not hearing anybody saying they damage their equipment with it, and I like the idea of the cartridge but I don’t understand how you are supposed to save your games if that capability is taken away. It doesn’t help that I’ve never used a cartridge! Now there is somewhere where I actually have heard of people damaging things is with the cartridge slot.
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