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Easiest way to access the 3DO Save Manager?

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This is the number one thing that drives me nuts about the 3DO; saving. There is very little save memory (32kb sram); and no way to get in to manage saves unless you are playing a game and run out of memory. THEN you have to guess what you are deleting since most of the file names are nonsense.

 

Does anyone know a fool proof easy disk to get into the memory manager? I believe it's on one of the demo/sample disks but I went into three the other day and couldn't find it. Why they would not allow you to access this when no disk is inserted is beyond me.

 

There is the "japan only" 256 KB memory unit but it's like $200 bucks, which is a joke. Anyone have one?

 

Also---If you remove your optical drive with the SD Card unit; i wonder if you can do save states to that unit; or if it still goes into the system sram?

 

Oh well; any help appreciated as this frequently irritates the hell out of me when going on long 3DO gaming bouts.

 

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It does but i don't have a copy and they are as rare and expensive as the actual memory units now. Only copy on ebay going for $150. AND they don't actually add any memory just a file manager. Maybe I can find a repro of it on Etsy?

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I find that hard to believe. I tried selling one here last year and it sat. I think I had to part it for $20. Just be patient and others will come up.

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$200 bucks is a lot of dollar bucks indeed. Don't all the demo discs have a memory manager?

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Hell and Wolfenstein have memory managers you can access.

I think maybe Phoenix 3 does, too.

 

 

Get and FZ-10 and you'll have it built in.

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I burned a copy of the Game Guru. It let's you access the save Manager on the FZ-1 but I don't think it ADDS any extra storage right? Just allowing access to it? Been a while since I messed with it. But I do agree that the storage size on the 3DO is ridiculously low. I had to delete some of the larger games like "Hell" because it fills the whole damn thing up!

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Save data is stored on the on board SRAM (not sure of capacity). This is maintained by the battery when powered off. I think there is an external NVRAM add-on block that could be purchased to increased save storage. I saw one on eBay a while back.

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I burned a copy of the Game Guru. It let's you access the save Manager on the FZ-1 but I don't think it ADDS any extra storage right? Just allowing access to it? Been a while since I messed with it. But I do agree that the storage size on the 3DO is ridiculously low. I had to delete some of the larger games like "Hell" because it fills the whole damn thing up!

Of course a CD-ROM cannot add extra memory. It does have a compression/decompression feature so you can compress save file games to increase storage and uncompress when you want to play them.

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Of course a CD-ROM cannot add extra memory. It does have a compression/decompression feature so you can compress save file games to increase storage and uncompress when you want to play them.

I've compressed basically everything. It is too bad the memory is so small on that thing. Especially for a console with large CD sized files. Another strike for the 3DO I guess

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I've been looking into the storage on the 3DO. The on board storage is a paltry 32kB. The memory addon pack cited above is 256kB. I have found some 128kB and 512kB 5V SRAM chip datasheets which could probably be swapped in (with a bit of adjusting) and give a boost in memory capacity. I'll test when I get a chance.

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I've been looking into the storage on the 3DO. The on board storage is a paltry 32kB. The memory addon pack cited above is 256kB. I have found some 128kB and 512kB 5V SRAM chip datasheets which could probably be swapped in (with a bit of adjusting) and give a boost in memory capacity. I'll test when I get a chance.

You're talking about swapping in chips/soldering I guess? I still have yet to learn how to properly solder. A simple plug in box like the one posted above would be nice, if they weren't so ungodly pricey!

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Learning to solder well is definitely recommended, especially as our beloved consoles are getting older and more prone to failure. But be sure to practice on junk circuit boards until competent.

 

The SRAM upgrade idea isn't simple and may not work. A plug in option would be easier. Maybe the memory addon module could be cloned if someone opened one up and documented the insides.

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The FZ-FV1A VCD Adapter adds a Save Manager to the FZ-1. It's not the cheapest way but the most convenient way that's if you don't mind plugging in the extra power brick it comes with.

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