Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby kiomarv » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:20 am

I have a chipped NTSC-U Saturn with a Japan-American mode switch. The system plays official Japanese and American games without issue, but I can never seem to get it to play CD-R backups of my games (I want to keep Panzer Dragoon Saga safe!). Does anyone have any advice on burning backups? I have used DiscJuggler (Mode 1/2048, TOC CDROM) and ImgBurn. The verification goes well, and I'm using media that work fine on my Dreamcast and PS1.

Also my Saturn's CR2032 battery is dead, and I am wondering if any has ever used a rechargeable LIR2032 battery with a Saturn. I know LIR2032's have a higher nominal voltage of 3.6 V than the CR2032's (3.0 V).

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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby Biggsy666 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:49 am

Personally i use imgburn at ATW (dont select verification), could be your laser isn't as strong as it used to be.

No to using LIR battery in your saturn, stick with CR. Save the LIR for your DC.
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby itsonlyleggy » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:54 am

I use Imgburn too, default settings and burn at 16x. Seems to be the sweet spot for my Saturn and Dc. Biggsy's right, maybe your laser needs a pot tweak or a clean?
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby dreamcast459 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:09 am

i use imgburn for my modded saturn but i use high quality disks
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby Nightbreed » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:17 am

No backup mod chip that I am aware of has a Japanese / American switch - that sounds like a region mod only.
Are you sure you actually have a mod chip installed for playing backups? This is easy to check as mod chips like the Phantom or Universal are connected to the ribbon cable that goes to the CD drive.
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby Thelonewolf » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:47 pm

Yep, no saturn mod chip has a us/jp switch and they don't boot any out of region titles either, so if you're using Jp discs, You still need to patch to your region or use a AR cart/region bios switch.

Imgburn is all you need on a good CDR.
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby WalkingDead » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:02 pm

Never Need The battery again,make a re-writable Fram :

https://db-electronics.ca/2017/02/10/se ... -required/
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby XamX » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:41 pm

I'm using ImgBurn or Nero for burning CD-Rs and a Saturn battery always lasts around 7-9 years for me.
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby ryder4life » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:30 pm

when the saturn came out i played it for years and never had to change out the battery. The guy in that link makes it sound like it lasts for a couple of months
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby VoodooVincent » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:01 pm

I had iffy success with Verbatim on Saturn. I grabbed Best Buy's cheap Dynex brand CD-R's & haven't had a bad burn yet.
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Re: Sega Saturn Battery and CD-R's

Postby kiomarv » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:07 am

Thanks for your replies. I realize now that my Saturn is equipped with a region patcher, not a modchip (it was installed by NCSXSHOP about 10 years ago). Does anyone know where I might be able to find a mod chip for a 21-pin model?

I've only seen the Phantom chip on r43ds.org, and $40 seems rather high for a mod chip. I was going to get a Phoebe SD card unit from GDEMU, but the seller is not taking orders for the next 100 years or so.
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