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Sega Pico Flash Cart Tutorial

This has been figured out and posted by Team-Europe in 2012 (link, link via link). Unfortunately the original document has vanished from the WWW. I’ll try to recreate this tutorial here:

The original document suggested to use Sesame Street: Alphabet Avenue as donor cart and pointed out to use an „Assembled in Mexico“ cartridge. As you can see a regular US cartridge won’t do the trick.

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 01

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 02
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Sega Pico Flash Cart 03

I’ve found an alternative cart, Math Antics with Disney’s 101 Dalmatians will work just fine (if assembled in Mexico).

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 04

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 05

Update: Found two more suitable carts.

This cart needs some cleaning:

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 06

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 07

Remove the chip and replace it with a 42-pin socket and one or more M27C322 EPROMs, also move the resistor from J2 to J1.

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 08

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 09

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 10

Before flashing a ROM file make sure it is byte-swapped, i.e. the copyright info reads ESAG instead of SEGA.

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 11

I’ve removed the back cover label with the help of a hair dryer and attached the PCB with hot glue for now (in the original document a hole was cut through the back cover).

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 12

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Sega Pico Flash Cart 13

As for the book pages, you’ll have to find them at the usual places (e.g. here or here) and print them out.

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