Category Archives: Sega

Sega Dreamcast GDEMU SD Card Tray

Last year I replaced the broken GD-ROM of my Sega Dreamcast with a GDEMU. While it works great and does everything as it is supposed to do, there is a large open space where SD cards tend to get lost:

Sega Dreamcast GDEMU 06
Sega Dreamcast GDEMU 06

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Two Donor Carts for Sega Pico Flash

Found two more donor carts for use in a Sega Pico flash cart:
The Lion King: Adventures at Pride Rock and Magic Crayons, both “Assembled in Mexico”.

Sega Pico Donor Carts
Sega Pico Donor Carts

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3RADD – The 3-D Sound For Video Games And PCs

An unusual SegaSaturn accessory: The 3RADD – A sound enhancer with SRS psychoacoustic technology, read a review on this japanese blog. A scan of the manual.
The effect with audio sources is quite nice, it boosts the sound and positions it around your head. The technology is used in all kinds of devices and software, e.g. the Windows Media Player (SRS WOW).

The imprint on the PCB reveals that this is actually the Game Gizmo 3D (or 3-D) by Calypso Micro Products. This is what a found with the new information:
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A new battery for the Sega CD BackUp RAM Cart

Now that I have an extra backup of my Mega CD save files on the Sega CD Ultra Backup RAM cart I can replace the battery of my the old CD BackUp RAM Cart without worrying about data loss.
It is possible to do an open heart surgery to prevent the memory from being erased and replace the battery while the Mega CD is turned on . I went for that procedure to avoid having to copy all files from one cart to another again.
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Power Base FM

The second cart from Canada is the Power Base FM, also known as Power Base Mini FM. It is a mod-less attempt on enabling FM sound for selected Master System games on a Mega Drive. This cart is somewhat hard to obtain, it’s sold out in all stores but this one.

On the next pictures you can see why it is called “mini”, its much smaller than the official Sega Power Base Converters. It fits in a regular Mega Drive cart, you have to cut holes in the top for the connector and the front right for the Pause button though. The JTAG connector isn’t necessary and was added just for fun. Sonic is still looking at you because there is no label available – the only one I’ve found is from Stone Age Gamer and kinda ugly.
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Sega CD Ultra Backup RAM

Two carts from Canada: Sega CD Ultra Backup RAM and Power Base FM

Sega CD Ultra Backup RAM & Power Base FM
Sega CD Ultra Backup RAM & Power Base FM

The cart on the right-hand side is a new backup RAM cart for Mega CD with 8189 blocks of memory. That’s four times as much memory the original Sega Backup RAM Cart has available for storage (2045 blocks). I’ve bought an used Sega cart in 2003 and am glad that the battery is still good – it’s a matter of time until it’ll lose its charge and my save files.
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Printing Fun-Fun with Sega Pri Fun

Today I’m finally testing the Sega Pri Fun printer that I bought 4-5 years ago. Back then it was still sealed.
The printer was marketed by Sega in 1995 as an add-on for the Pico and Saturn game consoles. You won’t find much information about it in the WWW except a small article at Sega Retro or a commercial on YouTube.

Sega Pri Fun 01
Sega Pri Fun 01

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Sega Dreamcast repair With GDEMU, PSU and Battery Mod

Just recently my GD-ROM drive stopped reading Discs. It’s time to try something new: GDEMU

Sega Dreamcast GDEMU 01
Sega Dreamcast GDEMU 01

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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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Rent a Hero Translation for Sega Mega Drive

A fully playable translation of Rent a Hero has been released last month. Let’s transfer it to a Mega Drive cartridge using this tutorial.

First you need a cheap donor cartridge with SRAM memory, e.g. World Cup USA ’94, and remove the mask ROM. If the battery cell is empty remove it too:
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