Hi all, i recently purchased a Action Booster Pack 4mb Plus cart, for x-men vs sf & others, but it does not reconise it is there, i have a uk model 2 saturn, is there anything special i need to do, or is the cart just broken, have tried switch both ways????????????
mal: The switch on an AR (never seen an original Saturn AR, I'm speaking of AR hardware in general) is usually used to control whether or not patched values are written to RAM, but depending on how the software is written, a switch could be used to control pretty much anything.
megametalgreymon: from what I've seen of AR-style hardware, if your cart is working for territory lockout, then it should be working for any onboard memory manager or cheat code interface too. Just having territory lockout working is pretty strange (assuming that there actually is other stuff on the cart).
I'm talking about a physical switch on the unit, readable by software.
As for finding out what functions the cart actually has, I'd certainly like to take a look at the firmware of the cartridge in question, but to dump it might be a bit of work since it has no commslink port. The only way I can think of to do it without building hardware or desoldering the ROM is to write a program that dumps it to a Saturn save file, then use the AR4M Plus to transfer that save file to PC (though at the moment I can't remember if the AR4M Plus even supports this... ). The actual program of the AR4M Plus (including graphics) is only about 64KB, so at worst I think it would only be necessary to run the program a few times.
Direct saves aren't supported on *ANY* of the 4 in 1 carts to my knowledge.. only in the cart's boot screen can saves be transferred from system memory to the cart. *Also read about this in the Ultimate Saturn FAQ*
I remember that when I was surfing, looking for my AR+ , which hasn't arrived yet, and I ordered it at august 17th , there were some carts announced as 4mb ones (in the big letters). The problem with them was that in the "details" or in the manufacturers home page they said "for save your games" and stuff like that.
Another thing is that you aren't plugging your cart correctly. Sometimes I get errors and malfunctions because of this with one "4th" party cart (just has the word "goldenfinger" written on it), which allows gameshark codes, have backup memory and is country converter.
By the way, I have 2 AR+ which doesn't boot, no matter what I do with them (I don't have a PC comm card to flash the bios, assuming that it is the problem). If you find out how to repair your cart, please let me know.