Here is about all the info you may need on this interesting CD....... (Note that it wasn't made by me... but by Adam.....):
Date: Sun Aug 19 18:12:21 EDT 2001
Subject: Re: Question: (Was Re: The best Saturn news...)
Sega, unlike Sony, has never made special "debug" systems for testing betas.
Debugging was done on the dev consoles and the testing was done on standard
units with key discs. What you have is one of the key discs.
The Saturn required a set of two key discs. One for third party games and
one for first party games. What you have is the "Black" third party key
disc. The first party key disc is the "Red" disc.
In order to play a CDR on the Saturn you need to load the proper key disc
and then load the CDR. The Black disc will boot any third party CDR while
the red disc will boot any first party CDR. The system discs do not disable
the county code check, they only disable the CDR security check. However,
the system discs themselves are not country coded and will work in any
system out there.
Once the Saturn has been booted with the key disc, the CDR security check
will remain disabled until the power is cycled. This was done to allow for
multiple disc games as well as to allow for the swapping of different games
without having to do the boot-disc cycle again.
The Maker ID on the discs are unique to whomever originally licensed the
discs, presumably to prevent them from being sold.
Sega kept the same system with the Dreamcast, however only one system disc
is used instead of two. Interestingly enough the Dreamcast system disc is
labeled Dreamcast System Disc 2. I don't know if there ever was a System
Disc 1 for the Dreamcast or if the 2 was to denote that System Disc 2 was
for the DC while System Disc 1 was for the Saturn.
What you have is quite rare and hard to find. However, most people don't
know what the #### it is so when they do become available the discs tend to
go cheap. I remember about a year or two back a Saturn system with a black
disc popped up on eBay. Someone asked about it here on the list and I posted
an explanation. I figured that it would go for a sum of money so didn't
bother bidding on it myself. Heh, I was quite surprised when the package
closed at around $75. Whoever got that (was it you Jason?) got one #### of a
deal. Had I known it would have gone for so cheap I would have snagged it
Hopefully that is more than enough Info.... if not, you could always E-mail him =) TTFN