Hi, welcome in SegaXtreme !
New member here. Was hoping you could help me sort out an issue I'm having with Panzer Dragoon Saga, the U.S. version. Basically, I get this message every time I start the game with the JHL 0.832 bootloader:
"The System Memory (Cartridge Memory) is not ready for use. Please clear all files using your Memory Manager. Go to the System Settings Screen by pressing the Reset Button while holding the L or R Button. From there, you can access your Memory Manager."
Here's a picture:
My Action Replay Plus is flashed with Pseudo Saturn Kai Lite 6.074. I'm using a North American Saturn Model 1 (bought it on June 3rd, 1995!). Pseudo Saturn Lite is working great otherwise.
This is the first time I see such error message, so I may be wrong, but did you changed the CR2032 battery located at the rear side of your Saturn, near VCD cartridge slot ?
Because this battery keeps Saturn's internal backup memory, so maybe a depleted battery corrupted it.
After verifying about battery, and eventually replacing it, please go to Saturn memory manager (from multiplayer screen, top-middle icon), format internal backup memory, and give another try with the same Panzer Dragoon Saga disc which show you this error message.
I found a reference on this very forum that PDS won't start with a cartridge in the slot, and found a patch that is supposed to get around it. The patch I used it antime's, found here: https://antime.kapsi.fi/sega/own.html
The problem is after I patch a disk image of the game with it, IMGburn won't burn it because it says something like "image over minutes."
I've tried methods with several different copies--Darkwater's from ISO Zone (which wouldn't load at all), the pre-patched copy I found in this YouTube video
, and even a bin/cue I made from my own personal PDS N.A. copy (purchased on launch day in 1998). Nothing seems to work. My goal is to be able to have this game backed up rather than relaying on my N.A. copy, which is pristine.
The non-official cartridge protection in Panzer Dragoon Saga consists in verifying that "Action Replay" or "X-Terminator" aren't indicated in cartridge ROM header. Antime's patch bypasses this check, but it is unnecessary when using Pseudo Saturn Kai, because Pseudo Saturn Kai ROM header doesn't indicates "Action Replay" nor "X-Terminator"
Please note however that it is needed to "pseudo-patch" each disc images before burning them. Patcher utility can be found here : http://ppcenter.webou.net/pskai/#download
Even if not image is not patched, any game loader (CWX or JHL) should be able to boot the game until title screen, and then if not patched (or using CWX loader) game should halt after screen prompting for player name.
Please inform me if formatting internal backup memory made this error screen disappearing or not