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Well, that's good news if it still works.
The only thing left to account for is the laser in the systems themselves.
 

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So I tried a couple of more burnt discs and still the same. Magic Knight Rayearth won't boot past the opening FMV but at least now I am certain its the PS and not my laser because it won't play in my modded Saturn if I use the PS on it as well! On my modded Saturn, even if I exit out to the main menu and try to load the game, it won't load if the PS is installed.

I thought perhaps its the onboard memory so I formatted it but it still behaves the same.

The cart somehow interferes with the load of certain games...for me this list would include Magic Knight Rayearth, discs 2 and 3 of Policenauts, Die Hard Trilogy, and Xmen Children of the Atom. EVERYTHING else works without issue...weird. Conversely the same backups work if the PS is NOT in place (in my modded Saturn).
 

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I've tested a burned copy of Magic Knight Rayearth with Pseudo Saturn Kai Lite v6.314 and it works just fine as indicated in the compatibility list; I was able to play a bit of the game after watching the opening FMV. The fact that this game is working on your modded Saturn makes me think that something is wrong with your cart. Perhaps a portion of your cart's flash ROM is corrupt, because this can result in strange behaviour like you're experiencing:


Thankfully, this is easy to test; when Pseudo Saturn Kai boots up, press B to go into the main menu and then select the Self Test option. From here you can select how many times you want the test to run. Run it a few times and if you see any errors then you should re-flash your cart.
 

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Well...I ran 100 tests and had 0 errors.

Thus far, its only been 5 or 6 disks that display this issue and to be clear, the issue ONLY appears with these disks.
 

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I wanted to jump in here as I have the same issue as what 3rd man writes about with a select few titles, using the red 4-in-1 cartridge (flashed with the latest software 6.314).

Games not working:
- Magic Knight Rayearth (boots, but freezes after the FMV intro, no menu screen). This for both the original as well as a back-up copy.
- Dragon Force I and II (no boot at Kai launcher screen)
- Policenauts disc 2 and 3 (no boot), disc 1 works fine. This for both the JPN original as well as a patched back-up copy.
- Torico original PAL version (Lunacy in US) (no boot)

It also does weird things in 1/4 MEG RAM mode, such as a forced reset every time after the 2nd or 3rd fight in Waku Waku 7.

As far as I can see, all the other titles I have seem to work fine. Self test (500 x) shows no errors... the titles above also work fine on an emulator (yabause) and they boot without the red cartridge in the Saturn slot. I also don't think it is my Saturn laser (boots other FMV heavy games such as Road Avenger or Tiger Heli just fine without any stutter/delay).

What can I do? Is the cart corrupted? Should I try to reflash it? Anyone else having the same experiences?

Thanks for advice!
 

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I wanted to jump in here as I have the same issue as what 3rd man writes about with a select few titles, using the red 4-in-1 cartridge (flashed with the latest software 6.314).

Games not working:
- Magic Knight Rayearth (boots, but freezes after the FMV intro, no menu screen). This for both the original as well as a back-up copy.
- Dragon Force I and II (no boot at Kai launcher screen)
- Policenauts disc 2 and 3 (no boot), disc 1 works fine. This for both the JPN original as well as a patched back-up copy.
- Torico original PAL version (Lunacy in US) (no boot)

It also does weird things in 1/4 MEG RAM mode, such as a forced reset every time after the 2nd or 3rd fight in Waku Waku 7.

As far as I can see, all the other titles I have seem to work fine. Self test (500 x) shows no errors... the titles above also work fine on an emulator (yabause) and they boot without the red cartridge in the Saturn slot. I also don't think it is my Saturn laser (boots other FMV heavy games such as Road Avenger or Tiger Heli just fine without any stutter/delay).

What can I do? Is the cart corrupted? Should I try to reflash it? Anyone else having the same experiences?

Thanks for advice!
Personally, I've come to the conclusion that our red carts have gone through a hardware change and there is a minor incompatibility to existing software...of course I am also talking out of my butt so I am probably wrong. :p
 

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@cafe-alpha is looking for testers :

SMALL REQUEST : I don't have the budget nor the free time to test DZ2SGM3 on all combinations and variations of cartridge and ODEs.
So it would be very appreciated to receive feedback about if it works on your own Saturn setup


Feedback can be left by simply adding a comment at the bottom of this article : it is free, doesn't requires any kind of registration, and takes something like 5 minutes to be written ♪ In advance, thank you for the feedbacks
answer here : Dezaemon 2 Save Game Manager 3 : test on CD-R - PPCenter :: devblog
 

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Can I get some feedback from volunteers about Pebble Beach Golf Links ?
Because somebody reported it wasn't booting with Pseudo Saturn Kai while somebody else also reported that it is working fine on another testing environement. So I would like to know if that problem is linked to Pseudo Saturn Kai, or a combination of the wrong Saturn hardware variation and wrong game region, or the shape of the clouds, etc.

Testing results :
- ___ region on ___ Saturn with Phoebe installed : black screen on startup. Plays fine from Rmenu or Saturn multiplayer.
- EUR region on PAL Saturn with all-in-one cart : OK, and also works if console frequency is set to 60 Hz.
 

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I have performed some tests on Pebble Beach Golf Links under the following conditions:
  • All tests were performed on a JPN Saturn.
  • The Pseudo Saturn Kai tests were performed with the Rhea/Phoebe menu on the Saturn Gamer's Cartridge with PSK v6.314 installed.
  • The Rmenu tests were performed without any cartridge inserted. The version used is the latest (v0.2).
EUR region game
CWX loader - Black screen on startup
JHL loader - Plays fine
Rmenu [Fast boot] - Plays fine
Rmenu [Full boot] - Plays fine

USA region game
CWX loader - Black screen on startup
JHL loader - Plays fine
Rmenu [Fast boot] - Plays fine
Rmenu [Full boot] - Plays fine

JPN region game
CWX loader - Black screen on startup
JHL loader - Black screen on startup
Rmenu [Fast boot] - Black screen on startup
Rmenu [Full boot] - Black screen on startup
Autoboot with game installed in folder 01 - Black screen on startup
Boot from multiplayer with game installed in folder 02 - Black screen on startup

I tested the JPN version using a Redump image and a Trurip image. Both of these images work fine in Mednafen so it appears that the JPN version is one of those rare games that is incompatible with Rhea/Phoebe.

As for the EUR/USA versions, they work fine with the JHL loader so please add them to the JHL autoset list. I have attached the header info for these two versions to this post.
 

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privateye

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I have also tested a burned copy of the JPN version on a PAL Saturn with Pseudo Saturn Kai Lite v6.314:
  • CWX loader - Black screen on startup
  • JHL loader - Plays fine
Therefore, the JPN version can also be added to the JHL autoset list. Header info for this version is attached to this post.
 

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