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January 24, 2012 7:54:02 PM

Hello,
Why does your saved memory on a gameboy games reset itself? Please help because im getting really mad!! >:<

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January 27, 2012 8:21:22 AM

mojoteaz said:
Hello,
Why does your saved memory on a gameboy games reset itself? Please help because im getting really mad!! >:<

Usually, cartridge games that save themselves fail to continue saving once they become worn out and/or damaged.

Unfortunately, I have experienced it with Genesis games (Shining Force 2, and boy did that ever suck!), as well as GBA games (Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow, argh!).

Something about cartridge games and how they save themselves - the chip that saves is usually the first thing to wear out on them.
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January 27, 2012 12:54:26 PM

well as far as I remember flash memory that is used in those chips was by default designed for a limited number of read/write operations. So even if no physical damage is involved that's the first thing that comes to mind.
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January 27, 2012 2:54:18 PM

AntiZig said:
well as far as I remember flash memory that is used in those chips was by default designed for a limited number of read/write operations. So even if no physical damage is involved that's the first thing that comes to mind.


Wow, I had no idea, and boy does that ever suck.

No wonder the save ability is the first thing to wear out on them.
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January 27, 2012 3:30:45 PM

I'm not sure, but I think there's a battery in the cartridge, similar to the CMOS battery on a motherboard, that is required to save games, and it's this that often wears out. I remember reading that some copies of popular SNES games often had to have their batteries replaced due to constant use.
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January 28, 2012 8:55:13 PM

jakjawagon said:
I'm not sure, but I think there's a battery in the cartridge, similar to the CMOS battery on a motherboard, that is required to save games, and it's this that often wears out. I remember reading that some copies of popular SNES games often had to have their batteries replaced due to constant use.


It stands to reason.

Boy that is pretty crappy design that really comes back to bite us in the ass - at least those of us who love classic games.
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January 28, 2012 9:10:43 PM

jakjawagon said:
I'm not sure, but I think there's a battery in the cartridge, similar to the CMOS battery on a motherboard, that is required to save games, and it's this that often wears out. I remember reading that some copies of popular SNES games often had to have their batteries replaced due to constant use.

Im under the impression that this is true.
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February 8, 2012 10:15:49 AM

Well, i dont knw the answer because my Gameboy went to garbage before that happened after it fell from my table. But used to play on it a lot, say 6 to 8 hours. Still remember Metroid and Icarus.. :( 
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