MK1 Japanese Sega Saturn Complete Mod.

Discussion in 'Modding and Hacking - Consoles and Electronics' started by namrood, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. namrood

    namrood Active Member

    Aug 15, 2016
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    Hi all

    Not sure if this is the correct pace to post this. But thought I should let you know what I have done with a broken Saturn.

    I bought a mk1 Japanese Sega Saturn off eBay for £30. I had the correct converter for it and all the bits from my friends Saturn which he donated to me a few years ago but the unit ha since died. Now this is where the story starts... I order a region free BIOS off Bad_Ad84. It arrived and...........

    I set about installing it. All was going well till the end of the removal of the original bios when I managed to pull a whole track off the board. I was gutted.. But at least I had not damaged the new chip and it will live to go into another machine some day.

    I was sitting on the toilet thinking (a lot of my ideas come from when I am on the toilet) and though what could I use the case for. And then like a frisbee coming towards me. It hit me!!!

    I'll turn it into a PC.

    I had already stripped the case apart so I could get the motherboard out to do the bios mod and there would only be a few more tiny bits to remove. So I set to work.

    I located stand offs I would need to close the case and removed bits of the case I would not need or that was on the way of the mITX board I am going to use. I then remembered the console my friend gave to me and it was still stored in the garage with its games. So off I trot and dig it out. This to was a mk1 unit but it was a later model. I now had 2 consoles and I could swap bits over.

    The first 6 pics are of the console whenI bought it. The other 2 are when I have gutted in insides changed the lid. Also the cart slot will have a cart in it but will house the hard drive.

    I hope to keep it looking as standard as possible with only these alterations:

    1 - Keep original power/rest buttons do the same as before
    2 - Keep lights to show unit is on and hard drive is being used (will try to use the original pcb)
    3 - Video port on the back will be used as the access point for power
    4 - Communication port will be covered up
    6 - Open button will do nothing, but look pretty
    7 - There is no number 5
    8 - You've gone back and checked again
    7 - CD lid will do nothing but has been changed to black as it is in better condition than the original
    8 - Cart slot will house a cart with holds the hard drive
    9 - The controller posts will have USB connectors there

    I hope I will be able to update you guys with the process of this build, and this Saturn will Kick A$$

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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2017
  2. Unseen

    Unseen Spirited Member

    Sep 1, 2014
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    If it's just a single track, why did you decide to trash the entire board instead of repairing that single track?
  3. Apexseal

    Apexseal Spirited Member

    Aug 15, 2016
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    Yup... Schematics and a jumper would have done the trick
  4. AndehX

    AndehX You got boost power!

    Apr 7, 2016
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    My first thought too is that repairing a track would have been an easy fix. It sounds like you trashed a perfectly good saturn. Such a waste :(

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