In the surgery room\u2026 Natalie Marie takes us through some Saturn modifications!\r\n\r\nShiro team member Natalie Marie is quite handy when it comes to operating on the innards of your favourite console. In the first of a series of modification posts, she takes us through a FRAM upgrade \u2013 replacing the original on-board volatile RAM (ie, internal memory) with a non-volatile solution. The result? Internal saves will no longer be dependent on a power source, meaning that saves will never get lost due to a dead battery, and will last forever!\r\n\r\nNatalie can perform a variety of repair, tune-up, and modification services \u2013 just reach out to her for full details. She can be reached at email@example.com.\r\n\r\nWithout further ado, let us have Natalie take us on a very visual journey right into her surgery room. Scared? Don\u2019t be! Natalie is a pro.\r\n\r\nTake it away, Natalie!\r\n\r\nThe patient: Junkyard Moderator Morgan\u2019s Sega Saturn\r\nModel \u2013 MK80000a\r\nSymptoms \u2013 2032 battery not holding charge for average time.\r\nSave games constantly getting deleted due to battery being fully discharged.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 1](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1.jpg)\r\n\r\nUpon opening the console, I started by cleaning the console off all dust and grime (figure 1, above). Whatever rust spots were apparent I sanded down to prevent it spreading and damaging the console further. Here you see the innards of her beautiful Sega Saturn console. Power board (left) and disc drive assembly (center).\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 2](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2-e1526339299826.jpg)\r\n\r\nHere is just a close up of the disc drive assembly. In good condition; reads games well. No need for adjustments or replacements. Look at the condition!\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 3](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/3-e1526339325234.jpg)\r\n\r\nFigure 3 is a close up look of the screw below the disc drive assembly with the data cable and ribbon already removed. Now we are getting to the endoskeletal structure of the Saturn.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 4](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/4-e1526339362149.jpg)\r\n\r\nFigure 4 shows the power supply unit (PSU) inside her Sega Saturn. The PSU provides the power to the console so that you can have fun! First screw bottom right and second screw on the outside of the connector \u2013 at the power terminal \u2013 followed by the white power connector and it\u2019s out! Don\u2019t forget to remove the plastic below the power supply that provides a shield from the pins below touching the metal shielding.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 5](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/5-e1526339384540.jpg)\r\n\r\nHere are the 2 screws mentioned above (figure 5).\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 6](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/6.jpg)\r\n\r\nHere is the Saturn with its power supply and disc drive assembly removed. Time to unscrew the shielding \u2013 this operation is getting serious! Two screws on the power button, and 8 screws for the shielding itself.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 7](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/7.jpg)\r\n\r\nHere (figure 7) is what it looks like with the shielding completely removed. At this point, there is complete silence in the operating room \u2013 the focus is epic.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 8](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/8-e1526339406104.jpg)\r\n\r\nAnother snapshot of the now-exposed motherboard. Time to wipe a little bit of sweat off the brow. Deep breath. OK. We proceed.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 9](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/9-e1526339436350.jpg)\r\n\r\nMorgan mentioned the battery was not functioning properly. If you look closely here, there is a broken solder joint: the ground pin of the battery holder.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 10](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/10-e1526339457900.jpg)\r\n\r\nHere is the broken solder joint up close (figure 10). Let us fill it with some fresh solder and get that battery holder in tip top shape!\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 11](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/10-e1526339457900.jpg)\r\n\r\nThe chip I will install is a IC8-SRAM for the console, and it will replace the existing on-board chip. The \u2018stock chip\u2019 is identified by the silkscreen IC8 and UM62257M-70LL. This will get a nice upgrade.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 12](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/13-e1526339476605.jpg)\r\n\r\nA bit far away to see, but the stock SRAM chip was replace with a new non-volatile ram chip as pictured. This new ram chip does not require updates from the battery to store information; no voltage is needed to maintain its function. So with that said, once the battery dies, game saves will remain in memory indefinitely. The internal clock is all that would need to be reset.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 13](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/14-e1526339495351.jpg)\r\n\r\nUp close shot of the beautiful new RAM chip installation.\r\n\r\n\r\n![FIGURE 14](http://www.segasaturnshiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/15-e1526339515166.jpg)\r\n\r\nAnd finally (figure 14), the console is buttoned up and ready for testing. Post-operation vitals show the console\u2019s new RAM performs as it should, holding those saves without battery power. They will now last for an eternity as they will never die off. Morgan is now confident that her saves will forever stay on board unless she chooses to delete them. Battery is no longer required and her first Saturn will live on for many more memories!\r\n\r\nUnfortunately we have no pictures of Morgan being reunited with her new and improved Saturn, but we are told that there were flowers for the occasion \ud83d\ude42\r\n\r\nAnd that, folks, is just one of the many ways in which Natalie can service your Sega Saturn. Another happy console and owner reunion is behind us!\r\n\r\nUntil next time, readers, this is Natalie signing off.\r\n\r\nSega Saturn, Shiro!