LaserActive:PAC-S10 FRAM Save RAM Modification

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Replacing the Save RAM in the PAC-S10/S1 with an FRAM IC is the same process as the Sega/Mega CD and it's variants. With this modification, the lithium battery is no longer required and can be removed.

The SRAM IC reference designator is IC22. Once located, remove the IC using well established practices and replace with either of the following FRAM IC's.

Using the 64k FM16W08-SG

This part is a direct replacement for the original SRAM IC. Simply replace the IC with the FRAM. No pin lifting necessary.

Using the 256k FM18W08-SG (64K Mode)

It is also possible to use the 256k variant, but it is necessary to either ground pin 1 or tie it to +5V. The /RESET signal from the battery management IC will be constant during console operation, so it is safe to leave pin 26 as is. The recommended configuration is to simply jump Pin 1 to pin 28.

256K FM18W08 With Expanded Save RAM Modified BIOS

Renowned Sega expert Leo Oliveira has discovered how to modify the BIOS code in order to expand the available space for saving games from 64K to 256K. In this scenario, the modified BIOS must be used (not provided here) and loaded either through an Everdrive-type device, or written to an EPROM to replace the on-board BIOS.

Step 1 - Replace original SRAM

Remove the original 64K SRAM and solder the new 256K FRAM IC in its place.

Step 2 - Connect CPU address signals A14 and A15 to FRAM

Connect Pin 1 of the FRAM IC to pin 7 of IC44

Connect pin 26 to pin 17 of IC44. Note: This may also be connected from the top side.

Step 3 - Lift Pin 10 of IC31

IC31 is the battery management IC, located on the bottom of the PAC near the PAC connector, which normally outputs a RESET signal to pin 26 of the Backup RAM IC. Since pin 26 of the FRAM is now addressable by the CPU, the RESET signal needs to be disconnected accordingly. Lift pin 10 of IC31 to disconnect.