Does your GSC cart no longer save? [UPDATED 8/26/08]
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Author:  Krisp [ Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Does your GSC cart no longer save? [UPDATED 8/26/08]

Well, here is a solution! Everytime you turn on your game after saving, the file won't stay saved! Here is a quick and easy guide with FAQs (and pictures) to help you out. :)

First of all, here are the tools you will need. You may be able to use something similar, but here is what I used. Remember, you will need to buy a new battery.

- Tweezers
- A G/S/C cart.
- CR2025 battery.
- Electrical tape.
- A very thin, but very sharp knife.

Those are the only tools you need, besides your hands and brain. First and formost, I should mention that you need to be gentle with your game. Do not tamper around in there, because you could hurt your game.

Okay, lets begin!

Step one: You will need the tweezers for this step. Carefully, try to unscrew that nazi nintendo screw out of your game. Yes, this is a pain in the ass, I know. It took me 3 minutes to get my blue version's out, but 30 minutes to get Silver version's out. Remember, lefty loosey righty tighty! Here's a picture of the awesome screwdriver my brother made me. It makes things a lot easier.


Step two: Okay, now you should be able to get inside of the cart. Be care when opening this thing, and be gentle. Slowly and carefully slide the front panel down, and pull it off. THIS is what the inside of a gameboy cart looks like! See that large battery? That is our objective. WARNING: Don't be stupid like me, and forget which side was up, and which side was down. We don't want to put the new battery in backwards!


Step three: Thought the hard part was over when you got your cart apart? wrong - it begins now. Your objective now is to remove the battery without breaking off the tabs that are holding it in. This means, you must break the solder. *CAREFULLY* slip the knife under the first tab, so it is between the tab and the battery. Firmly, but gently, lift up and try to break the solder without bending the tabs. Do this for the bottom tab as well.

These tabs connect the battery to the main game. Although it might seem like you'll break the tab off while trying to detach it from the battery, it actually takes a lot of force to break the tab off of the cartridge or snap it in half. You MUST make sure these tabs are touching the new battery if you want your game to actually save again. If you do break off one of the tabs during this step, there is still a way for you to fix your game.

If you know an adult who knows how to use a soldering iron, he or she can solder in a metal wire where the broken tab was located. You can then tape the wire to the battery and it will work just fine. However, if you do not have any experience with a soldering iron, DO NOT TRY TO SOLDER THE WIRE IN YOURSELF. YOU CAN GET BURNED AND DAMAGE YOUR CARTRIDGE BEYOND REPAIR.
You can also use a soldering iron to get the tabs off of the battery in the first place; use the soldering iron on the little dark dots (solders) on the tabs. -Frost


Step four: Okay, now you have your dead battery out. It is wise to save the battery for reference, if you forget what kind of battery it takes. Get your new battery, and put it in it's place. Be sure both tabs are touching, and cut a thin but somewhat long piece of eletrical tape, and wrap it around the battery and tabs tightly, as shown:


Now, put the cart back together, and screw it back together, but I suggest leaving it loose, incase you need to do this again in ten years.


Q.: Does this work with Red/Blue/Yellow as well?
A. Yep! If you didn't notice, I took the pictures using a silver cart, -and- a red cart. I had already secured the battery in Silver version, so I did it with Red version instead. (I plan to replace it's battery too.) They take the same kind of battery!

Q. Okay, I'm going to try this. Will my saved data come back if I replace the battery?
A. Nope. you will start fresh and new. The saved data that you had before can never be recovered. Sorry!

Q. How much do these batteries cost, anyway?
A. I bet you're guessing they're really expensive. Well, they aren't! My brother bought a two-pack of them for $2.50. They were energizer, grade A material, and they cost us less than $5.

Q. Okay, no matter how much I try, this screw is NOT coming out.
A. It will eventually. I had to cripple both screws in my games to get them out, lol. If you are unable to do it, try asking an adult, or another person.

Q. I'm afraid I'm going to ruin my game. Can I just ask Nintendo to do it?
A. They won't do it. You have nothing to lose doing this. Its not like your game saves anyway, so why not risk it? It took me a long time to finally attempt this with my games, and I managed to fix one of them.

Q. Does this work with other Nintendo games?
A. Yes, it does ! It works for the old GB games as well. Just remember to check the battery type; some are a bit smaller. I've replaced the batteries in Super Mario Land 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.

Q. Can I take my working battery from my Blue version and put it in my Gold version?
A. Yep! Its not recommended, because once you take that battery out of one game and put it in another, you lose your file. No, you can't load Blue's saved data on Gold version and the other way around. Does not work.

Q. How does this battery thing work, and does it work with the advance generation?
A. Well, back when Nintendo still had glitchy games, they used different programming methods for RBY/GSC vs. RSE/LGFR, as well as some hardware differences. RBY/GSC save to a battery, and the advance generation saves to a flash chip. So, I don't think you should have this issue with your advance generation games. If you do, you may want to e-mail Nintendo about that. There is however, a battery present in RSE, probably to keep track of the time. I'm sure that is replaceable aswell, but no guarantee, because I haven't tested it yet. (I can't find my GBA screwdriver...) There is no battery present in FRLG, so don't even try to rip that apart.

Q. My question is not on here. What do I do?
A. Post in this thread or PM me, and I'll try to answer it for you. =)


Author:  Mewtroid [ Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:59 pm ]
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I'd just like to add a couple of things.

1.There are screwdriver bits that will open those irritating Nintendo screws, search on ebay for 'gamebit screwdriver' or something along those lines.

2. Some GBA games have batteries, but the vast majority use flash memory to save their files. RSE use batteries to keep track of time. I can confirm that this technique will work on GBA games, because my Sonic Advance's battery died and I had to replace it. GBA games use CR1616 batteries, I think. You need a special screwdriver to open a GBA game, though. I think they're called 'triad' screwdrivers.

3. While we're on the subject, any NES or SNES games that have save files have batteries, and some N64 games probably do too. Once again, they can be replaced using this same technique.

4. Make sure that your game WILL NOT SAVE and it's not just a momentary fluke before you do this. If the file is still there and just not loading that time for some stupid reason, the moment you pull the battery all the saved data disappears.

5. If you're having trouble finding a replacement battery, try somewhere that sells watch batteries, because these kinds of batteries are used a lot in watches and stuff. Remember to take the old one with you to make sure you get the right kind.

Author:  Stevo619 [ Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:42 pm ]
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Thanks for the tips

Author:  Cellblock [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:32 am ]
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i'm english, hate ebay and internet buying, how do i get the battery.

Author:  Krisp [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:26 am ]
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Have you tried looking for one around where you live? If you have and can't find one, you can try this site.

Author:  shadowman777 [ Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:35 am ]
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That is what is wrong with my silver but im now that great at doing stuff like that so im just going to leave it alone for now

Author:  blazinglucar [ Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:07 pm ]
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Thanks, this guide saved me the trouble of having to go and buy a new gold version, although, is there a way to fix a silver that glithes and freezes at the slightested bumb, of a crystal version that only continues the clock when the game is on, or a pokemon stadium two that has the same problem as silver?

Author:  Articun0 [ Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:11 pm ]
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Yeah..... My crystal will not save, and everytime I turn the game one, it'll say "Game save file is corrupt." or something like that, and the only option was new game. Well, now I know what to do, and I'll just go to the store and buy a pack of two. Where I live, the local grocery store has piles of em'. Yay.

Author:  Blue boy [ Sat May 19, 2007 4:58 pm ]
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Cyrastals still save, just not the other 2

Author:  MajorGameBoy [ Sat May 19, 2007 8:38 pm ]
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I traded a friend Crystal for a Blue version and the blue didnt save, but now it does YAY!

Author:  lucarioempoleonteam [ Sun May 20, 2007 11:59 am ]
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now my troubles are over, thanks

Author:  benjibob [ Mon May 21, 2007 10:20 am ]
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to that guy hu doesnt like

try ebay they are different webs and has all the prices in english, and all he item sell to uk if not only uk

Author:  Arr0wana [ Sat May 26, 2007 6:05 am ]
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Thank you for making this, a few days after I read it my mom went out and got Gold for me, and it didn't save. Me and my dad, (He mostly did the work, and I mostly told him what to do) tried unsautering the battery, then making new tabs with wire, and it was just a bit too big, so we ended up using one of the old tabs anyways. Now the game saves!

Author:  killermagikarp [ Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:07 pm ]
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My yellow used to have a message that said file is corrupted. But I would turn it off and turn it back on and the file was there! However, it always loses its data right after I've played for about 10 hours.... but My friend gave me an almost mint condition Yellow! :D

Author:  spiderweb78 [ Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:42 am ]
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luckily, my silver still saves..............thanks for the tips

Author:  Lugion [ Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:46 am ]
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I believe that the battery dies six or so years after
the first time you turn it on.
Thanks for this, I never would have figured it out.

Author:  thethnikkaman [ Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:30 pm ]
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This is amazing! Thank you so much. My silver was my favourite for a long time, and now I'll be able to get it back eventually. =D

Author:  Dark Glalie [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:13 pm ]
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this will come in handy!!!
I still think that my Crystal is the best!!!

Author:  Blastoise09 [ Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:00 pm ]
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Ah-ha!! I tried this today and it WORKS!! My silver is back!! THank you thank you thank you for makin this possbile!!
P.S. unscrewing the screw bhind silver didnt take me as long as u, i find using the silver tips of mechanical pencils work better than tweezers. Thanks again!!

Author:  pokemaniac64 [ Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:07 am ]
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When you said rse use a battery for time, is that why in a year time stops and berries don't grow, but when you transfer jirachi to one, it works again? :?

Author:  Krisp [ Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:29 am ]
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Yes, obviously. :roll:

Author:  Craziac [ Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:23 pm ]
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My Gold stoped will save for a while but if you leave it off then it will just reset itself and at the start screen it will only say New Game and Options....and the Continue id gone....mabey this thread is the answer to my problem.

Author:  pokemaniac64 [ Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:42 am ]
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my silver would do the same. It's like it gathered all it's juice for a few days then died :?

Author:  undertaker [ Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:32 pm ]
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Hehe sweet. I was wondering why my Silver won't save. Thanks a bunch.

Author:  rawr0123 [ Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:59 pm ]
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i used your guide to save my poor silver game...

now i can save and load, but the clock doesn't run!

should i try doing it again with another battery?

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