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Official Memory Card Space?
Topic Started: Aug 28 2014, 08:32 AM (511 Views)
Kerr Avon
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Memory paks (or controller paks, as they are also called) are a bit of a sore subject amongst N64 gamers. When they work great, they are fine, but they have a couple of problems;

1) Some games take up much more space than (you'd imagine) they really need. I mean, Turok 2 uses about 72 pages, when (a) you can only save at checkpoints (which means the programmers could be a lot more selective about what data they needed to save), and (b) there isn't too much data that could possibly need saving anyway, just a few values and flags about your character's weapons and attributes, some enemy positions, etc. It's not like the game world contains tons of variables that have to be taken care of.

2) The official memory paks (Nintendo) only have 123 pages in them. You can buy larger memory paks from other companies, but they only have multiple banks of 123 pages in them, not all of the pages available in one bank. WHat this means is, say you have a two bank memory pak, and bank one has 15 pages free, and bank two has 10 pages free, then if you need to save a game that takes up 20 pages, then you can't, as even though that memory pak has 25 pages free, they are spread over two banks, and the N64 can only save to one bank (you choose which bank to save to using a switch on the memory pak, if (of course) the memory pak has more than one bank of memory.

3) Some third party (i.e. not Nintendo made) memory paks are unreliable and can lose your game saves, which is something you obviously want to avoid. Some people have used third party paks with no problems, others have had real problems and will only use Nintendo made paks as a result. Nintendo's paks are supposed to be as reliable as you could reasonably hope for (though they are only one bank (123 pages) large, and are more expensive than other brands, though nowadays you'll have to buy them used, so they might be more expensive than the others), but I don't know which, if any, of the third party paks are known to be unreliable.

Some N64 memory paks use a battery to store their saves, others use EPROM/Flash RAM. I think all of Nintendos use batteries. Of course they lose the data when you change the battery, but the batteries do last for years. Has anyone ever used a pak that can save the data for the short time it takes to change a battery? I don't think I've ever seen one.
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Good points. I just bought two memory packs. Nintendo. Should I change the batteries in them before I used them? just to have them fresh. I wonder if it's hard to do.


That's a good idea, yes.



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I was looking into getting a Dex but my laptop is Vista so i'm not sure if it will be compatible you know.


You should make a thread on this forum asking about Dex Drive compatibility. One thing though, I'm sure the Dex Drive connects to the PC's serial port, which some modern PCs (especially laptops) might lack, so ask about that too, and check to see if your laptop has one.
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