How to backup GameBoy and GameBoy Colour save games from retail cartridges

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  1. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Background:

    Most GameBoy cartridges have a small battery inside them with keeps your savegame on the cartridges SRAM. Like ram in your computer when the power source is removed the SRAM looses it contents, this being your save game. At some point the battery powering the SRAM is going to run out of power, wouldn’t it be nice if you could backup your saves to the pc and be able to use them on an emulator if you wish?

    This guide will show you just how to do that.

    What you need:

    • A PC running Windows 95/98/ME/2000 or XP with a parallel port (also known as a printer port) You might have to use an old PC for this as parallel ports are becoming less common in new pc’s, the software / hardware used in this guide will not work on Windows Vista / Windows 7.

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    Above: A Parallel Port

    • A Gameboy Transferer 2 – This is a device that connects to your computers parallel port and will allow you to backup saves from your cartridges, you can also dump roms of your games with this device.

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    Above: The Gameboy Transferer 2

    Where to buy:

    The only place I’ve found that still sells the Transferer 2 is Consolegoods.co.uk :: Nintendo 64 :: SNES :: Sega Saturn :: Neo Geo :: Dreamcast :: Mega Drive :: NES :: Super Famicom :: modified consoles :: controllers :: scart cables they will ship worldwide and accept a variety of payment methods so you shouldn’t have a problem ordering from them. I placed an order for my Transferer 2 on Thursday night and it arrived Saturday, can’t really get much quicker than that.

    Dumping the save:

    Connect the Transferer 2 to your computer, put your game in and turn it on.

    As your dumping a GameBoy save ensure the Transfer 2 is set to GameBoy mode and not GameBoy Advanced Mode, I’m guessing you probably noticed this when turning it on anyway!

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    Now load up G.B. Smart Writer 2. Your game should be listed along with the size of it, if not press the setup button an ensure G.B. Smart Writer 2 is setup to use the correct parallel port.

    If you don’t have G.B. Smart Writer 2 you can download the Windows 95/98/ME version here and the Windows NT / 2000 / XP version here.


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    Now it’s simply a case of clicking the “Down SRAM” button, you will be asked to enter a name for the save and it will be dumped to your pc.

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    All been well you will receive a message saying Data received successfully. You can also press the download button and dump a rom image of the GameBoy game if you wish.

    To test your save game has dumped ok make sure its named the same as the ROM image
    e.g. Gold.GB and Gold.SAV, only the file extensions should be different.

    Now load the ROM in an emulator, all the saves I’ve dumped work fine in Visual Boy Advance.

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    As you can see from the above photo my Pokemon Gold save has been dumped from the cartridge and is working perfectly in the emulator Visual Boy Advance.

    The Gameboy Transferer 2 can also be used to dump some GBA saves, it appears to work for games that use SRAM to save such as Pokemon Ruby and Sonic Advance but not games that save to EEPROM such as Mario Advance, I plan to do a guide for GBA save games sometime in the future once I have looked it to this more as there’s many different ways to backup GBA game saves.

    If you want to play about using the Transferer 2 to dump GBA saves and roms set the switch on the side to GBA and use the Xlinker 4.1 software

    That’s it, hopefully this has explained the guide pretty well. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
     

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  2. pikemon

    pikemon New Member

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    Using the transferer 2 on windows xp

    so i bought the gb transferer 2 and downloaded the appropriate software for my windows xp, but the screen looks totally different from yours and i could not figure out how to load my pokemon blue save file onto my computer.. i was hoping for perhaps a walkthrough for this different version of software
     
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    Matt loves his pokemons.

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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Download the software in the attachment, that’s exactly what I used to make this guide.

    GBv2.3.5 (2k XP).zip

    Good luck!
     
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    "What you need:

    A PC running Windows 95/98/ME/2000 or XP with a parallel port (also known as a printer port) You might have to use an old PC for this as parallel ports are becoming less common in new pc’s, the software / hardware used in this guide will not work on Windows Vista / Windows 7."

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    "If you don’t have G.B. Smart Writer 2 you can download the Windows 95/98/Me version Here" ...




    ==> I own a Game Boy Transfer 2 and an old computer. The application really does not work under Win95. I'm stuck because there than on my old computer (486DX) that I have a parallel port and I can not install Windows 98 on this machine. i have a most recent computer but without parallel port :(


    I CONFIRM: "GBV2.3.5" DO NOT WORK ON WIN95!!!


    Sorry for the translation.
     
  6. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    What error message do you get? that would help people to help you.

    It could just be a simple thing of installing the visual basic run time files (as an example) i remember having to do that for some programs to work back on Windows 98.
     
  7. Diogo Soares

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    Hi dude ;)

    The The Gameboy Transferer 2 that you talk, anyone works?

    I lookout on google with the name "The Gameboy Transferer 2" and actually it corrected to "The Gameboy Transfer 2".... Anyway, on the images it shows yours, and others like an Nintendo 64 controller
    Transfer Pak.

    All of them do the same i ask?

    I looked on ebay and found few of them... =S

    On the website of console goods uk i couldn't find the Transfer =X

    Do you help me?
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Its called "Gameboy Transferer 2"

    It appears you can buy it fromhere, it appears to come from Hong Kong however no idea if the site is trust worthy or not.
     
  9. Diogo Soares

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    Cool, i will send them an email to see if is trust worthy... on ebay don't have any of this... And on the amazon i guess it has.

    One last question, how much is the size of the save games? 1kb? 10kb? 100kb? 1mb? 8mb (lol)?
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    It depends on the game as to the save size, Pokemon Gold is 32kb, Metroid 2 is 8kb and Wave race is 256 bytes to give you a few examples.
     
  11. Diogo Soares

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    i only have pokemon games ;)
    so it is very few.
    I have Pkm Gold, silver, red, blue, yellow, crystal, ruby, saphire, emerald.... looking for leafgreen and firered
    I will buy that item and backup them all.
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    You can backup all your gb / gbc pokemon games with this, however the GBA versions use a 128k save size and this will only backup 64k GBA saves. I would use an Nintendo DS with a flash card to do any Pokemon GBA games you have. I have done all mine with a DS perfectly.
     
  13. level42

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    <br>I joined this for for 2 reason, 1.) To thank you for finding this product available for purchase!, and 2.) To assure you and anyone that HKEMS is a legit source, I've ordered a few things from them without hassle, although shipping prices are usually a bit high.<br>
    <br>Thanks again :D!<br>
     
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    OMG YOU just save my day ;)

    I was delaying the buy from this product because i haven't found any positive feedback about them. Now i will buy from them, weird because i never heard from them o.O But this product it is what i need right now
     
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    HKEMS is the original manufacturer of the GB transferer 2 :D...so i guess you can trust them!..otherwise another option is :

    djtransformer.com/shop/product.php?id_product=19

    i bought it there in december 2011 :) they still have it!

    bye!
     
  16. Diogo Soares

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    Good website ;) i love to have more of this to decide where i will buy this item.
    But my doubt is the customs... Portugal Customs =S
    There are any other option in order to save the GB savegames?
     
  17. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    If portugal are anything like the UK get it sent by normal post and they should let it straight through, only time i have ever had to pay customs anything is with UPS. Even when the value has been declared on the front of the package as been well over the amount i have never been charged anything for an item sent through the post.
     
  18. Diogo Soares

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    yeah. i will send the product by normal mail.
     
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    not that im aware of, unless you are planning of building one rom dumper youserlf :D..but it's not an easy task (even if quite interesting :)) i suggest the GB transferer II also because it's the only one i know still sold on the internet
     
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    I just bought the Transferer 2 from the hkems.com, it arrived today and it is trust worthy ;) Now i will backup ;)
     

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