Remember being a Pokemon trainer
You can actually open the cartridges and replace the battery. Plenty of tutorials on how to do it.
@Opii, right but with what this picture is implying let's say you have a saved file currently well when you replace the battery you would lose that save file, so uh yeah that or something
@Opii, could always download an emulator. Phone, pc, handheld system.
@Opii, computer hard drives have similar batteries, and just like on a regular computer, unfortunately, replacing the battery still causes the old file to delete itself.
@The Megaton Bomb, No that's not how hard drives work. I can't really explain how they work but I can tell you they work by changing the magnetic properties of a metal disc. So as long as you don't strong magnet against your hard drive you won't lose any of your data.
@MrSmiles, well then it might not be the hard-drive then, but there is something that screws up all of your data if the battery dies or is removed. Now that I think about it, it may have more to do with the operating system, but I'll look it up and back to it.
@The Megaton Bomb, ok, so in older computers, once the battery dies, it messes with the ram causing all of your computer settings to be deleted, included your operating system. The solution used to be backing up everything on your computer to another computer, and simply replacing the battery once it dies, factory reset the computer and restore all files from the backup. Newer computers now no longer require the backup but will have to have the battery replaced when it dies.
@The Megaton Bomb, There is a CMOS battery in all computers. When it dies your BIOS settings reset to default and your system clock resets to date of manufacture. Your files, os add everything else remain intact as they are written in little 1s and 0s on a magnetic disc that doesn't need outside power to stay. However certain flash media do require a constant source and contains batteries (like the memory on pokemon games) Older computers were no different but did seem to eat through their batteries faster. I replaced the one in my 486 twice.
@Couch Ornament, also, if you crack the case on your cartridge and have a low enough voltage source to connect to where the battery is you can replace them and keep your saves. It is a pain in the ass and you risk frying the cart if you use the wrong amperage/voltage... but doable.
@Couch Ornament, as cool of a technique to save your game file as that is, I don't trust myself enough to not destroy the cartridge.
Just a bit too late
My emerald carteriges battery ran out, and now berries Dont grow. I guess it isn't gen 1 though
@daweim0, Same here. I still have all the save data inlike it said it just doesnt run for time related events and such. Im just going off of what it said on the title screen though
@daweim0, yeah it stopped anything based around time. Berries growing, daycare ageing, things of that nature. They fixed the save file error though
Actually, not quite. The battery is just a watch battery that operates the in-game clock. This clock governs time-based events like berry growth and Dept Store sales. When the battery dries up, these events fail to occur, but the game is still playable and your save file is unaffected. I've already replaced the batteries in my Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
@PeachyKing, and they're working perfectly again. This is for Gen III. Not sure how the older games work but I imagine they'd be the same.
@PeachyKing, the same actually works for comps to keep track of day and time while it's off
@PeachyKing, gen 1/2 have different batteries than 3 and up, so yeah this is true. It happened to my silver version 😢 but I changed the battery, so I'm good for another 15 years!
According to that picture I'm under 14 and should not be using this app. Oh lord, what have I done?
This happened to my pokemon silver 😔
@Alas I Encode Any, feels bro. That was my first ever pokemon game. Oh the memories...
Oh wow this is actually really helpful, I thought my red was just broken because it was so old!
This happened to me. I left my sp plugged in charging and on for weeks...
I didn't know about this. You learn something new everyday.
I play my old cartridges and they say the internal battery has run dry, but it doesn't stop me from saving or playing. I cant do time based activities in the game though.
I just put one in my SP and left it plugged in until I beat it.
My crystal version died a while ago... but now I can just emulate it.
My silver and ruby ran out about a year ago D': you can actually save it AND replace the battery if you do it jusssstttt right. Unfortunately i didnt know until it was too late....
That is inacurate i was born july 1999 and i am 15 so how is it that if they were made in 1998 they are only 14 years old
@Quigs, becuase this picture was made roughly 2 years ago
My gen 2 cartridges are dead, but my gen 1 cartridges are still alive and kicking.
Mine already reset, I had like every Pokemon and was done but it's gone now
Marty we must go back
That was 16 years ago....
@Word is the bird, ...17
I'll do it, he spelled lose wrong
Just about to do it myself.
I saw this same thing four years ago, saying they only last 10 years. Not that it matters, I never had a gameboy